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"Never Touch Alcohol": Congress MLA's Children's Day 'Advice' Backfires
Source:  NDTV News
Friday, 15 November 2019 16:50

Congress MLA Baijnath Kushwaha kicked up a row by claiming that several kings, including Prithviraj Chauhan, lost their kingdoms and legacy due to their love for alcohol. A video of his speech,...

Saudi Arabia Drops Dress Code for Foreign Women
Source:  Islamic Voice
Friday, 15 November 2019 16:50

Saudi Arabia will drop its strict dress code for foreign women as it seeks for the first time to lure holidaymakers and the spending that could help develop the country’s economy away from its reliance on oil. Foreign women won’t have to wear an abaya, the flowing cloak that’s been mandatory attire for decades, though they’ll be instructed to wear “modest clothing,â€� said Ahmed Al-Khateeb, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.

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Shiv Sena will get CM#39;s post in three-party Maharashtra govt: NCP leader Nawab Malik
Source:  Moneycontrol
Friday, 15 November 2019 16:50

Shiv Sena will get CM#39;s post in three-party Maharashtra govt: NCP leader Nawab Malik The Shiv Sena contested the October 21 Assembly polls in alliance with the BJP as part of the #39;Mahayuti#39; (mega alliance), which was in a comfortable position to form government in the state, winning 161 seats in the 288-member house.

Outgoing CJI Gogoi declines requests for interviews, lauds media for maturity in trying times of SC
Source:  DailyExcelsior.com
Friday, 15 November 2019 16:50

NEW DELHI: Outgoing Chief Justice India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on Friday expressed his inability to have one-to-one interview with scribes and lauded the press for its “maturity� and “character� in preventing “canards and falsehood� in “trying times� of the judiciary.

Justice Gogoi, the 46th CJI and the first from a north-eastern state, said it was not the requirement of the Supreme Court that judges “reach out to our citizenry through the press�.

“Such outreach (to the press) ought to be symbolic of an extraordinary situation demanding an exception to the norm,� said Justice Gogoi who would demit office on November 17, a Sunday.

Justice Gogoi and three other senior most apex court judges—Justices J Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph had held an unprecedented press conference on January 12, 2018 alleging that the administration and allocation of cases in the apex court, then headed by the then CJI Dipak Misra, was “not in order�.

In a three-page common letter to journalists, the CJI declined the request for interviews and said: “I would not be able to meet your request for a one-to-one meet.�

The letter said: “I am keen that you would appreciate that the ordinary freedoms are finely balanced in our institutional functioning – while you have the Bar whose members can exercise their freedom of speech to the extent of even pushing the boundaries of such freedom, the bench requires its judges to maintain silence, while exercising their freedoms.

“This is not to say that Judges do not speak. They do speak, but only out of functional necessity, and no more. Bitter truth must remain in memory.�

The CJI lauded the role of media for its reportage during the “trying times� of the apex judicial institution.

“Good press is also a parameter amongst others that is known to be indicative of our institutional health. In such view, I do wish to put on record that by and large, the press corps has been kind to my office as well as to our institution during my tenure at the helm of the institution.

“Even during trying times. When our institution was keeping an ambush or two at bay, most members of the press displayed maturity and character ad exercised exceptional discretion to prevent canards and falsehood from clogging the news space,� the letter said.

Justice Gogoi said that as a public functionary, who was entrusted with onerous Constitutional duties to perform, the idea of “courting the press� never came as a choice for him in the interest of the institution.

“I chose to belong to an institution whose strength lay in public confidence and trust earned not through good press, but through our work as Judges on the bench.

“In fact, our work-places are, by our functional necessity, required to be public places as justice is ordained to be delivered in presence of ordinary citizens to ensure that it is never far removed from them. In that view, our institutional connect and interface with the citizenry is proximate,� the letter said.

Though the CJI is officially retiring on November 17, a Sunday, Friday was his last working day. (AGENCIES)

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Delhi HC denies bail to P Chidambaram in INX Media money laundering case
Source:  Daily News & Analysis
Friday, 15 November 2019 16:50

Earlier on Wednesday, a Delhi court had extended the judicial custody of Chidambaram till November 27 in the INX Media money laundering case.

