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New Delhi, Jul 22 (PTI) The BJP today took a dig at the Congress, saying the CWC meet presided by Rahul Gandhi was rather a “Congress non-working committee” meeting headed by the party’s “non-performing” chief.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said that the CWC meeting was more of a “Congress darbari meeting” and it was aimed at promoting the interests of a single family.

“Today, the CWC, rather Congress non-working committee, met under non-performing president Rahul Gandhi. After losing the no-confidence motion badly on the floor of Parliament, this was a meeting chaired by Rahul Gandhi, which was previously being chaired by Sonia Gandhi for 20 long years,” he said.

Referring to Sonia Gandhi’s statement that reverse countdown of the Narendra Modi government has begun, Patra said those who had driven this country in reverse gear for 10 years, should not make such a comment.

“The reverse countdown of dynastic politics, appeasement politics and caste politics has begun,” he said, adding that one decision taken at the CWC meeting was that “we do not want to win and our sole aim is to defeat Modi”.

Terming it as an “negative sentiment”, he said, “This country is an intelligent country which only gives way to positive politics and not negative politics.”.

He also attacked Sonia Gandhi for accusing the prime minister of indulging in rhetoric and said the country has witnessed the politics of “hug and wink” and the rhetoric on the floor of Parliament.

Patra also took on former prime minister Manmohan Singh over his remarks on “self praise and jumlas”, saying those who had reduced the post of the prime minister to a “jumla”, should not talk about it.

India is marching ahead and the country has emerged as the sixth largest economy in the world and GST rates have also been reduced further, he said.

He said that senior Congress leader P Chidambaram played an important role in the meeting of the CWC which was more of a “out on bail committee”.

“Many of those occupying high positions were either out on bail or almost on installments of protection from court,” he said.

He said Chidambaram, who has been chargesheeted, stated during the CWC meeting that at best the Congress could contest 150 seats. If a party is looking at contesting only 150 seats, how can it dream of getting the prime minister’s post? Patra asked.

He said in this “namdhari committee meeting”, the sole point of the Congress was that the party was ready to play second, third or even the fourth fiddle.

The Congress has “almost accepted that they have become a new regional party and have lost their national character”, the BJP spokesperson said.

He claimed that the Congress has made a self-declaration that it was no more a national party.

Attacking Rahul Gandhi and the Congress for raising doubts over electronic voting machines (EVMs), Patra said they also did not have faith in the Indian Army and had questioned the surgical strike.

They also do not have faith in the Supreme Court as they had moved an impeachment motion against the chief justice of India, besides in the Reserve Bank of India and the World Economic Forum, he said.

“Actually, the country does not have faith on Rahul Gandhi’s leadership,” he said.

He also hit out at Rahul Gandhi for not taking any action against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for his “Hindu Pakistan” remark.

Tharoor had recently kicked up a row with his remarks that if voted to power again, the BJP will rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a “Hindu Pakistan”.

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The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered CBSE to award 196 marks to students who took Tamil version of NEET 2018 examination for medical admissions as 49 questions were wrongly translated. The verdict by Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court brings huge relief to National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) aspirants in Tamil Nadu.

The High Court has also asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to release new rank list in two weeks.CPI-M leader T K Rangarajan had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking award of full marks for 49 ‘erroneous’ questions in the Tamil version of the NEET.

On July 6, a bench of justices C T Selvam and A M Basheer Ahamed had came down heavily on the CBSE observing that it was being autocratic in the matter related to errors in the Tamil version of this year’s NEET.

It said that despite knowing that a PIL on the matter was filed and it was due for hearing, the CBSE had released the results.”Why did they do so?”, the court asked.

Referring to the CBSE’s submission, the bench said, “How do you decide the right answers for the questions based on majority view? CBSE is accepting even wrong answers under the pretext of majority decision. How is that in Bihar state so many students got through the examination?” it asked.

The petitioner had submitted that key words in the Tamil questions were wrongly translated from English and this caused confusion for the students.

In the previous hearing, the court had asked the CBSE to file an affidavit stating among others on whether any exercise was undertaken to ascertain which of the English words in the syllabi for science subjects were incapable of being reproduced in an equivalent word in Tamil.

