NEWS TO SHIPS BY NEWS ACCESS INDIA – TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018
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- KARNATAKA RESULTS: LEADS AS OF 0955 IST
(Total seats 224, Polling held in 222 seats)
JD (S): 42
- CABINET RESHUFFLE: SMRITI IRANI LOSES OUT, PIYUSH GOYAL GETS A LEG UP
Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday reshuffled portfolios of his ministers, “temporarily” assigning Finance Ministry and Corporate Affairs to Piyush Goyal during the “period of indisposition” of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who underwent a renal transplant surgery on Monday.
Smriti Irani was removed from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry I it was assigned to Minister of State (Independent Charge) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who was the MoS in the Ministry.
For Smriti Irani, this is the second downgrade after she was shunted out from the crucial HRD portfolio in July 2016.
While Goyal will continue with his charge of Railways and Coal Ministries, the reshuffle made two lateral shifts as well: Alphons Kannanthanam was relieved of his duties as Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. He has been replaced by S S Ahluwalia who will assist Cabinet Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the ministry. While Alphons retains his duties as MoS (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Tourism, Ahluwalia has been relieved as MoS in charge of Drinking Water and Sanitation to take charge as MoS in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
This reallocation of portfolios was announced late evening by Rashtrapati Bhavan. Since there is neither any new induction nor there is a change in ranks of the reshuffled ministers, no swearing-in ceremony is required for this.
- 14 KILLED, MANY INJURED AS VIOLENCE ROCKS W BENGAL DURING PANCHAYAT POLLS
At least 14 people were reported to have been killed and many injured as the panchayat polls were marred by widespread violence across several districts of West Bengal, including North and South 24 Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad, East Midnapore and South Dinajpur, on Monday.
“There have been sporadic incidents of violence during today’s panchayat polls… But the violence and number of deaths is less as compared to previous panchayat polls,” said West Bengal Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha. ADG (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma said while 12 deaths were reported from across the state on Monday, only six were linked to poll violence.
“The scale of violence makes it very clear that free and fair polls is impossible with such active involvement of the TMC-led administration… The role of the SEC has been obnoxious and the distinction between the TMC, state government and SEC has been completely obliterated,” said CPI(M) secretary general Sitaram Yechury.
West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, who met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi in the evening, said: “TMC turned this election into a farce. We have brought the matter to the notice of the Governor as well as the central government. We have requested the Governor to send a report in this regard to the Centre.”
“There were isolated incidents of violence. Overall, the polls were concluded peacefully. We do not support violence and the state government will definitely take action in such cases. Most of the persons who were killed today are from the ruling party,” said TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee.
TMC leader Derek O’Brien tweeted:
“To all ‘newborn’ experts on Bengal #PanchayatElections in State have a history. 400 killed in poll violence in 1990s in CPIM rule. 2003: 40 dead. Every death is a tragedy. Now closer to normal than earlier times. Yes, few dozen incidents. Say,40 out of 58000 booths. What’s %age ?”
- CONG TELLS PREZ TO CAUTION MODI AGAINST ‘INTIMIDATING’ LANGUAGE
The Congress on Monday petitioned President Ram Nath Kovind, asking him to caution Prime Minister Narendra Modi against using “intimidating language” against his political rivals.
In a letter signed by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and veterans, including Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad, said: “The President as the constitutional head of the Union of India enjoys high duty and obligation to advise and guide the Prime Minister and his Cabinet. Admittedly, the Prime Minister is not expected to use menacing language even in the course of election campaign which tantamounts to using his powers and privileges as the Prime Minister to settle personal and political scores. President may caution the PM from using such unwarranted, threatening and intimidating language against leaders of the Congress or any other party or person as it does not behove the position of the PM,” says the letter.
The reference in the letter was to the following remarks the PM made on May 6 during his election campaign at Hubli in Karnataka. “Congress ke neta kaan kholkar sun lijiye, agar seemaon ko paar karoge, to yeh Modi hai, lene ke dene pad jayenge….,” the Prime Minister said.
Referring to the PM’s public speech, Congress leaders said: “The threat held out by the PM to the INC’s leadership deserves to be condemned. This cannot be the language of the PM of a constitutionally governed democratic country of 1.3 billion people. Such discourse whether in public or private is unacceptable conduct. The words used are menacing and intimidating with intent to insult and provoke breach of the peace.”
- NOW, INFORMAL SUMMIT WITH PUTIN ON MAY 21
Close on the heels of first informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to hold a similar dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin in southern Russian resort city of Sochi on May 21.
“This will be an important occasion for the two leaders to exchange views on international matters in a broad and long-term perspective with the objective of further strengthening our Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership,” said the Ministry of External Affairs in a formal statement.
The announcement follows the visit of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to Moscow last week for consultations with Russian NSA, Foreign Minister and senior officials.
- NAWAZ SHARIF DEFIANT EVEN AS PAK LEADERSHIP DUBS HIS 26/11 CLAIM MISLEADING
Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership on Monday condemned the “fallacious” statement by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif about the Mumbai terror attack and termed it as “incorrect and misleading”.
