21 January 2020

21 JAN. FLASH NEWS: IMF will factor in anti-CAA protests in next assessment for India: chief economist / Daughters of renowned poet among 160 women booked for protesting against CAA, NRC in UP/ Shaheen Bagh protesters open way for school bus to pass through


*anti-citizenship act stir*
*IMF will factor in anti-CAA protests in next assessment for India: chief economist Gita Gopinath*
International Monetary Fund will take into account the widespread protests against the amended citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens in its the next assessment for India in April, organisation’s chief economist Gita Gopinath told NDTV. She added that the world body will track the ongoing protests in which 26 people have been killed so far.2019 has ended with protests on a global scale, most notably in Latin America, West Asia and North Africa, Hong Kong, and India. Gopinath, however, mentioned only Chile and Hong Kong.“I have nothing really significant to say [about India],” she said. “It is something we will follow and we will see what this does in our next assessment in April.” Protests have been going on in Hong Kong since June last year, and have not simmered down even though the controversial extradition bill was withdrawn in Sept.2019.Protestors are demanding an independent investigation into instances of police brutality; the retraction of the classification of protestors as “rioters”; amnesty for arrested protestors; and the implementation of the promised universal suffrage.Gopinath said social cohesion was very important. As of now, it is important to ensure that nations are protecting the vulnerable sections and “they are not left behind in the growth story”, she added. IMF, too, has highlighted a link between “intensifying social unrest across many countries — reflecting, in some cases, the erosion of trust in established institutions and lack of representation in governance structures” — in its World Economic Outlook released in Davos, Switzerland.
IMF To Track India Protests, Assessment In April: Gita Gopinath To NDTV
Have CAA protests impacted India's global image? Here's what IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath has to say

*3 FIRs Lodged Against Daughters of Noted Poet, 100 Other Women at Anti-CAA Protest in Lucknow*
Lucknow: Lucknow Police on Tuesday registered 3 FIRs against the women protesting against the amended citizenship law at the clock tower in Old Lucknow.Daughters of noted poet Munawwar Rana — Sumaiya Rana and Fauzia Rana — along with over 100 unidentified women were booked for violating Section 144, instigating people and using assault or criminal force to deter public servant.The action comes ahead of Union minister Amit Shah’s rally in support of the CAA in Lucknow on Tuesday.Meanwhile, the protests against the law also reached other parts of the city and around 15 women sat on a dharna near a ‘Dargah’ in Ujariaon under Gomti Nagar Police station.However, a police team rushed to the protest venue and asked the women to leave, informing them about Section 144 being imposed in the city.The protest at Ghanta Ghar, which started on Friday evening, continued today with the crowd swelling up despite the freezing winter.The child rights panel is also monitoring the protest amid reports of children being involved in the protest.Heavy police presence, however, was no deterrent to the women carrying the Tricolour at Ghanta Ghar.The anti-CAA and anti-NRC protests also continued for the eighth day at Mansoor Ali Park in Roshan Bagh area of Prayagraj.News18
Daughters of renowned poet among 160 women booked for protesting against CAA, NRC in UP

Akhilesh Yadav's daughter's photo at CAA protest goes viral, Samajwadi Party says she was taking a walk
Lucknow:Aphotograph of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav's daughter Tina Yadav has gone viral on social media with the claims that she was participating in an anti-CAA rally in Lucknow. Now the party has issued a clarification that she was only in the area when someone clicked a selfie with her.14-year-old Tina Yadav was at the Clock Tower on Sunday, where hundreds of women were sitting on protest against the citizenship law.Samajwadi Party has said Tina Yadav had gone for a walk at the Clock Tower, which is close to the Yadav residence, when someone clicked a selfie with her.SP has rejected reports of Akhilesh Yadav's daughter joining the ongoing protests against CAA.indiatoday

Shaheen Bagh protesters open way for school bus to pass through: ‘We too have children’
New Delhi :Amid complaints against Shaheen Bagh protesters for blocking the road and causing inconvenience, the protesters Tuesday decided to allow school vans to pass through the stretch.Sharing a video that shows a school van passing through the barricades, the Twitter handle of Shaheen Bagh protesters read: “Dear @DelhiPolice, we too have children of our own, and understand parents’ worries for their children’s schooling and futures. Many of our children are still recovering from unfair injuries sustained at JMI. Keeping schools in mind, we are allowing school vans to cross.”The handle had also tweeted: “We are allowing school vans to cross through near Kalandi Kunj Park since schools have reopened.”A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the police to ensure smooth traffic flow on Delhi’s Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch. Delhi Police also appealed to protesters to vacate the premises, citing “difficulties” faced by school children, commuters and businesses.The plea in the Supreme Court, filed by advocate Amit Sahni, urged the SC to direct the monitoring of the situation by a retired judge of SC or sitting judge of Delhi HC “in order to avoid any further deterioration of the situation and to circumvent any violence”, and issue any other directions as may be required.indianexpress
Shaheen Bagh responds to Delhi Police, says been allowing school vans to pass through
Shaheen Bagh women send defamation notice to BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya over paid protest charge
Miffed by the allegation of being paid to sit on protest, the women at Shaheen Bagh have sent a defamation notice to BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya. The legal notice has demanded an apology and Rs 1 crore in damages from BJP leader. Protests continue at Shaheen Bagh for the 36th day against Centre's decision to implement CAA and provisions of NPR. The protesters are angry over a viral video shared by Malviya, which claimed that the women, who were protesting against the CAA, were paid Rs 500 per day.The notice has been sent by the office of advocate Mehmud Pracha who is the legal adviser for the protesters.Two protesters -- Nafisa Bano of Zakir Nagar and Shahzad Fatma of Shaheen Bagh -- have sent the notice. They have alleged that since Amit Malviya is a member of BJP, ruling party in the Center, therefore has a "vested interest in defaming the mass of protesters".The notice addressed to BJP leader read, "By making and propagating false allegations against the protesters and casting aspersions on their motivations, you, the addressee, and other entities, have not only played a fraud on the general public but have also attempted to bring disrepute to the protesters who are bringing the attention of a large number of people on the issues being pressed by this extraordinary exercise of Constitutional freedom."indiatoday

