QBullet: Three Years of Modi Govt; Uzma Ahmed Returns to India
1. Three Years of Modi Government: State Plays Bigger Role in Economic, Social Change
If the catchy Modi campaign slogan "minimum government, maximum governance" was read to mean rolling back of the state, it has not happened.
Contrary to expectations and Narendra Modi's image, the state plays a big role in his plans for economic and social change. A slew of legislations, executive actions and policy interventions mark the Modi government's governance.
Offering a bank account to every household was identified as a target, and bank chiefs, at least in the public sector, made sure branches across India got the message.
Modi made no bones about his intent. In a first-of-its-kind interaction with bank chiefs in Pune in January 2015, he made it clear he supported "political intervention in the interest of the people" but also famously promised they would receive no phone calls from the PMO.
2. Pakistan Is a 'Well of Death', Easy to Go but Tough to Return: Uzma Ahmed After Return to India
An Indian national, who was allegedly forced to marry a Pakistani man at gunpoint, returned home on Thursday. Uzma’s return was made possible after the Islamabad High Court took her plea into cognisance and ordered police to escort her to the Wagah Border.
Shortly after her return, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed her back home, calling her ‘India’s daughter’. In a press conference held in New Delhi on Thursday, an emotional Uzma fought back her tears as she narrated her ordeal in Pakistan.
She was quoted by news agency ANI as saying: “It’s easy to go to Pakistan, but tough to return. Pakistan is a ‘well of death’. Even those who go there after arrange marriage are crying.”
3. Plan to Honour Major: NHRC to Hear Plea
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) will hear two separate petitions on the Army’s move to award a Major who faces charges of using a civilian as a human shield in central Kashmir on 9 April.
Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Saif-ud-Din Soz said he has approached the NHRC on 24 May “to seek an explanation on what action the commission had taken on his complaint against the Army officer’s gross violation of human rights.”
“Army Chief General Bipin Rawat felicitated Major Leetul Gogoi in an award ceremony for his ‘Act of Bravery’. I think it is an occasion for the NHRC head to consider resigning his position or else assert his position to restore the prestige of the NHRC,” said the Congress leader.
4. Four Women 'Gang-Raped': Victims Were Going to Bulandshahr
Relatives of the family waylaid by highway robbers in Greater Noida’s Jewar said the victims were travelling to a private hospital in Bulandshahr with Rs 47,500 in cash to help a pregnant relative when the alleged gangrapes and murder happened.
The robbers allegedly dragged and raped four women in a field for hours and shot a 38-year-old male relative trying to save them at an isolated spot off the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Budh Nagar district early on Thursday, police said.
There were eight people in the car. The alleged crime took place nearly a kilometre from the victims’ village, Sowata in Jewar. The robbers snatched the cash with the jewellery the women were wearing.
5. CBSE May Moderate Marks, Not Move SC
The Central Board of Secondary Education may desist from moving the Supreme Court against Delhi HC's order asking it not to do away with moderation of marks, even as the HRD Ministry again instructed the board on Thursday to release Class XII results "on time".
The ministry and CBSE officials had a second round of meeting with the legal counsel on Thursday evening, where a view emerged that moving the apex court may be counter-productive and also delay results if SC refuses to intervene. Meanwhile, uncertainty continues on the date of the results as CBSE remained mum on the matter.
After the Delhi HC's order, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had met the secretary of school education and the CBSE chairperson on Wednesday morning, where it was decided that legal opinion should be sought on the order.
6. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis Survives Chopper Crash in Latur
A chopper flying with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis crash-landed in Nilanga in Latur, Maharashtra on Monday. The helicopter developed a technical snag during take off causing it to crash land.
The chief minister and the team in the chopper have escaped unhurt. “Our helicopter did meet with an accident in Latur but me and my team is absolutely safe, nothing to worry, Devendra Fadnavis tweeted.
The minister was equipped with six other members in the team and two crew members. ” The chopper crashed within minutes after the take off. As the chopper had not attained much height, major accident was averted,” one of the team members said.
7. Virat Kohli Shoulders Arms Over BCCI Seeking Applications for Head Coach
India skipper Virat Kohli side-stepped a potential controversy on landing in London for the ICC Champions Trophy, saying the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) inviting applications for the national coach’s job was only about sticking to a certain process and there was nothing unusual in that.
Anil Kumble was hired as India team’s head coach in June 2016 on a one-year contract, which expires at the end of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. The BCCI put out an invitation asking interested candidates to apply. It said Anil Kumble, who guided India to four successive Test series wins in a row, besides the one-off Test win over Bangladesh, will be an automatic entry.
8. Advani, Joshi Called to Court
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here on Thursday summoned senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti to appear before it in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
The court directed the leaders to appear before it in person on 30 May.
"The date is fixed for the framing of charges," Vimal Srivastava, lawyer for the accused, said.
The court said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders would get no exemption and must appear before it on the given date, even as they had moved court seeking exemption from appearance.
9. EC Rejects AAP Demand for Permission to Tamper With EVM Motherboard During Challenge
The Election Commission has turned down AAP's demand for allowing change or tampering of EVM motherboard during the ensuing 'EVM challenge', saying that changing the motherboard or internal circuitry of the machine was like changing the whole device itself.
"It is the considered view of the Commission that allowing any change of the motherboard or any internal circuit etc of the EVM is like saying that anyone should be permitted to manufacture a new machine and introduce newly made EVMs in ECI system, which is implausible and irrational...any 'look-alike' machine is just a different gadget, which is manifestly designed and made to function in a 'tampered' manner and has no relevance, incidence or bearing on the Commission's EVMs," EC said in a letter sent to AAP on Thursday.