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Calcutta HC questions Mamata govt on idol immersion, Govt to announce measure on economic growth: Top stories

india Updated: Sep 21, 2017 08:04 IST
Nearly 20 feet of the wall of the main canal of the Bateswar Ganga Pump Nahar Yojana (BGPNY) breached during a trial on Tuesday.

Nearly 20 feet of the wall of the main canal of the Bateswar Ganga Pump Nahar Yojana (BGPNY) breached during a trial on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

Durga idol immersion: Calcutta HC slams Mamata govt, says don’t draw a line between communities

Questioning the West Bengal government’s curbs on Durga idol immersion, the Calcutta High Court said on Wednesday the state cannot hinder a citizen’s right to practise religion on the basis of a mere assumption of law and order disruption and must provide sound reasons for doing so. “Let them (Hindus and Muslims) live in harmony, do not create a line between them,” Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwary said, asking the government to provide a “concrete ground” for its decision to stop the immersion of Durga idols after 10 pm on September 30 (Vijaya Dashami day) and on October 1 on account of Muharram. Read the story here.

Govt will announce additional measures to boost economic growth: Arun Jaitley

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said his ministry would soon announce measures to revive economic growth that has decelerated to the slowest pace in three years. Jaitley’s comments come against the background of the most serious economic challenge the government has faced since it came to power in 2014. Jaitley said the measures would be announced soon, after consulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There has been speculation that the revival package could include incentives for exporters, fiscal sops and investments in large infrastructure projects. Reviving economic growth and creating more jobs, promises that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party made to come to power in 2014, are crucial as the party seeks re-election in 2019. Read the story here.

Rs 389-cr Bihar irrigation canal collapses hours before inauguration by Nitish

A portion of an 11km irrigation canal caved in during trials on Tuesday in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district and gushing water inundated parts a nearby township, a day before the project’s inauguration by chief minister Nitish Kumar. The wall breach in the Rs 389.31-crore lift irrigation project is a major embarrassment for the government as it took around 40 years to build. Water from the Ganga is to be lifted through pumps and released into the canal to irrigate 22,658 hectares of farms in Bhagalpur and adjoining Godda district of Jharkhand. Read the story here.

Rohingya refugees take little heart from speech by Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh said on Wednesday they were dismayed by a speech by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in which she condemned rights violations against them but, as far as they could see, offered little hope of them ever going home. Suu Kyi made her first address to her nation on violence in the western state of Rakhine that began last month and has forced 422,000 Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh, fleeing a military offensive the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing. “I’m very disappointed. She will not get another prize from the international community,” said Shafi Rahman, 45, who said he had arrived in Bangladesh two weeks ago after soldiers and civilian mobs burned his village. Read the story here.

Donald Trump urges ‘strong and swift’ UN action to end Rohingya crisis

U S President Donald Trump is urging the U.N. Security Council to take “strong and swift action” to bring Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis to an end, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, calling the violence there a threat to the region and beyond. Pence, speaking at a Security Council meeting on peacekeeping reform, accused the Myanmar military of responding to militant attacks on government outposts “with terrible savagery, burning villages, driving the Rohingya from their homes.” Pence repeated a U.S. call for the Myanmar military to end the violence immediately and support diplomatic efforts for a long-term solution. Read the story here.

Rahul Gandhi: Modi came to power because people wanted jobs but anger is growing

Leaders such as Narendra Modi and Donald Trump are being elected all over the world as the people are in pain due to unemployment, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday, but stressed that even the Prime Minister was not doing enough to solve the key problem facing India. Gandhi, 47, who is in the US on a two-week-long tour, during his interaction with students at the Princeton University admitted that the Modi-led BJP came to power in India as the people were angry with his Congress party over the issue of unemployment. “I think, the central reason why Mr Modi arose and to an extent why Mr Trump came, is the question of jobs in India and in the United States. There’s a large part of our populations that simply do not have jobs and cannot see a future. And, so they are feeling pain. And they have supported these type of leaders,” Gandhi told students. Read the story here.

Kejriwal to meet Kamal Haasan today, could be launch pad for actor’s political career

Days after veteran actor Kamal Haasan hinted at launching his own political outfit, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet the south Indian superstar in Chennai on Thursday. The meeting has triggered speculation that Kejriwal is likely to offer Haasan the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) platform to pursue his career in politics. The 62-year-old actor has so far kept his fans guessing about his future political move though he has indirectly ruled out joining the BJP. “My colour is definitely not saffron. That much I can say now,” he had said after meeting Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram on September 1. Read the story here.

Vistas row: SC orders Unitech to pay homebuyers Rs 80,000 each as compensation

In an unprecedented order, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered Unitech to pay Rs 80,000 to each of the 39 homebuyers who booked flats at the real estate giant’s Vistas project in Gurugram as compensation and litigation charges. Though the project was supposed to be handed over to these homebuyers in 2012, it still remains under construction. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued the direction while disposing of Unitech’s appeal against a National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission order, which imposed penalties on the company for delaying the delivery of flats, in 2015. The first-of-its-kind order is likely to add to Unitech’s woes. Read the story here.

Amazon reviewing website after algorithm suggests bomb-making ingredients

Amazon.com said on Wednesday it was reviewing its website after an investigation found that it could help users buy the ingredients to make a bomb using its “Frequently bought together” and “Customers who bought this also bought” features. Britain’s Channel 4 News found the online retailer’s algorithm was suggesting items that could be bought together to produce explosives on Monday, days after an apparently home-made bomb was detonated on the London Underground network. The ingredients, which are legal to purchase, were included in a “Frequently bought together” section in the listings for chemicals, the broadcaster said. Read the story here.