The judges had also criticised the CBSE saying that the mistakes in the question paper were not mere ambiguity.

(With PTI inputs) 

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On May 5, 2017, the apex court upheld the capital punishment awarded to the four convicts by the Delhi High Court and the trial court.

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petitions filed by the 2012 Delhi gang rape convicts to review the death penalty awarded to them.

The paramedic student was gang-raped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in South Delhi. She died on December 29, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

A Special Bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and Justices R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan rejected the condemned convicts’ plea for a relook into their case on the ground that they were not properly represented by lawyers during the trial and vital pieces of evidence in their favour was not brought before the court.

On May 5, 2017, the same Bench upheld the death sentence awarded by the Delhi High Court and the trial court to Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22), Vinay Sharma (23) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31).

On Monday, Justice Bhushan, who spoke for the Bench in his judgment, said convicts cannot reargue their entire case in the guise of a review petition. The ambit and scope of a review petition was well-defined, and could only be entertained if there was judicial fallibility, miscarriage of justice and error apparent in the earlier apex court judgment, in this case the May 2017 verdict.

Now, the convicts are left only with the rare remedy of filing a curative petition. They have to show there was judicial bias against them. The curative would be heard by the three seniormost judges of the apex court and the judges on the Bench. In this case, the CJI has led the review Bench.

Order reserved in May last on review pleas

On May 4, 2018, the same three-judge Bench then reserved the order after hearing arguments on behalf of convicts Sharma and Gupta, who sought a review of the 2017 verdict upholding the death penalty awarded to them.

The court had earlier reserved its verdict on a review petition filed by Mukesh.

Advocate A.P. Singh, for Sharma and Gupta, argued that death penalty was “cold-blooded killing.”

Another accused in the case, Ram Singh, died in the Tihar Jail and a convicted juvenile was released from the reformation home after serving a three-year term as per the Juvenile Justice Act.

The case led to the amendment of the Criminal Procedure Code to make rape punishable with the death penalty.

In its May 2017 judgment, the court concluded that the convicts “found an object for enjoyment in her… for their gross, sadistic and beastly pleasures… for the devilish manner in which they played with her dignity and identity is inhumane.”

Justice Banumathi had said “there is not even a hint of hesitation in my mind” in sending the men to their deaths. “If at all there is a case warranting award of the death sentence, it is the present case,” she wrote in her separate concurring judgment.

“Where a crime is committed with extreme brutality and the collective conscience of the society is shocked, courts must award the death penalty. By not imposing the death sentence, the courts may do injustice to society at large,” she observed.

The brutality of the crime had compelled the CJI to note in his May 2017 opinion that the case sounded “like a story from a different world where humanity has been treated with irreverence.”

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Chennai: Rotary International is one of the largest organization with presence worldwide
with over 1.2 million members addressing challenges of the mankind. Chennai is Rotary
International District 3232 which consists of 107 clubs with over 4500 members (Rotarians),
135 Rotaract Clubs and 15000 Rotaractors. Every year a new leader is elected who takes
over as District Governor on 1st of July.
This year, a leading Chennai based Chartered Accountant Rtn.Babu Peram has been
installed as District Governor for the year 2018-19 who addressed a huge gathering at
Chennai Trade Center on 1st of July, 2018. The Chief Guest was Past Rotary International
President (2015-16) Rtn. K.R.Ravindran – the first Tamil origin RI President, from Rotary Club
of Colombo.
The Rotary Theme this year is “Be the inspiration”. On that note, DG Rtn.Babu Peram
started with Community Service Projects on the day 1 by performing Bhoomi Puja for
construction of 64 houses and to develop a modern village for the Irula tribal families in
Kuyilkuppam near Mahabalipuram supported by past district governor Rtn.Abirami
Ramanathan. 64 families would get new houses with all essential home appliances with
community health center in addition to creation of alternative employment opportunities.
The District Governor in his speech inspired many and the Rotarians in the district
donated US$ 5,80,000 on the day 1 to The Rotary Foundation. He plans the year to do
many community development projects in health, education, skill development,
construction of public toilets in 20 places, building libraries, smart classrooms in 100
schools, creating vocational training centers, joining hands with corporates to do larger
projects. He has committed that R.I.Dist 3232 would do project worth US$ 5 million in
2018-19 within Chennai district which brings a lot of changes in the society.

