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AYODHYA SUIT: SIBAL DOESN’T REPRESENT US, SAYS SUNNI BOARD

In a fresh twist to the Ramjanmabhoomi case, the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board distanced itself on December 6,2017 from senior lawyer Kapil Sibal’s plea before the Supreme Court that hearing of the Ayodhya title suit be deferred to July 2019. The board said it wanted the case to be decided at the earliest. Other litigants from the Muslim side, too, supported the board’s view. Appearing for the Muslim side before a three-judge bench, Sibal had said BJP’s 2014 election manifesto promised a Ram temple in Ayodhya. He asked the court to postpone hearings to July 2019, by when the general elections would have decided the fate of the Modi government.
— (THE INDIAN EXPRESS, Decmber 07, 2017)

Proposed FRDI Bill protects the rights of depositors: ARUN JAITLEY

Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley on December 06, 2017 said the proposed FRDI Bill protects the rights of depositors, denying reports to the contrary. “The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 is pending before the Standing Committee. The objective of the government is to fully protect the interest of the financial institutions and depositors,” he said in a tweet. The government stands committed to this objective, he added.
— (THE ECONOMIC TIMES, Decmber 06, 2017)

FORMALLY APOLOGISE FOR JALLIANWALA: LONDON MAYOR

Sadiq Khan, the first Asian-origin mayor of London, on December 06, 2016 called on the UK government to formally apologise for the April 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre by British Indian Army soldiers. Khan, who was in Amritsar as part of his six-day mission to India and Pakistan, called the massacre one of the most horrific events in Indian history. “I’m clear that the (UK) government should now apologise, especially as we reach the centenary of the massacre. This is about properly acknowledging what happened here and giving the people of Amritsar and India the closure they need through a formal apology,” Khan said as he visited the Jallianwala Bagh memorial and paid respects. The UK has never extended a formal apology for the massacre in which hundreds of people were killed.
— ( THE TIMES OF INDIA, Decmber 07, 2017)

TRIPLE TALAQ DRAFT LAW PROPOSES JAIL TERM OF 3 YEARS FOR HUSBAND

Giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void, and attract a jail term of three years for the husband as per the proposed draft legislation to curb the practice. Official sources said, the draft Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill has been sent to the state governments for their views, and they have been asked to respond to the draft urgently. The Bill is expected to be tabled during the Winter Session of Parliament starting from 15th of this month.
— (THE TIMES OF INDIA, Decmber 02, 2017)

INDIA STARTS PROCESS TO BUILD 6 NUCLEAR-POWERED ATTACK SUBMARINES

India kick-started the process to build six nuclear-powered attack submarines which will significantly boost the Navy’s overall strike capabilities in the face of China’s growing military maneuvering in the Indo- Pacific region. “It has kicked off and I will leave it at that. It is a classified project. The process has started,” Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said. He said the Navy will play its role in the Indo-Pacific region when the much talked about quadrilateral coalition among India, Australia, Japan and the US takes shape, reflecting the Navy’s readiness to play a much assertive role in the critical sea lanes.
— (THE HINDUSTAN TIMES, Decmber 02, 2017)
(Compiled by Pankaj Anand)