Calcutta court puts on hold Durga idol immersion ban, Kuldeep Yadav’s hat-trick: Top stories to bring you up to date
Calcutta HC puts on hold aside restrictions on Durga idol immersion, Rahul Gandhi wins over NRIS with speeches in the US, Kuldeep Yadav hat-trick and Virat Kohli’s 92 slay Australia, Kejriwal asks Kamal Haasan to join politics, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei slams Trump’s ‘gangster and cowboy’ speechindia Updated: Sep 22, 2017 07:58 IST
Calcutta HC puts on hold restrictions on Durga idol immersion, Mamata says won’t succumb to conspiracy
The Calcutta high court on Thursday put on hold a West Bengal government order that banned immersion of Durga idols during Muharram and also asked for adequate security arrangements to avoid a communal flare-up. Terming the government’s directive as arbitrary, a division bench of acting chief justice Rakesh Tiwari and justice Harish Tandon asked police to designate separate routes for Durga Puja and Muharram processions, allowing immersions on September 30 (Dashami) and on October 1 (Muharram). Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who is often accused by the BJP of appeasing the minority community, said if there was violence on October 1, the “conspirators” would be responsible. Read the story here.
New York to New Delhi, Modi government faces pincer attack from Sonia, Rahul
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi continued his attack on the government from US soil, raising the issue of growing intolerance in India on Thursday, even as party president Sonia Gandhi sought to corner the ruling alliance over the women’s reservation bill. Sonia’s letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday seeking the passage of the contentious bill—which hasn’t seen the light of the day due to demands for sub-quota for SCs/STs, OBCs and minorities—is seen as intended to pre-empt any attempt by the National Democratic Alliance to claim credit for the move. Hours later, in the early hours of Thursday (IST), Rahul Gandhi made a veiled attack on the NDA government, saying that India’s reputation as a country of peace and harmony is in danger abroad because of divisive forces at work back home. Read the story here.
‘Would like to see more of him,’ say NRIs after Rahul concludes speech at Times Square
As he wound down his speech to Indian-Americans at a marquee hotel in the middle of bustling Times Square in New York on Wednesday night, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said he would be back soon and the next time, there would be enough time for photographs and “selfies” with supporters. “We would like to see more of him,” said Rajni Patel, a New Jersey businessman leaving the venue, when asked what he thought of the Congress leader . “And he said he will be back soon — but what he said today, needed to be said and heard.” “Rahul Gandhi’s public and private appearances in the US certainly beat expectations, although the bar was set low,” said Carnegie’s Milan Vaishnav, a close observer of politics in India. Read the story here.
Kuldeep Yadav hat-trick, Virat Kohli’s 92 slay Australia, India 2-0 up
Time will tell whether the mystery around Kuldeep Yadav deepened after he took a hat-trick at Eden Gardens on Thursday but by then the second one-dayer against Australia had already swung India’s way. The Chinaman bowler’s feat, the second at Eden after Kapil Dev’s hat-trick in 1991 and the third by an Indian, fast-forwarded India to their eighth successive ODI win. With the second ball of the 33rd over, Kuldeep Yadav felled Matthew Wade with a leg-break. Then Ashton Agar was dismissed by a fuller leg-break. A googly followed two leg-spinners and all Pat Cummins could do was edge it to MS Dhoni. Read the story here.
Rohingya Muslims are illegal immigrants, deporting them not against law: Rajnath
The Rohingya were not refugees but illegal immigrants who would be deported, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday, reinforcing the government’s tough stand on the minority community that has fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar. Speaking at a seminar organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Singh said the Rohingya had entered India without following procedure and not one of them had applied for asylum. “To get the refugee status, one needs to follow a certain process. None among them has followed that procedure,” Singh said. Read the story here.
Focus on fighting corruption, says Kamal Haasan after meeting Kejriwal
Tamil movie superstar Kamal Haasan on Thursday called Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal his mentor and guide in fighting communalism and corruption, and the Delhi chief minister asked the actor to join active politics. The two met over an hour-long lunch at the 62-year-old actor’s Eldams Road residence in Chennai’s Alwarpet neighbourhood, reinforcing speculation about Haasan taking the political plunge. “Kejriwal has a national image as a fighter against corruption and communalism. And for me it is a learning curve, meeting him and discussing national and state politics and a wide range of issues,” Haasan told reporters. Read the story here.
‘Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan, brother Iqbal tells Thane police’
Dawood Ibrahim, underworld don-turned-global terrorist, definitely lives in Pakistan, his brother, Iqbal Kaskar, has reportedly confirmed to the Thane police who are questioning him after his arrest in an extortion case. Iqbal even provided his interrogators four addresses of Dawood’s in Karachi, police sources close to the case told HT. India has long maintained that Dawood Ibrahim lives in Karachi and Pakistan has consistently denied this. The Thane police, the sources said, planned to share Kaskar’s claims with central intelligence agencies so as to verify if the information matches what is already known about Dawood’s whereabouts. Read the story here.
Mexicans race to save schoolgirl buried by quake; death toll at 237
Mexican rescuers raced against the clock on Wednesday to save a 12-year-old girl trapped beneath a collapsed school and reach other possible survivors buried in rubble in central Mexico following the country’s most deadly earthquake in three decades. At least 237 people were killed by the 7.1-magnitude quake that struck about 150 km southeast of Mexico City on Tuesday afternoon. Rescue workers were able to communicate with the girl, identified only as Frida Sofia, who responded that there were two other students nearby but she could not tell if they were alive. Read the story here.
Donald Trump signs new order to widen sanctions against North Korea
US President Donald Trump on Thursday said he had signed an executive order that would allow the United States to ramp up sanctions on North Korean firms in an effort to dissuade Pyongyang from pursuing its nuclear missile program. “Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea’s efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind,” he told reporters ahead of a luncheon meeting with the leaders of Japan and South Korea. He said North Korea’s textiles, fishing, information technology, and manufacturing industries were among those the United States could target.
Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei slams Trump’s ‘gangster and cowboy’ speech
Iran’s supreme leader on Thursday lashed out against US President Donald Trump describing the speech he delivered at the UN this week as full of “gangster and cowboy” rhetoric. “The reason behind the foolish, very ugly, insolent and disorderly speech with cowboy and gangster wording... is their anger (and) desperation,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in reference to Trump and the US administration. In remarks to a top clerical body, the Assembly of Experts, carried by his website, Khamenei described Trump and the US administration as “having no brains”. Read the story here.