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Mumbai, Jun 27 (PTI) The BSE Sensex plunged nearly 273 points to close at a three-week low of 35,217.11 today while the Nifty finished below the 10,700-mark on widespread selling by investors rattled by higher crude prices and a weakening rupee.

The Indian currency hit one-and-a-half year lows against the US dollar intra-day amid persistent foreign capital outflows from emerging markets.

The 30-share Sensex opened in the green and hit a high of 35,618.85, but soon turned weaker on heavy selling. It finally ended at 35,217.11, down 272.93 points, or 0.77 per cent.

This is its lowest closing since June 6, when it had settled at 35,178.88.

The wider NSE Nifty touched a low of 10,652.40 before finishing lower by 97.75 points, or 0.91 per cent at 10,671.40.

Sentiment took another hit after the Reserve Bank of India, in its Financial Stability Report (FSR) yesterday, said stress in the banking sector continues as gross non-performing assets (GNPA) ratio rises further.

State-run lenders came under heavy selling pressure, with PNB, Bank of Baroda, SBI, Syndicate Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and Union Bank of India falling up to 6.61 per cent.

The June month expiry in the derivatives segment tomorrow also forced investors to adopt a cautious stance.

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs 538.40 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 238.05 crore yesterday, as per provisional data.

Most Asian markets, led by China, ended lower as jitters over trade conflicts between the US and other major economies lingered.

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Washington, Jun 27 (PTI) President Donald Trump today said he wants foreign workers to come in the US through a merit-based immigration system so as to meet the demands of companies that are moving into America in greater numbers.

Indian-Americans, most of whom are highly skilled and came to the US mainly on H-1B work visas, are the worst sufferers of the current immigration system which imposes a seven per cent per country quota on allotment of green cards or permanent legal residency.

“I want people to come into our country because our country is doing so well. We have companies moving into our country at numbers that nobody has seen in a long time. We need workers. So, I want people to come in. They have to come in through the merit system though,” Trump told reporters at the White House during a luncheon with members of the Congress.

“They have to come in so that they can help our country and these companies,” Trump said responding to a question on immigration after the US Supreme Court upheld his travel ban against people coming from eight Muslim-majority countries.

The US president said he is not against people coming into the country but made it clear he wants them to come legally through a merit-based system, a move which experts believe would help qualified people from countries like India.

In Wisconsin, he said Foxconn, one of the great companies of the world, is setting up a manufacturing base.

“They make the laptop for Apple, and iPhones, a lot of it. And they’re building a tremendous plant right now in Wisconsin. They need workers. I have to let people come in. But they have to come in through a merit. They have to be people that can love our country and help our country,” Trump said.

Trump said that the current immigration policy makes the least sense.

It is a hodgepodge of laws that have been put together over years and this needs to be changed, he asserted.

“It’s so simple. It’s called, “I’m sorry, you can’t come in. You have to go in through a legal process. You don’t have to see a judge where the judge is going to take three years before you can come back. In the meantime, you never come back because you’re already in the country. You’re someplace in the country. And that would be bad, but it’s really bad when it’s a criminal,” he said.

There are plenty of those criminals who are into the country this way. They use young children for their own benefit. We have to change the whole immigration picture. We will be able to do it. We need the border wall. We need the border. We need border security and we need modern equipment. We will get it done, I have no doubt,” he said.

Trump said there needs to be a system wherein the country does not need thousands of judges to handle the cases of illegal immigrants.

“We have to find a system where you don’t need thousands of judges sitting at a border. Other countries look at us and they think we’re crazy. They say, what kind of a thing is that? They have countries where they have no problem with people pouring in. And you have countries where people do want to go in,” he said.

“If you look at the European Union, they’re meeting right now to toughen up their immigration policies because they’ve been overrun. They have been overrun. Frankly, a lot of those countries are not the same places anymore. I’m sad to say it, and I said that at the G7: They are not the same places,” he said.

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Washington, Jun 26 (PTI) Describing immigration reform as his top priority, US President Donald Trump today renewed his push for an immigration system which prevents people from entering America illegally.

