NEWS BULLETIN : EVENING
10-11-2020, 20:16 IST
· Bihar Election Result Live: RJD Currently Single-Largest Party With 8 Wins, 69 Leads
· Finance Minister asks banks to ensure all accounts are linked with Aadhaar by March 2021
· SC to hear Arnab Goswami’s plea challenging Bombay HC order tomorrow
· Delhi riots: Plea questions MHA, Delhi govt sanction to prosecute accused
· Azerbaijanis celebrate signing of a deal ending the longstanding conflict over Upper Karabakh
· Erekat, public face of Palestinian cause dies from Coronavirus: Fatah
· US elections: Attorney General William Barr allows investigation into voter fraud
BIHAR & BY POLL RESULTS
Bihar Thriller: Tejashwi Yadav Party Single-Largest, NDA (Just) Ahead
New Delhi: The opposition alliance, considered at one point knocked out of the contest for Bihar, has made a thrilling recovery and is now just a few seats behind the ruling NDA. Initially, it was Tejashwi Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal which snagged the largest party spot from NDA. Then the ruling coalition, which stayed above the majority mark in the 243-member assembly for the better part of the day, started slipping. The biggest hit has been taken by Nitish Kumar, whose Janata Dal United is trailing in a chunk of seats -- an outcome brought about by voters' anger and the solo contest of Lok Janshakti Party's Chirag Paswan, which appears to have benefitted the BJP. A tight contest is on in 20 seats, with the margin of lead is 600 votes and below.The ruling NDA is leading in 120 seats and the opposition alliance in 116 seats, in Bihar Election Results. The BJP is leading in 72 seats, JDU in 41. RJD is ahead in 77 seats, the Congress in 20 and the CPI-ML in 11 seats.
Bihar Election Updates: RJD-led alliance narrows gap, but NDA still has edge
Owaisi's AIMIM wins 5 seats in Bihar 2020 state polls
In an impressive show of electoral performance, AIMIM of Asaduddin Owaisi has won 05 seats in Bihar where counting of votes is still underway.The AIMIM had contested the Bihar state election first time in 2015. The party could not win a single seat in 2015. The AIMIM however sents its MLA in the Bihar Assembly after winning the 2019 by-election in Kishanganj.According to the latest update, the AIMIM has won Akhtarul Iman (Amour), Izhar Asfi (Kochadhaman), Syed Ruknuddin Ahmad (Baisi), Mohd Anzar Nayeemi (Bahadurgunj) and Shahnawaz (Jokihat).Shahnawaz, son of veteran Bihar leader Taslimuddin bagged 59,523 votes and defeated Sarfaraz Alam of RDJ who got 51,980 votes. BJP Candidate Ranjit Yadav came 3rd with48,892 votes in Jokihat assembly seat.In Baisi, Syed Ruknuddin Ahmad defeated Vindo Kumar of BJP by more than 10,000 votes.
RJD negates poll trends, says Grand Alliance will form govt in Bihar
Patna: RJD on Tuesday claimed that reports from its candidates and workers from across Bihar have suggested that Grand Alliance is winning the state elections, even as poll trends project otherwise.“We are in touch with our candidates and workers from all areas and the information received from them tells that results will go in our favour,” Lalu Prasad-led party said in a tweet.PTI
Nitish Kumar will be Bihar CM for the next 5 years: BJP state chief Jaiswal
Sanjay Jaiswal, president, BJP Bihar unit, tells Liz Mathew that Nitish Kumar will be chief minister of the NDA government in Bihar for the next five years. He said,"Our bosses have already declared that Nitish Kumar is going to be our Chief Minister. When we decided to be partners, our then national president Amit Shah had said that NDA would be led by Nitish Kumar. So, it stands."
Nitish checked, Modi undented: What BJP lead over JD(U) means
While the final picture in Bihar will take some time, with counting slow on account of coronavirus precautions, one thing is clear — BJP that had remained a junior partner in NDA in Bihar so far is going to end up having the upper hand. Whether the NDA forms the govt or not, BJP has succeeded in eclipsing Nitish Kumar, who has had a love-hate relationship with Narendra Modi, as the face of the alliance. BJP has declared that Nitish would be CM if the alliance won, irrespective of who gets more seats, but it won’t be easy for JD(U) leader to swallow this “generosity”. The results are also set to exacerbate BJP-JD(U) tensions over LJP. JD(U) suspected the BJP of propping up Chirag Paswan to cut into JD(U) votes, with Chirag concentrating his attack on Nitish.
Bihar Election Results : Another Congress Flop Show Spoils Tejashwi Yadav-Led Alliance's Chances
Patna: Congress today looked like the weak link as the Tejashwi Yadav-led Mahagathbandhan seemed set for second place in the Bihar election despite exit polls predicting an opposition victory. Did Tejashwi Yadav mess up seat-sharing and end up giving the Congress more than it deserved? Congress contested 70 seats, the most after the Rashtriya Janata Dal (144). As for the Left parties, CPM was given four seats, the CPI six and the CPI (ML), 19.Every party showed a better strike rate than the Congress. Among the major players, the grand old party was set to be limited to the fourth place.Congress leader Rahul Gandhi campaigned in Bihar but it was not a patch on Tejashwi Yadav's massive rallies.
If NDA Wins, Will Nitish Kumar Remain Chief Minister? What BJP Said
New Delhi: Nitish Kumar's dream of returning as CM of Bihar now appears to depend entirely on the largesse of his ally, BJP. Nitish Kumar's own performance was, expectedly, abysmal, and for the first time, he stands demoted to junior partner in his arrangement with Prime Minister's party. Though leaders close to Nitish insisted that "Brand Nitish" is not dented, they acknowledged that the result in Bihar reflects strong anti-incumbency."Modi's image sailed us through (this election)", said Kailash Vijayvargiya, a senior leader of BJP. "By evening, we will decide on the issues of government formation and leadership," he told NDTV. That statement indicates that the BJP could think of a new candidate to head the government in Bihar.
