11 December 2018

11 Dec.ND: Assembly poll Results: Congress to Form Govt in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh; MP Race Still Tight:TRS Sweeps Telangana;Election results: we ditched development for ram temple, now paying price in polls,says BJP MP/ SC directs CBI to probe murders of Dabholkar, Pansare, Lankesh and Kalburgi

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11 Dec. 2018:03 Rabiul-II 1440: Vol: 11, No:73
INDIA:  Assembly poll Results
Madhya Pradesh: seats 230

Change mapped against 2013 Assembly polls
Rajasthan: seats 199

Chhattisgarh: seats 90

Telangana: seats 119
Mizoram seats:  40
Assembly poll Results LIVE:Congress to Form Govt in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh; MP Race Still Tight:TRS Sweeps Telangana; Raman Singh concedes defeat
New Delhi :It’s all smiles at the Congress HQRS in the national capital as well as in the three key states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh where the grand old party is set to come back to power. With counting beginning at 8 am today, Congress managed to secure a clear majority in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh while BJP gave it a tough fight in Madhya Pradesh. In Telangana, TRS led by K Chandrashekar Rao stormed back to power while in Mizoram, the MNF came back to power after two terms of Congress rule. CM Lal Thanhawla has lost from both his seats. Today’s results is a test for Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who assumed office exactly a year ago. It also raises questions on what strategy the BJP could adopt with months left for the 2019 polls. The Election Commission of India declared results only for Mizoram – MNF with 26, Congress with 5 and BJP with 1. In Chhattisgarh, the Congress is leading in 63, the BJP in 18 and the BSP in 8. In Madhya Pradesh, the Congress is leading in 116, the BJP in 105 and others in 2. In Rajasthan, the Congress is leading in 102, the BJP in 72 and BSP in 6. In Telangana, the TRS is 87, Congress+ is 22 and BJP in 1.Dr Raman Singh, speaking to the media in Raipur, said the elections were fought under him and therefore the defeat is his responsibility. "I won't discuss the reasons for today's defeat but I congratulate the winners and thank all the party workers for their effort," Singh said. Asked if today's defeat  would have an impact on the 2019 polls, Singh said the elections were different and the party would put in all effort to ensure their victory in the upcoming general elections.
Cong set to capture MP, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh; TRS sweeps Telangana
Beginning of ‘BJP-mukt Bharat’: Modi’s abuses and Yogi’s threats fail to work in state elections
MIM set to retain its bastion, faces stiff competition in Karwan
Hyderabad:MIM seemed poised to retain its traditional bastion of the Old City as it scored its first victory with Mohammed Moazzam Khan, its candidate from the Bahadurpura Assembly constituency, being declared as elected.Khan won against his nearest rival, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi's Inayat Ali Baqri, who served as SETWIN chairman, by a massive 82, 518 votes. Meanwhile, party's former floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi was leading in the 19th round of counting against his closest rival with a comfortable margin of 67,297. Owaisi's closest rival is BJP candidate Shehjadi Sayyad who was ahead of Congress candidate Esa Misri by over 4,400 votes.Similarly, MIM was leading in its stronghold of Charminar with party candidate Mumtaz Ahmed Khan, formerly a Yakutpura legislator. In 10th round of counting, Khan was leading against nearest rival, the BJP's T Uma Mahendra, with approximately 20,000 votes. MIM rebel and now Congress' candidate Mohammed Ghouse managed to garner 10,365 votes. In the Malakpet Assembly segment, MIM leader Ahmed Balala was leading with around 12,000 votes against his closest rival, the BJP's Ale Jeetendra. The Mahakutami candidate, Muzaffar Ali Khan who is contesting on a TDP ticket, was trailing in third place. MIM, however, is being given stiff resistance in the Karwan Assembly segment with the BJP in lead in 9th round of counting. BJP candidate Amar Singh made a significant gain against his rival from MIM and former legislator Kausar Mohiuddin as the former leads with 6,402 votes.thehindu
Mizoram election results: MNF all set to return to power after 10-year gap
Election result trends showed today that Mizo National Front (MNF) is all set to return to power in Mizoram after a gap of 10 years by defeating the Congress in its last bastion in the northeast.The current CM, Lal Thanhawla, who was previously leading in the Serchhip seat has lost its reign.Lalruatkima, the MNF’s general secretary, said: “MNF will form the Govt . Pu Zoramthanga will be our CM . The anti-incumbency factor, lack of development, bad roads during Congress regime are some of the issues which brought us back to power.” Trends after two rounds of counting showed the MNF leading in 23 seats of 40 seats while the Congress, which has been in power in the state since 2008, was ahead in just six of the total 40 seats in the state.BJP, which has never won a seat in Mizoram, appeared set to win its first seat with a win in Tuichawng, where BD Chakma was ahead of the MNF candidate. ZPM, which was formed last year after seven smaller parties came together, was leading in eight seats.HT
Election results: we ditched development for ram temple, now paying price in polls,says BJP MP