Protest watch: Digvijaya Singh visits Shaheen Bagh even as police again urge protestors to disperse
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh met protestors at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, which has become a major centre of continuous protests since last month against the amendments to the Citizenship Act, the proposed NRC  and the NPR.“We’re against CAA, NRC, NPR,” Singh said at Shaheen Bagh, ANI reported. “These are against Constitution. We’re against the Centre’s divisive policy. No one has the right to ask for proof of citizenship from people who chose to live here.” He claimed that he was asked to deliver a speech by the protestors but refused “as it is not a political stage”.Singh’s visit came even as the Delhi Police urged the protestors to unblock the road as parents of schoolchildren allegedly expressed “deep anxiety” because of upcoming board examinations.
Najeeb Jung on CAA: Include Muslims or remove names of other religions
New Delhi :Amid ongoing protests against CAA, former Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung Monday said the legislation required a revamp and should be made inclusive.“I feel that the CAA needs a revamp. They should either include Muslims or remove other names (of religions). If Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls these people and talks, the matter will be resolved,” Jung said while addressing protesters at Jamia Millia Islamia.Jung questioned the Centre over not meeting the anti-CAA protesters while saying that former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s government had met agitators when Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement was going on.Jung also condemned the police action in the university, besides the violence at JNU and AMU.Jung was one of the 106 personalities who had recently written an open letter, saying that NPR and NRC were “unnecessary and wasteful exercises” which would cause hardships to the public.indianexpress

Imposition of NSA in Delhi Aimed at Thwarting Anti-CAA Protests: Activists
NEW DELHI:Prominent social and human rights activists on Monday expressed the apprehension that the re-promulgation of National Security Act (NSA) in the national capital is meant to deter and intimidate the anti-CAA, NRC and NPR protesters. This was promulgated, after it was noted that there was no sign of the protests being abated, they said.Activists sensed this was an attempt to crush citizenship protests. As many as six new Shaheen Bagh-type protests or sit-in by local women emerged in Trans-Yamuna area (East Delhi). The draconian law would give unbridled powers to Delhi Police, which had in recent days brutally attacked protesting students and others on campuses of JMI, JNU etc and also on people in Daryaganj and other places here.Renowned civil rights defender, Ravi Nair, slammed the Centre for re-promulgation of the law in Delhi. Nair is convener of the ‘Alliance against CAA and NRC’ a broad-based platform of civil society organisations and volunteers that leads the struggle against the citizenship law. He told Caravan Daily that the Delhi Police termed the re-promulgation a routine exercise but in the given political situation, it was not.caravandaily

CAA-NRC: Universities and Other Institutions in Northeast to Observe ‘Shut Down’ on Jan 22
The Supreme Court of India has scheduled its next hearing on the petitions challenging the CAA for January 22. While the entire country has been resounding with protests against the amended citizenship act, the students’ groups of universities from the Northeast of India have called for a total shut down of all universities and colleges in the region on the day of the hearing.A total of 72 petitions are scheduled to be heard on January 22. Earlier, around 59 petitions were filed in the apex court challenging the constitutional validity of the amended act.The students’ fraternity of the universities in the Northeast have called for the bandh as a symbol of protest and urging the Supreme court that it addresses the negative impacts of CAA on the indigenous people of the region.Several universities including Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University, Tezpur University, Assam Women’s University, Assam Agricultural University of Assam, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) of Meghalaya, Nagaland University, Rajiv Gandhi University in Arunachal Pradesh have given the joint call for shut down, as per reports.newsclick

Assam: Prominent personalities including Filmmaker Jahnu Barua, 9 others write to CJI over CAA stir
Sahitya Akademi awardees Hiren Gohain and Homen Borgohain and eminent filmmaker Jahnu Barua along with ten other prominent personalities of Assam, have written to Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde urging him to deliberate on the prevailing “public outrage and anger in the country”.Signatories to the letter include scientist Dinesh Chandra Goswami, Sahitya Akademi awardee Nagen Saikia, former Gauhati University vice-chancellor Gajendra Nath Talukdar and ex-principals of Cotton College and Gauhati Medical College, Udayaditya Bharali and N N Barman respectively.The letter was made available to media on Monday, and it stated that the government has characterized the ongoing protests across the country as being organized by “mischievous elements” whereas the “reaction of thousands of people has earned the sympathy of all right-thinking elements of the society”
Assam villagers donate Rs 80,000 cash and 45,000 kg of paddy to AASU to fight against CAA
Guwahati:The farmers of about 85 villages in Assam's Dibrugarh district donated Rs 80,000 cash to the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) to help fund its legal fight against the CAA.Besides cash, the farmers and residents of the 85 villages under Sasoni mouza of Naharkatia in the oil-rich upper Assam district also donated 450 quintals of paddy (45,000 kg), which they had grown, to the AASU.The villagers had handed over the paddy and cash amount to AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi during the anti-CAA agitation programme.indiatoday

