Kanakapura Chalo: A massive rally of Hindutva outfits, supported by the BJP and RSS, was held in Kanakapura town of Ramanagara district in Karnataka Monday to oppose the building of a Jesus Christ statue by local villagers. Participants of the ‘Kanakapura Chalo’ rally, organised by Hindu Jagarana Vedike, accused the area’s MLA, Congress leader D K Shivakumar, of indulging in “appeasement politics” by laying the foundation stone for the 114-foot statue on Christmas 2019. The statue is to be built in Kapalabetta hill in Harobele village.
Defamation case: Businessman Nusli Wadia on Monday withdrew his defamation suit against Tata group patriarch Ratan Tata a week after the court asked the parties to resolve their differences like “mature people”. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde allowed Wadia to withdraw the petition, which sort Rs 3000 crore in damages, after the court said Tata and others had no intention to defame him, news agency PTI reported.Wadia, chairman of the Bombay Dyeing group, filed a criminal defamation case in 2016 after he was voted out of the boards of three Tata Group companies.
Chanda Kochhar: The ICICI Bank has filed a monetary suit in the Bombay High Court seeking former CMD Chanda Kochhar`s “termination of appointment” as the bank’s CEO and also sought recovery of various amounts from her. The affidavit, filed on January 10, seeks dismissal of Kochhar’s petition that she had filed challenging her sacking after charges of money laundering surfaced against her. The bank stated that the issue can be decided in a commercial suit.
Adani Power: Siemens, the Germany-based engineering company, Monday (January 13) said it would continue to honour its contract with India’s Adani Power in its upcoming mining project in Australia, defying calls from environmental activists, including Greta Thunberg. Siemens is supplying signaling systems for a railway line that Adani is building in Australia’s Queensland state. The coal from the project is meant for export and would be burned in India, Reuters reported.
JSP- BJP: Telugu film actor-turned-politician and Jana Sena Party (JSP) chief Pawan Kalyan on Monday met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) working president J P Nadda in New Delhi amid speculation that the two parties might forge an alliance in Andhra Pradesh where both were mauled in last year’s assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
UP police system: The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Monday approved the commissionerate system of policing for state capital Lucknow, and Noida. The system gives more responsibilities, including magisterial powers, to IPS officers of Inspector General of Police (IG) rank posted as commissioners. Depending on its success here, the policing system may gradually be implemented in other districts as well.
Veg Inflation: India’s annual retail inflation has accelerated to its highest level in more than five years, mainly driven by food prices that rose by 14.12 per cent, official data showed. As per the data released by National Statistical Office (NSO) on Monday, the spike in inflation in the vegetable segment was 60.5 per cent during the month compared to December 2018.
Royals of London: Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are charismatic senior royals. It has been said that they played a vital role in building the monarchy’s popularity with future generations. But they both seem disillusioned and unhappy and have now said they want to step back from royal duties, become financially independent, and spend much of their time in North America. In a statement Queen Elizabeth II says she has agreed to grant Prince Harry and Meghan their wish for a more independent life that will see them move part-time to Canada.
Opps meet: A meeting of Opposition parties was held in the national capital to discuss issues like Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, National Register of Citizens, and the state of the economy. However, there were some notable absentees including Trinamool Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party, Shiv Sena, and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.
Pervez Musharraf: The Lahore High Court on Monday declared the formation of a special court — which heard the treason case against former dictator Pervez Musharraf and handed him a death sentence after finding him guilty of treason — as “unconstitutional”. A three-member full bench of the LHC, comprising Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Mohammad Ameer Bhatti and Justice Chaudhry Masood Jahangir, delivered the unanimous verdict.
Bankruptcy Code: The Supreme Court Monday agreed to examine validity of the Centre’s decision to amend an IBC provision which introduced a threshold of at least 10 per cent of homebuyers in a project or 100 of the total allottees for initiating corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (IRP) against the realtor. A batch of petitions challenging a provision of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance 2019, which was promulgated on December 28 last year, came up for hearing before a bench comprising Justices R F Nariman and S Ravindra Bhat.
Amrapali Group: The Supreme Court asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday to attach Indian properties of JP Morgan, which engaged in a transaction with the now-defunct Amrapali Group to allegedly siphon off home buyers’ money in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and FDI norms. The ED said it had prima facie found violations of FEMA norms by the US-based JP Morgan and that a complaint in this regard was lodged.
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Monday, Jan 13, 2020
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