“One of the highest on the list is immigration. And we have to change our laws. We have to make them sensible,” Trump told reporters in a joint media appearance with King Abdullah II Bin al-Hussein of Jordan in the Oval Office of the White House.

Trump said he wants a system in place where the foregone conclusion for any illegal entrance is exit.

“We want a system where, when people come in illegally, they have to go out. A nice simple system that works. Mexico holds people for four hours, for five hours, for two hours, and they’re gone. We have people for four, five, six years and they never leave. So we want to have a great immigration,” Trump said in response to a question.

The US president also attacked the Democrats, who he said, are in favour of open borders and alleged that they “do not care about our military”.

“What we have is very simple. We want strong borders and no crime … The Democrats want open borders and they don’t care about crime, and they don’t care about our military. I care about our military. That’s what we want and that’s what we’re going to get. And we’re going to get it sooner than people think,” he said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders later told reporters that virtually all Americans agree that it makes no sense that an illegal alien sets one foot on American soil, and then they would go through a three-to-five-year judicial process to be removed from the country.

“Thousands of illegal aliens are removed every month, without seeing an immigration judge, as a result of procedures in current law, including voluntary removal and expedited removal. Just because you don’t see a judge doesn’t mean you aren’t receiving due process,” she said.

Sanders said the president is focused on securing borders and reforming immigration system to prevent the crisis at the border from getting worse.

Trump, she said, likes to see people being stopped illegally from entering the country at all.

“We’d like to have secure borders. The Democrats are the ones that want open borders. The president would like us to secure the borders and have a very legal and easy immigration process so people can come here the right way, not the wrong way,” she said.

Responding to a question, she said Trump would certainly like to see more expedited removal.

“Ultimately, the president would like to see our border secured so that we don’t have all of these problems to begin with,” she said.

“The president wants to fix our immigration system completely, not just tinker with it. He actually wants us to have a system that works, and he wants to have a secure border. He doesn’t believe in the philosophy that Democrats to, that we should have open borders. He wants to stop that,” Sanders said.

The White House spokesperson affirmed that Trump wants to stop the crime that comes into the US, and his administration hopes to do the same, adding they would like to see the Congress “step up and work with us”.

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Mumbai, Jun 26 (PTI) The BSE Sensex recovered from its weak start to trade 86.22 points higher in late morning trade today on buying in FMCG, telecom, IT, consumer durables and metal sectors amid weak Asian cues.

Investors remained cautious on escalating trade tensions between the US and other leading economies, including the EU, China and India.

Selling was witnessed in energy, industrials, healthcare and power stocks.

The 30-share index was trading at 35,556.57, showing a gain of 86.22 points, or 0.24 per cent at 1105 hrs.

The broader Nifty-50 index was trading lower by 24.70 points, or 0.23 per cent, at 10,787.15.

Major gainers were Coal India 3.05 per cent, Bharti Airtel 1.47 per cent, HDFC 1.44 per cent, ITC 1.01 per cent and Asian Paints 0.95 per cent.

Losers included Tata Motors 2.24 per cent, ICICI Bank 1.47 per cent, RIL 1.36 per cent and Tata Motors 0.92 per cent.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth Rs 198.68 crore on net basis, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold equities to the tune of Rs 86.22 crore yesterday, provisional data showed.

Overseas, Asian markets fell as investors continued to worry about global trade relations.

US stocks declined yesterday, as President Donald Trump’s threats of more protectionism against major partners were met with Chinese and European vows of retaliation

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New Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir was today placed under Governor’s rule for the fourth time in the last one decade after the BJP withdrew support to its alliance partner PDP, prompting Mehbooba Mufti to resign as the chief minister.

A Home Ministry spokesman said “the President has approved imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect.”

The political developments of Jammu and Kashmir continued to dominate the night as President Ram Nath Kovind was in mid air when governor N N Vohra sent his report to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The details of the Governor’s report were immediately sent to Suriname where the president was scheduled to land at 6.30 PM (3 AM IST) on his maiden visit.

“After concluding his consultations with all the major political parties, the Governor has forwarded his report to the President for imposition of Governor’s rule under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir,” a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said last night in Srinagar.

