ALL News Headlines 2019 December 23RD

Mamata Banerjee

National Headlines

West Bengal: The Calcutta high court on Monday passed an interim order stopping the television and online advertisements the West Bengal government had been running since last week, saying it will not implement citizenship laws in the state.

Andhra NRC: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday announced that his government was opposed to the National Register of Citizens and would not implement it in the state.

BJP CAA: Bharatiya Janata Party working president JP Nadda and party general secretary in-charge of West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya led a rally in support of the amended Citizenship Act in Kolkata on Monday.

Jharkhand Election 2019: As BJP lost the election, conceding defeat in the assembly elections, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Monday said it was his defeat, not of the BJP. “It is not BJP’s defeat, it is my defeat,” Das told reporters at a press conference in Ranchi. BJP god only 25 seats out of 81 seats.

RIL-Jio:Reliance Jio on Monday announced the launch of “2020 Happy New Year Offer.” Under the new scheme, Reliance Jio is offering ‘unlimited’ services for one year on paying Rs 2,020. Reliance Jio’s new scheme will be available starting December 24, 2019.

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The Finance Ministry has declined to share Swiss bank accounts details of Indians saying it is covered under “confidentiality provisions” of a tax treaty signed between India and Switzerland. In reply to an RTI query, the ministry also refused to disclose the details of black money received from other foreign countries. “Information exchanged under such tax agreements is covered under confidentiality provisions of respective agreements. Thus, disclosure of tax related information and information sought/obtained from foreign governments is exempted under section 8 (1) (a) and 8 (1) (f) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act,” it said in response to the RTI application filed by this PTI journalist.

ALL News Headlines 2020 January 28TH

Sebi approval: Quick service restaurant chain Burger King India has received markets regulator Sebi’s approval for an initial public offer. The company, which filed its draft IPO papers with the watchdog in November, obtained its final observations on January 24, as per the latest update with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi).

ALL News Headlines 2020 January 27TH

Beijing authorities on Monday reported the Chinese capital’s first death from a new deadly virus that has rapidly spread across the country, killing more than 80 people and causing global alarm.

The victim was a 50-year-old man who had visited the central city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, on January 8 and developed a fever after returning to Beijing seven days later, the city’s health commission said.

ALL News Headlines 2020 January 25TH

The report of the corruption perception Index 2019 has been published by the Transparency International. The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people. This year’s analysis shows corruption is more pervasive in countries where big money can flow freely into electoral campaigns and where governments listen only to the voices of wealthy or well-connected individuals. Position of India is 41 out of 100 in rank.

ALL News Headlines 2020 January 24TH

WEF DAVOS: IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva on Friday said growth slowdown in India appears to be temporary and that she expects the momentum to improve going ahead. The world appears a better place in January 2020 compared to what it was when IMF announced its World Economic Outlook in October 2019, she said at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2020 here.

ALL News Headlines 2020 January 23RD

US VISA RULES: The Trump administration on Thursday declared a new visa restriction aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” in which women travel to the US to give birth so their children can have a coveted US passport. Visa applicants deemed by consular officers to be coming to the US primarily to give birth will now be treated like other foreigners coming to the US for medical treatment, according to State Department guidance sent Wednesday.

ALL News Headlines 2020 January 22ND

The UP government will provide land subsidy to the proposed food park of  Patanjali Group in Greater Noida. Patanjali is going to invest more than Rs 6,000 crore in the mega project spread over 91 acres of land in the National Capital Region (NCR).

ALL News Headlines 2020 January 20TH

DERADICALISATION CAMP:  On Thursday, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat had said that “girls and boys as young as 10 and 12 are now being radicalised” in Kashmir, and that those who are “completely radicalised” need to be “taken out separately” and put in de-radicalisation camps”. Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh Monday said terror organisation Hizbul Mujahideen was on the verge of being wiped out from the south Kashmir region. He added that if de-radicalisation camps do come up in Kashmir, it will be a “good sign”, as it will help people who have “gone astray”.

