Yuva Sai Sagar

Online news channel!

Tag: constitutional

Constitutional sovereignty is supreme, country will plunge into anarchy in its absence: CJI Dipak Misra

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today said Constitutional sovereignty is supreme and all must surrender before it. Stating that the country will plunge into anarchy in absence of Constitutional sovereignty, Justice Misra said it is mandatory for all to abide by the rules of the law.”We all are under the Constitutional sovereignty and we have to surrender to Constitutional supremacy,” Justice Misra said while addressing a function organised by the All Odisha Lawyers Association.”We have to keep it in mind that all including legislature, executive and judiciary are under Constitutional sovereignty,” said the CJI.He also urged the lawyers to keep up sanctity of the noble profession and serve the people through their works.In his speech, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the state government in last four years has set up over 170 courts and 50 more new courts will be established soon.With the changing economic scenario and globalisation of business, litigations have increased manifold, he said.Various laws have been enacted, several quasi-judicial fora have been established and various nature of disputes are coming up, the chief minister said.Patnaik urged lawyers to dedicate all their efforts in serving poor litigants of the state.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
SHOCKING! ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot’s fake porn video goes viral, here’s what happened
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars

Two weeks after showdown with Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Rajeev Dhawan retracts statements; to resume practice

Senior Supreme Court advocate Rajeev Dhawan has written to Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, retracting his statement that he would be giving up legal practice.The move comes two weeks after Dhawan said he would give up practice, following a showdown with Misra.Earlier, upset over a “humilitating” exchange in the Supreme Court between him and Misra during the hearing on Delhi Vs Centre on statehood case early this month, Dhavan, in a strong worded letter, had announced that he has given up court practice.In the letter, he said: “After the humiliating end to the Delhi (vs Centre) case, I have decided to give up court practice. You are entitled to take away the Senior Gown conferred on me, though I would like to keep it for memory and services rendered”.Two recent run-ins of Dhavan with the Chief Justice were widely reported in the media. During the Ayodhya case, Dhawan, Kapil Sibal, and Dushyant Dave pleaded that the Supreme Court defer hearing in the Babri-Ram Janambhoomi case until after the 2019 Lok Sabha election.Also read’After humiliating end to Delhi case,’ SC lawyer Rajeev Dhavan quits court practiceAccording to reports, Dhavan shouted at CJI Misra during the arguments. In another matter of Centre vs Delhi, Dhawan while representing the Arvind Kejriwal government, wanted to further a few more arguments even though Supreme Court had reserved its order in the case.After these two instances, CJI Misara said the trend of lawyers raising their voices showed their “inadequacy, incompetence and the fact that they are not even eligible to become seniors”.CJI Misra said: “If the Supreme Court Bar Association does not regulate such members, we will be forced to regulate them”.CJI further said: “When lawyers argue in a manner, not in tune with Constitutional language, we will tolerate it, but for how long? ”

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his mom and wife today

The Pakistan government has thrown a security blanket around the Constitutional Avenue hosting its Foreign Office and other top government offices in the wake of the arrival of Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife in in Islamabad on Monday.Both women are arriving in Pakistan via Dubai on a commercial flight on Monday morning and will leave the country the same evening after meeting Jadhav. The meeting will take place at the Pakistan Foreign Office and not in prison. India’s deputy high commissioner in Islamabad J P Singh will accompany them to the meeting.A Pakistan Foreign Office official will also be present during this time, as per the agreement between the two countries through diplomatic channels. India conveyed the itinerary on Saturday after Pakistan gave the deadline of Sunday to provide the requisite information about the family members’ visit or risk the meeting being deferred or cancelled.Sources said Pakistan had said they needed to put in place elaborate security arrangements for transporting Jadhav from jail to Islamabad and also for the meeting. Pakistani media reported that while Pakistan had completed the preparations to arrange the meeting India was delaying providing relevant information about the itinerary. The Indian High Commission was informed about the issuance of the deadline, the reports said. They said Pakistan needed time to bring Jadhav to the Foreign Office and for other security-related matters.In preparation for the meeting, Pakistan has deployed heavy security and traffic personnel within and outside their Foreign Office. Pakistani diplomatic sources said the meeting will last for an hour. Pakistan has offered to arrange media presence, if Jadhav’s mother and wife want to speak to media. But the offer has been rejected by India, reports said.Pakistani sources indicated that the meeting between Jadhav and his family members will not be the last, raising hopes that his death sentence may be deferred. The Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi had issued visas to Jadhav’s mother and wife earlier in the week. The visas were issued after Pakistan decided to allow Jadhav’s wife to visit him. But later, it agreed to allow his mother to join, who had originally applied for the visa. Pakistan later agreed to Indian condition — to allow an Indian diplomat to accompany the two women and also to provide a sovereign guarantee to their security and safety. After extensive deliberations, the Indian request was allowed and December 25 was proposed last week as the meeting date.Jadhav, who was reportedly captured by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan, was sentenced to death by a military tribunal earlier this year for his involvement in terrorism and espionage. His appeals against the conviction have been rejected by the military appellate court and his mercy petition has been lying with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.India has challenged Pakistan’s refusal to grant consular access in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The ICJ is hearing the case and has restrained the Pakistan government from executing Jadhav till it decides the case. Pakistan had earlier repeatedly rejected India’s plea for consular access to Jadhav. India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the navy.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Karnataka High Court strikes down 85% pictorial warning rule for tobacco products

The Karnataka High Court on Friday struck down the 2014 amendment rules that mandated pictorial health warnings to cover 85 per cent of tobacco product packaging space, holding that they violated Constitutional norms.However, the court made it clear that the 40 per cent pictorial health warning rule, which existed prior to the amendment rules, would remain in force.A division bench comprising Justices B S Patil and B V Nagarathna passed the order on a batch of petitions filed by various tobacco manufacturing companies and others from across the country, challenging the 85 per cent pictorial warning rule notified by the Union Health Ministry.The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rules, 2014 (COTPA) came into effect from April 1 last year.In May last year, the Supreme Court had transferred all petitions against the 85 per cent rule filed in various high courts to the Karnataka High Court and asked it to hear and dispose of them.Passing its orders, the high court bench held that the Union Health Ministry does not have any jurisdictional power to make such rules.The court said even if the health ministry enjoyed power to make such rules, they violated constitutional norms as it was an “unreasonable restriction” on the right to do business.From the perspective of tobacco growers, such a rule violated the Right To Equality under Article 14 of the Constitution because there was no connection between the images and the warnings, the bench observed.The petitioners, the Tobacco Institute of India and others, had challenged enforcement of the COTPA which required printing of pictorial health warnings covering 85 per cent of tobacco product packages.The petitioners argued the rules were impractical and would boost smuggling of imported cigarettes.The tobacco industry had said there was no evidence to show smoking causes the diseases depicted in the “extremely gruesome and unreasonable” pictures.The bench observed that the rules cannot be made to scare people but to issue notifications.The industry also said the global average size for graphic health warnings (GHWs) was only about 30 per cent of the principal display area.Moreover, the top three cigarette consuming countries– the US, China and Japan which together account for 51 per cent of global cigarette consumption–have only text based warnings and not adopted GHWs.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Apex court gives Parsi woman interim relief

A Parsi woman on Thursday won her right to enter the Tower of Silence despite marrying outside the religion after the Valsad Parsi Anjuman Trust filed an undertaking permitting Goolrukh Gupta and her sisters to enter the Tower of Silence to offer prayers and participate in rituals in the event a family member passes away.For the moment, the Trust has extended its permission strictly limited to the petitioner and her sisters and not for all Parsi women who have married outside the faith. However, Gupta has not lost faith. Reacting to the news, the 51-year-old Mumbai resident is hopeful that Parsi women from small towns who have married outside the faith will be accorded the same right she has won today.”This is merely an interim order,” Shiraz Patodia — one of Gupta’s sisters and the advocate in this matter said. “The fate of other Parsi women and their rights will be decided when the court will hear the matter in the entirety,” she added.Goolrukh Gupta married her husband Mahipal Gupta, a Marwadi, more than 25 years ago, however in all that time she never forgot her faith and hardly ever skipped the daily ritual of tying the sudreh and kusti. The daughter of a trustee from Valsad, Gupta had the liberty to follow her religion, despite marrying outside the faith. However, things changed when the trustees changed.However, 15 years ago when a trustee, who had just then taken over — sometime in 2002-2003, took the hardliners approach, he all but excommunicated Gupta. Since then, Gupta was not allowed to enter the agyari (fire temple), nor participate in any religious rituals henceforth.Gupta had then filed a petition in court which, over the years finally reached the corridors of the Gujarat High Court. In their judgment, a three-judge bench 2:1 held that a Parsi woman who marries outside her faith ceases to be a Parsi. Dissatisfied with the verdict, Goolrukh had then approached the Supreme Court, challenging the HC judgment.”The last time I entered the Tower of Silence in Valsad was in 2003 when my maternal uncle passed away, Gupta said. That was also the last time she entered the fire temple there to attend the four-day prayers held for him.Thursday’s victory brings hope and cheer to the tiny, dwindling Parsi community which is under the threat of extinction. Numbering less than 50,000 now, an urgency has crept in among them. While some have taken refuge in the literal teachings of the text, others believe that Parsis need to reach out into the beyond. After all, they all want to survive.Last week, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had observed that a woman does not mortgage herself to a man by marrying him. She retains her identity, including her religious identity, even after she exercises her right to marry outside her community under the Special Marriage Act.The top court’s observation came when a five-judge bench was hearing Gupta’s matter.Couples from different faiths who wish to retain their individual religious identities may opt for a marriage under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, which ensures religious protection.Prima facie, the top court did not adhere to the principle of merger relied upon by the Gujarat High Court in denying Gupta the right to practice her faith.Representing Gupta, Senior Advocate Indira Jaising had sought the court’s indulgence to treat this case as an endorsement of inter-faith marriages. Those who marry outside their faith should be saddled with any disabilities, she added. Government data suggests that the Special Marriages Act is not used as often as it should be, she said.”The Tower of Silence is not a mutt or a citadel of a cult. It is a place to offer prayers to the dead. Can such a right of a woman be guillotined? It is part of her Constitutional identity,” CJI Misra had observed.The court’s decision favouring the Parsi woman’s right will create a paradigm shift for women within the minority community. Earlier this year, the top court recently ruled in favour of Muslim women by striking down instant triple talaq as unconstitutional.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat Elections 2017 | BJP releases manifesto just a day before polls

Interest-free loans to farmers, setting up of a Gujarat Olympic Mission, a fund for women empowerment, and timely execution of Smart City projects, are some of the promises announced by the BJP in its manifesto for the Gujarat Assembly elections.Senior BJP leader and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, state BJP president Jitu Vaghani, and others released the manifesto on Friday, just a day before the first phase of elections.”Our Sankalp Patra (Vision Document) focuses on infrastructure development, and the social and economic growth of Gujarat. It shows concern for all classes, including the poor, farmers, women, youth, and others. Our vision is to put Gujarat on track for a higher growth rate,” Jaitley said, while unveiling the document.Jaitley also said the manifesto released by opposition Congress was full of Constitutional impossibilities and financially unviable promises.”The Congress manifesto is merely to deceive the people of Gujarat,” he said.State BJP president Jitu Vaghani said that the Vision Document would continue and add pace to the works done by successive BJP governments in the state in the past 22 years.Later in the day, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala told media persons in the city that while announcing their manifesto, that too after the first phase of campaigning is over, Jaitley categorically denied Patidaars their right to reservation, debt-waivers to farmers, women their right to housing and reduction in prices of Petrol and Diesel. Surjewala said the manifesto did not have photographs of Gujarat CM, Dy CM and Gujarat BJP president, which indicates that party president Amit Shah was conspiring to rule the state through a puppet.What’s in itFor farmersThe manifesto promises doubling of income, assurance of right prices, interest-free loans, and effective implementation of cow slaughter laws, among others. EmploymentEstablishing of employment-oriented new industrial areas, skill development, and encouragement to start-ups. SportsThe manifesto promises setting up of Gujarat Olympic Mission and modern training facilities for sportspersons.Backward classesCreating equal opportunities for economically backward classes and their empowerment through various schemes, including scholarship for higher education.WomenThe document says a special fund will be arranged for women empowerment. It also promises assistance for free higher education for girls.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Quota row: Dhangar, Lingayat communities ask Maharashtra government to act; threaten to launch statewide protest

