Typhoon Neoguri


A powerful typhoon is approaching southwestern Japan. The government is calling on municipalities to take measures to prepare.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the large and very strong typhoon Neoguri has winds up to 180 kilometers per hour. The agency says the typhoon will become stronger as it moves north and may come close to Okinawa Prefecture tomorrow.

The agency says it may issue special warnings for the prefecture.  Powerful Typhoon Neoguri is approaching Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa. Weather officials have issued an emergency warning urging people in the region to be on the highest alert.

The typhoon had a central atmospheric pressure of 930 hectopascals as of 7 PM Monday, Japan Time.

Wind speed was 180 kilometers per hour near the center and more than 90 kilometers per hour within a 200-kilometer radius from the center.

The storm is expected to become even more powerful as it moves northward to Okinawa.

The Meteorological Agency issued a warning for gusts and high waves in Okinawa’s Miyakojima region, saying the typhoon could cause extensive damage.

Dr. C Rangarajan: Poverty line at Rs. 32 per day in rural areas, Rs. 47 in Urban areas



A panel headed by former Economic Advisor to Prime Minister, C Rangarajan sets poverty line at Rupees 32 per day in rural areas and Rupees 47 in Urban areas. The panel has dismissed the Tendulkar Committee report on estimating poverty, which had suggested persons spending below 33 Rupees per-day mark in Urban areas to be considered poor.

As per the report submitted by Rangarajan to Minister of state, Statistics and Programme Implementation, Rao Inderjit Singh, it said the poverty stood at 38.2 per cent in 2009-10 and slided to 29.5 per cent in 2011-12.

The Rangarajan Committee was set up last year to review the Tendulkar Committee methodology for estimating poverty and clear the ambiguity over the number of poor in the country.

The Planning Commission’s estimates based on Tendulkar Committee had drawn flak in September 2011, when in an affidavit to the Supreme Court it was stated that households with per capita consumption of more than Rupees 33 in urban areas and Rupees 27 in rural areas would not be treated as poor.

Sonia: Congress is entitled to post of leader of opposition




Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said that her party is entitled to the post of Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha as it is the largest opposition party and also had a pre poll alliance with various parties. She told this to reporters outside Parliament.

When asked what action she would take if the government refuses her party’s demand, Mrs Gandhi said that her party will see the matter.

On the issue, another party leader Kamal Nath said that there is no rule prescribing requirement of 10 per cent seats for getting the post of Leader of Opposition. He criticized the BJP for giving lame excuse for denying the post to Congress.

Meanwhile BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy took a jibe on the Congress saying that why it is desperate to get the post when it has not the requisite numbers to get the post. He said, even the people of the country rejected it as a national party giving just 44 seats.

Bihar CM inaugural spree, lays foundation of 41 


Bihar CM inaugurates 184 bridges, lays foundation of 41


Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday inaugurated 184 bridges, built by Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam (BRPNN) at a cost of Rs 549 crore, and laid down the foundation of 41 others across the state with a projected cost of about Rs 145 crore.”The bridges will bring people and cultures closer and increase the speed of development. These bridges will help fulfil former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s dream that people living in remote parts of Bihar are able to reach Patna in six hours,” Manjhi said after the inauguration and laying down of foundation of bridges through remote control at the 39th foundation day function of BRPNN.The Chief Minister said Bihar had completely changed over the last eight-and-a-half years.

The plan size of the state had grown from Rs 5,000 crore in 2005 to Rs 41,000 crore in the current financial year.

This had been possible with the development of a network of roads and bridges. “This network of roads and bridges has led to the economic growth and prosperity. BRPNN has played a good role in the development of the state.

Once it was on the brink of closure, but today it shares not only 15 per cent of its profit every year, it has also contributed Rs 75 crore to the Chief Minister Relief Fund over the last few years,” Manjhi said.

Lauding the efforts and efficiency of BRPNN, which has built over 1300 bridges, whose turnover has climbed from Rs 42.62 crore in 2005-06 to Rs 1,400 crore now, the Chief Minister said other state-run corporations should emulate it for achieving a turnaround.

BRPNN Chairman Sridhar C presented him a cheque of Rs 52.5 lakh as a share of profit for 2013-14 on the occasion.

