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War Hots Up: Cong, BJP Accuse Each Other of Helping MallyaThe political fight over Vijay Mallya escalated on Thursday, 13 September, with Congress President Rahul Gandhi charging Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with colluding in the liquor baron’s flight from India and BJP hitting back, saying the UPA regime bent over to carve out a “sweet deal” for the fugitive businessman.Though the former Kingfisher Airlines boss clarified his claim by saying he had only bumped into Jaitley in Parliament, the political storm continued to rage with Congress MP P L Punia claiming to have seen a long conversation between the two.Railway minister Piyush Goyal said Jaitley had already said he had snubbed Mallya and asked him to approach bankers, and attacked Rahul, saying he should explain the company-specific deal for Mallya’s firm which managed to get the benefit of its loans being “evergreened”.(Source: The Times of India)Congress, BJP attack each other over Mallya; Rahul seeks Jaitley's resignation2. Four Days Before Vijay Mallya Flew Out, Lawyer Told SBI to Move Court, Stop HimFour days before Vijay Mallya left the country, Kingfisher Airlines’ largest lender State Bank of India reportedly did not act on the legal advice it got to approach the Supreme Court seeking an order restraining Mallya’s overseas travel.Senior Supreme Court lawyer Dushyant Dave says he offered this advice after top SBI management, having an inkling that Mallya may flee India, insisted on meeting Dave on Sunday, February 28, 2016.Speaking to The Indian Express today, Dave said that in his meeting that Sunday, he “advised SBI to approach the Supreme Court on February 29, 2016, for getting an order restraining Mallya from leaving the country…SBI chairperson and people at the top within the government knew about this meeting and the advice given by me. However, there was no action taken on it.”Mallya left the country four days later.(Source: The Indian Express)‘Mallya Won’t Be Lodged In The Luxurious Cell Shown in Jail Video’3. Official: Justice Ranjan Gogoi Is Next Chief Justice of IndiaJustice Ranjan Gogoi, the most senior judge in the Supreme Court after Chief Justice Dipak Misra, was appointed as the next Chief Justice of India on Thursday.“The President of India has appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. He will assume the office of Chief Justice on October 3, 2018 after the retirement of the current Chief Justice, Justice Dipak Misra,” said a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.As the 46th Chief Justice of India, Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of about 13 months, till November 17, 2019.Earlier, there was speculation on whether his name would be overlooked for the CJI’s post, following the unprecedented press conference on January 12 this year, when Justice Gogoi and three colleagues — Justices J Chelameswar (since retired), Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — raised questions on the CJI’s allocation of cases to benches in the Supreme Court. Justice Gogoi had told reporters that “it’s the discharge of a debt to the nation that has brought us here”.(Source: The Indian Express)Who Is Ranjan Gogoi? The Next Chief Justice of India4. Amid EVM Row, ABVP Takes DUSUThe right-wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad made a big comeback in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls after regaining more than the vote share they lost last year.The results on Thursday, 13 September, showed that National Students’ Union of India, the student wing of Congress, also improved its vote share by 2.4 percentage points, but could not translate this into victory, conceding three of the four seats to ABVP. Some EVMs witnessed glitches during the initial phase of counting.After a counting in DUSU polls marred by glitches in electronic voting machines, with two of the machines at one point allotting 40 votes to non-existent candidates, Ankiv Baisoya, Shakti Singh and Jyoti Chaudhary, all of ABVP, were elected, respectively, the president, vice-president and joint secretary.Aakash Choudhary of NSUI is the new DUSU secretary. AAP’s student organisation, Chhatra Yuwa Sangharsh Samiti, which fought in alliance with leftist All India Students’ Association, was third in all the posts.(Source: The Times of India)DUSU Polls: ABVP Wins Both President and VP, NSUI Gets Secretary5. 176 Obstacles Near Delhi Airport Cross Height LimitA luxury hotel, a shopping mall, an electric traction system of Delhi Metro Rail, a housing complex in South Delhi, trees, power pylons and telecom towers are among the 176 obstacles posing a potential safety risk to planes approaching the city because they are on the flight path, according to the operator of the airport.On Thursday, 13 September, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a consortium led by GMR Group, issued notices to companies, government agencies and individuals asking them to furnish details of the structures, which, according to it , were ”infringing the height restriction” around the airport, two officials aware of the matter said. The details sought included the height of the structures and their vintage.According to an official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) who spoke on condition of anonymity, the owners will be asked to remove the obstacles in some cases, and if they fail to do so, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will initiate demolition of the structures. AAI is one of the partners in the GMR-led consortium.