NEWS TO SHIPS BY NEWS ACCESS INDIA – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
- AMIT SHAH UPS RHETORIC
BJP president Amit Shah said Tuesday that the Government will identify all illegal immigrants from Bangladesh in India and expel them, one by one — “chun chun kar nikalenge”.
Addressing party workers in Jaipur, Shah also said that the BJP would win every election, even if there were attempts by the Opposition to revive issues such as the killing of Mohammed Akhlaq over suspicion of consuming beef or the return of awards by authors citing a climate of intolerance.
“When Akhlaq happened, we won. We won when award wapsi happened. If they do something else now, too, we will win,” Shah said.
Later in the evening, addressing a gathering of senior party leaders and residents, Shah said:
“We have taken a firm decision that the BJP will not go back on the NRC.
Earlier, accusing the Congress of caring only for its votebank, Shah said: “They speak of human rights… Isn’t there a concern about the security of the country? Hundreds of terrorists infiltrate into the country and plan bomb blasts. Many such incidents happened in your regime….the Congress has adapted a new way to save Bangladeshis, saying that if they are driven out of the country, what will happen to the Hindus there? Brother, you don’t need to teach us.”
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought the Citizen Amendment Bill 2016, in which we have decided that all Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain people coming from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh are not infiltrators, they are asylum seekers, our brothers, and we will grant them citizenship,” he said.
The BJP chief, meanwhile, raised the surgical strikes that followed the terrorist attack in Uri in 2016, adding that within 10 days of the attack, the Indian government “avenged the martyred soldiers”. “And this Congress party, they term the bravery of jawans as a trade-off of blood…Rahul Gandhi should be ashamed,” Shah said.
The surgical strikes also got India included in the elite league of countries such as America and Israel who “have the power to avenge attacks on their army”, he said.
The BJP president also referred to his speech at the party’s national executive on Sunday, and reiterated that if the BJP wins in 2019, it will remain in power for the next 50 years.
In the evening, Shah also spoke on the recent arrests of activists accused of Naxal links. “Now, urban Maoists were caught and once again there was a big brouhaha that they have freedom of speech. Starting with Rahul Gandhi, everyone started to speak in their favour. Now they are silent because some information has come to the light that I want to say…Should those who buy mortars be given freedom?,” he said.
- NOT RIGHT TIME FOR STAND ON ARTICLE 35A, SAYS J&K GOVERNOR SATYAPAL MALIK
After both the National Conference (NC) and the PDP announced that they will boycott the coming municipal and panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Governor Satyapal Malik is learnt to have conveyed to the two parties that the current dispensation in the state “is not an elected government”, and this is not the “right time” for parties to “take a position on Article 35A or Article 370”.
J&K has been under Governor’s rule since June 20 and Malik, who took charge as Governor last month, has been holding consultations with political leaders to “ease (their) concern and address the issue,” sources said. Appearing for the J&K administration, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had told the Supreme Court on August 31 that “even debate or discussion on Article 35A will have serious repercussions on law and order”.
If local body elections are not held as scheduled, Mehta had submitted, it will affect the Finance Commission’s grant of over Rs 4,000 crore. The apex court had put off the hearing to January 2019 after both the Centre and the state administration sought a deferment.
A senior government official said, “Local body and panchayat elections in the state are overdue and if they are further postponed, it will not be possible to hold the elections before April next year, as elections cannot take place between December and March given weather conditions in the Valley. By April next year, security forces will be busy preparing for the General Election.”
Therefore, the official said, this is the only window when central security forces will be available for local polls. Otherwise, the official maintained, “the state will have to wait another year. As far as we are concerned, ensuring better turnout, involvement of political representative and security remains the biggest challenge.”
- MAYAWATI EQUALLY CRITICAL OF BJP, CONGRESS
Amid uncertainty looming large over the inclusion of Congress in SP-BSP-RLD alliance likely in Uttar Pradesh ahead of Lok Sabha polls, BSP chief Mayawati Tuesday said Congress and the ruling BJP were equally responsible for rising fuel prices. Congress and other Opposition parties observed Bharat Bandh Monday against the rising fuel prices.
Mayawati said the BJP was following the same “wrong economic policy” which the Congress-led UPA II government executed, became “unpopular” and lost power in 2014. In a statement, Mayawati said that the BSP finds BJP and Congress equally responsible for the Bharat Bandh against rise in fuel prices. The BSP supremo said that the NDA government had lifted control on diesel pricing on October 18, 2014, just like the UPA-II government did with petrol in June 2010.
The BSP chief said that the Congress and the BJP traversed similar paths, imposing decisions in the country in the name of “big ticket reform” to help the capitalists.
- ARUN SHOURIE, YASHWANT SINHA ATTACK PM MODI ON RAFALE DEAL
Former Union ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha, along with Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan, attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal on Tuesday, with Shourie alleging that there was “direct culpability” of the Prime Minister in “what has transpired”.
