Plea in SC seeks early hearing of Tablighi Jamaat fake news case \
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Plea in SC seeks early hearing of Tablighi Jamaat fake news case

24-Jan-2022
New Delhi [India], January 24 (ANI): Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, a Muslim body, on Monday filed a plea in the Supreme Court urging it to urgently hear its petition seeking action against media reports indulging in communal branding of COVID-19 pandemic in the light of 2020 Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin area.
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Xi to chair virtual summit with heads of Central Asian countries to commemorate 30 years of diplomatic relations \
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Xi to chair virtual summit with heads of Central Asian countries to commemorate 30 years of diplomatic relations

24-Jan-2022
Beijing [China], January 24 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping will chair a virtual summit on Tuesday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the five Central Asian countries, said the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Muslim body moves SC seeks hearing of 2020 PIL on fake news regarding Tablighi congregation \
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Muslim body moves SC seeks hearing of 2020 PIL on fake news regarding Tablighi congregation

24-Jan-2022
New Delhi Jan 24 PTI A Muslim organisation Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking a final hearing of its 2020 PIL which had sought a direction to the Centre to stop the dissemination of fake news and strict action against a section of media for allegedly spreading communal hatred by portraying Tablighi Jamaat congregation as a reason for the spread of COVID-19 Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind on whose plea the apex court has issued notices to the Centre and others including the Press Council of India in May 2020 has sought an urgent hearing of its plea in the backdrop of upcoming assembly polls in five states It is submitted that the present matter has assumed particular importance because elections to the Legislative Assemblies of five states are being conducted presently The dissemination of hate speech during electoral campaigns poses a grave threat to the peace and harmony in the country The ApplicantsPetitioners humbly submit that this court needs to give specific directions to control the dissemination of fake news and hate speeches and the matter needs to be heard urgently said the plea which was filed through lawyer Ejaz Maqbool The dissemination of fake news and hate speech poses a grave danger to the lives and liberties of a large section of citizens it said adding that the PIL was last listed for hearing on September 02 last year and since then it has not come up for hearing The date on the case status on the website keeps changing constantly The present status for the listing of the matter as per the website of this court is February 9 it said The PIL had sought direction to the Central Government to stop the dissemination of fake news and take strict action against the sections of the media spreading bigotry and communal hatred concerning the Nizamuddin Markaz issue It had also sought direction to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to identify and take strict action against sections of the media that were communalising the Nizamuddin Markaz issue Issue a writ in the nature of mandamus or any other writ order or direction holding the Cable Television Network Amendment Rules 2021 amending the Cable Television Network Rules 1994 as unconstitutional and thereby struck down it said On September 2 this year a bench headed by CJI N V Ramana had said that a section of media gives communal colour to news bringing a bad name to the country Prior to this it while issuing the notice on the PIL had directed that the News Broadcasters Association NBA be also made a party to the plea As per the media reports at least 9000 people had participated in the religious gathering at Tablighi Jamaats headquarters in Nizamuddin West in 2020 and the congregation became a key source for the spread of COVID-19 in India as many of the participants had traveled to various parts of the country for missionary works PTI SJK SJK RKS RKS
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Cant immediately respond to marital rape issue cant be looked from microscopic angleUoI to HC \
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Cant immediately respond to marital rape issue cant be looked from microscopic angleUoI to HC

