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3,500 Ton Gold Reserve Found In UP’s Sonbhadra District

The Geological Survey of India claims to discover huge gold deposits in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh after two decades of intense search. Officials of the organization made a statement regarding the discovery on Friday.

Gold deposits found in UP

The Geological Survey of India said that it had discovered over 3,500 tonnes of gold reserves in Sonbhadra district and that the auctioning of these blocks with e-tenders would start soon. Breaking the news about gold deposits, KK Rai, the district mining officer said they found a large reserve of gold in Son Pahadi and Hardi areas of Sonbhadra district.

KK Rai further said that the work on the gold reserves had been going on for the past two decades and that he felt lucky this time to had found the gold. According to intial estimates, Son Pahadi area could have 2943.26 tonnes gold and Hardi block could have 646.16 tonnes.Mr. Rai said that there could be some important minerals in addition to gold.

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Delhi: Seelampur Tense But Under Control; Former Congress MLA Accused In JMI Violence

Peaceful procession against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill turned violent in Seelampur area in Delhi on Tuesday. According to reports, there were around 1,000 protestors in the procession when it took a violent turn by burning a school bus and a police station. Two police booths are also damaged.

Seelampur incident

Joint Commissioner of Delhi Alok Kumar said that people protesting peacefully at the Seelampur t-point suddenly started stoning. Also, they clashed with the police party present to manage the procession. And police had to use mild lathicharge and fire tear gas shells to disperse the violent crowd.

The incident resulted in injury to 21 people out of which 12 belong to Delhi Police and 3 to Rapid Action Force. The police have detained 5 people for the incident. The Joint Commission said that the situation was brought under control by appealing to the violent crowd from masjids and madarsas. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has also appealed to maintain peace in the city.

FIR against former Congress MLA

Delhi police have registered a FIR against the former Congress MLA, Asif Khan in connection with the Jamia Millia Islamia incident. In another development, Saket court sent the 14 people arrested by police in JMI case to judicial custody for 14 days.

Leaders of opposition parties met the President Ram Nath Kovind under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi. The Congress president complaint about the Modi government’s efforts to suppress peace opposition to the President. She further said that people’s voice can’t be suppressed in democracy.

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CAB Protests Become Violent With Protestors Setting A Railway Station On Fire And Attacking BJP Officials

West Bengal witnessed the worst form of violence against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 when protestors stormed into a railway station and set it into fire disrupting the rail traffic.

Railway station on fire

Thousands of people protesting against CAB in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district entered into Beldanga railway station complex and set it on fire. The platform, two-three building and the station complex was burnt and the RPF personnel brutally beaten up by the protestors. Train service in the Murshidabad district were crippled due to the fire incident.

In Howrah, the protestors blocked tracks at the Uluberia railway station and vandalised the complex and some trains and injured a driver. In Kolkata, protestors blocked traffic for hours while protesting at Park Circus and near the airport.

In East Midnapore district, the protestors attacked the car of BJP General Secretary SayantanBasu. Police had to come to his rescue. BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya condemned the attack on Basu and blamed the state government for the violence.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have appealed for peace and asked the protestors to use democratic means.

Repercussions of violence

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled his visit to attend a summit in Assam’s Guwahati next week amid the protests. Also, Bangladesh called off visit of its two ministers due to violent demonstrations against the CAB.

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 has now become a law after the President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the bill late on Thursday night.

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SC Again Fumes Over Pollution In Delhi

The Supreme Court fumed over the worsening air quality index of Delhi and the fact that 45% of city’s garbage remains unattended. The SC declared that the city was no longer liveable and became worst than the narark (hell).

A fuming bench of SC said that people were dying of various ailments like cancer caused due to pollution. It compared Delhi with a gas chamber and said that it is better the government killed people with explosives instead leaving them to die a slow death due to pollution.

What did SC rule on Delhi pollution?

The SC bench noted that Delhi was reeling under pressure but the governments were sitting idle. The took note of the fact that the capital was suffering due to inactivity of centre and state governments. It directed both the governments to set aside their differences and sit down to find an amicable solution to the problem of solution.

