MORNING NEWS AUDITORIAL | 9th January, 2019 ➢ CBI CHIEF ALOK VERMA: NOW MORE CAGED THAN EVER? ➢ NORTH-EAST ERUPTS ON MODI’S CITIZENSHIP BILL, ASSAM GOES AHEAD WITH ECONOMIC BLOCKADE, ALLY SANGMA TO DECIDE ON TIE WITH BJP ➢ MONTHS BEFORE ELECTIONS GOVERNMENT REWARDS REGIONAL & VERNACULAR PRINT MEDIA WITH 25% RATE HIKE ➢ NO SECTION OF INDIAN LAW COVERS A STOLEN HEART AS NAGPUR POLICE FOUND OUT ➢ ‘A CRISIS OF HEART AND A CRISIS OF THE SOUL’ : DONALD TRUMP TAKES TO TV ON BORDER WALL FUNDING ➢ MAN ATTACKS 20 CHILDREN WITH HAMMER IN BEIJING SCHOOL ➢ 20-YEAR-OLD GERMAN HACKER CONFESSES TO LEAKING PRIVATE DATA FROM HUNDREDS OF ‘ANNOYING’ POLITICIANS ➢ JAPANESE TABLOID APOLOGIZES FOR RAKING UNIVERSITIES ON EASE OF SEX

 

Good Morning,

 

It is 9th January 2019 and not sure if we should be wishing a good morning to the poster child of Caged Parrot, the partially reinstated CBI Chief Alok Verma.

 

CBI CHIEF ALOK VERMA: NOW MORE CAGED THAN EVER?

 

A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Tuesday set aside the government decision to send Verma on leave. The court, however, said Verma cannot take any major policy decision until he is cleared by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the agency director.

 

The court said a meeting of the committee, which comprises the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition and the CJI, will be called this week to take a decision on the basis of the Central Vigilance Commission’s report on the inquiry into corruption allegations against Verma. According to the News18, The Supreme Court order barring Alok Verma from taking “major policy decisions” doesn’t mean the newly reinstated CBI chief cannot carry out investigations or file chargesheets as these do not fall under the purview of ‘policy’. What I want to know is can he or can he not open the investigation into Rafale and also what’s going on with Modi’s favourite Asthana.

 

Jaitley ji obviously passed the blame on to the CVC and have you heard a word from the PM on anything? The hangover of the interview has carried on for a bit long. His silence after making major political decisions has to be appreciated.

After Puducherry ko Vankaam, it is now the turn of North East.

 

 

NORTH-EAST ERUPTS ON MODI’S CITIZENSHIP BILL, ASSAM GOES AHEAD WITH ECONOMIC BLOCKADE, ALLY SANGMA TO DECIDE ON TIE WITH BJP

 

As the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 inches a step closer to becoming a law, Assam — and the Northeast — erupted in protests, during an 11-hour-long shut down from 5 am to 4 pm

 

Following its passage, BJP’s Himanta Biswa Sarma welcomed the development saying that the Bill “will save 17 Assembly constituencies from Jinnah’s ideology”, however, the Congress staged a walkout from Parliament abstaining to vote.

 

Describing the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, in the Lok Sabha as “unfortunate”, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today said he will discuss with his National People’s Party (NPP) leaders to take a call on whether to snap ties with the BJP.

 

Meanwhile, all of Assam — barring the Bengali-dominated Barak Valley — supported the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) call for a total shutdown, as streets bore a deserted look across the state. Civil society organisations in Assam are bracing up for the second phase of agitation against the Bill in the form of an economic blockade. Seventy civil society organisations have already declared indefinite economic blockade restricting movement of commodities from Assam to other parts of India.

 

 

MONTHS BEFORE ELECTIONS GOVERNMENT REWARDS REGIONAL & VERNACULAR PRINT MEDIA WITH 25% RATE HIKE

 

In other news, well not so long ago, last year itself, there was a cobra post sting about how small and local newspapers carry on religious extremist vendetta on behalf of the RSS and the right wing and in case you didn’t know the regional language papers have quite a following to be able to twist facts, hide truth and obviously propaganda. Soit iss not surprising at all that they have been rewarded. The Narendra Modi government has hiked by 25% the rates at which the Bureau of Outreach and Communication releases its advertisements to the print media.

 

The government said the decision will be of great benefit especially to the medium and small newspapers, including a large number of such papers in regional and vernacular languages.

 

When you can’t convince them, buy them as propagated by Sri Sri Dhirubhai

 

 

NO SECTION OF INDIAN LAW COVERS A STOLEN HEART AS NAGPUR POLICE FOUND OUT

 

And on to some bizarre news from Nagpur and the insolvable case that came their way. Policemen in Nagpur found themselves in a strange situation when a young man approached them with a complaint to find his “stolen” heart.

The man wanted to file a complaint stating that a girl has “stolen” his heart and the policemen should get it back. The officer reached out to the superiors who spoke to the man and informally discussed the issue concluding that there is no section under Indian laws that deals with such a complaint.

 

And with heart and soul, we head to Donad Trump, not the words one would associate with him, but he did use these words.

 

 

‘A CRISIS OF HEART AND A CRISIS OF THE SOUL’ : DONALD TRUMP TAKES TO TV ON BORDER WALL FUNDING

US President Donald Trump has demanded funding for his long-promised US-Mexico border wall to halt “a growing humanitarian and security crisis”.

But in his first TV address to the nation from the Oval Office, Mr Trump did not declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build the barrier.

In an eight-minute address on Tuesday night carried live by all the major US television networks, Mr Trump said the federal government remained shut because of Democrats.

 

He said of the situation at the border: “This is a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.”

 

 

MAN ATTACKS 20 CHILDREN WITH HAMMER IN BEIJING SCHOOL

 

In a rare act of violence in China’s Capital Bejing, a Chinese man attacked at least 20 young children at the Number One Primary School with a hammer.

A 49-year-old man, a former maintenance worker at the school, was detained after venting his anger on the children after his work contract was not renewed, state television cited police as saying.

Attacks on kindergarten schools by disgruntled people have become common in China lately. In October last year, a woman was detained on suspicion of stabbing 14 children at a kindergarten in Chongqing.

 

20-YEAR-OLD GERMAN HACKER CONFESSES TO LEAKING PRIVATE DATA FROM HUNDREDS OF ‘ANNOYING’ POLITICIANS
Speaking of kids and arrest, the German authorities yesterday said a 20-year-old hacker has confessed to stealing and leaking private data from hundreds of politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, because he was “annoyed” by some of their public statements.

The young German, who is still studying and lives with his parents, told police he acted alone.

He stands accused of spying and illegally publishing personal data with his stunning cyber security breach which hit around 1,000 politicians, journalists and celebrities and piled political pressure on the government.

The information leaked online comprised home addresses, mobile phone numbers, letters, invoices and copies of identity documents.

 

And to wrap up today’s Auditorial we head to a story from Japan

 

 

JAPANESE TABLOID APOLOGIZES FOR RAKING UNIVERSITIES ON EASE OF SEX

A Japanese tabloid magazine apologised yesterday for an article ranking women’s universities on how easy it is to convince students to have sex at drinking parties. The article was about a practice the magazine described as “gyaranomi” or drinking parties that male participants pay women to attend.

 

The list appeared in the December 25 issue of the weekly magazine “Spa!” and prompted outrage, particularly online where one woman launched a campaign seeking an apology and suspension of sales of the issue.


And that’s all that i have for you. We will be back tomorrow. Stay warm, enjoy the chill and stay productive. Good Bye from takeapart.in

 

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