MORNING NEWS AUDITORIAL | 12th July, 2019

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To Friday, and the speaker of the Karnataka assembly who was “studying” resignation letters all night.

 

 

KARNATAKA SPEAKER WAS ‘STUDYING’ RESIGNATIONS ALL NIGHT

 

It is 12th July 2019 and the suspense over the fate of Karnataka’s wobbling ruling coalition continued as assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar was yet to take a final call on the resignations of 10 rebel legislators after a Supreme Court directive, and chief minister HD Kumaraswamy refused to step down out in the face of his administration’s wilting majority.

Kumar met the 10 MLAs – seven from the Congress and three from the Janata Dal (Secular) – shortly after 6pm in his chamber in the Karnataka assembly and received their resignation letters. But he refused to take a final decision on accepting their letters demitting office and said he would study them “all night”.

Earlier in the day after hearing the petition of the rebel MLAs, the apex court asked Kumar to “take a decision forthwith and, in any case, in the course of the remaining part of the day”.

It will, however, on Friday hear a petition he filed asking for more time.

Kumar confirmed all resignations received were in the correct format – he had rejected eight letters on Tuesday for not being in the proper format – and said his meeting with the lawmakers was videographed.

 

Asked whether he had accepted the resignations, which he had rejected on grounds of the wrong format, the Speaker said: “You cannot expect me to work at lightning speed. I have to go through the procedure as per the constitution.  I need to examine these resignations all night and ascertain if they are genuine.”

 

 

 

 

IN 2 DAYS, 13 COUNCILLORS WHO JOINED BJP BACK IN TRINAMOOL

 

 

While we are on the subject of switching sides, it seems there are only two sides, the haves and the have not’s. The one’s who have money and power and the one’s that don’t. The rest is just drama. In case you missed it, Over the last two days, 13 councillors who joined the BJP have returned to the TMC fold.

After being jolted by serial switchovers to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by legislators, councillors and rural body functionaries, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) appeared set to regain control of Kanchrapara municipality on Thursday, a day after it took back Halishahar municipality.

Both civic bodies are in Bijpur Assembly constituency, the home turf of Mukul Roy, a former TMC leader and once a close aide of the Bengal chief minister.

 

 

THE FARCE OF THE FCRA RAIDS ON LAWYERS THAT TOOK CASES AGAINST AMIT SHAH

 

After the CBI raids in Delhi and Mumbai on Thursday, Lawyers Collective and its trustees, including founding members Anand Grover and Indira Jaising, not just their offices but also residences, the body issued a statement expressing shock and outrage. “Mr Grover and I are being targeted for the human rights work that we have done over the years,” PTI quoted Jaising as saying.

“It was alleged in the complaint that between 2006 and 2014, the accused entered into a conspiracy in Mumbai, Delhi and other places with an intent to cheat the government of India in the matter of misusing and diverting foreign contribution received in the Mumbai based NGO,” a CBI officer said.

“In pursuance of the said conspiracy, foreign contribution to the tune of Rs 32.39 crore was received in the account of the NGO and the accused persons misutilised a sizeable amount of the foreign contribution, thereby violating the provisions of Fera 2010,” the officer said.

The CBI invoked sections of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act apart from IPC sections pertaining to hatching a criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and cheating against Lawyers Collective and its trustees, including founding members Anand Grover and Indira Jaising. The NGO had stated that the FCRA proceedings were initiated against it because its office-bearers had taken up “sensitive cases” against the leading figures of the BJP, including Home Minister Amit Shah, among others and added that “Mr Grover and I are being targeted for the human rights work that we have done over the years,” PTI quoted Jaising as saying

If you think these aren’t excessive, then you sir are a fasicsm denier. This is how dissent is stifled, one lawyer at a time. Now the CBI after riad says they have found incriminating evidence.

