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Mumbai to Remain Open 24*7 from January 27 January 23, 2020 12:04

The government of Maharashtra has approved the policy ‘Mumbai 24 hours’ on Wednesday. The policy allows malls, multiplexes and shops to remain open 24 * 7 in the city from January 27.The ministers of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh and Aaditya Thackeray has made the official announcement on Wednesday as they said that malls, shops, eateries, multiplexes in the non-residential areas like BKC, Nariman Pointremain can be remained open round- the- clock from January 27.The state tourism minister of Maharashtra Aaditya Thackeray has told the reporters that this policy that has been decided by the government could help in generating more revenue and jobs and would add up to the already existing 5 lakh people who are working in the service sector.He added saying that it is not a compulsion for the shops, malls and eateries in keeping them open all night but only the ones who feel that they can do good business can agree in keeping their business open round- the- clock.The policy is said to be a phase wise policy in which the first phase would comprise of the allowance of shops, eateries and theaters in malls and mill compounds that are located in the non-residential areas to remain open all night.The Shiv Sena leader has said that a lane will be opened for food trucks in the Bandra Kurla Complex and Nariman Point near NCPA which will be inspected by the food inspectors who would make sure that the rules on solid waste management, decibel limits and law and order will not be violated and if done so, the owners would be liable of lifetime ban.He added saying that the pubs and bars will be closed as usual at 1:30 am as the excise rules have not been touched.However, the move made by the government of Maharashtra has been slammed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with the leaders of BJP saying that this policy of keeping Mumbai open round- the- clock would increase the number of cases regarding crimes against women and is against the Indian culture. The BJP leader has later clarified that he fears for the common Mumbaikars and the women in Mumbai would be unsafe.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Encounter Breaks out Between Militants and Security Forces in J&K January 22, 2020 18:43

The militants and the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir are engaged in an encounter in the Awanitpora region of Kashmir. An officer has said that a cordon and search operations have been launched by the Security forces in Khrew as the information has been gained about the presence of militants in the area.The joint operation is said to be carried by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian army and the police of Jammu and Kashmir.The encounter has started after the militants opened a fire and it has been reported that there was a brief exchange of fire which led to the bringing in of additional forces.The encounter has killed three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists which included a police deserter, in Shopian district, earlier in the day.The Jammu and kashmir police has tweeted saying that the encounter has started at Awantipora.A petrol bomb was hurled at the the security forces in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday evening, by the militants. However, there has been no damage caused due to the attack.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Supreme Court to Hear Petitions Filed Against CAA January 22, 2020 10:28

The Supreme Court to hear today around a whopping 144 petitions related to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which includes the petitions that challenges the constitutional validity of CAA and transfer petitions filed by the Central Government.A three- judge bench would be hearing the petitions with the most petitions being to withdraw the law. Chief Justice SA Bobde would lead the three- judge bench.The petitions claim that the new law that has been passed stands against the basic structure of the constitution and is illegal. The petitions say that the right to equality will get demolished as the law is seeking to grant the citizenship on the basis of the religion.The petitions have been filed by several political parties and the key political parties being the Congress, the DMK, CPI, CPM, Indian Union Muslim League or IUML, Asaduddin Owasi’s All India Majilis- e- Ittehadul Muslimeen and Kamal Hassan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam.A plea has been made that the citizenship law should be declared constitutional which had been refused by the bench in the court on January 9 as it said that the efforts of the country should now be in attaining peace as the country is facing difficult times as that the job of the court is not to declare whether the law is constitutional but it is to determine the validity of the law, says the bench of which Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant has been a part.A notice has already been issued to the center by the top court as it seeks the response of the center on the issue. The center has responded with a request for transferring similar cases that had been filed in the high courts to the Supreme Court.The government says that the Citizenship Act has been amended as it seeks to grant the citizenship of India to all the non-Muslim religions i.e., Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains, Buddists who have been as religious minorities in the three neighboring countries namely Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh facing religious persecutions there and who have come to India on or before December 31, 2014.The people who are protesting against this law fears that the law would be discriminating the people based on their religion as it said that the Muslim communities from the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan would not be granted with the Indian Citizenship and there would be violating the secular principles of the constitution.By Shrithika Kushangi

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SC on Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case January 21, 2020 13:17