State Road Construction Minister Rajeev Ranjan alias Lallan Singh presided over the function and called for adoption of modern technology and new inventions to reduce project costs and period of construction.

National meet on Ganga cleaning


National meet on Ganga cleaning to be held today
With the aim of cleaning and rejuvenating the Ganga river, the Centre is organising a national level meet on Monday where spiritual leaders, policy makers, NGOs and environmentalists will mull over the matter.

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), the implementation arm of National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) programme of the Environment and Forest Ministry is organising the meet.”To resolve complex problems associated with River Ganga, effective inter-ministerial, center-state and inter-state coordination is required,” an NMCG release said.

Aimed at bringing all the stakeholders on a single platform, the one-day meet, named ‘Ganga Manthan’, will gather people from various walks of life and draw ideas that will give a better insight for framing a strategic long term policy for restoration of the Ganges.

Representatives of various ministries including those from Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping and Tourism, and other stakeholders would participate in the meet.

The meet would begin with a session where all stakeholders will gather together, followed by four separate parallel sessions for saints and spiritual leaders, NGOs and environmentalists, academicians and technocrats, and public representatives and administrators.

Deliberations will take place on themes such as Ganga and ‘Sanskriti’ (culture), ‘Nirmal and Aviral’ (pure and continuous) Ganga, Comprehensive & Sustainable Solutions and ‘Jan Sehbhagita’ (public participation).

A combined session, where views and ideas discussed in the parallel sessions would be shared to facilitate formulation of a long-term strategy, will conclude the meet.

NMCG is presently implementing various pollution abatement, aquatic resource conservation and institutional development projects under NGRBA in the five basin states on the main stem of the Ganges adopting basin-based holistic approach.

Opposition slams govt in Upper house on price rise


Oppn slams govt in RS on price rise
Slamming BJP government for spurt in prices of essential commodities during its 45-day rule, Opposition Congress on Monday took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for riding to power on promise of controlling inflation yet doing nothing on it.
Speaking on the issue after his demand for suspension of Question Hour to discuss price rise was accepted by the ruling party, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the one-and-half-month rule of BJP government has seen all round rise in prices of vegetables and fruits.Since coming to power, the BJP-led government has raised rail passenger fares and freight charges besides hiking petrol, diesel and LPG rates that have cascading impact on prices of other commodities, the Congress leader said. 

Azad said when in 2012 the UPA government had raised rail fares before the railway budget, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat had written to the Prime Minister opposing such adjustments prior to presentation of the Rail Budget and had demanded its rollback.

“In two years what has changed” that the BJP government raised not just passenger fares but also freight days ahead of the Railway budget, he said, pointing out that fares and freight have been raised by a steep 14-16 per cent.

BJP and Modi’s 6-month election campaign was centered around price rise and Congress and UPA leadership was criticised for being oblivious to the plight of poor, he said.

“If Congress did not know poverty and if BJP leaders had better knowledge, then why did they provide for back breaking prices rise in one-and-half-months,” he asked.

Azad demanded immediate rollback in rail fares as well as the hike in diesel, petrol and LPG rates.

He said the UPA had initiated landmark measures like the MNREGA and Food Security Bill to help poor.

“Did we not spend money on infrastructure in 10 years,” he said, pointing to new airports that came up in Delhi, Mumbai and other places as well as roads and highways, schools and universities built in various parts of the country.

Iran backs Maliki as Iraq PM



 Iran backs Maliki as Iraq PM but prepared for change
Iran said on Sunday it supports Nuri al-Maliki’s bid to stay on as Iraq’s premier, but that it is ready to back any other candidate chosen by the Iraqi parliament.
Maliki’s “State of Law coalition won first place in the last legislative elections… (and) any decision that is taken in Iraq and has the support of parliament has Iran’s backing,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.”If Mr Maliki is chosen as prime minister, we will work hard together. If another person is chosen by parliament, the Islamic Republic of Iran will also support them. It’s an internal affair for Iraq,” he said. 

The Iraqi parliament is to convene on Tuesday to elect a speaker, president and prime minister.

