QBullet: Curfew Brings Calm in Karnataka, SP’s Family Feud & More

The Quint’s compilation of the stories making headlines in dailies across the country.

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Charred remains of the vehicles in Bengaluru on Tuesday, a day after they were torched by pro-Kannada activists during their violent protests over Cauvery water row. (Photo: PTI) 

1. Curfew Brings Calm, Questions on Delay

Bengaluru behaved on Tuesday. So did Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, but without explaining why they did not do so on Monday.

The Karnataka Chief Minister on Tuesday declared that the Supreme Court order to release the Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu “is the most difficult to follow” but his administration would still do it because “as a constitutionally formed government, it is difficult to violate or reject” a judicial directive.

The Congress government that presides over India’s Silicon Valley also did not forget to warn vandals that they would be crushed with an “iron hand”. No untoward incident was reported on Tuesday, which was a public holiday.

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(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Curfew on Eid, No Break in Violence

Kashmir yesterday observed its first curfew-bound Eid in generations, but even the stringent restrictions aimed at pre-empting huge gatherings could not avert a flare-up that left two young men dead.

The deaths took the toll to 82 in nearly 70 days of violence since militant commander Burhan Wani was killed in a July encounter with security forces.

Despite all the restrictions, protests broke out at several places as people defied the curfew and clashed with security forces, leaving the two youths dead and dozens injured.

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(Source: The Telegraph)

3. UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Strips Shivpal Yadav of Three Key Ministries

UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. (Photo: Reuters)
UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. (Photo: Reuters)

After being replaced by Shivpal Yadav as Uttar Pradesh Chief of Samajwadi Party, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday stripped him of the Revenue, Irrigation and PWD portfolios.

Shivpal was, instead, made Minister of Social Welfare, while Irrigation went to Awadhesh Prasad and Revenue to Balram Yadav. The PWD Ministry was retained by Akhilesh. This development is being seen as a retaliation by Akhilesh for being replaced by his uncle Shivpal for the party’s top post.

Shivpal’s appointment came amid reports of the widening rift within the family with the UP Chief Minister sacking two ministers over corruption charges and the removal of chief secretary, all considered close to Shivpal Yadav.

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(Source: The Indian Express)

4. Delhi Reels Under Chikungunya, Toll Rises to Five; CM Kejriwal Passes Buck, BJP Asks Him to Resign

Facing criticism for touring other states when Delhi is reeling under Chikungunya, Chief Minister Arvind Keriwal tried to skip responsibility by blaming the Centre for snatching power from the Delhi government.

Kejriwal sought to pass the buck, saying the Delhi government was “incapable of even buying a pen” as he and his Cabinet colleagues stand “fully stripped of powers.” Kejriwal, who is in Bengaluru, said Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be “questioned” over the issue as powers rested with them.

At least five persons have died due to chikungunya in the city, but the entire Delhi Cabinet is virtually missing in action as ministers including Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai and Imran Hussain are out of station.

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(Source: The Indian Express)

5. Approved Strength of Judges Enough to End Backlog: Law Panel Head

Supreme Court judge Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan said “working judges”, and not increasing sanctioned strength of judges, may be a solution to modern-day demands of judicial workload. (Photo: iStock)
Supreme Court judge Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan said “working judges”, and not increasing sanctioned strength of judges, may be a solution to modern-day demands of judicial workload. (Photo: iStock)

In a view different from the highest judiciary’s call for more judges to trim pendency, Law Commission of India Chairman and former Supreme Court judge Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan said “working judges”, and not increasing sanctioned strength of judges, may be a solution to modern-day demands of judicial workload caused by the heightened legal awareness among the public about their liberties.

“Increasing the sanctioned strength of judges will not solve the problem. We need working judges… Workload has increased because of an increase in awareness among the public and education,” Justice Chauhan, Chairman of the 21st Law Commission, said in an interaction with The Hindu at his residence on Monday.

Justice Chauhan’s views come at a time when Chief Justice of India TS Thakur has called for over 70,000 more judges to be appointed to courts all over the country to clear the backlog.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. Shah’s ‘Vaman Jayanti’ Greeting on Eve of Onam Triggers Debate

File photo of BJP president Amit Shah. (Photo: Reuters)
File photo of BJP president Amit Shah. (Photo: Reuters)

BJP President Amit Shah’s tweet greeting everyone on ‘Vaman Jayanti’ on the eve of Onam sparked a flutter on Tuesday.

But, the message was in line with an article in the RSS mouthpiece Kesari in Kerala last week saying that Onam should be a celebration for Vamana, the fifth incarnation of Vishnu, and not Mahabali, the demon king.

BJP leaders played down Shah’s tweet saying Onam was on Wednesday and that both Vamana and Mahabali were accepted in Kerala, as an angry Opposition dubbed it as a Brahmanical interpretation which went “against the secular understanding” of Onam and said it had political overtones.

(Source: DNA)

7. I Will not Change My Image: Shahabuddin

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and strongman of Siwan, Mohd Shahabuddin, whose release from Bhagalpur jail last Saturday set off intense political activity in Bihar, appears unperturbed by the turmoil.

Despite having travelled over 300 kms to reach his village of Pratappur in a cavalcade of hundreds of vehicles, with thousands of supporters mobbing him every so often, he seemed none the worse for wear while speaking to Amarnath Tewary early on Sunday morning at his home.

Several people have already gathered to meet him despite the early hour. Straight-talking but with a touch of hauteur, Mr Shahabuddin made it clear that he was “not going to change his image”.

(Source: The Hindu)

8. Homework Waiver to Lighten Bags

 Students appear for class 12th Board exams in a school, at Agartala. (Photo: PTI)
Students appear for class 12th Board exams in a school, at Agartala. (Photo: PTI)

The CBSE has waived homework for Class I and II pupils and suggested measures to lighten schoolbags across classes.

A CBSE circular reaffirms an earlier instruction: children need not bring schoolbags in Classes I and II; the schools should keep their bags, containing their textbooks and workbooks.

The circular adds these children should be spared homework, which forces them to carry bags to school.

We had earlier said that children studying in Classes I and II need not bring schoolbags. But we received complaints that the children were forced to carry schoolbags because the schools were assigning homework. Now the schools have been asked to waive homework.
Senior Official

Children studying in higher classes, the board has said, should have the option of completing assignments and projects during school hours under the direct supervision of teachers. Projects should not be prescribed as homework as this causes the schoolbags to get heavier.

(Source: The Telegraph)

9. ‘Acche Din’ Was Manmohan’s Quote, But Got Stuck to BJP: Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari credited former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the phrase “Acche Din” at an event in Mumbai, on Tuesday. The Minister traced the phrase’s etymology to a Delhi conference, when Manmohan Singh promised ‘Acche Din’ in the future in response to questions from NRIs at the event.

“Then Modi-ji said it somewhere and it got stuck to us,” Gadkari said.

Responding to a query by former MP Vijay Darda, the minister said, “We just used the words ‘Achhe Din’ and it should not be taken in the literal sense. It should be interpreted as progress is being made.”

The promise of ‘Acche Din’ was a top keyword in BJP’s campaign for the 2014 national election.

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