New Delhi: With electoral trends until Tuesday showing the BJP in a neck-and-neck contest with the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and taking a beating in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, its own lawmakers have begun criticising poll strategy adopted by the party leadership. Rajya Sabha BJP MP Sanjay Kakade claimed that the BJP's losses in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh were expected, but the trends in MP have come as a surprise on counting day."I think it's because we forgot the issue of development that PM Narendra Modi took up in 2014, and turned our focus to statues, name-changing and the Ram temple," said Kakade.Kakade was referring to the renewed push for the Ram temple by right-wing groups, including the RSS and the VHP, besides heightened efforts to attract Hindu votes ahead of the assembly elections. The viability of building Statue of Unity in Gujarat for nearly Rs. 3,000 crore at a time when farmers across the country were suffering under debt was also called into question by many. ndtv
Day Before Assembly Results, Opposition Leaders Join Heads to Form Alliance for 2019
New Delhi:UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi, CMs Mamata Banerjee, N. Chandrababu Naidu and Arvind Kejriwal, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and DMK leader M.K. Stalin were among senior opposition leaders who attended a meeting here on Monday to discuss ways to take on the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections next year. TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh CM  Chadrababu Naidu had taken the initiative to call the meeting, a day ahead of the start of winter session of Parliament and the declaration of Assembly election results in MP, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana -- seen as a trendsetter for general polls.Those present also included JD-S leader and ex PM HD Deve Gowda, CPI-M General Secretary Sitram Yechury and NCP's Praful Patel.Others who attended were AIUDF's Badruddin Azmal, Muslim League's P.K. Kulhanikutty, National Conference's Farooq Abdullah, JVM (Prajatantrik)'s Babulal Marandi, RLD's Ajit Singh, LJD's Sharad Yadav, RJD's Tejashwi Yadav, CPI's D. Raja, RSP's N.K. Premchandran and Hindustani Awam Morcha's Jitan Ram Manjhi. The meeting is seen as part of efforts by disparate opposition parties to unitedly take on BJP-led NDA inside and outside Parliament. Besides Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal CM  and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee is a key advocate of opposition unity. Kejriwal heads the AAP.Samajwadi Party and BSP did not attend the meeting.IANS
SC directs CBI to probe murders of Dabholkar, Pansare, Lankesh and Kalburgi
The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that if there is a "common thread" among the murders of social activists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M M Kalburgi, then one agency can investigate all the four cases.A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Navin Sinha asked the CBI to inform it by January first week as to why it should not investigate all the four cases if there appears a link among all the murders. The counsel for Maharashtra Govt  informed the court that the CBI is investigating the murder cases of social activist and professor Narendra Dabholkar after the Bombay High Court transferred the probes to the agency.The court, after perusing the status report of the Karnataka Police, said there appears to be a link between the murders of journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M M Kalburgi.It asked the Maharashtra Govt 's counsel about the status of the investigation into the Pansare murder case, to which the counsel said the case was pending before the Kohlapur trial court. Earlier in the day, the Karnataka Police had informed the apex court that there appears to be a connection between Lankesh and Kalburgi murder cases.PTI
Bhima-Koregaon case: SC defers hearing on Maharashtra’s plea
The Supreme Court has deferred to next month the hearing on Maharashtra Govt's appeal challenging Bombay High Court refusal to extend the 90-day limit for filing charge sheet in Bhima-Koregaon violence case.The SC, which had asked the state Govt to submit the "gist" of allegations and the probe report filed against rights activists arrested in the case, took note of the submissions of a senior lawyer, appearing for one of the accused, that the hearing be adjourned."We cannot hear this today in any case. We have not read the documents, running into 8,000 pages (chargesheet and gist)," a bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi told senior lawyer Indira Jaising who mentioned the matter and sought adjournment of today's scheduled hearing.The bench suggested that the hearing be adjourned "sine die" (adjournment of proceedings with no date of resumption).Jaising, representing accused Surendra Pundlik Gadling, opposed it saying that all the accused are in jail and let the case be listed for hearing on Jan.8."Madam (Jaising), you cannot have both ways!," the bench said, but later assured that a date for hearing would be fixed shortly.PTI
SC orders status quo on Allahabad HC order directing removal of mosque in court premises
The Supreme Court has ordered that status quo be maintained with regard to a mosque situated in the premises of the Allahabad High Court, which had last year directed that the structure be removed.A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also issued notices to UP  Govt, Registrar General of the Allahabad High Court and others seeking their responses on a plea filed by the Waqf Board.Waqf Board has moved the apex court challenging the Nov.8, 2017 order of the high court which gave it three months to move the mosque out of the premises. During hearing on Monday, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioner, said the SC had earlier asked UP  Govt to find out a solution to solve the problem but nothing has been done yet.He said the mosque has been there since 1950s and it cannot be just asked to move out.The high court area has expanded due to which they want to remove the mosque, he said.When the bench said it was issuing notice on the plea, Sibal said the court should also order a status quo as the mosque cannot be demolished like this.The bench agreed to Sibal’s submissions and said that status quo be maintained there. Waqf Board has moved the apex court against the high court verdict by which it had directed removal of the mosque situated in the high court premises. livelaw
