SC reserves order on the Cauvery dispute

SC reserves order on the Cauvery dispute

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order on the Cauvery river water dispute involving Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry on the 2007 Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal.   The apex court bench completed the hearing earlier today.

According to Hindustan Times, during the course of the hearing today, the court ordered that the Centre shall have to frame a scheme for the implementation of its orders on the river water-sharing between the states and Puducherry after the judgement is pronounced.

Reserving the order, the three member bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy, and Justice AM Khanwilkar asked the parties involved to present written submissions on various aspects of the issue that had emerged during the course of hearing on the 29 days which spread over eight months.

In September last year, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry filed petitions seeking modification of Cauvery Tribunal’s final order, which was delivered in 2007. In its order, the court had allocated the highest share to Karnataka followed by Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union Territory of Puducherry.

The apex court had, on July 11 commenced the final hearing on the appeals filed by the three states and the Union Territory which saw the reserving by the court today.

Sources: ANI, Hindustan Times

Husband moves SC to stop NIA probe in Kerala ‘Love Jihad’ case

On September 16, Shafeen Jahan, the husband of a woman in the Kerala Love Jihad case, approached the Supreme Court to stop the National Investigation Agency probe. According to Jahan, the agency is “not being fair”, and that the investigations were being carried out without the supervision of a retired judge, as stated earlier by the court.

In his petition to the apex court, Jahan also mentioned that his wife Hadiya, earlier known as Akhila, is under extreme physical and mental pressure by her family. According to the report in Hindustan Times, Jahan said ““She is confined to her room and not allowed to meet anyone. She was physically and mentally harassed by her relatives. Some of the Sangh Parivar outfits are also trying to threaten her.”

This case came to light in December last year, when Akhila Ashokan, a homeopathy doctor, converted to Islam and married Jahan. Her father, then moved to Kerala High Court alleging that his daughter was forcibly converted, after which their marriage was annulled in May this year. Moreover, in August 2017, the Supreme Court refused to stay the HC order and ordered NIA to probe into this marriage.

Sources: Business Standard, Hindustan Times

Dengue outbreak kills 21 in Kerala

In the past three weeks, a dengue outbreak has killed at least 21 people in Kerala. According to a government official, there has been a shortage of medicines and health workers to tackle the crisis in the state.

Reuters reported that more than 11,000 people have been infected with this mosquito-borne dengue virus that causes flu-like symptoms and can develop into a deadly hemorrhagic dengue fever. This has forced the state to buy new hospital beds and cancel medical staff leave.

Expressing concern over the issue, Kerala’s director of health services, R.L. Sarita said, “We are staring at a massive health crisis. There’s a shortage of medicines and health professionals to tackle the situation.”

Sarita also revealed that more than 40,000 people are suffering from high fever in the tourist hotspot and that the government is planning to set up emergency medical camps in school and temples.

The experts believe that the stagnant water left behind after torrential rains is contributing to the spread of dengue in the state. However, the authorities have claimed that they are trying to prevent breeding of mosquitoes by insecticide fogging.

Sources: NDTV, Reuters

CPM attacks RSS men, leave them seriously injured

Amid the violence going on in Kerala between the CPM and RSS, a group of CPM activists allegedly attacked three activists of the RSS in Kerala’s Kozhikode. They have been admitted to the Government Medical College and doctors there say one of them has been gravely injured.

The three injured men identified as Sudheesh, Bineesh and Rahul are all in their early twenties. Police revealed that while the RSS activists were on their way home, they were ambushed by CPM workers. The police told NDTV that local political rivalry triggered the assault.

On Thursday, two BJP workers were left wounded after a country-made bomb was hurled at the RSS office in Kozhikode’s Nadapuram. Almost within an hour, the CPM office was set ablaze. As incidents of clashes involving CPM and BJP are on the rise in Kerala, it can be linked to RSSS leader Kundan Chandravat’s preposterous announcement of offering a bounty of Rs 1 crore bounty for beheading Kerala Chief Minister Pinari Vijayan.

While BJP has blamed poor law-and-order in the state, the CPM has said such incidents of violence are the brainchild of the RSS.

News Source: NDTV, DNA

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RSS expels Kundan Chandravat for announcing 1 crore bounty on Kerala CM

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) member Kundan Chandravat has been expelled from the right-wing organisation, following his provocative statement at a protest in Ujjain. On Thursday, Chandravat created an uproar after he announced a 1 crore bounty on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. “If anyone gets me the head of Vijayan, I will give him my property, which is worth around 1 crore,” said Chandravat.

Chandravat called up the meeting to protest the alleged killing of RSS and BJP workers in Kerala at the hands of CPM people. However, after facing the criticism, he withdrew the statement and expressed his regret on the whole issue.

RSS has expressed its disagreement with Chandravat, and has stated that it does not support any violent practice. It also urged the people to not consider the statement of one member as the view of the Sangh.

However, Pinarayi Vijayan has not paid much heed to this threat. He said “RSS has beheaded many earlier, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t walk free. I don’t take such comments to face value.”

Chandrawat’s comment came a day after RSS, BJP and many other right wing organisations exhibited their displeasure against the CPI(M) led LDF government in Kerala, holding it accountable for the killing of several party members.

Sources: NDTV, Firtspost

RSS expels Kundan Chandravat for announcing 1 crore bounty on Kerala CM

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) member Kundan Chandravat has been expelled from the right-wing organisation, following his provocative statement at a protest in Ujjain. On Thursday, Chandravat created an uproar after he announced a 1 crore bounty on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.”If anyone gets me the head of Vijayan, I will give him my property, which is worth around 1 crore,” said Chandravat.

Chandravat called up the meeting to protest the alleged killing of RSS and BJP workers in Kerala at the hands of CPM people. However, after facing the criticism, he withdrew the statement and expressed his regret on the whole issue.

RSS has expressed its disagreement with Chandravat, and has stated that it does not support any violent practice. It also urged the people to not consider the statement of one member as the view of the Sangh.

However, Pinarayi Vijayan has not paid much heed to this threat. He said “RSS has beheaded many earlier, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t walk free. I don’t take such comments to face value.”

Chandrawat’s comment came a day after RSS, BJP and many other right wing organisations exhibited their displeasure against the CPI(M) led LDF government in Kerala, holding it accountable for the killing of several party members.

News Source: NDTV, Firstpost 

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Free internet for poor people in new Kerala Budget

On Friday, March 3, Kerala government presented the 68th state Budget in the Assembly. This was Pinarayi Vijayan government’s first full budget. The Budget focused on the social welfare measures such as reservations for the differently-abled, increase the statewide internet connectivity and the creation of jobs in health sectors and education.

Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas said, the internet will be the right of the people, and the two million “poor families” will be getting free access to the sites. The government also announced to give 20 lakh free internet connections.

He also added, “Internet will now become a right for the people and within 18 months the internet gateway would be set up through the K phone network at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore,”.

Nonetheless, the assembly was in chaos, as there was a high – level drama because the opposition members boycotted the Budget session over the alleged disclose of the major portions of the document on social media. It was reported that some members had entered the wall of the Assembly when Thomas was in the mid of his speech.

News Source: New Indian Express, Business Standard

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