Assaam: KMSS leader held for CAA violence
Dibrugarh:Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS)’s Dibrugarh unit joint general secretary Sashi Sensowa was arrested on Monday for “violence and vandalism” during protests against the CAA in the Upper Assam district.After arresting Sensowa from his house in Tingkong, the police produced him in court, which sent him to judicial custody. Later, KMSS’s women’s wing, Nari Mukti Sangram Samiti, laid siege to the jail here and residents of Tingkong blocked Rajgarh road, demanding his immediate release. The protesters also shouted slogans against the government. Traffic was disrupted for an hour after locals blocked the road.telegraphindia

Mangaluru police firing: People's Tribunal report cites excess by cops, seeks judicial inquiry
MANGALURU: A People's Tribunal on the police firing on CAA protestors in Mangaluru on December 19 in its report said that the action of the police personnel seem to contravene significant limitations on their powers, as provided for in the Karnataka Police Manual, and has pressed for constitution of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to probe the incident.People’s Tribunal comprised of Justice (Retd.) V Gopala Gowda, BT Venkatesh and Sugata Srinivasaraju which conducted public hearings to hear from all the persons affected by the police firing on 19th December, came out with the observations on Tuesday.The panel has observed that imposition of prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC were unwarranted and its imposition on the evening of December 18 was not effectively communicated to the residents of the area.newindianexpress

Mangalore Police Issues Notices to Kerala Residents for Anti-CAA Protests
 Around 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, from Kerala’s Kasaragod district have received summons from the Mangalore police in connection with the probe into violent anti-CAA protests that took place on December 19 and left two people dead in police firing, according to a report in TOI .It appears that a majority of them received summons on the basis of their cellphone location on the day of the protests.The summons, issued by an assistant commissioner of police of the Mangaluru city crime record bureau, mention the date and time for the appearance and caution against absence, which would be construed as “evading the investigation” and would invite “further legal procedure”.The district of Kasaragod in Kerala borders Karnataka and several locals from small towns in the district frequent Manguluru, which is the biggest city in the vicinity, for a variety of commercial and household needs.thewire

Muslims collect weapons in mosques instead of praying, says Karnataka BJP leader Renukacharya at pro-CAA rally
MP Renukacharya, Karnataka Chief Minister’s political adviser has stirred controversy with his remarks over mosques at a pro-CAA rally in Karnataka .While addressing the gathering in support of the new citizenship law, BJP MP said "There are a few traitors who sit in a masjid and write fatwas. They collect weapons inside the mosque instead of praying. Is this why you want a Masjid?”He went on to say that he won't hesitate to use the money allotted to Muslims for Hindus. "I will resort to such politics in my taluk where the money allotted for Muslims can be used for Hindus. I will put you [Muslims] in your place and show what politics is," said Renukacharya.nationalheraldindia
Karnataka BJP leader Renukacharya targets Muslims, says will put them in their place

VHP workers to spread awareness about CAA
Lucknow: Welcoming the enactment of the CAA by the BJP government at the Centre, the Marga Darshak Mandal of VHP on Monday unanimously approved a proposal to help the government in the implementation of the controversial law, against which protests are being held across the country.As per the resolution, proposed by Mahamandaleshwar Hariharanand Maharaj, VHP volunteers will help “spread awareness and remove misconception regarding the CAA”.During the meeting, sadhus said that there was a need for the amendment to the citizenship law “as minorities were being discriminated in countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan or Afganisation because of their religion”, the VHP said.indianexpress

Now, Naseeruddin Shah wants to see PM Modi’s political science degree
Chandigarh:“I don’t have a birth certificate. I cannot produce one. Does that mean we are all going to be excluded?” asks veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah to the passing of the CAA. He said he isn’t worried but angry that Indians are being forced by the ruling party to prove their citizenship. In an interview with The Wire, the veteran actor asked why his passport, voter’s ID, driver’s licence and Aadhaar card weren’t enough proof of his citizenship. He said: “I don’t have a birth certificate. I cannot produce one. Does that mean we are all going to be excluded? I do not need any reassurances that Muslims don’t need to be worried. I am not worried. If living here (in India) for 70 years does not prove me to be an Indian, I don’t know what does. I am not afraid, I am not anxious, I am angry”. Naseeruddin condemns the violence against the student protesters.Tribune
'Didn’t Ask Anything Wrong': Kerala Man After Filing RTI Query On PM Modi’s Citizenship Documents
As protests against the controversial citizenship law continue to rock the country, a man who filed a RTI query seeking documents of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship has been at the receiving end of both bouquets and brickbats. Joshy Kalluveettil, hailing from Thrissur district in Kerala, has filed an RTI application on January 13 for clarification on the documents for CAA, which was passed by the Parliament in December last year. Kalluveettil says that his intention was to clear the air on the law and to seek clarity on the necessary documents to prove one’s citizenship in the wake of the ongoing protests against it.“The central government had said that Aadhaar, driving license, ration card, PAN card or passport could not be used to prove one’s citizenship. I thought, if we can access the information on PM’s documents, it will allay the fears of the public on documents. The people of India too could use the same documents,” he says.outlookindia