Ahead of the two-week winter session of the state legislature, which will begin December 11 at Nagpur, the politically influential Dhangar (shepherd) and Lingayat communities have separately announced to step up their agitations. Dhangar community is not ready for the further wait and last week called upon state minister of dairy development and animal husbandry Mahadeo Jankar, who comes from the same community, to take an early decision on providing quota or step down. On the other hand, Lingayat community wants a religious independent status.Currently, Dhangar community, which is listed under the Vimukta Jati & Nomadic Tribes (VJNT), has been demanding inclusion in the ST category, arguing that the Centre already provides quota benefits to ‘Dhangad’ community. However, the community leaders said ‘Dhangars’ in Maharashtra are deprived of benefits because of the two different spellings. They have threatened to launch a statewide agitation to press for their demand.The state has roped in Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to prepare a report on Dhangars’ social status to back the claim on the reservation as scheduled tribes (ST). TISS is examining various aspects of anthropological facts, historical background, and social status. The moot question whether the tribe Dhangar mentioned in the constitution’s schedule of tribes is the same as Dhangar.Also readHow a separate Lingayat religion could impact national politicsBefore the 2014 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, the BJP had promised to fulfil the long pending demand of the Dhangar community but the party-led government is struggling to implement it.The Lingayat community, which makes up 9% of the state’s population with 59 sub-castes, on Sunday took out morhca in Sangli demanding an independent religion status and the community should be listed separately during 2021 census. The community leaders have announced to organise revenue division wise morchas across the state.Also readState uses quota card again, Lingayat sect to get OBC statusLingayat community leader Vijaykumar Kolekar argued that ‘’Historically, ours is an independent religion founded by Basaveshwara in the 12th century. It has never been a part of Hinduism. Contrarily, it fought Hinduism.’’ He said the community be granted religious minority status.A senior BJP minister, who did not want to be named, told DNA, ‘’ The government is alive of the issue and will take a decision after thoroughly examining the legal and Constitutional aspects on providing quota to Dhangar community. The government will recommend Lingayat communities demand to the Centre for further action.’’The warnings by Dhangar and Lingayat communities come at a time when the state government has set up a cabinet sub-committee, as a follow-up action of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ assurance given to the state legislature on the issue of Maratha reservations. CM on August 9 had assured the Maratha community leaders after their massive rally in Mumbai that the government would extend to the Maratha community the educational concessions that are currently given to the OBCs. He had also said the cabinet sub-committee would review the implementation of various schemes for the Maratha community and accordingly.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Former CJI AS Anand, expert on Article 370, passes away

Former Chief Justice of India, Adarsh Sein Anand, passed away in the national Capital on Friday morning. Justice Anand is credited of having authored the first comprehensive study on Article 370 in his brilliant treatise ‘The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir — its Development and Comments’. He was the 29th CJI and served from October 10, 1998 to October 31, 2001. Born on November 1, 1936 in Jammu, Justice Anand had a pulse of the Constitutional applications vis-à-vis Jammu and Kashmir, which often become a source of discord and debate.Defending the special provision, he had said, it was by virtue of this Article that many provisions of the Constitution of India have been extended to Jammu and Kashmir from 1950 onwards. “The temporary nature arises merely because the power to finalise the constitutional relationship between the state and the Union of India had been specifically vested in the Jammu and Kashmir Constituent Assembly,” he wrote. Therefore, the ‘temporary’ provision does not mean that the Article is capable of being abrogated, modified or replaced unilaterally.Condoling his demise Prime Minister Modi tweeted: “Saddened by the demise of former Chief Justice of India, Justice AS Anand. My thoughts are with his family in this hour of grief. May his soul rest in peace.” J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also recalled Justice Anand’s contributions, describing her as a son of the soil.He had introduced the concept of Lok Adalats as the chairman of National Legal Services Authority.He began his innings at judge as an additional judge to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court at the age of 38. He was confirmed as a permanent judge in 1976 and rose to be the Chief Justice nine years later. Known for his strictness in judicial matters, Justice Anand was known for his judgments concerning public interest and also quashing arrests under preventive law Public Safety Act (PSA) used menacingly by law enforcement authorities in his state. He took over as the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission in February 2003. In February 2010, he was appointed as chairman of a five-member committee set up to examine the safety aspects of the Mullaperiyar Dam in Kerala. The panel submitted the report in April 2012.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Bill related to NCBC gets Cabinet nod for reintroduction in Lok Sabha

The Cabinet today cleared the official amendments for reintroduction of a bill to grant constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes in the Lok Sabha in the forthcoming winter session, official sources said.Once passed by Parliament, the NCBC will have full powers to safeguard the rights and interests of OBCs, they said.The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the amendments to clear the decks for reintroduction of the bill.The proposed legislation is seen as a major push by the BJP to consolidate OBC votes in its favour.Responding to a long felt demand from all categories of OBCs, the government had introduced the bill to grant constitutional status to the NCBC — on par with the National Commissions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes — in the last Parliament session, officials said.Also readWinter session of Parliament begins December 15: Triple talaq, Bill to grant Constitutional Status to NCBC to come upThe proposed Constitutional amendment bill was first introduced and passed in the Lok Sabha.The Rajya Sabha then passed the bill but with certain amendments. This resulted in two different versions of the bill being passed by the two houses.Also readCentre to reintroduce NCBC Bill in Lok Sabha on the eve of Gujarat pollsTherefore, the bill will now have to be reintroduced in the Lok Sabha.The NCBC, a statutory body created in 1993, was given limited powers — only to recommend to the government inclusion or exclusion of a community in the central list of OBCs.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Cong wants minority status for Hindus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a development that might disrupt the Majority versus Minority debate in India, Congress leader in Maharashtra, Shehzad Poonawalla, has demanded that the governments in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir grant minority status to Hindus in their respective states.In a scathing response to Poonawalla’s statement, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) called for the abolition of the minority status in the country altogether. The VHP accused the Congress of trying to divide Hindus and the Indian society.In a sharp reaction, VHP’s international joint general secretary Surendra Jain said: “The Supreme Court has observed in a case pertaining to the status of Jains as minority that minoritism must be done away with. In India, we must have equal rights according to our Constitutional status as citizens. We warn the Minority Commission that nothing like this must happen, or we shall campaign for the commission to be scrapped. The Congress is trying to divide the Indian society once more,” Jain said.

Centre advocates talk as it gains time in SC over Art 35A

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre on Monday bought itself a few months time in the issue pertaining to the constitutional validity of Article 35A that grants special status to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.Attorney General KK Venugopal submitted that the Centre had recently appointed former Intelligence Bureau (IB) director Dineshwar Sharma as the interlocutor in the valley and sought an adjournment for six months.In August, the top court indicated that matters challenging the validity of Article 35A is an issue that should be decided by a five-judge bench. The apex court’s observations were made in response to a petition filed by a Kashmiri woman Dr Charu Wali Khanna, who is settled outside the state of Jammu & Kashmir.Article 35A empowers the state legislature of J & K to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to them. Under this article, Indians, except the original inhabitants of the state, are barred from acquiring immovable property in the state or obtain jobs under the state government, and availing state-sponsored scholarship schemes.In her petition, Khanna contended that Article 35A of the Constitution read with Section 6 of the Constitution of Jammu & Kashmir, related to inheritance of properties by non-state subjects, violates the fundamental right to equality guaranteed under Article 14.Khanna challenged the April 20, 1927, notification issued by Maharaja Bahadur of Kashmir, where widows and wives, who lived outside the state had no rights which are otherwise available to state subjects.In 1954, the 90-year notification was given Constitutional sanction under Article 370 by the Jawaharlal Nehru-led government and issued by President Rajendra Prasad.A Delhi based NGO — We the Citizens — filed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking the scrapping of Article 35A claiming it to be unconstitutional and violative of fundamental rights. The PIL pleaded that a new article to the Constitution cannot be simply aided by a presidential order as has been done in 1954. According to the law, only Parliament can amend the Constitution. In its plea, the NGO has contended that taking refuge behind the provisions of the article, J&K has been discriminating against non-residents.So far, the Centre has avoided taking a stand. In an earlier hearing, A-G Venugopal submitted, “A conscious decision has been taken not to file any counter affidavit in this case, because the issues which are raised for adjudication, are pure questions of law.”

Not every inter-religious wedding is love jihad: Kerala HC upholds union of Hindu woman and Muslim man

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Kerala High Court today held that all inter-religious weddings cannot be viewed as ‘love jihad’ as it upheld a marriage between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man.A division bench comprising justices V Chitambaresh and Sathish Ninan made the observations in its judgement on a habeas corpus petition filed by the man. A habeas corpus plea is filed to ensure a person under arrest is brought before a court which will determine whether the detention is legal.”We are appalled to notice the recent trend in this state to sensationalise every case of inter-religious marriage as either ‘love jihad’ or ‘ghar wapsi’ even if there was platonic love between the spouses before,” the court said.The bench also cited the Supreme Court order in the Lata Singh versus state of Uttar Pradesh case of 2004 to emphasise the need for encouraging inter-caste and inter-religious marriages.”We caution that every case of inter-religious marriage shall not be portrayed on a religious canvass and create fissures in the communal harmony otherwise existing in the God’s Own Country – Kerala,” the bench said and upheld the marriage.It said the present case was projected by the parents of the woman as ‘love jihad’ whereas the man, who was in love with her and married her later, termed it as ‘ghar wapsi’ (a bid to coerce her to come back).The woman from Kannur had left her home on May 16 along with the Muslim youth. On a complaint from her parents, police had traced and detained them in Sonepat in Haryana a month later.Initially, a lower court had allowed the woman to go with her parents, who then lodged her in a yoga centre at Tripunithura in Ernakulam district allegedly to make her give up the relationship with the Muslim man.When the woman was produced before the high court on August 18, she had interacted with a single judge and expressed her desire to go back with parents.Subsequently, when the petition came up for hearing four days later, the woman retracted her stand and told the division bench that she made the statement expressing her wish to go with her parents under pressure.She alleged that she was tortured at the yoga centre. It was being run “to coerce the inmates to return to Hindu religion”, she had charged.During the litigation and counter-litigation by both sides, the woman and man had got married legally.The division bench applauded the “extra-ordinary courage” shown by the girl to live up to her conviction and “decry the attempt of her parents to deflect the course of justice by misleading litigations”.It observed their marriage had now been registered too.The court also observed that any centre for forcible conversion or re-conversion had to be busted by the police whether it was Hindu, Muslim or Christian lest it offends the Constitutional right.Article 25 (1) of the Constitution guaranteed every citizen the right to freely profess, practice and propagate any religion which cannot be trampled upon by subversive forces or religious outfits, the court observed.The judgement began with a quote from American poet Maya Angelou who famously said: “Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”It may recalled that another division bench of the Kerala High Court had in May annulled the marriage of a 24-year-old woman with a Muslim man after allegedly forced to convert to Islam, terming it as an instance of ‘love jihad’.On an appeal by the husband, the Supreme Court had on August 16 ordered a probe by the National Investigation Agency into the case as the agency claimed it was not an isolated incident but a “pattern” that was emerging in Kerala.

West Bengal: Hours after Ishrat Jahan files police complaint, children returned by father

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what appears to be a case of horrible miscommunication, two children of Ishrat Jahan, one of the petitioners in the triple talaq case, were enjoying the day with their father when she filed a missing persons complaint with the police in Howrah.Ishrat Jahan had earlier on Thursday approached the police to file a complaint that two of her children had gone missing earlier in the day.As per ANI reports, Ishrat approached the Golabari Police Station in Howrah to register complaint. “Both my children have gone missing. I saw them last at 11:15 am. My brother and his wife are behind it,” she alleged in the complaint.The children were returned by their father later in the evening. Police said that they had called Jahan’s husband and baffled by all the news of missing children on media, he returned the kids to Golabari Police Station.Ishrat had challenged the Constitutional validity of triple talaq to end a marriage. The mother of four young children was divorced by her Dubai-based husband over the telephone. She then moved the Supreme Court against the practice of triple talaq (talaq-e-bidat) under the Muslim Personal Law.In her petition, Ishrat Jahan sought a declaration from the apex court that Section 2 of the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937 was unconstitutional, as it violated fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 14 (equality), 15 (non-discrimination), 21 (life) and 25 (religion) of the Constitution.”My husband and his relatives are constantly attempting to drive me out of my matrimonial home,” Ishrat had said.With Agency Inputs

SC restores faith in freedom

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The unanimous judgment of 9 Hon’ble Judges of the Supreme Court in the privacy matter is a reaffirmation of the right to life and personal liberty and the incremental expansion to the judicial enumeration of rights through an interpretative process in constitutional law. The Supreme Court has held that the Right to Privacy is a fundamental right that inheres to every human being regardless of his caste, creed, gender or orientation. The said Right to Privacy is a natural, inalienable right that is inseparable from human existence and an intrinsic part of the human element. The right to life and personal liberty as enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution has subsumed within its fold the right to go abroad, right against solitary confinement, right against bar fetters, right to legal aid, right to speedy trial, right against handcuffing, right against delayed execution, right against custodial violence, rights against public hanging, right to doctor’s assistance, right to shelter, right to livelihood, right to protect one’s reputation, right to have an environment free of pollution and the right to privacy. The Supreme Court has unequivocally held that the right to privacy is a sine qua non for the enjoyment of other rights under Part III of the Constitution of India and thereby recognises the overlapping of fundamental rights under our Constitutional scheme.The specious argument of the Government that the amorphous nature of the right to privacy and its failure to withstand constitutional scrutiny was rejected by the Constitution Bench and held that privacy includes at its core the preservation of personal intimacies, the sanctity of family life, marriage, procreation, home and sexual orientation. The Court accepted the argument that privacy is imperative for the protection of our diversity, heterogeneity and pluralism. At a point in time when the strain of divisive politics is curtailing citizen’s right to freely exercise his freedom of choice, an acknowledgement by the Supreme Court of the right to privacy as intrinsic to human existence has broadened the contours and scope of human freedom and has again brought the welfare of the individual to the centre stage.The Supreme Court expressed concern on the challenges to the right to privacy by non-state actors and has urged legislative intervention on a robust data protection law to safeguard privacy in the digital age. This assumes importance on account of reports of leakage of data and personal information from the Unique Identification Authority in spite of penal provisions regulating the handling and protection of sensitive information. Furthermore the need of the hour is to frame fool proof data protection architecture against misuse of personal information for oblique purposes by the State or its instrumentalities as well as to safeguard against commercial misuse of personal information for purposes like date profiling and surveillance. The Court has succinctly held that informational privacy is an integral component of the right to privacy and a sensitive balance ought to be maintained between individual interests and legitimate concerns of the State.The genesis of the challenge before the 9 Judges Bench was triggered on account of an incongruity in the previous Supreme Court rulings in the cases of M.P. Sharma (1954) which held that the fundamental right to liberty as analogous to the fourth amendment in the US Constitution cannot be imported through a strained process of construction and Kharak Singh (1962) which though did partially hold that unwarranted intrusion into the person’s home is a violation of common law right but failed to recognize right to privacy as a fundamental right as opposed to a series of subsequent judgments of smaller benches of the Supreme Court that clearly and categorically held that the right to privacy is a fundamental right. The matter travelled from a bench of 3 Hon’ble Judges hearing the Aadhar case to 5 Hon’ble Judges who deemed it appropriate to conclusively decide the jurisprudential correctness of the earlier Supreme Court judgments in the cases of M.P. Sharma (8 Hon’ble Judge) and Kharak Singh (6 Hon’ble Judges) on the issue of according fundamental right status to the Right to Privacy.It is needless to state that no right is absolute and the infraction of a fundamental right will have to meet the 3 fold test of the existence of a law, the need and aims of the statute and proportionality with the rational nexus sought to be achieved. The satisfaction of compelling state interests will have to be met on a case to case basis. However the requirement of reasonableness of the restrictions will work as an inbuilt system of checks and balances which will have to satisfy the ingredients of just, fair and reasonable. This judgment will have far reaching implications on a range of matters ranging from Aadhar to Section 377 of the IPC and to the ongoing debate on the curtailment of the freedom of choice and expression.Aadil Boparai is a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India

