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27th September, 2018

  • Supreme Court says, civil suit on Ayodhya land dispute will be heard by a new three-judge bench on 29th of October.

  • The apex court strikes down penal provision making adultery a criminal offence; Rules that adultery can be a ground for divorce.

  • Election Commission issues directions on applicability of Model Code of Conduct in case of premature dissolution of state assembly.

  • Parakram Parv to be celebrated from tomorrow to Sunday to showcase courage and sacrifice of armed forces.

  • In Sports: Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal advances to quarter-finals of Korean Open Badminton.

  • India to clash with Bangladesh in Asia Cup Cricket final in Dubai tomorrow. 


The Supreme Court today said, the civil suit on the Ayodhya land dispute will be heard by a newly constituted three-judge bench on 29th of October.

The apex court today declined to refer to a five-judge Constitution bench, the issue of reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgement that a mosque was not integral to Islam that arose during the hearing of Ayodhya land dispute.

In a majority verdict of 2:1, the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, the civil suit has to be decided on the basis of evidence, adding that the previous verdict has no relevance to this issue.

Justice Ashok Bhushan, who read out the judgement for himself and the CJI, said it has to find out the context in which the five-judge bench had delivered the 1994 judgement.

Justice S Abdul Nazeer disagreed with the two judges and said whether a mosque is integral to Islam has to be decided considering the belief of religion and it requires detailed consideration. He referred to the recent Supreme Court order on female genital mutilation and said the present matter be heard by larger bench.

The issue whether mosque is integral to Islam had cropped up when the  three-judge bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra was hearing the batch of appeals filed against the Allahabad High Court's 2010 verdict by which the disputed land on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid area was divided into three parts. We spoke to senior legal expert Surat Singh on the Supreme Court's ruling:

"Today Supreme Court in a significant decision which have a larger implication for Ayodhaya dispute has came to the conclusion that earlier case of 1984 of Pharukhi, where it was held that mosques is not essential part of Islam. There was a controversy whether that the decision should be send to the larger bench. Today Supreme Court by a majority decision came to the conclusion that it need not be refer to larger bench. So now the hearing on Ayodhaya dispute case will start from 29th October."


In another decision today, the apex court struck down the penal provision making adultery a criminal offence. The court's five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra declared section 497 of the IPC unconstitutional and arbitrary. The Apex court said, Adultery can be a civil wrong and a ground for divorce but it cannot be a criminal offence. Justice Indu Malhotra said, Section 497 is a clear violation of fundamental rights granted in the Constitution. Justice Chandrachud said, Section 497 offends sexual freedom of women. The court said Section 497 is violative of right to equality and right to equal opportunity to women. The 5 judge bench unanimously held Section 497 unconstitutional.

Talking to AIR, National Commission for Women chairperson Ms. Rekha Sharma welcomed the decision.

"सुप्रीम कोर्ट का वडिक् से उसे खत् किया, मैं उसका वेल्कम करती हूं। ये जन्डर अडल्टरी नहीं था, ये औरतों के अगेंस था, जिसमें औरतों की कोई स्पे नहीं थी। लॉ में ये जो बराबरी का दर्जा दिया गया, ये बहुत पहले हो जाना चाहिए था इसका स्वागत करती हूं और आगे चलकर मुझे लगता है कि हम और ऐसे लॉ जो फॉवर्डलुकिंग लॉ है, उनको लेकर आएंगे।"


The Election Commission has issued direction on the applicability of the Model Code of Conduct in case of a premature dissolution of a state assembly followed by a caretaker government  till the formation of new government.

In a letter to Union Cabinet Secretary and State Chief Secretaries, the Commission said, neither the caretaker state government nor the Central Government will announce any new schemes and projects or undertake any of the activities prohibited  under the Model Code of Conduct. All other prohibitions including use of resources for any non-official purposes and combining of official visit with electioneering work will apply on all Ministers and other authorities of the caretaker governments. The poll panel also citied earlier Supreme Court orders  that the caretaker government should merely carry on the day-to-day government and desist from taking any major policy decision.


In Jammu & Kashmir, three terrorists, including an LeT Commander were killed in three different operations in  Anantnag, Budgam and Srinagar districts. An army jawan was martyred and a civilian was also killed in the operations.

Meanwhile, security forces apprehended one local Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist in Baramulla district today.


Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said that the Rafale deal was a government to government (G2G) deal and Dassault Aviation was open to choose their partner in India. Mr Gadkari said this while addressing party workers in the two-day BJP state executive meeting in Mumbai.

Defending the government on the Rafale deal, Mr. Gadkari said that the prices which were finalized during the UPA term were much higher as compared to the one signed by the present government.


Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the opposition is very much worried about the growing popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and are engaged in the process of forming a grand alliance against him. Inaugurating the Kerala State Council Meeting of the BJP at Kochi in Kerala today, Mr Singh said, the only agenda of the opposition is to prevent Prime Minister Modi from coming back to power again. He said, the opposition is engaged in a misinformation campaign against the Prime Minister.

Mr. Singh said, the opposition is misleading the people by raising the Rafale  deal and by doing so they are really helping Pakistan. 