Supreme Court orders status quo on mosque in Allahabad High Court complex
SC acquits all 4 Muslims accused in 17-year-old Kanpur riot case
New Delhi: Upholding the acquittal by Allahabad High Court to four Muslims framed as prime accused in the Kanpur riots (2001), the Supreme Court has dismissed all charges (rioting, murder and terror) activities against them. During the judicial procedure, the prosecution had failed to provide substantial evidence before the SC. Dismissing the appeal of UP Govt against Syed Wasif Haider and 3 others, SC bench comprising Justice N.V Ramanna and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar pointed out several flaws in the police investigation. SC opined that no perversity existed in the judgment of the Allahabad High Court in which Wasif Haider along with Haji Ateeq, Mumtaj Rasool and Safaat Rasool had been acquitted on May 29, 2009.“Heard learned counsels for the parties. At the outset, we would like to state that in an appeal against acquittal, the appellate court would interfere only where there exists perversity of fact and law. Further, the presumption of innocence is further reinforced against the acquitted accused by having a judgment in his favour,” the bench said. Pronouncing the judgment, the SC bench further stated, “We concur with the aforesaid order of acquittal rendered by the High Court, as the present case is ridden with multiple investigative laches and flaws which goes to the root of the matter. We shall be addressing the same in seriatim.”Wasif (46) was picked up along with the other three accused by IB and Special Cell of UP Police in March 2001 for the Kanpur riots, in which ADM Chandra Prakash Pathak had been killed. In Jan.2004, a session court convicted them for life. However, all 4 were acquitted for the charges Wasif was also acquitted.A total of 13 charges including rioting, waging war against the State, sedition, ferrying arms and explosives had slapped against Wasif, following which he became the lead petitioner to challenge the session court’s judgment in Allahabad HC.Interestingly, during the proceeding, the Apex Court raised its concern about the authenticity of TIP, which had made the 7 witnesses identify the accused. SC also questioned the possibility of the witnesses identifying the 4 alleged accused among 200-300 alleged rioters, whom they had seen from a long distance. Not just that, the SC also raised its suspicion over the post-mortem report of the deceased, CP Pathak and the Forensic report as both were incompatible with each other with regards to the bullet wounds found on Pathak’s body.Caravan Daily
SC acquits 4 in 2001 Kanpur riots case in which ADM was killed slams UP police for lapses in probe
Unanimity in picking of CIC, CVC unachievable:SC
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said it would be unworkable and unachievable to seek unanimity in the multi-member high-powered selection committee tasked with choosing Lokpal, CBI director, central vigilance commissioner and chief information commissioner. In the committees to choose these functionaries, leader of opposition is a member. When advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, appearing for an NGO, argued that unanimity was important to maintain independence and fairness of important institutions headed by persons chosen by high-powered committees, a bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said it was impractical to expect unanimity in decision making when the leader of opposition and the PM were part of the same committee.CJI Gogoi said, “In a multi-member committee, if you are looking for unanimity in selection of CVC, CBI director and Lokpal, then there can never be an appointment. It is unachievable.” Sankaranarayanan said selection of CVC, who supervises CBI probes into corruption cases, became a Govt choice as the committee comprised the PM, the home minister and the leader of opposition in Lok Sabha.The court refused to entertain the NGO’s plea that all decisions taken by these high-powered committees should necessarily be through unanimous vote. However, it agreed to entertain a plea that wherever the statute provided leader of opposition to be part of the high-powered committee, it would mean the leader of the single largest opposition party in Lok Sabha. TOI
Activists and Former Commissioners Slam Govt For Compromising CIC Appointment Procedure
New Delhi: Former central information commissioners (CIC) and RTI activists have accused the Modi Govt of compromising the selection procedure. The selection committee constituted to select commissioners to the panel is meeting on Tuesday.Meanwhile, in a separate letter, former CIC M. Sridhar Acharyulu urged President Ramnath Kovind to ensure that the Act is strengthened by appointment of “right persons to the CIC from fields prescribed in that statute” and bureaucrats do not corner majority of the posts.The activists and former CICs indicted the Centre for dragging its feet over appointment of CICs and not appointing any for the past two years, leading to eight vacancies in the Commission. In a letter marked to the members of the selection committee, which is headed by PM Narendra Modi, the group said it learnt from media reports that the panel was scheduled to meet today to finalise 4 names for information commissioners and the chief information commissioner of the CIC.thewire
HC Seeks CBI Response on Sana's Plea for Hearing Him in Asthana Case
https://thewire.in/Govt /hc-seeks-cbi-response-on-sanas-plea-for-hearing-him-in-asthana-case
New Delhi: The Delhi high court Tuesday sought the CBI’s response on a plea by Hyderabad-based businessman Satish Babu Sana seeking to be heard in a matter relating to the quashing of an FIR registered against special director Rakesh Asthana on bribery allegations. Justice Najmi Waziri also sought reply of Asthana, CBI director Alok Verma, and joint director A.K. Sharma on the plea of Sana requesting him to be impleaded as a party in Asthana’s petition seeking quashing of the FIR. Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for Sana, said the FIR was filed on the basis of his complaint. He was helping the agency in the investigation and should also be heard.Additional solicitor general Vikramjit Banerjee and advocate Rajdipa Behura, representing the CBI, said there was no need to implead Sana.PTI