The three alleged that Modi had “compromised” India’s national security by reducing the number of aircraft from 126 to 36, without consulting either the Air Force or the Defence Ministry, and had “usurped” the authority of the service headquarters and flouted defence procurement procedure. They called it the “largest defence scam the country has ever seen”.
After the trio’s earlier press conference on August 8, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had stated, “There is not a grain of truth in the wild allegations repeated today, nor anything substantiating in the purported facts and voluminous documents marshalled to corroborate the baseless accusations.” Jaitley had also stated that the allegations constitute nothing but “reprocessed lies by forces increasingly desperate to prove their relevance”.
The government, they alleged, is “hiding behind” the confidentiality clause “exactly like” it happened in Bofors. They asked that if there was such a clause how did former Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre tell Parliament that the cost of each Rafale aircraft will be Rs 670 crore.
- XI, PUTIN THINK BIG ON LIFTING RUSSIA’S ‘FAR EAST’
China and Russia are signalling their intent of working together to link the Russian ‘far east’ with the Asia-Pacific as part of a larger Eurasian integration plan.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived on Tuesday in Vladivostok — a coastal city in Russia’s resource-rich ‘far east’ — to discuss plans with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for developing the region.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his South Korean counterpart Lee Nak-yeon have also marked their presence at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), which Mr. Putin is hosting. Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu is leading an Indian delegation to the forum. Observers say that his visit is part of a fresh round of New Delhi’s engagement with Moscow, which will culminate in October when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host Mr. Putin for the India-Russia annual summit.
The Vladivostok conclave is being held amid a massive ongoing Russia-China joint military exercise — an indication of Beijing and Moscow’s intent to deter a military strike on Eurasia’s core.
- TRUMP OPEN TO MEETING KIM AGAIN
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has said that President Donald Trump was open to another meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un despite National Security Adviser John Bolton’s assertion that Washington is still waiting for Pyongyang to take steps toward denuclearisation.
Trump has received another letter from Kim, which Sanders described on Monday as “very warm” and “very positive”, noting that the White House will not release the letter unless Kim agrees, reports CNN.
The primary intent of the letter, she said at Monday’s briefing, was to “request and look to schedule another meeting” between the two leaders, something the White House is “open to”.
She said that the White House is “already in the process of coordinating” another meeting, but declined to provide further details on a time or location.
Sanders cited the letter as “further evidence of progress” toward denuclearisation, noting that the latest parade was “not about their nuclear arsenal”.
The letter, she said, showed a “commitment to continuing conversations”.
- GLOBAL HUNGER ON RISE, WARMING TO BLAME: UN
The number of hungry people in the world is growing again, in large part due to climate change that is wreaking havoc on crop production in much of the developing world, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Major UN agencies said in an annual report that the number of hungry people facing chronic food deprivation increased to 821 million in 2017 from 804 million in 2016, reversing recent downward trends. South America and Africa showed the worst increase.
“This message today should frighten the world,” said David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme.
Mr. Beasley, a Trump administration nominee, acknowledged that climate change as well as conflict were fuelling the rise in malnutrition globally. “Climate impact is real,” he said, though he demurred when asked whether the cause was man-made.
Analysis in the report found that climate variability, extreme drought and floods are already undermining production of wheat, rice and maize in tropical and temperate regions, and that the trend is expected to worsen as temperatures increase and become more extreme.
- SMRITI IRANI TARGETS RAHUL GANDHI, CONG HITS BACK AT ‘FOOLISH’ CHARGE
Taking on Rahul Gandhi for challenging the Income Tax Department’s decision to reopen his 2011-12 tax assessments, Union minister and senior BJP leader Smriti Irani on Tuesday said the Congress president was quick to hug Prime Minister Narendra Modi but would run a mile when it comes to an income tax officer.
The Congress hit back, saying Irani is trying to seek lost political relevance by accusing Rahul. Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala called the allegations “preposterous, foolish and stupid.”
Dismissing Irani’s accusations, Surjewala said, “The allegation is, National Herald and Navjivan…was helped by the Congress party to pay the salary, provident fund, government dues and VRS of its employees. Over a period of 10 years in the 1990s, Congress gave…Rs 90 crore so that National Herald and Navjivan could sustain and pay (staff) salary.”
He said, “We are proud that we gave Rs 90 crore…. The government says that after eight years we are going to reopen income tax returns of 2010, which were duly scrutinised then… This itself proves your mala fide, Mr Prime Minister. They issued a notice which said Rs 90 crore loan the Congress had given…is personal income of the Congress president. Under what law is this preposterous, stupid and foolish argument correct? How can a bad loan become income of a shareholder of a company? He said the Congress had moved High Court since it was illegal.
- DELHI POLICE SPECTATORS, PERPETRATORS: CBI IN DELHI HC ON 1984 ANTI-SIKH RIOTS
There is overwhelming circumstantial evidence to show that Delhi Police personnel were “silent spectators”, “abettors” or “perpetrators” in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the CBI has told the Delhi High Court.
