|NEWS TO SHIPS BY NEWS ACCESS INDIA – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018
BJP President Amit Shah will call on Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s residence this evening, Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut told reporters.
Shah had sought an appointment with the Shiv Sena leader as part of the BJP’s ongoing outreach programme to improve ties with its allies, BJP leaders said. They added that Shah was scheduled to meet Akali Dal leaders Prakash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir on Thursday.
On Sunday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had requested the top leadership of the BJP to help reach out to the Thackerays. Fadnavis admitted to reporters that both the BJP and the Shiv Sena would find the going tough in the 2019 Lok Sabha and assembly elections if they were to contest alone.
After the BJP won the by-election to the Palghar Lok Sabha seat by the defeating the Shiv Sena candidate, Thackeray had called the national party its main enemy that needed to be defeated. The Shiv Sena chief also accused the BJP of influencing the Election Commission to facilitate tampering of voters’ lists and Electronic Voting Machines to win the poll.
Giving some leeway to the government on the contentious issue of reservation in promotions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes employees, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it was not debarred from making promotions “in accordance with law”.
The interim order came from a Vacation Bench headed by Justice AK Goel after Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh said the entire process of promotion has come to a “standstill” due to the orders passed by various high courts. The Supreme Court too had ordered “status quo” in a similar matter in 2015, he said.
However, despite this seemingly favourable order it would be an uphill task for any government to give reservation in promotions “in accordance with law”, for the law as interpreted by the Supreme Court in M Nagraj’s case in 2006 prescribes certain pre-conditions for it.
While upholding the validity of four Constitutional Amendments in 2006, the top court had ruled State will have to show existence of “compelling reasons”, including “backwardness”, “inadequacy of representation” and overall “administrative efficiency” before making provisions for reservation in promotions for SCs and STs. The state concerned has to collect quantifiable data showing backwardness of the class and inadequacy of representation of that class, it had said.
Responding to a petition filed by three children of army personnel, the Union government has filed a report before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) saying that “withdrawing of cases against stone-pelters by the state government will demoralise the security forces and may encourage the acts of militants to take help of civilians as their shield for terror activities”. The Centre said, “It is the duty of the state government to take strong action against stone-pelters and provocateurs to safeguard the human rights of members of the armed forces operating in Jammu and Kashmir.”
This stand by the defence ministry before NHRC came in response to a petition filed by children of two serving and a retired army personnel — Preeti, Kajal and Prabhav — who had questioned the PDP-BJP govt’s decision in February to withdraw FIRs against nearly 10,000 people booked for stone-pelting.
“Do personnel of armed forces, facing grave and serious violations of human rights, not deserve the attention and empathy of the custodians of human rights? As young Indians and citizens of this great country, especially as children of army personnel, we are concerned about the state of affairs of the troops serving in disturbed areas,” the petition had said and sought urgent intervention of NHRC to hold inquiry into stone-pelting incidents.
As farmers’ protest spreads to different cities and prices of vegetables and dairy head north, the BJP attributing political motives on Tuesday said those throwing milk and vegetables on the road “cannot be farmers”.
BJP’s Kisan Morcha chief Virendra Singh “Mast” said protests were welcome in a democracy but following this method could not be a farmer. “Believe me, no farmer will throw even a drop of milk or see what he has lovingly grown be crushed on roads,” he said, dubbing the protests political. “Why are the protests only being held in poll-bound states,” he questioned.
Singh, who claimed that the Kairana debacle had nothing to do with the BJP-led Centre’s benefits for sugarcane growers, said he would be happy to hold “meaningful” discussions with any farmers’ group, irrespective of their political affiliation. Farmers across the country are on protest to push for debt waiver, minimum income schemes and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report.
Meanwhile, the BJP is keeping a close eye on Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Madhya Pradesh today.
Singapore on Tuesday added its southern resort island of Sentosa to a special event area designated for next week’s summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the government said.
On Monday, the govt. declared a central region that is home to its foreign ministry, the US embassy and several hotels, as a special zone from June 10 to 14.
The government has said police would make stricter checks of people and personal belongings and items such as public address systems and remotely piloted aircraft system would be prohibited.