Economist Surjit Bhalla resigns as part-time member of Economic Advisory Council of PM
Economist Surjit Bhalla has resigned as a part-time member of the Economic Advisory Council of the PM (EAC-PM) effective December 1. His resignation has been accepted by the PM. In his resignation request, he had stated that he would be joining some other organisation. Bhalla tweeted his article on forecast of Elections 2019 "written as Contributing Editor Indian Express & Consultant @Network18Group". thehindu
Urjit Patel quits as RBI governor amid feud with govt
Amid an unprecedented public face-off with the Govt  over a range of issues including autonomy, Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel stepped down from his post today citing "personal reasons". Patel was appointed in 2016 for a 3-year term, which was to expire in September next year.  "On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down from my current position effective immediately," Patel said in his letter that had no word on his future plans.The resignation comes days ahead of a crucial board meeting on Friday, that was meant to discuss the progress on issues raised by the board's Govt nominees last month.Dr Urjit Patel is an economist of a very high calibre with a deep and insightful understanding of macro-economic issues. He steered the banking system from chaos to order and ensured discipline. Under his leadership, RBI brought financial stability.One of the first to respond to the issue was Patel's predecessor Raghuram Rajan. "All Indians should be concerned about Governor Patel's resignation," said Rajan, outspoken ex Governor who, at the end a controversial 3-year tenure, had returned to academia.The simmering differences between RBI and the Govt  over three key issues, which included excess reserves, boiled over in October. Govt  was seen to be ramping up pressure on the bank to release the reserves, which, critics said, would be used to boost the economy in an election year.There were apprehensions that Govt might try to force the Governor's hand. Senior Congress leader and former Union minister said it could be done through the bank's board, which the Govt  has "filled with its men".Last month, the board met for more than nine hours in Mumbai to resolve the differences, which ended on a conciliatory note. The bank had agreed to set up a panel on sharing surplus reserves and restructure loans of small businesses up to Rs. 25 crore.RBI has an excess reserve of Rs. 3.6 lakh crore, which, the Govt maintains, can be used for development, sources said. The bank contends that keeping extra reserves are essential in view of possible emergencies.NDTV
All Indians should be concerned, says Raghuram Rajan on Patel’s resignation
Urjit Patel eased out by Centre to bring in someone ‘more pliable’, says Kejriwal
Delhi CM  Arvind Kejriwal alleged that RBI governor Urjit Patel was eased out by BJP-led NDA Govt at the Centre to bring in a “more pliable” person to fill the post. Patel, who had a run in with Govt over autonomy of the central bank, resigned from his job earlier on Monday citing personal reasons. “RBI governor Urjit Patel has been eased out since he refused to allow Modi govt to plunder Rs three lakh crore of RBI reserves. Now Modi govt will get a more pliable RBI governor who will allow this loot,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.PTI
Arrests For Bulandshahr Cow Slaughter Lead To More Questions Than Answers
Bulandshahr: Confusion surrounds the arrests of four men - all Muslims - on charges of slaughtering cows in Bulandshahr in western UP.The discovery of carcasses had become the trigger for an outbreak of mob violence culminating in the murder of a police officer and a student last Monday.Shortly after the discovery of the carcasses, the police registered FIR based on a complaint by Yogesh Raj, a Bajrang Dal leader. In it, he named seven men, all from Nayabas village, 11 km from the site where the carcasses were discovered.By Wednesday morning, the police arrested four men - two of whom were not named in FIR. In a separate case over the mob violence and killing of the police officer, the police have named 27 people, and filed charges against over 50 unidentified individuals. Nine have been arrested in this case so far but accused No. 1 - who is yet to be arrested one week later - is Yogesh Raj.One of those arrested based on Yogesh Raj's FIR was Sarfuddin, a garment trader.Sarfuddin's family claimed that on the day the carcasses were discovered, he was 40 km away at an Ijtama, 3-day convention held on the outskirts of Bulandshahr."He (Sarfuddin) was at the Ijtama, he had parking duty that day," said Mohammad Hussain, Sarfuddin's brother, while holding out Sarfuddin's duty badge. "I have proof that he wasn't here, one can track his GPS location and check if he ever went to Mahav," he added.Sarfuddin's name came up because of history between Yogesh and him,claims his brother. Mohammad Hussain said Yogesh Raj, of Bajrang Dal, framed Sarfuddin. The police also arrested 26-year-old Sajid Ali, also named in FIR.Sajid, however, does not live in the village. His uncle Shabbir, a tea vendor said "Sajid moved to Faridabad 12 years ago."He told us that Sajid has been selling cigarettes in Faridabad for years, and had visited Bulandshahr for the Ijtema but hadn't come to the village. Sajid Ali moved to Faridabad 12 years ago, his family said.Asif, like Sajid had moved away from his village in Aurangabad,20 km away from spot of violence, four years ago and settled in Mumbai after he got married, his family said.The police did not even know Asif's name when they came to arrest him,Najrana, his mother-in-law, said.Banne Khan lives nearly 50 km from Bulandshahr and 65 kilometres from the spot of the violence. Villagers gathered outside the kachcha 2-room house of Khan. "All this is politics, it is BJP's Govt , that's why (he was arrested). Look at his house, he is a poor man," said Ansar, his neighbour. "He has no relatives in Siana, he may have never even been there ever," added Afsar. Siana is a Kasba where Mahav village is located. ndtv
