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Delhi HC rejects Kejriwal’s plea in defamation case

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New Delhi, Aug 28: The Delhi High Court on Monday rejected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal  plea against the decision of the judge to expedite hearing of a civil defamation suit filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against him and five other AAP leaders.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar dismissed the plea saying it is “devoid of merit”.

The bench observed that expediting of the trial is the “need of the hour” and recommended in all cases.

It also said the plea against the court directions was “misconceived” and “with the intention” to protract the hearing.

Earlier, the division bench had slammed Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh and said it was hearing for the first time that a party is aggrieved due to expeditious trial of a matter.

On July 26, the single judge had directed the joint registrar to expedite the recording of evidence in the civil defamation suit while disposing of an application filed by Jaitley.

The court’s order had come on an application filed by Jaitley to expedite the recording of evidence in an orderly and fair manner in the Rs 10 crore Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) defamation suit against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders that the Minister filed in 2015.

Jaitley had filed the civil defamation suit against Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee, claiming they made “false and defamatory” statements in the case involving the DDCA, thereby harming his reputation.

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Jammu and Kashmir: Teen abducted, killed in Pulwama

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Srinagar, Nov 16: A day after a teenager was abducted from Shopian district, his body was recovered in a village in Pulwama on Friday, police said.

Nadeem Manzoor was kidnapped by guntotting militants on Thursday. “We recovered his body from Nikloora village,” an officer said.

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Gaja Cyclone to make landfall near Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu around midnight

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Chennai, Nov 15 : Around 12,000 people have been evacuated across coastal Tamil Nadu as cyclone Gaja  make landfall near Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu around midnight.Heavy Rains have started in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Thiruvarur districts.

The outer band of the cyclone has entered the land area near Nagapattinam, nearly 300 km from state capital Chennai. More than 6000 relief camps have been opened in the districts of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur and eight rescue teams have been put in place.

The IMD predicted rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy at a few places over Tamilnadu and Puducherry.

Extremely heavy rain measuring about 20 cm at isolated places is also likely over Cuddalore, Nagappattinam, Karaikal, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram districts, IMD said.

The severe cyclonic storm Gaja, which lay centred about 126 km east of Karaikal in Puducherry, is expected to cross the Tamil Nadu coast near Nagapattinam on Thursday night, Indian Meteoroligcal Department (IMD) said.

According to IMD, Gaja is expected to cross the coast south of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu by 11 p.m. Thursday with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph.

The IMD officials said the outer rim of the Gaja cyclone is touching Karaikal and strong winds have already started blowing in the coastal districts.

People in living in low-lying areas have been shifted to relief centres.

Universities and colleges have postponed their exams slated for Friday.

Similarly, schools and colleges in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore and Thiruvarur will be closed on Friday.

According to the AIADMK government, telecommunication companies have said they would have oil stocked for a minimum of five days in the cyclone-expected zone and for 15 days at their headquarters.

The mobile telephone companies also assured the government of moving their mobile telecom towers or cell on wheels to Nagapattinam and Cuddalore.

According to a statement from the state government, arrangements have been made to send bulk SMS to mobile subscribers warning about the weather issued by the emergency control centres.

The Indian Navy is also on high alert and is ready to render any assistance, a statement said.

Two Navy ships – Ranvir and Khanjar – are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake humanitarian aid, distress relief, evacuation, and logistic support, including proviging medical aid, the Navy said.

Additionally, aircraft from Naval Air Stations Dega, Rajali and Parundu and patrolling boats from naval detachments in Ramnathapuram, Nagapattinam have been warning the fishing vessels about the approaching storm, the Navy said.

Naval aircraft are also standing by to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty, evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded.

The Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority has issued helpline numbers and have been issuing alerts through social media, radio, television and TN SMART mobile app. While the state helpline is 1070, district helpline number is 1077. A list of Do’s and Don’ts has also been issued by the government.

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BJP plays Hindutva card, Not a single Muslim was given a ticket in Rajasthan

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Jaipur, Nov 15: BJP has confirmed that the Saffron party will not shun the Hindutva card as it has not given a single ticket to a Muslim candidate.BJP has announced 162 candidates for the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly polling for which is due on December 7.

One of the sitting MLAs, Habibur Rehman from Nagaur, on Wednesday joined the Congress when he failed to find his name in the list released on Sunday.

Rahman said the BJP is playing the Hindutva card in Rajasthan.

Another state minister Yunus Khan too failed to find his name. But, unlike Rehman, Khan has expressed his loyalty to the party.

Morcha vice-president Sadiq Khan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, national party president Amit Shah and chief minister Vasundhara Raje expressing his concern as to how party members would reach out to the community if Muslims don’t get the party nomination.

Khan said no Muslim had found place in the BJP’s first list of 131 candidates, which was released on Sunday. “There should have been 5-6 names of Muslims in the list. When Rajputs, Jats, Brahmins, Banias, SC, ST have got tickets, then why has the minority been ignored?” he asked.

In the letter, Khan wrote that polarization by the BJP won’t work in Rajasthan. “Unlike UP, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, the Hindu-Muslim factor won’t work here as all communities live in peace and harmony.”

In 2013 polls, the BJP had swept 163 of 200 assembly seats in Rajasthan.In the 2008 assembly elections, the polling by Muslims was over 70% and Congress had won by a large margin.

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