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 21ST

Prime Minister

Indian Citizenship: Anyone born in India before July 1, 1987 or whose parents were born before that date are bona fide Indian citizens according to law and need not worry due to the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 or a possible countrywide National Register of Citizens, a top government official said on Friday. Those who are born in India before July 1, 1987 or whose parents were born in the country before that year are considered Indians under naturalisation as per the law, the official said. In case of Assam, the cut off date for identification of an Indian citizen is 1971. Previously on December 11, 2019 Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai, in a written reply to a question regarding citizenship to refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan, in Rajya Sabha today, said that 391 Afghani and 1595 Pakistani migrants have been granted Indian Citizenship during last three years (2016 to 2018). He added that in 2019, 40 Afghani and 712 Pakistani migrants have been granted Indian Citizenship till 6th December 2019

BJP: The BJP on Saturday announced a mass contact programme over the amended citizenship law as the party geared up to mobilise support for the contentious legislation amid widespread protests against it. Party general secretary Bhupender Yadav told reporters that the BJP, within the next 10 days, will contact more than three crore families, organise a rally in every district and hold over 250 press conferences across the country to expose opposition parties’ “lies” and inform masses about the new law.

Assam: Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government in Assam Saturday decided that it will introduce legislation to bar non-indigenous people from buying land in the state. The decision to frame a law to protect the ‘indigenous’ population in the state comes on the heels of apprehensions in Assam about the influx of migrants in the state, which the natives fear, will compromise the Assamese cultural identity.

CAA support: More than 1,000 academicians from universities across the country release statement in support of Citizenship Amendment Act scholars from various universities across India and abroad as well as prominent persons released a statement in support of the amended Citizenship Act on Saturday. The statement which is duly signed by such distinguished academicians including names like Dr Anand Ranganathan, a faculty in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Kanchan Gupta- Senior Journalist, Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, J Sai Deepak- Advocate, Supreme Court etc. Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Bill on 9th December. While introducing the Bill in Rajya Sabha, Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, will give a new ray of hope to persons belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have migrated to India after facing persecution on the ground of religion in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Shri Shah reiterated that the Bill is not against any Minority in India and the rights of each Indian Citizen will be equally protected. He said that Narendra Modi government is committed to protect rights of each citizen of the country. The only religion that Modi government follows is the Constitution of India. He added, “We are not here only to run the government but to solve the genuine problems of the common man”

Bail plea rejected: A Delhi court Saturday dismissed the bail plea of Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad, who was arrested for allegedly “instigating the crowd” at Darya Ganj, and remanded him in 14 days judicial custody. Azad sought bail from the court on the ground that there was no evidence that he instigated the Jama Masjid crowd to go to Delhi Gate, where the protesters had turned violent. The Court sent Bhim Army chief to 14-day judicial custody

Loan waiver: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Saturday announced crop loan waiver of up to Rs 2 lakh pending till September 2019. Addressing the state Assembly, CM Thackeray stated that the pending crop loans up to Rs 2 lakh of each farmer would be waived off. He also said that a special incentive scheme will be announced in the next 15 days for the farmers who are paying the loans regularly.

Indo-China: India and China on Saturday resolved to intensify efforts to achieve a “fair”, “reasonable” and mutually acceptable solution to the vexed boundary issue and agreed that its early settlement will serve the fundamental interests of both countries. There was a consensus during “constructive” border talks here between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval that both sides should respect each other’s sensitivities and concerns in order to build mutual trust, according to the External Affairs Ministry.

India- Oman Relationship: An agreement on cooperation in maritime transport will be signed during external affairs minister S Jaishankar’s visit to Oman on December 24. Jaishankar will travel to Oman after a visit to Tehran during December 22-23 to co-chair the 19th Joint Commission Meeting with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif. Jaishankar is also expected to call on President Hassan Rouhani.

Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said, “Over the last 5 years of Modi’s government, India has been moving towards Hindu Rashtra with its Hindutva Supremacist fascist ideology. Now with the Citizens Amendment Act, all those Indians who want a pluralist India are beginning to protest and it is becoming a mass movement.”