Law exam paper: If a Muslim kills a cow…
New Delhi :As an image of the question paper surfaced on social media, the university, when contacted, said it “regretted” the question and decided to “delete” it.“Ahmed, a Muslim kills a cow in a market in the presence of Rohit, Tushar, Manav and Rahul, who are Hindus. Has Ahmed committed any offence?” This was among the questions in a third-semester end term examination for law students of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU). The question formed a part of the Law of Crimes-I paper held on Dec.7. Of the colleges affiliated to GGSIPU, ten offer LLB course and received the question paper.As an image of the question paper surfaced on social media, the university, when contacted, said it “regretted” the question and decided to “delete” it, and that students will not be evaluated on their answer. Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said he had ordered an inquiry into the matter.“It is very bizarre and seems to be an attempt to disturb the harmony of society. We won’t tolerate such misconduct. I am ordering an inquiry, and if found true, strongest action will be taken,” Sisodia said.Bilal Anwar Khan, a Supreme Court lawyer, tweeted an image of the question paper Sunday night and wrote, “Here is a new normal, de-humanising an entire community. A law college at Narela, NCR’s 3rdsemester paper (sic)”. The college he was referring to is Chandra Prabhu Jain (CPJ) College of Higher Studies and School of Law at Narela, which is affiliated to GGSIPU.Khan said he had written to the university and the college about the matter but was yet to receive a response. In his email, he said, “Nature of question paper is highly derogatory in its form and nature against particular class and community.Question blatantly dehumanises one community which is against the very spirit of the Constitution of India and the egalitarian values…Please kindly take the appropriate action against such vilification.” Neeta Beri, Principal of the School of Law at CPJ College, said the university had made the question paper but added that she did not feel the need to take up the matter with the authorities. However, GGSIPU Registrar Satnam Singh said the university “regretted the error”.indianexpress
AMU to have its own girl's hockey team,1st time since 1920
AMU is on the brink of creating history as it is all set to have its own girl's hockey team for the first time in its history since 1920 - the first time when it built a women's hockey team. If the team is ready on time, they could well be playing their first game in an inter-school tournament in Feb.next year. The preparations are already in place as the girls have already started training. The tournament is all set to give them a perfect platform to showcase their talent. There is an air of positivity all around the campus with everyone putting in their efforts to make the team gather all its strength. “Playing hockey was never on my mind until one day my brother told me that a girls’ hockey team was being formed. I decided to try it out and now am enjoying it very much,” said Naseem who is one of the recruits of the university and a part of the team. Times Now
After 6 Months, Supreme Court Returns Kerala 'Love Jihad' Reports Untouched to NIA
New Delhi: In what has proved to be an exercise in futility after employing valuable manpower and resources, the Supreme Court has returned the investigation reports submitted to it by NIA in connection with the Kerala's 'love jihad' case. These reports, at least three of them, were not even opened by the top court, which had on its own ordered the investigation.“As per office report, sealed envelopes have been received from NIA since the matter is disposed of.The sealed envelope be sent back to NIA,” a bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar has now ordered. This officially puts an end to the investigation, which began after the Kerala High Court had annulled Hadiya’s interfaith marriage.NIA conducted the probe spanning over 6 months on the direction of the SC. Investigation was ordered in August 2017 despite a strong protest by Hadiya’s husband, who had come to the SC for the restoration of their marriage. The court had also brushed aside the objections raised by Kerala Govt against the transfer of the probe to the central agency and asked NIA to file periodical reports as to whether there was any pattern and conspiracy behind interfaith marriages in the state. The pertinent order was passed by the bench of then CJI JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud.CNN-News18
Modi govt to push 45 bills during winter session of Parliament
NDA Govt  has listed 45 bills, including three ordinances currently in force, and a demand for grants for discussion and passage in the crucial winter session of Parliament. This may be the last opportunity for the Govt  to implement important social reforms championed by PM Narendra Modi including the all-important triple talaq bill.The 29-day session is expected to be a stormy one as opposition Congress has reiterated its resolve to press for the setting up of a joint parliamentary committee to probe alleged irregularities in the purchase of Rafale aircraft from French firm Dassault Aviation. In the all-party meeting called by the Govt  on Monday, PM Narendra Modi appealed to all political parties to have a constructive debate on all issues of national importance in both in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.Urging the opposition leaders, the PM said: “It is the responsibility of all of us to contribute to the service of the nation and its people by ensuring smooth functioning of Parliament.”financialexpress
