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Updated21 Jun 2016, 02:02 AM IST
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1. FIR Filed Against Sheila Dikshit, Kejriwal as Part of Water Tanker Scam

On Monday, the Delhi Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) filed an FIR against former and current Chief Ministers, Sheila Dikshit and Arvind Kejriwal as part of an investigation into the Rs 400 crore water-tanker ‘scam’, reported The Indian Express. The two politicians might also be called in for questioning as part of the probe.

FIR is against both the previous Delhi Government and present government, rest let’s see what comes up during the investigation. We got a complain from Kapil Mishra that they got an inquiry conducted and found out that the scam was during Sheila Dikshit government.
MK Meena, ACB Chief

2. Karnataka CM Attempts to Contain Protests Over Cabinet Reshuffle

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. (Photo Courtesy: <i>The News Minute</i>)
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

In the wake of the cabinet reshuffle that happened in Karnataka, violent protests took place as ruling Congress members expressed their discontent.

While dawn-to-dusk shut downs were held by the supporters of Dinesh Gundu Rao’s supporters and party workers near the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s official residence to protest his removal from the cabinet, the latter had to eventually intervene to contain the dissatisfaction. He spoke to several ministers, giving reasons for revamping of the ministry.

Supporters of ministers who were dropped from the cabinet staged protests that included disrupting traffic and burning tyres to mark their protest.

Also Read: Karnataka CM Steps in for Damage Control After Cabinet Reshuffle

3. Tawade to Be Taken into Custody by SIT, Questioned for Pansare’s Murder

 Virendra S Tawade being taken away after produced before the Sessions Court for alleged involvement in the 2013 murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. (Photo: IANS)
Virendra S Tawade being taken away after produced before the Sessions Court for alleged involvement in the 2013 murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. (Photo: IANS)

Sanatan Sanstha member Virendrasinh Tawade, who was arrested by the CBI for conspiracy in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, will now be questioned in the shooting of leftist Govind Pansare as well, reported Hindustan Times.

This development comes only days after Tawade’s confession of attempting to procure arms and ammunition just days before Dabholkar was shot dead.

The report also pointed out that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has managed to secure permission to take Tawade into custody. Additionally, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and SIT have maintained that the same person could be responsible for the murder of both Dabholkar and Pansare.

Though Tawade’s statements have also implicated other Sanstha members, the Sanstha has constantly denied any involvement.

Also Read: Sanatan Sanstha VS SIMI: What Is the Litmus Test For a Ban?

4. RSS Cloaks its Hindutva Ideology to Host International Iftar

To affect the message of communal harmony, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is planning to host an international iftar on 2 July, reported India Today. The guest-list will include 140 ambassadors from both Muslim and non-Muslim countries.

The iftar would be organised by the RSS-patronised Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM). Indresh Kumar, Sangh pracharak (volunteer) for MRM, commented on this and said:

The last Prophet had himself said that in times of internal and external disturbances, the spiritual waves of peace and calmness come from the east, from India. He said this nearly 1,400 years ago. India is a ray of hope and peace for the Muslim world. I hope this is the line of approach of all the speakers at the party.

5. Complete Breakdown of Any Semblance of Governance in Delhi: Subramanian Swamy

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. (Photo: PTI)
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. (Photo: PTI)

Subramanian Swamy has launched attacks against the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, holding his government responsible for the breach of constitutional norms, while seeking intervention by the President, reports The Indian Express.

In his letter to the President, Swamy adopted a caustic tone to comment on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.

There appears to be a complete breakdown of any semblance of governance in National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. The AAP is functioning in a highly arbitrary, unreasonable and mala fide manner.
Subramanian Swamy

The BJP MP also attacked Najeeb Jung, the Delhi Lieutenant Governor, and accused him of seeking advice from Sonia Gandhi’s Political Secretary, Ahmed Patel.

He (Jung) has no work other than making rounds of Ahmed Patel’s place. He (Jung) should have spoken out for MPs like Girri and he should have ordered Kejriwal to provide documents or apologise.
Subramanian Swamy

6. While White House Endorses India’s NSG Bid, Congress Accuses Modi of Creating “Misplaced Euphoria”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama. (Photo: IANS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama. (Photo: IANS)

In an official statement, the White House Press Secretary said:

We believe, and this has been US policy for some time, that India is ready for membership and the United States calls on participating governments to support India’s application at the plenary session of NSG later this week. The United States will certainly be advocating for India’s membership.
Josh Earnest, Press Secretary, White House

The US has not only endorsed India’s desire to be made part of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), but has also asked other nations to come out in support of India.

However, back home, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans have seemed to have run into troubled waters with the Congress accusing both the Prime Minister as well as Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj of giving a sense of “misplaced euphoria”.

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma has accused the two BJP leaders of being “less than honest”.

Also Read: PM Modi and Sushma are Less Than Honest on NSG Issue: Congress

7. Orlando Shooter Was Radicalised Domestically, Not Directed by Foreign Terrorist Group

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claimed that the investigation body has found no evidence against Omar Mateen so far which suggest any ties with a foreign terrorist group. Senior FBI sources said it is highly likely he was radicalised domestically.

In the wake of the Orlando shooting that took place on 12 June at a night-club, the US Senate on Monday rejected four measures restricting guns, although lawmakers were still trying to forge a compromise that could keep firearms away from people on terrorism watch lists, reported Reuters.

All four of the measures to expand background checks on gun buyers and curb gun
sales to those on terrorism watch lists – two put forth by Democrats and two by Republicans – fell short of the 60 votes needed for passage in the 100-member chamber.

Additionally, the US Justice Department and the FBI on Monday released what they said was the complete transcript of the phone conversation between the Orlando nightclub shooter and 911 police operators.

An excerpt from the transcript read:

I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.

8. Dalit Sisters Arrested Over Assaulting CPI(M) Workers, One Later Attempted Suicide

One of the two Dalit sisters who had been arrested and later granted bail in Kerala was admitted to a hospital after consumption of a lethal amount of pills in an alleged suicide attempt, reported Hindustan Times.

The two sisters had been arrested under non-bailable charges, leading to widespread protests as well as to the National Commission for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe demanding a report from the state police chief.

The two girls had been arrested for allegedly assaulting CPI(M) workers in Kannur district of Kerala. However, they said they had gone to the party office to confront party workers who regularly insulted them based on their caste.

9. Was Under No BJP Pressure for Certification: CBFC

CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/BollyTabloid/status/645953578243264512">@BollyTabloid</a>)
CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@BollyTabloid)

As the massive controversy surrounding Udta Punjab drew to a close, the leaked version of the film two days before the official release on 17 June once again put the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in the limelight.

However, the CBFC Chief Pahalaj Nihalani denied any involvement in the leak and said he will voluntarily go to jail if proven guilty, reported The Hindu.

We had to issue a certificate within 48 hours as directed by the Court. The producer handed over the CD to us at 6:30 PM, which is required to be verified and sealed.
Pahalaj Nihalani to India Today TV

Denying all allegations of being under pressure by the BJP regarding the certification of the film, Nihalani asked:

...why should I resign? I did my job. There is no corruption now. My conscience is 100 percent clear...No one, neither the BJP nor the Minister of State Rajyavardhan Rathore called me to deny certification.

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Published: 21 Jun 2016, 01:58 AM IST

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