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The Supreme Court has permitted the Maharwal Khewaji Trust, which manages the Rs 20,000-crore property of erstwhile princely state of Faridkot, to operate bank accounts to pay salaries to staff and meet expenses on utilities bills and taxes etc.

In June, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had ruled that the will of Harinder Singh Brar, the last ruler of the erstwhile princely state, was forged in favour of the Maharwal Khewaji Trust on June 1, 1982.

The High Court had said that his two daughters, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and Maharani Deepinder Kaur, were entitled to inherit and share the properties.

The trust had moved the Supreme Court against this order. The top court had ordered for a status quo and allowed the trust to continue as caretaker.

Last Friday, a bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and S Ravindra Bhat said: “Since the activities undertaken by the Trust are in the nature of running a hospital and other philanthropic causes, at this stage, we permit the applicant Trust to operate the accounts mentioned in Paragraph 12 of the application strictly for the purposes enumerated at serial numbers 2 to 7 in Paragraph 8 of the application.”

The expenses include those on salaries, amounts due towards security agency, utilities bills, advance tax and GST payments and the statutory payments towards ESI and EPF.

The bench ordered that details of all expenses incurred as well as credits received should be placed before it periodically.

“The first report shall be filed on or before October 30; and the second report thereafter be submitted on or before November 30, ” said the top court.

Senior Advocates V Giri and Krishnan Venugopal opposed the prayer and submitted that in the name of meeting the expenditure towards fulfilling the objectives of the Trust, the amounts are being misused and, as such, the relief prayed for should not to be granted.

The top court’s order came on an interlocutory application filed by Trust that during the pendency of these petitions it may be permitted to operate its bank accounts.

Senior Advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Dhruv Mehta, appearing for the applicant, submitted that though there was no express order of injunction, the banks concerned have frozen the Trust accounts, as a result of which its activities are getting seriously prejudiced. They urged the top court to allow these accounts to be operated during the pendency of petitions.

The top court also directed the bank managers concerned to submit statements of accounts from June 1 to October 30. The top court listed the matter for disposal on November 4.


Delhi govt to provide essential amenities to farmers at Nirankari Maidan




farmers at Sindhu border

New Delhi: Farmers from Punjab have been allowed to demonstrate at the Nirankari grounds in Delhi’s Burari to protest against the Centre’s agricultural laws. At the same time, the Delhi government has decided to provide basic facilities to the farmers at Nirankari grounds, beginning with drinking water.

The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi has asked its MLA and Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Raghav Chadha to take stock of the situation by reaching Burari.

The Delhi government said in a press briefing, “Raghav Chadha, Vice Chairman, Delhi Jal Board, will visit the Nirankari grounds, Burari on Friday evening. Proper arrangements for drinking water will be made for farmers who are protesting at the approved protest site. Water tankers are being deployed here. To oversee the preparations, DJB vice-president Raghav Chadha is going to the dharna site.”

Chadha told IANS, “Farmers have a right to speak and cannot be treated like criminals. Our farmer brothers and sisters are reaching Delhi from all corners of the country. They have come here to protest the black farm laws passed by the Modi government. Now they have got permission to come to the Nirankari grounds. Whatever they need here, whether it is water, food, toilets, the Arvind Kejriwal government will provide it. All the officers and MLAs are keeping an eye on the arrangements.”

The Delhi Police had sought permission to convert nine stadia in Delhi into temporary jails. However, the Kejriwal government has rejected the proposal. The Delhi government has issued an official statement supporting the farmers. The state government says the farmers demands are justified and they have the right to protest.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “The Centre’s three farming laws are anti-farmer. Instead of withdrawing these laws, farmers are being prevented from protesting peacefully, water canons are being turned on them. This atrocity on farmers is completely wrong. Peaceful demonstrations are their constitutional right.”

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When is Kartik Purnima? Know date, significance and more

Kartik Purnima 2020: Purnima means the full moon day and the full moon that falls on Kartik month is known as Kartik Purnima. This day is celebrated on the 15th lunar day of the month Kartik and it generally falls in the month of November.




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Purnima means the full moon day and the full moon that falls on Kartik month is known as Kartik Purnima. This day is celebrated on the 15th lunar day of the month Kartik and it generally falls in the month of November. It is also known as Tripuri Purnima or Tripurari Purnima and is one of the most significant days in the traditional calendar.

Kartik Purnima will fall on November 30, 2020, and coincidentally it will fall with the lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan this year. Here we have compiled everything about this day, from date to tithi and significance:

Kartik Purnima will be observed on November 30 this year.

What is the Kartik Purnima 2020 tithi?

The Kartik Purnima Tithi will begin at 12:47 PM on Nov 29, 2020, and Purnima tithi will end at 02:59 PM on Nov 30, 2020.

Significance of Kartik Purnima 2020:

According to Hindu mythology, this festival is one of the important and ancient festivals of India. Usually, devotees take a bath in the Ganga river on this day and this day is known as Kartik Snana. On this day, Lord Shiva killed a trio of Asura brothers who was known as Tipurasura, and Lord Shiva took the avatar of Tipurari to kill them

After killing them, Lord Shiva restored peace, and thus after that Devas celebrated Diwali on this day to celebrate the victory of Lord Shiva over the evil.

On this day, a grand mela is held at Pushkar. The fair begins on Prabodhini Ekadashi, and it falls a week or so before Kartik Purnima. Kartik Purnima is also the last day to perform Tulsi Vivah.

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Vaikuntha Chaturdashi: Date, timings, significance, and rituals of the puja

This year, Vaikuntha Chaturdashi falls on November 28.



Vaikuntha Ekadashi

Vaikuntha Chaturdashi is observed one day before Kartik Purnima. The Hindu month of Kartik, which concurs with the Gregorian month of October/November has myriad festivals and significant days.

This Chatiurdashi which falls on the Shukla Paksha is considered sacred for both the devotees of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva as both the deities are worshipped on the same day.

Vaikuntha Chaturdashi 2020 Date:

This year, Vaikuntha Chaturdashi falls on November 28.

  • Chaturdashi Tithi Begins – 10:21 AM on Nov 28, 2020
  • Chaturdashi Tithi Ends – 12:47 PM on Nov 29, 2020

Significance of Vaikuntha Chaturdashi:

Lord Shiva was impressed and appeared in front of him. Lord Shiva then said that Kartik Shukla Chaturdashi will be known as Kartik Baikunth Chaudas. Lord Shiva offered the Sudarshan Chakra to Lord Vishnu on this very day. On this day, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva said that the doors of heaven will be opened. A person fasting on this day would secure his place in heaven.

Rituals of Vaikuntha Chaturdashi:

Certain rituals should be followed to worship Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu should be worshipped with flowers, lamps, sandalwood etc. Devotees should recite Bhagavad Gita and Shri Sukta and offer Lotus flower for the puja. It is believed that those who worship Lord Vishnu and listen to the story on this day, get relief from all sufferings of life. Worshipping Lord Vishnu with a mantra and storm path on this day takes a person to Baikunth Dham after his death.

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