In 1975 Indira Gandhi entered inside the JNU with police and compelled JNU student Union president Sitaram Yechuri to resign and read an apology letter for speaking against Emergency.
TMC: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday declared that she will not attend the opposition meeting called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on January 13. The Bengal chief minister was angry with the Left parties and the Congress over their attacks at her government. She told the state assembly that she had decided to boycott the meeting over violence in the state during the 24-hour nationwide strike call by central trade unions.”I have decided to boycott the meeting convened by Sonia Gandhi on January 13 in New Delhi as I don’t support the violence that the Left and Congress unleashed in West Bengal yesterday (Wednesday),” the chief minister said at the state Assembly.
Brexit: British parliament, House of Commons on Thursday approved a bill authorizing the country’s departure from the European Union at the end of the month. Lawmakers voted by 330-231 to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which sets the terms of Britain’s departure from the 28-nation bloc. The comfortable majority won by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives in an election last month secured the bill’s passage despite the opposition of smaller parties.
Xinjiang: Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, the chief of the Indian Army’s Northern Command on Thursday reached the northwestern frontier province of Xinjiang that borders Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) during his ongoing China tour, a rare visit for a top Indian army general.
SC on CAA Petition: While hearing a petitions in Supreme Court Chief Justice of India SA Bobde observed on Thursday on an unusual petition that wants the top court to declare the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as constitutional. “You know that there is a presumption of constitutionality (of laws). We don’t mean to be offensive but we have never heard of petitions like this asking that Act should be declared constitutional”, the CJI observed. The law was notified in the official gazette but is yet to come into force. Home Ministry officials have said they were still to finalise the rules that would govern implementation of the law.
Security withdrawn: The Union government has removed the central security cover of Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief M K Stalin, officials said on Thursday. They said while Panneerselvam had a smaller “Y plus” cover of about five-six central paramilitary commandos, Stalin had a larger “Z plus” protection of about 18-20 armed personnel.
Sunny Leone on CAA: Sunny Leone made her statement by saying that, “I don’t believe in violence, I believe there might be an answer without violence. It’s not about a person getting hurt but also the family getting hurt. I beg everybody to please stop the violence and let’s figure out a solution without hurting each other.”
Delhi Rape case: One of Nibhya Gang rape convicts, Vinay Sharma has filed a curative petition before the Supreme Court.In his petition, Sharma contended that the court overlooked mitigating factors while sentencing a person to death. Young age of the convict, who was around 19 years at the time of commission of offence was an important mitigating factor which was brushed aside by the court. He also mentioned the consequence of death sentence on his family. A Dilhi court has issued Death Warrant Against the Convicts to be hanged on 22nd January 2020.
Foreign envoy: A group of 15 foreign envoys arrived in Srinagar on Thursday for a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the first visit by diplomats ever since the revocation of the state’s special status followed by its bifurcation into two Union Territories in August last year. US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster along with envoys from 15 other countries arrived by a special chartered flight at Srinagar’s technical airport, where they were received by top officials.
Murli Manohar Joshi: Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Thursday weighed in on the stand-off between Jawaharlal Nehru University students and the Vice Chancellor with a clear advice to the government to sack V-C Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar.Joshi, who was the education minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, cited reports that the education ministry had twice advised the vice chancellor to take steps to arrive at a working formula to resolve the issue of enhanced fees at the university.
Credit for Lawyer: Additional Senior Civil Judge Dr Pankaj Sharma of a Delhi court on Thursday directed the makers of Chhapaak to give due credits to advocate Aparna Bhatt for her contribution in the original case. The court directed Meghna Gulzar,dirctor of the film and the producer of the film to mention the advocate’s name in the credit roll of the movie. “This court is of the considered view that facts are indicative that the pique of the plaintiff for interim injunction is well founded and it is necessary that her contribution be acknowledged by providing the actual footage and the images.”
