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Deepening the cracks within the Rajasthan Congress, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot continued his rhetoric against his former deputy Sachin Pilot, calling him a “gaddar” (traitor) this time. “A gaddar (traitor) cannot be a Chief Minister,” the senior Congress leader told NDTV in an exclusive interview. “The High Command cannot make Sachin Pilot the Chief Minister… a man who doesn’t have 10 MLAs. Who revolted. He betrayed the party, (he) is a traitor.” The infighting in the Congress has been intensifying between supporters of Gehlot and Pilot for some time now, prompting general secretary K C Venugopal to advise party leaders to refrain from making “public statements against other leaders or about party’s internal matters”.
The Supreme Court has quashed the Telangana High Court division bench order which gave the go-ahead to a special investigation team (SIT) set up by the state government to carry out a probe under court supervision into the alleged attempts by ‘BJP agents’ to poach four TRS legislators. The high court division bench had in its November 15 order refused to transfer the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation and had asked the SIT under Police Commissioner C V Anand to report to it. The accused were arrested by the Cyberabad police on October 26 on charges that they attempted to lure a few TRS MLAs to switch over to the BJP.
The Supreme Court questioned the “lightning speed” at which Arun Goel’s name was finalised as the new Election Commissioner, after the Centre placed the original file of his appointment before the Constitution Bench. The Bench said the file was cleared within 24 hours, asking the Centre as to whether there was any “tearing urgency” to do so. This came a day after the top court, while inquiring about the “mechanism” through which the former IAS officer was appointed as the Election Commissioner last week, said that the Centre should not fear producing the file “if they were right, as they claimed and that there was no hanky panky.”
The Supreme Court said it will set up a fresh five-judge Constitution bench to hear the pleas challenging the constitutional validity of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims. A bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices Hima Kohli and J B Pardiwala was urged by lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay, who has filed a PIL on the issue, that a fresh five-judge bench was needed to be constituted as two judges of the previous bench-Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Hemant Gupta- have demitted office.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Delhi police and the prosecution will ensure that Shraddha Walkar’s killer will get the strictest punishment at the earliest. “I have my eye on the matter. The Delhi Police and the prosecution will ensure that whoever has committed the crime will get the strictest of punishments by the court,” Shah said at a Times Now Summit. “The Delhi Police had no role in the letter (written by Shraddha in 2020) that has emerged. Shraddha had sent a letter to the police under the Maharashtra government that she was being threatened and that she would be killed and cut into pieces. Even after that, no action was taken,” he added.
One 97 Communications Ltd., the operator of India’s largest digital-payments provider known as Paytm, has capped the worst first-year share plunge among large IPOs over the past decade — and the pain is worsening. The company, whose founder compared its challenges to those faced by Tesla Inc. shortly after the listing, has seen its stock erase 75% of its market value one year after its $2.4 billion offering, the largest on record at the time in India.
In some international news, An 18-year-old Indian-origin teenager has been stabbed to death at a high school parking lot by another teenager in Canada’s British Columbia province, police said. The victim was identified as Mehakpreet Sethi, who was stabbed at the Tamanawis Secondary School’s parking lot in Surrey on Tuesday by a 17-year-old following a fight between the two, the Vancouver Sun newspaper reported. The principal of the school confirmed on Tuesday that a fight took place in the parking lot but the victim was not a school student, according to the report.
“Lastly, Thousands of postal workers, university lecturers and schoolteachers in the UK were going on strike to demand better pay and working conditions amid the country’s cost-of-living crisis. Picket lines will be set up outside postal offices, universities and schools in one of the biggest coordinated walkouts this year. Britons have faced travel misery and overflowing garbage bins in recent months as unions representing multiple industries launched successive strikes. Lawyers, nurses, posties and many others have walked out of their jobs to seek pay rises that match soaring inflation. Domestic energy bills and food costs have skyrocketed this year, driving inflation to a 41-year high of 11.1 per cent in October.
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"Let us begin with the top political news: Addressing four election rallies in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tore into the Congress, accusing the main opposition party of having ignored people from tribal communities — to the extent that it opposed the nomination of a tribal woman, Droupadi Murmu, to the post of President — engaging in vote-bank politics, nepotism, and failing to get a grip of law and order during decades it governed the state.
