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Newsletter August 1 2018

NEWS TO SHIPS BY NEWS ACCESS INDIA – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2018

 

  • NRC: RAJNATH REASSURES MAMATA AFTER SHE WARNS OF BLOODBATH

“The Chief Minister of West Bengal Ms @MamataOfficial met me today regarding publication of draft NRC. I told her that the draft NRC had been published in accordance with the provisions of Assam Accord and as per decisions taken in a tripartite meeting on February 05, 2005 between the Centre, State Government of Assam and All Assam Students Union to update NRC, 1951,” union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted yesterday.

Slamming the BJP-led government at the Centre, Banerjee had accused the party of resorting to ‘divide and rule’ politics in the country. “They’re trying to divide people, there will be a bloodbath and civil war in the country,” she said.

“I came here to talk on NRC. Submitted a list of 40 lakh people who had been left out. I have told him that his leadership is claiming that next NRC would be in Bengal. Who has given them that authority?,” Banerjee told reporters after meeting Singh.

Assuring that the government will help all such people in their concerns, the home minister said, “I also told her that the NRC updation exercise was being carried out in a totally fair, transparent, non-discriminatory and legal manner. Nobody will be harassed in this entire process and at every stage of the process, adequate opportunity of being heard will be given to all persons. The draft NRC has been prepared in accordance with the law under the monitoring of the Hon’ble Supreme Court.”

 

  • BJP ON THE FRONT FOOT

A chest-thumping Amit Shah on Tuesday dubbed the BJP “courageous” for pursuing the National Register of Citizens in Assam and dared the Opposition to clarify whether it cared more about the rights of Indian citizens or that of Bangladeshi infiltrators, seeking to turn the humanitarian crisis into political capital.

“In 2005, the Congress started the NRC (updating process). How can they raise questions now for vote bank politics? You (the Congress) didn’t have courage to drive out Bangladeshi migrants. For you, vote bank politics was important. The country’s security was not the priority. The human rights of Indians were not important. You didn’t have the courage, so you left it after starting it in 2005,” Shah told reporters.

Shah addressed the media after alleging that the Opposition didn’t let him speak on the issue in the Rajya Sabha. In his short speech inside the House before adjournment, Shah thumped his chest and said amid Opposition protests: ” Isko amal karne ki himmat nahin thi, hum mein himmat hai… (You did not have the courage to implement it. We have the courage….)”

At the media address, the BJP chief said: “If you talk of human rights, what about the rights of the people of Assam? Their rights of jobs, education and health were being taken away,” he said, stressing that he wants to reach out to the people of the country over the issue.

Seeking to take the battle to the Opposition camp, Shah demanded that the Congress, Rahul Gandhi and other Opposition parties should clear their stand over “Bangladeshi infiltrators”.

Shah said the NRC issue was the “soul” of the Assam accord signed in 1985 by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and accused the Congress of going back on it. Shah claimed that in 1971, Indira Gandhi had said that there was no place for any illegal migrant in the state and used it to attack Rahul Gandhi. “Have you (Rahul) forgotten your grandmother’s stand?” he said.

Apart from the Congress, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was the prominent target of Shah’s attack, given her strident attack on the BJP over the issue. He said Mamata was indulging in vote bank politics by spreading the threat of “civil war”. “How will there be a civil war? Instead of spreading this confusion, clear your stand on Bangladeshi infiltrators,” he said.

 

  • NO ACTION AGAINST 40 LAKH, SAYS SC

Amid an uproar over the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam that excluded 40 lakh people, the Supreme Court on Tuesday made it clear that “it can’t form the basis for any action”, as it was only a draft NRC.

A Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohington F Nariman asked the Centre to prepare a standard operating procedure (SOP) for deciding claims and objections against exclusions and inclusions by August 16, the next date of hearing.

It said the process adopted had to be fair and every affected person must be given proper opportunity to be heard before their claims and objections were disposed of.

Attorney General KK Venugopal said the government wanted to collect bio-metric details of the 40 lakh people excluded from NRC as they might shift to other states. The Bench said, “At the moment, we will not express any opinion… Our silence is neither consent, nor agreement or assurance.”

The AG said the government was extremely concerned about what will happen in the next few days. He wanted the Bench to give an assurance to the people that it was only a draft NRC.

“We don’t give assurance… We issue only orders,” said the Bench.

 

 

  • TRINAMUL BATS FOR ROHINGYAS, GETS AN EARFUL FOR JR. HOME MINISTER

Junior home minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday accused Trinamul’s Sugata Bose of “defaming the country” after the MP from Bengal opposed the policy of treating Rohingya people as illegal migrants while reminding the government of “Bharatvarsha’s millennia-old tradition” of sheltering the persecuted.

Rijiju said the external affairs ministry was creating facilities for the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, from where they had fled persecution, and had assured them of all help when the migrants return to their country.

“When we are doing such good work, then instead of praising it you are defaming the country. This is very wrong,” Rijiju said, replying to the Trinamul MP’s intervention during question hour over the Rohingya issue.