Maliki, a Shiite, has been prime minister since 2006 and last week vowed to “never give up on” his quest for a third term, despite critics blaming him for steering the Shiite-majority country towards all-out sectarian war.

Shiite-dominated Iran has said it is willing to provide Iraq advice and military assistance in the fight with Sunni insurgents who have now declared an Islamic caliphate.

The Islamic State (IS) militants overran large chunks of Iraqi territory last month and have declared there own caliphate.

The militant offencive, which led Iraqi troops to abandon their posts, has emboldened Kurdish leaders to press for independence of their autonomous northern region.

Shiite-dominated Iran has said it is willing to provide Iraq advice and military assistance in the fight with the Sunni insurgents.

Tehran opposes a breakup of Iraq, denouncing it as an Israeli plot.

“We will never allow (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu’s dreams about the disintegration of Iraq and the region to come true,” Amir-Abdollahian said today. He added that Iran had warned Iraq’s Kurdish leaders against separatism, saying it was “in nobody’s interest”.

Amir-Abdollahian also criticised the United States for doing “nothing concrete to fight against terrorism”.

“At best, the behaviour of the United States over the past three weeks regarding Iraq has been suspect. We see no need to cooperate or have talks with the United States about Iraq,” he said.

In addition, he said the “role of Saudi Arabia in the events of the region, including Syria and Iraq, is not positive.”

Sania enters top-5 for first time in her career


Sania enters top-5 for first time in her career
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza achieved a career-best rank of number five in the world as the new WTA doubles chart was released on Monday.
Sania, who turned a pro in 2003 and overcame a career-threatening wrist injury in between, has entered the top-five for the first time in her career.Sania and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black could not go deep in the just concluded Wimbledon championships, but a second round appearance fetched her crucial 130 ranking points, enough to push her in the top-5. 

“Its been a long hard journey since my comeback to tennis from my third surgery when my career seemed to be over.. It is a very satisfying feeling to have bounced back from those despairing times and to be ranked in the top-5 of the world today,” Sania told.

Her father and coach Imran Mirza said, “I’ve always believed Sania had the potential to be a top-5 player. I’m happy she has overcome heavy odds to justify her promise.”

In the singles rankings, Ankita gained one place to be 285 as country’s best player.

Meanwhile in the ATP rankings, Somdev Devvarman’s dropped 10 places to 135 as his poor run continued unabated.

In the doubles, Leander Paes remained unchanged at number 13 and was highest ranked player from the country. Rohan Bopanna dropped three places to sit on the edge of top-20.

Kvitova crushes Bouchard to win Wimbledon title


Quick-fire Kvitova crushes Bouchard to win Wimbledon titleU
Petra Kvitova stormed to her second Wimbledon title in the shortest women’s final since 1983 as the Czech sixth seed crushed Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday.
Kvitova, who first won Wimbledon in 2011, took just 55 minutes to end her three-year wait for a second Grand Slam crown, leaving shell-shocked world number 13 Bouchard helpless to repel a brutal barrage of 28 winners and four aces on Centre Court.Playing in her first Grand Slam final since her maiden triumph at Wimbledon, the 24-year-old Kvitova produced a brilliant display of power-hitting to secure the 12th career title. 

Fittingly, Kvitova’s breathtaking performance came in front of her childhood hero Martina Navratilova, whose 54-minute win against Andrea Jaeger 31 years ago was the last Wimbledon final to take less time than this ruthless demolition.

“I had great tactics from my coach, he always knows how I need to play,” Kvitova said. “All my team helped me a lot throughout the years to come back here and win the trophy again.

“I can’t say it’s more special but after three years to be back here with the trophy is so special.”

After struggling to cope with the fame and increased expectations that came with her first Wimbledon triumph, Kvitova has finally recaptured the thrilling form that brought her that breakthrough success.

The left-hander dropped just one set in her seven matches en route to lifting the Venus Rosewater dish for the second time and will rise to fourth in the world rankings next week.

While Kvitova celebrated, Bouchard, the youngest finalist at a major since Caroline Wozniacki in 2009, was left to lick her wounds after a chastening defeat in her first Grand Slam final.