Brexit: Boris Johnson insisted that Britain would not follow any EU rules after Brexit as he set up a showdown with Brussels over a trade deal. He made clear that he would pursue a hard Brexit by saying there would be “no alignment” between the two sides, defying the EU’s claim that it was a “must” for any future relationship.

Uighur Muslims: Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’’s crown prince, on Friday said,  “China has the right to carry out anti-terrorism and de-extremisation work for its national security,” in connection with Uighur Muslims. Prince Mohammed, who has been in China signing multi-million trade deals much to the annoyance of his Western allies, was quoted as saying on Chinese state television.


ALL News Headlines 2019 December 20TH

Mamata Banerjee

National Headlines

Mamata U-tern: Making a U-turn over her remark demanding a UN referendum on the Citizenship Amendment Act and nationwide NRC, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee clarified that she had only suggested an opinion poll be conducted by impartial experts of the country, the process for which could be observed by the United Nations, reported PTI

Muslim Violence: At least five people have died in anti-CAA protests across Uttar Pradesh, confirmed state administration. Protests against the amended Citizenship Act spilled over to parts of western Uttar Pradesh on Friday after the Jumma Namaj as agitators resorted to arson and stone-pelting.

CAA Benefit: Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) does not apply to Indian citizens, the Home Ministry said the process would “ensure no Indian citizen is unduly harassed or put to inconvenience. Citizenship of India may be proved by giving any document relating to date of birth or place of birth or both. Such a list is likely to include a lot of common documents to ensure that no Indian citizen is unduly harassed or put to inconvenience.”

Farhan Akhtar: A police complaint was lodged against Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar in Hyderabad for his alleged ‘seditious post’ Friday. Saidabad police Friday received the complaint filed by advocate K Karunasagar, who is also president of Hindu Sanghatan. In his complaint, Karunasagar alleged that the actor has tweeted certain seditious content in order to create fear, chaos and thereby instigate Muslims, transgenders, atheists, and Dalits to wage war against the Nation.

Assam Accord: A group of Assam MLAs met Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday to push for steps towards protection of Assamese language and the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, while informing him about their experience of the violence last week.

Media Advisory: The government on Friday issued an advisory asking news channels to refrain from broadcasting content which is “likely to instigate violence or which promotes anti-national attitudes”, a second such communication in less than 10 days. The last advisory by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry was issued on December 11 when the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha, after which protests had broken out in several parts of the country.

Kerala: The Kerala government on Friday said it has ordered a stay on all activities in connection with the National Population Register (NPR) in the state considering ‘apprehensions’ of public that it would lead to NRC in the wake of the controversial citizenship act. While a government order said the NPR had been put on hold in view of apprehensions that it would lead to the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said the action was taken as the NPR “deviates from Constitutional values” and also because the matter was before the Supreme Court.

Unnao Rape Case: Delhi Tis Hajari court on Friday sentenced expelled Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar to life imprisonment till last breath in jail for raping a minor girl in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, holding that as a public servant he betrayed people’s faith. Pronouncing his order four days after convicting 53-year-old Sengar of rape, District Judge Dharmesh Sharma also imposed an exemplary fine of Rs 25 lakh on him and ordered it has to be paid within a month.

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Pervez Musharraf: Furious over a special court’s verdict to drag Gen (retd.) Pervez Musharraf’s corpse to be hanged for three days, the Pakistan government on Friday said that it will move to the Supreme Judicial Council to unseat the “mentally unfit” head of the Special tribunal. In its 167-page detailed judgement authored by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, who headed the three-member bench, the special court said the “convict be hanged by his neck till he dies on each count as per charge”. On the other hand Outgoing Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa on Friday said a malicious campaign has been initiated against the judiciary but the truth shall finally prevail.

Erdogan: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Pakistan decided to stay away from the recently concluded Kuala Lumpur summit because of Saudi Arabia’s threats of economic sanctions, Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported on Friday.