J&K: 4 policemen killed in militant attack in Shopian
New Delhi :4 policemen were killed in a militant attack in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday, officials said. The identity of the militants has not yet been established.Officials said that terrorists entered into a guard room in Zanipora where four police personnel were present. The deceased have been identified as Anees Ahmad, Hamidullah, Mehraj ud Din and Abdul Majeed.The fourth policeman was rushed to a hospital, where his condition was stated to be critical, the officials said.The terrorists also walked away with weapons of the policemen, they said, adding that all people from the minority community were safe.indianexpress
SC dismisses plea on dissolution of J&K House
New Delhi:The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition challenging Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik’s decision to dissolve the state assembly.The plea, filed by former legislator and BJP leader Gagan Bhagar, was turned down by a bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul.The petitioner contended that the decision was arbitrary and not in accordance with the law laid down by the apex court in the 2005 Rameshwar Prasad case and that only a floor test would prove majority. The SC had in that case affirmed the recommendations of Sarkaria Commission on formation of Govts in case of a fractured mandate. Bhagat, who represented R S Pura constituency, had asked the court to declare Governor’s action as unconstitutional.indianexpress
After marathon meet, ‘disgruntled’ Muzaffar Baig appointed PDP patron
Srinagar:In an effort to keep its flock together, PDP appointed its founding member and dissident parliamentarian Muzaffar Hussain Baig as the party’s patron. The announcement came following a 5-hour marathon meet of senior party leaders, chaired by party head Mehbooba Mufti.The development comes amid a rebellion in PDP, with ex MLA Abass Wani resigning from the primary membership of the party on Monday. Wani is the fourth PDP leader to have announced his resignation from the party. 3 ex MLAs — Imran Ansari and his uncle Abid Ansari, ex finance minister Haseeb Drabu — have quit the party following the dissolution of the assembly.“Yes, Baig sahib has been appointed as the patron of the party,” PDP chief spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir said.A senior party leader, who was part of the meet, said the party president offered post of patron to Baig, who accepted it.indianexpress
Maharashtra: 17 Muslim members in BJP majority Dhule Municipal Corporation
Dhule: Dhule Municipal Corporation (DMC), which will be dominated by BJP corporators, will have 17 Muslim members belonging to various political parties and independents, according to the final results announced by the poll officers Monday. Interestingly, the Congress, which contested the Dhule 2018 civic elections forming an alliance with NCP, won 06 seats. Out of them 05 are Muslims. Similary, of the total 08 seats NCP has won in Dhule, 05 are Muslims.Among the other newly elected Muslim Corporators in Dhule Municipal Corporation are 04 from AIMIM, 02 from Samajwadi Party (SP) and 01 Independent.BJP and Shiv Sena had respectively given party tickets to 02 and 03 Muslims. None of them could win the 2018 Dhule Mahanagar Palika elections.A total of 16 Muslims belonging to NCP, Congress, SP and independents had won in 2013 Dhule Municipal Corporation election.ummid.com
Maharashtra: 7 Muslims in newly elected Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation
Newly elected Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation (AMC), also known as Ahmednagar Mahanagar Palika, will have a total of 07 Muslims in the house of 68. In 2013 too 07 Muslims had won the Ahmednagar municipal elections.According to the final result declared by the poll officers after counting of votes on Monday, 04 Muslims - Samad Khan of NCP, Rizwana Shaikh of Congress, Asif Sultan of Samajwadi Party and Meenaz Khan (Independent) have won from Prabhag 03.Other 2 Mulim candidates who have won the Ahmednagar local body elections are Praveen Qureshi and Shaikh Nazeer Ahmed - both from NCP. They won 2018 polls from Prabhag 11.One of 04 BSP candidate who have won the AMC 2018 elections is Mudassar Shaikh. He has won the polls from Prabhag 10.A total of 48 Muslims belonging to various parties, including BJP and Shiv Sena, contested 2018 Ahmednagar Mahangar Palika elections. Shiv Sena has emerged as the single largest party though short of the halfway mark in AMC 2018 elections results of which were declared on Monday.According to the final result announced by the poll officers, Shiv Sena won 24 seats in the house of 68. Congress and NCP are second with 23 seats - NCP 18 seats and Congress 05 seats.BJP which has taken early lead ended winning just 14 seats. BSP won 04 seats, SP won 01 and Independents 02. ummid.com
Gujarat: 3 booked for rioting, murder of teen in clash
Rajkot :Two days after a teenage boy was killed by a stray bullet and four others were injured in a clash between two groups over an old dispute in Kalika Plot area of Morbi town, police on Monday booked three persons for murder and rioting.Violence had broken out in Kalika plot area of Morbi on Saturday evening, following a face-off between two groups leading to indiscriminate firing. A 13-year-old boy, Vishal Bambhaniya, was killed in the firing, and Arif Mir, Imran Sumra, Siraj Sandhi and a minor girl were injured. Late on Sunday, Arif (34), brother of murdered history-sheeter Mustak Mir, filed a police complaint against Hitubha alias Hitendrasinh Zala, Vijay Chudasama alias Kadi and Mulrajsinh Jadeja.  He alleged that the three accused had come to his house on Saturday, followed by four others on motor-bikes. Indianexpress
Israeli PM vows to build more settlements in W.Bank