24-Jan-2022
New Delhi Jan 24 PTI The issue of criminalisation of marital rape involves family issues as well as the dignity of a woman and cannot be looked at from a microscopic angle the Centre on Monday told the Delhi High Court as it said that it was not possible for it to immediately respond with its standSolicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Centre stated that he would be doing an injustice to the citizens if the governments case is put in a half-hearted way and urged the court to allow a reasonable time to place their position after consultation with the stakeholders especially when there is no imminent threat to anyone in the meantimeYour lordships are not just deciding the statutory or constitutional validity of a provision It may not be looked at from that microscopic angle Here the dignity of a woman is at stake There are family issues There would be several considerations which would weigh with the government to take a position to assist your lordship he told the courtIt would not be possible for Centre to respond immediately particularly when there is no imminent threat that something is going to happen to someone I would reiterate my request that we would need a reasonable he statedMaintaining that the Centre has to be very conscious the solicitor general asserted that in view of the petitioners submissions and a similar stand taken by the amicus curiae appointed by the court it would not be appropriate for the central government to not tell the court to have a wider view of the matterI dont feel it would be appropriate for the central government either not to tell your lordships to have a wider view of the matter by inviting other stakeholders orwe will have to consider it in a holistic manner he submittedJustice Rajiv Shakdher who is heading the bench dealing with the petitions challenging the marital law exception in rape law said that the matter cannot be kept hanging and the court would like to conclude the hearingsIm not saying no Let her amicus finish Ill give you another week- ten days but beyond that it becomes difficult for me to say we will hear we will hear Come back to me in 10 days the judge saidFor some people and here there is a live case of one of the petitioners every day matters for a simple reason that some say this abuse is happening maybe not reported but this is happening Now it cant be our answer that listens it has been there for 100 years now what is the urgency Now that weve started wed like to conclude said Justice Shakdher who added that given the importance of the issue whoever is aggrieved party would carry it to the next courtThe solicitor general said that lives were at stake and reiterated that time was needed to place the Centres formulated stand before the court after consultation The bench also comprising Justice C Hari Shankar is hearing PILs filed by NGOs RIT Foundation All India Democratic Womens Association a man and a woman seeking striking down of the exception granted to husbands under the Indian rape lawThe Centre on January 13 had told the high court that it was considering a constructive approach to the issue and has sought suggestions from several stakeholders and authorities on comprehensive amendments to the criminal lawCentral government standing counsel Monika Arora had told the bench that the Centre was undertaking a comprehensive task of amending the criminal law which includes section 375 rape of the IPCOn January 17 the court had asked the Centre to clarify its in-principle position on the issue of criminalising marital rape after the government sought time to formulate and place its considered standThe central government in its earlier affidavit filed in the case has said thatmaritalrapecannot be made a criminal offence as it could become a phenomenon that may destabilise the institution of marriage and an easy tool for harassing the husbandsThe Delhi government has told the court thatmaritalrapewas already covered as a crime of cruelty under the IPC The petitioners have challenged the constitutionality of themaritalrapeexception under section 375 IPC rape on the ground that it discriminated against married women who are sexually assaulted by their husbands The hearing in the case will continue on January 25PT ADS RKS RKS
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Some Karnataka party MLAs Ministers in touch with Cong leaders claims senior BJP legislator \
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Some Karnataka party MLAs Ministers in touch with Cong leaders claims senior BJP legislator

24-Jan-2022
Bengaluru Jan 24 PTI Pushing for a cabinet rejig soon senior Karnataka BJP legislator Basanagouda Patil Yatnal on Monday claimed that some MLAs and Ministers especially those who joined the saffron party from other parties are in touch with the Congress leadership and will jump ship once the 2023 assembly poll schedule is announced Meanwhile giving credence to these claims Congress leaders D K Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah said several leaders from the BJP and JDS were in touch with them and that they would not divulge details several people have booked tickets to go to D K Shivakumars house Siddaramaiahs house if you continue with them as Ministers where will the BJP survive For BJP to survive cabinet reshuffle has to take place at the earliest good and effective people should be inducted Yatnal said Speaking to reporters here he said the government has to function effectively to give a befitting reply to the Congress in the days to come BJP Central leadership is aware as to which MLA will quit and who will remain Prime Minister is also aware and they will take a suitable decisionIm not saying all those who have joined BJP from other parties are not loyal but few are there once the election commission announces dates for polls by the same afternoon they will resign from BJP and as Ministers and walk out he added Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah and state Congress President D K Shivakumar not willing to divulge details too claimed that several leaders from BJP and JDS were in touch with them It is true that they are in contact with us but I wont reveal namesit is true that people from both BJP and JDS are in touchhow many who all wont reveal Siddaramaiah said in response to a question Stating that in politics such things cannot be discussed openly Shivakumar reacting to Yatnals claims said they BJP leaders know what is happening within their party Neither me nor Siddaramaiah will be able to disclose the names of those who are talking to usask Ministers who are talking to us instead of me why should we disclose This is politics it is our duty to maintain secrecy Of late several BJP legislators have even been advocating Gujarat-like overhaul of the Karnataka Cabinet soon to make way for new faces and have noted that if it is done in March it will be too late for ministers to make any mark even in their own constituencies These developments have come amid talks in party circles that the expansion or reshuffle of the cabinet is likely only after the Assembly elections in five states With pressure mounting on him to expand or rejig his cabinet Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai today indicated that he is waiting for the BJP leaderships consent on going ahead with the exercise and was also trying to bring it to their notice Yatnal who on Thursday had held a closed-door discussion with another senior legislator M P Renukacharya today held a similar meeting with party MLAs Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli He however called it a casual meeting for lunch at Jarkiholis place and not intended at putting any pressure on the party to be inducted into the Ministry PTI KSU BN BN
24-Jan-2022 National
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Senas Hindutva only on paper BJP workers faced bullets lathis during Ram temple stir Fadnavis \
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Senas Hindutva only on paper BJP workers faced bullets lathis during Ram temple stir Fadnavis