Deeply perplexed: JDU leader confronts Nitish Kumar on tie-up with BJP in Delhi
Amid differences over the new citizenship law, a senior Janata Dal (United) leader has questioned Nitish Kumar over the party's decision to ally with the BJP for the upcoming Delhi Assembly poll.In a tweet on Tuesday, senior JD(U) leader Pavan K Varma posted a photo of the letter written to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar where he asked the party chief how an alliance was formed with the BJP for the Delhi elections."This is the letter I have written to Nitish Kumar today asking him how the JD(U) has formed an alliance with the BJP for the Delhi elections, given his own views on the BJP, and the massive national outrage against the divisive CAA-NPR-NRC scheme," JD(U) leader with party leader Pavan K Varma said.India Today
Women Take out Massive Rally in AP’s Kurnool against CAA-NRC/NPR
KURNOOL;Amid raging protests, sit-in demonstrations and rallies, hundreds of women took out a huge rally against CAA, NPR and NRC) in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool on Monday. In a spirited show, the protesters marched from Osmania College Ground to Collectorate.Addressing their plea to Andhra Pradesh chief minister Jagmohan Reddy, they said, “NPR karne ki teri zid ko mitade wo dhool hun main, aakar dekh Jagan sir dukhtar-e-karnool hun mai” (We will thwart your attempt to carry out the NPR exercise, we are the daughters of Kurnool). The march was organised under the banner of the National Women’s Front (NWF).Addressing the protesters, an NWF leader said, “Allah will rescue us from the tyranny of Modi as He the Almighty had liberated Bani Israel (Jews) from Pharaoh (Ancient Egyptian tyranny ruler). We are not going to back down unless and until this black law (CAA) is repealed.”caravandaily


 India responsible for 80% of slashed global growth estimate: IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath
Davos:As IMF cut down global growth forecasts owing to the economic slowdown in India and other emerging markets, the chief economist of Gita Gopinath said that India was primarily responsible for the downgrade in global growth.India Today News Director Rahul Kanwal spoke to Gita Gopinath at the ongoing 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.Speaking about the lowered world growth estimates, Gopinath said, "We have projected global growth at 2.9 per cent for 2019 and 3.3 per cent for 2020 which is 0.1 percentage point lower than the October estimates. The vast majority of it comes from our downgrade for India which was quite significant for both years."When asked the extent to which the economic slowdown in India had impacted global forecasts, Gita Gopinath said, "Simple calculation says it would be over 80 per cent."IMF on Monday also lowered India's economic growth estimate for the current fiscal to 4.8 per cent. When asked about the slashed projections, Gita Gopinath said, "The first two quarters of India came in weaker than we projected. One sector where we are seeing the most stress is the financial sector -- the non-bank financial corporations. We have seen a sharp decline in credit growth and a weakened business sentiment. All this led to the revised numbers."According to Gopinath, the biggest task before government is to restimulate growth without furthering non-performing assets (NPAs) problem.indiatoday
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'Must Prepare Ourselves for Attack on Gita Gopinath': Chidambaram Warns as IMF Trims Growth Estimate
New Delhi:Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said an attack on IMF and its chief economist Gita Gopinath was in the offing after the body trimmed India’s growth estimate.Taking to Twitter, Chidambaram said: "IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath was one of the first to denounce demonetisation. I suppose we must prepare ourselves for an attack by government ministers on the IMF and Dr Gita Gopinath.”He also said the revision was "window dressing" and was likely to go even lower.The Congress leader has been a staunch critic of the Narendra Modi government’s economic policies. He had earlier said if unemployment rises and incomes decline, there is a danger of youth and students "exploding in anger"."The nation is engrossed with the anti-CAA, anti-NPR protests. Both present a clear and present danger," Chidambaram had said.Chidambaram had also attacked the government over rising consumer price index (CPI) inflation.news18

FM Sitharaman may push for ₹30K cr interim dividend from RBI to meet low revenue generation, slowdown
Finance Ministry is likely to push for ₹25,000-30,000 crore interim dividend from RBI, for the third time in a row, to check slippages in the fiscal deficit of 3.3 per cent in 2019-20.The central bank and government may touch upon the issue when Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will meet RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das at post Budget Vision customary meeting.Government has a Budget estimate of ₹90,000 crore dividend from RBI in FY20. RBI follows a fiscal of July-June. The interim dividend of the RBI's total dividend for 2019-20 (July-June) can help the government check 3.3 per cent fiscal deficit target slippage.In the past RBI has paid a total ₹38,000 crore as interim dividend (₹28,000 crore in FY19 and ₹10,000 crore in FY18)."If the RBI board recommends, then it will be the third time when interim payout will be given to the government," said sources.The central bank had paid ₹28,000 crore as interim dividend from its 2018-19 fiscal accounts (July-June) in February, which helped the government contain deficit at 3.4 per cent in the last fiscal.IANS

2000 notes make 56 percent of total fake currency, Gujarat being the hub
2000 notes introduced after demonetisation, on 8 November 2016 have become the major culprit of counterfeit currency.While ₹1,000 and ₹500 banknotes were banned overnight, the government introduced new banknotes with denominations of ₹2,000 and ₹500.It said these banknotes have additional security features which would make them difficult to be copied by counterfeiters, hence check the menace of fake currency.But three yea₹on, government's own data show that a note with higher value actually helped the rackets operating in counterfeit currency.Latest reports of NCRB reveal that, ₹2,000 banknotes comprised 56 per cent of all fake currency seized in India after demonetisation.NCRB's latest annual report titled 'Crime in India' reveals that in 2017 and 2018, law enforcing agencies seized Fake India Currency Note (FICN) worth ₹46.06 crore.Analysis of the two NCRB reports further reveals that ₹2,000 notes contribute maximum to the value of seized fake currency.nationalheraldindia


