Sabarimala: Supreme Court names nine-judge bench to examine matters related to women’s entry

The Supreme Court on Tuesday named a nine-member bench to examine matters related to the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple, PTI reported. The bench will comprise Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan, LN Rao, MM Shantanagoudar, SA Nazeer, RS Reddy, BR Gavai and Surya Kant.

JNU violence: Delhi Police ask witnesses to come forward with information on mob attack

The Delhi Police on Tuesday asked people to come forward with information about the violence that took place at the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday evening, ANI reported. At least 34 students and teachers were injured when a masked mob attacked the college.

JNU Students’ Union president denies role in alleged vandalism, claims story made up by university

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union President Aishe Ghosh said on Tuesday that she was confident that there can be no police action against her, since she was not involved in any part of the alleged vandalism in the university’s server room on January 1 and 4, NDTV reported. She claimed the accusations against her were a “story made up by the university authorities”.

North East: ‘Won’t accept CAA, PM Modi will face protests when he visits,’ say student groups

The North East Students’ Organisation, or NESO, said on Tuesday that the Citizenship Amendment Act will not be accepted in the Northeastern states, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will face protests when he visits the region again, the Hindustan Times reported. The organisation is an umbrella group of student bodies from eight Northeastern states.

GDP estimated to grow 5% in 2019-’20, slower than 6.8% last year, says government

The Indian economy is expected to grow 5% in the 2019-’20 financial year compared to 6.8% last year, the National Statistical Office said in the first advance estimates released on Tuesday. If this bears out, it will be the slowest annual growth in Gross Domestic Product since 2008-’09. Weakening consumption and stagnating private investment are believed to be the reasons behind the economic slowdown.

JNU violence: Prakash Javadekar mocks NYT for claiming that attackers shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram’

Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday took a dig at The New York Times for its reporting of Sunday’s violence at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University. This was his second such remark in as many days about an international media outlet – he had criticised Financial Times on Monday on the same matter.

All four convicts of the 2012 Delhi gangrape case to be hanged on January 22, death warrants issued

A Delhi court on Tuesday issued the death warrants of the four convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape case, and scheduled their hanging at 7 am on January 22. The convicts can use their legal remedies until then, the court said.

JNU vice chancellor calls mob attack ‘unfortunate’, asks students to return to campus

Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on Tuesday called Sunday’s violence at the university “unfortunate”. Kumar’s remarks came a day after the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union accused him of being behind the mob attack. “Our campus is known for debates and discussions to resolve any issues,” Kumar said. “Violence is not a solution. We will find every opportunity to make sure that normalcy returns to the university.”

Centre to refund Rs 104 crore to Reliance Communications after Supreme Court dismisses plea

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the Centre’s petition that challenged a telecom tribunal’s order instructing the government to refund around Rs 104 crore to Reliance Communication. On December 21, 2018, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal or TDSAT had asked the central government to pay back the amount after liquidating a bank guarantee of Rs 908 crore against spectrum charges of Rs 774 crore. This was directed to be paid off over an 18-year period.

Many injured as ABVP allegedly disrupts NSUI protest in Ahmedabad

Around 10 people were injured in a clash between the workers of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and National Students Union of India – the two youth wings of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Congress – in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. Violence erupted when NSUI members were protesting near the ABVP office against Sunday’s mob attack at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University.

JNU violence: Professor quits Centre’s panel to review economic data

A professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi has resigned from a government-appointed panel that was established to review. CP Chandrasekhar, who is part of the university’s Centre for Economic Studies and Planning department, resigned on Monday, a day after masked assailants unleashed violence at the university.

Mumbai Police to take action after ‘free Kashmir’ poster seen at #OccupyGateway protest: Minister

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday said the Mumbai Police will take legal action against writer Mehak Mirza Prabhu for carrying a “Free Kashmir” placard during the protest at Gateway of India on Monday. In a video, Prabhu said she was just standing up for the basic rights of Kashmiris.

Arrested Bhim Army chief moves court to seek medical treatment at AIIMS

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad, who has been lodged in a Delhi jail since December 21, on Monday moved a court seeking medical treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. His plea is likely to be taken up for hearing on Tuesday.

‘Systematic attack’: Students, faculty of IIT Bombay and IIM Calcutta condemn JNU violence

Students and faculty members of premier colleges such as the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, condemned the mob attack on students and teachers at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi on Sunday.

Delhi Police filed cases against injured JNU Students Union leader while Sunday violence was underway

Hours after Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union President Aishe Ghosh was attacked by a masked mob on Sunday, Delhi Police filed two FIRs against her and 19 others. The FIRs, filed around 8.35 pm on Sunday, were based on the events that had taken place on January 3 and 4.

Nationwide NRC in pipeline, says BJP’s Bengali booklet on citizenship law

A booklet published by Bharatiya Janata Party’s West Bengal unit claimed that “NRC [National Register of Citizens] is in pipeline after implementation of amended Citizenship Act”, PTI reported on Monday. This comes even as both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have denied talks of a nationwide NRC.

JNU mob attack: ‘Occupy Gateway’ protestors forced to move to Mumbai’s Azad Maidan, FIR against student leaders

The Delhi Police filed an FIR against JNU Students’ Union President Aishe Ghosh and 19 others for allegedly vandalising a server room on Saturday, a day before violence erupted on campus, NDTV reports. Ghosh sustained lacerations to the head and was taken to the trauma centre at All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Sunday night.

JNU violence: S Jaishankar says there was no ‘tukde tukde gang’ when he studied at the university

Union Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar on Monday said there was no “tukde tukde gang” at Jawaharlal Nehru University when he was a student there, PTI reported. Jaishankar made the comment at a book launch in New Delhi, a day after a masked mob attacked the university’s students and teachers, injuring at least 34.

Kolkata: Police lathicharge BJP workers, students protesting against JNU violence

The Kolkata Police lathicharged students of Jadavpur University and Bharatiya Janata Party workers on Monday evening after their rallies collided near Sulekha crossing in the southern parts of the city, ANI reported.

‘Akbar Padamsee has passed into the ages’: Iconic artist dies at 91

Artist and painter Akbar Padamsee died at the age of 91 on Monday, the Jehangir Nicholson Gallery in Mumbai tweeted “We will commemorate the life of this exceptional artist with an exhibition of his works from the Jehangir Nicholson Collection,” the gallery added.

Delhi CAA protests: Five people, including two Bangladeshis, sent to judicial custody for two weeks

A Delhi court on Monday remanded five persons, including two Bangladeshis, to judicial custody for two weeks for their alleged involvement in the violence that broke out in New Delhi’s Seemapuri area during an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest last month, PTI reported.