Congress’ Maskoor Usmani, termed ‘Jinnah sympathiser’ by BJP, loses in Darbhanga’s Jale
New Delhi: Of its 12 Muslim candidates fielded in Bihar, Congress party’s Maskoor Usmani, 26 — fighting from Jale seat in Darbhanga district — lost to the sitting MLA, the BJP’s Jibesh Kumar, by 21,796 votes. The results of the constituency have been declared. Usmani polled 65,395 votes while Kumar emerged the winner with 87,321 votes.
MP Bye-Election Results Live: BJP wins 9 seats, leading on 10 others
BJP, which is currently leading in at least 10 of 28 bye-election seats in Madhya Pradesh, appears to be in a comfortable position to retain power in the state. The party has also won 9 seats so far.The Congress has won one seat and is currently leading in seven seats, while BSP is leading on one seat. BJP has 107 MLAs in the 230-member Assembly, and needs at least nine seats to stay in power. The Congress, on the other hand, needs to win all 28 seats if it wants to return to power — or at least 21 in order to give itself a chance to bargain with the BSP, SP and Independent MLAs.The bypolls were necessitated after 25 MLAs of the erstwhile Congress government switched over to BJP in March 2020, leading to the fall of Kamal Nath’s 15-month-old govt. Three seats were left vacant after the deaths of sitting MLAs.
UP bypoll : BJP leading on 5, SP on 2 seats; Adityanath says results indicate BJP victory in 2022 assembly polls
UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said that the performance of BJP in Assembly by-polls points to the possibility that the party will perform well in the 2022 state election as well.BJP is leading on five out of the seven assembly seats that went for by-polls in UP. Samajwadi Party is leading on two seats, according to the ECI.ANI
Gujarat bypolls: BJP set to win all 8 seats
Ahmedabad :BJP is set to win all 8 seats in Gujarat by-elections, with party candidates either winning or taking unassailable leads. These seats also include the five on which Congress turncoats fought.Almost 55 per cent of the votes counted went to the BJP, while Congress was a distant second with just over 34 per cent votes. The Election Commission has declared BJP candidates victorious in Abdasa, Morbi and Karjan. The biggest of the wins is expected to be in the tribal district of Dangs, where BJP’s Vijay Patel got 69 per cent of the votes. He is leading by almost a margin of 51,000 votes.
Haryana: Congress wins Baroda bypoll, hands BJP’s Yogeshwar Dutt his second defeat
Chandigarh :Congress candidate Indu Raj Narwal Tuesday defeated his BJP rival and Olympian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt in the bypoll to the Baroda Assembly in Haryana.Accepting the poll defeat, Haryana BJP president Om Prakash Dhankar tweeted, “Baroda seat was with the Congress earlier. We could not turn this opportunity as a challenge, the seat remained with Congress itself…We accept the mandate.”Although the election results have not been announced officially, Narwal is expected to win the bypoll by a significant margin.
BJP wins both Sira and RR Nagar assembly by-polls in Karnataka
Celebrations broke out in the Karnataka unit of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party after it registered comfortable wins in both the Raja Rajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) and Sira assembly seats which went to by-polls on Nov. 3.In RR Nagar, Congress turncoat and BJP candidate Munirathna won by a comfortable margin of 57,936 votes defeating his nearest Congress rival H Kusuma. JDS candidate Krishnamurthy came in a poor third.While Munirathna polled 125,734 votes, Kusuma got 67,798 and Krishnamurthy got 10,251 votes. For Munirathna who resigned his seat and crossed over to BJP helping the saffron party topple the 14-month-old Congress-JDS coalition government in the state it was a hat-trick victory having registered wins in two earlier polls too from the seat. CM during the poll campaign had promised that Munirathna would be made a minister after winning the by-polls.
Telangana: BJP wrests Dubbaka seat from TRS in major bypoll upset
In a major upset for the ruling TRS in Telangana, BJP bagged the Dubbaka Assembly constituency in a close bypoll contest.The seat fell vacant following the sudden demise of TRS MLA Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy last August. TRS fielded Reddy’s wife Solipeta Sujata, while BJP fielded M Raghunandan Rao, a lawyer and party spokesperson, who unsuccessfully contested in 2014 and 2018. He won with a slender majority of 1470 votes. Congress candidate Cheruku Srinivas Reddy finished third.
Bihar election results: Left parties look to gain big, leading in nearly 20 seats
Pulling back the years, the Left parties, which fared poorly in the 2015 elections, is leading in nearly 20 seats in Bihar after the first round of voting on Tuesday. Of 29 constituencies handed to the Left parties in the state elections this year, CPI (M-L) contested on 19 seats, and CPI and CPM on six and four seats respectively.As per the latest trends, the Left parties — CPI, CPI(M) and CPI(ML) — which are fighting the elections in alliance with RJD and Congress, are leading in Agiaon, Arrah, Arwal, Balrampur, Bibhutipur, Darauli, Daraundha, Dumraon, Ghosi, Karakat, Manjhi, Matihani, Paliganj, Tarari, Warisnagar, Ziradei, Bachhwara, and Bakhri seats. Left, once a major political force in Bihar, was reduced to the margins in the last two Assembly elections. In 2010, only CPI managed to win a seat while in 2015, CPI(ML) grabbed three seats as the other two Left parties drew blank.