Disqualification of lawmakers: SC asks Parliament to rethink Speaker’s powers, suggests independent body
New Delhi :The Supreme Court Tuesday suggested the setting up of an independent mechanism to take decisions regarding the disqualification of members of legislative assemblies. A bench headed by Justice RF Nariman left it to Parliament to rethink whether the Speaker of the House, also a member of a political party, should have power to disqualify MLAs.The apex court was hearing a petition filed by Congress leaders seeking the disqualification of MLA T Shyamkumar Singh from the Manipur Assembly under the anti-defection law. Singh had contested the 2017 Manipur Assembly elections on a Congress ticket but was later sworn in as a minister of BJP-led coalition government. The SC has given the Manipur Speaker four weeks to decide on the petition, after which it granted the petitioners, Md Fajur Rahim and K Meghachandra,  the liberty to approach it again if a decision was not taken.Manipur High Court had earlier disposed of their petitions, and refused to pass any order citing shortfalls of its jurisdiction under the tenth schedule.indianexpress

Home Ministry Confirms It Has No Information On ‘Tukde Tukde’ Gang, Activist To Explore Legal Options
Union Home Ministry on Monday confirmed that it has no information on ‘tukde tukde’ gang, a term which has been frequently used by Prime Minister, Home Minister and other union ministers. Replying to an RTI query by activist Saket Gokhale, the ministry said that it did not possess information regarding the term.Responding to the ministry’s reply, Gokhale said that the Home Minister and the Home ministry are contradicting each other and he will take the matter to Election Commission.“Mr Shah has been using this term repeatedly during election rallies. This is something the EC should examine because home minister and home ministry are contradicting each other,” Gokhale told Outlook.Talking about the further course of action, Gokhale said that he will send notices to both Home Minister and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, who made a remark on the ‘tukde tukde’ gang during a TV interview on January 6.“I will be sending a notice to both ministers for clarification on their remarks,” he said.Gokhale’s RTI application also sought information on definition of 'tukde tukde gang' as identified by Ministry of Home Affairs and whether a standard operating procedure (SOP) has been drawn up to identify the gang. The term came into wide usage in 2016 after it was alleged that some students raised ‘anti-India slogans’ in JNU. Now that the Home Ministry admitted this term doesn’t exist, there should be push back from people against it, says Gokhale.PTI
Assam Rifles jawan booked for molesting and assaulting lady IPS officer
Imphal :A woman IPS officer on duty was allegedly assaulted and molested by an Assam Rifles (AR) rifleman at a check post near Moreh, a town on the border of India and Myanmar in Tengnoupal district, on Sunday.An FIR was lodged against the rifleman, PK Pandey, following a formal complaint by the officer. The victim is posted as the sub-divisional police officer in a district in the state.Manipur DGP L M Khaute said, “It is an unfortunate incident. We have informed Assam Rifles authorities. The victim has also lodged a complaint.”The victim, in her complaint, said the incident took place when she was on her way back after an official visit to Moreh with uniformed escorts.“We offered to search ourselves and the vehicle, but he (Pandey) was not interested and started physically assaulting and molesting me. When my escorts tried to intervene, he started thrashing and beating them,” said the victim’s complaint.

HC Gives Karnataka Govt Two Months Time to Review Ban on Tipu Jayanti
Karnataka high court has granted eight weeks time to the state government to reconsider its decision to cancel state celebrations of Tipu Jayanti, the birth anniversary of 18th-century Mysuru king Tipu Sultan, according to a report in the Deccan Herald.A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay S. Oka heard a batch of public interest litigation petitions filed by various organisations seeking to quash the order by the government cancelling Tipu Jayanti celebrations.The bench was hearing a PIL petition filed by Bilal Ali Shah, who claims to be Tipu Sultan’s descendant, and two organisations, Tipu Sultan United Front and Tipu Rashtreeya Seva Sangha, Bengaluru, who had challenged the cancellation of Tipu Jayanti as a state event.The bench granted 8 weeks time to the state government and deferred the case to March 18.thewire

Tipu Sultan chapters to be retained in Karnataka textbooks next academic year
Chapters on Tipu Sultan, the 18th century King of Mysore, will be retained in state textbooks for the next academic year (2020-21) but Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa-led government will form a committee that would take a decision to add both the positive and negative sides of Tipu Sultan in textbooks.In October 2019, Madikeri BJP MLA Appachu Ranjan had approached Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, demanding the removal of lessons on Tipu Sultan from school textbooks. He had alleged the chapters “contain wrong information”, and that “Tipu was not a freedom fighter”. Following this, the minister had sought a report on Ranjan’s proposal from Managing Director of Karnataka Textbook Society (KTBS).On Monday, Kumar said, “There will be no changes in chapters on Tipu Sultan in state syllabus textbooks for the coming academic year, but we have decided to form a comprehensive committee which will go through both positive and negative sides of Tipu.”indianexpress
Don't spin Mangaluru bomb incident, HD Kumaraswamy tells Karnataka govt. BJP asks: Why cry for jihadis?
Mangaluru:BJP on Tuesday came down strongly on HD Kumaraswamy's after he said Karnataka government shouldn't spin a recent bomb scare at Mangaluru airport to its advantage.On Monday, a low-intensity explosive device was removed from the airport and defused safely in an open field. Anil Pandey, DIG (operations), CISF, said the explosive didn't have a trigger mechanism.When the airport was being sanitised in the afternoon, it received a threat call about a bomb aboard an IndiGo flight, IANS reported. But a search found nothing "objectionable", an official said.Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said his government would "identify the anti-national forces who want to terrorise people and create panic". HD Kumaraswamy, a senior leader in the opposition JD(S) party, said it shouldn't be difficult to find those responsible, and claimed the police had asked for a month, ANI reported.Kumaraswamy said the government shouldn't give the story a "different spin" later, and accused it of creating "a situation of conflict" between different communities, the news agency reported.BJP, on its part, accused him of blaming the police for the bomb and asked: "Why cry for jihadis?"India Today