Something that I read from Prashant Bhushan’s post,

 

BJP govt goes after Jaisingh, Setalvad, Amnesty&Greenpeace who have all been critical of this govt, for alleged violation of FCRA. No court has found them guilty. But Delhi HC did find BJP guilty of taking crores of foreign funds violating FCRA. It then retrospectively amended FCRA

Since Modi took office in 2014, more than 10,000 civil society groups in India have had their licences to receive overseas donations cancelled or suspended for violations of the FCRA.

 

 

AN ODIYA PANCHAYAT SARPANCH WAS ARRESTED FOR AMASSING WEALTH 3340% MORE THAN HIS DISCLOSED INCOME

 

Since we are on amassing illegal wealth, A panchayat sarpanch was arrested in Odisha’s Ganjam district on Thursday for allegedly amassing wealth 3,340% more than his known sources of income

The sarpanch of Ankorada gram panchayat was arrested after the anti-corruption agency traced properties valued at over Rs 1.54 crore owned by him, said Berhampur SP (Vigilance), Mayadhar Swain.

He was booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Arms Act after an unlicensed rifle along with ammunition were found from his residence at Digapahandi.

 

 

OUT ON BAIL, MAN STEALS BIKE TO RETURN TO JAIL AS HE MISSED FOOD, FRIENDS AND FREEDOM TO BE LAZY

 

In other news, typically no one wants to go to jail, not once, and definitely not twice. But not this thief! Three meals a day, shelter and some company — that was enough for Gnanaprakasam to prefer jail to his home. The 52-year-old resident of Perungalathur, out on bail after being imprisoned for theft, stole a bike, flashed his face in front of CCTV and waited to be arrested, all because he missed prison food, life and friends and no one there called him lazy, unlike in his home. Fair enough.

 

 

ANGELA MERKEL’S SHAKING EPISODES HAVE A WARNING FOR ALL OF US

 

With that, we head to International news, where British ships operating in the Gulf have been put on the highest state of alert amid fears that UK-flagged commercial vessels are vulnerable to attack by Iranian gunboats.

“It seems that the Brits and the French and the Germans are coming around to the idea that the Iranians are up to no good!” President Trump tweeted on Thursday.

And before I wrap up the week for you, this news that we keep repeating about Angela Merkel’s shakes has a warning for all of us. Angela Merkel sat through the German and Danish national anthems during a ceremony welcoming Denmark’s prime minister to Berlin. The German chancellor reportedly requested the change in the protocol a day after she was seen shaking in public for the third time in as many weeks.

 

Merkel’s decision to sit through the ceremony will further fuel speculation about whether the long-serving leader’s famously gruelling schedule – including frequent all-night marathon meetings – – has begun to take its toll on her health. Explanations floated in the German press range from dehydration to anxiety, overwork and stress. So pace it out, your body may not be in the same rhythm as your brain.

 

 

DOZEN INJURED AFTER AIR CANADA HITS A POCKET OF TURBULENCE

 

While Angela was shaking, it was the passengers of Air Canada that were well, being tossed around as the jet hit a pocket of turbulence on its way to Australia on Thursday and was forced to make an emergency landing. Around a dozen people were reportedly injured.

 

 

AND NOW: SNEAKERS TO GIVE ART THE RUN FOR IT’S MONEY AT SOTHEBY’S AUCTION

 

And before we leave you for the week, if you thought sneaker collection was not an art, well you better revisit your notions of art. Sotheby’s in New York announced on Thursday its first-ever auction dedicated to sneakers, underlining their fast-growing status as collectables able to command tens of thousands of dollars.

 

Sotheby’s is teaming up with streetwear marketplace Stadium Goods to auction 100 pairs of the rarest sneakers ever produced, including a sample of one of the first Nike Inc running shoes with a pre-sale high estimate of $160,000.

 

The highest price fetched at public auction for sneakers is thought to be $190,373 in 2017 for a pair of signed Converse shoes said to have been worn by Michael Jordan in the 1984 Olympic basketball final.

 

 

That is all that I sneak in for today. I will be back on Monday as for you, relax , breathe, let your body recover and rid yourself of that stress. Until next week, good bye and good health from takeapart.in

 

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