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QBullet: Tension in Kashmir, Arun Jaitley Slams SC’s NJAC Decision

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Kashmiri Muslim villagers carrying Zahid Ahmed’s coffin in Batango village, Srinagar. (Photo: AP)

1. Tension in Kashmir After Trucker Dies

The 24-year-old truck driver, who was attacked after cow carcasses were discovered on a road in Kashmir, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

Family members of 24-years-old Zahid in Kashmir. (Photo: PTI)
Family members of 24-years-old Zahid in Kashmir. (Photo: PTI)

Zahid Ahmad Bhat’s death has created tension in Kashmir similar to the situation in Dadri after Mohammad Akhlaq was killed over rumours of storing and consuming beef.

One more precious life has been lost to the politics of hate and intolerance that is posing a grave challenge to the State and the country’s plurality. Under no circumstances shall those guilty of this barbaric crime be allowed to go unpunished.
— Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir

Hours after Bhat’s death – he received 70 per cent burns in an attack by a mob in Udhampur on October 9 – five of the seven accused were booked under the stringent Public Safety Act in Jammu, reports The Hindu.

His death caused protests in south Kashmir on Sunday.

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2. Two 17-Year-Olds Held for Toddler’s Rape

Two 17-year-olds were held on Sunday for allegedly raping a two-year-old in Delhi’s Nihal Vihar on Friday night, reports the Times of India.

The incident took place during a power cut at a Ramlila show when the two teens took the child, who knew them both, to a park.

After leaving the child in the park, the two even joined the child’s parents to look for her.

The Chief Minister of Delhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the rising number of such incidents in the city.

Read the full report here.

3. International Body Says Writers Vulnerable, Asks Govt to ‘Protect’ Rights

Pen, a London-based international body of writers, expressed support for Indian writers protesting against “growing intolerance” in the country, on Saturday, reports The Hindustan Times.

During the organisation’s 81st Congress in Quebec, Canada, it also wrote to the Indian President, Prime Minister and the president of Sahitya Akademi, on October 17.

We stand in solidarity with the more than fifty novelists, scholars, poets, and public intellectuals who have returned their awards to the Akademi and admire their courage.
— Pen’s Letter to GoI

The president of Pen, representing the writers present, also wrote to the authorities, expressing concern about the unrest following Kannada scholar MM Kalburgi’s murder.

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4. Beef Row: PM Modi Upset, Amit Shah Pulls up Top Party Leaders

The tension caused by irresponsible comments by several BJP leaders has reached the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Amit Shah.

Nervous over reports that the party is losing its edge in Bihar, the BJP on Sunday reprimanded some of its top leaders for their controversial remarks on the Dadri lynching and cow slaughter, reports The Indian Express.

BJP President Amit Shah during a rally in Bihar. (Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BJP4India/photos/pb.121439954563203.-2207520000.1445217255./1065798173460705/?type=3&amp;theater">Facebook.com/BharatiyaJanataParty</a>)
BJP President Amit Shah during a rally in Bihar. (Photo: Facebook.com/BharatiyaJanataParty)

The leaders pulled up for their remarks include Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan, MP Sakshi Maharaj, Uttar Pradesh MLA Sangeet Som and Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, even though Sharma was absent for the meeting.

The 80-minute long meeting was called after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reportedly, was upset as the remarks were affecting not only the BJP’s chances in Bihar but also potential foreign investment into the country.

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5. Democracy Can’t be ‘Tyranny of Unelected’: Jaitley

Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, slammed the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) Act, reports The Asian Age.

In a Facebook post, he came down heavily on the SC decision that virtually preserved the independence of the judiciary to appoint judges of high courts and the apex court.

(Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ArunJaitley/posts/418492815005939">Arun Jaitley’s Facebook Post</a>)
(Photo: Arun Jaitley’s Facebook Post)

Terming the SC’s reasoning as “erroneous logic,” he added that democracy cannot be a “tyranny of the unelected”.

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6. Nepal Reaches Out, India Says Will Re-Route Trucks

Nepal’s newly appointed Prime Minister, KP Oli approached India with a request of dialogue to solve political differences, reports The Indian Express.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal, Kamal Thapa, met with India’s Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, at Hyderabad House on Sunday.

Deputy PM of Nepal, Kamal Thapa with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on October 18. (Photo: AP)
Deputy PM of Nepal, Kamal Thapa with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on October 18. (Photo: AP)

The Indian government agreed to allow 300 trucks with fuel supplies to enter Nepal crossing every India-Nepal border region barring Raxaul which is a particularly tense area.

Deputy PM Thapa is set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later today.

Read the story here.

7. Nasser-Vishal’s “Pandavar Ani” Sweeps Nadigar Sangam Polls

Veteran Tamil actor M Nasser and young hero Vishal were, on Sunday night, elected as President and General Secretary respectively of the South Indian Artistes’ Association aka Nadigar Sangam, reports the website Onmanorama.

Actors Nassar, President Candidate and Vishal, Secretary Candidate. (Photo: PTI)
Actors Nassar, President Candidate and Vishal, Secretary Candidate. (Photo: PTI)

The result followed an action-packed day for the Kollywood stars in Chennai.

The polls were conducted following a court order secured by Vishal’s team. Polling and the subsequent counting were overseen by a retired Judge of the Madras High Court.

The position of the head of Nadigar Sangam holds a prized place in the circle of artists in South India.

Read the full article here to know more.

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8. Rajkot Police Detain Hardik Patel, Protests at few Places in Gujarat

Rajkot police detained the firebrand Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel ahead of the India-South Africa One-Day International as he had threatened to disrupt the match.

Patel quota agitator, Hardik Patel detained near Rajkot. (Photo: PTI)
Patel quota agitator, Hardik Patel detained near Rajkot. (Photo: PTI)

He hadn’t been released till late at night, reports The Economic Times.

His detention sparked protests at a few places in Gujarat.

In Morbi, a state transport bus was torched, while Patel leaders blocked the National Highway 8 passing through Surat.

Read the complete report here.

9. Maggi Noodles Cleared: What’s Next for Nestle?

Nestle’s Maggi noodles cleared laboratory tests mandated by the Bombay High Court on Friday.

Maggie noodles in Indian stores. (Photo: AP)
Maggie noodles in Indian stores. (Photo: AP)

Nestle India’s shares have already reacted positively to the development, reports The Mint.

Maggie, in all probability might walk away from the government’s ongoing class action suit.

Read what next for Nestle, here.

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