(Source: Hindustan Times)DDA Approves Land Pooling Policy, Delhi to Get 17 Lakh Houses6. Shun Nepotism, Consult Me on Foreign Trips: Modi to BJP CMsPrime Minister Narendra Modi has advised chief ministers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states against involving their relatives in governance and ticket distribution. He has also asked them to consult him before travelling abroad.Modi made these remarks at a BJP chief and deputy chief ministers’ conclave in New Delhi late last month, said two leaders familiar with the developments.“The prime minister told us that while in power, the claims of the family often become overwhelming. It is important to keep that under control. If we give in, it will weaken our key political line of attack against the Congress on dynastic politics,” one of the leaders said.He added that Modi cited the example of BJP’s electoral loss in Madhya Pradesh over two decades ago. “The problem in that election was that leaders gave too many tickets to family members.”Polls are due this year in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and possibly Telangana, where chief minister Chandrashekar Rao dissolved the assembly last week to seek early elections.(Source: Hindustan Times)Modi Should Be Allowed a Second Term – But Not With Majority in LS7. SC to Pronounce Verdict on Wrongful Confinement of Senior ISRO Scientist Nambi NarayananThe Supreme Court on Friday, September 14 will pronounce its judgment on a plea by former space scientist Nambi Narayanan to prosecute senior police officials for framing him in the notorious ISRO spy scandal.A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra would likely deal with the question of enhanced compensation to be paid to Mr. Narayanan in its verdict.The hearings had seen an interesting turn of events on July 10, when the apex court reserved the case for judgment, when the CBI had said it had “nothing to hide”. The agency, which took over the probe from the State Police and filed a closure report in 1996, even invited the court to launch a probe into the its conduct in the case.Mr Narayanan has accused the Kerala Police and the IB of torturing and extracting statements from him.(Source: The Hindu)2022 Unlikely to be India’s Space Odyssey Year, ISRO Must Wait8. Uttar Pradesh to Revoke NSA, Bheem Army Chief to Be FreedThe Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday, 13 September, revoked the National Security Act (NSA) against Bheem Army founder Chandrashekhar, setting the stage for his release more than a year after he was jailed for his alleged role in clashes between Thakurs and Dalits in Saharanpur.“After considering a representation submitted by Chandrashekhar’s mother, the state government decided to revoke the NSA against him and two others. The decision will be conveyed to the Saharanpur district administration, which will issue orders to the jail to release them,” Arvind Kumar, Principal Secretary (Home), said.Chandrashekhar was arrested, along with two others, in connection with the clashes in Saharanpur in May 2017, leading to the death of two persons.He was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court in November 2017 before the government detained him under the NSA.(Source: The Indian Express)Saharanpur Clash: Bhim Army’s Chandrashekhar Released From Prison9. Congress in ICU, Using Other Opposition Parties as Support System to Survive: ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, 13 September, said the Congress was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and using other parties as support system to survive, observing it is getting desperate to join hands with any party to forge a grand opposition alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,Mr. Modi also said the wind is blowing in the BJP’s favour and that opportunist opposition parties are clutching each other’s hands to withstand its force.He exhorted party workers to follow the mantra of ‘Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot’ to ensure BJP’s victory in the next general elections.Addressing party workers of five Lok Sabha constituencies via the NaMo app, Mr. Modi said the BJP’s biggest strength is its workers. Their hard work has ensured the party’s historic success and progress in a short span of four years, he added.He attributed the party’s success to its workers and their grip over their respective polling booths.(Source: The Indian Express)Congress Leader Sanjay Nirupam Calls PM Modi ‘Anpadh Gawaar’ We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.