MORNING NEWS AUDITORIAL | 10th May, 2018 • BATTLING FOR MAHARANA • ‘EPIC’ VOTING FRAUD IN KARNATAKA • PARCEL OF PATHANKOT ‘SPY’ CONTAINING EVIDENCE GOES MISSING FROM FORENSIC LAB • THE WELL WATER MAFIA THAT HAS MADE MUMBAI DRY • MEET THE WORLD’S OLDEST ELECTED LEADER • TOTTENHAM CLIMB TO THIRD, CHELSEA DOWN TO FIFTH

 

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Telangana CM is all over the newspaper today, and that’s the only news he was making, but there were so many others making the news.

Union environment and science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan for example, he got so emotional that he referred to Rabindranath Tagore, who renounced knighthood to protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre 99 years ago, as “Sir Rabindranath Tagore” on his 157th birth anniversary in Kolkata.

History is clearly not a forte, but rewriting is. Not rewriting but bringing you the historical occurring from yesterday we are here with the day’s Auditorial.

It is 10th May and the last day of the hearing on Aadhaar in Supreme Court. The Aadhaar law, which impacts human rights protected as fundamental rights in the Constitution in every possible way, must not remain in the statute, argued senior counsel Shyam Divan in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. But more on that tomorrow after the hearing is done.

 

For now, let’s get back to history.


 

BATTLE FOR MAHARANA PRATAP

 

It wasn’t just Tagore’s birthday yesterday, it was also the birthday of Pratap Singh, the Rajput king from Mewar, aka Maharana Pratap. Last year the anniversary of the 16th century king of Mewar not only caused inter-caste clashes in Saharanpur but also proclaimed victory in Haldighati battle by changing the signboard of Akbar Road in Delhi, a king also from the 16th century who defeated Pratap Singh, something which doesn’t go down well in Rajasthan where textbooks were revised last year to suggest that Maharana Pratap had won the Battle of Haldighati against Akbar.

 

So yes, there was a repeat of last year. While in Saharanpur tension prevailed once again in the district as Dalit organization Bhim Army’s district president’s brother Sachin Walia (25) was allegedly shot dead metres away from Maharana Pratap Bhawan, where members of the Rajput community were celebrating the birth anniversary of the king with weapons being showcased freely and as for Akbar road , if last year it was an outfit called Hindu Sena that took arms against the sign board, this time it was Milan Som, a Bajrang Dal leader who came all the way to Delhi with some heavy duty adhesive to plaster a poster with Pratap Singh’s photo. History wasn’t the only thing that they got wrong, the spelling of ‘Road’ in Hindi also cracked open the education level and the hollowness of their Hindi nationalism.


 

‘EPIC’ VOTING FRAUD IN KARNATAKA

 

 

Well, not just history, there are new techniques being written to win elections and it involves paying voters not to vote. Yes, candidates bribe registered voters, who they believe would not vote for them for ideological reasons, in exchange for their electors photo identity cards (EPIC).

The seizure of 10,000 voter ID cards from an apartment at RR Nagar in Bengaluru on Tuesday, 8 May, seems to be an indication of this “new craft.”

While BJP was quick to shout thief at Congress and PM Modi accused Congress of using fake id cards, but as the day went by it emerged that the house and the tenant were both of BJP members and the Voter id cards weren’t fake but real.

Both the parties are such pros with their dirty tricks department, that it will be difficult to tell who was actually behind it. May be it was a spy?


 

PARCEL OF PATHANKOT ‘SPY’ CONTAINING EVIDENCE GOES MISSING FROM FORENSIC LAB

 

 

We say that only because our next story is about an Indian Air Force employee who was posted in Pathankot, Airman Sunil Kumar Bhatti, from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district, was arrested on August 30, 2014, for sharing vital information on the strategic base with a woman, allegedly from Pakistan, on email and social networking sites.

Well now it turns out that in a case of negligence linked to a vital case of national security, a parcel containing evidence against him that was sent to the Chandigarh CFSL for scientific examination by the Pathankot police’s contained two mobiles, one tablet, one dongle and a pen drive, which were recovered by the Punjab police from the accused. And now as per the ToI reports, the crucial piece of evidence has gone missing.


 

THE WELL WATER MAFIA THAT HAS MADE MUMBAI DRY

 

And from evidence disappearing, we move to water disappearing from Mumbai.

Yes, The maximum city’s water security is at risk

TOI reports that water tanker owners and housing societies who sell groundwater from their bore wells are taking advantage of the fact that the city does not have a proper watershed mapping.

In fact, such is the case that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has now admitted a petition which demands Rs 222 crore from the state as a compensation amount for causing such terrible damage to the environment. This was allegedly done through commercial exploitation of groundwater from two private wells in South Mumbai

From around 300 private wells present on the residential premises in the city (200 of which are in South Mumbai), illegal business of Rs 33,300 crores has been allegedly generated in around 11 years.

The ones named in the aforementioned petition are called the “Pandya brothers”

The NGT has already ordered that the two wells be closed. If found guilty, this could be the country’s biggest such payout, reports TOI.


AROUND THE GLOBE

 

MEET THE WORLD’S OLDEST ELECTED LEADER

 

And lets move to our International news, where it wasn’t the Trumps, the Putins and the Xi Jinpings making history, but the 92 year old newest president and the world’s oldest elected leader Mahathir Mohamad made a return to the prime minister’s Office that he occupied for 22 years after an alliance of opposition parties spearheaded by him unexpectedly won over Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose popularity had plunged over rising living costs and in the wake of a multi-billion-dollar graft scandal at 1MDB.

And looks like not all veterans were making a comeback last night, we are talking about the Premier League action from last night.


 

TOTTENHAM CLIMB TO THIRD, CHELSEA DOWN TO FIFTH

 

Huddersfield Town was left celebrating wildly after securing their Premier League safety on Wednesday with a dramatic and resilient 1-1 draw at Chelsea, a result that looks almost certain to condemn Swansea City to relegation and dent Chelsea ambitions who now find themselves at the 5th spot.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy continued his magnificent scoring record against Arsenal on Wednesday as he slammed home a penalty to help his side secure a 3-1 home win over the London club, who were reduced to 10 men in the first half.

The result left Arsenal as the only side in English league football yet to win an away point in 2018, having lost all their seven games on the road since the turn of the year.

 

But the celebrations were on at Tottenham Hotspur after Harry Kane struck in the second half to secure a 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Wednesday and ensure a top-four Premier League finish and Champions League football next season.


 

That’s all that we have for you for today, we will be back tomorrow on the latest from Aadhaar, historical and spelling mistakes. Thank you for listening. Good Bye from takeapart.in