Sharif, for the first time, questioned Pakistan’s policy to allow the “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai as he publicly acknowledged in an interview that militant groups are active in the country.
His comments stirred a controversy, prompting the National Security Committee (NSC) — Pakistan’s top civil-military body — to call a high-level meeting.
“The meeting reviewed the recent statement in the context of Mumbai attacks…and unanimously termed this statement as incorrect and misleading,” said a statement issued after the NSC meeting held at Prime Minister’s House.
“The participants observed that it was very unfortunate that the opinion arising out of either misconceptions or grievances was being presented in disregard of concrete facts and realities. The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions,” it said.
The statement said that it was recalled during the meeting that the delay in conclusion of the Mumbai attack case was caused by India, not Pakistan. “Besides many other refusals during the investigation, the denial of access to the principal accused, Ajmal Kasab, and his extraordinarily hurried execution became the core impediment in the finalisation of the trial,” it said.
But Nawaz Sharif yesterday dispelled the notion that the comments were falsely attributed to him, saying that he will speak the truth come what may. “I am being called a traitor on the media… are those who tore apart the country and the Constitution patriots? Are those who pulled out judges from their offices patriots? I will speak the truth no matter what the consequences are,” he said.
“What did I say in the interview that was wrong?” a defiant Nawaz told reporters on Monday. “Former president Pervez Musharraf, former interior minister Rehman Malik and former National Security Adviser Major-General (retd) Mehmood Durrani had already confirmed [what I said],” he added.
To former interior minister Chaudhary Nisar’s comments that India hasn’t provided sufficient evidence to conclude the 26/11 trial, Nawaz said: “There is no shortage of evidence — there is plenty of evidence.”
- 55 PALESTINIANS KILLED IN GAZA: UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO HOLD EMERGENCY MEETING
The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting to address the violent clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli forces along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, a Palestinian envoy said on Monday.
Speaking to reporters at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, said the meeting will take place “possibly within the next 24 hours.”
“We condemn in the strongest term this atrocity by the Israeli occupying forces using this massive fire power against civilians who have the right to demonstrate peacefully,” Mansour said.
The escalation has brought the number of casualties since 30 March, when the Palestinians first held the “Great Return March” protests, to almost 100 dead and more than 11,000 injured.
- US SUPREME COURT PAVES WAY FOR STATES TO LEGALIZE SPORTS BETTING
The US Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for states to legalise sports betting in a defeat for the major American sports leagues, endorsing New Jersey’s bid to allow such wagering and striking down a 1992 federal law that prohibited it in most places.
The ruling takes the United States a step closer to legal sports betting in numerous states, perhaps nationwide, rather than just in select places such as Nevada, home to the gambling capital Las Vegas. The current illegal sports betting market is worth billions of dollars annually.
The justices struck down the entire federal law on a 6-3 vote.
- DELHI POLICE CHARGE SHASHI THAROOR WITH CRUELTY, ABETTING WIFE’S ‘SUICIDE’
The Delhi Police Monday charged Congress MP Shashi Tharoor with abetting the suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, who was found dead in a Delhi hotel in January 2014. In a 3,000-page chargesheet, police also accused Tharoor of subjecting Pushkar to cruelty and sought to summon him to court.
The Delhi police Special Investigation Team (SIT) filed the chargesheet before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh and said that there was no need to arrest Tharoor, the only accused in the case. “Since all possible and material evidence was collected and verified, it was not felt that anything will come further to arrest the accused,” said the chargesheet.
Reacting to the development, Tharoor said on Twitter: “I have taken note of the filing of this preposterous chargesheet and intend to contest it vigorously. No one who knew Sunanda believes she would ever have committed suicide, let alone abetment on my part… If this is conclusion arrived at after 4-plus years of investigation, it does not speak well of the methods or motivations of the Delhi Police.”
In another tweet, Tahroor said: “In October (2017), the Law Officer made a statement in the Delhi High Court that they have not found anything against anyone and now in six months they say that I have abetted a suicide. Unbelievable!”
At a Congress briefing Monday, Congress communications head Randeep Surjewala said the BJP “led by its top-notch leaders (had) conspired against Shashi Tharoor and accused him of murder….Delhi Police which was an instrumentality of this conspiracy, which was being used as a puppet in this conspiracy to malign Tharoor”.
- POLLS END, CENTRE SUBMITS CAUVERY DRAFT
The Centre on Monday submitted in the Supreme Court a “draft scheme” for implementing the court’s February 16 judgment that directed that a statutory body be set up to oversee the allocation of Cauvery waters among Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.
Union water resources secretary U.P. Singh submitted the draft in a sealed cover to a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Kanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud.
The bench, after a brief look, asked the four riparian states to respond and then posted the matter for further hearing to May 16.
At an earlier hearing on May 3, Tamil Nadu had accused the NDA government of playing “politics” over the river’s waters to gain mileage ahead of the May 12 Karnataka elections. It had warned that such a “partisan” attitude by the Centre would spell doom for “cooperative federalism” in the country.
But the Centre had said that any decision before the polls would result in a serious law and order problem.