Basic demand on fee hike met, calls for JNU VC’s removal now not reasonable: HRD Minister Pokhriyal
New Delhi :Asserting that the basic demand of JNU students on the issue of hostel fee hike has been met, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Tuesday said that the calls for the removal of the university’s Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar are now not reasonable.“The basic demand of students about the hostel fees hike has been met. The calls for JNU VC’s removal now are not reasonable, removing anybody is not the solution,” he said in an interview to PTI.“Over 80 per cent students have already registered for the winter semester. The students who want to study should not be disturbed. If our universities have to excel in global competition, we need to rise above these issues,” said the minister.Asserting that the CAA is not aimed at taking away anybody’s citizenship, the minister appealed to students “to explain this to those misleading public on the issue and indulging in petty politics”.indianexpress
JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh Accuses ABVP Of Beating Up Student
New Delhi: Over a fortnight after the violence on JNU campus, the university's Students Union President Aishe Ghosh alleged on Monday that a student has been beaten up by ABVP members, a charge denied by the RSS-affiliated students' body."An unfortunate incident of ragging against students of BA second year is being shown as a case of ABVP violence against the person accused of ragging," the ABVP claimed.According to sources, Raghib Akram, a resident of Narmada Hostel, was beaten up by some students. The reason was that he had reportedly not allowed them to eat at the Narmada Hostel mess on Sunday, as they were from a different hostel, the sources said.PTI

Rajiv Gandhi assassination: SC asks TN to inform if decision taken on convict’s mercy plea
New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Tamil Nadu government to inform whether a decision has been taken by it on a mercy petition of a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.The apex court also pulled up the Centre for filing a similar status report on a probe done by a CBI-led Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) into unravelling a larger conspiracy behind the killing of the former prime minister.A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Deepak Gupta asked the state government to inform the court about the decision taken by it under Article 161 of the Constitution.The article gives a governor the power to pardon a person who has been proved guilty in court.PTI

Kotkhai custodial death case: CBI asks court to cancel IG Zaidi’s bail
Chandigarh :12 days after former Shimla SP Soumya Sambasivan alleged in court that she was being pressurised by the accused in the Kotkhai custodial death case, the CBI has moved a plea in the court of Special Judge Dr Sushil Kumar Garg seeking cancellation accused IG Zahur Haider Zaidi’s bail. The probe agency also demanded that a non-bailable warrant be issued against him. After hearing the plea, the court has issued notice to the accused and his counsel for filing a reply on January 24.In its application, CBI argued that that the trial Court (then at Shimla) had “imposed certain conditions on accused Zahur Haider Zaidi while granting him bail”. It said: “One of the condition of granting of bail was that accused will not temper with prosecution evidence and will not influence/intimidate prosecution witnesses so as to dissuade them from submitting/deposing facts/information relating to case to the Court or police officials/IO. It is pertinent to mention here that the accused Zahur Haider Zaidi had also undertaken to abide by the aforesaid condition and furnished personal bond in this regard.”indianexpress

VHP Marga Darshak Mandal Meeting: ‘Build Ram temple from Ram Bhakts’ money, not govt funds’
Lucknow : Over 200 Hindu priests and sadhus, taking part in the “Marga Darshak Mandal” meeting of VHP in Prayagraj on Monday, called for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya using funds collected from the devotees or “Ram Bhakts” instead of government funds. They said that while the government could form a Trust for the construction of Ram temple as per the Supreme Court’s judgment, no government money should be used for building the temple.They also expressed hope that the construction of the temple would start by “Navratra” this year. “The sadhus were of the belief that the government of the day has people in it who were associated with the Ram Temple movement since the beginning, and therefore, there is no doubt that soon a trust would be formed for the construction of the Ram temple. While they felt that a date for the construction of the temple should be announced soon, it was also felt that it would be better if it begins during Navratra,” VHP spokesperson Vinod Bansal said.At the meeting, it was decided to organise “Ram Mahotsava” in villages across the country between March 25 and April 8. Among those present at the meeting included general secretary of Sadhvi Shakri Parishad, Sadhvi Pragya Bharti; mahant Suresh Das of Ayodhya; and VHP general secretary Milind Parande.indianexpress

Plea in SC challenges schemes for minorities
New Delhi :Do government schemes for religious minorities violate the Constitution? On Monday, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice R F Nariman issued notice to Centre on a plea which raised the question.The plea by six residents of Uttar Pradesh, who termed themselves as “followers of Sanatan Vedic Dharam” and “belong to the Hindu community”, said, “State cannot make distinction between majority and minority community. The State cannot make any rule, law or regulation distinguishing religious minorities as a separate class. The State cannot make any law in the name of minorities beyond the scope of Article 30 of the Constitution…”The petition, filed through advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, pointed out that “none of the notified minority community have been declared as socially, educationally backward class or economically depressed class of the citizens” and “therefore, there is no constitutional sanction for initiating and implementing the impugned schemes”.indianexpress