Maha wants Salve for quota case in SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Government will be approaching noted Constitutional lawyer Harish Salve to represent the State in the Supreme Court on the issue of reservations in promotions.Bombay High Court, on August 4, had struck down the Maharashtra Government resolution (GR) extending reservation benefits in promotion to government employees of the non-SC and ST category.The High Court has given 40 days to state Government for approaching SC. The verdict affects around 15,000 government employees.Minister of state for social justice Dilip Kamble informed media persons that the state government has decided to approach the apex court to challenge the verdict. He said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has agreed in principle to Salve’s appointment to represent the matter in SC.Minister of state for social justice Dilip Kamble informed media persons that state Government has decided to approach Apex Court to challenge High Court verdict.He said that minister for social justice Rajkumar Badole held a meeting with officials after which name of Salve has been decided.Kamble added that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has agreed in principle for the name of Salve when the government approaches SC to challenge the HC verdict.Harish Salve is noted constitutional lawyer and had represented Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case in International Court of Justice earlier this year.HC JUDGEMENTHC struck down a government resolution (GR) that extended such benefits to employees, saying: “Conversely, Article 16(4A) does not enable, the State to make provisions for reservations in promotions in favour of ‘any backward class of citizens’ other than SCs/STs.”

Right to privacy: LGBT community cheers after SC adds a touch of rainbow in judgment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The right to privacy cannot be denied to members of the LGBT community merely because they have unconventional sexual orientation and form a miniscule fraction of the over 1.32 billion Indian population, the Supreme Court observed today.The 9-judge bench, which held that the right to privacy is a fundamental right, made this observation while assailing the earlier apex court verdict in the appeal by an NGO on behalf of the LGBT community in which it said they formed a miniscule fraction of the country’s population and the right to privacy cannot be a ground to set aside a penal law.Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices R K Agrawal, S A Nazeer and D Y Chandrachud, who were part of the nine-judge constitution bench, said that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity of an individual.
ALSO READ Right to Privacy: Individual has right to refuse medical treatment, terminate pregnancy, says SC”A miniscule fraction of the country’s population constitutes lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgenders (LGBT) is not a sustainable basis to deny the right to privacy. The purpose of elevating certain rights to the stature of guaranteed fundamental rights is to insulate their exercise from the disdain of majorities, whether legislative or popular,” the bench said.The apex court said that discrete and insular minorities face grave dangers of discrimination for the simple reason that their views, beliefs or way of life does not accord with the ‘mainstream’.”Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual. Equality demands that the sexual orientation of each individual in society must be protected on an even platform.”The right to privacy and the protection of sexual orientation lie at the core of the fundamental rights guaranteed by Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution,” it said.It, however, clarified that since the challenge to Section 377 (Section which criminalizes gay sex) is pending consideration before another bench of the Supreme Court, it would leave the constitutional validity to be decided in an “appropriate proceeding”.Justice S K Kaul, in a separate judgement, also concurred with the view of the four judges and said the majoritarian concept does not apply to Constitutional rights.”…The Courts are often called up on to take what may be categorised as a non-majoritarian view, in the check and balance of power envisaged under the Constitution of India. One’s sexual orientation is undoubtedly an attribute of privacy,” he said.

Crisis in AIADMK: 19 MLAs revolt, DMK seeks trust vote

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the merging of two rival AIADMK factions, the ruling party in Tamil Nadu is now facing a fresh crisis, with 19 dissident MLAs withdrawing their support to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday. This has reduced the government to a minority and the DMK has now written to the Governor, seeking a floor test in the Assembly. The 19 legislators are opposed to the merger of factions led by Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, as they hold the latter responsible for the split in the party and subsequent freezing of the party symbol by the Election Commission (EC). They are also opposed to the move to throw out Sasikala, who is in jail.The ruling AIADMK government has been reduced to 116 MLAs, including the Speaker, in the 233-member House, excluding one vacant seat. In case of a trust vote, if all MLAs turn up for voting, it will still require 117 MLAs for a simple majority.The Opposition, consisting of 89 DMK MLAs, 8 Congress MLAs, and a lone IUML member, has 98 legislators in all.Besides, three MLAs — S Karunas, U Thaniyarasu, and Thameemun Ansari — who had contested the election on the AIADMK symbol, blamed the Centre’s interference in the state matters for all the confusion. “We will announce our support after taking into account the wishes of party officebearers and cadre,” they said in a joint statement.The dissident MLAs, who owed their allegiance to ousted AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran, met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan to urge him to “intervene and institute the Constitutional process” as Palanisami had lost their confidence. Later, the legislators were taken to a Puducherry resort, for the second time this year, as Dinakaran wanted them to be together and away from the influence of the Palaniswami government.”I got disillusioned with the functioning of the government headed by Palaniswami as there has been an abuse of power, favouritism, misuse of government machinery, and widespread corruption,” identical letters submitted by the MLAs to the Governor stated.”We want a trust vote so that CM can be replaced,” MLA Thanga Tamilselvan said. He said some more MLAs would be joining them soon. Sasikala’s brother Divakaran said Palaniswami must resign on moral grounds and a new government should be formed.Creating more trouble for the Palanisami camp, he suggested that Speaker P Dhanapal, a Dalit, should become the next CM. With 33 MLAs, Dalits constitute the single-largest group of legislators in the party. Palanisami earned Dinakaran’s ire after being handpicked by Sasikala for the post of CM after Panneerselvam’s rebellion in February.Leader of the Opposition and DMK Working President MK Stalin also wrote to the Governor, urging him to direct Palanisami to prove his majority on the floor of the House.”Consequent upon the identical letters given by MLAs to the Governor, expressing lack of confidence on CM Palanisami, an unprecedented Constitutional crisis has erupted, in which the present government has lost its majority,” he wrote in a letter to the Governor.Commenting on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) role in the merger, Stalin said Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped merge the two “corrupt factions” in the state.Meanwhile, Palanisami held a meeting with Panneerselvam and senior ministers at the the Secretariat but the outcome of that discussion is yet to be known.

Triple talaq verdict ensures

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Uttar Pradesh Minority Affairs Minister Mohsin Raza on Tuesday praised the Supreme Court?s verdict on triple talaq and said that the judgement has secured the future of women, while also ensuring their safety. ?We welcome the verdict. I had put forth the reaction of the Uttar Pradesh Government. The view of the government was that all personal laws should be subject to the Constitution. This verdict has secured the future of all those women, who could have been suffering under triple talaq. Triple talaq has nothing to do with the Quran and there should be an action taken against those who support it,? Raza told ANI. He added that the Constitution is the highest law and the Muslim personal law like any other law must be subservient to it. ?All laws including personal laws must abide by the Constitutional guarantee and constitutional freedom. There is no manner of doubt that this judgment will go a long way,? he asserted. The Supreme Court earlier in the day struck down the practice of Triple Talaq as ‘unconstitutional’ by a 3:2 majority. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar, deciding on the verdict, was seemingly split on the legality of the practice. Justice Nariman, Justice Lalit and Justice Kurien opposed the view of Justice Nazir and Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and dubbed the practice of Triple Talaq as unconstitutional and unislamic. The Supreme Court further asked the Union Government to formulate a new legislation within six months. The apex court reportedly referred to the abolition of triple talaq in the Islamic countries and asked “why can’t independent India get rid of it.” The decision came soon after the apex court resumed the hearing on the matter on Tuesday morning. CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, however, upheld the practice and said, “Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution.” The CJI, further using his power under Article 142, directed the Union of India to form a proper legislature regarding ‘talaq-e-iddat.’ CJI Khehar said that all parties must decide keeping politics aside. The constitution bench had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shah to pitch for backward classes to strengthen TN BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah is likely to meet leaders representing backward and most backward classes as part of efforts to strengthen the party in Tamil Nadu during his three day visit to the state from August 22. Shah will be addressing leaders of backward classes from diverse backgrounds here on August 22. Also, their viewpoints on key issues and grievances, if any, will be heard and these will be taken to a logical conclusion, party sources said. The move assumes significance in the backdrop of the Centre’s Constitutional Amendment Bill, providing constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes which is now with the Rajya Sabha Select Committee. Also, in the Tamil Nadu’s perspective, uplift of Scheduled Castes, tribes, backward, most backward and other marginalised classes has always been important. Both the AIADMK and DMK, dominant players in the state, have given top priority to it in their political narrative. Against such a background, sources said, the push for the growth of backward classes by Shah was coming at the right time after a similar exercise by the party in respect of SCs. In 2015, Amit Shah had met Scheduled Caste groups in Madurai during his Tamil Nadu visit. He had at that time endorsed their demand for the nomenclature of Devendrakula Vellalar for them. Later, a delegation of such SC groups had called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had assured them that their demand will be considered positively. Strengthening the basic party unit at the booth level will be a key focus during Shah’s visit, the sources added. Shah will hold discussions with office-bearers of a booth committee here at Nadukuppam, which is primarily a neighbourhood of fishermen on August 23. He is also scheduled to have breakfast at the residence of a grassroots level office-bearer at Nadukuppam. “We will replicate Shah ji’s model to strengthen our booth committees based on his interactions with our office bearers at Nadukuppam,” a party leader told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Central government slashes knee implant prices by up to 69%

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what will provide relief to close to two crore patients every year, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has fixed a ceiling price on knee implants.The government regulatory agency has fixed the ceiling prices between Rs 54,720 to Rs 1,13,950, depending on the type of transplant, and slashed prices by 59% to 69%.The standard and most widely used complete knee implant will not cost more than Rs 54,720 now, down 65%. Earlier, it cost as much as Rs 1,58,324.Special metal implants like that of titanium and oxidized zirconium — which earlier cost Rs 2,49,251 — will come down by 69% to Rs 76,600. High flexibility implants and revision implants for second surgery will come down from Rs 1,81,278 and Rs 2,76,869 to Rs 56, 490 and Rs 1,13, 950 respectively, down 69% and 59% respectively.NPPA had studied that a knee implant costs a patient six times more than the minimal price at which an importer stocks it from manufacturing firms, shockingly, as high as over four lakh rupees.In India between 1.5 to 2 crore patients, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, are estimated as having to take an arthroplasty intervention involving knee replacement. However, only one lakh patients are in a position to pay for it every year, mentions the order.”It is noticed that orthopaedic-knee implants are having unjustified, unreasonable and irrational high trade margins leading to their exorbitant prices which affects the out of pocket expenses of patients and lakhs of patients are not able to pay for arthroplasty procedures because of these exorbitant prices and suffering in pain,” the order states.”Government is under Constitutional obligation to provide fair, reasonable and affordable price for orthopedic implants and therefore its immediate intervention is imperative to check unethical profiteering and exploitive pricing at the cost of the patients in an unregulated market,” said NPPA Chairman Bhupendra Singh.In case import prices for manufacturers are higher than the ceiling prices of the implants, the manufacturers can add a margin of not more than 30%.For primary knee replacement system, the profit margin has been fixed at 4% to 8% for hospitals, nursing homes and clinics and 12% to 16% for distributors and stockists.Buying knee implants was a rip off for patients as manufacturers, hospitals and stockists used to retain humungous profit margins before selling them to unsuspecting patients, who paid through their nose for the implants.The importers, distributors and hospitals retain a total trade margin of as much as 313% before selling it to unsuspecting patients desperate for a knee implant, NPPA had observed. For example, the range of landing cost for a knee implant or the price at which an importer buys it from a manufacturer is between Rs 23,408 to Rs 65,781. The importer can retain a maximum of uptil 76% margin and sell it to a distributor or a hospital at prices between Rs 23,513 to Rs 1,67,162.The distributors and hospitals retain upto 135% trade margins which leads the implant to be sold at between Rs 59,091 to up to as high as Rs 4,13,059. The MRP price of a knee implant are jacked up exorbitantly for the patient.Also the order states that in case a patient is interested in procuring an implant from a third-party source, hospitals, nursing homes or clinics performing orthopaedic surgical procedures shall not solicit any patient to purchase knee implants from their set-ups.2 CRORE PATIENTS TO GET RELIEFMost widely used complete knee implant will not cost more than Rs 54,720 now
Earlier, it cost as much as Rs 1,58,324
That is a whopping 65% cut from its earlier price Type Avg MRP earlier Avg price reduction New ceiling price & MRPComplete Rs 1,58,324 65% Rs 54, 720 + GSTknee implant(Cobalt Chromium)Special metal like Rs 2, 49, 251 69% Rs 76,600 + GSTTitanium and OxidizedZirconiumHigh flexibility implant Rs 1,81, 728 69% Rs 56, 490 + GSTRevision implant forSecond surgery Rs 2, 76, 869 59% Rs 1, 13, 950 + GST

