Monthly Archives: AUGUST 2017
Thousands of Marathas hold protest march in Mumbai, force CM to announce sops
After an overwhelming show of strength by the agitating Maratha community on Wednesday, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has agreed to their main demands.
Tens of thousands of people waving saffron flags marched through Mumbai early in the day in what was the Maratha community's 58th protest in a year, demanding quotas in government jobs and education, as well as justice in the brutal gang rape of a 14-year-old Maratha girl.
The day-long protest forced Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announce a slew of measures to pacify the powerful community.
CM Devendra Fadnavis promised Marathas concession in fees to 605 educational courses, interest-free loans up to Rs10 lakh for self-employment, Rs5 crore to each district for the construction of hostels and setting up of a district-wise committee to decide on cases filed under the Atrocities Act.
Regarding the demand for job reservation, the state government has formed a backward class commission to study the grounds on which reservation can be given to the politically active Maratha community.
More than 10,000 police personnel, several drones and CCTV cameras kept watch over Mumbai today, as six lakh people took to the streets to participate in the Maratha Kranti Morcha.
The silent protest march began at 11am from Byculla and ended around 5pm at Azad Maidan.
The Maratha community accounts for nearly 35 per cent of Maharashtra's 123 million people.
This was the 58th march of the Maratha community, exactly a year after the first such protest held in Aurangabad. The march has been organised by the Sakal Maratha Samaj, an umbrella organisation of several Maratha groups.
These 'mook morcha' or silent rallies were held in various parts of the state following the brutal rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, belonging to the Maratha community, at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district in July 2016.
Justice Dipak Misra appointed as next Chief Justice of India: Law Ministry
Justice Dipak Misra, who led the Supreme Court bench that confirmed death to four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case in May this year, will succeed Justice JS Khehar as the next Chief Justice of India.
Justice Mishra will be sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind on August 27. An official notification announcing 63-year-old Misra’s appointment was issued by the Law Ministry on Tuesday evening.
He will be replacing incumbent Justice J S Khehar, who is set to retire on August 27. It was Khehar who had recommended Mishra's name to succeed him as the next Chief Justice of India.
Misra is one of the three judges on the Supreme Court bench which will begin hearing in the Ayodhya case on August 11.
The 63-year-old CJI-designate is the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court after Justice Khehar.
The 63-year-old judge, who has been described as a "pro-citizen judge" by his peers, was also among the three judges who were up all night in July 2013, giving a historic hearing to decide on terrorist Yakub Memon's last-minute appeal against his hanging. Memon was convicted in 1993 Mumbai blasts, in which 257 people were killed.
It was Justice Misra who announced the court's decision at 5 am: "Stay of death warrant would be a travesty of justice. The plea is dismissed," he said. Memon was hanged two hours later.
He previously served as the chief justice of Patna and Delhi High courts. Misra began practicing as a lawyer at the Odisha High Court before becoming an additional judge. He elevated to the Supreme Court in 2011.
He will be the third person from Orissa to be appointed the Chief Justice of India, after Justices Ranganath Misra and G B Pattanaik.
Justice Misra will retire on October 2, 2018.
BJP leader halts ambulance for 30 minutes, delay leads to death of patient
A patient, who was being taken to a hospital, died after a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader stopped the ambulance after it hit his vehicle.
The incident took place in Fatehabad district of Haryana. According to news agency ANI, BJP Leader Darshan Nagpal chased an ambulance and stopped it after it hit his car. Nagpal didn’t let the ambulance go for half an hour. The delay reportedly caused the death of the patient. A case has been registered against Nagpal.
The ambulance reportedly clipped Nagpal's car following which he chased down the ambulance and snatched away the keys from the driver. He then allegedly argued with the driver and the patient's family.
Patient Naveen Soni's relatives, Sitaram Soni and Arun Soni, have said in their complaint that the BJP leader chased the ambulance down, blocked its way and refused to let it pass for about half an hour. When the ambulance finally made it to the hospital, they said, 42-year-old Naveen Soni was dead.
"Pradhan tailed our car and stopped our ambulance, demanding compensation for damages," said Sitaram Soni, the patient's older brother, reports NDTV.
"The doctor told us if only you had come 15 minutes earlier, we could have saved him," Soni said.
Nagpal claimed that after his car was hit by the ambulance, he let it drive to the hospital with the patient before speaking to the driver. "There is no question of stopping the ambulance, ask anyone present there. I believe in service how can I stop an ambulance."
This is the second crime to emerge in the past two days linked to the state's ruling BJP. In another case, the state BJP chief's son has been accused of stalking a woman, who described in a Facebook post how she was chased on the streets of Chandigarh on Friday night.
Dialogue is the only way to resolve conflicts: PM Modi
Dialogue is the only way to cut through deep-rooted religious stereotypes and prejudices that divide communities across the world and sow seeds of conflict between nations and societies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.
Speaking at the Samvad - Global Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness through video-conferencing, PM Modi said, "As inter-connected and inter-dependent world of 21st century battles a number of global challenges, from terrorism to climate change, I am confident that the solutions will be found through Asia's oldest traditions of dialogue and debate."
In his address, Modi said that he is a "product of the ancient Indian tradition which firmly believes in dialogue on difficult issues."
The prime minister said that the ancient Indian concept of "Tarka Shastra" (debate) is based on dialogue and debate as the model for exchange of views and avoidance of conflict.
PM Modi also reiterated India's commitment to protection of nature and take effective steps to tackle the challenges posed by climate change.
Modi said, "If man does not nurture nature, nature reacts in the form of climate change. Man must relate to nature, man must revere nature, not merely consider it a resource to be exploited."
internet services snapped
3 LeT terrorists killed, 1 policeman injured in encounter in J&K's Sopore
Three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have been killed in an encounter with the security forces at Sopore, in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, on Saturday. During the encounter, a police jawan was also injured, but he is stable.
The encounter broke out while security personnel were conducting searches in Amargarh area of Sopore after they had received information about militants in the area.
"The terrorists were killed in Amargarh area of Sopore in an encounter with police, army and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)," police spokesman Manoj Pandita told IANS.
"Arms and ammunition have also been recovered from the slain terrorists. The exact identity of the terrorists is being established." he said.
"One police constable was injured during the encounter. He was shifted to hospital where doctors have described his condition as stable," he added.
According to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, all government and private schools and colleges in Sopore are closed today post encounter.
The internet services have also been snapped in North Kashmir's Baramulla District.
Earlier in the day, a joint cordon and search operation (CASO) was being conducted by the security forces.
A joint operation was conducted by 179 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 52 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police since 04:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
The incident came days after top LeT terrorist Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with several terror attacks, and his aide were gunned down by the security forces in an encounter in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.