QBullet: Dolkun Isa’s Visa Cancellation, Umar Khalid Rusticated

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World Uyghur Congress (WUC) leader Dolkun Isa (left). (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/VictoriaCoates">@<b>VictoriaCoates</b></a>)

1. In Embarrassing U-turn, India Cancels Visa of Chinese Dissident Leader

India on Monday suddenly cancelled the tourist e-visa granted to rebel Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa. Isa, who lives in Germany, had been invited to a conference being organised in Dharamshala by US-based ‘Initiatives for China’

India had cancelled Dolkun’s visa to participate in the conference in Dharamsala, reportedly after China objected to it.

Speaking exclusively to The Quint, Isa said the cancellation of his visa does not reflect well on India’s image as the largest democracy.

According to Isa, the government has not given any official reason for the u-turn. Official sources quoted by various news agencies suggested that Isa’s status as a designated “terrorist” and the red corner notice (RCN) on him by Interpol was missed during the e-visa process.

Read the full report here.
Also Read: Visa for Uyghur Dissident Leader An Avoidable Fiasco

2. RBI says PNB Wrote Off Rs 8,500 Cr, But Bank Says Zero

RTI replies to queries from The Indian Express show discrepancies between data maintained by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and that supplied by individual banks.

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

While RBI maintains that Punjab National Bank (PNB) wrote off over Rs 8,500 crore as non-performing assets (NPAs) in the last two years, the bank denies writing off a “single paisa” during this period.

Bank of India, on the other hand, claims its write-off in the last two years has been more than Rs 17,700 crore while the RBI puts the write-off figure during this period at Rs 2,567 crore — less than 15 percent.

Read the full report here.

3. JNU Rusticates Umar, Anirban; Kanhaiya Fined for Rs 10,000

The High-Level Enquiry Committee set up by Jawaharlal Nehru University imposed a fine of Rs 10, 000 on JNU Students’ Union president, Kanhaiya Kumar, and another JNU student affiliated to ABVP, Sourabh Kumar, on Monday.

Umar Khalid too has been slapped with a fine of Rs 20,000 and rusticated for one semester, along with Anirban Bhattacharya, who has not only been rusticated till 15 July but also barred from pursuing any course at JNU for the next five years.

Read the full report here.

4. Pakistan Foreign Secretary to Reach Today, Bilateral Talks on the Cards

The first foreign secretary-level talks since the Pathankot terror attack are on the cards between India and Pakistan. India holds Pakistani terror outfit Jaish-e- Mohammad (JEM) responsible for the attack in which seven security personnel died.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz. (Photo: PTI)
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz. (Photo: PTI)

The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan are expected to meet on Tuesday on the sidelines of the “Senior Officials’ Meeting of the Heart of Asia — Istanbul Process” in New Delhi.

Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team (JIT), that had visited India after the attack, denied the involvement of JEM. The Pathankot issue will figure in the talks between the two countries. India will also raise the issue of NIA’s visit to Pakistan.

5. India’s Farms Have a Far Worse Scorecard on Water Usage Than IPL

Domestic usage of water in India accounts for less than 5 percent of India’s annual water consumption while agriculture’s share is 90 percent according to a Livemint report. India fares miserably in terms of water efficiency of most crops, shows data from Water Footprint Network (WFN), a global network on water issues.

Lately, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has faced a lot of criticism for hosting matches in the water-starved state Maharashtra. But focusing on the IPL takes away from the real roots of the problem.

Also Read: Guys, IPL Has Nothing to Do With the Maharashtra Drought

6. Nine Accused in 2006 Malegaon Blast Case Released

A special court on Monday discharged all eight Muslim men, including one deceased, who were chargesheeted in the 2006 Malegaon serial blasts case, a defence lawyer said. Of the eight accused, Shabbir Ahmed died in an accident a few months ago, Advocate Shahid Nadeem Ansari said.

The Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court’s verdict came in the afternoon on the discharge application filed by all the nine accused in that case. They have been discharged.
Shahid Nadeem Ansari, Advocate

7. Row Over Political Crises Takes Centre Stage

Imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand dominated both Houses of Parliament on Monday with the Congress raising the matter in the Lok Sabha and creating a ruckus in Rajya Sabha, where no meaningful business could be conducted amid uproar.

According to a Livemint report, political analysts believe that the government is facing some serious trouble from the opposition.

Congress MP Kantilal Bhuria showing newspaper to media regarding the drought situation in the country during the first day of the new session of Parliament (Photo: PTI)
Congress MP Kantilal Bhuria showing newspaper to media regarding the drought situation in the country during the first day of the new session of Parliament (Photo: PTI)
“The government has to justify itself on the political developments in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh. The government knows that it is politically weak. Parliament has to ponder over these issues. The problem is that the Congress is not allowing debate and discussion in Parliament,” said Bidyut Chakrabarty, a New Delhi-based political analyst and political science professor at Delhi University.
Livemint Report

8. Vijay Mallya has Disobeyed Court Orders, Failed to Comply: Banks to SC

The consortium of banks alleged in the Supreme Court, on Monday, that Vijay Mallya, who has been in the UK, is not cooperating in the investigation of cases lodged against him and was averse to disclosing foreign assets.

Submitting its affidavit, the banks contended that Mallya’s refusal to make details of overseas assets public should be construed as a lack of bonafide on his part and the bench, led by Justice Kurian Joseph, should trash his stand, reports The Indian Express.

The banks stated that Mallya has disobeyed and failed to comply with the court orders to put on record details of his assets, apart from disabling banks to assess his ability to repay the loan.

9. Better to Perform in Dance Bars Than Beg: SC to Maharashtra Govt

The Supreme Court on Monday hit out at the Maharashtra government for not granting licences to dance bars on account of non-compliance of some conditions. It said it is better for women to perform than beg on streets or do something “unacceptable” for earning a livelihood.

Women perform at a dance bar in Mumbai. (Photo: Reuters)
Women perform at a dance bar in Mumbai. (Photo: Reuters)

A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh dealt with certain pre-conditions for the grant of licences to dance bars and said,

Conditions subsequent cannot be equated with condition precedents. It is better to perform in the dance bars than begging in the street or doing some unacceptable things for livelihood. The state has to protect the women’s dignity at the workplace. What is this? Why have you not complied with our order? What certificates (do) you (Maharashtra) want? I had told you last time that you must maintain constitutional norms.

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