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RBI Loan: The Indian government had Rs 310.03 billion ($4.36 billion) outstanding loans with the central bank under ways and means advances in the week ended Dec. 13, according to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) weekly statistical supplement released on Friday.

SEZ Law: The government on Friday announced reforms to the existing SEZ legal framework whereby provisions for minimum land area and sector specific and multi-product SEZs have been amended. Henceforth, all existing and new SEZs would become multi-sector SEZs thereby enabling coexistence of a SEZ unit from any sector along with any other SEZ unit.

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 16TH


CAA IN SC: The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear on December 18 pleas of the Congress and former Maharaja of Tripura Pradyot Kishor Deb Barman challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act.Several petitions, including those by Congress MP Jairam Ramesh and Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra have been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019.

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ALL News Headlines 2019 December 15TH

West Bengal: Protests over the amended Citizenship Act continued in various parts of West Bengal for the third consecutive day on Sunday as sporadic incidents of violence were reported from Nadia, Birbhum, North 24 Parganas and Howrah districts of the state, police said on Sunday. Similar protests were reported from Domjur area of Howrah district, parts of Burdwan and Birbhum, with agitators taking out rallies and shouting slogans against the Narendra Modi government.

Muslim Violence Delhi: Following Muslim vandalism in South Delhi’s New Friends Colony area on Sunday evening in the name of CAB, Delhi Police personnel allegedly marched into the Jamia Millia Islamia University campus and brought about 150 students out of the premises. In a statement, the Jamia Millia Islamia University said that it has already declared winter vacation and postponed semester examinations after a clash between the police and students on Friday. The university will remain shut till January 6. Buses were torched, cars and bikes smashed  by the Muslims under leadership of APP MLA Amanullah Khan.

PM on CAB: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reiterated its importance and said it allows persecuted religious groups from neighbouring countries to become Indian citizen. He said the decision was “1000 percent correct”. “Our Parliament made a significant change related to citizenship law due to which a small number of people religious minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who were being oppressed there will get shelter here… Our decision is 1000% right and actions of the Congress prove that all decisions taken in Parliament are correct,” he said at an election rally in Dumka for the Jharkhand assembly polls.

Rahul Gandhi: Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday demanded an “unconditional apology” from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his ‘My name is not Rahul Savarkar’ remark. “Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should tender an unconditional apology over his remarks on Savarkar. He does not seem to have studied India’s history of the Independence movement,” Fadnavis said.

Mayawati: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Sunday accused the Congress of duplicity by upholding its alliance with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra despite the former supporting the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Parliament. In a series of tweets, Mayawati said, “The Shiv Sena remains committed to its basic agenda, and that is why it supported the Centre on the Citizenship Amendment Bill. And now it is not ready to tolerate the Congress’ stand even on Savarkar.”

Trump Jr: Donald Trump Jr, the oldest son of the US president, has said that he would like to see the United States maintain its global leadership and work with “incredible allies” like India to make the world a safer place. Trump Jr also promised that his father’s re-election campaign in 2020 will be as entertaining as Bollywood films but, “with a lot less dancing”.

Nepal: A bus carrying pilgrims drove off a highway and crashed in Nepal on Sunday, killing 14 people and injuring 18, police said. The pilgrims were returning home after visiting the famed Hindu Kalinchowk Bhagwati temple when the bus veered off the highway about 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of the capital, Kathmandu, police official Prajwal Maharjan said.

Pakistan: PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday accused the government of disregarding the people of Balochistan in charting out the route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and keeping them deprived of their share of benefits from the project.

North Korea: North Korea said Saturday that it successfully performed another “crucial test” at its long-range rocket launch site that will further strengthen its nuclear deterrent. The test possibly involved technologies to improve intercontinental ballistic missiles that could potentially reach the continental United States. The announcement comes as North Korea continues to pressure the Trump administration for major concessions as it approaches an end-of-year deadline set by leader Kim Jong Un to salvage faltering nuclear negotiations.

