- Madras High
Court says, no floor test in Tamil Nadu Assembly till further orders; Hearing
in the case challenging disqualification of 18 dissident AIADMK MLAs on.
- Death toll in
the Mexico earthquake rises to 248; Dozens of buildings severely damaged in Mexico
city and nearby states; Emergency declared.
Meteorological Department withdraws warning of heavy rainfall in Mumbai and
- Union Home
Ministry gives final chance to IGNOU, Mumbai University and ICMR to retain
their licences for foreign funding on disclosure of annual income and
expenditure by 18th October.
- Supreme Court
directs Unitech to pay litigation cost to home buyers who have succeeded before
the grievance redressal commission.
- And in
Badminton, K. Srikanth, H.S.
Prannoy and Sameer Verma enter second round of Japan Open Super series.
In Chennai, in
the case challenging the disqualification of the 18 dissident AIADMK MLAs, the
Madras High Court adjourned the case to October 4th as more time was sought
from the Speaker’s side to file a detailed reply. The court also asked not to
notify that the constituencies occupied by the disqualified MLAs are vacant.
The direction has restrained the Election Commission from initiating the
process of bye-elections in those constituencies till the court makes any
further direction. It is also being interpreted by legal professionals as
restraining any trust vote till October 4th, the date of next hearing. The
court in another related case earlier restrained the Speaker from going ahead
with any move to conduct floor test. However, the disqualification of the MLAs
by the Speaker has not been stayed by the court today.
The bunch of
petitions filed by the disqualified MLAs came up for hearing today before
Justice Duraisamy. On behalf of the petitioners, senior counsels Dushyant Dave
and Salman Khurshid appeared and said the Speaker’s action is not in conformity
with the provisions of the Anti-Defection law. They pointed out that in the
AIADMK, Mr O.Panneerselvam and his faction MLAs before the merger with the
Edappadi K Palaniswamy camp voted against the Government in the House during
the February trust vote. They said no action has been initiated against them.
Rather, Mr Panneerselvam has been accommodated in the cabinet as the Deputy
Chief Minister. The counsels said their clients approached the Governor only
against the Chief Minister adding, they were not against an AIADMK Government.
They also said the Speaker’s decisions can be subjected to judicial review as
has been done in many occasions in the past. Countering the averments, Mr Arima
Sundaram, the counsel to the Speaker said irrelevant claims are being made in
the Court that are not pertinent to the case at hand.
At least 248 people have been killed in a powerful 7.1
magnitude earthquake in Central Mexico, including 21 children, who were crushed
under an elementary school building that was reduced to rubble. Major Jose Luis
Vergara of the Mexican navy said another 30 to 40 people remained trapped
inside, while 11 children have been rescued so far. Civil
Protection Agency said the deaths were
reported from the capital Mexico city, Morelos,
Puebla, and in Guerrero. Dozens of buildings have been severely
damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mexico
City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital
alone. A state of emergency has been declared in Mexico City. 3.8 million
households are reported to be without electricity, and gas services have also
been cut off in some areas. President Enrique Peña Nieto said priority at this
moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical
attention to the injured people. The US Geological Survey said, the epicenter
of the latest 7.1 quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso,
about 123 kilometers southeast of Mexico City.
The destruction revived horrific memories in Mexico on
the anniversary of another massive quake in 1985, the disaster-prone country's
deadliest ever. Mexico City's international airport closed for more than three
hours following the quake. The stock market was forced to shut.
the second maximum strength storm to hit the Caribbean this month, killed at
least one person in the French island territory of Guadeloupe and reached the
U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said, a
rare Category 5 storm Maria, churned in the Virgin Islands with maximum
sustained winds of 280 kilometer per hour. It will cross Puerto Rico today and
pass the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic tomorrow. 3.5 million people
of Peurto Rico have been asked to go to safer places. The storm is moving
roughly along the same track as Irma, the other category five hurricane of the
Meteorological Department has withdrawn the warning of heavy rainfall for
Mumbai and nearby areas. IMD has informed there will only be intermittent rains
for the next 48 hours at a few places. The downpour accompanied by thunder and
lightning started yesterday afternoon.
to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's disaster management cell, no
untoward incident has been reported so far. State government has instructed
schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region to remain closed today.
Flight operations at the Mumbai airport remain affected for the second day
today. Due to the downpour, five long distance trains of the Western Railways
have been cancelled. While the vehicular movement on both the Eastern and
Western Express Highways is normal, traffic snarls are witnessed on few roads
of the city in low lying areas, where water-logging can be seen. The
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's disaster management cell informed that the
weather station at Colaba in south Mumbai recorded 210 mm rain from 8.30 am
yesterday to 8.30 am today, while the observatory in suburban Santacruz
recorded 303.7 mm rain during the period. With
Prarthna, Pooja Pal , AIR News Mumbai."
the south west monsoon weakens in Kerala, the state is still reeling under rain related disasters. The meteorological
department predicts widespread rain in the coming 2 days across the state and
strong rain is expected after the 25th of September. Our correspondent reports
certain areas of the northern districts of Kerala are receiving rain. Efforts
are on in the landslide hit Attapady region to repair the damaged road and restore connectivity. The water in Kuttanad
region in Allapuzha is receding. Authorities have started the process of
estimating the extent of damage caused by the recent rain in the state.
