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Bhopal, Sep 10 Amid expectations of a change in the leadership of the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, former Union Minister and one of the contenders, Jyotiraditya Scindia,is scheduled to meet party chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday in New Delhi.

The party is facing a crisis with some of his supporters in Gwalior-Chambal region threatening to quit if he was not handed the reins. Gandhi has already held consultations with Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Saturday.

The party is also facing an embarrassment over state Forest Minister Umang Singhar’s calling former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh a “blackmailer” who was trying to run the state government by proxy. Gandhi has already referred the Singhar issue to the party’s Central Disciplinary Committee.

Singhar, a tribal leader and seen as Scindia camp follower had accused Digvijaya Singh of meddling in the government affairs in the state. After this, Scindia jumped in the race following pressure from his supporters who want him to stay put in the state politics.

Chief Minister Kamal Nath wants his loyalist Bala Bachchan, a tribal leader, to head the party while Scindia had, at one point, backed Singhar.

Kamal Nath had resigned from the party state chief’s post after the Congress debacle in the Lok Sabha polls, but he has been asked to continue till his replacement is finalised.

The state leadership has sent a list of names of leaders including that of Scindia to Gandhi, a veteran Congress leader said. The interim Congress President is yet to take a call on it.

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Oct merchandise exports down; imports fall over 16% YoY

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New Delhi, Nov 15 : Global slowdown amidst weak domestic demand dipped India’s merchandise exports as well as imports in October on a year-on-year basis.

As per the data furnished by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, October exports were marginally down to $26.38 billion from $26.67 billion reported for the corresponding period of the previous year.

However, on a sequential basis, exports were higher than $26.03 billion worth of merchandises that were shipped out in September.

“Non-petroleum and non-gems and jewellery exports in October were $19.04 billion, as compared to $18.93 billion in October 2018, exhibiting a positive growth of 0.59 per cent,” the ministry said in a statement.

On the other hand, imports declined by 16.31 per cent to $37.39 billion in October from $44.68 billion reported for the corresponding month of 2018.

“Oil imports in October 2019 were $9.63 billion, which was 31.74 per cent lower in dollar terms, compared to $14.11 billion in October 2018,” the ministry said.

“Non-oil imports in October 2019 were estimated at $27.76 billion which was 9.19 per cent lower in dollar terms, compared to $30.57 billion in October 2018.”

According to the ministry data, non-oil and non-gold imports declined by 10.04 per cent to $25.92 billion in October 2019 from $28.82 billion in October 2018.

Consequently, the trade deficit in October narrowed to $11.01 billion as against the deficit of $18 billion in the corresponding period of 2018.

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On last working day, CJI spent 4 mins in Courtroom 1

Earlier on Friday, the Chief Justice’s office issued a statement on numerous requests from various media houses for personal interview, where he expressed his regret.

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Ranjan Gogoi Chief Justice SA Bobde

New Delhi, Nov 15 : On his last working day, outgoing Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Friday spent nearly four minutes in Court No.1 of the Supreme Court.

Justice Gogoi, who retires on November 17, presided over the bench with Chief Justice-designate S.A. Bobde.

Meanwhile, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Sanjiv Khanna expressed gratitude to the CJI on behalf of the lawyers’ association.

The Chief Justice took office in October 2018. According to the official schedule, he visited Raj Ghat to pay his respects to Mahatma Gandhi. After taking oath of office, he had also visited the memorial last year.

His agenda on the last day in office included a video conference with High Court judges and nearly 15,000 judicial officers in various parts of the country.

Earlier on Friday, the Chief Justice’s office issued a statement on numerous requests from various media houses for personal interview, where he expressed his regret.

Turning down the media request, the Chief Justice said, “As a public functionary entrusted with onerous constitutional duties to discharge, the idea of courting the press never endeared itself as a choice in the interest of my institution. I chose to belong to an institution whose strength lay in public confidence and trust earned not through good press but through our good work…it is not the requirement of our institution for judges to reach out to our citizenry through the press — rather such outreach ought to be symbolic of an extraordinary situation demanding an exception to the norm.”

The SCBA in the evening organized a farewell for the Chief Justice, which was a low-key affair without any customary speeches. All the judges of the apex court, including Chief Justice-designate S.A. Bobde, were present during the function where the outgoing Chief Justice was felicitated by members of the lawyers’ body.

The SCBA said the Chief Justice avoided making any speech at the function. SCBA president Rakesh Khanna said Justice Gogoi has been one of the finest judges.

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CBI raids Amnesty India offices in Bengaluru

The organisation said it works to uphold values such as pluralism, tolerance and dissent, enshrined and guaranteed by the Constitution of India.

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Bengaluru/New Delhi, Nov 15 : The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday raided human rights non-governmental organisation Amnesty India offices in the city and Delhi.

“The CBI on Friday conducted searches at the offices of Amnesty International India Private Limited and Indians for Amnesty International Trust in Bengaluru and New Delhi,” said Amnesty India in a statement to IANS.

A senior CBI source told IANS that the searches were in connection with violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

The international human rights campaigner said over the past year, it had been witnessing a pattern of harassment every time the NGO stands up and speaks out against human rights violations in India.

“Amnesty India stands in full compliance with Indian and international law. Our work in India, as elsewhere, is to uphold and fight for universal human rights,” Amnesty India said.

The organisation said it works to uphold values such as pluralism, tolerance and dissent, enshrined and guaranteed by the Constitution of India.

According to Amnesty, as many as four million Indians supported the NGO’s work in India in the past six years and one lakh people contributed financially.

“Our work in India, as elsewhere, is to uphold universal human rights and build a global movement of people who take injustice personally,” the NGO added.

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