The Supreme Court has asked the Government of Tamil Nadu to file a detailed status report regarding the issue of releasing the convicts of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, within two weeks. The Supreme Court has posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks.A notice has been issued by the apex court to the CBI and has asked it to file a response within three weeks of the application which has been filed by A G Perarivalan who is the convict in the assassination case of Rajiv Gandhi.A G Perarivalan was initially awarded death sentence in the case which was later changed to imprisonment for the lifetime.Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21 in the year 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu, during the night, by a woman suicide bomber at a poll rally. The woman has been identified as Dhanu. This attack has killed fourteen others which also included Dhanu herself.The death sentence for the four convicts had been upheld by the top court in May 19999. the convicts of the assasination case were identified as Perarivalan, Murugan, Santham and Nalini.In April 2000, the then governor of Tamil Nadu has commuted the death sentence of one of the four convicts, Nalini on the recommendation of the state government and an appeal was also made by Sonia Gandhi who was a former Congress president.The death sentence of Perarivalan has also been commuted to life imprisonment on February 18, 2014 along with two other prisoners, by the top court on the grounds of delay off 11 years in taking the decision regarding their mercy pleas by the Center. The other convicts whose death sentence has been commuted along with Perarivalan were Santhan and Murugan. Perarivalan has said in his application that he has been held guilty for supplying two nine-volt batteries which were allegedly used in the improvised explosive device (IED) that killed Rajiv Gandhi while the Multi- Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) which is headed by a CBI official, is investigating relating to improvised explosive device.Regarding the issue of release of the convicts of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the Supreme Court has now asked Tamil Nadu Government to file a detailed status report within two weeks and the matter has been posted for further hearing after the two weeks that has been provided.By Shrithika Kushangi

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India Stands Fifth Among the Countries with Commitments to SBT January 20, 2020 18:45

“A Non profit” has released a report on Monday which stated that India has ranked 5th among the countries that have been surveyed for the corporate commitments to the science-based targets.The report says that betterment in the disclosure of climate change risk from the Indian companies are being demanded by the investors which in turn spurred better disclosure from India Inc.The activities based on the reduction of carbon has been examined by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) India annual report, which showed 58 Indian companies of the 59 firms that have been surveyed between the years 2018 and 2019, have board-level oversight of the issues related to climate which seems like 98 percent firms have climate- related issues.The report has said that committees and members have been designated to almost all the boards of top Indian companies, in order to address the climatic risks as it has been ensured by the increasing climate activism and the climate- conscious investors which is a growing band.The report shows India being the fifth country and with maximum number of companies being committed to SBT, it has been said to be the first country in developing the economy.The Director CDP India, Damandeep Singh has said that the companies are being engaged by the scores of the investors in order to disclose the risks in the climate and help them in doing better.It has been found that the environmental data has been disclosed by over 6,900 companies with over 55 per cent of global market capitalisation, through CDP in 2018.The list consisted of the US and Japan topping the list with 135 and 83 companies, the country that ranked third was UK with 78 countries and the fourth place was bagged by France with 51 companies.The report says that, 38 companies have been committed to SBT by December 2019 which shows a significant growth from the year 2018 being at 25 countries.According to the report, the climate concerns in performance evaluation of key personal have been integrated in India by the top corporate managements where in incentives have been provided for meeting the targets.The researchers have said that around 57 of the 59 responding companies in 2019 have stated that they have a process for assessing the risksBy Shrithika Kushangi

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Nirbhaya case: SC Dismissed the Convict’s plea Claiming Juvenility January 20, 2020 16:04

One among the four convicts in the Nirbhaya case has claimed that he was a juvenile at the time of commission of the offence which has been rejected by the Supreme Court today. The convict, Pawan Kumar is said to be hung on February 1. The Delhi High Court has rejected the plea of Pawan Kumar earlier.The Supreme Court has said that, there exists no ground to entertain the petition that has been filed as once the examination of the issue regarding the juvenile has been rejected by the courts, it cannot be raised again. The advocate who has appeared for Pawan has argued that, the convict was a juvenile at the time the crime was committed. AP Singh has argued that, his school certificate is the proof that he was a minor and no court has ever considered the documents of Pawan.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has said that Pawan was 19 years old at the time of the offence and there exists certified copies of his birth certificate as well as the certificate of the convict leaving the school which was taken on record by each and every judicial forum.The police has also said that, the parents of Pawan had confirmed his age and has agreed with no dispute that he was above 18 when the incident of Nirbhaya being gang-raped, tortured and killed had taken place in December 2012.Six men were arrested in the Nirbhaya case out of which one was said to a juvenile and has been released after three years in reform home. Pawan Gupta has filed a complaint on Friday saying that he was a minor when he was indulged in the Nirbhaya crime. The complaint has been filed when the date for hanging the four convicts has been announced. The date is confirmed to be on February 1 at 6 am.The Nirbhaya case is of a young woman who was gang-raped in a moving bus and was tortured by inserting an iron rod before being dumped on the road with severe internal injuries. The name of the woman has not been revealed and has been named as Nirbhaya who died two weeks later after the incident has taken place. This incident took place on 16 December, 2012 and has left the entire nation in shock and anger, demanding justice.By Shrithika Kushangi