What did SC say about smog towers?

The SC said that the smog towers were the only solution available to control pollution and directed the Delhi government to quickly find places where these towers can be erected and make plans for making the towers.

What did SC say about pollution in neighbouring states?

The SC asked neighbouring states why they shouldn’t be fined for polluting the environment. Also, the bench asked all states and UTs to prepare a detailed report on pollution and action plan. It also directed the Central Pollution Control Board to prepare a report on water quality in rivers and steps taken to control water pollution.

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Sena-NCP-Congress Draft 40-Point CMP For Government Formation

In the first concrete step towards government formation in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress agreed to a 40-poing Common Minimum Program (CMP). But the draft is yet to be shared with the chiefs of the three parties for approval.

Highlights of the draft CMP

• Shiv Sena being the largest party in the alliance would get 16 cabinet berths

• NCP will have 14 cabinet ministers in the state government

• Congress is satisfied with only 12 seats in cabinet ministry

• The post of Speaker is likely to be offered to Congress

• Shiv Sena will get Deputy Speaker’s post

• NCP will get the post of chairman of legislative council

• Shiv Sena will occupy deputy chairman of the council

Who will be the CM?

While the leaders of alliance parties are claiming that the contentious issues have been sidelined but the biggest issue of choosing the Chief Minister is yet to be decided. Shiv Sena is staking claim on CM’s post but it could agree on rotating CM or the alliance parties could get equal term for CM. The draft CMP is likely to be approved by November 19 after which the process of government formation would start.

PIL on Shiv Sena aligning with others in SC

A petition about betrayal of public trust by Sena is filed in the Supreme Court. The petitioner said that Sena fought election against the parties it is aligning with. It is a betrayal of trust of people who put their faith in the Sena. The petition is up for hearing in the SC in a couple of days.

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Rahul Gandhi Apologizes For “Chowkidar Chor Hai” To The Apex Court

Rahul Gandhi was given relief from the Supreme Court in a content case after he wrongly linked the Rafael order of the apex court to his “chowkidar chor hai” phrase against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

What did the SC rule?

The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi accepted the unconditional apology offered by Rahul Gandhi with a warning to be “more careful” about future remarks.

What was the contempt case?

On April 10, 2019, Rahul Gandhi then Congress President quickly reacted to Supreme Court’s ruling on Rafael jet deal. It said that classified documents accessed by the media could be used as evidence to consider a review of the deal.

Rahul Gandhi welcomed the order and then went a step ahead to say that the apex court also agreed that chowkidar chorhai. But the SC took strong note of the comment and sought explanation for the comment. After the SC order, Rahul Gandhi said the comments were made “unintentionally and inadvertently” and offered an “unconditional apology” for his comments.

Who filed the contempt case against Rahul Gandhi?

BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi sued Rahul Gandhi for his “chowkidar chorhai” comment. Rahul Gandhi offered an apology that the SC turned down because the apology wasn’t directly admittedly to his mistake. In May, he offered a three-page affidavit to offer his apology. The SC accepted the apology with a warning to the former Congress President. But BJP wants Rahul Gandhi to make an apology to the nation as well.

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SC Gives Clean Chit To Rs. 58,000 Crore Rafael Deal

The Supreme Court upheld the decision of buying 36 fully-loaded Rafael fighter jets from France while rejecting the petitions seeking review of the Rafael order. The apex court gave clean chit to the government in Rafael deal in its November 14 order.

What was the Rafael deal?

NDA government bought Rafael jets from France through a Rs. 58,000 crore inter-government deal. But the opposition parties alleged irregularities in the deal. Supreme Court was hearing the review of Rafael deal but the court found nothing concrete in the allegations and set aside the review petition for an investigation into alleged irregularities.

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Udbhav Thackeray Still Hopeful Of An Alliance With BJP

Shiv Senais exploring all possibilities including a tie-up with BJP to form a government in Maharashtra. In a recent press briefing post the President’s rule in the state, party chief Udbhav Thackeray escaped from saying anything about his alliance with BPJ.

