Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday claimed the Maharashtra government will be formed within the next five to six days. Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to discuss the agrarian crisis in the state, where President’s Rule has been imposed. The meeting comes amid a logjam in government formation in the state.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the situation in Kashmir is normal, and added that the decision on restoring internet services will be taken by the Union Territory’s administration. He also challenged Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to counter a number of “facts” he had presented about the situation in Kashmir.
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The Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government on Wednesday filed an appeal in the High Court to challenge the acquittal of the three accused in the alleged sexual assault and murder of two minor sisters in Palakkad district in 2017.
Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday wrote to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, complaining that his seat in the House had been changed to humiliate him and deliberately hurt the party’s sentiments.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday told the Parliament that the delegation of 23 European Union MPs who visited Kashmir last month were on a “private visit” on the invitation of Delhi-based think tank International Institute for Non-aligned Studies. Samajwadi Party MP Sukhram Singh Yadav had asked the ministry a series of questions about the October 30 visit.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday wrote to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying that people were “deeply scared” of the city’s drinking water, which a Bureau of Indian Standards study found to be the most unsafe among 21 major Indian cities. Kejriwal had on Monday called the study “false and politically motivated”.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Kerala government to frame a separate law on the administration of the Sabarimala temple, PTI reported. This came a week after a five-judge Constitution bench ruled that a larger bench should again consider the matter of the entry of women of all ages into the temple.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vijay Jolly had to be escorted out by security personnel at the Asia Pacific Summit in Cambodia on Tuesday after he tried to interrupt a speech by a Pakistani legislator on the Kashmir matter. Jolly is a former member of the Delhi Assembly.
Protests continued against the appointment of a Muslim professor in the Sanskrit department of the Benaras Hindu University in Uttar Pradesh, NDTV reported on Wednesday. A group of 30 students have held a sit-in protest for the past 12 days in front of the university vice-chancellor’s office, calling for a replacement for Professor Firoz Khan, whose appointment was announced earlier this month.
Public sector banks reported 5,743 cases of fraud in the first half of the ongoing financial year, involving Rs 95,760 crore, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. This is much higher than the cases the Reserve Bank of India reported in state-run banks in the full 2018-’19 year – 3,766 cases involving Rs 64,509 crore.
The BSE Sensex hit a fresh record high during intra-day trade on Wednesday led by a surge in shares of Reliance Industries Ltd, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea Ltd.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday claimed that the new government in Maharashtra will be in place before next week, reported PTI. “The process to form the government will complete in next 5-6 days and a popular and strong government will be formed in Maharashtra before December,” he said. “The process is going on.”
The Reserve Bank of India told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday that an annual inspection of the scam-hit Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank had revealed that some bank officials manipulated with its core banking system to hide fraudulent loan accounts of real estate developer Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited, the Hindustan Times reported.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that the decision on restoring internet connections in Kashmir will be taken by the Union Territory’s authorities. He added that banks, courts and government offices as well as TV channels and landlines were operating properly in the region.
Members of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Visually Challenged Students Forum were on Wednesday stopped from going to the new police headquarters to protest against the alleged lathicharge on protesting students on Monday, reported PTI. The varsity students have been protesting for the last three weeks against the university’s decision to revise hostel fees,
Former Supreme Court judge Madan B Lokur on Tuesday said that new Chief Justice of India SA Bobde has the task of restoring the top court’s credibility and stature urgently. In an article in the Hindustan Times, Lokur wrote that Bobde had to tackle problems in the judiciary with “utmost urgency, dispassionately and with the assistance of all stakeholders”.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought the Enforcement Directorate’s response to a bail plea filed by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media Case by November 25, reported Bar and Bench. The bench of Justices R Banumathi, AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy said it will hear the matter next on November 26.
The Prayagraj Municipal Corporation in Uttar Pradesh has sent a house tax notice to Anand Bhawan, the place where former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was born, The Times of India reported on Wednesday. Anand Bhawan is also the ancestral home of India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. The corporation has sought dues of Rs 4.35 crore, including tax arrears pending since 2003. Anand Bhawan is run by the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust, headed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
The Rs 2,000 note has been the main denomination for hoarding of unaccounted income and assets, The Hindu reported on Tuesday referring to a reply by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Rajya Sabha.
Sitharaman told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that an analysis of the search cases involving cash seizures of more than Rs 5 crore revealed that 67.91% of the cash was in the form of Rs 2,000 notes in 2017-’18, 65.93% in 2018-’19, and 43.22% in the 2019-’20 financial years. However, the data also implies that the percentage of Rs 2,000 notes found by the Income Tax Department in cash seizures has been on the decline.
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar will on Wednesday meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, to discuss the agrarian crisis in Maharashtra, where President’s Rule was imposed on November 12. The two leaders will meet at Parliament in the afternoon. Pawar’s meeting with Modi comes at a time when there is a political crisis in Maharashtra, with the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena failing to form the government despite a pre-poll alliance.
The Janata Dal (United) on Tuesday pledged support to former Jharkhand minister Saryu Roy, who is contesting as an Independent candidate against Chief Minister Raghubar Das in the upcoming Assembly elections. Roy’s name had not featured in the candidate lists that the Bharatiya Janata Party had released.
New Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will visit New Delhi on November 29, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said after meeting him in Colombo on Tuesday. “President @GotabayaR has accepted PM @narendramodi ’s invitation to visit India on 29th November,” Jaishankar tweeted after meeting the new Sri Lankan president.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday told the Centre to take a decision on providing permanent commission to eight women officers who had approached the top court in 2010 against a law that allows them to serve in the Army for 14 years only. The Centre has since granted permanent commission to women officers, but left out the eight women who had first approached the court.
Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Tuesday endorsed fellow actor Kamal Haasan’s statement that the two could come together politically for the benefit of Tamil Nadu, if such a situation arose. “Rajini and I will travel together if there is a need for Tamil Nadu’s development,” Haasan told reporters earlier on Tuesday.
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Central Bureau of Investigation after alleging there were irregularities in the procurement of 2.1 lakh LED street lights by the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi. Delhi BJP legislators met CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla, and demanded an investigation into the alleged scam that they claimed was worth Rs 100 crore.
Jawaharlal Nehru University on Tuesday approached the Delhi High Court, seeking contempt proceedings against students and the police for allegedly violating the court’s August 2017 order banning protests within 100 metres of the institution’s administrative block. This came a day after hundreds of students were stopped from marching towards Parliament to protest against the university’s decision to hike hostel fees.