Djokovic ends Federer record dream in  Wimbledon


Djokovic ends Federer record dream in epic Wimbledon final
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer on Sunday, shattering the Swiss star’s dream of a record eighth triumph in an epic struggle.

Victory allowed the top seeded Serb, who was also the 2011 champion and runner-up last year, to end a run of three successive defeats in Grand Slam finals, but the 27-year-old struggled to get across the finish line, surrendering a 5-2 lead in the fourth set and then a match point.Djokovic celebrated victory in typically eccentric style, kneeling on the Centre Court turf and munching on a few blades of grass just as he had done three years ago.

Defeat for 32-year-old Federer, who won the most recent of his 17 Grand Slam titles at the All England Club in 2012, ended his bid to become the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open Era and of breaking the tie of seven titles he shares with Pete Sampras.

“First of all I want to congratulate Roger it was a great match to be a part of he is a magnificent champion and a great example of a great athlete and a role model. I respect everything you have done and thanks for letting me win today,” smiled Djokovic.

“That’s why he has 17 Grand Slams because at important times he comes up with those shots. After losing the fourth set it wasn’t easy to go on and win the fifth set, I don’t know how I did it.”

Djokovic has the added bonus of reclaiming the world number one spot from Rafael Nadal.

Federer said he was surpised to have got to a deciding set.

“It was a great final. I can’t believe I made it to five, it wasn’t looking good for a while,” said Federer.

“Going into a match with Novak, you know it’s going to be tough. I can only say congratulations to him. It was an amazing match and an amazing tournament. It’s well-deserved.”

In front of a Royal Box containing Prince William and wife Catherine, the opening set was a fascinating contrast between Federer’s mix and match of serve and volley and Djokovic’s renowned baseline flair in the pair’s 35th meeting.

Two rallies featured 21 strokes apiece but neither player could fashion a break point.

In a rollercoaster of a tiebreaker, Federer saw a 3/0 lead gobbled up and then had to save two set points.

But the Swiss rallied when it mattered, taking the opener when Djokovic dumped a backhand return into the net.

The Serb took a nasty tumble on the bone-dry grassless baseline and saw two break points disappear in the first game of the second set.

But he did break in the third for 2-1 — just Federer’s second loss of serve of the tournament — before calling the trainer to treat the left ankle he hurt in the fall.

Federer had his first break point of the tie in the 10th game but Djokovic saved it and levelled the final with a brutal overhead.

Federer saved two break points in the 11th game of the third set, moving to 6-5 with a 20th ace. But it was Djokovic who was on top in the tiebreaker charging to two set points and the third set when Federer pushed a drive wide.

In a thrilling fourth set, Djokovic broke for 3-1, Federer hit back for 2-3 but the Serb regained the initiative for 4-2 and held a nervy seventh game for 5-2.

Astonishingly, back came the veteran Swiss to go to 4-5, breaking his opponent when he served for the title.

He saved a match point in the 10th game on a successful challenge to take the final into a decider.

Djokovic led 2-1 in the fifth and called the trainer for the second time for treatment to his right calf.

The man from Belgrade fought off a break point to lead 4-3 and then wasted three of his own as the rivals went to 4-4.

Djokovic held for 5-4 and from nowhere he seized the initiative, moving to two championship points and clinched the trophy when Federer netted a return.

Three judges assume charge in SC taking strength to 27 


Three judges assume charge in SC taking strength to 27
Justices Arun Mishra, Adarsh Kumar Goel and Rohington F Nariman on Monday assumed charge as Supreme Court judges, taking the apex court’s strength to 27, including Chief Justice R M Lodha.
Justices Mishra, 59, and Goel, 61, were the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court and the Orissa High Court respectively.58-year-old Justice Nariman, who was a senior advocate and in the panel recommended by the Supreme Court collegium, has been elevated as an apex court judge from the bar. 

The sanctioned strength of judges in the apex court is 31, including the CJI.

The three judges were elevated to apex court and were administered the oath of office by CJI Lodha.

Justice Mishra was part of law faculty in Jiwaji University, Gwalior from 1986 to 1996.

He was appointed as Additional Judge in the Madhya Pradesh High Court on 25th October, 1999 and was made a Permanent Judge on 24th October, 2001.