“Circumstances really speak louder than words. It has rightly been said that while men may lie, circumstances do not. In the present case, overwhelming circumstantial evidence has come on record to establish that Delhi Police personnel in uniform were either silent spectators to the crime or abettors or even the perpetrators,” the CBI stated in a written submission before a bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel.
“The immoral and illegal role of police did not even come to an end when the riots subsided. Even after the registration of a few cases, the investigating agency resorted to sabotage and subversion of their statutory duty,” the CBI said.
The CBI’s submission came during a hearing of its appeal against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal five years ago.
- SC ORDERS DEMOLITION OF ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONS IN FARIDABAD
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Haryana government to demolish illegal construction made in Kant Enclave, Faridabad, in the Aravalli Hills after August 18, 1992, in violation of environmental norms and its own orders and directed it to compensate those adversely affected in the process.
A Bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said Kant Enclave was a forest area which needed to be treated as forest land where no construction activity could have been permitted with effect from August 18, 1992, when a notification under Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900 banned construction in the area. The diversion of forest land for non-forest use violated Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 and top court’s decisions, the Bench said.
It ordered R Kant & Co and Haryana Town & Country Planning Department to pay Rs 50 lakh to each persons whose construction were ordered to be demolished.
The Bench directed the builder to give full refund along with 18% annual interest to hundreds of persons who invested in land from date of investment.
The Bench came down heavily on the Haryana government, saying, “The rule of law seems to have broken down in Haryana and become the rule of men only to favour the applicants (builder).”
- ASARAM SEEKS LESSER JAIL TERM, CITES HIS OLD AGE
Self-styled godman Asaram, 77, convicted of raping a minor at his ashram five years ago, has sent a mercy plea to the Rajasthan Governor seeking dilution of his life sentence “in view of his age”.
The petition is being considered under article 161 of the Constitution wherein the Governor can consider a mercy petition, an official said.
On April 25, an SC/ST Court had sentenced Asaram to life imprisonment till his last breath for raping the teenager at his ashram in Manai near Jodhpur on August 15, 2013.
- SENSEX CRASHES 509 POINTS OVER GLOBAL TRADE WAR FEARS
Market benchmark BSE Sensex Tuesday crashed 509 points to close at more than one-month low of 37,413.13 due to heavy selling in FMCG, metal, auto and financial stocks amid growing concerns over intensifying global trade war.
The 30-share index tanked more than 1 per cent for the second day in a row after the rupee slid to a new lifetime low of 72.73 in afternoon trade.
Stock markets had opened higher but bears regained the control soon to wipe out initial gains as crude oil prices rebounded in Asian trade.
Expectations of a US interest rate hike this month by the Federal Reserve that may strengthen the dollar and accelerate sell-off by foreign funds in emerging markets too negatively impacted sentiments, brokers said.
- INDIA LOSE OVAL TEST, AND SERIES 4-1
England beat India by 118 runs in their final Test despite defiant centuries from KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, as a series full of twists reached a compelling conclusion at The Oval on Tuesday. Chasing an improbable 464 for victory, India were eventually dismissed inside the last hour for 345, with James Anderson taking the final wicket — his 564th in Test cricket, taking him past Australian great Glenn McGrath as the most successful fast bowler of all time.
For most of the day, the story was of spirited Indian resistance that at one point gave them an outside chance of an unimaginable consolation victory, having gone into the fifth and final Test 1-3 down.
With India beginning the day on a precarious 58/3, a full day’s play looked unlikely for the sparse crowd. But shortly after tea they were motoring along at 325/5 with Rahul and Pant’s partnership worth 204.
Opener Rahul, who had earlier shared a 118-run fourth-wicket partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, was eventually bowled for 149 by an Adil Rashid ‘wonder ball’ that pitched way outside leg stump before spinning back out of the rough and hitting off stump.
The 20-year-old Pant lit up a murky day with a sensational maiden century to become the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a ton in England. He struck 19 boundaries, including four sixes in a fearless display of shot-making.
India captain Virat Kohli said that the final scoreline of 1-4 is not a true reflection of how his team competed in the five-Test series. “I think the 1-4 scoreline is a fair one as England played better than us but we were not outplayed barring the Lord’s Test,” Kohli said.
“We do not look at this series as something that makes us think we can’t play in overseas conditions, of course we can play, but can we capitalise on the important moments better than the opposition? At the moment, no, we haven’t done that, but in future, we want to do that, and that is the only way we win series.”
Scores: England 332 & 423/8 (declared); India 292 & 345
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- THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. – Lloyd Jones
- OFF TRACK
A store manager overheard a clerk saying to a customer, “No, ma’am, we haven’t had any for some weeks now, and it doesn’t look as if we’ll be getting any soon.”
Alarmed, the manager rushed over to the customer who was walking out the door and said, “That isn’t true, ma’am. Of course, we’ll have some soon. In fact, we placed an order for it a couple of weeks ago.”
Then the manager drew the clerk aside and growled, “Never, never, never, never say we don’t have something. If we don’t have it, say we ordered it and it’s on its way. Now, what was it she wanted?”