24-Jan-2022
Mumbai Jan 24 PTI Hitting back at the Shiv Sena Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said the Uddhav Thackeray-led outfits Hindutva is merely on paper and finds mention just in speeches while it was his party men who faced bullets and lathis during the Ram Janmabhoomi movementThe Leader of Opposition in the state assembly said the Shiv Sena heading the three-party MVA government in Maharashtra could not even rename some cities in the state marking an escalation of war of words between the former saffron allies ahead of crucial elections to a clutch of civic bodies including the all-important Mumbai municipal corporationLeading the attack on Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray who on Sunday said the BJPs opportunistic Hindutva is only for power and regretted his past alliance with the national party Fadnavis said under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi a Ram temple is being built in AyodhyaModi also developed the Kashi Vishwanath temple corridor the former CM addedFadnavis said on the other hand the Sena could not even rename Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar and Osmanabad as Dharashiv but Allahabad was rechristened Prayagraj under the BJP government in Uttar PradeshThe Shiv Sena has time and again referred to Aurangabad a city in central Maharashtra built by Mughal ruler Aurangzeb as Sambhajinagar after second Maratha king Chhatrapati Sambhaji the son of Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Osmanabad as DharashivWho all from the Sena participated in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement We are the ones who took bullets and lathis in the movement Your Shiv Sena Hindutva is merely on paper the BJP leader said in a blistering attack on the former allyModi ensured that a Ram temple was built in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh but the Sena could not solve the Durgadi temple issue in Kalyan town of Maharashtra What is your Hindutva beyond speeches You need to live Hindutva It is not restricted to speeches the former chief minister said Fadnavis also said even before the Shiv Sena was born in 1966 there was Bharatiya Jana Sangh the erstwhile avatar of the BJP which had corporators in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and MLAs in the state In 1984 Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi contested the Lok Sabha poll on BJPs ticket he pointed outOn Sunday Uddhav Thackeray had said The BJP doesnt mean Hindutva I stand by my comment that the Shiv Sena had wasted 25 years in alliance with the BJP To this Fadnavis claimed that when the Sena was with the BJP it became the number one party but after quitting the saffron alliance the Uddhav Thackeray-led party has now slipped to the fourth position He was referring to the recent local body polls where the Sena bagged fourth position So with whom did the Sena waste its yearsFadnavis wonderedIn Pune state BJP president Chandrakant Patil said Thackerays attack on the BJP stems from the Senas disappointment from its showing in the recently held local body polls where it was relegated to the fourth positionThe BJP and the NCP have claimed the number one spotThackerays speech yesterday was similar to the previous Dussehra speech The same thing happened in the case of Uddhav Thackeray When a man understands his mistake but cannot accept it he sighs in frustration and calls another a mistake The Shiv Sena came fourth in the Nagar Panchayat elections Patil saidThe former state minister said in 41 nagar panchyats the Sena could not even open an accountTaking a dig at his former ally Patil said the Sena has to keep reminding people that it has not left the path of HindutvaThe budgetary allocation for Maulana Azad Minorities Financial Development Corporation Ltd has been increased but same cannot be done to Annasaheb Patil Arthik Magas Vikas Mahamandal Ltd Patil saidThe Sena fell out with the BJP after the 2019 Maharashtra polls and tied up with the NCP and the Congress to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi MVA government in the stateThe Maharashtra BJP tweeted a photo of a sports complex named after Tipu SultanWe left the BJP not Hindutva- CM OfficeofUT ji So who have you named a park in Mumbai in the name of Tipu Sultan who massacred thousands of Hindus and destroyed Hindu temples Has ShivSena started liking Tipu Sultan The Maharashtra BJP tweetedBacking Thackeray NCP minister Nawab Malik earlier in the day said everyone should be proud of the religion they profess but it is wrong to spread hatred in its name and the Shiv Sena chief has given the same messageEveryone should be proud of their religion but it is harmful if there is hatred against others The Shiv Sena is trying to say the same thing that one must be proud of their religion and propagate it but it is wrong to spread hatred against others We think Uddhav Thackeray ji has said the same thing Malik said PTI PR GK RSY RSY
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Maha CZA asks Aurangabad zoo to put tiger mating on hold to avoid inbreeding \
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Maha CZA asks Aurangabad zoo to put tiger mating on hold to avoid inbreeding

