23 December 2019

FLASH NEWS (MID DAY): Jharkhand Election Results LIVE : Trends not final, says CM Das as Congress-JMM inches towards majority / OIC voices concern over Ayodhya verdict and CAA; says closely watching developments affecting Muslims in India


 Jharkhand Election Results LIVE : Trends not final, says CM Das as Congress-JMM inches towards majority
Ranchi :Even as Jharkhand Mukti Morcha(JMM)-Congress-RJD alliance is racing ahead in Jharkhand, BJP leader and Chief Minister Raghubar Das refused to concede defeat. “Let me clearly state that we’re not only winning but we’ll also form govt under the leadership of BJP in the state,” he told news agency ANI. The Congress-JMM-RJD alliance has managed to take a lead in 39 seats in Jharkhand, while the BJP is ahead in 29 seats. The magic number to form the assembly is 41.While Chief Minister Raghubar Das is leading from Jamshedpur East, the gathbandhan’s CM candidate Hemant Soren is trailing from Dumka. Coming on the back of below-par performances in Haryana and the failure to stay in government in Maharashtra, the results of the Jharkhand Assembly elections will be crucial for the ruling BJP. Raghubar Das, the first Jharkhand CM to complete five years in office, faces anti-incumbency, rural distress, resentment over lack of jobs and even a divide within over the choice of poll candidates.On the other hand, Opposition alliance, led by Hemant Soren’s JMM and which includes Congress and RJD, will look to unseat the saffron party and return to power in the tribal-dominated state. Exit polls for the Assembly elections in Jharkhand have predicted a lead for the JMM-Congress-RJD alliance in the 81-member House.indianexpress
 Tejashwi Yadav confident oppn alliance will sweep Jharkhand, says Hemant Soren is next CM
Ranchi: As counting is underway for 81 Assembly constituencies in Jharkhand, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Monday claimed that there will be a clean sweep for opposition grand alliance and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s Hemant Soren will become the chief minister of the state.“There is going to be a clean sweep for Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) in this election. We have fought elections under the leadership of Hemant Soren. He is going to be the chief minister,” Yadav told ANI here. JMM-Congress-RJD contested the Assembly polls together to take on the ruling BJP in the state.ANI
 OIC voices concern over Ayodhya verdict and CAA; says closely watching developments affecting Muslims in India
Riyadh: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday said it was "closely" following the recent developments "affecting" Muslims in India as it voiced concern over the Citizenship Amendment Act and the verdict in the Ayodhya case.The OIC is a 57-member grouping of Muslim majority nations, including Pakistan. The body has usually been supportive of Pakistan and often sided with Islamabad in its disputes with India."The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has been closely following recent developments affecting Muslim minority in India,” the OIC said in a brief statement.The body "expresses its concern over the recent developments pertaining to both the issue of citizenship rights and the Babri Masjid case," the statement said. The Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed by the Parliament and signed into law by the President this month.The OIC urged the Indian government to ensure the safety of the Muslim minority and the protection of their religious sites.It "reaffirms the crucial importance of upholding the principles and obligations enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and relevant international covenants that guarantee the rights of minorities without any discrimination," the statement said.It also cautioned that "any action, contrary to these principles and obligations, may lead to further tensions and may have serious implications on peace and security across the region."PTI
 ‘They killed my UPSC aspirant son’ — mother of man killed in Bijnor anti-CAA violence
Bijnor: Palpable fear, anxiety and despair enveloped the Bijnor district in western Uttar Pradesh Sunday, two days after two men in their early twenties were killed and 131 arrested by the police in violence that erupted after Friday prayers against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.Anas, 21, and Mohammed Suleiman, 20, were allegedly shot at by the police in Nehtaur, the epicentre of the violence. Bijnor’s superintendent of police Sanjeev Tyagi told ThePrint that of the 131 persons arrested in the district, 70 are from Nehtaur.The family of Suleiman, one of the two men killed, called policemen “terrorists”.“They aren’t police officers. They are terrorists. They are zaalim,” said Sheeba, his older sister.Suleiman’s mother, Akbari Khatoon, added that her son was a UPSC aspirant.theprint
 CAA protests: UP govt claims role of SIMI, PFI in violence
