SEX ABUSE BY CHURCH PRIESTS: COMPELLED TO PAY FOR VICTIMS
French bishops on Saturday approved plans to financially compensate people abused sexually within the Roman Catholic Church. Any person recognized by their bishop as a victim will be eligible to receive money, they said, and the church will appeal for donations to foot the bill. Bishops also voted to allocate 5 million euros (USD 5.5 million) to an independent commission examining church sex abuse in France and to support prevention efforts. Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, the archbishop of Reims and president of the Conference of French Bishops, said payments to victims will recognize both their suffering and “the silence, negligence, indifference, lack of reaction or bad decisions or dysfunction within the Church.”
Ayodhya case: The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board, one of the main litigants in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case, on November 9, welcomed the Supreme Court verdict and said it had no plans to challenge it. The board’s chairman, Zafar Ahmad Farooqui, said, “As of now, the verdict is being studied thoroughly after which the board will issue a detailed statement. If any lawyer or any other person says that the decision will be challenged by the board, it should not be taken as correct.”
Kartarpur Corridor: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Integrated Check Post (ICP) of Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur in Punjab. Then, the first group of Sikh pilgrims entered Pakistan through Kartarpur Corridor. Earlier, PM Modi also flagged off the first batch of over 500 Indian pilgrims led by Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib via corridor.
Shala Darpan Portal: The Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development Sanjay Dhotre launched the Shala Darpan Portal for Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS). It is an end to end e-Governance school automation and management system for NVS.
Crime Records Bureau: The National Crime Records Bureau released the “Accidental and Suicidal Deaths in India report” on November 8. According to the report, the suicides in the cities were 10.6% in 2015 and it reduced to 10.3% in 2016. The data was released for 36 states and Union Territories and 53 metropolitan cities.
Bulbul: Cyclone ‘Bulbul’, which made landfall between Bengal and Bangladesh coasts, brought in its wake heavy rain coupled with strong winds till early Sunday, affecting normal life in several parts of the city and the coastal districts of the state. At least four people were killed in rain-related incidents in Kolkata and North 24 Parganas since Saturday, according to official reports.
Maharashtra: State BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said that BJP shall not form government in Maharashtra by saying that, “we cannot stake claim to form the government as Shiv Sena is not willing to come with us. We have informed this to the governor. In the state assembly polls, we contested as part of a grand alliance ‘Mahayuti’ and we got the mandate for this alliance. If Shiv Sena wants to insult this mandate and form the government with Congress and NCP, then we wish them all the luck.”
New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held a meeting with eminent Hindu and Muslim religious leaders and intellectuals on Sunday, a day after the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, officials said.
US: In a temporary relief to thousands of Indians living in America, a US court has refused to strike down, for the time being, an Obama-era rule that allowed spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in America.The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows the US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.
Brazil: Brazil’s leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva walked free from jail on November 8,after a year and a half behind bars for corruption following a court ruling that could release thousands of convicts. Lula addressed the crowd, thanking his supporters, colleagues and lawyers.
Pakistan: Pakistan allows ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for urgent medical treatment, the country’s foreign minister said Sunday. Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party said the former leader would now likely fly to London for treatment.
Iran oil field: Iran has discovered a new oil field in the country’s south with over 50 billion barrels of crude oil, its president said Sunday. The announcement by Hassan Rouhani comes as Iran faces crushing American sanctions after the US pulled out of its nuclear deal with world powers last year.
DLF: DLF’s sales bookings rose 16 per cent to Rs 1,425 crore during the first six months of this fiscal year, mainly due to demand for its ready-to-move in residential units. DLF, the country’s largest real estate firm in market capitalisation, had achieved sales bookings of Rs 1,225 crore in the same period a year ago.
Electricity Demand: India’s electricity demand declined for the third straight month, another indication of an economic slowdown that seems to be deepening. Electricity demand from distribution utilities declined 13.2 per cent in October from a year earlier, data from the Central Electricity Authority showed. The slump began in August when the power requirement dropped for the first time in more than two years.