Section 144: The West Bengal state police has enforced prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code(CrPC) to stop the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for holding two back-to-back rallies since Sunday in support of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Cases have also been registered against BJP leaders for violating the orders. Both incidents have taken place in the north Bengal region where the BJP wrested all the Lok Sabha seats from the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in 2019.
Nirbhya case: Supreme Court Tuesday rejected the Curative Petition of two of the four death row convicts in the December 16 gangrape case. Today a five-judge bench, comprising Justices N V Ramana, Arun Mishra, RF Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan, dismissed the plea filed by the convicts Vinay Sharma and Mukesh after a Delhi court scheduled the execution of all the four convicts for January 22, at Tihar Jail. One of them, Mukesh Singh—has filed a mercy petition before President Ram Nath Kovind. Again Mukesh Singh filed a petition through advocate Vrinda Grover, seeks setting aside the January 7 order issuing a warrant for his execution on the ground that he has moved mercy petitions before the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and the President of India.
Microsoft CEO: A day after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke out against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, an issue that has sparked widespread outrage across the country, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi Tuesday called his remark a “perfect example” of “how literate need to be educated”. “Precise reason for CAA is to grant opportunities to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. How about granting these opportunities to Syrian Muslims instead of Yezidis in the USA?” Lekhi tweeted.
Imported Onion: The government is importing onions through state-run trading agency MMTC. Imports are being undertaken from Turkey, Afghanistan, and Egypt. Onion prices shot up due to 25 percent fall in the Kharif production. The data showed onion being priced at Rs 50 per kg in the national capital but local vendors were selling it for Rs 70-80 a kg. Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal governments have taken the imported onions.
Kerala moved SC: Kerala became the first state to challenge the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA after it moved to the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The plea has been filed as an original suit under Article 131 of the Constitution which empowers the Supreme Court to hear disputes between the government of India and one or more states. The petition states that the CAA violates the right to equality under Article 14 of the Constitution of India, right to life under Article 21 and freedom to practice religion under Article 25.
Malaysian: Government of India issued a sanction against Malaysia. A notification from India’s ministry of commerce and industry moved the import of refined palm oil and palmolein from the “free” to “restricted” category and people familiar with developments said the move was specifically aimed at Malaysia because of Mahathir’s remarks on Kashmir and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). As Malaysian palm refiners stared at massive losses, Mahathir said his government will find a solution.
Bhim Army: During the bail plea hearing of Chandrashekhar Azad at Delhi’s Tis Hazari court, Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau Tuesday made comment on the Delhi Police saying the Bhim Army chief has a “constitutional right to protest.” “What is wrong with dharna? What is wrong with protesting? It is one’s constitutional right to protest,” she asked the Additional Public Prosecutor, Pankaj Bhatia, who was representing the Delhi Police.
Chhapaak flopped: Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey’s social drama Chhapaak is failed to match with Ajay Devgn-Kajol-Saif Ali Khan’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior at the box office. While the Tanhaji has earned over Rs 75 crore in just four days, Chhapaak’s total collection stands at Rs 21.37 crore. On the other side, Deepica earned criticism and advertisement companies are not taking her seriously.
Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020