24-Jan-2022
Aurangabad Jan 24 PTI The Central Zoo Authority has asked the civic-run Siddharth Zoo in Aurangabad in Maharashtra to ensure there is no inbreeding of tigers and has directed that mating of the big cats be put on hold an official said on Monday The 14 tigers including five cubs currently in the zoo run by Aurangabad Municipal Corporation are born in the facility itself and hence the letter from CZA the official explained Since the tigers are born here they are related to each other in some way So the CZA asked us to avoid inbreeding We have put on hold mating for a year now We plan to seek tigers from other places for mating purposes Deputy Commissioner Saurabh Joshi told PTI The five cubs currently in the zoo were born on Christmas in 2020 PTI AW BNM BNM BNM
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Telangana CM demands PM Modi to drop proposed amendments to IAS cadre rules \
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Telangana CM demands PM Modi to drop proposed amendments to IAS cadre rules

24-Jan-2022
New Delhi [India], January 24 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday expressed strong protest to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the proposed amendments to the All India Services (Cadre) Rules and said that the move is against the federal polity of our Constitution.
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Centres proposed amendments to AIS Rules hurt cooperative federalism-Telangana CM \
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Centres proposed amendments to AIS Rules hurt cooperative federalism-Telangana CM

24-Jan-2022
Hyderabad Jan 24 PTI Joining the chorus of dissent Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday shot off a letter to the Centre expressing strong protest against the proposed amendments to the All India Services Cadre Rules 1954 The proposal is clearly a move to exercise indirect control by the central government on officers working in the states and would also render state governments as helpless entities in matters of the AIS officers Rao alleged in his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi On the face of it the proposed amendments militate against the federal structure of our Constitution both in letter and spirit Further the proposed amendments will also seriously erode the All India Service character of the IAS IPS and IFS Telangana government therefore strongly opposes the proposed amendments he said The move amounts to interfering in the functioning of the state governments targeted harassment of officers and their demoralization besides impacting accountability of officials to the states he further opined The proposal is a dangerous move which is against the constitutional framework and spirit of cooperative federalism and if the proposed amendments are implemented by the Centre the state governments would be reduced to insignificant entities Rao said The proposed amendment to the All India Services Cadre Rules 1954 is nothing but amending the Constitution of India relating to the Centre state relations Instead of such a backdoor method of amending the AIS rules the Centre should muster courage to amend the provisions by the Parliament Rao said The present provisions of AIS Cadre Rules are adequate to ensure harmonious and balanced deployment of officers Therefore I demand government of India to cease and desist from the proposed amendments in the interest of administrative fairness and federal policy of our Constitution he said Referring to the Article 368 2 Rao said the Centres proposal will be violating the spirit of the Constitution which is highly objectionable Alleging that the proposal shows scant regard to the administrative exigencies and requirements of the states the CM said the proposed amendments threaten the spirit of mutual adjustment and accommodation between states and the Centre in the matters of shared All India Services and will further strain the Centre state relationship PTI GDK BN BN
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Delhi court frames sedition charge against Sharjeel Imam denies him bail \
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Delhi court frames sedition charge against Sharjeel Imam denies him bail

24-Jan-2022
New Delhi Jan 24 PTI A Delhi court on Monday framed charges under sedition against JNU student Sharjeel Imam and denied him bail in a case related to alleged inflammatory speeches made by him during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act CAA and National Register of Citizens NRC in 2019 Accused is directed to be charged for the offences under sections 124A sedition 153A promoting enmity on grounds of religion 153B assertions prejudicial to national integration 505 statements conducing to public mischief of Indian Penal Code and section 13 punishment for unlawful activities of UAPA Vide separate order the application filed by Sharjeel Imam for grant of regular bail is dismissed Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat orderedAs per the prosecution Imam had allegedly made speeches at Jamia Millia Islamia on December 13 2019 and at Aligarh Muslim University on December 16 2019 where he threatened to cut offAssam and the rest of the Northeast from India Imam while seeking bail said that his speeches do not fall within the meaning of Sedition Where is the call of violence How does Sedition come into play The context is to block the roads How is this seditious He called for a greater federal structure That was the intent his lawyer had argued before the courtWhereas the prosecution claimed that his speeches incited hatred contempt and disaffection towards the Central Government and instigated the people which led to the violence in December 2019 In the garb of CAA he Imam exhorted people of a particular community to block highways leading to major cities and resort to chakka jaam Also in the name of opposing CAA he openly threatened to cut off Assam and other Northeastern states from the rest of the country the Delhi Polices charge sheet stated Imam is in judicial custody since January 2020 He is also one of the accused in the Delhi riots conspiracy case In his defense Imam had earlier told the court that he is not a terrorist and his prosecution is a whip of a monarch rather than a government established by law Whereas the prosecution claimed that violent riots took place pursuant to Imams speechDelhi Police had filed a charge sheet against Imam in the case in which it alleged that he allegedly gave speeches inciting hatred contempt and disaffection towards the Central Government and instigated the people which led to the violence in December 2019 PTI AAK RKS RKS
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