GJM leaders meet Rajnath, to continue stir for statehood

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The leaders of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi for over two hours on the 60th day of the indefinite strike in the hills on Sunday, but failed to strike an agreement.The six-member GJM delegation led by Kalyan Diwan, convenor of the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC), met Singh and Darjeeling MP SS Ahluwalia to discuss the Gorkhaland statehood issue.”It was made clear to them that nothing short of Gorkhaland would appease the Gorkhas and non-Gorkhas at the hills. We had made ourselves clear that the Gorkhas had suffered for decades and had not been given their dues. It is time the Centre took some positive steps,” Swaraj Thapa, member, Central Committee, GJM, told DNA.He said that both Singh and Ahluwalia said they understood the pain and suffering of the Gorkhas. “They said they were mindful of our demand but there were some Constitutional difficulties and had assured us that they would try to work out some way to find a way out of the logjam,” he said.Asked whether the bandh would continue he said, “The bandh would continue for another 100 years till the statehood demand is met.”Rajnath, it is learnt, appealed to the GJM leaders to lift the hunger strike and the general strike. Singh had also urged the West Bengal government to begin talks to find a solution.Top GJM leaders Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri did not attend the meeting on Sunday.The strike has been going on since June 18 with business establishments, schools and colleges remaining shut. Several government establishments have been razed and vehicles flouting the strike set afire since then.INDEFINITE STIRStrike has been on since June 18 with shops, schools and colleges remaining shut.
Several incidents of violence and arson have been reported since then.

Naidu takes over as RS Chairman, asks parties not to treat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid a warm welcome, Venkaiah Naidu today took over as the new Chairman of the Rajya Sabha with an emphasis that there should be no disruptions in the House and all parties should work together, without treating each other as “enemies”. He also said that he did not approve of bills being passed in the din and underlined that it can happen when there are no disruptions. In parliamentary democracy, the opposition must have its say but the government must have its way, he quipped, adding after all, the government has the mandate of the people. His remarks came after several Opposition members urged him to continue the practice of not allowing any bill to be passed amid pandemonium. There were also requests from the smaller parties that justice should be done with them in terms of giving them appropriate time to speak in the Upper House of Parliament. Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said bills used to be passed in the din prior to 2014 and since the NDA came to power, the principle of not passing any legislation in pandemonium has been strictly adhered to. At the same time, he said Parliament can’t be run by the “tyranny of the Well”, implying disruptions. Felicitating Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed confidence that the new Rajya Sabha Chairman would rise to the occasion in the House and his conduct would win him accolades from all sides. He noted that Naidu has a long experience and was well- versed with the intricacies of parliamentary procedures and the functioning of the House. Modi said since Naidu has spent so many years in the Rajya Sabha, there might be an initial discomfort for members, similar to the one faced by lawyers when one of them becomes a judge. After Modi, a large number of members, including Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, also welcomed Naidu. Speaking after members made their remarks, Naidu said the House should debate, discuss and decide on issues but disruptions should be avoided. He said members belonging to various parties were political rivals but not enemies. “We have to keep this in mind and work together,” he said, adding that all members should work to strengthen the country in line with their views and ideologies. In choked voice, he spoke about his humble background and death of his parents early in life “so much so that he cannot even recall the face of his mother.” He said he did not have the support of any “dynasty” and was “humbled by the honour”. “Now I am an all-party man, above party politics,” Naidu said. He emphasised that in the Rajya Sabha, everyone should have the opportunity to have a say on important issues, whether their party had a small number or big. “If all follow the rules, everyone will be able get the opportunity to speak. Time management is crucial,” he said. Quoting former President Pranab Mukherjee, Naidu said he had said the House should debate, discuss and decide and “the fourth ‘D’ — disruption — should be avoided.” Known for his witty one-liners, Naidu said, “after all, the culture of India is agriculture.” Jaitley, while responding to some Opposition members’ contention that no bill should be passed in the din, said, “Prior to 2104, there was no such principle.” He said there were 21 bills which were passed in the din prior to 2014. The last one was the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act. “We have seen days where the whole Opposition was in jail and the Constitution Amendments were passed by a depleted strength. Obviously, those are distant memories. But each one of them has taught us a lesson,” the minister said. “Therefore, if this principle has to be adhered to, then, as was mentioned yesterday, and this is my specific suggestion, Dr. Radhrakrishnan was quoted that Parliament can’t be the tyranny of the government, it also can’t be the tyranny of the Well,” he said. He noted that “the Opposition is naturally concerned” that it must have a say. “But, ultimately, there is a balancing act that has to be performed and the balancing act is that matters of public interest which the Opposition wants to raise or some other members want to raise must be given adequate time. At the same time, there is government business. “The country depends on policy which is framed or the legislations which are framed which come up for discussion and therefore there must be an adequate balance struck between the two,” Jaitley said, expressing confidence that Naidu would be able to strike a balance, given wisdom and experience Felicitating Naidu, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said that after attaining the position of the Rajya Sabha Chairman, he has become “independent and not a party person.” For Naidu, his religion or party should now remain only in his mind and not in his conduct, the senior Congress leader said. He reminded him of the “scale of balance” carved in the seat of the Rajya Sabha Chairman, that calls for the post to do justice to all. Also, the practice has been to accommodate and allow everyone to speak, Azad said. “There is a tradition of this House that no bill is passed in din. That practice should be continued,” he said. Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) also talked about the practice of not passing any bill in the din. He, however, added that the responsibility for smooth conduct of the House is not just of the Chair but also of those creating such ruckus as they should realise on what issues they should create pandemonium and on what not. He hoped the smallest parties will be allowed a say. Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien expressed confidence that Naidu “will not commit a sin to pass any bill in the din.” He hoped that Naidu would maintain his “sense of humour and yet remain firm… May the Chair always listen to voice of opposition.” O’Brien also urged Naidu to continue his practice of using acronyms. The TMC leader made an acronym of Naidu as ‘Now All India’s Dearest Umpire’. A Navaneethakrishnan (AIADMK) said the Chairman can connect with every region of the country and every member of the House effectively. He expressed confidence that each member would get an opportunity in the House to speak. CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, in his last remarks as member of the House as he is retiring, expected Naidu’s innings in the Upper House to be “very illustrious”. He was confident that Naidu will uphold the Constitution and do justice while presiding over the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha. Yechury said Naidu, whom he has known for last 40 years, is now holding an important position and is custodian of our constitution. “If Parliament does not function and discharge its responsibilities, the people’s sovereignity dissolves. This is not permissible,” he said, and hoped that Naidu would run the House with justice and dignity. S C Mishra of BSP said he has been a great admirer of Naidu and hoped that all members would get an opportunity to speak in the House. He charged that his party leader Mayawati was not allowed to speak in the House on July 18 and hoped that such a thing would not happen again. D Raja (CPI) hoped that Naidu will underline the importance of multi-party democracy. “You must give space to all dissenting voices.. Divergent views must be appreciated and you can be assured of our cooperation, but Constitutional values and constituional morality must be upheld,” he said. Praful Patel (NCP) said that Naidu occupying the second highest Constitutional post reflects the strength of Indian democracy and is a great example for the coming generations. The NCP leader said the quality of debate in the House has deteriorated. He also spoke about very less time given to the smaller parties. Balwinder Singh Bhundar (SAD) lamented that members did not get time to speak in the House and Naidu should give more time to smaller parties to speak. At this, Naidu said he did not believe that any party can be small, but members can be so. Keshav Rao (TRS) lauded Naidu for his oratary skills to bring more humour and wit in the House which had turned dry for many years now. “I hope that you would use this kind of wit because this House has sometimes been too dry and it looked like we are fighting each other,” he said. He expressed confidence that Naidu would not only do justice in the House but also do a lot for the country as Vice President. Tiruchi Siva (DMK) hoped Naidu’s outlook towards the members of the House would be unbiased and both the opposition and treasury benches would be equal for him. Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) said Naidu has been a revolutionary who took part in the “second freedom struggle”, inferring to the Emergency period. He said Naidu had gone to jail during the Emergency when he joined the movement by Jayprakash Narayan and knows what struggle means. He said Naidu, who joined politics as a student leader and then went up to head the BJP’s students wing, has today come a full circle when he has come to “head a class with the members like me as students.” “But I want to assure you that these students are good and will not trouble you and will not let your blood pressure increase,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Par panel endorses key amendment in inter-state river water

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A parliamentary committee today endorsed an amendment to a bill which provides for setting up of a tribunal on inter-state river water disputes with finality of authority. The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017, introduced in Parliament in March, seeks to set up a single, permanent tribunal to adjudicate all such disputes subsuming existing tribunals. The parliamentary panel, under the chairmanship of lawmaker Hukum Singh, noted the amendment in the bill entails that the decision of the tribunal bench will be final and binding on the parties to the dispute. It also noted that such decisions will have the same force as an order or a decree of the Supreme Court. About the provision to deal with the situation where the states and union territories fail to abide by the award of the Bench or Tribunal, the panel said the ministry has informed that they can be persuaded to do so. “Besides, the party states are expected to abide by the awards or else it amounts to breakdown of the constitutional machinery and there are provisions in the Constitution to deal with such eventuality,” the panel said in its report tabled in Parliament today. It said the Constitution debars any other court to exercise jurisdiction in respect of any such dispute under the ISRWD Act, 1956. However, the apex court has been exercising its jurisdiction under some articles of the Constitution for considering the matters related to awards given on inter-state river water dispute, it noted. “The Committee, therefore, endorses this clause — which seeks giving finality to the award of the Tribunal so as to avoid the endless litigation on the disputes. However, the Committee would refrain from interpreting any Constitutional provision in this regard,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Irom Sharmila invites ‘Kakkoos’ director to be her bridesmaid for her August 16 wedding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Internationally renowned human rights activist Irom Sharmila on Wednesday expressed solidarity with documentary film maker Divya Bharathi — who has been facing the ire of a caste group for her latest work on manual scavenging titled Kakkoos (toilet) — and invited Bharathi to be her bridesmaid.Despite opposition from fringe groups, 45-year-old Sharmila, who is known for her 16-year-long fast demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, is all set to get married to Britain-born Desmond Coutinho on August 16.“I will stand by Divya; I hope you will do the same. I invite Divya to stand beside me at my wedding next week. At this moment, I cannot think of a finer garland than the end of caste slavery,” Sharmila told reporters in Madurai.Madurai police had registered a case under two sections of IPC against Bharathi for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc, and for promoting hatred among communities, classes. An office bearer of Puthiya Thamilagam, a Dalit party, filed the complaint alleging that she has wrongfully projected members of Pallar caste (a Dalit community) indulging in manual scavenging.Bharathi’s film, which is about the failure to implement the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act 2013, has shamed the government of Tamil Nadu and India. She equated US President Abraham Lincoln’s move to end slavery in the 19th century with the 2013 Act, which fulfills the promise made by Dr Ambedkar to abolish untouchability.She said that in the absence of statesmen in India, it was important that Ambedkar’s Constitutional safeguards of freedom of speech and association are upheld and treasured.“The government banned the film and arrested the director on trumped-up charges. When that failed to break her spirit, they used stooges to threaten her. We cannot look the other way. Watch Kakkoos. Tell your friends and family,” Sharmila said.The human rights activist has decided to get married despite a few activists and representatives of political outfits, including the Hindu Makkal Katchi, protesting it, saying her fights for the rights and welfare of tribals “might lead to unrest in the hilly region”.