Court directs govt to take over Azam Khan’s varsity land
Lucknow :Stating that the land sold to Jauhar Trust, headed by beleaguered SP MP Azam Khan, has flouted the UP Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act, a Revenue Board court in Prayagraj has directed the government to take over around 100 bighas of land in Rampur allegedly purchased from 12 Dalit farmers under coercion. Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, whose chancellor is Azam Khan, has been built on the land. Established in 2006, the university is spread over 500 acres.Sections 155-AA and 131-B of the Act bar small land-owning Dalits from transferring their land to non-Scheduled Castes, and if they do, it has to be approved by the district administration.“In short, what is sought to be conveyed is that an institution/society may be a person but cannot be a person of no caste. The transfer of land in the present case as such is by Scheduled Caste persons to a person other than a scheduled caste. No such transfer could have been made by the said scheduled caste persons in favour of the institution/society (petitioners) that has no caste,” stated the order.indianexpress

Delhi polls: BJP’s second list out; Sunil Yadav to take on Kejriwal from New Delhi, Tajinder Bagga fielded from Hari Nagar
BJP on Tuesday released the second list of ten candidates for the Delhi Assembly polls, fielding spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga from Hari Nagar constituency. State Yuva Morcha President Sunil Yadav will contest from the New Delhi constituency against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.According to list, Ramesh Khanna will be contesting from Rajouri Garden, party’s Purvanchal Morcha president Manish Singh has been fielded from Delhi Cantt constituency, and Dharamvir Singh will contest the election from Kalkaji.The list also includes the names of former East Delhi deputy mayor Sanjay Goyal who will contest from Shahdara, Sumanlata Shokeen, who would content from Nangloi Jat, Ravindra Chaudhary from Kasturba Nagar, Kusum Khatri from Mehrauli and Anil Goyal from Krishna Nagar.The candidates were announced late last night after BJP’s ally SAD) decided not to contest Delhi polls following differences with the saffron party over CAA.indianexpress
Delhi polls: Congress fields Parvez Hashmi from Okhla against AAP’s Amanatullah Khan
New Delhi :Congress on Tuesday released its third list of five candidates for the Delhi Assembly polls, fielding former Rajya Sabha member Parvez Hashmi from Okhla constituency against AAP leader Amanatullah Khan, who is eyeing a second term from the seat. Former Congress MLA Mukesh Sharma is the party’s nominee from the Vikaspuri seat.The party has fielded Mohinder Chaudhary from the Mehrauli assembly seat, Parveen Rana from Bijwasan and Jai Prakash Panwar from the Madipur (SC) seat.Congress had declared 54 names in its first list and named seven more candidates late Monday night. Among them is former NSUI president Romesh Sabharwal, who will contest from New Delhi constituency against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.indianexpress
Rajinikanth on controversial Periyar remark: ‘I cannot apologise’
Chennai :Raising the photostat copy of a magazine page, Tamil actor Rajinikanth on Tuesday refused to apologise for his comments on a rally taken out by social reformer Periyar decades ago. Accused of “defaming” Periyar, Rajinikanth said his comments were based on news reports he had read.On January 14, Rajinikanth, addressing the 50th anniversary-cum-readers’ connect event of Tamil magazine Thuglak, had claimed that Periyar had taken out a rally in 1971 at Salem in which “effigies of Ram and Sita were paraded without clothes and garlanded with footwear”. Following his remarks, DVK party filed 6 police complaints against the actor accusing him of defamation. Dalit party VCK also announced protests outside Rajinikanth’s house.Talking to the media before his residence at Poes Garden on Tuesday morning, Rajinikanth showed clippings from magazines and newspapers to support his claim. “This is Outlook, Hindu group…This report from 1971 says that effigies were paraded without clothes…This is something I have read… I cannot apologise for this. Let me politely inform you all that I cannot apologise, sorry,” he said, adding that one Lakshmana, who took part in a dharna organised against the rally, also clarified the same.indianexpress
"Rape Cases Will Increase": BJP Leader On 24x7 Malls, Eateries In Mumbai
Mumbai: Rape cases will increase in Mumbai if shops, malls and restaurants and movie theaters in the city are allowed to remain open for 24 hours, a Maharashtra BJP leader has said opposing the trial run by Uddhav Thackeray government set to begin next week. Nightlife is not a "part of Indian culture", BJP's Raj Purohit has said."I have been protesting against nightlife in Mumbai for the last five years. it's not a part of Indian culture. This will lead the youth down on a wrong path and will also lead to an increase in the number of rape cases, crimes against women," 64-year-old leader told ANI.ndtv

Dinkar Gupta to continue as Punjab DGP: Punjab and Haryana  High court
CHANDIGARH: Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday stayed the order passed by Chandigarh bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) setting aside appointment of Punjab DGP, Dinkar Gupta. With this Gupta will continue to function as Punjab police chief. While staying the January 17 order passed by CAT Chandigarh, division bench comprising Justice Jaswant Singh and Justice Sant Prakash has asked Punjab to file affidavit about the material forwarded by it to UPSC for the selection of DGP. UPSC has also been told to provide details regarding restrictions regarding number if officers considered for DGP’s post.Bench has passed these orders while hearing the arguments of DGP Mohammad Mustafa who had challenged Dinkar Gupta’s appointment, Punjab government and the counsel for Dinkar Gupta.The case would now come up for hearing on February 26.A specially constituted Chandigarh bench of CAT on Friday quashed the appointment of Dinkar Gupta as Punjab DGP observing that the entire process followed in Gupta’s appointment went against provisions outlined by the Supreme Court in Prakash Singh’s case.The order was passed by CAT on an application filed by another DGP rank officer Mohammad Mustafa.TOI
CAT quashes Punjab DGP’s appointment: State moves HC seeking stay on order, hearing today