Nagaland Assembly bypoll results: NDPP wins Southern Angami I seat, Independent clinches Pungro Kiphire
The ruling NDPP candidate Medo Yhokha has won the by-election to the Southern Angami I seat while Independent candidate T Yangseo Sangtam has clinched the Pungro Kiphire constituency in Nagaland, the Election Commission website has said.NDPP’s Medo Yhokha defeated his nearest Independent rival Seyievilie Peter Zashumo in the Southern Angami I seat by a margin of 598 votes.In the Pungro Kiphire constituency, T Yangseo Sangtam has registered the win by banking 1,527 more votes than his nearest Independent rival S Kiusumew Yimchunger, the EC data said.
By-Election Results Live : BJP Set To Sweep Over 40 Of 58 Assembly Seats
BJP on Tuesday was looking set to sweep the recently held assembly bypolls with leads and wins in more than 40 of 58 seats across 11 states, including Madhya Pradesh where it was ahead in 19 of 28 constituencies, according to Election Commission trends.The country's ruling party was also poised to bag all the eight seats in Gujarat for which by-elections were held and five of seven constituencies in Uttar Pradesh that went to the polls in the first pan-India electoral exercise in the pandemic.Votes were also counted for the by-elections in Manipur (five seats), Haryana (one), Chhattisgarh (one), Jharkhand (two), Karnataka (two), Nagaland (two), Odisha (two) and Telangana (one).
JMM, Congress retain 2 Jharkhand Assembly seats in bypolls
The ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Congress on Tuesday retained both Dumka and Bermo Assembly seats for which bypolls were held.JMM candidate Basant Soren won the Dumka seat, defeating BJP candidate and former Minister Louis Marandi by over 6,000 votes. Basant Soren secured 79,964 votes and Louis Marandi got 73,524 votes.Basant Soren is the brother of Chief Minister Hemant Soren and son of JMM President Shibu Soren. Hemant's sister-in-law Sita Soren is a legislator from Jama.IANS
Finance Minister asks banks to ensure all accounts are linked with Aadhaar by March 2021
Mumbai:Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday asked banks to ensure that all accounts are linked with Aadhaar numbers of respective customers by March 31, 2021.She said the financial inclusion story is not over and banks still have inclusion to carry forward. There are many accounts which are not linked with Aadhaar.“…by March 31, 2021, every account should have a PAN where needed and where applicable, and Aadhaar in every one of your accounts,” Sitharaman said while addressing the 73rd annual general meeting of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).She said banks should discourage non-digital payments and should bank on promotion of digital payments techniques and also adopt many of the UPI driven payments.PTI
Senior Republic TV executive arrested in fake TRP scam
Republic TV’s distribution head Ghanshyam Singh was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the alleged TRP rigging scam, a Mumbai crime branch official said.Singh, who is also Assistant Vice President of Republic Media Network, was picked up from his residence around 7.40 am, the official said. Latest arrest has taken the number of people held by CIU of the crime branch in the case to 12.PTI
SC to hear Arnab Goswami’s plea challenging Bombay HC order tomorrow
New Delhi :A day after Bombay High Court rejected Arnab Goswami’s interim bail, Republic TV editor-in-chief Tuesday approached the Supreme Court challenging the order. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee will hear the plea tomorrow. Besides the state government, journalist has made station house officers of the Alibaug police station and Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh as parties to his appeal in the top court.On Monday, the high court had rejected pleas of Goswami and two others for interim bail in an alleged abetment to suicide case registered against them in 2018 and said they could move bail applications before a sessions court for a decision within four days. The three had then approached the sessions court in Alibag. In the court, the bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik rejected the interim bail pleas of the three accused, saying “no case is made out for release of applicant under extraordinary writ jurisdiction”.
WCD dept seeks to amend Maharashtra’s Prohibition of Child Marriage Rules 2008, sets up expert committee
One in 4 marriages in Maharashtra is a child marriage and in a bid to end the harmful practice, the state Women and Child Development (WCD) department has decided to propose amendments and improvements to the Prohibition of Child Marriage Rules, 2008.An expert committee was set up on Monday, which will consider issues like treating survivors of child marriages as children in need and care under the Juvenile Justice Act 2015, among other steps, state Women and Child Development Minister Yashomati Thakur said. Former Mayor of Mumbai Nirmala Samant Prabhawalkar will chair the 10-member expert committee. The committee, which also includes UNICEF child protection consultant Alpa Vora, among others, is expected to suggest incentives to strengthen the administrative structure against child marriages. It has to submit a report within 20 days.
China’s Xi in attendance, PM Modi says ‘necessary to respect each other’s territorial integrity’
Hitting out at China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said in order to deepen connectivity in the SCO region, it was necessary for countries to have “respect for each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.Addressing the virtual 20th summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) chaired by Russia, PM Modi minced no words as he shared a platform with Chinese premier Xi Jinping for the first time since the Ladakh border standoff. “It is unfortunate that repeated attempts are being made to unnecessarily bring bilateral issues to the SCO agenda, which violate the SCO Charter and Shanghai Spirit. Such efforts are contrary to the spirit of consensus and cooperation that defines SCO,” the PM said. “India believes that to deepen connectivity further, it is necessary to go ahead with the basic principles of respect for each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added.The summit was chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin and also attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan among others. Modi will also share a virtual platform with the Chinese President on November 17 for BRICS meeting and on November 21-22 for G-20 summit
23 Indian sailors docked off Chinese port not allowed to disembark since June
The fate of 23 Indian sailors stuck on a merchant navy ship anchored off a port in northern China appears to be uncertain with Beijing reportedly not allowing them to get off the vessel in the backdrop of increasing imported Covid-19 cases in the country.The bulk carrier Jag Anand has been anchored off the Jingtang port on Bohai Sea in northern China’s Hebei province since June, putting the physical and mental health of sailors at risk.The ship sailed from the port of Gladstone in Australia on May 26 – carrying Australian coal – and reached Jingtang port in China on June 13.Since that day, the ship has been anchored 2-3 km away from the port.In April, China’s General Administration of Customs had announced strict management measures for crew members of international ships and flights coming into the country.In October, China opened up 10 ports for foreign crew exchange while implementing a circuit-breaker mechanism to prevent imported Covid-19 cases – Jingtang, an artificial deep water port, wasn’t among the 10.