Take Centre’s help in Article 35A case, NC tells Mehbooba

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir’s main opposition National Conference has advised the government to seek the help of its ally BJP and the Centre in forging a common stand against attempts to alter the Constitutional provisions that give the state its special status, political sources said today. This was conveyed to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti when she paid a surprise visit to National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah at his residence last evening, amid a debate on Article 35A of the Constitution that grants special privileges to the state. The provision, which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define the state’s “permanent residents” and their special rights and privileges, has been challenged in the Supreme Court. The sources said Mehbooba was asked to rope in the state government’s alliance partner BJP as well as the Centre to step in in the Supreme Court and take a stand in favour of the people of the state. Mehbooba was asked to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all important central ministers besides asking the BJP to convince the Sangh Parivar. Two Kashmiri women recently approached the Supreme Court challenging the Article — added to the Constitution through a presidential order of 1954 — as they contended that it had disenfranchised their children. Mehbooba had said at a recent event in Delhi that there would be no one in Kashmir to uphold the national flag if Article 35A was tinkered with.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pomp and tradition come together as new president takes office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The elaborate ceremony for change of guard in India’s highest Constitutional office started today with a gentle knock on the door of President-elect Ram Nath Kovind’s Akbar Road residence. It was Military Secretary to the President, Major General Anil Khosla, inviting 71-year-old Kovind and his wife Savita to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where President Pranab Mukherjee was waiting for them in the study. The two leaders then went to the grand Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt where they were escorted to the saluting dais. Mukherjee took the last salute of the President’s Bodyguard (PBG) with President-elect Kovind standing to his left. He and his successor drove down Raisina Hill to the Central Hall of the Parliament in a black limousine, with Mukherjee in the right and Kovind on the left. Escorting them was a grand equestrian procession by the PBG, dressed in white ceremonial uniforms and blue turbans with gold ornamental work. The road from Rashtrapati Bhavan to Parliament was lined with 1,000 jawans from all three services of the armed forces offering the traditional ‘hazaar salaam’ to the president — the supreme commander of the defence forces. The procession reached gate five of Parliament where Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Chief Justice of India J S Kehar received President Mukherjee and President-elect Kovind who were then taken to the Central Hall. After the oath ceremony, Kovind met leaders in Central Hall before leaving for the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presidential limousine, this time with Mukherjee in the left and India’s new president on the right. The skies opened up as the procession made its way from Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan. The black tarmac of Rajpath seemed washed clean as the PBG marched with military precision in the pouring rain. Kovind and Mukherjee reached the Rashtrapati Bhavan where the former took charge after signing the register.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Change of guard at Rashtrapati Bhavan begins with knock on the

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The elaborate ceremony for change of guard in India’s highest Constitutional office started today with a gentle knock on the door of President-elect Ram Nath Kovind’s Akbar Road residence. It was Military Secretary to the President, Major General Anil Khosla, inviting 71-year old Kovind and his wife Savita to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where President Pranab Mukherjee was waiting for them in the study. The two leaders then went to the grand Rashtrapai Bhavan forecourt where they were escorted to the saluting dais. Mukherjee took the last salute of the President’s Bodyguard (PBG) with President-elect Kovind standing to his left. He and his successor then drove down Raisina Hill to the Central Hall of the Parliament in a black limousine. Escorting them was grand equestrian procession by the PBG, dressed in white ceremonial uniforms and blue turbans with gold ornamental work. The road from Rashtrapati Bhavan to Parliament was lined with jawans of the armed forces. The morning had begun with the president-elect offering floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Exclusive: Right to Privacy: In SC, Centre vs Karnataka soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the Centre maintains that Right to Privacy is not a Fundamental Right, a key Opposition-ruled state – Karnataka – is set to enter the ongoing legal debate by telling a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court that it doesn’t agree with the views of the Centre.Congress-ruled Karnataka will be the first state to oppose the Centre on such a key issue.On Tuesday, when the nine-judge bench resumes hearing on the issue of whether Indian citizens have an inherent right to privacy under the Constitution, former Union Law Minister and senior advocate Kapil Sibal will appear for the State of Karnataka.”We don’t agree with the stand taken by the Centre. And, that is what we will tell the court. Right to privacy is central to human dignity and it is surprising we are still having this debate on whether we have a right to privacy,” Sibal told DNA.Karnataka Additional Advocate General Devadutt Kamat says, “While we understand that it is facet of Article 21, right to privacy may not be absolute. A lot of data concerning citizens is out in the public domain. But, the state can’t prey upon this data without just cause and reason. Also, regimes will have to be put in place to a system under which the citizens’ data can be accessed by the state in exceptional circumstances like crime against country.”Kamat also said that it was the duty of the state to protect the personal data of the citizens accessed by it.Earlier this week, Attorney General KK Venugopal had contended in court that the Right to Privacy was a common law right. “The founding fathers of the Constitution gave its citizens all kinds of Fundamental Rights, but the right to privacy was consciously avoided,” he had submitted before a five-judge bench hearing matters pertaining to the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar.During the hearing, the nine-judge bench had observed that privacy was not an absolute right while the petitioners who opened arguments had asserted that privacy was a fundamental and absolute right.”It is all well and good to argue about privacy in the abstract. What are its contents? What are the contours? How can the state regulate privacy? What obligations do the state have to protect a person’s privacy?,” Justice DY Chandrachud had questioned towards the end of the hearing on day one.State’s ContentionsFormer Union law minister Kapil Sibal will represent the State of Karnataka. “We don’t agree with the stand taken by the Centre,” Sibal told DNA.“Right to Privacy is central to human dignity. It is surprising we are debating it,” he added.

HC questions maintainability of plea against Speaker’s order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today questioned the maintainability of a plea by two persons challenging the Delhi Assembly Speaker’s order sending them to jail for throwing pamphlets and sloganeering in the House. A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Najmi Waziri wondered how a habeas corpus plea, as filed by the two, can be heard by it when the rules under which the decision was taken by the Speaker have not been challenged. The bench also said that if the Constitutional validity of the rules are challenged then the plea may have to go before another judge or bench. It gave the petitioners, represented by advocate Pradeep Rana, time till tomorrow to decide what course of action, including amendment of their plea, do they wish to take. The two persons, Jagdeep Rana and Rajan Kumar Madan, who were sitting in the Visitors Gallery, had hurled pamphlets and raised slogans demanding resignation of Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain. The two have claimed they were allegedly thrashed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs. The two have alleged that the Speaker’s June 28 decision was taken without hearing them and therefore, it was “absolutely illegal and violates the principles of natural justice” and have sought their immediate release. Appearing for the Speaker, Delhi government standing counsel Rahul Mehra said the Speaker need not have heard them as the incident of “breach of privilege and contempt of the House” occurred in the presence of all legislators.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

KK Venugopal takes over as new Attorney General of India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and constitutional expert KK Venugopal on Monday officially took over as the new Attorney General of India, replacing Mukul Rohatgi.Venugopal was appointed by the Royal Government of Bhutan to serve as the Constitutional adviser for drafting of the Constitution of Bhutan. In 2015, he was conferred Padma Vibhushan award by Government of India. This is the second-highest civilian honour in India. He had previously received the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour.President Pranab Mukherjee has approved Venugopal’s appointment. Venugopal held the office of Additional Solicitor General in Morarji Desai’s Government.He also appeared for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani in the Babri demolition case.

Guard against growing trend of hyper-nationalism: 65 ex-bureaucrats pen letter to Modi govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A spate of recent developments — from cow vigilantism and religious intolerance to trolling and intimidation — has evoked a “sense of deep disquiet” in a group of 65 former bureaucrats, who have urged the State to take corrective measures to tackle growing “hyper-nationalism” in the country.In an open letter, they said the disquiet had prompted them “to chronicle their reservations and misgivings” about the developments.They expressed concern over the “ugly trend of trolling, threats and online intimidation of activists, journalists, writers and intellectuals who disagree with the dominant ideology”.The letter referred to “rising authoritarianism and majoritarianism”, which, they said, barred debate and dissent.”There is a growing hyper-nationalism that reduces any critique to a binary: if you are not with the government, you are anti-national. Those in authority should not be questioned – that is the clear message,” they said in the letter made public today.They appealed to public authorities and Constitutional bodies to take heed of these disturbing trends and to take corrective action.”We have to reclaim and defend the spirit of the Constitution of India, as envisaged by the founding fathers,” they said.The letter mentioned a communal campaign in the run-up to the Uttar Pradesh elections, held earlier this year.In UP, “an odious and frankly communal comparison” was made between the relative numbers of burial grounds and cremation grounds, it said.The question was also asked if electricity was being supplied equally to different communities during their religious festivals, it said.”It appears as if there is a growing climate of religious intolerance that is aimed primarily at Muslims,” it said.The banning of slaughter houses targets minorities and affects their livelihoods as well. Such intolerance breeds violence in a communally charged atmosphere, the letter said.”Vigilantism has become widespread. An Akhlaq is killed on the basis of a suspicion that the meat he has is beef and a Pehlu Khan is lynched while transporting to his place two cows he had bought and for which he had the necessary papers,” said the former bureaucrats, who had held important posts at both the Centre and in the states.Cow vigilante groups functioned with impunity and seemed to be doing so with the “tacit complicity or active encouragement” of the State machinery, they alleged.”The behaviour of vigilantes – who act as if they are prosecutor, judge and executioner rolled into one – flies in the face of law and jurisprudence,” the letter said.It mentioned “anti-Romeo” squads that threatened young couples and attacks by administrations — “with a supportive government to back them” –on student groups and faculty members on campuses such as Hyderabad and JNU.Several NGOs and civil society organisations, it said, were being charged with violating provisions of the Foreign Contribution regulation Act and the Income Tax Act.”While we agree that genuine violators should be identified and penalised, we note with dismay that several of the targeted groups are those who have taken stands against government policies, expressed dissent or supported communities in cases against the State,” it said.The letter was signed by former officers such as 91- year-old Har Mander Singh, who belonged to the 1953 batch of the Indian Administrative Service, former Culture Secretary and Prasar Bharti CEO Jawhar Sircar, former Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs E A S Sarma and former Mumbai police chief Julio Rebeiro.

NC core group for all-party meet to discuss form of GST regime

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Opposition National Conference (NC) core group the highest decision making body of the party today demanded an all-party meeting to have a threadbare discussion on the form of the GST regime. “The NC core group, which met here today expressed grave concern over the extension of Constitutional Amendment 101 of the Constitution of India to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. “The core group meeting chaired by NC working president Omar Abdullah feared that the intent of the state government can have wider ramifications on the state’s fiscal autonomy and will impinge upon the residuary powers enjoyed by the state,” a party spokesman said here. He said the core group, which was briefed by the two former finance ministers of the state – Abdul Rahim Rather and Mohammad Shafi Uri – strongly felt that since the Constitutional Amendment will cause irreparable damage to the state and its people, the state government should call an all-party meeting. “The state government should call an all-party meeting and have a threadbare discussion on the form of the GST regime so as to allay the fears and concerns of the various political parties and put the entire concept in public domain so that there is an open debate with the stakeholders before rushing to summon a session of the state legislature,” the spokesman said. He said the party’s core group castigated the state government’s effort to implement the GST regime in the state in a “hush-hush manner to please the powers that be” in New Delhi and thereby “bartering” the interests of the state and its people to remain in power. The core group noted that the present Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, who today is the strongest votary of GST implementation in the state, is on the record having said “come GST and neither the state legislature nor the state cabinet will have a say on J-K taxation”, the spokesman said. He said the core group demanded that the finance minister must come clean on the issue and not hoodwink the people of the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru on his 53rd death anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday paid his tribute to former prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his 53rd death anniversary. Remembering the first prime minister of India, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, ?Remembering Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. May the vision & the values he dedicated his life to always guide our conscience & our actions.? Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also joined the nation in paying tributes to Pandit Nehru. Pandit Nehru was born on November 14, 1889 in Allahabad. In 1919, he joined the Indian National Congress and joined Mahatma Gandhi in the independence movement. He became the General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee in September 1923. On August 29, 1928 he attended the All-Party Congress and was one of the signatories to the Nehru Report on Indian Constitutional Reform, named after his father Motilal Nehru. In 1929, Nehru was elected the president of the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress, where complete independence for the country was adopted as the goal. He was imprisoned several times during 1930-35 in connection with the Salt Satyagraha and other movements launched by the Congress. Nehru’s birthday is also celebrated as Children?s Day. He was sworn-in on August 15, 1947 as the first prime minister of India when the nation gained independence from the British empire. Serving until his death till May 27, 1964, Nehru remains India’s longest-serving prime minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi pays tributes to Jawaharlal Nehru on his 53rd death anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid his tributes to former prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his 53rd death anniversary. Remembering the first Prime Minister, Prime Minister Modi tweeted, ?Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary?. Pandit Nehru was born on November 14, 1889 in Allahabad. In 1919, he joined the Indian National Congress and joined Mahatma Gandhi in the independence movement. He became the General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee in September 1923. On August 29, 1928 he attended the All-Party Congress and was one of the signatories to the Nehru Report on Indian Constitutional Reform, named after his father Motilal Nehru. In 1929, Nehru was elected the president of the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress, where complete independence for the country was adopted as the goal. He was imprisoned several times during 1930-35 in connection with the Salt Satyagraha and other movements launched by the Congress. Nehru?s birthday is also celebrated as Children?s Day. He was sworn-in on August 15, 1947 as the first prime minister of India when the nation gained independence from the British empire. Serving until his death till May 27, 1964, Nehru remains India?s longest-serving prime minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi exhorts people to work towards making New India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday exhorted the countrymen to work towards making a New India. ?Let us all commit ourselves for the next five years to take the country to new heights. Let us build a New India,? said Prime Minister Modi. He was addressing a rally after laying the foundation stone of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here. The Prime Minister apprised the people of Assam about the various pro-people steps taken by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) during the last three years and pointed out his government?s efforts to uplift the Other Backward Classes (OBCs). ?For the first time, we have taken a step to uplift the OBCs by granting Constitutional status to the OBC Commission,? Prime Minister Modi added. Talking about the Centre?s resolve to take on the black money hoarders, the prime minister gave example of the Benami Property Act. ?The Benami Property Act came into force in 1988, but it was not notified for last 28 years. We notified it,? said Prime Minister Modi. The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015 was introduced in Lok Sabha on May 13, 2015. The Bill seeks to amend the Benami Transactions Act, 1988. The Act prohibits benami transactions and provides for confiscating benami properties. The Prime Minister also expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards the people of the country that they gave him an opportunity to serve as a ?Pradhan Sevak?. ?I want to express my heartfelt gratitude towards the people of the country, that they let us form a government and gave me an opportunity to serve them as a ‘pradhan sevak’,? Prime Minister Modi said. He praised the citizens of the nation for making the ?Swachh Bharat? abhiyaan a successful mass movement and for making Swachhta a mass movement,. He also appreciated the role of the media in furthering the message of cleanliness. Prime Minister on Friday kick started M.O.D.I. (Making of Developed India) fest here by inaugurating country?s longest Bhupen Hazarika Setu (bridge), which connects Assam with Arunachal Pradesh. M.O.D.I., a pan-Indian festival-like publicity campaign, will be highlighting the achievements of the Narendra Modi ?led NDA?s three year rule. The 15-day campaign’s name has been linked with the surname of the Prime Minister- Modi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri demolition case: Shiv Sena leader Satish Pradhan surrenders before Ayodhya court, gets bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena leader Satish Pradhan on Wednesday surrendered before the Special CBI Court (Ayodhya Prakaran) in connection with the 1992 Babri demolition case. He was, later, granted bail by the court on furnishing a surety and personal bond for Rs 20,000 each.The Shiv Sena leader was to surrender along with five other accused on Saturday but his counsel had sought time for his appearance due to illness. Five other accused, including Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Ganpat Rai, BL Sharma, Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti and Daharam Das Maharaj had surrendered before the Special CBI Court on Saturday. They were released on bail by the CBI Jude SK Yadav.Pradhan is a former mayor of Thane in Maharashtra. He was also a member of Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra for two terms from July 5,1992 to July 4, 1998 and July 5, 1998 to July 4, 2004.In pursuance of the Supreme Court order dated April 19, the Special CBI Court is likely to invoke fresh charges under Section 120 (B) of the IPC against six accused of Rae Bareli Court excluding Rajasthan Governor and former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh whose name was omitted from the list of accused due to Constitutional immunity.The six accused including former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, ex-HRD minister and BJP MP Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Union minister Uma Bharati, BJP MP Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambhara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia will have to surrender before the court once criminal conspiracy charges were framed afresh against them.

