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President inks enemy property ordinance, but expresses displeasure

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New Delhi, Dec 24, 2016: Even as President Pranab Mukherjee expressed displeasure, the Central government on Friday promulgated for the fifth time an ordinance to amend the Enemy Property Act.

Official sources said that Mukherjee has faulted the government for failing to convert the ordinance into law. The President, say sources, signed the ordinance to amend the Enemy Property Act as it involves national interest and “in view of the pending cases which will come up in the Supreme Court in January”.

In August, the order came to him for the fourth time but without the cabinet clearing it first – the first instance since independence. An upset President had then said in a note to the government that he was signing the order for public good, but he warned that the cabinet must not be bypassed ever again. He reportedly also it must never be cited as a precedent. After the reprimand, the government reportedly took the cabinet’s approval.

The ordinance amends the Enemy Property Act, a 50-year old law to guard against claims of succession or transfer of properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan or China after wars.

Earlier this year, the Lok Sabha had passed a bill to amend the act but opposition parties have blocked it in the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority, forcing it to keep it alive by issuing ordinance after ordinance.

However, the government has been unable to bring the bill in parliament, where the recent Winter Session was almost a washout because of united opposition protests over the issue of demonetisation.

Read More: Govt approves ordinances on enemy property bill and payment of wages act: sources

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Modi, Rahul wish Manmohan Singh on his birthday

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New Delhi, Sep 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and several politicians wished former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his 86th birthday on Wednesday, praying for his long life and good health.

Modi tweeted: “Greetings to our former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh ji on his birthday. I pray for Dr Singh’s long life and good health.”

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: “Birthday greetings and good wishes to former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh ji. May he be blessed with good health and long life.”

Meanwhile, Gandhi extended his greetings to Manmohan Singh’s selfless service to the nation.

“Manmohan Singh ji’s birthday is an opportunity for us to appreciate and remember his many years of selfless service and dedication to the cause of nation building. I wish him a very happy birthday and good health and happiness always,” he tweeted.

Praying for Manmohan Singh’s long and healthy life, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “I wish a very happy 86th birthday to Dr Manmohan Singh, our former Prime Minister. A man of integrity, sobriety and humble nature. I pray for his long & healthy life.”

Born in Gah, now in Pakistan, on September 26, 1932, Manmohan Singh served as the Prime Minister of India between 2004 and 2014 heading the United Progressive Alliance government.

Manmohan Singh, the first Sikh in office, was also the first Prime Minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be re-elected after completing a full five-year term. His political career began in 1991 when he was appointed as the country’s Finance Minister under the leadership of the then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao.

After obtaining his doctorate in economics from Oxford University, Manmohan Singh worked for the UN during 1966-69. Over the 70s and 80s, he held several key posts in the Government of India, such as Chief Economic Advisor (1972-76), Reserve Bank Governor (1982-85) and Planning Commission head (1985-87).

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Supreme Court allows live streaming of court proceedings

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New Delhi, Sep 26: The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the plea for live streaming of its proceedings.

Upholding a batch of petitions, a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the framing of rules to regulate the live streaming.

A pilot project will start with a telecast of proceedings of the Chief Justice Court.

Justice Khanwilkar, also speaking for Chief Justice Misra, pronounced the judgement. Justice Chandrachud pronounced a separate but concurring judgement.

It will help in people not relying on second-hand information, encourage legal education and put the system under the sunlight, he said.

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Supreme Court dismisses plea challenging appointment of Justice Gogoi as next CJI

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New Delhi, Sep 26: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition challenging the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India.

The petition was filed by advocate RP Luthra seeking to quash the appointment.

On September 13, President Ram Nath Kovind had appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India.

He will assume office on October 3 after the retirement of the current Chief Justice, Justice Dipak Misra.

Justice Gogoi will have a term of 13 months 15 days.

He was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court in April, 2012.

Born on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He completed his practice in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters.

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