The president after pursuing the report gave his assent and the same was sent to the Union Home Ministry by 6 AM IST following which a process of promulgating Governor’s rule was prepared and sent to Srinagar.

This is the eighth time

in last four decades that the state has been put under Governor’s rule and fourth during the tenure of Vohra since 2008.

The BJP stunned Mehbooba Mufti last afternoon after they pulled out of the over three-year-old ruling coalition with the PDP in the state and called for Governor’s rule.

BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav made this announcement that the party was withdrawing support to the coalition government which had been wracked by bitter political feuds and worsening security challenges.

“It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir,” Madhav had said yesterday.

Governor’s rule was imposed in the state for the first time during the tenure of Vohra for 174 days after the PDP withdrew support to Ghulam Nabi Azad-led Congress-PDP coalition government in 2008.

The PDP withdrew support to the government on June 28, 2008 following widespread protests during the Amarnath land row agitation that pitted Hindu-dominated Jammu region against the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley.

The central rule came to an end on January 5, 2009 after National Conference leader Omar Abdullah was sworn in as the youngest chief minister of the state.

Governor’s rule was imposed in the state for the second time during his tenure after the assembly election results on December 23, 2014 threw up a hung assembly with no party or combination of parties able to stake claim for government formation and Omar Abdullah, the caretaker chief minister, asking to be relieved from the duties with immediate effect on January 7.

The central rule ended after the PDP and the BJP stitched an alliance paving the way for the return of Mufti Sayeed as chief minister on March 1, 2015.

Last time the state was put under the central rule on January 8, 2016 after allies– the PDP and the BJP– deferred the government formation process following the death of Mufti Sayeed. It came to an end after Mehbooba Mufti was sworn in as the chief minister on April 4, 2016.

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New Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) The country is all geared up to roll out yoga mats tomorrow to mark the fourth International Day of Yoga (IDY), with Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to lead about 55,000 enthusiasts in performing asanas in Dehradun.

“About 5,000 events will be held across the country to mark International Day for Yoga (IDY),” a senior AYUSH ministry official said.

Ahead of the Yoga day, the prime minister posted a video on his Twitter handle giving a message that yoga is a “passport” to health assurance and not just a set of exercises that keeps the body fit.

“Yoga is the journey from me’ to ‘we’. It promises balance, calm, helps boost concentration and gives immense strength. As we approach the #4thYogaDay, I urge people around the world to make Yoga a part of their lives (sic),” Modi had tweeted.

Besides celebration is various districts and states which are being organised by state government in coordination with NGOs, the union ministers will go to different venues, inside the national capital and outside to lead yoga events.

In New Delhi, eight events have been planned with the main event being held in Rajpath.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will be organising events at Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Talkatora Garden and Rajpath.

Besides, around 50,000 yoga enthusiasts including women personnel from various Central Armed Police Forces such as BSF, CRPF, CISF will participate in a yoga event at Red Fort organised by Brahma Kumaris.

Yoga functions will also take place in Patanjali Yoga Samiti in Dwarka and Art of Living in Rohini.

Several ministries, like the Ministry of AYUSH has launched mobile app Yoga Locator’ giving details of yoga activities in a particular surrounding area, while the Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched #YogaFor9to5 , a contest to generate awareness on the benefits of yoga at workplace for women.

Besides, celebrations will take place in more than 150 countries, with Indian missions coordinating activities in landmark places, the ministry official said.

On Sunday, Modi had shared through his Twitter handle photographs to various countries on practise sessions in the run-up to Yoga Day.

In India, the biggest gathering will be at Dehraudun’s Forest Research Institure where the Prime Minister and about 55,000 others will stretch and bend in various yogic postures.

Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place with commandos and paramilitary forces deployed to ensure no untoward incidents take place.

In Delhi, eight events have been planned in the national capital with the main event being held in Connaught Place.

The centrepiece of the first IDY celebration on June 21, 2015 was New Delhi’s Rajpath, with the event making it to the Guinness World Records with 35,985 participants performing asanas at one venue and 84 nationalities being part of it.

Last year, the main function was at Lucknow.

The United Nations General Assembly in December 2014 had declared that June 21 would be observed as International Day of Yoga every year, a move for which India had lobbied hard.

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