QBullet: Nirbhaya Kin Speak Out; Aamir’s Remarks Politicised

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The minor who was convicted in the gangrape and murder of Nirbhaya. (Photo: Reuters)

1. Aamir’s `Quit India’ Remarks: Rahul, Kejriwal Back Actor, BJP Sees Conspiracy

Aamir Khan seen leaving with son Azad. (Photo: PTI)
Aamir Khan seen leaving with son Azad. (Photo: PTI)

Bollywood icon Aamir Khan’s comments on `rising intolerance’ sharply divided polity , and sparked a heated debate as actors and commentators took sides while social media buzzed over his revelation that his wife had asked him whether they should leave the country as “she fears for her child“.

The Congress, the left parties, SP and AAP backed the actor, with Rahul Gandhi tweeting that the Centre should “reach out to people“ and not bully them. CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “Every word he said is so true. I admire him for speaking up.” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said there was a “political conspiracy to defame India” and there was “no better neighbour than a Hindu for a Muslim.” Actor Anupam Kher, who supported BJP in the intolerance debate, asked whether Khan told his wife that India had made him a superstar.

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2.Perturbed Over His Imminent Release, Nirbhaya Kin Move NHRC Saying Juvenile Still a Threat

Nirbhaya’s mother breaks down while talking to <b>The Quint</b>. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Nirbhaya’s mother breaks down while talking to The Quint. (Photo: The Quint)

Nirbhaya’s parents have moved the National Human Rights Commission saying that the juvenile offender in the rape and murder of their daughter, who will be released on December 15, continues to be a threat to society.

In their petition, the parents said the juvenile should be kept under watch. An NHRC statement said, “The parents stated that the rate of (his) recidivism (tendency to commit crimes again) is fairly high.”

Perturbed over the juvenile’s imminent release, the parents asked the NHRC to recommend that the government prepare a plan to protect citizens from delinquent juveniles after their release and also strengthen laws on the subject. NHRC has issued notices to the Centre and the Delhi government on the complaint. In an earlier interview with The Quint, Nirbhaya’s mother had demanded that the juvenile’s identity be revealed.

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3. Turkey Shoots Down Russian Plane For Air Space Violation

File photo of the F-15E Strike Eagles that shot down a Russian plane. (Photo: Reuters)
File photo of the F-15E Strike Eagles that shot down a Russian plane. (Photo: Reuters)

Turkey shot down a Russian military plane after it allegedly violated Turkish airspace on Tuesday. Turkey, in a letter to the UN Security Council said the plane was warned 10 times within a span of five minutes.

Nobody should doubt that we made our best efforts to avoid this latest incident. But everyone should respect the right of Turkey to defend its borders
Tayyip Erdogan, President, Turkey in a speech in Ankara.

Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin has called Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet “a stab in the back”, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists, saying the incident would have serious consequences for Moscow’s relations with Ankara.

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4. Winter is Coming: Jaitley Reaches Out to Opposition on GST

Arun Jaitley. (Photo: Reuters)
Arun Jaitley. (Photo: Reuters)

Two days before the beginning of the winter session of Parliament, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley expressed the government’s willingness to discuss with the Congress-led opposition the possibility of making changes to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in a clear bid to break the stalemate on the proposed tax reform.

But speaking at an Assocham event in New Delhi Tuesday, Jaitley also emphasised that some of the suggestions made by the Congress were “not in the larger interest of the GST structure” and warned that a GST regime with a “flawed architecture” could have the potential to “actually damage the system much more than it can benefit”.

Jaitley’s comments came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed his government’s commitment to rolling out the GST among the slew of reform measures being pursued by the Centre.

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5. MoS Agriculture Seeks Appointment From VC Firms to Discuss Niece’s Startup’s Funding

Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan. (Photo: <a href="http://www.bjp.org/know-your-candidate/candidate/dr-sanjeev-balyan">BJP website) </a>
Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan. (Photo: BJP website)

Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan’s office on Tuesday sent emails to a couple of venture capital firms requesting them for an appointment to discuss the issue of raising funds to enable his “niece” Monika Balyan launch an app ‘A Start-up Company’, reports The Indian Express.