Delhi Riots: Judge Says Police Witness Statements At Odds, Grants Bail To Murder Accused
NEW DELHI:While granting bail to one Aatir, accused of murder in a Delhi riots case, Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat said the Delhi Police did not have CCTV footage of the alleged incident of mob violence, and the police witness — also the injured person in the case — who named the accused in his statement on 4 April 2020, did not do so in his previous statement on 9 March, 2020. In a bail order dated 6 Nov., Rawat wrote, “There is no CCTV footage of the incident of the present FIR where the applicant could be identified.” “It is also relevant that the said witness in the previous statement recorded on 09.03.2020 has not named the present applicant,” he wrote. The incident relates to alleged stone pelting at police personnel and mob violence that resulted in one Rohit Shukla sustaining a gunshot injury on the night of 24 February at Maujpur Chowk. huffingtonpost
Delhi riots: Plea questions MHA, Delhi govt sanction to prosecute accused
DELHI High Court Monday sought a status report from Delhi Police in a plea challenging the trial court order of taking cognizance of the chargesheet filed in the main conspiracy case pertaining to Delhi riots, and sanction orders passed by MHA and Delhi govt for prosecution of accused under UAPA in the case. It asked police to file a reply in 4 weeks. The case has been listed for hearing on Jan.12. The chargesheet in the conspiracy case has been filed against 15 accused, including former AAP MLA Tahir Hussain, Pinjra Tod activists Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, and Jamia students Safoora Zargar and Gulfisha Fatima among others. In the petition filed by Jamia student Shifa-ur-Rehman through advocate Amit Bhalla, it has been argued that as per UAPA Section 45, no sanction can be granted without recommendation of the competent authority, and that authority cannot make any recommendation without conducting an independent review of evidence gathered during investigation.
Delhi riots:Court dismisses interim bail plea of Shahrukh Pathan who pointed gun at head constable
A Delhi court has dismissed an interim bail plea of Shahrukh Pathan, whose picture showing him pointing a gun at an unarmed Delhi Police head constable during the communal riots, went viral on social media. Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat said going by Pathan's conduct and the manner in which he had absconded after the incident and was arrested later on, suggested he was a flight risk.PTI
Delhi riot videos of suspended AAP councillor Hussain not doctored: FSL report
Delhi Police received a forensic report of the chemical bottles seized from the residence of suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain after the Delhi riots, police said on Monday. The chemical was found to be acidic and the videos of Hussain on the rooftop were also not doctored, the report said. PTI
'Not spoken to him since arrest': wife of scribe arrested by UP police, sought Kerala CM’s intervention
Wife of Siddique Kappan, Kerala journalist who was arrested by UP Police a month ago while on his way to Hathras, on Monday sought the intervention of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and said she had not spoken to her husband since the arrest and was worried about his health. Kappan and three others were booked by the UP police on sedition and other serious charges at Maant police station in Mathura last month.They were arrested on October 5 while they were heading to Hathras to meet the family of a 19-year-old Dalit woman who died after being allegedly gang-raped. "It's been 36 days since I spoke to Kappan. I have no idea where he is. Even our lawyers were not allowed to meet him. He is diabetic and we have no idea about his health condition. The chief minister must intervene in the matter," Reaiheanath, wife of Kappan, told the media here.A Mathura court recently remanded the four accused, including Kappan, in STF custody.
Hathras gang rape case: Revision petition filed
AGRA: A revision petition challenging Mathura CJM court order of granting UP STF the police remand of 3 men arrested under charges of sedition and UAPA while they were on their way to Hathras to meet the victim's family, was filed by the accused’s lawyer last week.The date of hearing is scheduled on November 27, confirmed advocate Madhuvan Dutt Chaturvedi. Meanwhile, bail pleas of all three men—Masood Ahmad, Atikur Rahman and Mohammad Aalam — were deferred till Tuesday due to court proceedings not being held.According to the revision petition, UAPA offences are listed as a crime under NIA Act, 2008. The Act states that all offences under UAPA, whether investigated by NIA or by the investigating agencies of the state government, are to be tried exclusively by special courts set up under NIA.Notably, the court should be designated under sections 11 or 22 by notification issued by either Centre or the state, respectively. However, CJM's court in Mathura, in this case, was not the designated one.Besides, STF was not authorised to take the custody of the three men.
Uttar Pradesh: Months after anti-CAA protests, protesters get notices
Activists who took part in protests against the CAA, at Roshan Bagh in Prayagraj last December and earlier this year, are being served notices in connection with the FIRs lodged against them.The police had cracked down on several people who were involved in the protests.Congress leader Irshad Ullah was served the notice on Sunday.Ullah claimed that he was threatened by police. The notice is being served to those who were involved in the protests at Mansoor Ali Park.Hundreds of women, along with men, had staged a sit-in demonstration against CAA at Mansoor Ali Park for around 3 months since last Dec. The Allahabad high court has ordered a stay on the arrest of Atala Masjid imam Ahmad Ali and Suhaib-ur-Rehman, who were accused of staging protests against the CAA, 2019 at Mansoor Ali Park.The stay order on the arrest of these two persons has been issued until the filing of the charge sheet, said lawyer Syed Ahmad Naseem.