Legislators meet DU V-C to fix quota for Delhi students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Member of Parliament Sahib Singh Verma and Delhi MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa met Delhi University (DU) Vice-Chancellor (V-C) Yogesh Tyagi on Wednesday, to urge him to fix 70 per cent quota for city students in the varsity.They brought the V-C’s attention to the poor condition of students with Delhi domicile, compared to students who are from other states.”We urged the V-C to either fix 70 per cent quota for Delhi students or make a provision to give at least 3-5 per cent grace marks to Delhi students in DU colleges, as it is their Constitutional right to get higher education at an affordable cost within their home town,” Verma said.”The V-C has assured us that he will provide us with an opportunity to have a one-on-one meeting with the admission committee of the university before the beginning of the admission process,” he added.Last year, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government had also raised the issue of fixing quota for students with the Delhi domicile in DU, but the varsity had rejected the proposal.

Centre stalling Delhi govt’s activities by holding files relating to appointment of ministers: Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today accused the Centre of “stalling” the Delhi government’s activities by allegedly holding back files relating to the appointment of two new ministers in his cabinet.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also amounted it to the violation of the Constitution and accused the Centre of “paralysing” the Delhi government. Kejriwal said the people of Delhi should not suffer due to the BJP-led Centre’s “enmity” with the Aam Aadmi Party government. “The Centre is sitting on the files for the last 10 days.Many Delhi government activities are stalled due to this. Your enmity is against us, don’t take revenge from the people of Delhi,” the Delhi chief minister tweeted. Addressing a press conference on the issue, Sisodia said that it is the chief minister’s prerogative to induct elected persons in his Cabinet, adding that it is a very “surprising” that central government is not approving the files. He said the Delhi government had on May 6 sent the files relating to the induction of two AAP MLAs – Rajender Pal Gautam and Kailash Gehlot – in the Delhi Cabinet, but the Centre is yet to clear the same.”I want to know why the Centre is trying to paralyse the Delhi government by violating the Constitution. Why are they doing this? What is the Constitutional point the Centre has been considering for the last 10 days?,” Sisodia asked. He said that in the last 25 years, the Centre has not held back such files pertaining to the appointment of ministers. The Deputy CM also said that there is presently water crisis in Delhi and in this situation, the appointment of water minister should be made at the earliest.Kapil Mishra was sacked on May 6 and Gautam and Gehlot were inducted in the cabinet. Mishra held the portfolios of water, tourism, art and culture. Before him, AAP MLA Sandeep Kumar was sacked from the cabinet after an objectionable video allegedly involving him emerged last August. No new face had replaced Kumar and Sisodia has been taking care of his portfolios — social welfare, and women and child welfare among others.Hitting out at the Delhi government, BJP MLA and Opposition leader in the Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta said there had been no new minister after Kumar’s expulsion for the last 10 months and sought to know if work was then not being affected.

Simplify norms for Kashmiri migrants to vote: MoS PMO to EC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Jitendra Singh today asked the Election Commission to simplify the norms to allow migrant Kashmiri Pandits to exercise their franchise during elections. In an over half-an-hour long meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and other EC officials, he said the voter list of displaced Kashmiri Pandit community members requires to be revised at the earliest. “Many of the elderly persons who figured in the list at the time of migration during 1989-90 are no more alive, whereas many of the youngsters who have since attained the age of 18 years after displacement, do not figure in the voters list,” he said. The minister said the ‘M-Form’ requirement for displaced Kashmiri voter involves a tedious process with lot of formalities which ends up in discouraging many of the voters from exercising their franchise. The Kashmir Pandit migrants have to fill in ‘Form M’ to intimate authorities concerned about location of polling station and city where they want to cast their vote. “A large percentage of Kashmiri Pandit votes were not cast either because of the inability to fulfil the formalities or the disincentive resulting from the time and energy required in doing so. “The result of this is that, on the one hand, the legitimate Kashmiri Pandit voters are deprived of their Constitutional right to cast the vote and on the other hand, the election outcome also gets affected,” said Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Besides Singh, who is also a Lok Sabha member from Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur constituency, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, senior BJP leader Anil Baluni and representatives of displaced Kashmiri Pandit community led by Sanjay Ganju were present during the meeting. There are about 62,000 Kashmiri migrant families registered with the government out of which 40,000 were registered in Jammu, 20,000 in the national capital and remaining 2,000 in the rest of the country, as per an official estimate. The NDA government, after assuming office in 2014, had earmarked Rs 500 crore for rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Pandits who had migrated from the Valley in 1990 following the rise in militancy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘PM should fix problems of Muslim women besides triple talaq’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his comments on ‘triple talaq’, SP leader Azam Khan today said he should also speak on other problems faced by Muslim women. Addressing a function here, Modi had urged the Muslim community to ensure that the triple talaq issue was not “politicised”, and hoped that intellectuals from the community would come forward to fight the practice. “Modi should speak about the other problems (besides triple talaq) of the Muslim women,” Khan said. He said the prime minister should also show sympathy with those Muslim women who have lost their sons or husbands due to violence by cow vigilantes. The Centre has opposed the triple talaq practice in the Supreme Court citing the principles of gender justice and secularism enshrined in the Constitution. Activists allege that the practice under which a Muslim man can give instant divorce to his wife by uttering the word ‘talaq’ thrice in one go has left lakhs of women destitute. Referring to Gujarat riots of 2002, Khan said Modi should also talk about the violence in Gujarat that destroyed the homes of many Muslim women. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said Modi was speaking on such issues, targeting the Karnataka assembly elections which are slated for next year. “The prime minister spoke all such things, eyeing the upcoming election in Karnataka,” he said. JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said Modi should not speak on such issues which are pending in the court. “First you bring improvement within yourself (community), then you talk of betterment of Muslims,” he said. Another JD(U) leader K C Tyagi said there is a provision in Constitution that every religion has its own right to defend its customs and rituals. “If you feel that there are some problems with a religion, let the voices come from that religion itself,” he said. BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli, however, defended the prime minister, saying the Modi government is working for the dignity of every Indian. “The comments have to be seen as a benchmark of women’s rights in terms of Constitutional right to equality,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Aadhaar for PAN: Why MPs didn’t object, asks Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday put a poser as to why there was no objection from lawmakers on the government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for making PAN cards, a move which was given effect by the latest budget from July 1.“542 persons are sitting in Parliament, why do they not object to it? If they are not objecting on it, why should we go into it,” a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said.When it was told that the Centre has earlier made a statement in the SC that they would not make Aadhaar mandatory, the bench said, “they cannot be bound by it. It cannot preclude Parliament from enacting a statutory provision.”The apex court was hearing three petitions challenging the constitutional validity of section 139AA of the Income Tax (IT) Act.Section 139AA, introduced through the latest budget and the Finance Act 2017, provides for mandatory quoting of Aadhaar or enrollment ID of Aadhaar application form for filing of income tax returns and making application for allotment of PAN number with effect from July 1 this year.

Niti Aayog’s action agenda details expenditure allocation, addressing NPAs and expanding tax base

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Niti Aayog’s three-year draft action agenda details sector-wise expenditure allocation for three years, proposes shifting additional revenues to high priority sectors such as health, education, defence, roads among others, doubling farmers’ income by 2022, creating jobs, bringing down land prices, transport and digital connectivity and building an inclusive society.The government think tank is also batting to expand the tax base through various measures includes taxing agricultural income.“The draft has been prepared through extensive consultation with State governments and other stakeholders and has been circulated to them. I will be writing to the States today seeking their comments on the draft,” Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya told the media on Tuesday.In order to ensure that states feel at home with the plan and also adhere to it, Panagariya and other senior officials from Niti Aayog will also be travelling to different states for discussions. The three-year action agenda also looks at addressing the high and rising share of non-performing assets in India’s banks through auction of larger assets to private asset reconstruction companies (ARCs) and also by strengthening the SBI-led ARC. The agenda focusses on urban development by bringing down land prices to meet the government’s target of creating affordable housing. It is talks about reforming the Rent Control Act along the lines of the Model Tenancy Act by consulting the states. It proposes promoting dormitory housing to meet housing requirements of the migrating rural population which also aims at stopping the creation of slums, Panagariya said. The action agenda talks about strengthening infrastructure in roadways, railways, shipping and ports and a last-mile digital connectivity. It also details implementation of the National Energy Policy and reformation of the coal sector. Talking about expanding the tax base, Niti Aayog member Bibek Debroy said agricultural income should be brought under the tax net to expand the overall tax base.Debroy said since he doesn’t believe in a rural and urban distinction, the rural sector should be taxed, including agriculture income above certain threshold by averaging it over a period of three or five years. However, it was not clear if that would feature in the action agenda. The last Nehruvian five-year plan came to an end on March 31 and will be replaced with the three-year-action agenda comprising executive decisions and then the seven-year mid term strategy and 15-year vision document, both of which are in progress at present. The action agenda will span a three-year time frame involving mostly executive decisions, the strategy will be for a seven-year period and include decisions that need legislative changes while the vision would be for fifteen years and incorporate institutional changes that may need Constitutional amendments.

