QBullet: SC Defers 35A Case, Constitution Bench to Decide Aadhaar 

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1. SC Defers 35A Case After Govt Seeks Talk Time

The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that it had appointed an interlocutor for holding talks with various stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir and requested it to adjourn the hearing over the politically contentious Article 35A of the Constitution, which gives special rights to permanent residents of the state, saying the court hearing may affect the dialogue process.

Appearing for the Centre, Attorney General KK Venugopal conveyed this to a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud following which the court deferred the hearing by three months. The AG had sought six months time.

A total of four petitions demanding scrapping of the provision have been filed in the SC and were listed for hearing on Monday before the bench.

2. Five-Judge Statute Bench to Decide on Aadhaar Validity

The Supreme Court on Monday decided to constitute a five-judge Constitution Bench to hear petitions from November against the validity of the Aadhaar scheme.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra took the step after Attorney General KK Venugopal said falsehoods had been spread about Aadhaar linking.

A separate Bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, meanwhile, issued notice to the government on a petition filed by advocate Raghav Tankha, challenging the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with mobile numbers.

Tankha said the linkage was “orchestrated by the Union of India in tandem with private telecom service providers” in violation of the fundamental right to privacy.

(Source: The Hindu)


3. RaGa Accuses Modi of Tanking Economy With Twin 'Torpedoes'

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of tanking the country’s economy by deploying two torpedoes — GST and demonetisation.

Speaking to reporters outside the Congress headquarters in New Delhi, Rahul Gandhi said while the economy was able to withstand the “torpedo” of note ban, it could not withstand the one of GST. The economy, he said, “was in tatters now”.

“The prime minister is not able to understand the feeling of the people and the hurt and sadness these two decisions have caused,” he said.


4. All Passport Holders in Deoband to Have Papers Verified by Cops

Amid reports of terror modules hiding in Deoband and neighbouring regions, police will soon conduct a drive to verify thousands of passport holders residing in the sensitive town as well as the entire districts of Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar.

Over 60 people were killed and about 50,000 were left homeless in the Muzaffarnagar riots. Image used for representation.
Over 60 people were killed and about 50,000 were left homeless in the Muzaffarnagar riots. Image used for representation.
(Photo: PTI)

The exercise comes in the wake of the recent arrest of two suspected Bangladeshi terrorists, who had managed to get Indian passports on Deoband addresses.

Saharanpur DIG KS Emmanuel told TOI:

It’s not only about Deoband or any particular community . The verification of passport holders will take place in entire Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur owing to inputs we have received that a few terror modules could be hiding in the area. There have been a few instances in the past when men with questionable credentials were found here.

(Source: Times of India)


5. Gujarat Polls: Mellowed Hardik Ready to Discuss EBC With Congress

Hardik Patel-led Patidars are willing to consider the Congress proposal of providing 20 percent reservation to economically weaker classes (EBCs) through a Constitutional amendment, a group’s spokesperson said on Friday, even as their meeting with the main opposition party seeking their support for forthcoming polls remained inconclusive.

The Patidar leaders, however, decided to withdraw their threat to disrupt Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Surat on 3 November, an indication of forward movement in the first round of talks.

Patel, who did not participate in the meeting but has been seeking other backward classes (OBCs) reservation for his community, said he was ready for a “compromise”.

(Source: Hindustan Times)


6. Bring Hadiya Here, Says Supreme Court

SC directed Hadiya to be produced before 27 November.
SC directed Hadiya to be produced before 27 November.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Hearing of controversial Kerala marriage case, the Supreme Court on Monday directed that Hadiya (Hindu girl Akhila who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man) be produced before it on 27 November.

The court said it could consider the contention of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Hadiya’s father KM Ashokan, that she had been indoctrinated by radical groups and her consent was not free, only after it had talked to her.

“Having heard learned counsel for the parties, we are inclined to modify the order dated August 16, 2017 and accordingly direct the presence of the daughter of the first respondent at 3 pm on November 27, 2017,” said a Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.


7. Hindu Outfit Leader Shot in Punjab, Fifth Murder in 2 Years

Exactly 13 days after the killing of a local leader of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) in Ludhiana, another Hindu right-wing activist, Vipan Sharma, 45, was shot dead in broad daylight in Bharat Nagar locality of the city on Monday.

This is the fifth such murder of Hindu outfit leaders, and the ninth overall of any religious or religio-political leader, in the last two years in Punjab. It is also the third such killing in the tenure of the Congress regime under Captain Amarinder Singh that took power in March.

Preet Nagar resident Sharma, who was district president of Hindu Sangharsh Sena and ran a cable TV business, was shot seven times by two unidentified young men around 2 pm, shows footage from a security camera.

(Source: Hindustan Times)


8. Mumbai-Delhi Biz Class Flyer Plants Bomb Note in Toilet

A Jet Airways passenger aircraft takes off from  Ahmedabad Airport. Image used for representation.
A Jet Airways passenger aircraft takes off from Ahmedabad Airport. Image used for representation.
(Photo: Reuters)

In an incident that sent India's security agencies into high alert, a Jet Airways aircraft on its way from Mumbai to Delhi was diverted to Ahmedabad in the early hours of Monday after an anonymous letter ordering that the flight be flown straight to Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) was found in the business-class toilet by a member of the crew.

The threat letter on the Boeing 737-900 flight that took off from Mumbai at 2:55 am with 115 passengers and seven crew members said there were 12 hijackers on board and if the aircraft landed in Delhi, a bomb placed in its cargo hold would be detonated.

When it did an emergency landing in Ah medabad at 5.30 am, the top brass of the security agencies, who had gathered in Mumbai, Delhi and at Ahmedabad airport in readiness to handle a hijack, found the threat to be a hoax.

An anonymous letter that claimed a bomb was planted on a Jet flight was allegedly the handiwork of a 37-year-old businessclass passenger, Birju Kishore Salla, the son of H Kishore Kumar, a prominent jeweller in Mumbai, investigators said.

(Source: Times of India)


9. Mithali Rises to No 1 in ODI Rankings

India captain Mithali Raj today moved up one place to occupy the No 1 spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batswomen.

File photo of Mithali Raj.
File photo of Mithali Raj.
(Photo: AP)

Ellyse Perry of Australia and Amy Satterthwaite of New Zealand also jumped one place each to be at second and third spots while Meg Lanning of Australia has dropped from first to fourth after missing the series against England due to injury.

Mithali has 753 points, while Perry and Satterthwaite are on 725 and 720 points respectively. Among women bowlers, Jhulan Goswami remained on second spot with 652 rating points, behind Marizanne Kapp (656) of South Africa.

(Source: Times of India)

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