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Letting Dalai Lama Visit Arunachal Will Damage Relations, China Warns India
28.10.16 -
Letting Dalai Lama Visit Arunachal Will Damage Relations, China Warns India



China today hit out at India's statement saying the Dalai Lama was "free to travel" to Arunachal Pradesh, warning that any visit would "damage" relations.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader has been invited to visit the state in March 2017, and the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday that as a "revered spiritual figure and an honoured guest of India" the Dalai Lama is "absolutely free to travel to any part of the country".
 
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader last visited the border state in 2009.
 
The invitation to the "Dalai Lama for activity in the disputed areas between China and India will only damage peace stability of the border areas as well as the bilateral relationship between China and India", said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang.

His comments were in response to Dalai Lama's scheduled visit to Arunachal Pradesh early next year at the invitation of the state's Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
 
Beijing on Monday hit out at the US Ambassador in India Richard Verma for his visit to Tawang last week, blasting US "meddling" in the border dispute.

Reports of the 14th Dalai Lama's upcoming visit brought an even sharper response on Friday.
 
China claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet. The Dalai Lama, denounced by China as a separatist for seeking independence for Tibet, fled from there through Arunachal Pradesh in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. He is expected on his trip to visit a famous Buddhist monastery of Tawang.
 
China claims more than 90,000 sq km (35,000 sq miles) of territory disputed by India in the eastern sector of the Himalayas. Much of that forms the state of Arunachal Pradesh. India rejects that claim and says China occupies 38,000 square km (14,600 sq miles) of its territory on the Aksai Chin plateau in the west.




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15 Pakistani Rangers killed in retaliatory firing : BSF
28.10.16 - TEAM PT
15 Pakistani Rangers killed in retaliatory firing : BSF



The Border Security Force (BSF) said on Friday it killed 15 Pakistani Rangers while retaliating to a ceasefire violation on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir.

Yesterday, too, one Pakistani Ranger was killed and another injured in retaliatory firing by the BSF, as Pakistani troops heavily shelled five sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border.
 
The BSF has also said that Pakistan forces are pushing militants into the Indian side of the border. A senior BSF officer told the media that since the past 24 hours there was an action conducted by the Pakistan Border Action Team in Rajouri sector.
 
In the past four days, a six-year old boy and a man have been killed in the offensive by Pakistan. There are reports that over 400 families have migrated from the border villages and 24 civilians have been injured.Over a dozen cattle have perished in these areas.
 
The Border Security Force and the army have responded "appropriately and befittingly”, a defence spokesperson said.
BSF additional director general Arun Kumar said 15 Pakistani army men could have died in India’s retaliation against the ceasefire violations, though the force did not confirm "the number of causalities on the other side”.
 
The defence spokesperson said: "There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army in Sunderbani, Pallanwala and Nowshera sectors of Rajouri and Jammu districts today (Friday).”

The official said Pakistan used small arms, automatics, 82mm mortars and 120mm mortars.

"It (the firing) continued till 5. 00am on Friday...,” said BSF Jammu frontier DIG Dharmender Pareekh.

Officials believe some Pakistani posts and villages have suffered heavy damage in India’s response.
 
On October 21, the BSF had stated that it shot dead seven Pakistan Rangers personnel and a militant during cross border firing at the IB in Hira Nagar sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
Relations between India and Pakistan have hit a new low after four militants attacked an Indian Army base in northern Kashmir’s Uri in September, killing 19 soldiers . India blamed Pakistan-based militants for the assault, a charge Islamabad promptly denied.




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SC raps Centre over delay in appointing judges to high courts
28.10.16 - TEAM PT
SC raps Centre over delay in appointing judges to high courts



The Supreme Court on Friday rapped the government for not appointing judges despite recommendations made by the collegium in this regard.

"There should not be a deadlock in appointment of judges. You (Centre) cannot bring the institution to a grinding halt," said the top court hearing a petition concerning the delay in the appointment of judges to various high courts.
 
The bench is hearing a public interest litigation seeking a direction to the government to speed up judicial appointment process in 24 high courts, which together have more than 450 vacancies against the sanctioned strength of 1041.
 
"You are scuttling the working of the institution,” the bench told the government for sitting over files relating to judicial appointments.
 