Lucknow: Blaming “outsiders” for the violence during protests against the amended Citizenship Act, the UP government on Sunday said six people from West Bengal associated with PFI and SIMI have been arrested, even as authorities “detained” a Trinamool Congress delegation at Lucknow airport when it was heading to meet the families of those killed in the clashes.Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited Bijnor district where she met families of two persons killed in the violence. UP Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu said she also interacted with people in Nahtaur area.At a hurriedly convened press conference here, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma alleged “outsiders’ role” in the incidents of violence reported from various districts of the state during demonstrations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Acts and that protesters had used illegal firearms.He said that six people hailing from West Bengal’s Malda district, associated with PFI, had been arrested by the state police. Sharma’s statement came on a day a 4-member Trinamul Congress (TMC) delegation from West Bengal, which was planning to meet the families of those killed in Uttar Pradesh during protests over the new citizenship law, was “detained” at Lucknow airport on Sunday afternoon.One of the delegates Nadimul Haque, an MP, said he and other party members were staging a sit-in near a hangar at the CCS airport. “We have been detained at Lucknow airport. As soon as we got down from the aircraft, we were surrounded by police and were taken by the police to a secluded spot on the runway. We are staging a dharna near a hangar,” Haque told PTI over phone.The delegation, led by former MP Dinesh Trivedi, also includes parliamentarian Pratima Mondal and Abir Biswas.AFP
 2 UP districts, 2 deaths: ‘Police just stood and watched’
Rampur, Sambhal: On Saturday morning, Faiz Khan (24) was shot in the neck in Rampur. The evening before, Mohammed Sheroz (23) was shot in the lower abdomen in the neighbouring district of Sambhal. Both of them succumbed to their injuries within hours. Their families say both worked as drivers, and were on their way to work when they were killed in firing during protests in UP against the new citizenship law. And more than 24 hours later, no one knows who killed them.But what their families are really struggling to come to terms with is this: the apathy and negligence that shunted them from one hospital to another, and the pleading with police for hours to hand over the bodies. “Police just stood and watched,” says Sheroz’s brother, Mohammad Adil.On Friday evening, according to Adil, Sheroz left for Kashipur in Uttarakhand along with his employer. “Around 4 pm, we received a call that my brother had been shot and taken to Sewa Hospital from Shankar chauraha (epicentre of the protests in Sambhal). When we reached the hospital, they had no oxygen cylinders available, and referred us to a private multispecialty hospital. Sheroz was bleeding heavily, and we tied a shawl around his abdomen. The police saw us rushing him in the ambulance. But they did not accompany us or ask the hospital to help. They just stood and watched,” Adil says.At the private hospital, says Adil, the gates were shut due to the lockdown, and it took the ambulance siren for the staff to allow them inside from another gate. But the situation inside was similar — no oxygen cylinders.After more than a 24-hour delay, the family says, the body was handed over around 11.30 pm Saturday. “But we haven’t received the post-mortem report or FIR. The police say they have videos of the stone-pelting and firing. But no arrest has been made,” says Sheroz’s father, Ameen.indian express
 Defend Indian Constitution, Hundreds Stage Anti-CAA Protest: New Zealand
Auckland: The peaceful protest, called with a message to ‘Defend the Indian Constitution’, brought together a number of Ex-students of AMU and UNO, New Zealand who chanted slogans of “Azadi” and waved the Indian Tricolour and placards calling for a withdrawal of the CAA and the NRC. Hundreds of students and other groups gathered around the Aotea Square, Auckland on Saturday to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed NRC in India.The peaceful protest, called with a message to “Defend the Indian Constitution”, brought together a number of Ex-students of AMU and UNO who chanted slogans of “Azadi” and waved the Indian Tricolour and placards calling for a withdrawal of the CAA and the NRC.siasat
 CAA protests more important than Dabangg 3 earnings: Actor Sonakshi Sinha
Actor Sonakshi Sinha claims at this point of time, discussions about the Citizenship Amendment Act and the ensuing nationwide protests are more important than any talk of opening day collections of Dabangg 3. According to film trade, the box office collection of Salman Khan film has been hit by the protests.“We all know what is going on in the entire country,” she said, referring to the CAA protests, adding: “I think people know that what is more important, but I am honestly happy with audience response to our film. At this moment, entire country has come together on this matter (CAA protests) and it is more important than a film.”On the nationwide protests against CAA, Sonakshi said: “I am with the people of this country. I feel the way people are protesting on streets, you can’t snatch that right from them. I am very proud of the people who have come out and voiced their opinion. I am with them.”IANS
