QBullet: Akhilesh Releases Parellel List; Arunachal CM Ousted
The Quint’s newswrap: The stories making headlines in dailies across the country.
1. Akhilesh Releases His Own List of Candidates
In an open rebellion that could split the ruling Samajwadi Party, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday declared his own candidates for 235 seats against the official list announced by his father and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav for the upcoming Assembly polls.
The UP CM’s list includes the names of ministers Arvind Singh Gope, Pawan Pandey and Ram Govind Chaudhary – hardcore Akhilesh loyalists who were denied tickets by Mulayam.
The candidates were declared hours after Akhilesh held a meeting with his loyalists, including MLAs, who were left out of the list of 325 announced by Mulayam yesterday. The Uttar Pradesh Assembly has 403 seats.
(Source: Times of India)
2. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu Suspended By His Party
The revolving door politics of Arunachal Pradesh is at work once again.
Incumbent Chief Minister and former Congress rebel Pema Khandu and six other lawmakers were suspended this evening for allegedly breaking party discipline by the regional People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) - the regional party that embraced Mr Khandu along with 42 other Congress lawmakers in mid-September.
In an order issued by PPA president Kafia Bengia on Thursday, the party also categorically announced that Pema Khandu is no longer the Leader of the legislature party and cannot exercise any of the powers bestowed to him as the leader of the legislature party.
3. Last Day to Deposit Old Notes; Modi to Address Nation on New Year's Eve
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on New Year’s eve, a day after the deadline for depositing scrapped notes expires. This will be his second television address in as many months, the first was the demonetisation announcement.
On 31 December, Modi, said sources, was expected to thank the people again for bearing hardships brought in by the recall of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes that triggered a cash crunch and a bitter war with the Opposition. He could also unveil a roadmap to push cashless economy.
“This fashion of reducing any talk of corruption to politics is a dangerous trap. It creates a cover for many others guilty of the same to get away with it. But, this doesn’t mean I condone corruption in politics,” Modi told India Today magazine in an interview on Thursday.
4. Sasikala Tightens Hold Over AIADMK
The AIADMK general council on Thursday appointed VK Sasikala the general secretary, passing a unanimous resolution thereby enabling the close aide of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to take over the reins of the party.
The resolution said that until the formal election process was completed, she would hold all powers that came with the post.
“This Council unanimously resolves that VK Sasikala will be appointed General Secretary until she is elected to the post as per Rule 20(2) of the party’s by-laws,” it read. “Ms. Sasikala will have all powers vested with the general secretary.”
5. Tax Collection Up, More New Notes of Rs 500 Soon: Arun Jaitley on Note Ban
Nearly 50 days after the implementation of demonetisation, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that the critical phase for the economy is now over and the situation will only improve now.
"The critical part is now behind us and it will be much better, going forward," Jaitley told reporters at a media briefing.
Jaitley said that the 8 November decision has greatly benefitted the economy, with a double-digit increase in tax collection figures.
"Notwithstanding what critics predicted, there has been significant increase in tax collection in all segments. Till 19 December, direct tax mop-up rose 14.4%, indirect tax grew 26.2%, central excise is up 43.3%," Jaitley said.
6. Delhi Woman on Life Support After Trying to Fend off Snatchers
A 39-year-old woman on her way to Connaught Place was grievously wounded when she tried to fight off a snatching attempt by three men.
The woman was in an auto-rickshaw along with her husband and nephew when the assailants tried to snatch her bag. During the scuffle near Defence Colony, victim Sharmila Rai fell off the vehicle and sustained head injuries.
The bikers managed to flee the spot with Rai’s bag that contained her debit and credit cards, her mobile phone, some jewellery and Rs 7,000 cash in new notes. The police have registered a case of assault or criminal force in an attempt to commit theft.
7. Rs 4,200 Crore in Dirty Cash Detected Since 8 November
The income tax department has stepped up its drive against those "misusing" the demonetisation drive to convert "black money" into "white" and has issued over 5,000 notices and detected undisclosed income of close to Rs 4,200 crore.
Since 8 November, nearly 1,000 surveys and search and seizure operations were conducted across the country. Between 22 and 28 December, over 200 such operations were undertaken, data available with the department showed.
While surveys involve scrutiny of books, cash and other assets, search and seizure are referred to as raids in common parlance.
Of the Rs 458 crore cash seizures, Rs 105 crore, which is a tad under a quarter, was in new currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000.
8. Facing 'Non-Cooperation' From Teachers, Students, India's First Transgender College Principal Resigns
India’s first transgender college principal Manabi Bandopadhyay has submitted her resignation after about one-and-a-half years in office, expressing frustration at “non-cooperation” of a section of teachers and students of her institution.
Nadia District Magistrate Sumit Gupta on Thursday said he had received her letter of resignation from the post of Principal of Krishnagar Women’s College in the district on 27 December and forwarded it to the state Higher Education department on Wednesday.
Manabi alleged that she started facing a lack of cooperation from a section of teachers soon after she took over as the principal of the well-known women’s college on 9 June 2015.
(Source: The Indian Express)
9. Triple Talaq Over Phone Is Valid, Says Deoband Fatwa
Amid an ongoing debate, Islamic seminaries in Deoband have issued a fatwa endorsing triple talaq (divorce by uttering the word ‘talaq’ thrice in quick succession) over the phone.
Responding to a question from Naseem Ahmad, a resident of Haryana, Darul Uloom Deoband Zakaria said talaq pronounced by the husband to his wife over phone would be valid and legal from the Islamic point of view. While giving the fatwa, Maulana Arshad Farooqui of the Fatwa Department of the seminary, however, said it would be valid only if the husband pronounced it while he is “in all his senses.” Farooqui held that a husband can also divorce his wife through a letter, message or an email in this age of technology, provided it is verified that the message and the letter is from the husband.
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