“The venue for the Singapore summit between @POTUS and Leader Kim Jong Un will be the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island. We thank our great Singaporean hosts for their hospitality,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Iran has told the UN nuclear watchdog that it will increase its nuclear enrichment capacity within the limits set by the 2015 agreement with world powers.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for Iran’s nuclear agency, was quoted by state TV on Tuesday as saying a letter was submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency detailing the move.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had ordered the increase in a speech on Monday, in which he vowed that the country would preserve its nuclear programme despite the US withdrawal from the landmark 2015 accord. Iran has said it has the option of resuming industrial-scale enrichment now that the US has withdrawn from the deal.
The agreement set strict limits on Iran’s uranium enrichment in return for the lifting of US and international sanctions.
A senior Indian Air Force officer was killed in an air crash near Jamnagar in Gujarat on Tuesday morning. A Jaguar fighter jet crashed, killing the pilot, Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan.
The officer was the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of the IAF’s Jamnagar base. The base has a role in maritime security. The IAF said the Jaguar fighter aircraft was on a routine training mission.
A junior pilot of his base was flying right behind Air Commodore Chauhan in formation flying.
Commissioned in the fighter stream of the IAF on December 16, 1989, Air Commodore Chauhan was a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and Experimental Test Pilot with over 3,800 hours of service flying, officials said.
After the Karnataka High Court directed the state government to provide the necessary security for peaceful release of superstar Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Kaala’, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy suggested that the film’s release should be deferred as the atmosphere in the state is not conducive.
“As the head of the Karnataka govt, I have to implement the direction of High Court, it’s my responsibility. But according to my observations as an individual, in this kind of atmosphere, it isn’t good on the part of producer/distributor to release the movie,” ANI quoted Kumaraswamy as saying when asked about Kaala, which pro-Kannada outfits had threatened to stall over the actor’s reported remarks on the Cauvery row.
Earlier in the day, the Karnataka High Court directed the state government to ensure the peaceful release of the film. Justice G Narendar issued the direction on the basis of a Supreme Court order, which had stayed ban orders imposed on the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmaavat’ by four states, including Rajasthan, early this year.
“Freedom of speech and expression, particularly as a medium of expression in films, cannot be curtailed. The creative content is an insegregable aspect of Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution,” the judge said, citing the Supreme Court verdict on the release of the film ‘Padmaavat’.
Declining bail to an alleged member of terror group Babbar Khalsa International, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that propaganda and incitement to violence on social media is equivalent to collecting men for waging war against the Government of India, as defined under IPC section 122.
The High Court made this observation while ruling against the bail plea of Arvinder Singh, a resident of Pallian Khurd in Nawanshahr, who was arrested in May 2016.
Stating that incitement on social media is directly accessible all over the world, the single-judge bench said some of the posts attributed to the accused on Facebook reveal overt incitement to violence for the purpose of establishing the State of Khalistan. The court also said the Facebook account reveals his “direct contact and connections with the concerned leaders of designated terrorist organizations based outside India”.
Hours after a Delhi court summoned Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on July 7 as an accused in the case regarding Sunanda Pushkar’s death, the Lok Sabha MP on Tuesday said truth would prevail and he would contest the charges vigorously. Calling the chargesheet preposterous, Tharoor reiterated that it was the product of a malicious and vindictive campaign against him.
The Delhi Police has charged Tharoor with abetting the suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, who was found dead in a Delhi hotel in January 2014.
On Tuesday, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal took cognisance of the offences of alleged abetment of suicide and committing cruelty that have been levelled against Tharoor.
As a result of numerous complaints regarding excess baggage being towed into train compartments, the Indian Railways has decided to strictly enforce its over-three-decade-old baggage allowance rules, which will see passengers paying up to six times the stipulated amount as penalty, if caught travelling with overweight luggage, an official said on Tuesday.
“If a passenger is found travelling with un-booked luggage weighing more than the free allowance, the excess weight will be charged six times the luggage rate. The move is to ensure passenger convenience and address the issue of cramped compartments,” Ved Prakash, Director, Information and Publicity, Railway Board, said.
The railways will also ensure that trunks, suitcases and boxes adhere to the prescribed measurements of 100cm x 60cm x 25cm (length, breadth, height) for personal luggage to be carried in the compartments.
An Ola cab driver in Bangalore has been arrested for allegedly molesting a passenger, clicking her pictures and circulating them on WhatsApp after forcing her to disrobe in the car, which he had driven to a secluded spot after deviating from the route.
The 26-year-old passenger, an architect, was heading to the airport from Kodihalli around 2am on June 1 to catch an early morning flight to Mumbai when driver Anil V. allegedly made a detour in north Bangalore.