He was appointed Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court on 26th November, 2010 and was transferred to the Calcutta High Court as Chief Justice on 14th December, 2012.

He will have a tenure of about seven years in the apex court. Justice Goel was designated senior advocate by the Supreme Court in 1999 and two years later was appointed a judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

He was appointed Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court on 20th December, 2011 and was transferred to the Orissa High Court as CJ on 12th October, last year.

Justice Nariman is the fifth lawyer to be elevated as a Supreme Court judge and will have a term of about seven years.

Clash between army, ‘tribal gunmen’ leaves 65 dead in Uganda 


Clash between army,
At least 65 people have been killed in clashes between tribal gunmen and Ugandan government troops in the west of the country near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said on Sunday.
It was not immediately clear what sparked and who was behind the violence, but the region has been hit by recent communal violence between Christians and Muslims, and is also an area where an Islamist rebel group is known to operate.”So far 54 of the attackers have been put out of action, and 40 of their colleagues have been captured and are in custody, effectively bringing sanity to the region,” said a regional army spokesman, Ninsiima Rwemijuma. 

“We are still combing the area for any of the thugs that could be hiding,” he added.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga said the overall toll from the clashes on Saturday and security sweep on Sunday stood at 65 dead, with several civilians and soldiers among the casualties.

The violence occurred in the areas of Kasese and Bundibugyo, close to the Rwenzori mountains which straddle the border between Uganda and DR Congo.

“We urge the public not to panic as the situation is getting back to normal and there is enough deployment by the army and police,” he added.

The clashes came hours after the army announced it had killed a person suspected of involvement in an attack by Muslims on a church in the border region two weeks ago, during which a woman was decapitated by the attackers and her head placed on the altar.

That attack in turn prompted retaliatory attacks against Muslims by Christians, according to Ugandan media reports.

Both the army and police denied the attacks were related to any rebel group, instead blaming local tribal and communal tensions.

“There was an attack by tribal gunmen on our barracks in Bundibugyo and we repulsed them,” Uganda’s army spokesman, Paddy Ankunda, told a news agency.

“It is an ugly situation but we have brought the situation under control.”

The Kasese and Bundibugyo attacks are linked to tribal differences, not the ADF,” Ankunda said, referring to the Allied Democratic Forces, an Islamist rebel group fighting the Ugandan government and based in the DR Congo border region.

“We have captured three of the attackers and we are interrogating them. We will get to know who is behind it,” Ankunda said.

On Tuesday the UN Security Council decided to slap sanctions on the ADF, which is accused of recruiting child soldiers, sexual abuse of women and children and attacks on peacekeepers in DR Congo’s eastern Kivu region, home to myriad rebel groups.

16 dead, 5 injured in Vietnam helicopter crash


16 dead, 5 injured in Vietnam helicopter crash
Sixteen people were killed and five injured when a Vietnamese military helicopter crashed in the capital Hanoi on Monday during a training exercise, a top military official said.
“The plane was carrying 21 people and it crashed during a parachute training exercise, killing 16 and injuring five others,” Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, army deputy commander, told.The dead and injured were all military personnel, he added. 

“According to our preliminary investigation, the accident was due to technical problems. The weather was good and I can say that there was no act of sabotage,” he added.

The Russian-made Mi-171 chopper came down in the early morning in the Thach That district, a sparsely-populated rural suburb in the west of the city, a military source told on condition of anonymity.

It appeared to run into difficulties before crashing into the ground and bursting into flames, an eyewitness told.

“I heard an aircraft making a strange noise… I ran outside and the aircraft exploded, there was a huge blaze then a plume of smoke,” said one middle-aged local resident, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The aircraft was flying low, it hit the ground and exploded at the same time,” she said, adding it had looked like the helicopter was struggling to stay airborne before it crash-landed.

“It seemed like the pilot wanted to divert the plane from hitting the local market and houses, so it ran into that field,” she said, gesturing towards the cordoned-off crash site.

“I heard someone shouting for help… there was another explosion and a lot of black smoke. Local residents rushed to help,” the female local resident told.

Police and firefighters cordoned off the area, according to reporter at the scene. Scores of local gathered near the local hospital and morgue.

