Kapil Sibal: No state can deny the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA) when it is already passed by the Parliament, said Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday. “If the CAA is passed no state can say ‘I will not implement it’. It is not possible and is unconstitutional. You can oppose it, you can pass a resolution in the Assembly and ask the central government to withdraw it. But constitutionally saying that I won’t implement it is going to be problematic and going to create more difficulties,” said the former minister of law and justice on the third day of the Kerala Literature Festival (KLF).
Jaising got Rebuttal: The mother of the December 2012 Delhi gang-rape and murder victim has hit out at senior lawyer Indira Jaising for asking her to forgive the four men, who are on death row for committing the brutal crime against her daughter. The mother was reacting to Indira Jaising’s tweet on Friday. “Who is Indira Jaising to give me such a suggestion? The whole country wants the convicts to be executed. Just because of people like her, justice is not done with rape victims. I can’t believe how Indira Jaising even dared to suggest such this. I met her many times over the years in the Supreme Court, not once did she ask for my well being and today she is speaking for convicts. Such people earn a livelihood by supporting rapists, hence rape incidents don’t stop,” she said.
Nirbhaya case: A Delhi court on January 17 issued fresh death warrants for February 1, at 6 am against the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case. Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora was hearing a plea by one of the four death row convicts in the case, Mukesh Kumar Singh, seeking postponement of the date of his execution scheduled for January 22. Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed informed the court that Mukesh’s mercy plea was rejected by President Ram Nath Kovind on January 17. Then the warrant was issued.
KoPT: Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT), the oldest operating port in India, is expected to present its own tableau, under the aegis of the union shipping ministry, in the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26. The oldest surviving major port in the country, which completed 150 years in November last year, will showcase its rich history under the tagline of ‘Glorious Past Vibrant Future’.
Chhattisgarh: Chhattisgarh on January 16 became one of the states to ratify the Constitution (126th) Amendment Bill that proposes to extend quota to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe in Lok Sabha and state assemblies by another 10 years. A special one-day session of the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly was held today to ratify the Constitution Amendment Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on December 10 and 12 respectively. The bill requires the consent of 50 percent state assemblies.
Sarda Mines: The Supreme Court on January 16 said it was “not averse” in allowing Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) to transport high-quality iron ore, being kept unused at non-functional Sarda Mines, for its pellet plant in Odisha but all the necessary dues and royalty payable should be paid to the concerned authorities. The court also reserved its verdict in the case.
SC: The Supreme Court on January15 refused to entertain a plea challenging the Madras high court order for conducting Jallikattu in various districts of Tamil Nadu, under the supervision of monitoring committees headed by a retired district judge. A bench of Chief Justice L Nageswara Rao asked the petitioner to approach the Madras high court and dismissed the petition then the petitioner withdrew the plea.
Nirbhaya case: The Delhi High Court today declined to entertain the plea of one of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case against the death warrant and gave him liberty to challenge it in session’s court. The Delhi government informed the high court during the hearing that the execution of convicts will not take place on January 22 as a mercy plea has been filed by one of them.
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.
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.
Syama Prasad Mookerjee: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday rechristened Kolkata Port Trust after Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee.”I announce that the Kolkata Port Trust will now be known as Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port. He was the father of industrialisation in India, a man who made sacrifices for one nation and one Constitution,” Modi said, while addressing the ceremony at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.
US airbase attacked-Iraq’s Al Balad airbase, hosting US troops has been attacked by four rockets on Sunday evening, news agency AFP reported quoting military sources. The sources informed AFP that the attack on the airbase, which is situated north of Baghdad, has resulted in injuries to four Iraqi airmen. Till Irane hasn`t taken the responsibility of the attack. On the other hand as protests flared up in Tehran following Iran’s admission that its forces errantly downed a Ukrainian jet, reversing three days of denial, United States President Donald Trump warned the Islamic Republic not to kill the protesters or stifle their agitation.
Mamata meets Modi: After facing protests by students for meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Raj Bhawan Saturday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said she was the only leader to meet the Prime Minister, who is on a two-day visit to Kolkata, and asked him to rethink about withdrawing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. “I am the only leader who met Narendra Modi and told him that CAA, NRC and NPR cannot be implemented,” Mamata told the students.
Govt ordinance: The government on Saturday announced promulgation of the ordinance for amendment in the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Act, 1957 and the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 in order to ease auction of coal mines, allow FDI and enhance ease of doing business. The Union Cabinet had recently approved the amendments which intend to open up new areas of growth in the coal and mining sector, an official statement said.
CAA notified: The provisions of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) came into effect from Friday after the Home Ministry issued a gazette notification. The CAA, which has led to widespread protests in the country, grants citizenship to individuals who are Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain, or Parsi and who entered India from Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Afghanistan by the cut-off date of December 31, 2014. It says :
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
New Delhi, the 10th January, 2020
S.O. 172(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of the section 1 of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (47 of 2019), the Central Government hereby appoints the 10th day of January, 2020, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force.
[F. No. 26011/01/2015-IC-I(Part)]
ANIL MALIK, Addl. Secy
US sancion on Iran: US has imposed new wave of sanctions on the Islamic Republic owing to the recent missile attacks on American troops stationed in Iraq. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were quoted as saying that the new sanctions will target eight senior Iranian officials involved in “destabilising” activities in the Middle East as well as Tuesday’s missile strike, which itself was a retaliation for the US killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike.
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.