AP: Police Lathicharge As Protesters Reach Assembly To Oppose Relocating Capital
Defying prohibitory orders and breaking security cordon by armed personnel and others, hundreds of farmers and women of Amaravati region on Monday almost managed to reach Andhra Pradesh Legislature complex protesting the introduction of bills for relocating the state capital.Caught literally off-guard, the police resorted to lathicharge to quell the crowd as the key assembly session was underway just a few meters away.Even as the high drama was witnessed on the rear side of the complex, Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu led his Telugu Desam Party legislators on a foot march a few meters from the main entrance gate into the assembly.However, the TDP could not organise the Assembly siege programme as planned due to deployment of a strong posse of police force.PTI
Jammu and Kashmir: Only 5 out of 36 Union ministers to visit three districts in Valley from today
Only 5 out of 36 Union ministers will be visiting Kashmir from Tuesday as part of the Centre’s outreach programme, PTI reported.  For the next 4 days, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik and Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy will attend eight government and public programmes. The ministers are expected to educate locals about the development measures and schemes undertaken by the government for the region.On Tuesday, Naqvi will visit Faqir Gujri village on the outskirts of Srinagar. He will lay the foundation stones for a high school in Dara area and for a water conservation project at Sarband in Harwan area. Reddy will be touring Ganderbal district for two days visit from Wednesday. On Friday, he will chair a function at Police Training College in Ganderbal.Prasad will attend a function at Dak Banglow in Baramulla and inaugurate a sports complex during his 2-day stay starting Thursday. Naik will attend a function at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre in Srinagar on Thursday. Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will travel to Harwan and attend a public meeting at the city centre on Friday.There are a total of 51 trips planned for Jammu, and only 8 for Srinagar, NDTV reported, citing a list it had accessed.

Jammu and Kashmir L-G Murmu invites investors, says communications curbs will go
NEW DELHI:Highlighting investment opportunities in Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant-Governor G.C. Murmu said on Monday that communication restrictions, including the Internet ban, were “temporary”.The event was held in New Delhi in the run-up to the first-ever three-day Global Investors’ Summit to be held in Srinagar and Jammu in April. The summit was to have been held last year, but was postponed.K.K. Sharma, Adviser to the Lt. Governor, told The Hindu that Jammu and Kashmir had a huge mining reserve and it was one area that could be exploited for production. “J&K has reserves of limestone and gypsum that we can exploit for production. For that, we are revamping the policy; industrialists from J&K can participate. The land allotment policy will also be revised. The Internet has been suspended for a limited period, it will not be long time before it is restored,” he said.thehindu


'Here to stay', vow Iraqi protesters as deadly violence surges
Iraqi protesters vowed to continue their escalation until demands for an independent prime minister and snap elections are met, as deadly violence surged in Baghdad and several key southern cities.Two protesters were killed in the capital's Tayaran Square in the early hours of Monday after security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas to disperse angry crowds, officials said. Another protester was killed in Baghdad later in the day.Two died after being struck by live rounds fired by security forces and the third after a tear gas canister pierced his neck, they said.Witnesses told Al Jazeera that Yusuf Sattar, a photojournalist and volunteer paramedic in his 20s, was among the dead. He was shot in the head by live-fire and died at the scene. aljazeera
 3 rockets hit near US embassy in Baghdad
BAGHDAD:Three rockets hit near US embassy in the Iraqi capital’s high-security Green Zone, security sources told AFP, with no immediate reports of casualties.Sirens could be heard across the zone immediately after the rockets made impact.The United States has blamed Iran-backed paramilitary groups for a spate of similar attacks in recent months on the Green Zone, but there has never been a claim of responsibility.AFP
UK PM defeated on Brexit laws for first time since election
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government was defeated in parliament on Monday for the first time since a December election, with the upper chamber voting in favour of a move to protect the rights of European Union citizens in Britain after Brexit.Johnson's Conservative Party won a large majority in the lower chamber, the House of Commons, at the December 12 vote and lawmakers there quickly approved the legislation needed to ratify his exit deal with Brussels earlier this month.The legislation is now passing through the House of Lords, where the government does not have a majority.While the upper chamber is not expected to block passage of the bill, it is seeking to make changes.aljazeera
Myanmar finds war crimes but no genocide in Rohingya crackdown
A commission set up to investigate the 2017 crackdown in Rakhine that led hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslim Rohingya to flee Myanmar, has concluded that while some soldiers probably committed war crimes there was no genocide.Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) released the findings of its investigation, but not the full report, to the country's president on Monday, a few days before the United Nations' top court is set to rule on whether to impose urgent measures to stop the alleged continuing genocide in Myanmar.aljazeera

Nearly half billion people lack decent jobs: UN
GENEVA:More than 470 million people worldwide are currently unemployed or underemployed, UN said on Monday, warning that a lack of access to decent jobs was contributing to social unrest.The global unemployment rate has remained relatively stable over much of the past decade, according to UN’s International Labour Organisation.AFP

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