Some locals had joined early rescue efforts but declined comment, saying they did not want to offend local authorities.

At the local morgue, which had been blocked off by police and military officials, at least five ambulances were heading to Hanoi with military escorts carrying the remains of the victims.

Brazil BRICS summit to be Modi’s first multilateral meeting


Brazil BRICS summit to be Modi
PM Narendra Modi will be attending the two-day summit of five-nation BRICS forum in Brazil next week when it is likely to give a concrete shape to establishment of a Development Bank and pitch for reforms of the UN Security Council.

Modi’s first participation in a multilateral meeting after taking over as Prime Minister will also give him an opportunity to meet with world leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin apart from leaders of South America.

Summit host and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has invited leaders of South American nations including those from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuala and Surinam for the summit following on the footsteps of South Africa which invited African nations to the last year’s Summit in Durban.

Briefing reporters on the upcoming 6th Summit of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, Sujata Mehta, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the External Affairs Ministry, on Sunday said all matters related to the establishment of the bank were still under negotiation and a decision may be taken in Fortaleza, the north eastern coastal city of Brazil, on 15th July.

A Fortaleza declaration containing the summit outcomes is on the cards.

On 16th July, the BRICS leaders will meet in capital Brasilia where the South American heads of government and state will join them for discussions.

The Durban summit had taken a decision to establish the BRICS bank for mobilising resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in the five countries and other emerging economies and developing nations.

A Contingency Reserve Fund of USD 100 billion was decided in that summit. One of the objectives of the BRICS bank, an establishment outside the framework of Brettonwoods institutions, would be to provide export credit guarantee for member nations and some developing countries, Mehta said in reply to questions.

Mehta, who will be the prime minister’s sherpa, said in reply to a question that liquidity crunch of member nations will also be an issue under discussion on the BRICS bank.

“We will be hoping for an endorsement of the need for UN Security Council reforms. Another important issue will be the approach towards the multilateral negotiations in the UN post-2015 agenda on sustainable development and millennium goals.”

The BRICS has two permanent members of the UNSC (China and Russia) and the other three are aspirants. Matters relating to WTO are also likely to be discussed in the summit.

Dinkar Khullar, Secretary (West) in the MEA, said the prime minister will have a wonderful opportunity for interaction with the South American leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

He said Modi has shown great interest in having a dialogue with all the leaders of South America. He has also said he was more concerned about substance than on ceremonials, Khullar said in reply to question.

Discussions on the summit declaration will begin from Monday among officials to be followed by ministerial meetings on 14th July.

Replying to a question whether Modi will meet Jinping on the sidelines of the summit, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said it is normal for the prime minister to meet other leaders.

“We are working on the schedule. You can rest assured that there will be bilateral meetings with other BRICS leaders in Brazil,” he said.

Shariat court has no legal status: SC 



Shariat court has no legal status: SC
Supreme Court on Monday said  there is no locus standi of  in court of law of a fatwa being  issues  by  a Shariat court  and order against a person who is not before it, this  has no sanction of law and has no legal status.

The apex court said there is “no doubt” that such a court has no legal status while noting that in some cases, orders were being passed by them which violate human rights and punish innocent persons.A bench headed by Justice C K Prasad said that no religion, including Islam, allows punishing innocent persons and ordered that no ‘Darul Qaza’ should give verdict which affects rights of a person who is not before it. The court passed the verdict on a PIL filed by advocate Vishwa Lochan Madam questioning the constitutional validity of Shariat courts which allegedly run a parallel judicial system in the country.

All India Personal Law Board had earlier submitted that fatwa was not binding on people and it was just an opinion of a ‘mufti’ (cleric) and he has no power and authority to implement it. The counsel, appearing for the Board, had said if a fatwa was sought to be implemented against the wish of the person concerned, then he could approach the court of law against it.

The petitioner had submitted that the fundamental rights of Muslims could not be controlled and curtailed through fatwas issued by ‘qazis’ and ‘muftis’ appointed by Muslim organizations

Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day on Price rise, rail fare hike


Price rise, rail fare hike disrupts Lok Sabha proceedings

Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day. Earlier, the first day on the Budget Session of the Lok Sabha got off to a stormy note, as the House witnessed two adjournments on the issue of price rise and rail fare hike.