In Vadodara, Modi blamed past Congress governments in Gujarat for “curfews” witnessed in the city and said that the Congress regime never had a “grip on law and order”."
"And now the latest developments in the Shraddha Walkar murder case: Amid questions being raised over why police did not take any action following the written complaint lodged by Shraddha Walker in November 2020 against her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawala and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assuring an investigation into it, several retired police officers in the state said that police should have acted promptly. Several retired police officers in Maharashtra told The Indian Express that the police sub-inspector who was inquiring into the written complaint lodged by Shraddha should have acted promptly after she approached Tulinj police station on November 23, 2020.
"In other news: Veteran film, television and stage actor Vikram Gokhale has been admitted to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune following health complications. Gokhale’s family on Wednesday confirmed that the 77-year-old actor is critical.
They shared with indianexpress.com, “He was doing ok a few days ago. Won’t say that he was fine as he has multiple health issues. He has been at the hospital for the last few days and was recovering too, but since yesterday he’s critical. We are waiting for the doctors to tell us about the way forward. Hopefully tomorrow they’ll tell us more, tell us what needs to be done. But he is critical, and that’s all we can say.”
"In other news: With 13 deaths over the last month and a sharp spike in cases, Mumbai and its surrounding areas are staring at a measles outbreak. Until Wednesday, the city had reported 233 confirmed cases, of which over 200 were reported in the last two months.
This is a huge jump from the last few years — 10 cases and 1 death in 2021; 29 cases and no death in 2020; and 37 cases and 3 deaths in 2019. Among the surrounding areas which have reported a spike in cases, 51 cases were reported in Malegaon, 37 in Bhiwandi, 28 in Thane, 17 in Nashik, 15 in Thane Rural, 11 in Akola, 10 each in Nashik and Yavatmal, and nine each in Kalyan-Dombivali and Vasai-Virar.
"Let us now look at the top international news: The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made insult-laden threats against South Korea for considering unliteral sanctions on the North, calling the South’s new president and his government “idiots” and “a running wild dog gnawing on a bone given by the US”.
Kim Yo Jong’s diatribe came two days after South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said that it was reviewing additional unilateral sanctions on North Korea over its recent barrage of missile tests. The ministry said it would also consider sanctions and clampdowns on North Korea’s alleged cyberattacks — a new key source of funding for its weapons program — if the North conducts a major provocation like a nuclear test.
"Meanwhile, the European Parliament designated Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, arguing Moscow’s military strikes on civilian targets such as energy infrastructure, hospitals, schools and shelters violated international law.
European lawmakers voted in favour of a resolution calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
The move is largely symbolic, as the European Union does not have a legal framework in place to back it up. At the same time, the bloc has already imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
Moscow reacted angrily to the European Parliament decision."
"In news from Ukraine: A number of units were shut down at the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine because of a loss of power during Russian air strikes across Ukraine, Ukraine’s nuclear energy firm Energoatom said.
A local official said units were also not operating at the Khmelnytskyi nuclear power plant in western Ukraine.
“Stopping the units. There is no electricity, water, possibly heat,” Oleksandr Suprunyuk, the mayor of the city of Netishyn which is near the plant, wrote on his Facebook page."
"In news from the USA: A Walmart employee opened fire at a store in Virginia, leaving six people dead, police said, in the country’s second high-profile mass killing in a handful of days. The assailant also killed himself.
The store in Chesapeake was busy just before the shooting Tuesday night with people stocking up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, a shopper told a local TV station.
There was no clear motive for the shooting, which also left four people in the hospital, police chief Mark G. Solesky said. The gunman’s home was searched, but Solesky did not give his name, only saying he was a Walmart employee, because his family had not been notified."
"Lastly, in news from Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe rejected the opposition’s demand for early parliamentary elections and vowed to use the military to crush any future anti-government protests aimed at regime change.
Wickremesinghe, 73, who took over as the President of Sri Lanka in July this year after then-president Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled Colombo in the face of the country’s worst economic crisis since 1948, said that he will not dissolve the parliament until the economic crisis is resolved.
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