Sugar rates steady
Source:  Central Chronicle
Friday, 15 November 2019 16:49

Kolhapur, The prices of M 30 and S 30 grades of sugar rates remained steady in Kolhapur sugar market on Friday to Rs 3,280/3,300 and Rs 3,180/3,200 per quintal respectively. There was no trading in the Kolhapur gur market and Sangli turmeric futures market while turmeric spot rate remained unchanged to Rs 7,000 per quintal.

Iranian Women’s New Strides
Source:  Islamic Voice
Friday, 15 November 2019 16:49

Reports in the Iranian media shows a female captain and her co-pilot have flown a passenger plane, a first in the history of the country’s aviation industry. The reports published recently showed photos of the two pilots taken from the social media showing them before and after the two-way flight between the capital Tehran and the city of Mashhad.
The pilots were identified as Neshat Jahandari and Forouz Firouzi, both of them apparently working for low-budget airline Zagros, although there was no official confirmation from the carrier. The reports said that it was the first time in Iran’s aviation history that female pilots had taken control of a flight totally on their own.
“My feelings were unexplainable. This historic incident was unprecedented in Iran’s aviation industry, and for a first time a domestic flight in Iran was carried out by two women,� said Jahandari, 29, who became captain just two months ago after working as co-pilot for five years.
Unverified reports suggest Iran has fewer than a dozen female pilots. Flag carrier Homa allowed them only last year when a former female chief executive said it had become a policy of the company to hire more women for key positions. Female pilots recruited by Homa, known internationally as IranAir, have yet to take control of a plane as they continue to work as co-pilots.

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UN Human Rights Experts Urge Saudi Authorities To Release Jailed Women’s Rights Activist
Source:  Islamic Voice
Friday, 15 November 2019 16:48

A group of United Nations human rights experts have urged Saudi authorities to release jailed prominent Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, whose arrest more than four years ago marked the start of a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against women activists in Saudi Arabia.
“It is shockingly hypocritical that Ms. al-Hathloul remains in prison for campaigning to change laws which have since been amended. Indeed, she should never have been imprisoned in the first place for exercising her fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association,â€� the experts said in a statement recently. The statement added, “In spite of recent improvements in Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship laws, it is imperative that the world [should] not lose sight of the human rights concerns which persist in the country, as human rights defenders have continued to express.â€�
The UN experts then called on the Saudi regime “to immediately release Ms. al-Hathloul and all other human rights defenders in Saudi prisons, and urged Saudi officials “to launch a prompt, effective and independent investigation into whether she has been tortured.� “No one should suffer such adversity for exercising their right to defend the human rights of others,� they pointed out.

The post UN Human Rights Experts Urge Saudi Authorities To Release Jailed Women’s Rights Activist appeared first on Islamic Voice.


Govt hiding its NSO survey on consumer expenditure, alleges Rahul
Source:  DailyExcelsior.com
Friday, 15 November 2019 16:48

NEW DELHI: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that the Narendra Modi government was hiding a survey by the National Statistical Office, which reportedly stated that the country’s consumer spending falls after four decades.
“Modinomics stinks so bad, the Government has to hide its own reports”, tweeted Mr Gandhi, while a sharing a news report, which was quoted the NSO survey.
The former Congress president’s criticism comes a day after a news report claimed that the NSO survey report was to be published in June 2019 but that the Modi government withheld it due to ‘adverse’ findings.
The Congress party also criticised the government on the issue and said that “The government. was forced to hide the recent NSO report that stated household expenditure has fallen for the first time in 40 years. Experts suggest a dip in consumption indicates rising poverty and dip in food expenditure indicates rising malnutrition”.
According to the report, the “average amount of money spent by a person in a month fell by 3.7 per cent in 2017-2018”, due to lack of rural demand as people reduced their expenditure on food and non-food items.
Mr Gandhi and the Congress party have been continuously attacking the Modi government over the state of the economy, by saying that the government is not taking adequate measures to address the economic slowdown.

(AGENCIES)

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NBA: Marcus Morris sinks clutch three-pointer to power Knicks to victory; Heat hold on against Cavaliers
Source:  Firstpost
Friday, 15 November 2019 16:48

Morris' game-winning shot capped a back-and-forth fourth quarter in which there were five ties. Seth Curry put back a Tim Hardaway miss to level the score at 101-101 with 38 seconds left

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