QBullet: SC to Rule on Ayodhya Case; BJP-Sena Alliance Teeters
The SC verdict of the Ayodhya land dispute case is expected on Saturday, 9 November.
The SC verdict of the Ayodhya land dispute case is expected on Saturday, 9 November.(Photo: Shruti Mathur/The Quint)

QBullet: SC to Rule on Ayodhya Case; BJP-Sena Alliance Teeters

1. SC to Give Verdict on Ayodhya Land Dispute Case Today

CJI Ranjan Gogoi.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi.
(Photo: The Quint)

In dramatic manner, the Supreme Court notified at 9 pm on Friday, 8 November, that Saturday will be judgment day for the 70-year-old Ayodhya land dispute involving ownership claims by Hindu and Muslim parties over an area of 1,487sq yards in the UP town.

A Bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer decided to deliver the verdict on a court holiday, hours after the CJI and Justices Bobde and Bhushan met the UP chief secretary and the DGP to take stock of security arrangements in Ayodhya and the state. Delhi Police too beefed up security at the judges’ houses.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read : Who Are The Five Judges Who Will Deliver the Ayodhya Verdict?

2. Knives Out as BJP-Sena Alliance Teeters

Devendra Fadnavis resigned as Maharashtra chief minister on Friday – the first material damage inflicted by the raging war of words between the BJP and the Shiv Sena that has plunged Maharashtra and the pre-poll alliance into uncertainty just two weeks after it got the numbers required to form the next government.

Fadnavis, 49, a surprise pick by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) high-command after the 2014 Assembly polls, handed in his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari hours before his term was due to conclude on Friday night.

He then began a press conference in a lighter vein, saying “I am giving a good news,” before launching into a scathing attack in which he accused the Sena of lying about “50-50 formula”, its Chief Uddhav Thackeray of unceremoniously snapping channels of communication, and the party of targeting BJP leaders – including Prime Minister Narendra Modi – in its mouthpiece Saamana.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read : Will Fulfil Father’s Dream of Sena CM, Don’t Need Fadnavis: Uddhav

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3. Moody’s Cites Jobs, Rural Stress to Cut Ratings Outlook to Negative From Stable

A Moody’s sign is displayed on 7 World Trade Center, the company’s corporate headquarters in New York. 
A Moody’s sign is displayed on 7 World Trade Center, the company’s corporate headquarters in New York. 
(Photo Courtesy: Reuters)

Rating agency Moody’s Investor Service on Friday cut its outlook on India’s ratings to negative from stable, but affirmed the investment grade Baa2 foreign-currency and local-currency long-term issuer ratings. The agency said prolonged financial stress among rural households, weak job creation, and a credit crunch among non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs), have increased the probability of a more “entrenched slowdown”.

Lower nominal GDP growth would mean India will face significant constraints in lowering its fiscal deficit and debt burden, Moody’s said. The ratings agency also cut its outlook for 21 large companies, including State Bank of India, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Infosys Ltd and NTPC Ltd to “negative” from “stable”.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read : ‘Economy Is Robust,’ Says Govt as Moody’s Gives ‘Negative’ Rating

4. No SPG for Gandhis, CRPF to Give Z+ Cover

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.
(Photo Courtesy: Reuters)

The government has decided to withdraw the SPG cover of the Gandhi family – Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra – and decided to replace it with Z-plus protection provided by CRPF commandos.

The decision, which immediately provoked a political furore, with Congress accusing the government of petty politics, shall end the “elite” security detail that the Gandhis have had for more than three decades, except for a brief period between 1989 and 1991.

In August this year, former PM Manmohan Singh’s SPG detail was discontinued and Z-plus protection extended to him by CRPF. The only VVIP now protected by the SPG is PM Narendra Modi.

A Home Ministry official said, “The latest security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception and is purely based on professional assessment by security agencies.”

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read : ‘Thank You for Protecting Us’: Rahul After Govt Removes SPG Cover

5. Kartarpur to Open for Pilgrims Today Amid Last-Minute Snarls

A day before its opening, confusion and controversy surrounded the Kartarpur Corridor on Friday, 8 November, with Indian officials blaming this on actions of Pakistani authorities, including the withdrawal and reinstatement of the waiver of a service fee for pilgrims.