The email was sent by Sumit Arora from the “Office of Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan)” via his official email account. When contacted, Arora confirmed he sent the mail. “I sent the mail on instruction. There seems to be a communication gap. I should not have sent it. It is a mistake.”

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6. Bhatkal Man Allegedly Sent Rs 50,000 to Hyderabad Youth so he Could Travel to Syria to Join ISIS

A member of the Islamic State waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa, Syria. (Photo: Reuters)
A member of the Islamic State waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa, Syria. (Photo: Reuters)

A 35-year-old from Bhatkal in coastal Karnataka has been detained by police in Dubai for allegedly being a propaganda agent and recruiter for the Islamic State (ISIS). This man allegedly even provided funding of Rs 50,000 to a youth from Hyderabad in 2014 so he could travel to Syria/Iraq to join the terror outfit, investigations by Indian agencies have revealed.

According to investigators, Adnan Hasan Damudi, under detention in Dubai, deposited the money in the account of the sister of a Hyderabad youth, whom he was trying to attract to the IS. The Hyderabad youth was among four Indians who tried to go to Syria/Iraq to join the IS last year before being caught in West Bengal by the Hyderabad police.

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7. Sheena Was Strangulated: AIIMS Report

Sheena Bora. (Photo: The Quint)&nbsp;
Sheena Bora. (Photo: The Quint) 

Sheena Bora died due to asphyxia as a result of strangulation, according to a medical report that is part of the CBI chargesheet in the sensational murder case in which her mother Indrani Mukerjea is the key accused. The report was prepared by a five-member medical board formed by the Government-run All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) based in New Delhi.

“Death in this case is due to asphyxia as a result of strangulation by the way of ligature or manual cannot be ruled out,” said the report.

The report also said the human skeleton, sent for examination and believed to be of Sheena’s, was of a female aged about 23. It put the time of death at about three years ago. These details broadly matched with Sheena, who was aged 24 at the time of her murder in April 2012.

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8. Bihar Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav Cracks the Whip on RJD Legislators

Tejaswi Yadav. (Photo: <a href="http://rjd.co.in/">RJD website</a>)
Tejaswi Yadav. (Photo: RJD website)

Tejaswi Yadav reprimanded RJD legislators who’ve “claimed” official bungalows that are yet to be allotted and issued a stern warning that the mandate given by the people made it mandatory for all in the party to safeguard its image, reports The Telegraph.

The younger son of Lalu Prasad was speaking at the first meeting of RJD MLAs and office-bearers after the election victory.

I have learnt that some of our MLAs have forcefully occupied official bungalows. I don’t understand why some of our MLAs are in a hurry. This gives a bad name to the party and tarnishes its reputation. All the MLAs will get homes and those who don’t will get funds from the government so they can rent a house for themselves. The legislators should refrain from such actions at any cost
Tejaswi Yadav, Deputy CM, Bihar

It was reported on Tuesday how at least two RJD MLAs, Arun Kumar Yadav and Anil Kumar Yadav, have staked their claim on bungalows of outgoing legislators by getting their nameplates fixed without any official sanction.

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9. What Ban Ki Moon Expects From Paris Climate Change Conference

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressing the media  at UN headquarters in New York (Photo: Reuters)
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressing the media at UN headquarters in New York (Photo: Reuters)
For the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the frontlines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global response. Why do I care so much about this issue? First, like any grandfather, I want my grandchildren to enjoy the beauty and bounty of a healthy planet. And like any human being, it grieves me to see that floods, droughts and fires are getting worse, that island nations will disappear and uncounted species will become extinct.
Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations

Ban Ki Moon writes that a meaningful climate agreement that arises out of the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris from November 30 in Paris will build a better today ­and tomorrow, clean our air and protect our oceans. But he also adds that the the climate change conference is not the end point, and that it must rather be the turning point towards a low emission, climate-resilient future.

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