TMC misleading Muslims on CAA to serve vested interest: BJP minority cell nat''l chief
Kolkata:BJP Minority Cell national president Haji Jamal Siddiqui on Monday accused the ruling TMC of treating Muslims as its vote bank and said minorities were being misguided by the ruling party on the issue of CAA implementation. Noting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "treated all sections of the society equally" with the aim of realising ''Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas'', Siddiqui, who was here to look into the functioning of his party''s minority morcha in the state, said TMC dispensation has pursued "politics of division and not of development"."Minorities in Bengal have been betrayed for the last several decades in West Bengal. First, it was Congress, then the Left Front and then the TMC, all of them have done nothing for the development of minorities in the state. "TMC, for their vested interest, has misled and misguided the minorities on the issue of CAA," Siddiqui said at a press conference here.PTI
IAS officer who quit over CAA joins Congress in Tamil Nadu
A young former IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil of Karnataka cadre, who quit civil services last year at the height of the protests against the CAA, on Monday joined the Congress in Tamil Nadu. He made his political entry in the presence of AICC in-charge for Tamil Nadu Gundu Rao and TNCC president KS Alagiri.He is the second young officer from Tamil Nadu to quit all-India services and join politics in recent months.
Punjab struggles with shortages as 230 goods trains stuck for a month
Ludhiana :MOHAMMAD ALAM, 50, a labourer working at the dry port of Ludhiana, has been sitting idle with nearly 200 others since Oct.1. The reason: Railways have stopped all freight trains to Punjab amid an impasse over farmers’ protests between Centre and state, leaving these porters without work.“We used to earn around Rs 15,000 a month, and now we have been rendered penniless,” says Alam.A few hours away, Amarjeet Singh, a farmer at Ferozepur’s Bhurekalan village, is worried about the urea he needs for his crop. “There is no trace of urea in the market. If the goods trains don’t resume soon, we will have to arrange trucks to get it.”Industrialists too are feeling the pinch. Transportation of raw materials by road is jacking up costs. A steel coil for bicycles that was priced at Rs 54 a kg last month now costs Rs 60 a kg.
Amid Gujjar stir in Rajasthan, Jats and Muslims renew quota demand
Jaipur :AMID THE protests by Gujjar community, a section of Jat and Muslim communities have renewed their demand for reservation under OBC category.“If the government wants anarchy and only listens to agitations, then we will decide on a strategy through eight mahapanchayats in the district (Bharatpur), the first of which will be at Pathena village on Nov.18,” said Nem Singh Faujdar, convenor of Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti. “We will not set any vehicle on fire, nor will we damage any property, but we will do a chakka jam that the government can’t even imagine,” he said. Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur districts were excluded from the Central OBC list following a Supreme Court order in March 2015, and then from the state OBC list following a High Court ruling in August that year. In 2017, the Vasundhara Raje-led govt had extended reservation to Jats of these two districts under the state OBC list.
Delhi Waqf Board member Razia Sultana tries self-immolation over salary dues
NEW DELHI: Delhi Waqf Board member Razia Sultana on Monday tried self-immolation outside the Board’s office where its employees are sitting on a dharna demanding payment of their pending salaries.The employees of the Waqf Board have been protesting outside its office since November 5. Sultana had earlier threatened to immolate herself if the employees were not paid their salaries due since February. As she tried to lit a matchstick, the protesting employees stopped her. “I am too pained to see the misery of these employees who worked hard and collected revenue worth lakhs of rupees for the Board. It is a pity that they have been forced to sit on the road to demand their salaries,” Sultana said.The salaries of permanent employees of the Board are pending since May, while the contractual ones have not been paid since February, a striking employee said. A meeting of 7 members of the Waqf Board is due on November 19 to elect a new chairman.AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan served as chairman of the Board.
The scholarship scam: FIR in Gaya, arrests in Assam for duping minority students
POLICE IN Gaya Monday registered their first FIR in the illegal siphoning of the Centrally funded pre-Matric scholarship meant for poor minority students by an alleged nexus of middlemen, bank correspondents, officials and school staff in Bihar and Jharkhand, which was revealed in an investigation by Indian Express.The move comes three days after Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, which administers this scholarship — Rs 1,400 crore last year nationally — decided to ask CBI to investigate the nexus that also roped in schools from Punjab and Assam.In Assam, CID said Monday that it has arrested 21 people, including four headmasters and a teacher, on charges of fraud and forgery during its investigation into the scam based on a complaint lodged by the state’s nodal officer in August. In Bihar, FIR names one accused, identified as Babar Ali, for allegedly submitting forged verification documents to the district welfare officer while posing as nodal officer of Manu Indian Public School to illegally divert the scholarship.
J&K Bar Association asked to clarify stand for terming Kashmir ‘disputed territory’
J&K High Court Bar Association was on Monday served three notices seeking clarification on its position on terming Kashmir a disputed territory, prohibiting it from holding elections and imposing prohibitory orders in the premises of the district court complex, reported PTI. Srinagar DM Shahid Iqbal Choudhury issued the notices to the president of the body, asking them to explain the constitution of the Bar. Association’s constitution states that its objective “is to find ways and means, take steps for resolving the issues concerning the public at large, including the larger issue of peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute”, according to The Hindu.In the notice, Choudhary sought an explanation pointing out that “its [the stand] not in consonance with the Constitution of India, whereby J&K is an integral part of the country and not a dispute”, according to the paper.Significantly, the Bar was preparing to hold its elections from November 10, after they were deferred in October. Confirming the notice, Mudasir Gulzar Vakil, Secretary of Election Commission of the body, told The Hindu that it was served just a day ahead of the polls.
Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma booked for false claims on social media, say police
A case was registered against Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for allegedly instigating enmity between different groups by making false claims, police said on Tuesday, according to PTI.On November 7, the minister had shared a video on Facebook, claiming that supporters of AIUDF MP Badruddin Ajmal were shouting “pro-Pakistan” slogans at Silchar airport in Assam. The social media platform on Monday withdrew restrictions on the video after it had labelled the post as misinformation on Saturday, and prevented users from sharing it.“A case was registered under relevant sections. We will investigate the matter as per the law,” an unidentified senior police officer told the news agency. The complaint was filed by state Congress General Secretary Ranjan Bora, alleging that the Sarma had the “habit” of making communally sensitive comments. The minister’s remarks were made to arouse feelings of “disharmony between different groups”, the complaint added.
Police Torture Drives Family to Suicide in Andhra; 2 Cops Arrested
A family of 4 from Nandyal in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh died by suicide after alleging torture over several months at the hands of the local police. Days before resorting to the extreme step, the family had recorded a video, which surfaced recently and has resulted in the arrests of two policemen in connection with the case.On November 4, government railway police of Kurnool district had found the dead bodies of Abdul Salam and his family members, Noorjehan (wife), Salma (daughter) and Dada Kalandar (son) near Kowlur village in Panyam mandal, close to Nandyal, according to a report of The News Minute. While Salam’s wife worked as a private school teacher, their son was in Class 4 and daughter in Class 10. The family killed themselves by coming in the way of a moving train.
Tamil Nadu — Will form govt on own: AIADMK day after BJP claim to choose next CM
Chennai :After the Tamil Nadu government refused to grant permission to the BJP state unit for its much-hyped Vel Yatra to celebrate Lord Muruga abodes in the state, a statement by the saffron party’s state president, L Murugan, has irked the AIADMK leadership and invited a strong counter.On Sunday, during his second unsuccessful attempt to launch his Vel Yatra, as the police took him and others into custody again, Murugan had said that the Vel Yatra will make BJP an unquestionable force in Tamil Nadu in the upcoming Assembly polls, expected by next summer.Murugan also said that the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu will be a person chosen by BJP.The two parties are in alliance in the state.
UP Mosque Imam Who Lost Job During Lockdown Hangs Himself by Ceiling Fan
NEW DLEHI – The death by suicide of a Masjid Imam (prayer leader) in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district over austerity after he lost the job points to the deteriorating condition of masjid imams, muezzins (prayer call announcers) and madrassa teachers amid the pandemic.The Shamli Imam’s suicide and his miserable financial condition are a matter of discussion on social media. According to the information made available by netizens, the deceased, Hafiz Waseem hailed from Gangeru village on the outskirts of Shamli. He was working as an imam in Chaprouli village of Bagpat. Waseem, who had six children, lost his job amid the national lockdown imposed by the Central government in view of Covid-19 scare. After losing his job, he was plunged into misery and extreme poverty. On Monday, he hanged himself from a ceiling fan in his home when his family members went out.Maulana Sajid Qasmi, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind’s leader of the Shamli unit, told Clarion India that Waseem was undergoing serious financial difficulties but he did not share his problems with anyone. He stayed home during this time. He was burdened with debt. As the situation deteriorated, he went into depression. He did not talk about his situation with anyone.Clarion India
Nizam’s Fund Case: Kin to challenge princes’ claim to 35 million pounds
Hyderabad :Over a year after the High Court of England and Wales rejected Pakistan’s claim to 35 million pounds in a seven-decades-old ‘Hyderabad Fund Case’, and ruled in favour of India and the Nizam VII, Nawab Osman Ali Khan Bahadur’s grandsons’ – Mufakkam and Mukkaram Jah, the legal battle appears to be far from over.Najaf Ali Khan, a grandson of the Nizam, has decided to take his cousins, the two princes, to court, accusing them of fraud and misappropriation of funds, among other serious charges. Mir Osman Ali Khan had 16 sons and 18 daughters.
#MeToo: Priya Ramani made ‘defamatory’ statement out of vengeance, Akbar tells court
Former union minister M J Akbar Tuesday told a Delhi court that journalist Priya Ramani did not make “defamatory” statements for the public good but out of vengeance.Akbar made the statement before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Vishal Pahuja through his lawyer during the final arguments in a criminal defamation complaint filed by him against Ramani.In the wake of #MeToo movement, Ramani in 2018 accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago when he was a journalist.PTI
Karnataka Muslim Body Starts Free Online Classes For Grade 9-10 Students
Bengaluru – The Federation of Muslim Educational Institutions (India), Karnataka chapter, today started free online classes for students of grades 9 and 10 on its YouTube channels “FMEII Karnataka 9 th Class” and “FMEII Karnataka 10 th Class”. Initially, the classes will be conducted for English-medium students but will also cover the Urdu medium later. To join the online classes, students need to contact their respective schools and get enrolled. In the second phase, the organization is planning to start online classes for students of grades 6-8.The free online classes are being held to help schools and students during the COVID-19 pandemic because of which many smaller schools in the state have been shut down due to financial problems and are unable to conduct online classes.India Tomorrow
J&K professor earns rare honor, becomes one of the youngest Indians to figure on Stanford University’s top scientists’ list
SRINAGAR—Life has come full circle for a 31-year-old scientist from the border district of Rajouri, who has become one of the youngest Indians to figure on Stanford University’s list of top 2 percent scientists in the world.Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry in Government Degree College, Mendhar, has published research papers on green nanomaterials and biopolymers for various applications including biomedical, packaging, and water treatment.He has penned more than 15 books on polymers, nanomaterials, and green materials. The database of the independent study has been published in one of the highly-rated journals, `PLOS Biology’. He is a member of American Chemical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry.India Tomorrow
Covid-19: India registers 3 new deaths per million population in a week – lower than global average
Union Health ministry on Tuesday said that India recorded three new deaths per million population in the last 7 days, as compared to the global average of seven new deaths.Nepal will provide free Covid-19 tests and treatment, Surya Thapa, an aide to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, said on Tuesday. The move follows a Supreme Court order for free treatment last week after the government asked citizens who could afford to pay to do so, limiting free testing and care to only those who couldn’t.India on Tuesday recorded 38,073 Covid-19 cases, pushing the tally in the country to 85,91,730, according to the health ministry’s data. The toll rose by 448 to 1,27,059 in 24 hours. There are 5,05,265 active cases and 79,59,406 recoveries.This is the lowest daily rise in cases since July.Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 5.08 crore people and killed 12,62,413 people, according to the John Hopkins University data. The recoveries stand at 3,32,36,147.
