Devendra Singh earns a spot in the finals of the IAAF World Championship

Davinder Singh Kang made India proud after earning a spot in the finals of the men’s javelin throw at the World IAAF championship. He is also the only Indian to have achieved this feat. His compatriot, Neeraj Chopra failed to deliver and could not make it to the finals of the event.
Kang achieved the qualifying mark of 83m with his third and final throw that cleared a distance of 84.22m.Finally, he was placed in the 7th position among the qualifiers of the final round.
“Once I came to know that Neeraj did not qualify (for the final round), I wanted to qualify for it. I wanted to do something for the country, I wanted to do something which no Indian has done before. By the grace of God, I did something for the country,” said Kang after finishing his race.
Chopra’s throw of 82.26m fell short of the qualifying mark by a slight margin.
“I tried my best but I could not clear the automatic qualification mark of 83m and I am disappointed. I gave a lot of effort in the first throw but it missed the 83m mark by a few centimeters. There were some problems in the second throw and the third one also did not go the distance (of 83m). I have been training hard for this World Championships but I could not do well in the actual competition,” said Chopra.

Congress, BJP on the same page: Say No to NOTA

Political rivals, Congress and the BJP took a similar stand on the use of NOTA for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat. In a memorandum to the Election Commission, the BJP said: “It is submitted that use of NOTA in the upcoming poll has become an issue of debate among the political parties and therefore, a proper consensus should be made before the use of NOTA in an election in Rajya Sabha.” 

 The BJP believes that due to the lack of provision of the secret ballot, NOTA does not hold much use.“Therefore, the BJP demands that the direction for using the NOTA option in the election for the Rajya Sabha in the state of Gujarat be withdrawn with immediate effect,” the party said in the memorandum. 

 The Congress followed suit as they moved the Supreme Court against the Election Commission’s decision of using NOTA  in the upcoming elections. 

According to Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State of Parliamentary Affairs, NOTA goes “against the nature of the whip.”. “NOTA is fine in the case of direct elections but in the case of Rajya Sabha elections, it should be withdrawn. This option should be eliminated as it creates confusion” she added. 

News Source: Hindu, Indian Express

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Pakistan Prime Minister disqualified by Supreme Court on account of corruption charges

The Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on account of corruption charges against him and his family. As a result, he has been barred from contesting elections for the next five years. “He is no more eligible to be an honest member of the Parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of prime minister,” said Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan during the court’s ruling. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Captain Safdar were among the other prominent leaders who had been disqualified from their seats in the parliament.

The disqualification came after an investigative panel’s finding which stated that his family possessed disproportionate assets which exceeded their income.These assets were disclosed during the Panama Papers leak in 2016.

Following the leak, opposition parties and leaders had placed an emphasis on the need for a panel which would investigate Sharif and his family over their alleged offshore accounts.Former cricketing legend and leader of the opposition PTI, Imran Khan described the ruling of the court as a major victory for the people.”Nations are not destroyed by wars, bombs or natural disasters. They are destroyed when their institutions have been destroyed. “This is the beginning. Now all of us have to protect our resources and not let the corrupt exploit them,” he added.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on account of corruption charges against him and his family. As a result, he has been barred from holding public office for life. “He is no more eligible to be an honest member of the Parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of prime minister,” said Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan during the court’s ruling. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Captain Safdar were among the other prominent leaders who had been disqualified from their seats in the parliament.

The disqualification came after an investigative panel’s finding which stated that his family possessed disproportionate assets which exceeded their income.These assets were disclosed during the Panama Papers leak in 2016.

Following the leak, opposition parties and leaders had placed an emphasis on the need for a panel which would investigate Sharif and his family over their alleged offshore accounts.Former cricketing legend and leader of the opposition PTI, Imran Khan described the ruling of the court as a major victory for the people.”Nations are not destroyed by wars, bombs or natural disasters. They are destroyed when their institutions have been destroyed. “This is the beginning. Now all of us have to protect our resources and not let the corrupt exploit them,” he added.

Following Nawaz’s resignation, his brother Shehbaz Sharif is expected to be declared as the next prime minister.

 

News Sources- NDTV, Hindustan Times

Vande Mataram mandatory for educational institutions and jobs across Tamil Nadu: Madras High Court

According to a ruling by the Madras High Court, singing Vande Mataram has been made mandatory for educational institutions and government offices.The ruling was led by Justice MV Muralidaran.

For clarity, he administered the Director of Public Information with the responsibility of uploading and circulation of the national song over government portals and the social media.Muralidharan added, “If people feel it is difficult to sing the song in Bengali and Sanskrit, steps can be taken to translate the song in English”.He further added that the court hopes that the implementation of the decision will be considered with utmost seriousness by the youth of the country.
However, Muralidaran made it clear by stating that people that people must not be forced to sing the national song if they face difficulty in doing so and if they have a valid reason/justification for the same.
The order came post the K Vermani case. As per the case, K Vermani, an applicant for the post of BT assistant, requested the authorities for awarding him with one mark for the question ” In which language, the song Vande Mataram was written? ” R Muthukumaraswamy, the advocate general of Tamil Nadu made it clear that Vande Mataram is of Sanskrit origin.However, it was written in the Bengali script.
News Source: Hindu, TOI
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