Sena Exits NDA Government Following Sharad Pawar’s Advice; CWC Meeting To Discuss Maha Govt Formation

The feud over government formation in Maharashtra reached the center on Monday when Shiv Sena’s only minister in the Modi-led government resigned.

Shiv Sena asked Arvind Swant to resign from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. He was Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. It was a precondition set by NCP chief Sharad Pawar to start negotiation for government formation in Maharashtra.

Important developments in Maharashtra politics

  1. Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyariinvited Shiv Sena to form government after BJP declined the stake claim to power. Shiv Sena has to show numbers by Monday evening.
  2. Udbhav Thackeray is tipped to the CM with an NCP-deputy according to a formula reached over the weekend.
  3. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was reluctant to support Shiv Sena but Congress Working Committee will meet to discuss the situation under pressure from Maharashtra leaders.
  4. Saamna, the mouthpiece of Shiv Sena, indicated towards the possibility of Sena forming a government with the help of 54 NCP and 44 Cong MLAs.
  5. Shiv Sena moved its legislators to a resort in Mud Island after accepting the invite for government formation. Sena fears poaching of its MLAs by BJP.

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Babri Masjid Was Built On A Hindu Temple Admits Supreme Court

Five-judge Constitution Bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoiand Justices Ashok Bhushan, D Y Chandrachud, Sharad Arvind Bobde and SA Nazeer delivered its historic judgement on Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid land dispute case. It unanimously declared that the land belonged to Ram Mandir.

What was the historic judgement?

Chief Justice RajanGogoi led bench ordered that the entire disputed land measuring went to 2.77-acres to Hindus for Ram Mandir but the bench also said that Muslims would get 5-acres of alternate land. The decision was just the opposite of Allahabad High Court verdict of 2010.

What was the Allahabad High Court verdict?

Allahabad High Court on September 30, 2010 ruled that the 2.77-acres of disputed land be divided into three equal parts and given to Hindu Maha Sabha that represents Ram Lalla, Sunni Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara. But the High Court admitted that the disputed land was the birthplace of Rama and that the Babri Masjid was built on the ruins of the Hindu temple.

Highlights of the SC ruling

• It is proved that Hindus were in possession of the outer courtyard of disputed site
• UP Sunni Waqf Board failed to establish its case in SC
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All Saints’ Day: Why Is It Celebrated Next Day To Halloween?

November 1 is Halloween but how not many people know that the holiday precedes a religious festival celebrated as All Saints’ Day that comes just after the spooky day.

UK has been celebrating All Saints’ Day for centuries. Historians coincide the festival with the ancient Celtic festival Samhain that is considered the inspiration behind modern Halloween celebrations.

What is All Saints’ Day?

It is a tradition of honouring the all known and unknown religious saints’ throughout the history of Christianity. The root of the festival can be traced back to the 4th Century but it developed into a festival only 7th Century when Pope Boniface IVincluded all martyrs in the commemorations. 

In earlier times, All Saints’ Day was celebrated in the month of April but the date was changed to coincide with Halloween in the mid-9th Century. The objective of this day is to strengthen the bond between those in the heaven and those on the Earth. And for this reason, the people commemorate the departed souls by paying their tributes. This day is followed by All Souls’ Day on which people pay tributes to their family members and friends.

All Saints’ Day celebrations

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The Google News AI Powered Mobile App Goes Bilingual

Google News is now bilingual. It is good news for people who speak two or more languages. There are over 60% of such newsreaders worldwide. This feature provides freedom from switching between different languages in order to get news covered elsewhere. 

Who is the beneficiary from this feature?

People who have moved abroad for study or work will be the biggest beneficiaries of this service. They would get international as well as local news from same page. Also, the update won’t impact other personalization preferences available to readers. Google will simply pull in more stories matching with the interest of the readers.

What is the story behind the Google News update?

The new feature is part of the larger revamp of the Google News product and destination website. Google announced that it was working on such a site during its developer conference in 2018. 

Highlights of the update

  • Google would leverage AI technology to select news stories
  • The AI technology would guide which stories to be featured first
  • New selection would be customized to suit the taste of the users
  • Doing away with “filter bubbles” that add no value to the news
  • Available across 141 countries and 41 languages
  • Exclusive
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Pune, Mumbai And Thiruvananthapuram Are The Least Polluted Cities In India

Supreme Court passed stern remarks over the deteriorating situation of air quality in Delhi and the emergency handling of the situation by both State and Central Government.

Highlights of the SC ruling

  • No room in Delhi is worth living
  • People aren’t safe even inside their homes
  • They are losing their valuable years to pollution
  • No need to show sympathy for farmers that burn Parali
  • Village head to Joint Secretary of the state should be held guilty for Parali burning incidents
  • SC summoned Chief Secretaries of Haryana and Punjab
  • Recommended 1 lakh fine on people doing construction activities despite ban
  • People find littering streets should be fined Rs. 5,000
  • SC questions success of odd-even scheme in Delhi
  • The pollution level is so high that even GRAP failed to bring respite to population of NCR

SC asked worth of odd/even scheme

Delhi government has allowed people to travel via taxis, autos and two-wheelers during odd-even days. Since these automobiles also add to pollution, the usefulness of applying odd-even scheme is doubtful. SC sees little benefit from this scheme.

Why did GRAP fail in Delhi?

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Arvind Kejriwal Says Delhi -“A Gas-Chamber” Closes Schools Till November 5 And Distributes Breathing Masks

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the capital had become a gas-chamber and blamed the stubble burning in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab for the deteriorating air quality index of Delhi.

What did Kejriwal say on Delhi Pollution?

Delhi CM squarely blamed the state governments of Haryana and Punjab for Delhi pollution. He said that the Haryana and Punjab governments are forcing farmers to burn stubble that is causing the Delhi pollution to rise to dangerous level. He made strong comments on rising pollution level of the city while distributing breathing masks to school children.

Arvind Kejriwal took Delhi pollution to Twitter

He didn’t stop at criticizing the governments of neighbouring states on the ground and took to social media to write strongly-worded posts to highlight the plight of Delhi residents especially the school children that have to breath-in pollutants in the early hours when the pollution is at its peak. 

He asked school children to write to Captain Uncle and Khattar Uncle to think about their health. The Kejriwal government started distributing breathing masks to school children through private and government schools. He distributed 50 lakh masks in Delhi schools and asked all Delhiites to wear … Read the rest