QBullet: PM Modi on Swamy, Rajan; Punjab’s Drug Problem and More

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Updated28 Jun 2016, 02:15 AM IST
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1. Swamy “Inappropriate” But Rajan “No Less Patriotic”, Says PM Modi

Narendra Modi’s first interview with an Indian news channel since becoming the Prime Minister took place on Monday with Times Now’s Arnab Goswami.

In the interview, Modi disapproved of party MP Subramanian Swamy’s “inappropriate” attacks on RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan. Calling Rajan “no less patriotic,” he virtually ticked off Swamy saying “if anybody considers himself above the system then it is wrong.”

After indirectly snubbing BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in the interview, Modi also launched a rather unambiguous attack on political ‘hotheads’ who make extreme comments, in the name of the party.

2. UP Netas Would Orchestrate Violence for Money: Report

According to an India Today report, politicians in Uttar Pradesh are willing to orchestrate violence if paid. The report suggests that a leader quoted “five lakh rupees” as the price for triggering unrest. The revelation comes ahead of the Assembly polls in the state.

The India Today exposè reveals three leaders who were willing to participate in triggering religious conflict for personal gain and for a price. Parminder Arya, one of the leaders who was approached, said:

Let us know whose clothes are to be torn. We’ll do that. Sometimes, boys go berserk. There are chances of people getting seriously injured in such situations.
Parminder Arya, Hindu Swabhiman Sangathan

3. Pakistan Wrote to 17 Countries Against India’s NSG Bid, Says Sartaj Aziz

Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Adviser, said on Monday that Nawaz Sharif wrote to several leaders against India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif personally wrote letters to 17 prime ministers of different countries on the matter, which is on record.
Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Affairs Adviser, Pakistan

India and Pakistan are non-signatories of the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty, aiming to join the 48-member-bloc.

The Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) meeting last week failed to achieve consensus over the entry of India, as some countries, including China, objected that being a non-signatory to the NPT, India was not eligible for the membership.

Pakistan, along with China, had tried to sell the idea that a criteria-based non-discriminatory approach was needed to admit new members.

Read more on The Quint.

4. Racism on the Rise in Wake of Brexit

Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union following a referendum on 23 June, hate crime and instances of racism have been on the rise in Britain, reported Hindustan Times.

After it emerged that over 100 incidents of racial abuse and hate crimes have been reported since the UK voted to leave the EU, outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday that Britain will not tolerate intolerance.

In the past few days we have seen despicable graffiti daubed on a Polish community centre, we’ve seen verbal abuse hurled against individuals because they are members of ethnic minorities. We will not stand for hate crime or these kinds of attacks. They must be stamped out.
David Cameron

5. Celebrities Rally for Gay Rights, Move SC Against Section 377

Dancer NS Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hotelier Aman Nath and business executive Ayesha Kapur are some prominent supporters of the gay community who have signed a petition for moving the Supreme Court against Section 377. The petition will be up for hearing by the Court on 29 June, reported The Times of India.

This petition is the first of its kind, according to the report, because for the first time, homosexuals who are directly affected by this section have come forward in protest. The first paragraph of the petition reads as follows:

The petitioners are lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGBT) citizens of India whose rights to sexuality, sexual autonomy, choice of sexual partner, life, privacy, dignity and equality, along with the other fundamental rights guaranteed under Part-III of Constitution, are violated by Section 377.

The Supreme Court had earlier rejected two petitions, one initiated by the Naz Foundation, and another by filmmaker Shyam Benegal, against Section 377 which criminalises homosexuality.

6. Pampore CRPF Ambush Orchestrated by Hafiz’s Son-in-Law, Says Intel

According to a The Times of India report, the attack on a CRPF regiment in Pampore region of Jammu and Kashmir on 25 June was brought about by the son-in-law of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the Lashkar-e-Taiba chief.

The report says that the intelligence agencies and police in Jammu and Kashmir has found enough evidence to ascertain that Pakistan had a direct role to play in the attack.

We believe Waleed, who has been associated with Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) for a long time and now handling LeT operations, gave instructions for this operation.
Officer

7. Inquiry Panel Confirms Former Home Secretary Knew of Changes in Ishrat Jahan’s Affidavit

The one-man inquiry committee, which probed the issue of missing files in the controversial Ishrat Jahan encounter case, has claimed that former Home Secretary GK Pillai was in the know of the changes made in the second affidavit related to the case which was to be filed before Gujarat High Court.

The panel noted that a draft copy of a letter addressed to then Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati by the then Home Secretary GK Pillai on 18 September 2009 has been recovered from the computer of the office of the Home Secretary which refers to some discussions in the chamber of the Law Minister in regard to the supplementary affidavit.

The panel’s claim assumes significance as it was Pillai, few months ago, who alleged that Chidambaram as Home Minister “bypassed him” and had rewritten the affidavit.

8. Doctors Say Drug Addicts Being Targeted in Punjab

Doctors have punctured holes in the crackdown against drug addicts in Punjab by pointing out that the addicts are being targeted, while calling the crackdown “flawed.”

The entire focus of the crackdown was lopsided given how the addicts were targeted. Putting addicts behind bars will not serve any purpose. There was a reign of terror during the time and patients used to approach us asking for certificates that they were under treatment for drug addiction because they had been threatened that they would be put behind bars.
Dr Simmi Waraich

Read the complete report here.

9. Centre Gives Green Signal for World Trade Centre in Hyderabad

The Centre has agreed to fund the construction of the World Trade Centre in Hyderabad, on the lines of Mumbai and Bangalore, reported Deccan Chronicle.

TS (Telangana State) has higher number of SEZs (Special Economic Zone) over AP (Andhra Pradesh). But we have no multi-product SEZs. We sought two multi-SEZs and dry port at a single location so that it would be suitable for imports and exports. We also requested to bear some portion of transportation charges on imports and exports from dry port. The minister told us that the Centre is in the process of devising a dry ports policy in this regard and Telangana would be considered for a pilot project for implementing this.

Hyderabad will now become the third city with a WTC in India and become part of a global network of WTCs currently located in 100 countries.

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Published: 28 Jun 2016, 01:33 AM IST

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