Rijiju claimed India has been the “softest” towards migrants. “But it does not mean that we cannot regulate our system. Does that mean that you can allow anybody to walk into this nation and claim the rights of this nation,” he said.

BJP members accused the Opposition of playing with the country’s security and shouted that the Rohingya were a threat and should be deported without any delay.

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  • IRAN REJECTS TRUMP’S OFFER OF TALKS

 

Senior Iranian officials on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump’s offer of talks without preconditions as worthless and “a humiliation” after he acted to reimpose sanctions on Tehran following his withdrawal from a landmark nuclear deal.

Separately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Trump’s repudiation of the accord reached in 2015 was “illegal” and Iran would not easily yield to Washington’s renewed campaign to strangle Iran’s vital oil exports.

In May, Trump pulled the US out of the multilateral deal concluded before he took office, denouncing it as one-sided in Iran’s favour. On Monday, he declared that he would be willing to meet Rouhani without preconditions to discuss how to improve relations.

The head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations said on Tuesday that Tehran saw no worth in Trump’s offer, made only a week after he warned Iran it risked dire consequences few had ever suffered in history if it made threats against the US.

 

  • US WARNS IMF AGAINST FRESH AID FOR PAK TO PAY CHINA LOANS

The US on Tuesday cautioned the IMF against a possible fresh bailout for Pakistan’s new government to pay off Chinese lenders who have invested in the strategic China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

“Make no mistake, we will be watching what the IMF does,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC in an interview. He was responding to a question on reports that Pakistan was drawing up a plan to seek a massive $12 billion bailout package from the IMF. “There’s no rationale for IMF tax dollars – and associated with that, American dollars that are part of the IMF funding – for those to go to bail out Chinese bondholders or China itself,” Pompeo said.

The IMF has said that so far it has not received any such request from Pakistan. Cash-strapped Pakistan has availed of 14 IMF financing programmes since 1980. Pakistan needs about $3 billion in the next few months to avoid defaulting of loans from the IMF, China and the World Bank. At present, it has around $5 billion worth of loans from China. Much of this has been used to fund major infrastructure projects under the $50 billion CPEC.

 

 

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  • GOVT GIVES COLLEGIUM ‘PROOF’ OF NEPOTISM IN PICKS FOR HC JUDGES

 

Showing the mirror to the Supreme Court collegium on nepotism cases in proposals for judgeship, the Centre has for the first time mentioned relationships of advocates with sitting and retired HC and apex court judges in at least 11 instances among 33 recommendations for the Allahabad HC.

The government has forwarded the list of 33 advocates, recommended by the Allahabad HC collegium in February, with its own findings to the apex court collegium after evaluating their competence. This involved scrunity of reputation in the legal fraternity in terms of personal and professional integrity and overall competence.

However, in a rare move, the government has also mentioned relations of candidates with sitting and retired judges, making a point for the apex court collegium to disregard such recommendations and create a level playing field for other competent advocates to make the grade.

A similar recommendation was made by the Allahabad HC collegium two years ago when it had sent names of 30 advocates. The then CJI T S Thakur rejecting candidature of 11 lawyers and recommending only 19 as HC judges. The 2016 list was also packed with kith and kin of judges and politicians.

 

 

  • DON’T MAKE YOUR AADHAAR NUMBER PUBLIC, URGES UIDAI

 

Amid the controversy over TRAI chairman R S Sharma making his Aadhaar number public, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Tuesday advised people not to indulge in such acts. In a statement issued, the UIDAI asked people to refrain from publicly putting their Aadhaar numbers on social media and challenge others.

Warning people of consequences for impersonating the details, UIDAI said, “it is advised that doing Aadhaar authentication through somebody else’s Aadhaar number or using someone else’s Aadhaar number for any purpose may amount to impersonation and thereby a criminal offence under the Aadhaar Act and Indian Penal Code.”

 

 

  • VIJAY MALLYA CASE: UK COURT ASKS INDIA TO SUBMIT VIDEO OF MUMBAI JAIL CELL

Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Tuesday was granted bail by Westminster court in London, The next hearing in the matter will take place on September 12.

The court in its hearing yesterday also directed the Indian authorities to submit a video of the cell at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai where they plan to keep Mallya post-extradition.

Interacting with reporters outside the court, Mallya denied the money laundering charges against him and termed them ‘completely false’. He further said that he has not filed a clemency plea and will settle all his dues.

If the verdict is in favour of the Indian authorities, the UK home secretary will have two months to sign Mallya’s extradition order. However, both the parties will get the chance to appeal in higher courts in UK against the Westminster court’s verdict.

 

 

  • 50% OF CASES FILED BY BLACKMAILERS: NGT

 

The National Green Tribunal has taken strong note of frivolous petitions being filed in the name of environment and said 50 per cent of the cases were filed by blackmailers.

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the tribunal would deal with only those cases which have an important question relating to environment and ecology.

“Nowadays, 50 per cent of cases are of blackmailers… Earlier, we used to issue notices… Now we are not issuing notices and disposing of cases,” Justice Goel observed.

The observation came while disposing of a plea seeking stay on the construction of the 70-storey Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir in Mathura by ISKCON. The green panel noted that the project had all the requisite approvals and asked the petitioner to approach the authorities for its grievances.