What was Shiv Sena’s stand on President’s Rule in the state?

Udbhav Thackeray is still hopeful of forming an alliance with its former ally BJP after the governor declined to give more time to Sena to submit proof of support. During a regular press briefing, he lashed out at the reports saying that why were the reporters in a hurry about government formation. The government had provided the parties six-months to form government.

What did Udbhav Thackeray say about BJP?

Udbhav Thackeray blamed BJP for the present stalemate. He said that it was BJP that snapped the ties by not keeping its pre-poll promise of 50-50 power sharing. He further said that the option of an alliance was ended by BJP and not the Sena.

What was the Lok Sabha poll promise between Shiv Sena and BJP?

Thackeray said that the BJP wasn’t hoping to win more than 200-220 seats in Lok Sabha elections. At that time, it was Shiv Sena that stood with BJP but the latter exercised the option of quitting the alliance after winning the poll.

Is BJP in touch with Shiv Sena?

According to Udbhav Thackeray, BJP was in contact with Sena. It was making new offers to persuade Sena to form a government in the state.

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UK’s Labour Regret Its Kashmir Resolution After Indian Diaspora Branded The Party As Anti-Indian

Labour Party of UK backtracked on its September resolution over Kashmir after some Indian Hindu groups labelled the Labour Party as anti-Indian and started a campaign to move Indian votes to Conservative.

What was September Kashmir resolution of Labour Party?

Labour Party took up the Kashmir issue in its conference in September. It issued a statement stating that Kashmir is accepted as a disputed territory and that the people of Kashmir should get the right to self-determination in accordance with the UN resolutions.

What is the present stand of UK’s Labour on Kashmir?

President of the Labour Party, Ian Lavery accepts use of offensive language in the Kashmir resolution and feels regret about criticizing India for abrogating Article 370 in Kashmir. He assured the Hindu community that the Labour Party is fully aware of the sensitivities of Kashmir.

Highlights of Labour Party resolution on Kashmir

• Kashmir is a bilateral problem for India and Pakistan to resolve together

• Both the countries have to resolve the issue by peaceful means

• Any bilateral solution on Kashmir should respect the right of Kashmiri people to have a say in their own future

• Labour Party is opposed to any external interference in the political situations of any country

• It won’t adopt any anti-India or anti-Pakistan position over Kashmir

The resolution is a snub for Labour ideologue-leader Jeremy Corbyn who’s supported the September resolution. With the new statement, the Labour Party president tried to pacify the Indian Hindu groups and tide moving of Indian votes to Conservative.

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History of Stunning Political Alliances Between Arch Rivals

Shiv Sena and Congress coming closure to form an alliance to form government in Maharashtra could be surprising for many. But here Sharad Pawar is working as a key link between Udbhav Thackeray and Sonia Gandhi.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi held discussion with senior party leaders and elected MLAs of Maharashtra assembly in Jaipur where the MLAs are stationed. The maximum number of Congress MLAs are favoring a Sena-led government to keep BJP out of power.

This alliance between Shiv Sena and Congress could look stunning but there are more stunning alliances in history.

  1. Mizoram’s Chakma Autonomous District Council

In 2018, the BJP with 5 members and the congress with 7 formed a post-poll alliance called United Legislature Party to form the Chakma Autonomous District Council government.

  1. BJP and PDP in J&K

In 2014, the BJP joined hands with its key rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed to form government. It is to be noted that both the parties were arch rivals in the state politics.

  1. Congress and AAP

In 2013 Delhi assembly elections, Congress slipped to the third-position in seats but it gave outside support to AAP that was the second party with highest-seats in the assembly election. BJP was the single largest party in Delhi elections but it was short of the magic number.

  1. BSP joined BJP

In 1995, Mayawati snapped her ties with Mulayam Singh Yadav’s SP in different circumstances. She forged a BSP-BJP alliance to remain in power according to a seat sharing formula.

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