Ministry has given a final chance to
IGNOU, Mumbai University and ICMR to retain their licenses to receive foreign
funding if they disclose to the government their annual income and expenditure
statements by October the 18th after paying penalty. These are among 4,842
institutes and organisations which have been granted permission to retain their
Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, FCRA licenses.
said FCRA registration of 18,681 organisations and institutes were cancelled for
not filing returns for five consecutive years, 2010-11 to 2014-15, despite
being served repeated notices.
is allowed to receive funds from abroad unless it is registered under the FCRA.
It is mandatory under the law for such organisations to submit income and
expenditure statement to the government annually else their registration is
In a first of
its kind order, the Supreme Court today directed Unitech to pay litigation cost
to home buyers who have succeeded before the grievance redressal commission in
their lawsuit against the real estate major. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak
Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and
Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the real estate major to pay Rs 80,000
each as litigation cost to 39 flat buyers in one of the developer's
projects.The court directed Unitech to pay the amount of the litigation costs
within four weeks to buyers who have succeeded before the National Consumer
Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) in getting their principal amount and
Court today put an end to the old practice of allowing senior lawyers to
mention cases seeking their out-of-turn listing and hearing. A bench headed by
Chief Justice Dipak Misra also made clear that now onwards only
Advocates-on-Record (AoR) would be authorised to mention cases for out-of-turn
hearing. Yesterday, the court had expressed annoyance after a lawyer complained
that while his senior colleagues were being allowed to mention matters for
urgent hearing, junior members of the bar were denied such opportunities.
In Jammu and
Kashmir, Pakistani troops today opened fire at an Army patrol along the Line of
Control in Keran sector. An Army official said that necessary and adequate
response has been given to the Pakistani firing. However, according to police
sources four jawans were injured as Pakistani troops targeted a foot patrol of
the Army at Gogaldara. One of the jawans who was airlifted to Army's 92 Base
Hospital is in a critical condition.
A delegation of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, (GJM) led
by Union Minister S S Ahluwalia yesterday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and
called for tripartite talks to resolve the Gorkhaland issue. Speaking to the
media after the meeting GJM Central Committee Member Swaraj Thapa said, they have demanded
tripartite talks adding that they expect a positive development within a few
days. He said, the tripartite meet should involve the Centre, the West Bengal
government and the GJM. The five-member delegation also sought central intervention in ending the
Nath Kovind today said, the real goal of education is to provide best human
beings and doing so will be a great service to entire humanity. He was speaking
on the occasion of the Golden jubilee celebration of New Delhi's Jesus and Mary
College. He said, the Christian community has a special role in academic
excellence of the country. He appealed to the students to use knowledge to
enhance welfare of the under privileged in society.
of education is not just to acquire knowledge , that is only a starting point.
It is much more critical to use the knowledge one gets from education to
enhance the welfare of the less privileged among us. The truly educated are not
those who collect degrees but those who use these degrees to underline his policy to become nation builders in our
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu has said the dream of
Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas is incomplete unless the fruit of development reaches
everyone. Addressing a National SC/ST
Hub meeting in New Delhi today, he said government is working in
multi-dimensional manner for the development of the nation. He said there is a need for a special focus
in integral approach to increase the number of micro, small and medium
enterprises. The Vice-President asserted that there is no dearth of skill in
the country, the need of the hour is to give people an atmosphere and a helping
hand to hone their skills. Union Minister
Thaawarchand Gehlot, Jual Oram, Giriraj Singh and Shiv Pratap Shukla were also
present on the occasion.
At the stock
markets, after a positive opening, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange gave
up all of its initial gains in afternoon trade, and had declined 16 points, to 32,386
a short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange had dropped 9
points, to 10,139. Other key regional bourses in Japan, China, Hong Kong, south
Korea and Singapore were trading mixed. And at the forex market , the rupee had
weakened one paise, to 64.34 against the dollar in afternoon deals.
Indian shuttlers were off to a good start at the Japan
Open Superseries in Tokyo with top players Kidambi Srikanth, H.S. Prannoy
Sameer Verma and Saina Nehwal sailing through to the second round of their singles matches. While eighth seeded
Kidambi overcame a strong Chinese opponent Tian Houwei, the World No.10, H.S.
Prannoy defeated Anders Antonsen of Denmark. Sameer Verma made it to the second
round defeating Kosit Phetpradab of Thailand in straight games. However, It was
the end of the road for Sourabh Verma and B. Sai Praneeth in their respective
men’s singles openers. Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal also began her
challenge in the Japan Open with a victory. In the first round, Saina defeated
Thai Pornpawee Chochuwong. In mixed doubles,
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also advanced to the second round
as they beat Thai pair Tinn Isriyanet and Pacharapun Chochuwong.