Tripura decides to reopen schools, colleges from Dec. 1
Agartala :As Assam, Andhra Pradesh and other states reopen schools maintaining SOP of Ministry of Education, Tripura today announced to resume full-fledged classes in schools and colleges in a phased manner from December 1.Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath today said the decision was taken at a meeting held at the state secretariat yesterday. “We have decided to reopen class 10 and class 12 in schools and all government degree colleges, technical institutions from Dec.1. We shall monitor the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation and decide finally,” the minister said.
Azerbaijanis celebrate signing of a deal ending the longstanding conflict over Upper Karabakh
Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia have signed an agreement to end six weeks of fierce fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.Under the agreement, Russian peacekeepers are being deployed along the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh and the corridor between the region and Armenia.While Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan described the development as “unspeakably painful” in an emotional Facebook post, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev celebrated, tweeting: “This is a historic day, An end is being put to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”Aliyev said Turkey will also take part in the peace-keeping process.The announcement has led to anger in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital. 20 minutes after Pashinyan’s Facebook post, protesters forced their way into the main government building in Yerevan, calling on the prime minister to go.“The reaction to this declaration of an end to the war in Armenia has been greeted with what appears to be absolute disgust and despair,” said Robin Forestier-Walker, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Tbilisi, in neighbouring Georgia.Pashinyan on Tuesday said he had concluded the peace deal under pressure from his own army, which said all military action in Nagorno-Karabakh had stopped and the situation was calm.The deal came after Armenia lost control of a strategic city in Nagorno-Karabakh known as Shusha to Azerbaijan and Shushi to Armenians, and after the accidental downing of a Russian plane by Azeri forces.
Turkey: Karabakh deal 'great victory' for Azerbaijan
Congratulating Azerbaijan on liberating its occupied territories, Turkey's foreign minister on Tuesday termed Karabakh deal a “great victory” for Baku.“We will continue to stand with Azerbaijan. This [deal] is a great success and victory for Azerbaijan. Lands, under occupation for 30 years are being liberated,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a joint news conference with his Kyrgyz counterpart Ruslan Kazakbaev in the capital Ankara.He said Turkey is in contact with all parties on monitoring the deal to end the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute.“Finally, [Armenian premier Nikol] Pashinyan and the Armenian army had to give up,” Cavusoglu said, adding that Armenia has paid a heavy price for its unrelenting pursuit of war and conflict.
Hamas congratulates Azerbaijan over Karabakh victory
Palestinian group Hamas on Tuesday congratulated Azerbaijan over the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region from Armenian occupation."We congratulate Azerbaijan for its victory in the battles and regaining the occupied territory,” Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said on Twitter."This is a natural end of any occupation," Abu Zuhri said, going on to hail Turkish support to Azerbaijan and the Muslim nation and its causes.
Armenians storm parliament, beat speaker after ceasefire with Azerbaijan
Armenian protesters today stormed the country's parliament and severely beat the speaker, after authorities agreed to a ceasefire deal over Nagorno-Karabakh and surrendered the territories to Azerbaijan.Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced the end of the conflict over the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region in a Facebook post last night, saying that the government signed a deal with Azerbaijan and Russia to cease the fighting. He described the deal as "unspeakably painful for me personally and for our people".
EU calls on Myanmar to include Rohingya in voting
European Union on Monday called on Myanmar to include ethnic and religious minorities, including the Rohingya Muslims, in the electoral process.“EU continues to call for the full inclusion of all ethnic, religious and minority groups of the country, including the Rohingya community, and for ensuring the legitimate civil and political rights of all," EU Commission spokeswoman Nabila Massrali said in a statement.“We look forward to by-elections being held at the earliest possible in those constituencies where November polls could not take place. This also is crucial for the democratic process."
Erekat, negotiator, public face of Palestinian cause dies from Coronavirus: Fatah
Saeb Erekat, a familiar face in Palestinian politics for 40 years, has died from the novel coronavirus, said Palestinian party Fatah. He was 65. Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for more than 30 years, died weeks after testing positive for COVID, respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. In a statement, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said: “The departure of a brother and a friend, of the great fighter, Dr Saeb Erekat, is a great loss for Palestine and our people, and we are deeply saddened.”The senior Palestinian official’s infection was complicated by a history of health issues. He underwent a lung transplant in 2017 and suffered from a weak immune system and a bacterial infection in addition to COVID. Erekat witnessed tumultuous events from an early age. He was 12 years old when Israeli tanks rolled into his hometown of Jericho.Erekat said he had to grow up quickly under Israeli occupation in the West Bank. His first arrest at the age of 13 was not his last.
Erekat was a true patriot, Hamas chief
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh today telephoned President Mahmoud Abbas to convey his condolences after PLO Secretary General Dr Saeb Erekat died of covid. In his tribute to the late senior negotiator, Haniyeh praised Erekat's patriotic stance on numerous occasions in defence of the rights of the Palestinian people and their just cause. According to the Hamas leader Erekat was a sincere son of Palestine and a loyal fighter for the Palestinian people's freedom and independence.Abbas thanked Haniyeh for his call and sentiments.