Sudan: A Sudanese court on Saturday convicted former president Omar al-Bashir on charges of corruption and illicit possession of foreign currency and sentenced him to two years of detention in a reform facility. The presiding judge said Bashir, 75, who was ousted in April following months of street protests against his three-decade rule, was being sent to the reform facility, rather than a prison, on account of his age.

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 9TH

Karnataka Assembly by-poll: The ruling BJP on Monday retained its majority in the Karnataka Assembly after it bagged 12 out of 15 seats in the byelections. The Congress, which won 12 of these 15 seats in the 2018 Assembly polls, has won only two seats (Hunsur and Shivajinagar). One seat (Hosakote) was won by an Independent candidate.

Cheap Call: Airtel and Vodafone-Idea introduced their new prepaid plans, calls made within their networks would remain unlimited, both Airtel and Vodafone-Idea had added a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) on calls to other networks or ‘off-net’ calls. Now they have removed the FUP on off-net calls, and once again made their packs unlimited, given the daily data benefits and unlimited calls.

Myanmar: The Gambia, which is a Muslim Country, went to the ICJ in November 2019, accusing Myanmar of genocide. The Gambia is backed by the 57-member Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The case, ‘Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar)’, seeking the “indication of provisional measures”, will be heard by 16 United Nations judges at the ICJ for three days from Tuesday (December 10) to Thursday (December 12).

Miss Universe: Miss South Africa 2019 Zozibini Tunzi won Miss Universe 2019 held at Atlanta, Georgia on December 8, 2019. Twenty six-year-old Tunzi won the 68th edition of the prestigious pageant after excelling through the swimsuit and evening gown round, and impressed judges with her answers on questions regarding social issues and one final chance to explain why she was the right choice.

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday tabled the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019, in Lok Sabha that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there. Shah said that the Narendra Modi government was committed to protect the customs and culture of the people of the region and informed that Manipur will be brought under Inner Line Permit regime.

Ayodhya Review Petition: The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha on Monday filed a review petition against the November 9 judgment of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya case challenging the allotment of 5 acres of alternate site to the Muslims. In the petition filed through advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, it claimed that the Muslim parties had never made a prayer for alternate site and hence the Supreme Court could not have gone beyond the prayers and awarded alternate land to Muslims.

New Zealand: At least one person was killed, several injured and others reported missing in New Zealand after a volcano erupted off the east coast of its North Island on Monday. Twenty-three people, some of them believed to be tourists from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, were rescued from White Island, where the volcano erupted at about 2:11 p.m. The White Island is about 50 km (30 miles) from the east coast of North Island and huge plumes were visible from the mainland. Vulcanologists said the ash plume shot 12,000 feet into the air.

Global Arms sale: Arms sales rose by nearly five percent worldwide in 2018 in a market dominated by the United States, according to a new report published Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The turnover of the 100 biggest arms manufacturers came to $420 billion, thanks in large part to the US market, said the report.

Top Rank [Arms Saller] as per The SIPRI Arms Industry Database 2019

1 Lockheed Martin Corp. United States 
2 Boeing United States 
3 Northrop Grumman Corp. United States 
4 Raytheon United States 
6 General Dynamics Corp. United States 
5 BAE Systems United Kingdom 
7 Airbus Group f Trans-European 
S BAE Systems Inc. (BAE Systems UK) United States 
9 Leonardo Italy 
10 Almaz-Antey Russia 

UP Fast Track Court: The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Monday cleared a proposal to set up 218 new fast-track courts. Of the total 218 courts, 144 will hear cases of rape, while 74 will examine cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, State Law Minister Brajesh Pathak told reporters.


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Human Development Index: India climbed one spot to 129 among 189 countries in the 2019 human development index, according to a report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Pakistan: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday, while disposing of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz’s petition seeking removal of her name from the Exit Control List (ECL), directed the federal government’s review committee to decide on the matter within seven days. In her petition, Maryam has argued that her name was placed on the ECL without notice and providing her with an opportunity of hearing through a memorandum dated August 20, 2018. Maryam is currently free on bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 7TH

Unnao Rape Victim: The rape victim from Unnao, airlifted to Delhi and admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi after she was set on fire allegedly by five persons, died on Friday night, hospital sources said. The rape survivor suffered 90 per cent burns after five men, including two of the rape accused, allegedly set her on fire while she was on her way to court. All the five men involved in Thursday morning’s attack were arrested within hours and the victim airlifted to Delhi.