Jerusalem:Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday vowed to build more settlement units in the occupied West Bank. “As long as I am the PM of Israel, not a single Jew will be uprooted from his home,” Netanyahu said in a statement following the opening of a new road near the city of Ramallah. “Not only will Jews not be uprooted in Judea and Samaria, but more homes will be built,” he added, using the Jewish term for the occupied West Bank. Roughly 650,000 Israelis currently live on more than 100 Jewish-only settlements built throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem since Israel occupied the territories in 1967. The Palestinians, for their part, want these areas -- along with the Gaza Strip -- for a future state of Palestine. International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity on the land as illegal.Anadolu Agency
Arab League warns Brazil not to move embassy to Jerusalem
Arab League, comprising 22 member states, told Brazil's right-wing President-elect Jair Bolsonaro that moving Brazil's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would be a setback on relations with Arab countries, in a letter. The move planned by Bolsonaro, who takes office on Jan.1, would be a sharp turn in Brazilian foreign policy, which has traditionally backed a 2-state-solution on Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ambassadors representing Arab nations are expected to meet in Brasilia on Tuesday to discuss Bolsonaro's plan, following US President Donald Trump's decision to relocate the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to an Arab diplomat who asked not to be named.aljazeera
Qatari envoy says Gaza airport was proposed, Israel unresponsive
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A Qatari envoy overseeing the Gulf state's humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip said on Monday that he had proposed building an airport in the blockaded Palestinian enclave but had received no response from Israel. In coordination with Israel and the UN, Qatar has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to various Gaza projects that the partners say are designed to stave off Palestinian poverty and prevent escalations in violence. "They [Israel] said it would be discussed and they procrastinated...We will renew our request,"Qatari envoy Mohammed al-Emadi told Gaza-based agency SAWA."The Israeli side had security concerns and we told them we can resolve them by having the planes fly to Doha and return to Gaza from there and under Qatari security supervision."
Palestinian man shot dead after alleged car-ramming attempt
Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian man in a village in the occupied West Bank after he allegedly attempted a car-ramming attack near a checkpoint, local media reported.Palestinian was identified by local media as 27-year-old Omar Hassan Awad from the town of Idhna in Hebron.According to the Palestinian Authority's health ministry, Awad succumbed to his wounds after he was shot in the back several times while driving his vehicle near a checkpoint.According to Wafa news agency, Awad was left bleeding for some time before a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance was allowed to enter the scene to take him. He was pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital. aljazeera
Lebanon committed to Hezbollah-Israel truce
Beirut:Lebanon is committed to UN resolution 1701 on the cessation of hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Tuesday. Aoun was speaking during a meeting with Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col, head of UNIFIL mission at the presidential palace in Beirut. Aoun said Lebanon is waiting for the conclusion of field investigations regarding the issue of cross-border tunnels, according to a statement issued by the Lebanese Presidency. On December 5, Del Col said that a technical team will be dispatched to Israel to investigate Israeli allegations about the digging of tunnels by Hezbollah along Israeli-Lebanese border. He underlined the importance of ensuring UNIFIL's full access to all locations along the Blue Line, the line created by UN in 2000 to demarcate Israel’s withdrawal from south Lebanon. The commander appealed to both Israel and Lebanon to refrain from taking any unilateral action that could adversely affect the situation. Anadolu
Arafat aide: Saudi approved Arafat’s assassination
Bassam Abu-Sharif, a senior aide to the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, revealed yesterday that he has a document which proves that Saudi Arabia approved the Palestinian leader’s assassination, the Shehab News Agency reported.Abu-Sharif said that the US agreed for late Israeli PM Ariel Sharon to assassinate Arafat with Saudi approval, stressing that he has a document about the meeting which includes this information.Speaking to Shehab, Abu-Sharif said that Sharon, who had pledged at the UN that he would not target Arafat, told then US president George Bush that he would retreat go back on his word because it was necessary to assassinate Arafat in order to deter the Palestinian resistance.He said that the poison was administered to Arafat through his toothpaste, noting that he had warned Arafat and suggested that he should not have eaten anything from his own kitchen.middleeastmonitor
Israeli army raids Palestinian news agency in WBank
Israeli troops have raided the offices of the Palestinian News & Info Agency (Wafa) in the occupied West Bank, injuring several journalists.The soldiers fired tear gas into Wafa's building in Ramallah on Monday, preventing the staff from leaving or returning to their offices, the news agency reported. It said a number of journalists sustained injuries, including teargas inhalation, during the raid, while Israeli troops also pushed and shoved two photographers and hurled profanities at them.Wafa said the Israeli army confiscated security camera footage from the building during the incident.The army has not yet commented on the purpose of the raid.