Israel to start excavation works for cable cars in occupied East Jerusalem
The construction of a controversial cable car will start as Israeli authorities are preparing the excavation works in occupied East Jerusalem, despite an outcry from Palestinians.According to Times of Israel, Project Director Shmulik Tzabari stated excavation will start by mid-November.Last week, the Jerusalem Development Authority, which is responsible for implementing the cable car project, approved the uprooting of trees on Mount Zion, and for infrastructure including water, sewage and telecommunications to be displaced from the planned path of the cable car.
Israel refuses Belgium demand for compensation over demolition of Palestinian homes
Israel has refused to pay Belgium compensation for the demolition of four Palestinian homes, local outlets reported.Belgium demanded reparations last week after claiming the houses were built as part of a humanitarian aid project, with funding from Brussels. Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement: "This essential infrastructure was built with Belgian funding, as part of humanitarian aid implemented by the West Bank Protection Consortium." "Our country asks Israel for compensation or restitution for these destructions." However, Tazpit Press Service (TPS) reported the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry would refuse to pay compensation, the New Arab reported.
PA: Israel has to choose between two-states or demographic meltdown
Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that Israel has to choose between the two-state solution or a demographic meltdown, Wafa news agency reported."The Israeli occupation government must stop its colonial plans and stop seizing our lands and building thousands of settlement units," said Shtayyeh.Illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are the enemy of peace, he said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting held in Ramallah.
Report: Israel killed 7 Palestinian minors in 2020
Israeli occupation forces have killed seven Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip since the start of 2020, Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) said in a recent report.According to Arab48, the DCIP's report stated that Israeli occupation forces continue using "illegal torture and extrajudicial killings against Palestinian children."
OIC condemns Israeli demolitions of West Bank buildings
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned Israel's demolition of Palestinian dwellings throughout the West Bank which led to the displacement of dozens of families from their homes and lands, reports Anadolu Agency."The action falls within the framework of the policies of ethnic cleansing, annexation and colonial settlement plans implemented by Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories," OIC said.Underlining that the move violates international law and UN resolutions, the Muslim body called on the international community to put more pressure on Israel to end its violations and crimes across the occupied Palestinian territories.
First lawsuit filed against Israel settler in Palestine court
For the first time, a Palestinian citizen has filed a lawsuit before a Palestinian court against an Israeli settler who vandalised his home while it was under construction, Wafa news agency reported.The Palestinian resident from the northern West Bank village of Burin requested compensation for the material and moral damage caused by the settler.Minister of Justice Mohammed Al-Shalaldeh noted that this lawsuit is the first to be filed against an Israeli settler in national courts, noting that the procedures are based on international norms and laws, especially the Hague Convention.
Austria arrests 30 Hamas, Muslim Brothehood members, in crackdown on Islamism
Austrian police arrested 30 people suspected of being radical Islamists as part of the government's "war on Islamism", the Times reported.The individuals were apprehended during a series of pre-dawn raids, collectively termed 'Operation Luxor', conducted by almost 1,000 police officers, including special forces, counterterrorism personnel and dog handlers.The raids, which were conducted simultaneously around the country at 5am yesterday, focused on the Austrian branches of Hamas, the Palestinian group, and the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist organisation.
Reports: Israel hopes Biden will help restore security coordination with Palestinian Authority
The Israeli security apparatus hopes that the election of Joe Biden as president of US will help Tel Aviv restore security coordination with the Palestinian Authority, the Maariv newspaper reported.The paper quoted senior officials in the Israeli security apparatus as saying that "to this day there is no security coordination between the Palestinian security services and the Israeli army, Civil Administration and the Shin Bet," adding that Israel does not expect a dramatic change in the PA's policy on this issue.However, according to the paper, it is estimated that when Biden enters office, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will agree to receiving tax revenues from Israel and will resume security coordination.
Trump, Israel and Gulf states plan a 'flood' of sanctions against Iran as parting gift
A plan is currently being devised in Israel by senior officials within Trump administration to make it harder for President-elect Joe Biden to revive 2015 nuclear deal.Axios is reporting that US envoy for Iran Elliott Abrams arrived in Israel yesterday and met Prime Minister Netanyahu and National Security adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat to discuss the sanctions plan.Abrams is expected to meet with Minister of defence Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi to brief them on the plan. Several Gulf states are thought to be pushing for the plan which will see a long string of new sanctions on Iran in the ten weeks until Biden's inauguration on 20 January.Axios says that the Trump administration believes such a "flood" of sanctions will increase pressure on the Iranians and make it harder for the Biden administration to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
US elections: Trump accuses Pfizer of delaying announcement on Covid vaccine to deny him a win
Incumbent US President Donald Trump on Monday accused US Food and Drug Administration and drug manufacturer Pfizer of withholding the announcement on Covid-19 vaccine ahead of the presidential elections in the country to deny him a “vaccine win”.His comments came after Pfizer and German biotechnology company BioNTech on Monday announced that their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in phase three clinical trials.In a series of tweets, Trump claimed that the had always maintained “Pfizer and the others would only announce a vaccine after the election” and that US Food and Drug Administration “should have announced it earlier, not for political purposes, but for saving lives.”
US elections: Attorney General William Barr allows investigation into voter fraud
US Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday upheld Donald Trump’s unfounded claims on election irregularities and authorised American attorneys to investigate “substantial” allegations of voter fraud before the results of the presidential race are certified, AP reported. Trump has not yet conceded the election. Instead, he continues to claim, without evidence, that there has been a multi-state conspiracy by Democrats to rig the vote tally in his opponent President-elect Joe Biden’s favour. Although counting of votes in US is still underway, Biden holds a sizeable lead in multiple battleground states and there has been no indication of improperly counted votes so far that would shift the outcome.
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