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PM Narendra Modi at Globalizing Indian Thought, at IIM Kozhikode January 18, 2020 10:41

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put his words at the international conclave on ‘Globalizing Indian Thought’, at IIM Kozhikode, on Thursday. He addressed the thought of India being vibrant and diverse and described it being constant and evolving.Narendra Modi also added saying that the world has been welcomed to India for centuries now and the civilization of the country India has prospered. He gave the credits to peace and harmony which can be found in India which in turn lead to the country being prospered.Certain ideals which have remained central to the values of India were being addressed which included compassion, harmony, justice, service and openness. Prime Minister Narendra Modi added saying that the ideals that are mention have been championed by Mahatma Gandhi in the 20th century which lead to the contribution to the freedom of India. He also said that, these ideals were the reason which provided strength to millions outside.Narendra Modi has mentioned the Indian way to avoid conflict is with the power of a dialogue but not by any brute force as he described the Indian way of life as provision of a ray of hope, in the world which is seeking to break free from violence, terrorism, hate.He has also addressed about the life-sized statue of Swami Vivekananda that is present at the campus and said that talking about globalizing Indian though at IIM Kozhikode is no mere coincidence.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Deepika Padukone refurbishes her wedding lehenga for her anniversary November 16, 2019 18:04

While celebrities across the world are held accountable for their outfit repeats, Deepika Padukone left everyone awestruck with her refurbished dresses that she wore for visiting the holy destinations of Tirupati and The Golden Temple on their wedding anniversary.The couple, Deepika and Ranveer were seen visiting tha two places one day after the other to celebrate their very first wedding anniversary. Deepika was seen wearing a traditional brick red ankle length kurta paired with dhoti pants and a beautiful sheer tissue dupatta to accessorize the entire look.The outfit, as beautiful as it was, was the same thing that she wore for her chooda ceremony and the fans can keep it in. The beauty and elegance that she portrayed with the dresses match up to the beauty of the piece that she wore that was designed by Sabyasachi himself.By Somapika Dutta

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Former Union Minister Chidambaram to go to Tihar Jail September 05, 2019 18:30

As a special Central Bureau of Investigation court ordered former Union Minister P Chidambaram to judicial custody in the INX Media case, he will be sent to Delhi’s Tihar jail and will be there till September 19. The 74-year-old Chidambaram’s lawyer and party co-worker Kapil Sibal requested a separate cell for him, a cot, a western toilet, and medicines.Sibal strongly argued against judicial custody and said Chidambaram was prepared to be arrested by the Enforcement Directorate."I am willing to go to Enforcement Directorate custody if they want, but why to judicial custody? Either I surrender, let Enforcement Directorate take custody, I don't have a problem," Chidambaram had said.But the CBI said: "The accused is a powerful and influential person, so should be sent to judicial custody." Sibal promptly hit back saying that there had been no case of tampering with or influencing evidence.Chidambaram’s stay in the CBI's custody since the past 15 days was in a room on the ground floor of the agency's building.The former minister was accused of money-laundering in the case involving INX Media. He allegedly misused his position as India’s Finance Minister back in 2017 with easing a huge infusion of foreign funds in INX Media at the case of his son Karti Chidambaram.The information was rendered by INX Media co-founders Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea about Chidambaram and his son. Mukerjea couple is currently jailed in Mumbai in having links with the murder of Indrani's daughter Sheena Bora.Karti Chidambaram, son of Chidambaram was arrested in 2018 for allegedly receiving kickbacks for his part in securing the foreign funds. The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended Chidambaram's CBI custody for two days after his lawyer said he should not be sent to Tihar jail. However, the Supreme Court refused to grant protection to Chidambaram from arrest by Enforcement Directorate. "Anticipatory bail has to be exercised sparingly in cases of economic offenses. Considering the facts and circumstances, this is not a fit case to grant anticipatory bail," the Supreme Court said, in a huge blow to Chidambaram, who has spent 15 days in CBI custody. The court said that the investigating agency has to be given adequate freedom to conduct its investigation and the anticipatory bail by the court at this phase would hamper the investigation.By Sowmya Sangam