He further said that the Centre is with the Kerala government and the people and would provide all assistance to the flood affected State.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed the need for climate justice to protect nature saying the people from poor and marginalized sections are the ultimate victims of climate injustice.  In a video message on his selection for the prestigious UN Champions of the Earth Award, Mr Modi said, as the world thinks for their welfare, it must among other things, also put emphasis on protecting nature.

"मैं विश् मुदाय का बहुत-बहुत आभारी हूं, कि आपने इस सम्मान के लिए मुझे पसंद किया। यह सम्मान किसी व्यक्ति का नहीं हैयह सम्मान भारत की महान परंपरा का है जहां सदियों से हमें प्रकृति के साथ सह-जीवन के संस्कार मिले हैं।"

The Prime Minister said he is delighted  that the human race has begun to recognize the importance of nature. Mr. Modi said in this changing situation, everyone is emphasizing  on protecting nature and India is with the world on this issue.

Mr Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron were selected for the award in the Policy Leadership category, for their efforts regarding the International Solar Alliance. The award recognises the efforts for promoting new areas of levels of cooperation on environmental action. This includes Mr. Modi’s pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022.


Parakram Parv will be celebrated from tomorrow to Sunday to showcase the courage, valour and sacrifice of the Indian Armed Forces. The main event is planned at India Gate Lawns, Rajpath in  New Delhi. Similarly, 53 locations in 51 cities across the country will be showcasing events highlighting valour of Indian Armed Forces in general and Special Forces in particular.  Our Correspondent reports that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will visit the India Gate lawns tomorrow for the inauguration of the Parakram Parv and also interact with children

"The programme will start with bugle call at 6.30 PM and  thereafter, movies and photographs depicting valour and courage of the Armed Forces will be shown. The event is open from 11 AM  to 10 PM  on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will get the opportunity to see captured weapons used by terrorists that have been brought from Jammu and Kashmir. Military equipment like artillery guns and small arms will also be on display.  On Saturday and Sunday, noted singers are scheduled to perform at the venue apart from the Military band. The General public is encouraged to take selfies at all venues, including India Gate and post them on the social networking sites with #ParakramParv. with Mohammad Naseem, Superna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Jodhpur tomorrow morning to participate in the conference of commanders of all three wings of the Indian forces. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and National Security Advisor  Ajit Doval will also participate in this conference.  Before the conference, Mr Modi will inaugurate a three-day exhibition"  ‘Parakram Parv’ at the Jodhpur Military Station.


Paryatan Parv concluded today with World Tourism Day celebrations in New Delhi, which started on the 16th of this month.  Different central ministries, State Governments and stakeholders in tourism industry organized cultural and other tourism related events, workshops and seminars at the identified sites as well at other destinations and locations in their States. Tourism Secretary Ms Rashmi Verma gave away awards to the best participants in the event.


In Jharkhand, a multi-model hub at Sahibganj is coming up soon that would comprise three forms of transport - railway, waterways and road - at one place.  The multi-model hub would function as an inland port that will facilitate transport of goods to the eastern part of the world through waterways that will be developed by the Ministry of Road Transport, National Highway and Ports. Here is a ground report from our Ranchi correspondent:- 

"Work is under progress to create a port on river Ganga at Samada in Sahibganj in Jharkhand, which will connect the lands and rail routes of Jharkhand to the upcoming waterways from Banaras to Haldia in Bengal. There is also a multimodal hub that is being created adjoining the port at Samda in Sahebganj, which will allow rail and road routes to converge at the port, so the produce like various minerals and vegetables, could find better markets through cheaper waterways from Ganga, then via Brahmaputra. Under Prime Minister Skill Development Scheme is going to train local youths for various specialist jobs, that this project is likely to create. Jitendra Kumar Pandey of Samda in Sahebganj sand he hared his views on it.

It's quite clear that not only the products of Jharkhand will find better and cheaper access to wider markets, but it is going to create jobs in large numbers for the locals. Rajesh Sinha, AIR News, Ranchi.


Benchmark domestic stocks today extended the previous session losses amid almost negative global share markets. The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange lost 218 points to 36,324. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange also fell 76 points to 10,978.


In Sports News, Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Korean Open Badminton championships.  In Seoul today, the former world number one defeated Korea's Kim Ga Eun in straight games 21-18, 21-18 in a 37-minute women's singles pre-quarterfinal. 

Fifth seed Saina will next cross swords with 2017 world champion and third seed Japanese Nozomi Okuhara.  Saina has a 6-3 head-to-head count against Okuhara but she has lost to the Japanese in the last two meetings.


Defending champions India will lock horns with Bangladesh in the Asia Cup cricket final in Dubai tomorrow in a repeat of the 2016 Asia Cup. All India Radio will broadcast a live commentary on the match in Hindi and English from 4.30 p.m. 

India have maintained a brilliant show in the Asia Cup and are yet to lose a match in the tournament.  They are aiming at lifting the Cup for a second consecutive time. 

Bangladesh will be without their legendary all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for the final against India, at Dubai International Stadium. He will miss the match after an old injury flared up again. 


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