JNU row: At Patiala House court, group of lawyers turn violent, attack JNU faculty, media
At Patiala House court, group of lawyers turn violent, attack JNU faculty, mediaA scuffle broke out at the Patiala House court in New Delhi on Monday afternoon after a group of about 40 lawyers present inside the court started shouting anti-JNU slogans demanding that University faculty present inside the court leave. The faculty, however, refused to vacate the court forcing women police constables to arrive at the scene. Read more here.
JNU row: Behind govt claim, a fake ‘Hafeez’ Saeed tweet
On Sunday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh sparked controversy, when he called on Indians to “understand the reality” that the protest by students at JNU had the backing of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, based on a tweet by an unidentified user. His statement left intelligence agencies red-faced as they, according to sources, had no evidence to prove that the tweet in question was issued by the Lashkar-e-Taiba chief or an individual connected to him. Read more here.
Fire at Mumbai event: Swift evacuation helps 7,000 escape unhurt
A massive fire broke out during the Make in India Week celebrations in Mumbai. The fire began next to the stage, when a cultural performance was underway. Swift action by the Mumbai Police, BMC officials and the fire brigade ensured that the 7000-odd audience, including top dignitaries, were evacuated on time. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has been praised for his efforts during the evacuation process. He waited at the venue and later moved to a BMC control room from where he monitored the rescue operations. Read more here.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s column: An act of tyranny
In his column, Mehta argues that the Modi government’s action against JNU students was disproportionate and smacked of tyranny of the highest order. “This was a political decision taken at the highest levels of government. It represents an open declaration by government that it will not tolerate any dissent. It clearly put on display this government’s imperiously presumptuous claim that it has the monopoly on nationalism.” Read the entire column here.
GM Mustard faces new hurdles: Eight more tests, risk report
In a move that has effectively placed commercial cultivation of GM Mustard in cold storage for now, biotech regulator Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) has outlined several steps before the hybrid could be brought back to the table for a review. Among these are steps are a Risk Assessment and Risk Management (RARM) document. Furthermore, a report will have to be submitted, which incorporates all concerns raised by Coalition for GM-Free India, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, various representations and even comments in the media. Read more here.
Government to lower stake in PSU banks to 51%
The government will soon announce a series of major banking reforms, including lowering its stake in state-owned banks to 51 per cent, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.
The Indian Express had, in a series of reports last week, highlighted how PSU banks had written off Rs 1.14 lakh crore over the last three years, and how a spike in loan write-offs and bad loans over the last two quarters prompted corrective action from the government and RBI. Read more here.
Solar scam to Assembly polls: The Oommen Chandy interview
Caught at the centre of a political controversy over the solar scam, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, in an interview to The Indian Express, speaks of what he thinks will ensure his party is voted back to power as well as the impact the solar scam allegations have had on him and his government. Do read the interview, here.