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Heavy Rains Lash Mumbai, Over 1,300 Rescued September 04, 2019 15:37

Heavy rains continued to lash Mumbai on Wednesday with waterlogging being reported in many areas. Authorities urged people to remain indoors and as a precautionary measure, schools were ordered to remain shut for the day. The National Disaster Response Force evacuated around 1,300 people from Bail Bazar in Mumbai, where water levels reached four-five feet due to flooded Mithi river nearby. "Heavy rains that started on Tuesday night slowed down Mumbai on Wednesday morning, and by noon, the city had recorded 30.4 mm. Santacruz recorded 121.4 mm rainfall," said the Mumbai unit of India Meteorological Department. Due to incessant rains, many low-lying areas in the city were flooded with over one or two feet water. It also resulted in traffic glitches. Many Pandals of Lord Ganesha set up in the city on account of Ganesh Chaturthi were also flooded with water. "All Ganeshotsav pandals are requested to check for any water seepage and whether any power lines are touching the water. They must exercise extreme caution and switch off the power supply to the marquees (pandals) to ensure the safety of all," the president of BrihanMumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti Naresh Dahibavkar said. The India Meteorological Department predicted heavy rains in Mumbai and surrounding areas over the next 2-3 days. By Sowmya Sangam

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Chandrayaan 2 Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit August 20, 2019 14:11

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft successfully entered lunar orbit on August 20, ISRO announced. According to Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuvre was accomplished at 0902 (9 a.m.) hours as planned, using the craft's onboard propulsion system. "The duration of the maneuvre was 1,738 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a lunar orbit," Isro said.Following this, a series of orbit maneuvers will be carried out, in order to enable the spacecraft to get into its final orbit, passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon's surface. Subsequently, the lander will be apart from the orbiter and get into a 100 km X 30 km orbit around the Moon. It will then carry out a series of complex braking maneuvres to soft-land in the south polar region of the Moon on September 7.The robustness of the spacecraft is being monitored around-the-clock from the Mission Operations Complex at Isro's Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bengaluru, with the support of Indian Deep Space Network antennas at Bylalu, near Bengaluru. The next lunar-bound orbit maneuvre is scheduled on August 21, between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm.                        (Image source from: The News Minute)“This mission will help us gain a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon by conducting detailed topographical studies, comprehensive mineralogical analyses, and a host of other experiments on the lunar surface. [...] While there, we will also explore discoveries made by Chandrayaan 1, such as the presence of water molecules on the Moon and new rock types with unique chemical composition,” a statement from ISRO said. The Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 22 by a GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle and had entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory on 14 August. According to ISRO, Chandrayaan 2, which comprises an orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyaan), will also emphasize on till now unexplored sections of the Moon's South Polar region. The mission life of the orbiter will be one year, whereas the mission life of the lander and rover will be one lunar day, equivalent to fourteen earth days.By Sowmya Sangam

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Arun Jaitley's Condition 'Critical': Sources August 17, 2019 11:12

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was admitted to AIIMS in New Delhi on August 9 after complaining of breathlessness and restlessness, is in a critical stage and multidisciplinary unit of doctors is supervising his treatment. To inquire about the health condition of Jaitley, 66, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited AIIMS on Friday. Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind had also visited AIIMS to pay Jaitley a visit.                        (Image source from: Livemint)The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has not issued any bulletin on Jaitley's health condition since August 10. A lawyer by profession, Jaitley, had been an important part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet in the Bharatiya Janata Party government's first term. He held the finance and defense portfolios. Because of his ill health, Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election. He had undergone a renal transplant on May 14 early this year at AIIMS with Railways Minister Piyush Goyal replacing for him in the finance ministry at that time. Jaitley refrained from attending office since early April last year and was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018. In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to set right the weight he had gained owing to a long-standing diabetic condition.By Sowmya Sangam

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