Centre firmly behind victims of triple talaq: Prasad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre was firmly behind the victims of triple talaq, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here today. He added that while India respected freedom of religion and faith, “discriminatory” practices could not be held an integral part of it and protected. Prasad cited the practice of untouchability to assert that religious practices needed to be in accordance with the Constitutional values and emphasised that “gender justice, gender equality and gender dignity” were at the core of the government’s priority. “Can, in a secular country like India, a big chunk of women be forced to live in a state of vulnerability,” he asked. Prasad said the government was firmly behind the victims of triple talaq. “Now, talaq is being given on WhatsApp…is this vulnerability permissible in our Constitution,” he asked. The BJP leader pointed out that many countries, including Iran, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, had abolished the practice. “These are Islamic countries and they have regulated triple talaq, which has not been found to be violative of Sharia law (personal law),” he said. The Law Minister was responding to a series of questions on triple talaq and the Centre’s stand on the issue in the Supreme Court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ayodhya verdict: Maha Cong seeks resignation of Bharti, Kalyan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Ashok Chavan today welcomed the Supreme Court ruling restoring criminal conspiracy charge against top BJP leaders. The apex court today allowed the CBI’s plea in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case and restored criminal conspiracy charges against L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti. “Uma Bharti and (Rajasthan Governor) Kalyan Singh should quit their posts immediately and face trial,” Chavan said. The SC, however, has noted that Kalyan Singh enjoys Constitutional immunity and can be tried only after he ceases to hold the office. Kalyan Singh was the chief minister of UP in 1992.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Irani denies any political understanding between BJP, TMC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Smriti Irani today dismissed claims that the BJP has political understanding with the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, saying if that was so, police would not have filed cases against state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. “Cases were filed against the state BJP president and party workers were beaten up,” she said here. On attacks on BJP workers, Irani said, “The BJP’s struggle in Bengal is not something new. I respect the efforts of our BJP workers here. The whole country is witnessing how the lotus is blooming in the state.” “As a Cabinet minister I have a Constitutional propriety and I cannot comment much on this. Law and order is a state subject. But, the Constitution has also said that there cannot be misuse of laws for any political reason,” she said. On the TMC’s allegation that the BJP is targeting some of their leaders in Narada and Saradha cases, she said, “I will only say that the courts and investigating agencies will ensure that justice is done.” Irani also refuted the TMC’s allegation that the BJP is trying to gain political mileage out of Narada and Saradha cases and said it is like the Hindi proverb ‘ulta chor kotowal ko daatein’. Commenting on the BJP’s improved performance in the recent Kanthi Dakshin Assembly bypoll, she said it is indicative of the party’s surge in West Bengal and the “waning popularity” of the Trinamool Congress and other parties. “You cannot take the people of Bengal for granted anymore. Our success in Kanthi Dakshin bypoll is indicative of the people’s mind. It is indicative of the waning popularity of the TMC and other political parties,” Irani said. The BJP increased its vote share by more than three times in the bypoll and emerged as the main challenger of the TMC. The Left and the Congress candidates were relegated to third and fourth positions respectively. On reports that the state BJP leadership has decided not to invite its central leaders who are “soft” on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Irani said, “I don’t think so”. “Our party is aiming to take the country forward. If any regional party is trying to create hindrance in that, the people of the country will vote them out. Our only desire is to serve the people of Bengal who deserve a better tomorrow,” she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri Masjid case: LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti to be tried for criminal conspiracy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed CBI’s appeal and reviewed criminal conspiracy charges against senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and 10 others in the Babri Masjid demolition case.The CBI had told the apex court that 14 persons, including the BJP leaders who were acquitted of charges under criminal conspiracy should be tried in Lucknow Court..However, the court has excluded Kalyan Singh. “Kalyan Singh enjoys Constitutional immunity as Rajasthan Governor and can be tried only after he ceases to hold office,” the court said.The top court ordered a joint trial of two separate cases against Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti & unknown ‘karsevaks’ in Lucknow.It also directed the Lucknow trial court to commence proceedings in four weeks and conduct trial in these cases on a day-to-day basis without granting adjournment.The apex court also said that trial judge hearing the Babri case will not be transferred till the judgement is delivered.”The order should be followed in letter and spirit and granted liberty to parties to approach apex court if its directions are not followed,” the court said.There are two sets of cases – one against BJP veteran LK Advani and others who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, when the Babri mosque was demolished. The other case is against lakhs of ‘karsevaks’ (volunteers) who were in and around the disputed structure.CBI had challenged in the Supreme Court the May 21, 2010 order of the high court, which had upheld a special court’s decision to drop the charge against the leaders.In its verdict, the high court had upheld the special CBI court order dropping conspiracy charge against Advani, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and Murli Manohar Joshi.The others against whom the charge was dropped included Satish Pradhan, C R Bansal, Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Sadhvi Ritambhara, V H Dalmia, Mahant Avaidhynath, R V Vedanti, Param Hans Ram Chandra Das, Jagdish Muni Maharaj, B L Sharma, Nritya Gopal Das, Dharam Das, Satish Nagar and Moreshwar Save.The CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code.The investigating agency had subsequently invoked charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC which was quashed by the special court.(With agency inputs)

BJP workers protest passage of bill increasing Muslim quota

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP today staged protests in Hyderabad and elsewhere in Telangana against the passage of a bill by the state legislature increasing reservations for backward sections of Muslim community. All five BJP MLAs — G Kishan Reddy, K Laxman, NVSS Prabhakar, Ch Ramachandra Reddy and T Raja Singh — were suspended from the Assembly during the special session today. BJP had opposed the bill, calling it anti-Constitutional as it sought to increase a religion-based quota. Wearing black scarves, the MLAs walked to the Assembly from the Ambedkar statue near Hussain Sagar lake before the House proceedings began today. They shouted slogans in support of increasing quotas for Scheduled Tribes (also provided in the bill) but opposing reservations for Muslims. After their suspension from the House, the BJP MLAs tried to stage a protest at the Gandhi statue on the Assembly premises, but police removed them from there, said BJP spokesperson Prakash Reddy. BJP workers who had planned to march to the Assembly were detained in various parts of the city, he claimed. In Karimnagar, about a hundred BJP protesters were detained by the police. Under the bill, passed by both houses of the state legislature, quota for STs will be increased to 10 per cent from the existing 6 per cent, while that for BC-E category (backward sections of Muslims) will go up to 12 per cent from the existing 4 per cent.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sonia pays tributes to Ambedkar on 126th birth anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress President Sonia Gandhi today hailed B R Ambedkar as one of the greatest icons of Modern India and said his life is a guiding light to all Indians who want to live together. Greeting fellow citizens on Ambedkar Jayanti, Gandhi said ‘Babasaheb’ was indeed one of the greatest icons of Modern India and his contribution to the making of India as a nation shall always remain undisputed. “Dr B R Ambedkar’s life is a guiding light to all us Indians who want to live together, united and under the shade of our Constitutional laws and ethos. “The Indian Constitution is a living affirmation of the inclusive cohesiveness and guarantee for equality that Babasaheb envisaged,” she said in a statement. Paying tributes to one of the greatest sons of India and a champion of social equality and democracy, Gandhi said that the path of social democracy shown by Babasaheb shall forever remain relevant. Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi also remembered Ambedkar on his birth anniversary and said, “Babasaheb’s life and his work embody the struggle for the conscience of a nation.” “May we never cease to strive for the ideals Babasaheb dedicated his life to Ambedkar,” he tweeted. A number of senior Congress leaders also paid rich tributes to Ambedkar, known as the architect of the country’s Constitution. “Babasaheb inspires us by the tremendous dedication and determination with which he fought for social justice and empowerment. “Today there is an even greater need to fiercely uphold equality, social justice and constitutional democracy; values which represent Babasaheb,” senior party leader Ahmed Patel said on Twitter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

18 TV channels faced between 2014-17 years for broadcasting content denigrating women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Narendra Modi government at the Centre has issued warnings and ordered 18 television channels to go off air since 2014 for broadcasting obscene content denigrating women.The government has taken action against a total of 52 channels during this period for violating programme and advertisement code.Of these, the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry had issued orders to six channels, asking them to go off air for a certain period, ranging from a day to a month. In all, the I&B ministry has asked 11 channels to go off air between 2014 and 2017 for programme and advertising code violations.However, no complaint of such broadcasts has been registered in 2017.In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore said, “The existing provisions contained in the Programme & Advertising Codes and the existing mechanism are considered adequate to regulate content of private satellite TV channels including safeguarding the positive portrayal of women.”Aside self regulatory bodies for monitoring broadcast of content such as the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) and Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), the government body Electronic Media Monitoring Centre also keeps a tab on 900 TV channels to monitor advertising and programme code violations.The I&B ministry has constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary, Ministry of I&B to take cognizance suo-motu or look into specific complaints regarding violation of the Programme and Advertising Codes.What do the programme and advertising code say on women:Rule 6(1)(k) of Programme Code states, “No programme should be carried in the cable service which denigrates women through the depiction in any manner of the figure of a women, her form or body or any part thereof in such a way as to have the effect of being indecent, or derogatory to women, or is likely to deprave, corrupt or injure the public morality or morals.”Rule 6(2) of Programme Code provides that the cable operator should strive to carry programmes in his cable service which project women in a positive, leadership role of sobriety, moral and character building qualities.Rule 7(2)(vi) of Advertising Code provides that “No advertisement shall be permitted which in its depiction of women violates the Constitutional guarantees to all citizens. In particular, no advertisement shall be permitted which projects a derogatory image of women. Women must not be portrayed in a manner that emphasizes passive, submissive qualities and encourages them to play a subordinate, secondary role in the family and society.The cable operator shall ensure that the portrayal of the female form, in the programmes carried in his cable service is tasteful and aesthetic, and is within the well established norms of good taste and decency.”

TISS students begin postcard campaign

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 300 students at Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) started a postcard campaign on Tuesday through which the students appealed to the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry to stop fund cuts to some of the prominent programmes under its plan schemes.The campaign was organised in the backdrop of four academic progammes at the institute — Advance Centre for Women’s Studies, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies, Centre of Excellence for Human Rights Education and the School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance, facing the risk of closure as the University Grants Commission (UGC) gave no clarity about whether or not their terms would be renewed post March 31.While the UGC has granted an extension of another one year for these centres, students raised concerns over the constant uncertainty over its extensions and retention of faculty members.“A very large section of students and research scholars will be directly impacted by the cutting down of funds and possible closure of these centres that specifically engage with issues of social marginalisation, gender and human rights violations. Institutes across the country are struggling with fund cuts and seats cuts which is a very serious concern that the government should address. Through this campaign we want to appeal the UGC to stop these cuts,” said Abid Fahim, General Secretary, TISS Student Union.Over 300 students signed the postcards until Tuesday evening. Students also made several demands like declaring these centres as permanently UGC-funded centres not dependent on ad-hoc schemes and plans, clearing backlog of faculty positions for schedule cast (SC), schedule tribe (ST) and other backward class (OBC) candidates immediately and the Implementation of Rohith Act to prevent institutional discrimination in higher educational institutes in India.Students also started a twitter campaign — #SaveHigherEducation — stop seat, fund cuts addressed to HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. “The activity is not limited to sending postcards. It’s a part of a larger campaign wherein we would try and pressurise the government to pay more attention to Social Science institutes and courses in premiere institutes like JNU and TISS. We are expecting participation of students from across the country in this campaign,” added another MPhil scholar from the institute.DISCONTINUED?On March 24 and 25 faculty members at the TISS were handed termination letters as the UGC did not extend four centres under the plan schemes that these members were a part of.

Adityanath’s first cabinet meet: Farm loan waiver, rural electricity, ordinance on slaughterhouses top agendas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Key issues in the BJP’s poll manifesto, especially farm loan waiver, electricity in rural areas and an ordinance on slaughterhouses, are likely to be taken up during the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government’s first cabinet meeting here tomorrow. State Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said a proposal prepared for farm loan waiver will be presented before the cabinet at its first meeting.Though state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh maintained that the agenda of the meeting was yet to be finalised, sources said the government was likely to take a decision on waiving the loans of small and marginal farmers. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the promises made in the BJP’s manifesto for the just-concluded state Assembly polls will be on the agenda of the Adityanath government’s first cabinet meeting. “Decisions on a number of important issues will be taken at the cabinet meeting on April 4. The focus will be on honouring the promises made in the party’s manifesto,” he said.The BJP, in its Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra (manifesto), had promised to waive the loans of small and marginal farmers.Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had said in his campaign speeches that writing off farm loans would be among the foremost tasks of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. Although there is no Constitutional compulsion of convening the first cabinet meeting within a certain period, traditionally the ruling party has held it within a week or so of forming the government.The Adityanath government was sworn-in on March 19 and its first cabinet meeting will be held tomorrow, over a fortnight after the swearing-in ceremony. Government sources said around 2.30 crore farmers in the state suffered losses due to natural calamities in the recent past and were unable to repay loans amounting to about Rs 62,000 crore. They also said that it could be difficult to handle the burden of loan waiver in a single financial year and that was one of the reasons to put the cabinet meeting on hold till a way was found to honour the prime minister’s poll promise that the BJP government would take a decision on farm loan waiver at its first cabinet meeting. Besides farm loan waiver, the cabinet is likely to take important decisions regarding legalising slaughterhouses, licenses of meat-sellers, extending more help to the water-scarce Bundelkhand region and sorting out the problems related to Purvanchal — issues mentioned in BJP’s manifesto. Since the Adityanath government was keen on giving a final shape to the prime minister’s promise, it waited for two weeks to make a detailed plan and work out the financial intricacies before putting the official stamp on farm loan waiver, a state Finance department spokesman said.As the loan amount is huge, the government had to mull various options, including raising loans, to honour the saffron party’s commitment. The spokesman said Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal had been busy holding deliberations with senior officials of his department to honour the pre-poll promise at the earliest. The government will have to pay the banks for farm loan waiver. For that, it will either have to seek funds from the Centre or raise loans on its own, he added.”Such decisions are not taken in haste. I can assure (you) that a decision will be taken and a large number of farmers will benefit from it,” Shahi had told PTI earlier. Some officers were of the opinion that the cabinet could take a decision and formulate a policy in this regard later, but the chief minister insisted that the decision was taken once the policy was clear, so that there were no hurdles. Following this, senior officers were engaged in working on various options before the matter could be placed before the cabinet.