"In Karnataka HC, an entire floor of courts are locked because there are no judges. You want to lock justice out. For Allahabad HC, the Collegium recommended 18 names for judges, you chose eight. And now you want only two of the eight,” Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur said.

This was neither an ego clash nor was it personal. "We don’t want to clash with you. But if you go on like this, we will form a five-judge Bench and say you are scuttling appointment,” he said.

"There should not be a deadlock in appointment of judges. You [Centre] cannot bring the institution to a grinding halt,” he said.
 
The apex court is particularly peeved at the pendency of 35 appointments it had cleared for the Allahabad High Court the first batch of eight on January 28 and the second for appointment of 27 judges in August. Both are yet to be notified.

The Allahabad High Court is functioning with less than 50 % of its strength with just 77 judges against the approved strength of 160. These appointments assume significance considering that the country's largest high court accounts for about 25% of nearly 40 lakh cases pending in all 24 high courts and would have helped bring down vacancies from a high of 83 to 48, improving the bench strength to 112.
 
On the government saying Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) for judicial appointments wasn’t ready, the court said it will constitute a five-judge bench to clarify that appointments should not to be held up if MoP wasn’t ready.

Initially, the court wanted to summon the secretaries of the department of justice and the Prime Minister’s Office, but latter chose to refrain on the attorney general’s request.

Last month, attorney general Rohatgi had told the top court that the government alone can’t be blamed for judicial vacancies as many posts were lying vacant for over five years.




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Train confiscated over compensation dispute
26.10.16 - TEAM PT
Train confiscated over compensation dispute



Indian court officials confiscated a passenger train after the railway department failed to pay compensation to a farmer for acquiring his land.

The train had more than 100 passengers on board when the officials confiscated it at the Harihar station in southern Karnataka state on Monday.

The train was only released after railway officials gave an assurance that the compensation would be paid.
The railway acquired his land in 2006, but have still not paid him for it.

The farmer, AG Shivakumar, agreed to let the railway department acquire his one-acre plot of land for the express train line, after he was assured compensation of 3.6m rupees.

He approached a local court after the railways ignored several requests for payment.

The court in 2013, ordered the railway department to pay Mr Shivakumar his compensation along with interest. But after the railways did not heed the order for three years, the court ordered its officials to confiscate the train.

"The [railway] officials gave an undertaking to the court that the amount will be given in one week's time and the train was allowed to leave after about 100 minutes," KGS Patil, Mr Shivakumar's lawyer said.

Some passengers who were in the train were amused with the court's order.

"Initially, we thought the train had been stopped by some agitators. Much later when the train did not move, I realised that it was a court order that was being enforced. I was angry but I also found it funny," Sihi Kahi Chandru said.
 
(Courtesy:BBC.com)




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SC asks Sidhu to face trial for 'wrongdoings' in 2009 Lok Sabha elections
26.10.16 - TEAM PT
SC asks Sidhu to face trial for 'wrongdoings' in 2009 Lok Sabha elections



Former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday received a setback from the Supreme Court.
 
Supreme Court on Wednesday directed Sidhu to face trial for seeking assistance of a government servant during the 2009 general elections while partially dropping charges of corrupt practice and submission of false return on election expenses.
 
A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and A M Sapre while allowing the appeal of Sidhu partially dropped two categories of allegations including commission of corrupt practice of submission of false return of election expenses and the action taken by the Returning Officer on the complaint filed by the Soni with regard to irregularities counting of votes.
 
"The allegation in the election petition is that the post to which Jagjit Singh Suchu was transferred from the Punjab State Electricity Board was under the state government and the assistance received by the returned candidate (Sidhu) from the said person is while he was rendering service as Additional Superintending Engineer, namely, while he was performing the duties in the state government. If that be so, the aforesaid issue also will have to go for a full trial as ordered by the High Court,” held the bench.
 
Congress candidate Om Prakash Soni had sought quashing of Sidhu’s election on the grounds that he had filed incorrect and deflated amount of his poll expenditure apart from also getting a state government official transferred to get help. The Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered Sidhu’s trial under the election law on these charges, compelling the former BJP MP to move in appeal.
 
Sidhu has recently floated a new political front Awaz-E-Punjab after resigning from his Rajya Sabha seat and BJP from which he had won the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat in 2009, defeating his Congress rival Om Prakash Soni.




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