 Man with two Aadhaar cards and 2 voter IDs found in Odisha's Jajpur
JAIPUR: A curious case of a person with two identities has come to fore in Jajpur Road.  As per an FIR lodged by the coordinator of Vyasanagar unit of Bajrang Dal Sushil Kumar Mallick with Jajpur Road police, Bitu Biswas, son of Aviram Biswas, has two identities, one as a resident of the town and another in West Bengal. Bitu has been staying in Jajpur Road and has a travel business. He had married a Hindu woman before Bhadrak Notary Public two years back and brought a motorcycle under the name. On the other hand, he allegedly has Aadhaar and voter id cards in the name of Soleman Shaik, son of Abdul Salam in Murshidabad, West Bengal. He has even brought an SUV under the name in the neighbouring State and is married to a woman from Murshidabad. new indian express
 35 Detention Centres Ready In Karnataka, BJP Govt Tells High Court
The State government on Thursday informed the High Court of Karnataka that it has identified 35 spaces for temporary Foreigners Detention Centres (FDC) in all districts for lodging alleged undocumented immigrants after they are either released on bail or on completion of imprisonment.The government’s response came after the court asked the state government to spell out its plan for detaining alleged undocumented immigrants in the state. The court has given the government time till November 26 to file an affidavit with details of detention centres in the state and plans to detain immigrants who do not have the required paperwork.The government also told the court that 612 cases had been registered against 866 foreigners for overstaying their visa period, and for violation of various laws, including provisions of IPC. According to the government, these foreigners will be shifted to detention centres in the
 Madras HC Directs Police to Videograph DMK's Anti-CAA Rally
Chennai: The Madras high court has directed the police to videograph DMK’s proposed rally against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 on Monday if the party goes ahead with it despite denial of permission by the police.It gave the interim direction late Sunday night on PILs opposing the rally after the Tamil Nadu government counsel informed that police have denied permission for the protest as there was no firm commitment from the organisers on taking responsibility in case of any violence and damage to property.PTI
 ‘Illiterate ignorant mass’ — Bar Council’s description of anti-CAA protesters draws flak
New Delhi: Condemning the acts of violence that have taken place in the wake of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Bar Council of India (BCI) has passed a resolution appealing to the people to maintain peace and harmony.The resolution, passed Sunday, asked lawyers and leaders of the BCI to help dispel confusion regarding the CAA and defuse “disturbances and violence in the country”.It has, however, drawn criticism too as it called a section of the protesters “illiterate ignorant mass” who need to be convinced that “the matter with regard to CAA is under consideration of the Supreme Court”.The resolution signed by BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said the “illiterate ignorant mass” were being “misled by so-called leaders (for serving their own political ambitions)”.Criticising the BCI’s statement, Chitranshul Sinha, an advocate and author, said, “BCI does not speak for me. I think it’s high time that Mishra (Manan Kumar Mishra) resigns.”After a copy of the signed resolution was posted on Twitter, several users condemned the BCI’s stance.theprint
 9 killed after fire breaks out in Delhi’s Kirari area
New Delhi: A massive fire ripped through a 3-storey residential-cum-commercial building in outer Delhi’s Kirari area, killing at least nine people, including three children, Delhi Fire Services (DFS) said on Monday.Eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot after a call of a fire at a house was received at 12.30 am. The ground floor of the building housed a godown for clothes while the other three floors were residential in nature, according to the fire services.The blaze was brought under control by 3.50 am, a DFS official said.In the Kirari fire incident, three people were rescued. Pooja (24) and her daughters Saumya (10) and three-year-old Aaradhya jumped to an adjacent building to escape the blaze, a police official said.Those killed were identified as Ram Chandra Jha (65), the building’s owner, Sudariya Devi (58), Sanju Jha (36), Guddan and Uday Chaudhary (33) and his wife Muskan (26), their children Anjali (10), Adarsh (7) and six-month-old Tulsi, the fire services official said.Due to a cylinder blast on the second floor, a part of the building collapsed, an official said.PTI



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