Ajit  Pawar: Maharashtra’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) office in Amravati has filed an affidavit before the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court, exonerating former state Deputy Chief Minister and Water Resource Minister Ajit Pawar of any wrongdoing in the irrigation projects under its jurisdiction.

Pakistan: National Accountability Bureau(NAB) Chairman Javed Iqbal on Tuesday, while addressing an event in Islamabad, said that while multiple people were sharing a single hospital bed in the country, there were others who were going abroad — “London or US” for treatment “if they get a cold”.

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 6TH

Disa Rape and Murder Case: The four accused in the rape and murder of a Hyderabad veterinarian were shot dead by the Telangana Police under the Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar on Friday. The accused, arrested on November 29, were remanded to judicial custody and lodged in high-security cells at Cherlapally Central Prison. They were charged under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 375 (rape) and 362 (abduction).  Post midnight on Friday morning, the Telangana Police took the four accused to Chattapally, around 30 kilometres from Hyderabad, where the veterinarian’s body was set ablaze and dumped on November 27 for the reconstruction of the Crime Scene. The four accused, Mohammed Arif (26), Jollu Shiva (20), Jollu Naveen (20) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20), had been taken to the scene of the crime at 3 am for a reconstruction, the police said. They were at the spot near a bridge where the charred body of the woman was found, around 50 km from Hyderabad, when, the police claim, one of the men signalled to the others, possibly to escape. The police claim they fired in self-defence after two of the men attacked them, snatched their weapons and fired.

Telangana High: The Telangana High Court on Friday directed the state government to preserve the bodies of four accused in the rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian till 8:00 PM on December 9, news agency PTI reported. The High Court gave the order on a representation received in the office of the Chief Justice, requesting judicial intervention into the incident, alleging it was an extrajudicial killing.

Bihar Chief Minister: Blaming porn sites for the rising incidence of sexual crimes against women, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday urged the Centre to ban all such internet platforms which proffered voyeuristic pleasure through video clips of rapes purportedly filmed by the perpetrators themselves.

Ajit Pawar: In an affidavit filed before the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court just a day before the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government was sworn in on November 28, Maharashtra’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) exonerated former Water Resources Development Minister Ajit Pawar of the allegations he had been facing for the multi-crore of Vidarbha irrigation scam that rocked the state about a decade ago.

Disa Rape and Murder Case: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor felt extra judicial killings were not acceptable. ‘Agree in principle. We need to know more, for instance if the criminals were armed, the police may have been justified in opening fire pre-emptively. Until details emerge we should not rush to condemn. But extra-judicial killings are otherwise unacceptable in a society of laws,’ Dr Tharoor tweeted.

Citizenship  Bill: A copy of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, or CAB, was distributed among members of Parliament on Friday morning for them to study it. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, seeks to give Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from the three neighbouring countries if they entered India from the three nearby countries on or before December 31, 2014.

President Ram Nath Kovind: The president of India said on Friday that there should be no provision of mercy pleas for rapists of children and that a lot needs to be done to ensure the safety of women, amid outrage over the growing number of rape and murder in the country. The President also said “demonic” attacks on women have shaken India’s conscience while addressing a national convention on ‘Empowerment of Women for Social Transformation’ at the headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris in Rajasthan. “Rape convicts under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act should not be allowed mercy petition,” President Kovind said in Mount Abu.

Nithyananda: The government has cancelled passport of controversial self-styled godman Nithyananda and rejected his application for fresh one, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Friday. “We have cancelled his passport and rejected his application for new one. We have sensitised all our missions and posts that this man is wanted in several cases of crime. We have asked our missions to sensitise the local government,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.


