QBullet: 1400 Held in Sabarimala Row; Ayodhya Hearing on 10 Jan

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1. PM Modi Puts off Kerala Visit After Sabarimala Violence, 1,400 Arrested

A day after Kerala witnessed widespread violence following the entry of two women into the Sabarimala temple, police arrested at least 1,400 people on Friday to clampdown on trouble makers, even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday has been “postponed”.

“The PM’s visit to Pathanmathitta on 6 January was postponed due to some other engagements. Though it has nothing to do with the current situation, we don’t want to aggravate the situation further,” a senior BJP functionary said. This was to be Modi first political rally in south India this year.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

2. We Don’t Do Defence Dealings, We Deal in Defence: Sitharaman on Rafale Charges

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday tore into Rahul Gandhi-led Congress over the Rafale deal, alleging the party never intended to purchase the fighter jets “till something else was done”. “You stopped the deal, forgetting the Air Force was suffering. The deal didn’t get you money,” she asserted.

“I charge and allege that they did not even wish to buy the aircraft. They kept the motions going. Their treasury’s security was important,” Sitharaman added.

(Source: The Indian Express)

3. RNG Awards: Stronger Journalism Becomes, Brighter Shines a Democracy, Says Rajnath Singh

File image of Rajnath Singh
File image of Rajnath Singh
(Photo: Reuters)

Underlining the importance of credibility and courage in journalism, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Friday that only “honest journalism” can strengthen the nation and make democracy “brighter and healthier”.

“Everyone acknowledges that journalism is the guardian of democracy, the barometer of democracy… The stronger the journalist and journalism, the brighter and healthier will be democracy. As long as the guardian is vigilant and fearless, democracy shines more,” the Home Minister said, delivering the keynote address at the 13th edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in New Delhi.

(Source: The Indian Express)

4. SC Likely to Fix Schedule for Ayodhya Hearing on Jan 10

The Supreme Court indicated on Friday that a schedule for hearing could likely be fixed on 10 January.
The Supreme Court indicated on Friday that a schedule for hearing could likely be fixed on 10 January.
(Photo: The Quint)

The 70-year-old politically sensitive litigation between Hindu and Muslim parties for ownership of the 2.77-acre Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land moved towards final adjudication as the Supreme Court indicated on Friday that a schedule for hearing could likely be fixed on 10 January.

In an anti-climax to the build-up before Friday’s hearing, for which lawyers, visitors and journalists thronged court number one in large numbers anticipating an order of significance, a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul took less than 30 seconds to dictate: “Further orders in the matter will be passed on January 10 by the appropriate bench, as may be constituted.”

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Ajay Maken Resigns as Delhi Congress Chief, All Eyes Now on Successor

File image of Ajay Maken. 
File image of Ajay Maken. 
(File Photo: IANS)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accepted the resignation of Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken, three months after he had conveyed to the top party leadership that it would be difficult for him to continue in the post because of health reasons, a party functionary said on Friday.

Maken had submitted his resignation in September last year, citing “severe orthopaedic” ailment. But Gandhi had asked him to continue. All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Delhi PC Chacko said he, along with Maken, met Gandhi on Thursday. “Maken was asked if he wants to continue but he insisted that he should be relieved of the responsibilities,” Chacko said.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

6. Govt: Meghalaya Mine Rescue Op Tougher Than the One in Thai Cave

The Centre on Friday projected a grim picture of the rescue operations to save the lives of 15 miners trapped in a coal mine in Meghalaya and told the Supreme Court that the task is tougher than the Thailand government’s extraordinary cave rescue operation last year.

Appearing before a bench of Justices AK Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer, solicitor general Tushar Mehta said the mines are more than 350-ft deep and there is no blueprint of the maze of rat holes inside the mines where people are trapped, so it is difficult to locate them.

(Source: The Times of India)

7. Lok Sabha Passes Bill to Amend Aadhaar Act

The Lok Sabha on Friday passed a bill to amend the law on Aadhaar, inching closer to enacting changes that will allow individuals to voluntarily offer biometric details as an identity proof for obtaining private sector services such as mobile phone connections and bank accounts.

The move comes in the aftermath of the Supreme Court striking down portions of the Aadhaar Act, in particular its Section 57, which allowed non-government entities access to the identity database. Experts and opposition members have called the move to restore the access controversial.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

8. No Genuine Indian Citizen Will Be Left Out Of Updated NRC: PM Narendra Modi

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
(Photo: Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said in Silchar, Assam, that his government is committed to passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and assured that no genuine Indian citizen will be left out of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Lashing out at Rahul Gandhi, he said the Congress president has lost sleep ever since the extradition of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in AgustaWestland helicopter deal.

(Source: The Indian Express)

9. Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav Meet in Delhi, Shape Poll Pact Minus Congress

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav met Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati in New Delhi on Friday.
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav met Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati in New Delhi on Friday.
(Photo Altered by The Quint)

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav met Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati in New Delhi on Friday as the two leaders discussed a possible tie-up to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha elections this summer, a person familiar with the development said.

After the meeting that lasted for over two hours, Akhilesh drove to the residence of SP Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav, where BSP leader Satish Mishra, also a Rajya Sabha member, joined them for further discussions.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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