‘Interference in judicial appointments does not augur well for the institution,’ says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Monday said interference in judicial appointments and transfers “does not augur well” for the institution. A bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi made the remarks after the Gujarat High Court Advocate Association filed a petition and sought directions to the Centre to implement the Supreme Court Collegium’s recommendations on the transfer of Bombay High Court Justice Akil Kureshi.

Narendra Modi arrives in New York, will address UN climate summit tonight

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New York on Monday to take part in the United Nations Climate Action Summit and a leaders’ dialogue on “Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives”. He is likely to address the UN meeting around 7.30 pm Indian Standard Time.

West Bengal: ‘Shame on BJP for creating panic over NRC,’ says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of creating panic in the state over the National Register of Citizens, and claimed it has led to the death of six people in the state.

Supreme Court to hear plea of disqualified Karnataka MLAs’ to contest bye-polls on Wednesday

The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear the petitions filed by disqualified Karnataka legislators challenging former Speaker Ramesh Kumar’s decision to remove them from the Assembly on Wednesday. The MLAs sought to contest the bye-elections for 15 seats in Karnataka, which will be held on October 21.

Home Minister Amit Shah proposes multipurpose card for all utilities

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said there was potential for the idea of having a single card for all utilities such as Aadhaar, passport, driving licence and bank accounts. Shah pitched the concept in an address to census workers at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of a new building of the Registrar General of India in New Delhi. The Census 2021 data will cost Rs 12,000 crore, the highest amount ever, he said.

P Chidambaram says he will remain brave after Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh visit him in Tihar Jail

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday met party veteran P Chidambaram at New Delhi’s Tihar Jail, reported PTI. Chidambaram is in judicial custody till at least October 3 in connection with money laundering cases related to INX Media.

‘Balakot reactivated by Pakistan, around 500 terrorists waiting to enter India,’ says Bipin Rawat

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday said the terrorist camp in Balakot, where the Indian Air Force had undertaken a “surgical strike”, has been reactivated by Pakistan, PTI reported. Rawat claimed that around 500 infiltrators were waiting to enter India.

“Balakot has been reactivated by Pakistan very recently,” Rawat said at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai. “That shows that Balakot has been affected. It had been damaged and destroyed. And that is why people have got away from there and now it has been reactivated.”

Sensex continues surge since corporate tax rate cuts, crosses 39,000 mark

Indian share markets continued to surge on Monday for the second straight session since Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a reduction in corporate tax rates for domestic companies in a bid to boost economic growth. Both the BSE Sensex and National Stock Exchange Nifty 50 were over 3.2% higher.

Four new Supreme Court judges take oath

The four new judges of Supreme Court on Monday took oath of office, taking the total strength of judges in the top court to 34. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi administered the oath of office and secrecy to Justices Krishna Murari, S Ravindra Bhat, V Ramasubramanian and Hrishikesh Roy.

Bengaluru: NLSIU students boycott exams over delay in appointing vice chancellor

The students of National Law School of India University have decided to boycott the semester examinations that are scheduled to begin on Monday over the delay in appointing the next vice chancellor of the premier law school in Bengaluru, The Indian Express reported. This is reportedly the first time in the history of the university that students are boycotting classes and exams.

Houston: Anti-Modi protestors stage demonstrations against ‘near-fascist politics’ of BJP government

Volunteers of Alliance for Justice and Accountability – an umbrella coalition of different organisations that promote pluralism, tolerance, social justice and respect for human rights – on Sunday staged protests in Houston, Texas against the Narendra Modi regime as the prime minister addressed the Indian diaspora in United States.

Jharkhand: Man dies, two injured after mob attack on suspicion of cow slaughter

One man was killed by a mob in Jharkhand’s Khunti district on Sunday after villagers saw him and his two companions allegedly carving out meat from an animal carcass, The Indian Express reported. The two other men were taken to hospital with injuries.

After corporate tax rate cuts, Nirmala Sitharaman says no plan to revise fiscal deficit target yet

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said the government did not plan to revise the fiscal deficit target yet for the ongoing financial year. In her Budget speech in July, she had said the government would aim to contain fiscal deficit within 3.3% of the Gross Domestic Product in 2019-’20. Fiscal deficit is the difference between a government’s borrowings and revenue.

Voting for bye-election to Dantewada Assembly constituency begins amid tight security

Voting for the bye-election to the Dantewada Assembly constituency in Chhattisgarh began on Monday morning amid tight security. The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded the wife of the MLA whose death necessitated the bye-poll.

In Houston, PM says removal of Article 370 gives more rights to people in J&K

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian diaspora in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, defending his government’s recent decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and attacking Pakistan for its reaction to the move. He asked the huge audience at the NRG Stadium to give a standing ovation to the Indian parliamentarians who approved the decision in August.

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