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OPEC: Oil producers led by Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed on Thursday to cut output by an extra 500,000 barrels a day in the first quarter of 2020 but stopped short of pledging action beyond March. The countries involved pump over 40% of the world’s oil, and their new combined cuts amount to 1.7 million bpd or 1.7% of global production.

E-commerce: The government has made it mandatory for e-commerce companies like Amazon and Flipkart to submit FDI policy compliance report by statutory auditor by September 30 every year, a move aimed at ensuring that they follow all the norms properly.

Finance Commission: The Finance Commission on Friday submitted its report for the financial year 2020-21 to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The panel, headed by N K Singh, on Thursday submitted its report to the President.

SEBI: Markets regulator Sebi on Friday said it will entertain only those complaints, where an investor discloses his identity and provides supporting documents to substantiate an allegation.

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 3RD

Catholic Church: Sister Lucy against who was dismissed from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) for protesting against rape-accused Bishop from Jalandhar has written an autobiography. In her book, Sister Lucy has made several allegations against priests. In the book, Sister Lucy has mentioned that priests tried to sexually abuse her four times. She also mentions that her superiors have been involved in violating child rights and human rights. According to the book, priests tried to molest Sister Lucy when they were visiting the sisters’ convent. 

IT notice: The Income Tax Department has issued a notice to the Congress seeking an explanation over the party allegedly receiving funds to the tune of Rs 170 crore from a Hyderabad-based firm as part of its tax evasion probe in a Rs 3,300-crore hawala racket case, officials said on Tuesday.

Vikram: NASA’s Moon-orbiting spacecraft has found the debris of Chandrayaan 2’s lander Vikram on the surface of the Moon, the United States space agency confirmed on Tuesday, nearly three months after India’s ambitious mission made a hard landing near the uncharted lunar south pole.

Indo-Australia Dialogue: India and Australia are set to hold their third combined dialogue of the defence and foreign secretaries on December 9, with the Indo-Pacific and preparations for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit next year expected to top the agenda.

Direct Tax: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has said that there has been a 20% increase in processing of refund returns with the Centralized Processing Center (CPC) of the Income Tax Department at the forefront of the strategy to ensure highest priority to issue of refunds in an automated manner. “The CPC processed 2.10 crore refund returns for current AY2019-20 as on November 28, 2019, compared to 1.75 crore AY2018-19 refund returns for the same period in FY2018-19, , an increase of 20%, ” it said in a statement.

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana: The Director Generals of Police (DGPs) of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have issued directions to all police stations in their respective states to register an FIR irrespective of jurisdiction when a person lodges a complaint. The development comes in the backdrop of the horrific rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad.

Rajeev Dhawan: Advocate Rajeev Dhawan who represented the Sunni Waqf Board and other Muslim parties in the Ayodhya title dispute case on Tuesday claimed that he was sacked from the case.”Just been sacked from the Babri case by AOR Ejaz Maqbool who was representing the Jamiat. Have sent formal letter accepting the ‘sacking’ without demur. No longer involved in the review or the case,” Dhawan wrote in a Facebook post.

Catholic Church: Sister Lucy against who was dismissed from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) for protesting against rape-accused Bishop from Jalandhar has written an autobiography. In her book, Sister Lucy has made several allegations against priests. In the book, Sister Lucy has mentioned that priests tried to sexually abuse her four times. She also mentions that her superiors have been involved in violating child rights and human rights. According to the book, priests tried to molest Sister Lucy when they were visiting the sisters’ convent.

Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial law allowing independent journalists and bloggers to be labelled as “foreign agents”, a move that critics say will violate media freedom. Russian legislation passed in 2012 already gave authorities the power to brand media organisations and NGOs as foreign agents, a term that has Soviet-era overtones. The new law, which now extends to individuals, will come into effect immediately, according to a document published on the Russian government website.

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RBI: Depositors in failed and liquidated banks will get only up to Rs 1 lakh as insurance cover, regardless of the amount in their accounts, according to the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India.