The two countries will inaugurate separate sections of the corridor linking Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur to Durbar Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan’s Kartarpur on Saturday. Indian authorities acknowledge the corridor offers faint hope for improving the atmosphere, but continue to be apprehensive about the project being leveraged by Pakistani elements to fan separatism in Punjab.

On Friday, the corridor was embroiled in a fresh controversy as reports emerged of an exhibit at the shrine featuring an Indian bomb purportedly dropped on the gurudwara – where Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, spent the last 18 years of his life – during the 1971 War.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read : PM to Inaugurate Check Post of Kartarpur Corridor on Saturday

6. NCRB Data on Farmers’ Suicides Is Out With Key Omission – Reasons

A farmer shows his damaged paddy crop following heavy rains at Maharashtra’s Karad city on 1 November.
A farmer shows his damaged paddy crop following heavy rains at Maharashtra’s Karad city on 1 November.
(Photo: PTI)

After withholding data on incidents of lynchings, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released figures on farmers’ suicides but with a key element from the previous edition missing this time – reasons for the suicides.

The bureau’s latest Accidental Death and Suicide report for 2016 shows that while Maharashtra saw a 20 percent dip from the previous year, in line with the national trend, the state continued to top the list with 2,550 of the 6,270 farmers’ suicides recorded nationwide.

Significantly, the NCRB did not release the data on farmers’ suicides along with its much-delayed crime data on 21 October, the day of voting in the Maharashtra Assembly elections. Overall, the data shows that while farmer suicides have dropped by almost 21 percent, those by farm labourers have gone up by 10 percent.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read : Delhi Pollution: Forcing Farmers To Grow Maize Is Not A Solution

7. Aatish Wasn’t Targeted Till ‘Time’ Article: Mother

Columnist Tavleen Singh, whose son Aatish Taseer is at the centre of a storm following revocation of his Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, strongly defended him on Friday.

“Aatish’s mother has also always been an Indian citizen. And, his right to live here was never questioned until he wrote an article the Home Minister did not like,” she tweeted, referring to an article Aatish wrote in US magazine Time. On Thursday, the home ministry had denied its action was linked to the article.

Responding to a tweet that nobody had been more critical of Sonia Gandhi than her but Congress never felt it necessary to carry out punitive reprisals, Tavleen wrote, “Just to say Sonia Gandhi took her revenge on me in her fashion. But, it is true that she never tried to harm my son.”

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read : Aatish Taseer Loses OCI: Why MHA Order May Not Stand Scrutiny

8. Nobody Claps With One Hand: Top Court on Lawyer-Cop Clash

The Supreme Court on Friday, for the first time commented on the recent clash between lawyers and Delhi Police officials at Tis Hazari Court and observed there were problems from both sides.

A Bench led by Justice SK Kaul made the remark while he was hearing a matter related to the ongoing strike in the Odisha High Court.

“There were problems from both sides. Nobody claps with one hand,” Justice Kaul remarked soon after Bar Council of India Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra complained against alleged police brutalities.

Mishra was present as the court had asked him to assist in the matter. The top court had taken note of the long-standing strike in the Odisha HC called over the appointment of judges there. The Bench wanted the BCI chairman’s assistance.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read : Lawyers Vs Police: HC to Hear Plea on Action Against Cops in Feb

9. PM Modi Calls for Calm – Whatever the Verdict, It Will Not Be Anyone’s Loss or Victory

The historic Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid title dispute case verdict is scheduled for Saturday, 9 November.
The historic Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid title dispute case verdict is scheduled for Saturday, 9 November.
(Photo: The Quint)

As the nation braced for the Supreme Court ruling on Saturday, 9 November, on the disputed Ayodhya site, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for calm, underlining that the judgment “will not be anyone’s loss or victory”.

In Twitter posts on Friday night, the Prime Minister said, “The Supreme Court will rule on Ayodhya tomorrow. In the last few months, there was continuous hearing on this issue and the whole country was following it with curiosity. While the hearing was on, all sections of the society made efforts to maintain a harmonious atmosphere which is highly appreciated.”

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read : Ayodhya Verdict Not a Matter of Victory or Loss, Says PM Modi

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