- KASHMIRI PANDITS FORCE NOTICE RECALL
A directive by the Mehbooba Mufti government asking migrant Kashmiri Pandits to register themselves to visit shrines in the Valley triggered protests from the community on Monday, prompting the administration to revoke the notice within hours.
The government expressed “regret”, ordered an inquiry and transferred the deputy commissioner (relief), K.K. Sidha, who had issued the directive.
The notice, which appeared in newspapers on Monday, had asked all Kashmiri migrants “desirous of undertaking pilgrimage to Mata Kheer Bhawani at Tumulla in Ganderbal, Tikker in Kupwara, Manzgam in Kulgam and Mattan in Anantnag” next month to fill in a form. Thousands of Pandits, including migrants who live in Jammu or outside the state, visit the Mata Kheer Bhawani temple every year. Hundreds visit the other places mentioned in the notice.
The notice triggered a storm, with the Pandits protesting against “having to take permission” to visit their shrines.
Javaid Mustafa Mir, minister for relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and disaster management, had to step in to calm tempers. He said the notice had been issued without his knowledge or that of any official in his department.
- GOVT’S BLATANT FUEL TRICK
Petrol and diesel prices were raised on Monday after an unofficial 19-day freeze that mysteriously melted no sooner than the Karnataka polls had ended.
The politically risk-free hike not only raised questions about the so-called policy to deregulate energy prices but was also criticised by the Opposition as the worst form of trickery on the people.
In some cities, diesel prices have touched a record high while that of petrol are at a 56-month peak.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Karnataka finishes voting, FUEL prices rise to a four-year high! The key principle of Modinomics: fool as many people as you can, as often as you can.”
- NAMED IN NIRAV MODI CASE, ALLAHABAD BANK CEO, TWO PNB DIRECTORS FACE AXE
The CBI probing the alleged Rs 13,400-crore fraud involving diamantaires Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi has named 25 accused including Usha Ananthasubramanian, MD & CEO of Allahabad Bank, who was a former CEO of PNB; two Executive Directors of PNB Brahmaji Rao and Sanjeev Sharan, and a General Manager, Nehal Ahad, besides Nirav Modi’s three firms Stellar Diamonds, Solar Exports and Diamond R’ US in its chargesheet filed in the CBI Special Court on Monday.
Nirav Modi and his brother Nishal have been shown as wanted accused in the chargesheet.
Usha Ananthasubramanian has been named in the chargesheet as in her role as MD she allegedly failed to take cognisance of the fraud during her tenure in 2016 when the Indian Overseas Bank was defrauded of Rs 321 crore allegedly by misusing the letter of comfort on which buyer’s credit was issued.
- ABOUT APPLE’S NEW WATCH WITH E-SIM
Apple launched the LTE, or cellular, version of its Apple Watch 3 in India last week through service providers Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio.
While the Apple Watch is a few years old, the LTE version is different as it does not need to be tethered to an iPhone to work. Once set up, the Apple Watch 3 LTE can connect directly to the cellular providers’ network as an extension of your mobile number. Effectively, the LTE variant of the Apple Watch is not dependent on the iPhone like before. It can make and receive calls, pull data for music streaming on Apple iTunes or even help you call an Uber or Ola without using the phone.
It does all this with the help of an e-SIM, which is a fraction of the size of a normal SIM and not something you can take out or swap. It works with the UMTS radio to connect to the network and stores the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) and the associated authentication key of your mobile number. If the phone is unreachable, the call is then diverted to this device, which also has the same IMSI number.
- IPL: BANGALORE CHASE DOWN PUNJAB SCORE IN JUST 8 OVERS
Royal Challengers Bangalore produced a dominating performance to outclass Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets and stay afloat in the Indian Premier League here on Monday. After bundling out Kings XI for a paltry 88, RCB chased down the target with consummate ease, reaching 92 for no loss in 8.1 overs. Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with the bat with an unbeaten 48, while Parthiv Patel made unbeaten 40 to help RCB romp home.
While Kings XI slumped to their third successive loss, RCB improved upon their net run rate by sealing the victory in 8.1 overs.
Earlier, Kings XI wilted under pressure as the spirited RCB attack ran through their batting line-up in the must-win match. Sent in to bat, the Kings XI innings never got going as wickets kept falling at regular intervals and eventually they were bowled out in just 15.1 overs. Backed by some good fielding, Umesh Yadav (3/23) came up with an impressive bowling effort upfront to destabilise the Kings’ innings.
RCB now have 5 wins from 12 games, same as Kings XI with two games remaining for each team.
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- THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending. – Lazurus Long
A man got a call from unknown number..
Girl:” Hi, are you single.. ??
Man:” Yes, but who are you..??
Girl:” Your wife.. Aaj ghar aana tab bataoogi..
Another call from unknown number..
Girl:” Are you married ??
Man:” Yes, but who are you.??
Girl:” Your girlfriend, you cheat!!
Man:” Sorry baby, I thought it was my wife..
Girl: “Wife hi hoon kutte, aaj tu bas ghar aaja..
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