Israel fears India could scrap $500m arms deal
Israel is afraid that India is planning to scrap a $500 million deal of anti-tank missiles claiming that more tests are needed on the arms, Ma’an reported.The Marker, an Israeli economic outlet, noted that the Indian deal to purchase Spike anti-tank missiles is facing major difficulties, noting that India wanted the missiles to be better tested.However, it said: “The real reason for the additional experiments is the claim of the Indian defence that the missiles should be tested in a high-temperature atmosphere.”Citing foreign reports, the Marker said that India feels worried because the missiles are planned to operate in a hot desert weather.” However, it reported unnamed Israeli officials saying that this request is a sign that India “is looking for an excuse to scrap the deal.”middleeastmonitor
Yemen mass prisoner swap underway:UN envoy
A mass prisoner swap between Yemen's Houthi rebels and Govt, a key issue at UN-brokered peace talks between the warring sides, is already underway, the UN special envoy to Yemen has announced.First brokered by Martin Griffiths earlier this month, the prisoner exchange is one of the main sticking points at talks between the Yemeni Govt  and the Houthis, in Sweden this week.The deal "will be very very considerable in terms of the numbers that we hope to get released within a few weeks", Griffiths told reporters. Griffiths did not provide a specific number of prisoners expected to be exchanged between the 2 sides. However, the deal reportedly covers between 1,500 and 2,000 members of pro-Govt forces and between 1,000 and 1,500 rebels, Govt  official Hadi Haig said last week. hile the prisoner swap moves ahead, Yemen's warring parties have yet to agree on several major sticking points in the peace talks, including a ceasefire in Hodeidah and the reopening of Sanaa airport.middleeasteye
Nov Yemen's 'deadliest month in 2 yrs:ACLED report
'Terrorism' database cites 'Islamophobic' sources in Muslim profiles
A leading financial risk database that is already facing multiple lawsuits from Muslim organisations which it suggested had links to terrorism is still using as sources websites accused of promoting far-right and Islamophobic agendas, Middle East Eye can reveal. An MEE investigation has found several entries for prominent Muslim individuals and organisations in the World-Check risk intelligence database that include links to material posted on notorious websites such as Jihad Watch and Frontpage Magazine. Some of the sources, including controversial US-based think tanks such as the Gatestone Institute and the David Horowitz Freedom Center, were also reported by the Guardian newspaper last week to be part of a "hidden global network" supporting Tommy Robinson, a far-right anti-Muslim activist in the UK.middleeasteye
Assad regime sentences dozens of opponents to death
Istanbul:A Syrian regime court has sentenced dozens of opposition members to death, according to a pro-regime newspaper. Al-Watan paper said 40 people were tried in absentia, including head of Jaysh al-Islam group Essam al-Buwaydhani, Abdel Nasser Shemir, leader of al-Rahman Legion and Mohamed al-Sharaa (known as Abu Mohamed al-Jolani), commander of Tahrir al-Sham group. The defendants face charges, including the "possession of explosive material to spread horror and committing a crime against the state."It remains unclear when the ruling was issued. The verdict comes after the Bashra al-Assad regime wrestled control of many areas from the opposition in Damascus, Homs, Aleppo and Daraa provinces.Anadolu Agency
ndia hands over first 50 houses built for Rohingya refugees in Myanmar
India on Tuesday handed over to Myanmar the first 50 houses built by the country for the displaced minority Rohingya Muslims in the restive Rakhine province. The housing units were handed over after President Ram Nath Kovind and his Myanmar counterpart U Win Myint held delegation-level talks and decided to step up bilateral ties.India is building 250 houses in Rakhine province as part of a developmental project.The first batch of 50 houses was formally handed over to the Myanmar authorities on Tuesday, President Kovind’s office tweeted.India signed a development programme for Rakhine State in Myanmar late last year which was designed to assist the Myanmar Govt  in Rakhine State to build housing infrastructure for displaced persons, which senior Indian officials said was appreciated not just by Govt of Myanmar but also by the United Nations and other agencies.PTI
In desperate attempt to save Brexit deal, May heads to Europe
British PM Theresa May has left London for talks with European Union leaders aimed at seeking agreement to amend her Brexit deal.May met Dutch PM Mark Rutte in The Hague early on Tuesday before heading to the German capital, Berlin, for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel. She will later travel to Brussels, administrative heart of EU, where she will hold discussions with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk. Tusk said the other 27 EU leaders will discuss Brexit at a special meeting on Thursday, at the beginning of a preplanned summit in Brussels which May will herself attend.
Bomber targets security convoy in Kabul
At least four people have been killed and another six injured after a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of security forces in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in the latest attack claimed by the Taliban armed group.The blast took place in Paghman district in western Kabul early on Tuesday as the convoy was returning from an overnight operation, Interior Ministry Spokesman Najib Danish told AFP news agency."It is still not clear whether the attacker was on foot or driving a vehicle," the spokesman said. Another security official, who wished to remain anonymous, said the attacker had used a car bomb to target the convoy.aljazeera
9 killed in Congo's troubled eastern region of Beni
Suspected members of an armed group have killed nine civilians in an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled east, according to Govt  officials and the military.The massacre occurred overnight in the town of Oicha, in the Beni region of DR Congo, local administrator Donat Kibwana told AFP.aljazeera
Explained: The Widening Rift Between RBI and Modi Govt : Anuj Srivas
Analysis: Investors Worry About Independence While India Looks for New RBI Head
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NRC: BJP Is On A Collision Course With Assamese ‘Nationalists’ Over Citizenship Bill:Parismita Singh
I'm a doctor. And I'm worried other doctors' dislike for Muslims may even overrule the Hippocratic Oath:Sharada Vinod
Bulandshahr Violence: Sacred Cows, Disposable Humans:Subhash Gatade
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7 decades after Resolution 194, why haven’t Palestinian refugees returned home?Ghada Karmi

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