The head seer of Nirmohi Akhada and the chief litigant in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case, 89 years old Mahant Bhaskar Das died due to brain stroke in Ayodhya. The seer was a petitioner in the case since 1959 in which the Nirmohi Akhada had filed a claim for the ownership of the Ram Janmboomi land. With his death, both the chief litigants from both the sides – Hindu and Muslim have passed away. Hashim Ansari, the main litigant of the Muslim side had passed away in July 2016, at the age of 95 years. Das’ disciple mahant Ram Das is likely to take over as the chief litigant of the case.
On September 12, Das was admitted to a private medical facility after he complained of breathing problems. According to the Hindu, the seer was advised to be taken to a super-speciality hospital either in Lucknow or Delhi but he refused to leave Ayodhya.
Several local BJP and RSS leaders including former UPCC president Nirmal Khatri paid their homage to the seer. As a mark of respect, all shops in the Hanumangarhi area in Ayodhya have shut their business for the day.
The final rites and cremation would take place on September 16 at the Tulsi ghat in Ayodhya.
Sources: The Hindu, India Today
Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. As per sources, the original sentence amounted to 40 years which was reduced to 25 years. The Court of Cassation, which is Egypt’s highest court of appeal, upheld the life sentence of Morsi who was involved in the Qatar espionage case. The court also mentioned that the ruling is “final and unappealable”.
Morsi was found guilty by an Egyptian court for leaking confidential documents to Qatar and selling them to Al-Jazeera channel. The information included military secrets and state’s policy affairs. He has also been charged with possessing weapons, inciting violence as well as the killing of 22 Coptic Christians working in Libya in 2015.
Morsi became the first democratic Egyptian president in the year 2012, was ousted from power within a year. He was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who is currently serving as the president of the country. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party has been blacklisted by the current government as a terrorist group.
Egypt is also one of the four nations of the Saudi led block which cut off all trade relations with Qatar since 5th June.
- Indian Express- http://indianexpress.com/article/world/egyptian-court-confirms-ousted-president-mohamed-morsis-life-sentence-4846562/
The Hindu- http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/egyptian-court-confirms-morsis-life-sentence/article19698974.ece
Livmint – http://www.livemint.com/Politics/M5F2JgvjqGvzehSZDs7nyO/Egypt-court-sentences-former-president-Mohammed-Morsi-to-25.html
V K Sasikala, who appointed herself as the General Secretary of AIADMK after the death of Jayalalithaa, has been ousted from the party. The decision helped to create a stronghold for Tamil Nadu chief minister E. Palanisamy and O Panneerselvam. The former interim chief of the party is currently doing her sentence for a disproportionate assets case in which Jayalalithaa and Sasikala were investigated for.
The same people who took the decision to make Sasikala the interim chief made the decision today to remove her from the party.
Some reports state that the party is planning on removing TTV Dinakaran too. However, he states that he is still part of the party and serves as the deputy general secretary.
The General Council amended the laws to remove the post of a general secretary in the party thus paving the way for the dismissal of TTV Dinakaran too. The party members believe that Jayalalithaa will remain as the General Secretary and no one can take her place. This was stated as the reason to remove the post.
According to The Hindu, Dinakaran told reporters, “They (Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Paneerselvam and others) selected Sasikala as the General Secretary. But after Sasikala went to jail they started taking steps arbitarily”.
Sources: News18, ET
On Tuesday, India and Belarus drafted a 10 pact agreement to expand cooperation in various diplomatic areas and decisively explore a joint development and manufacture of military platforms, giving momentum to existing bilateral relationships between the two countries. The meeting was held at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belarus President A G Lukashenko, discussed in brief about expanding their focus on increasing the economic engagement between the two countries. They also mulled over the fact that there was indeed a huge scope for ramping up trade and investment between the two nations.
“We will encourage joint development and manufacturing in defense sector under the ‘Make in India’ program,” Modi said in a media statement as reported in the Economic Times.
Modi also said that he and Lukashenko went through the “architecture” of India-Belarus partnership and suggested ideas to expand it.
The pacts provided for enhancing bilateral cooperation in a variety of areas, including oil and gas, education and sports.
Additionally, Modi also highlighted India’s ongoing negotiations with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) for a free trade agreement. For which Belarus is part of the five member-EEU and is considered an influential central Asian bloc.
The volume of bilateral trade in 2016 amounted to $402 million approximately.
Sources: Economic Times, The Hindu
Image source: The Hindu
Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to celebrate ‘Telangana Liberation Day’ on September 17, as per reports by ANI. The party has decided to initiate a seven-day yatra to commemorate the state’s liberation. This yatra is expected embark in the first week of September. According to Dr Laxman, Telangana BJP President and Musheerabad MLA, the festivities are set to begin on September 1 and will continue until Sep 17. The objective of this campaign is to remind the public of the struggles borne by BJP towards the creation of a separate state for Telangana.
Livemint stated that the date of September 17, was unanimously chosen in memory of the day in 1948 when Hyderabad, former princely state (under the Nizam) was annexed to India. The Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh is expected to be part of the ‘Liberation Yatra’ that is said to cover the different districts in the state. Singh is also expected to address to the huge gathering at Telangana during his visit.
Sources from Telangana BJP have also revealed Rajnath Singh’s intention to hold a secret meeting with the Telangana BJP, to discuss agendas to stimulate the party’s activities in the wake of the next assembly election, as per ANI.
Sources: ANI, Livemint
U.S. President Donald Trump’s feedback of journalists adds up to an assault on the flexibility of the press and could incite brutality against columnists, the United Nations’ human rights boss said on Wednesday.
“It’s really quite amazing when you think that freedom of the press, not only sort of a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution but very much something that the United States defended over the years is now itself under attack from the President,” the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said.
Both amidst his election battle and all through his presidency up until now, Donald Trump has over and over pummelled and offended US prevailing press outlets, calling them the “fake news.”
Also, in February, Trump named numerous prevailing press outlets “enemies of the American people.”
Zeid voiced worry that a journalist from the Guardian had been ambushed in the United States most as of late, however, gave away no more subtle elements.
Trump has likewise made agonizing comments over ladies, Mexicans and Muslims derided a man with inabilities openly and issued a mandate on a transgender boycott in the military.
At a current rally in Phoenix, Arizona he reprimanded the media for distorting his reaction to the fatal racial oppressor walk in Charlottesville, Virginia, calling them unpatriotic and “truly dishonest people.”
The President prides himself as a taboo breaker, undoubtedly his supporters consider him to be such. In any case, at the time Zeid communicated his inclination that this was horribly flippant, on the grounds that it has consequences, it encourages the individuals who may think comparable to hone their ambushes on these groups, expressed an exasperated Zeid.
- NDTV- http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/donald-trump-may-be-inciting-violence-against-media-un-1744041
- DW.COM- http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trumps-media-attacks-may-amount-to-incitement-says-un-human-rights-chief/a-40295344