In her email complaint to city police commissioner T. Suneel Kumar, the passenger said the driver had forced himself on her. Anil allegedly snatched her mobile phone before she could press the SOS button on the Ola app.
The woman said in her complaint that she had pleaded with the driver to let her go and promised she would not tell anyone about the incident. Anil then dropped her at the airport and called her twice after she entered the facility. On reaching Mumbai, she sent the email to the Bangalore police commissioner.
A public health consortium on Tuesday asked actor Amitabh Bachchan to break off his association with a campaign on childhood nutrition, launched last week by the makers of Horlicks citing malnourishment among Indian children.
The Nutrition Advocacy in Public Interest, a non-government group made up of paediatricians and nutrition specialists, has said the campaign is “misleading and undermines optimal nutrition”. It has said the campaign could influence families into buying Horlicks, assuming it is a nutritious product.
“Horlicks is a high-sugar product, as 100 grams of a popularly advertised pack of Horlicks Delight contains 78 grams of carbohydrates, of which 32 grams is sucrose sugar,” a 10-member executive body of the NAPI said in a letter to Bachchan.
“This is harmful for children as it may contribute to childhood obesity and non-communicable disease in later life,” the letter said, citing the World Health Organisation’s recommendations to reduce daily free sugar intake to less than 10 per cent of total energy intake.
The next edition of the Miss America pageant will scrap swimsuits and will be more inclusive to women of all sizes, the contest announced Tuesday.
Gretchen Carlson, the chairwoman of the Miss America board of directors, announced on “Good Morning America” that the event will no longer feature a swimsuit portion.
“We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That’s huge,” she said.
Carlson also said the new Miss America competition will be more inclusive to women of “all shapes and sizes.”
In place of the swimsuit contest, the contestants will take part in a live interactive session with the judges, according to a statement from the Miss America Organization, “where she will highlight her achievements and goals in life and how she will use her talents, passion, and ambition to perform the job of Miss America.”
But the elimination of swimsuits isn’t the only change coming to the 97-year-old event. The evening gown competition is being revamped as well. Carlson said contestants will now be able to wear “whatever they choose.”
The Competition Commission has pulled up the BCCI for abusing its dominant position for scuttling a rival professional domestic cricket league in the country in 2009 and then barring the entity that had tried to organise the event from bidding for media rights related to the IPL.
The case arises from a complaint filed by Pan India Infraprojects Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Essel Sports Pvt Ltd) that had tried to organise the Indian Cricket League in 2007.
“The Commission finds that a prima facie case of abuse of dominant position within the meaning of Section 4(2)(c) (of the Competition Act, 2002) has been made out…. “This case needs to be sent for investigation to the Director General (the ‘DG’)… “The DG is directed to carry out a detailed investigation into the matter and submit a report to the Commission, within 60 days,” the 14-page order dated June 1 has said.
Marco Cecchinato beat former champion and 12-times Major winner Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-6(4) 1-6 7-6(11) at the French Open on Tuesday to become the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in 40 years.
Cecchinato cruised through the opening set as Djokovic was suffering from neck pain before the Serbian fought back after the loss of the second. His opponent, however, was the stronger in an epic fourth-set tiebreak, prevailing on his fourth match point.
The unseeded Cecchinato (ranked 72 in world), who broke down in tears after the match, next faces Austrian Dominic Thiem for a place in Sunday’s final.
Dominic Thiem, the 7th seed, reached his third successive French Open semifinal today with a 6-4 6-2 6-1 demolition of a hobbled and exhausted Alexander Zverev.
In women’s singles, Madison Keys closed out the second set in style to seal a 7-6(5) 6-4 victory over Yulia Putintseva and move into the French Open semi-finals for the first time in her career. She next plays fellow American Sloane Stephens, who beat Russia’s Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-1.
There’s no chance that coach Tite or any of his players will forget the score of Brazil’s humiliating semi-final loss at the last World Cup. Supporters of the Selecao still ensure it echoes in their ears: 7-1.
As high-profile Brazil players walked off the pitch following a recent training session at Teresopolis, a few dozen disgruntled fans chanted “7-1.”
That loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals will be at the back of the mind of the Brazil players whenever they start a match in Russia, particularly the six who were a part of that squad.
But the current group is very different from the group that flopped at home four years ago. Tite took over as coach after Brazil had two troubled years under Dunga. A modern and disciplined tactician, he has insisted the national team openly confront its humiliation.
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Newsletter 6th June, 2018
June 6, 2018