As soon as the House reassembled at noon after the first adjournment, Congress member Captain Amrinder Singh and party leader in the House Mallikarjun Kharge moved adjournment motion for a discussion on this issue.

TMC members also demanded discussion on the same issue. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in her ruling said that she will not allow discussion on this issue under adjournment motion.

However, members did not pay heed to the Speaker’s ruling and they continued to press for their demand. Amidst the din, the Speaker had to adjourn the House till 2 P.M


The issues of price rise and rail fare hike disrupted proceedings in Lok Sabha on the opening day of the Budget session on Monday with Opposition insisting on a discussion on the matter through adjournment motions.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected the notices for adjournment motions but said she was ready to have special discussion under Rule 193 that does not entail voting.Trouble started as soon as the Question Hour began, with members of Congress, Trinamool Congress, RJD, SP, Aam Aadmi Party and the Left trooping into the Well raising the issues of price rise and rail fare hike.

Mahajan’s repeated pleas to allow the questions to be taken up went unheeded, leading to adjournment of the House for nearly 40 minutes till noon.

When the House re-assembled, similar scenes were witnessed.

Congress Deputy Leader Amarinder Singh said his party was pushing for the motion in view of the government’s “failure” to check skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, including pulses and vegetables, hurting the common man.

“Why can’t we have a discussion on the issue like in Rajya Sabha which suspended Question Hour to take up the discussion,” Singh asked.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the government has nothing to hide and was ready for discussion on the matter under Rule 193.

The Speaker observed that she would not allow adjournment motion either on price rise or rail fare hike but was ready to have a discussion under Rule 193.

As agitating members were not satisfied, the Speaker said, “so you don’t want the Zero Hour also” and adjourned the House at around 1215 hours till 1400 hours.

Conspiracy to force CAG to drop discoms audit 



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The latest letter by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi has exposed the conspiracy hatched to prevent the frauds committed by private power distribution companies from being made public.
The ongoing CAG audit has made the discoms extremely nervous and after all their desperate attempts to stall their account books from being scrutinised have failed, they have hatched a conspiracy with active help from the BJP and the Congress to delay the audit and frustrate the CAG.
It is extremely shocking that the top CAG officials have been forced to remind the LG and the Delhi administration run by him about their duty to ensure that it is mandatory for the discoms to provide all their account books to the auditors.
The manner in which the discoms are hiding their account books and other related data with active connivance from top Delhi administration, is a clear and incriminating evidence about the attempts being made to force the CAG to drop this important audit.
Already the audit process has been delayed for more than six months and on the other hand, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), is set to announce a steep hike in the electricity tariffs anytime now.
This injustice being imposed on the people of Delhi will not be tolerated any further.
The Aam Aadmi Party is of the firm view that there is no justification to delay the CAG audit and till the time this process is going on, any decision to hike the electricity tariff is nothing short cheating the people residing in the national capital.
First the people were given false excuses by the then Shiela Dikshit’s Congress government for a decade that accounts of discoms cannot be audited since they are privately controlled and later, a further falsehood of discoms having obtained a stay from the court was floated.
The AAP government called this bluff within 48 hours of coming to office and asked the CAG to find out about the frauds committed by these discoms.
Now, it has been nearly six weeks since Narendra Modi’s BJP government is controlling Delhi administration. The silence of BJP on the CAG audit and power tariff hike is baffling.
Nobody expects the Congress which systematically allowed the discoms to raise electricity tariffs for a decade and loot the people of Delhi, to now support the CAG audit, to now support this scrutiny.
The BJP, which promised a 30% reduction in electricity tariffs needs to break its silence on the fraud being committed on the people.
The people of Delhi are eagerly awaiting the views of union power minister Mr Piyush Goyal on the social media platforms on this subject.
The AAP demands that the central government should direct the Delhi administration to warn the discoms that their attempts to scuttle the CAG audit will result in cancellation of their licences.
The AAP will lead an unprecedented protest in the national capital in case the DERC goes ahead with its plan to raise the electricity tariffs without waiting for the findings of the CAG audit. (ENDS)
AAP Media Cell

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