CAA support: Actors Juhi Chawla and Dalip Tahil attended a BJP event in support of CAA. Blaming the media, she said that neither she nor the public has fully understood the situation of JNU violence, so it would be unwise to make statements about it. Tahil in a separate interview implied that the incident at JNU was ‘scripted’ and wondered why the same university is at the centre of such controversies time and again.
Don arrested: The Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of the Mumbai Police on Wednesday arrested fugitive gangster Ejaz Yusuf Lakdawala from a Patna . The 50-year-old native of Mumbai, who was a member of both the Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan gangs in the past, was caught in Patna, Bihar, after his daughter gave the police his location.
US-Iran tensions: A day after Iranian forces fired missiles at military US military bases in Iraq in retaliation to the killing of Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani on January 3, Tehran and Washington Wednesday took a step back. US President Donald Trump said he would back away from any military escalation against Tehran. He also claimed the missile strikes had not harmed any US personnel stationed in Iraq, and that the damage was minimal.
Loya death case: Maharashtra government is open to reinvestigating the death of special CBI judge B H Loya in 2014, state home minister Anil Deshmukh said here on Thursday. “Our government is open to reinvestigating the Loya death case. Some people are meeting me today to demand that the case be reopened. I will hear them out and if necessary, the case will be reinvestigated,” Deshmukh told reporters.
PDP leader praised Modi : Senior PDP leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig Thursday showered praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, saying “nobody had a complaint against these three of being corrupt or anti-Muslim”. However, said Baig, there are “always people in every society who kill their own brothers and children”, referring to Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Speaking to mediapersons in Jammu, the PDP leader also had a piece of advice for Kashmir politicians. “While approaching the Centre for talking on Jammu and Kashmir issues, you will have to talk in a dignified and civilised manner. You cannot achieve anything by coercing the Prime Minister, Home Minister or the NSA.” he said.
PDP leader Expailed: Eight PDP leader has been expailed for visiting foreign envoy , tey were Dilawar Mir, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Zaffar Iqbal, Abdul Majeed Padroo, Raja Manzoor Khan, Javaid Hussain Baig, Qamar Hussain and Abdul Rahim Rather — all former MLAs.The expelled leaders have thrown their weight behind former PDP leader Syed Altaf Bukhari and were part of the delegation that met Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu On Tuesday.
Appearance before PSC: Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik are scheduled to appear before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs on January 13 over rising crimes in Delhi, according to details available with the Rajya Sabha Secretariat. The committee, which is chaired by senior Congress leader Anand Sharma.
Ukraine airliner: A Ukraine airliner that crashed in Iran, killing all 176 people aboard, was most likely brought down accidentally by Iranian air defenses, US officials said on Thursday. One US official said US satellites had detected the launch of two missiles shortly before the plane crashed, followed by evidence of an explosion.
No CAASTA agaist India: The Trump administration said that it did not want to degrade India’s defence capabilities, asserting that there will be a case-by-case analysis on where punitive measures under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA ) could be applied on countries buying significant military equipment from Russia. Previously India and Russia signed the USD 5 billion S-400 air defence system deal in October 2018, after wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Tax Law: The Income Tax Department on Thursday allowed joint owners of single house property to file income tax return using simple Form-1 (Sahaj) or Form-4 (Sugam). On January 3, it had debarred individual taxpayers owning house property in joint ownership and those who paid Rs 100,000 in electricity bills in a year or incurred Rs 200,000 expense on foreign travel from filing their annual income return using the simple return forms.
Camel killilling: Australia on Wednesday began a five-day cull of up to 10,000 camels, using sniper fire from helicopters. The exercise is taking place in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (called APY Lands) in South Australia state, where the animals will be killed according to the “highest standards of animal welfare”, authorities said. The camels have been threatening scarce reserves of food and water, besides damaging infrastructure and creating a hazard for drivers, authorities have said. The herds have also contaminated important water sources and cultural sites.
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