Farm loan waiver on top of Yogi cabinet’s agenda tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Key issues in the BJP’s poll manifesto, especially farm loan waiver, electricity in rural areas and an ordinance on slaughterhouses, are likely to be taken up during the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government’s first cabinet meeting here tomorrow. State Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said a proposal prepared for farm loan waiver will be presented before the cabinet at its first meeting. Though state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh maintained that the agenda of the meeting was yet to be finalised, sources said the government was likely to take a decision on waiving the loans of small and marginal farmers. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the promises made in the BJP’s manifesto for the just-concluded state Assembly polls will be on the agenda of the Adityanath government’s first cabinet meeting. “Decisions on a number of important issues will be taken at the cabinet meeting on April 4. The focus will be on honouring the promises made in the party’s manifesto,” he said. The BJP, in its Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra (manifesto), had promised to waive the loans of small and marginal farmers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had said in his campaign speeches that writing off farm loans would be among the foremost tasks of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. Although there is no Constitutional compulsion of convening the first cabinet meeting within a certain period, traditionally the ruling party has held it within a week or so of forming the government. The Adityanath government was sworn-in on March 19 and its first cabinet meeting will be held tomorrow, over a fortnight after the swearing-in ceremony. Government sources said around 2.30 crore farmers in the state suffered losses due to natural calamities in the recent past and were unable to repay loans amounting to about Rs 62,000 crore. They also said that it could be difficult to handle the burden of loan waiver in a single financial year and that was one of the reasons to put the cabinet meeting on hold till a way was found to honour the prime minister’s poll promise that the BJP government would take a decision on farm loan waiver at its first cabinet meeting. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Contempt case: Justice Karnan appears before Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Controversial Calcutta High Court judge Justice C S Karnan today appeared before the Supreme Court which granted him four weeks’ time to respond to the contempt notice while rejecting the submission that his administrative and judicial powers be restored. A seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar took note of personal appearance of Justice Karnan, a first in the history of Indian judiciary, and asked him to respond to the allegations leveled against various judges in his several communications. At the outset, the bench, also comprising Justices Dipak Misra, J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and Kurian Joseph asked Justice Karnan as to whether he was willing to tender an unconditional apology and withdraw his earlier communications in which he had made allegations against various judges. As Justice Karnan was not forthright in his response, the bench suggested him to take time and legal assistance in responding to the question. Justice Karnan in his response, alleged discrimination and “social boycott” by companion judges on various grounds including his caste and said that even the Supreme Court issued the contempt notice and took away his administrative and judicial rights without hearing him. “I made complaints to the Chief Justice of India and the Prime Minister. A suo motu contempt proceeding was initiated against me. Before hearing me, my work was withdrawn. My dignity has been hurt in the eyes of general public. I am also holding a Constitutional position. Do I have any respect, or dignity?” Justice Karnan said. He said police officials had entered his office to serve the warrant and since he is a sitting judge holding a Constitutional office, “the insult is not only to me, but to the entire judiciary”. To this the bench said that earlier, it had issued notice to Justice Karnan and when he failed to appear before it then only it issued a bailable warrant against him. “When we had issued notice to you, it was served. You did not enter appearance. It is a normal procedure. You did not appear that’s why bailable warrant was issued. We are not saying you are an accused. Despite being a judge and understanding all the consequences, you did not appear,” the bench told Justice Karnan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

TISS centres likely to get one-year extension

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four centres at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai which were at the risk of being discontinued post March 31, might now be safe as per the recent public notice issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The UGC on Wednesday issued a public notice announcing that all its existing schemes whose funding ends on March 31, 2017 which these centres are a part of, would be extended.The UGC notice states “the commission at its 522nd meeting held on 28 March 2017 has resolved that all the existing schemes of the UGC under the plan head would continue for the fiscal year 2017-18. However, these schemes will be reviewed by the UGC”. Officials at the TISS, Mumbai said that while they have still not got any official letter from the UGC, they are hoping that these centres would continue, as the plans, which they are a part of, have been extended for another one year.The news is likely to draw some closure on the confusion over whether or not some of the prominent centres at TISS- like Advance Centre for Women’s Studies, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies, Centre of Excellence for Human Rights Education and the School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance would run after the end of their approval period, ie March 31 as there was no clarity on their extension.“We think that the centres would get an extension post March 31 at least for another year as the schemes that they are a part of have been continued. However, we are yet to receive any formal notice from the UGC regarding this,” said Prof S Parasuraman, Director TISS. He, however, added that there is no clarity about what would happen to the teachers.“We are trying to retain all our teachers. I am meeting a few officials at the UGC on March 31 and would try and get some clarity on this,” he added.

25 TISS teachers lose job as govt fails to provide funds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty five faculty members at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) are facing termination of contracts after March 31 as the Institute issued them letters to this effect on Friday. Officials said that these teachers, who were hired as a part of University Grants Commission’s (UGC) five-year-plan, could not be retained as the government failed to renew their contracts despite several requests. With this termination, centres at TISS are also at the risk of closing down if the UGC does not extend the schemes further. Faculty members from several prominent centres like Advance Centre for Women’s Studies, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies, Centre of Excellence for Human Rights Education and the School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance were sent letters of termination on Friday, signed by the institute registrar CP Mohankumar.“Some of us have been raising our concerns about the existing issues in the Institute from abrupt termination of teachers’ contracts to a clamp down on dissent in campus. Some faculty members whose contracts have been terminated were planning to form a teachers’ association in the campus,” said one of the terminated faculty members on the condition of anonymity.Prof S Parasuraman, Director at the institute, cited non-renewal of the contracts from the UGC as the reason for the termination. “It is extremely sad and unfortunate that we have to lose several good faculty members who were contributing to academics and research in a huge way. In the last few months, TISS has been appealing the UGC authorities to extend these contracts but when that could not happen, we had no option but to send them letters. The institute is facing a deficit of Rs 5.11 crore as far as paying for the salaries of these teachers is concerned. We can no longer afford to continue their services when the government is not giving an extension and funds.”

Tax terrorism flourishes, transparency dead in BJP govt: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today accused the BJP-led NDA government of trying to destroy the relevance of Rajya Sabha by bringing in amendments in 40 different laws under the Finance Bill passed by Lok Sabha as a Money Bill. The opposition party also accused the BJP of bringing opaqueness in political donations instead of ensuing transparency in the states. “The Finance Bill is a sad commentary on conduct of BJP government hellbent on destroying the relevance of Rajya Sabha,” AICC chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. He said for the first time in constitutional history, a bill has been passed in Parliament which amends 40 different laws in one go. He also said that the NDA government and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has not revealed whether the 40 amended laws come under the ‘Finance Bill’ which was passed by Lok Sabha using the provisions of a ‘Money Bill’ by “sheer misuse of majority in Lok Sabha to trample upon Constitutional propriety and established conventions”. “The cycle of hypocrisy, falsehood and deception by the current BJP government stands exposed. We believe that majority in Parliament can never be used to subterfuge the Constitution and the law by unleashing a new era of unbridled and unchecked ‘Tax Terrorism’ and ‘Raid Raj’ in this country and Congress will fight it determinedly,” Surjewala said. The Congress leader alleged that government circulated amendments proposed to the Finance Bill by different MPs, but did not do so with amendments proposed by the minister. “This has diluted legislative powers of the Parliament. To top it, the changes introduced to different laws under the Finance Bill do not even fall within the domain of Finance Ministry,” he said. Surjewala said probity and accountability of political donations by corporates is over and the Finance Bill has unleashed a sordid culture of “tax robbery” and “raid raj” and provided a window to corporate cronies to maintain a film of opaqueness in political donations. “Instead of ensuing transparency, fairness, probity and equity. The BJP government has wielded a severe blow by taking recourse to opacity, subterfuge and deception,” he said. The Congress leader said the biggest vice is “anonymity” and the BJP government has not clarified if the identity and connection of donors will be disclosed or not. Instead, the government should have ensured that donation is given only by cheque and only then it shall be exempt from Income Tax, he said, noting that there should have been requirements of a declaration as what is the value of bond, who is the purchaser, and to whom, it is donated. “All this is absent leading to complete opaqueness,” the Congress leader said, noting that earlier there was a cap on how much donation a company could give a political party. “Surprisingly, that cap has now been removed, permitting donation of unlimited amounts,” he said. Surjewala also hit out at the government for merging eight different tribunals, which are judicial/quasi-judicial bodies for dispute resolution. “This is an assault on the integrity of such judicial/quasi-judicial bodies, which can now be filled at the ‘whims and fancies’ of the executive,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ram temple: Parties dismiss Swamy’s negotiator role; seek SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dismissing the role of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy as negotiator for the Ram temple issue, the main parties to the case today demanded setting up a panel of Supreme Court judges to initiate the talks in the vexed matter. The Supreme Court had on Tuesday suggested an out-of-court settlement of the lingering Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya, observing that issues of “religion and sentiments” can be best resolved through talks. Swamy was asked by the apex court to consult the parties and inform it about their decision on amicable resolution of the matter on March 31. Mahant Ram Das, chief priest of Nirmohi Akhara and the main claimant to the title over the disputed land, reacted sharply over Swamy’s appointment as the “mediator” in the case. “Negotiation talks must be done under the Constitutional framework and no political interference should be allowed. Swami is a political man. The Supreme Court must constitute a panel of retired judges or serving judges to initiate the talks with parties concerned. We do not want any political interference,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amarinder ‘Ok’ with Sidhu on TV if provisions allow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said he has no problem with Navjot Singh Sidhu working in television shows after becoming a minister if legal and Constitutional provisions so permitted, but the Attorney General has advised against it. Amarinder said in case Sidhu’s work on TV was as per law, he may have to divest him of the culture portfolio lest it should involve a conflict of interest. Sidhu is at the centre of a row over his working in a television show despite beoming a Minister in Punjab. He has expressed his desire to continue in the show, saying he has to earn to run his family. “I do not know the Constitutional position. We have asked the Advocate General (AG) of Punjab for an opinion. He has not yet looked at the file. Sidhu is a senior and intelligent man. The question is whether it is proper for him to continue with the television show, he must have also asked some experts. “If it is possible we have no objections. Sidhu can earn his keep the way he wants. However, since he is Minister for Culture also, we may then have to change his portfolio,” Singh told reporters when asked about the issue of propriety of the cricketer-turned-politician continuing to be part of popular comedian Kapil Sharma’s show. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said there is no provision in the Constituion to disqualify an MLA or Minister if he engages in a private business but added that there is a moral and ethical responsibility as per which a public servant must disassociate from any commercial activity. “No doubt he (Sidhu) is an MLA and a Minister. The position of office of profit is the same for an MP as for an MLA. But there is no provision in the Constitution which provides for disqualification of MLA/Minister if he was to conduct private business. Legally there is no bar. “However, there is a moral and ethical side also. The greater the position, the greater the responsibility. So if you indulge in business in the evening, it is like saying switch off and switch on. You say you are a public servant from 10 am to 6 pm and from 6 pm to 8 am you are not a public servant. That is not a position which is countenanced in democracy,” the AG said. Rohtagi said the code of conduct clearly says that you disassociate yourself from any commercial business. Sidhu has said that he sees nothing wrong in continuing with his role in the show, adding he cannot be a transporter like rival SAD leader Sukhbir Badal. Taking a jibe at those raising questions, he said he failed to understand why they were “feeling pain in the stomach” when his voters do not have any problem with his being on TV. “I cannot be a transporter like former deputy CM of Punjab Sukhbir Badal. I cannot be corrupt to mint money. I can’t ditch my people who voted me to power. I do TV shows to earn money to run my family and meet expenditure,” Sidhu, who also holds the local bodies portfolio in Amarinder’s cabinet, said. “Should I run a bus service like Sukbir Singh Badal? Or indulge in corruption? If I work four days a month, 7 PM to 6 AM, why are people getting a stomach ache?” Sidhu was cautious when asked about Amarinder’s objections – “The boss is always right.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Thieves take computers with South African judges’ personal information

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Robbers stole 15 computers containing information on South Africa’s judges and court officials from the administrative offices of the Chief Justice on Saturday, the judiciary said. The office of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng called the crime a huge setback for the administration of justice and urged police “to do everything in their power to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.” Chief Justice spokesman Nathi Mncube told eNCA television earlier that the judiciary was hoping “nothing serious will occur” due to the computer thefts. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) called the burglary “a direct assault on the sanctity of the institutions we, as South Africans, hold dear as propping up our Constitutional order.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress derails Rajya Sabha over Goa and Manipur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajya Sabha failed to conduct any debate on Budget on Tuesday as it witnessed multiple adjournments by the Congress, whose members repeatedly trooped into the well shouting “murder of democracy” in Goa and Manipur.Calling the formation of governments in Goa and Manipur a “threat to democracy”, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi demanded debate under Rule 267 which was disallowed by Chairman Hamid Ansari.Raising the issue, Congress’ Anand Sharma said, BJP has defied the judgments of two Constitutional Benches of the Supreme Court that have mandated Governors to invite the leader of the single largest party first to form the government in case no party gets a clear majority.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi retorted that the Governors have acted only in accordance with the Constitutional provisions and accused the Congress of not being gracious enough to accept the people’s mandate.Sharma alleged that the BJP was “stealing MLAs” as Congress members continued to troop into the well of the House raising slogans against the government and forced repeated adjournments.In the midst of ruckus, the D Raja of CPI and Kanimozhi of DMK raised the matter of JNU scholar Muthukrishnan’s alleged suicide and the increasing number of atrocities against Dalits in campuses of central universities.Stepping up the attack on the government, Sitaram Yechuri of the CPM quipped, “Since this government has come, the crime rate against the Dalits has gone up from 19.6 to 23.4 per cent. Why are the Dalit students committing suicide? The government needs to answer this.”With almost the whole opposition aligning on the issue, the government had to go on back foot and field its ministers to respond.Conceding that Delhi Police had not filed the FIR for 48 hours, Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Home Minister Rajnath Singh has directed the police to file it immediately.”This is a very sensitive issue. I met with the father and the guardian of the boy. I also spoke to student leaders. We have directed the police that the FIR should be filed by 12 noon and copies should be handed out. The students and well-wishers asked us why the SC/ST Act could not be invoked. We asked the police why abetment to suicide has not been included. We have asked them to invoke these sections,” Sitharaman said.Congress again took to the well after the brief discussion on JNU scholar’s suicide forcing PJ Kurien, who was in the Chair, to adjourn the House for the day shortly after 3 p.m.

© 2021 Yuva Sai Sagar. Theme by Anders Norén.