16th May, 2019

Good Morning,

 

And good night to Election Commission or why say election commission when we need to call out the man at the helm, No, Not Modi & Shah but, Sunil Arora, the chief election commissioner. Good job sir, good job. If your job was to be a political ostrich, then well done, a really good job sir.


 

“ALL THE RSS MEN HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE ELECTION COMMISSION” MAMATA CALLS OUT THE BS ON ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ CAMPAIGN BAN IN BENGAL

 

Hours after Amit Shah questioned Election Commission’s neutrality, Yes, the audacity is just amazing, Election Commission went down on its knees and gifted another low blow to Indian democracy.

Reacting to the spate of poll-related violence in West Bengal, the Election Commission on Wednesday took unprecedented steps by invoking Article 324 of the Constitution to curtail campaigning for the last phase of the elections a day before it was supposed to end.

Leaders from Opposition parties came down heavily on the Election Commission’s order curtailing campaigning in West Bengal from 10 pm on Thursday in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers during Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata a day earlier.

The ban’s timing is under fire because it allows Prime Minister Modi to address two rallies in Laxmikantapur and Dum Dum. “Isn’t it unprecedented that EC claims it’s an unprecedented situation in West Bengal but yet is waiting for PM to complete his public meetings?” Ahmed Patel said in a tweet.

The EC’s campaign ban order is the first such action in the history of the country’s electoral politics.

Calling the decision “unethical, unconstitutional, undemocratic and biased”, Mamata Banerjee said, “Tomorrow, Modi has two meetings in Bengal. When he finishes, the campaigning also ends… Instead of punishing Amit Shah, the Election Commission has given a gift to the BJP”.

Earlier on Wednesday, Amit Shah had accused the Trinamool of attacking his roadshow as a part of a “conspiracy”. His party also demanded that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee be barred from campaigning.

Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien, in turn, called the BJP chief “Dhokabaaz” and “pukeworthy”. He also complained to the Election Commission, submitted what he called video proof that the BJP was behind the vandalism.

Mamata Banerjee yesterday said it in so many words that “I have never seen this type of election commission. All the RSS men have been included in the Election commission ”

 

 

ULFA-I TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR GUWAHATI MALL BLAST THAT INJURED MORE THAN 11

Meanwhile, since we are on the east side, lets head over to Assam where At least 11 people were injured in a grenade blast in the busy Zoo Road area of Guwahati on Wednesday evening.

One person suffered critical injuries and is undergoing treatment at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital. Two among those injured are said to be security personnel.

A section of regional media claimed Paresh Baruah, chief of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom – Independent (ULFA-I), has claimed responsibility for the blast through telephone calls.

 

 

HOME MINISTER RAJNATH SINGH WANTS TO MAKE THE SEDITION ACT MORE STRINGENT

 

And from the terror of local militant outfits, we head to the terror of the state and the one weapon it seems to be really proud of to use a lot. A little like bhramastra, and no it isn’t demonetization, the corruption and terrorist slayer, but Sedition.

 

Hitting out at the Congress for promising to abolish sedition law in its poll manifesto, Union minister Rajnath Singh has said the BJP will make it more stringent.

 

“Congress talks about abolishing sedition law but on coming back to power, the BJP will make it so stringent that no one would dare to act against it,” the Home Minister Rajnath Singh

 

 

SC STAFFER WHO CHARGED SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATION AGAINST CJI WILL SOON FILE AN APPEAL – TO THE CJI

 

Meanwhile, since we are on extrajudicial territory here, got to appreciate and support the former Supreme Court staffer who levelled charges of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and now will soon be filing an appeal, to the CJI himself, against her dismissal from the apex court.

The employee, who was posted at the home office of the CJI, detailed charges of sexual harassment and persecution in an affidavit that was sent to 22 judges of the apex court on April 19. According to the affidavit, the CJI behaved inappropriately with her twice, on October 10 and 11, 2018. The CJI has denied the charges and called them an attack on the judiciary.

 

 

 

MODI GOVT CITES RTI CLAUSE TO REFUSE DETAILS OF VIJAY MALLYA & NIRAV MODI EXTRADITIONS

 

And before we head to International news, let’s see what’s the latest information on International Fugitives. Oh sorry, we can’t get access to that information because

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has refused to share details on the extradition of fugitive businessmen Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, citing an RTI clause that bars disclosure of information which would “impede the process of prosecution of offenders”.

 

In a reply to an RTI query, it said requests for extradition of Mallya and Modi have been sent to the UK government.

 

 

 

DONALD TRUMP DECLARES NATIONAL EMERGENCY OVER THREATS AGAINST AMERICAN TELECOM

 

And with that lets head to the International News, where President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to protect US computer networks from “foreign adversaries”.

He signed an executive order which effectively bars US companies from using foreign telecoms believed to pose national security risks.

The order does not name any company but is believed to target Huawei.

 

 

NEW AUDIO REVEALS THAT PILOTS CONFRONTED BOEING WITH 737 MAX FEARS AFTER FIRST FATAL CRASH

 

Meanwhile, a twist in the Boeing 737 Max aircraft story. There is an audio recording , obtained by CBS News, where members American Airlines (AA) pilots angrily confronted a Boeing official about an anti-stall system suspected in two fatal crashes of the manufacturer’s 737 Max aircraft The recording is of the union quizzing Boeing officials about the system – knowns as MCAS – in a tense meeting in November last year, weeks after a Lion Air Max crashed in Indonesia and four months before the loss of an Ethiopian Airlines Max. In total, 346 people died in two crashes.

 

WOODSTOCK 50 FESTIVAL SAYS SHOW BACK ON AFTER WINNING COURT RULING

 

Organizers of a three-day concert marking the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival said on Wednesday the show was back on after winning a court ruling against a lead investor. Woodstock 50, planned for Aug. 16-18 at the Watkins Glen motor racing venue in New York state with a lineup that includes rapper Jay-Z, and pop singer Miley Cyrus.

 

 

 

SCIENTISTS CREATE WORLD’S FIRST LIVING ORGANISM WITH FULLY REDESIGNED DNA

 

And before we leave you to be productive for the day, if you are interested in science, and not the cloudless radar types, well, Scientists have created the world’s first living organism that has a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code.

 

The lab-made microbe, a strain of bacteria that is normally found in soil and the human gut, is similar to its natural cousins but survives on a smaller set of genetic instructions, much like a lot of chiefs of some key Indian institutions, or actually, the microbes may have more autonomy.

 


Until tomorrow, goodbye from takeapart.in

 

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