 

 

  • AFTER WITHDRAWAL FROM WEEKLY, KERALA AUTHOR HAREESH’S NOVEL PUBLISHED

 

‘Meesha’, a serialised novel by Kerala writer S Hareesh which was withdrawn from a leading Malayalam weekly after protests by Hindutva outfits, has been published by DC Books. It is available in bookstores across Kerala.

DC Books, a leading publisher in the state, announced on its Facebook page that it was happy to publish the novel in a book format after the writer approached it. “If Meesha doesn’t release today, it would become impossible to publish any literary work in Malayalam. We may have to seek permission from many people if we have to reprint works of writers like Basheer, VKN, Changampuzha, VT Bhattathiripad or any of the present writers today. That’s why, we are taking the responsibility to publish ‘Meesha’. Expecting support from all of you,” the publisher said in a statement.

‘Meesha’ was withdrawn from the popular Mathrubhumi weekly magazine post the publication of three chapters after Hindu right-wing organisations launched a vicious attack on Hareesh and his family over a specific paragraph in the book.

 

 

  • CALL DROPS: TRAI UNVEILS NEW NORMS FOR 4G NETWORK

Telecom regulator on Tuesday released new parameters for assessing call quality on the 4G network with a view to checking problems like voice mute faced by customers.

The TRAI has decided to measure call quality on the 4G network in terms of data packets — a parameter different from benchmarks used for assessing call drops on 2G and 3G networks.

The regulator has mandated telecom operators to ensure that not more than or equal to 2% of total data packets transmitted during uplink and downlink of calls should be lost so that customers get to experience better call quality. New norms would be applicable from October 1. Voice calls on 4G network are made using data as the entire network is developed using Internet protocol (IP) technology.

In case of 2G and 3G networks, customers experience automatic disconnection of calls which is called as ‘call drop’. However, since the advent of 4G network, customers often do not get to hear voice from the other side due to data loss and disconnect call on their own. Such disconnection does not qualify as a call drop under the norms for 2G and 3G networks.

 

 

  • BWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: SAINA, SRIKANTH HAVE IT EASY

 

Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth notched up comfortable victories over their respective opponents to make an impressive start at the badminton World Championships.

Saina defeated Turkey’s Aliye Demirbag 21-17 21-8 in the second round to set up a pre-quarterfinal clash with Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand.

Fifth seed Srikanth dispatched Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen 21-15 21-16 in his campaign-opener to join compatriots HS Prannoy, Sameer Verma and B Sai Praneeth, who received a walkover after his opponent, South Korea’s Son Wan Ho, pulled out in the second round. Srikanth will face Spain’s Pablo Abian next, while Praneeth will meet another Spaniard, Luis Enrique Penalver.

In the other matches of the day, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa staved off a challenge from 15th seeded German pair of Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich, registering a 10-21 21-17 21-18 win to enter the pre-quarterfinals.

Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram crashed out of the tournament after losing to the Dutch duo of Debora Jille and Imke van der Aar 15-21 21-19 18-21.

Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg also went down 12-21 12-21 against the sixth seeded husband-wife English combination of Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock in their second-round match.

The men’s doubles pair of Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok lost to the Malaysian pair of Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi 14-21 15-21.

Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy also lost 16-21 4-21 to the Indonesian pair of Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja.

Tarun Kona and Saurabh Sharma also fell in the first round, losing 20-22 21-18 17-21 to Hong Kong’s Or Chin Chung and Tang Chun Man in a hard-fought battle.

 

 

  • HOCKEY WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: INDIA BEAT ITALY 3-0 TO REACH QUARTERFINALS

After a campaign-saving draw against USA, the Indian women’s hockey team gave a convincing performance against lower-ranked Italy in the cross-over World Cup match in London on Tuesday. The 10th-ranked India proved that they are a better team when they beat 17th ranked Italy 3-0 with goals from Lalremsiami, Neha Goyal and Vandana. With the win, India have qualified for the quarterfinals, where they will face Ireland on Thursday.

 

 

  • WE’VE GOT SKILLS AND CHARACTER TO WIN: KOHLI

Virat Kohli today said that being the underdog in the series doesn’t matter — both the teams will feel the pressure and will have to perform to win. “It doesn’t matter whether you are the favourites or the underdog, you still have to go out, perform and do well on the field,” Kohli said. “If you are an underdog it’s not a given that pressure will only be on the opposition. Or, if you are the favourites, it’s not certain that the underdogs will come out and be fearless the whole time.”

Kohli said the team is fired up for the series. “We have the skill sets, character and mental toughness which is required to compete and win in overseas conditions,” the captain said. “How we played in South Africa gave us a lot of confidence. Obviously countries like England and Australia provide you with a test that’s difficult. The only way to look at it is you have to be optimistic.”

“Our preparations have been good. Those playing ODIs got lots of time to adjust while those who have come only for Tests got time to prepare well too,” Kohli continued. “They played India A matches and the practice game too was good. All of us are in a good frame of mind.

The first Test begins today, in Birmingham.

 

 

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  • THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. – H. L. Mencken

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