July and with that the monsoon rains. It has been the driest June in five years, but if you are in Mumbai, you will wake up to words like deluge being thrown around by the Media. The first rains and all the leaks and muck will be visible, one such leak was in the recently installed Rs 3000 crore statue of Unity, the 182-metre statue, a memorial to freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is the tallest structure of its kind in the world and was inaugurated with much fanfare last year.
Rainwater was seen pouring inside an observation gallery there. What engineering, but then when focused on social engineering, who cares about the real engineering anyway.
It is 1st July, 2019 , and more things will be cooked or cooked up in India as Cooking gas cylinders will be cheaper by Rs. 100.50 from today, the Indian Oil Corporation has declared, providing major relief to households across the country. Since we are on engineerings and gases, the Supreme Court is also back from its vacation and it’s a busy month ahead.
WHAT’S IN STORE AT THE SUPREME COURT?
The most keenly awaited is the court’s verdict in the Rafale jet deal case. A Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi-led bench had on May 10 concluded its hearing on petitions asking for a review of the court’s December 14 verdict declining a probe into the corruption allegations in the deal. Review petitions in the Sabarimala case also await the final decision. The court had on February 6 reserved its verdict on the pleas. The top court is also expected to deliver a verdict on the crucial question of whether the Right to Information (RTI) Act is applicable to the Chief Justice of India (CJI)’s office.
The court will also take up crucial matters for hearing, including the one related to sexual harassment allegations against the CJI. The top court will also take up a batch of petitions on the constitutional validity of Constitution’s Article 370 that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
ZAIRA WASEEM vis-à-vis NUSRAT JAHAN
Since we are on Jammu and Kashmir, now that you know what will be in news in the coming days, let us take you back to what was in news over the weekend as well. Dangal Actress Zaira Wasim quitting Bollywood to pursue spiritual or religious growth. While of course, it is sad that the valley’s religious extremism has gotten the better of her, but she is an adult, and her right to choose must be respected. It’s not like she is an underage Jain girl who is renouncing the world even before she has seen or participated in the world.
But thankfully, for every Zaira, in India, there is a Nusrat Jahan in India as well and that is the beauty of it. Newly-elected Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan on Saturday said she would not pay heed to “comments made by hardliners of any religion” after an Uttar Pradesh-based cleric criticised her for marrying a Jain and wearing sindoor, calling the practices “un-Islamic”.
“I represent an inclusive India, which is beyond the barriers of caste, creed and religion,” she said in a tweet. “As much as I respect all religions, I still remain a Muslim and no one should comment on what I choose to wear.”
JOURNALISTS LOCKED UP IN ROOM AHEAD OF YOGI’S VISIT
But should we comment on Uttar Pradesh’s law and order? If it were up to Yogi, then of course, no. Several journalists were locked up in an emergency ward of a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district during Yogi Adityanath’s visit there on Sunday. “Journalists are being held captive, questions are being curtailed, problems are being ignored. The full-majority BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is turning away from people’s questions. The public knows it all. It will ask questions and demand answers too,” she said.
Taking a dig at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra after she targeted his government over the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that people sitting in New Delhi, England or Italy are speaking up on these issues only to remain in the limelight, and that the law and order situation in the state has, in fact, improved.
FAMILY OF GORKHA FREEDOM FIGHTER AND SAHITYA AKADEMI WINNERS EXCLUDED FROM NRC
It is exactly like saying that the NRC or the National Register of Citizens, will not only be just but also not exclude any Indian. Sahitya Akademi awardee Durga Khatiwada along with the family members of Baijyanti Devi, the first woman martyr of Assam Agitation, have been excluded from the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), an organisation of the Gorkhas said on Sunday.
Along with them, Manju Devi, the great-granddaughter of freedom fighter Chabilal Upadhyay, has also been left out from the NRC upgrade process, they said.
IVANKA CALLS DMZ LINE CROSSING EXPERIENCE ‘SURREAL’ AS SHE ESCORTS FATHER TRUMP TO THE LINE THAT LEGITIMIZES DICTATOR KIM
And with that lets head to International news, where on Sunday father and daughter took an unprecedented diplomatic step, through the demilitarised zone or the DMZ as it is known as an entered into North Korean territory.
Ivanka Trump pronounced the experience “surreal”. U.S. President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea on Sunday when he met its leader, Kim Jong Un, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas and agreed to resume stalled nuclear talks.
Trump, escorted by Kim, briefly crossed a military demarcation line into the North side of the Joint Security Area (JSA), patrolled by soldiers from both Koreas.
Moments later, they returned to the southern side and joined South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in for a brief chat, marking an unprecedented three-way gathering. Trump and Kim then held a closed-door meeting for nearly an hour.
“We just had a very, very good meeting,” Trump said after the talks. “We’ll see what can happen.”
CROWD TAKES OVER SUDAN, SOME KILLED MANY INJURED
Meanwhile, Vast crowds have taken to the streets in Sudan to demonstrate against military rule, with reports of deaths and injuries.
The state news agency said seven people had died and 181 were hurt, citing the health ministry. Sudan has been in turmoil since the military ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April.
HONGKONG HANDOVER CEREMONY IS GETTING OUT OF HANDS
Meanwhile, Protesters and the police clash in Hong Kong as authorities use pepper spray to disperse demonstrators. Hundreds of protesters in black wearing hard hats, masks and goggles and holding the umbrella in the stand off with police in front of Citic building.
The handover anniversary ceremony, normally held at the Golden Bauhinia Square, was moved indoors, apparently due to rain but also probably so that dignitaries would not be able to hear the loud protests outside the venue. just outside the government offices in Admiralty protesters have replaced the Chinese flag with a black flag flying at the two-third mast and lowered the Hong Kong flag to half-mast.
WAIL WHALE WAIL: JAPAN GETS BACK TO HUNTING WHALES
And as you set sail to work and the month, Japanese fisherman have also set sail to work, but unlike yours, theirs is a return to a practice banned 30 years ago. To hunt whales commercially, following Tokyo’s controversial decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission.
Soon it will be humans who will be wailing all over if this greed continues and we stay blind to climate change. So have a less greedy month ahead and be safe, healthy and productive. Until tomorrow and through the month with you , good bye from takeapart.in