QBullet: Bolsonaro Accepts PM’s Invite; Sabrimala, Rafale in SC

1. Bolsonaro to Be Chief Guest at Republic Day 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Jair Bolsonaro on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit. 

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on 13 November accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations next year.

Modi, who is in Brazil for the 11th BRICS Summit which will focus on building mechanisms for counter-terrorism cooperation and strengthen India’s ties with the world’s five major economies, met Bolsonaro on the sidelines of the meeting and spoke about diversifying cooperation for the benefit of the people.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: BRICS urged to back Modi's call for global meet on terrorism

2. Today: Verdicts on Sabarimala, Rafale

Supreme Court of India.

The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on Thursday on petitions seeking review of the court’s September decision allowing women of all ages to enter the Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala in Kerala.

It will also rule on the plea seeking review of its judgment giving a clean chit to the Centre on the Rafale jet deal, along with a contempt petition against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for attributing his “chowkidar chor hai” remark to the apex court.

The judgement on Sabarimala will be delivered by a Constitution bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra. The verdict in the Rafale case will be delivered by bench of the Chief Justice and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph.

(Source: Times Of India)

Also Read: BJP accuses Kerala government of detaining Sabrimala devotees

3. CJI Public Authority, in RTI Fold

Image used for representational purposes. 

A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court struck a blow for transparency when it ruled on Wednesday, 13 November that the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) and other judges of the Supreme Court come under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, effectively placing details of the assets of the judges in the public domain and lifting the opaqueness surrounding administrative decisions of India’s top court, although some experts said enough hasn’t been done.

The bench declared the office of CJI to be a public authority and held that information held by it can be sought under the RTI Act, although it gave significant discretionary powers to the Central Public Information Officer, or CPIO, of the court on a case-by-case basis to decide on what should be shared in “public interest”.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: CJI’s Office to Be Brought Under Purview of RTI Act, Rules SC

4. Ouster of 17 K’Taka MLAs OK, but They Can Fight Bypolls: SC

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday, 13 November upheld the Karnataka assembly speaker’s July decision to disqualify 17 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs, who brought down the H D Kumaraswamy government, but allowed them to contest bypolls from constituencies that fell vacant after their disqualification.

The unanimous verdict by a bench of Justices N V Ramana, Sanjiv Khanna and Krishna Murari, a rare judicial occurrence that pleased both sides, will have an important bearing on 15 bypolls and on whether the BJP government will acquire a majority in the 224-strong assembly. It enjoys the support of 106 MLAs and will be required to win six of the seats to have a majority.

(Source: Times Of India)

Also Read: How Will Rebel MLAs Contesting Bypolls Affect Karnataka Politics?

5. Discharged From Hospital, Raut Says Next CM From Shiv Sena

Sanjay Raut. 

Soon after he was discharged from Lilavati hospital on Wednesday, Shiv Sena MP and executive editor of party’s mouthpiece Saamana, Sanjay Raut reiterated that the next chief minster of Maharashtra would be from his party.

“Next chief minister of Maharashtra will be from the Shiv Sena,” he said. Raut was admitted to the hospital Monday afternoon after he complained of chest pain. He underwent angioplasty to remove two blockages in his heart Tuesday, 12 November.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: ‘Sena Coming Up With New Demands’: Amit Shah on Maharashtra Crisis

6. JNU Fee Hike Rollback ‘Cosmetic’, Say Teachers and Students

Protests at JNU over the hike in hostel fees. Image used for representation.

Members of Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union and teachers’ association on Wednesday termed the “partial rollback” of hostel fee hike “cosmetic“.

The decision to rollback the fee hike was taken at the university’s Executive Council meeting, which had to be shifted outside the campus at the last moment fearing agitation by students.

The students have been protesting against the fee hike, proposed in the draft hostel manual, for 16 days.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: ‘It’s a Sham’: Why JNU Students Disagree With Partial Fee Rollback

7. Considering Various Legal Options for Review of Kulbhushan Case: Pak Army

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Pakistan on Wednesday, 13 November said various legal options for review and reconsideration of the Kulbhushan Jadhav case were being considered.

Besides, the Army also denied reports that it was mulling to amend the Army Act to allow the former Indian Navy officer the right to file an appeal against his conviction in a civilian court. Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor in a tweet said that the ‘speculations’ were ‘incorrect’.

(Source: The Indian Express)

8. Chandrayaan-2 Releases 3D Image of Crater on Moon

Sriharikota: The launch of Chandrayaan-2 launch was called off due technical snag on July 15, 2019. 

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Wednesday released a fresh 3-D photo of an impact crater on the moon’s surface captured by the Chandrayaan-2.

The Terrain Mapping Camera-2 (TMC-2) provided images at 5m spatial resolution and stereo triplets (fore, nadir and aft views) from a 100 km orbit for preparing Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of the complete lunar surface.

The triplet images from TMC-2, when processed into Digital Elevation Models, enable mapping of surface landform morphologies including — craters, lava tubes (potential sites for future habitability), rilles, dorsa or wrinkle ridges, graben structures, and lunar domes or cones.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: Chandrayaan-2 Not End of Story, Will Make New Attempt Soon: ISRO

9. SC Nixes Govt Rule on Tribunal Posts

The Supreme Court of India.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday, 13 November struck down a rule framed by the Centre to regulate appointment of members to tribunals and appellate tribunals, saying the government conferring on itself a dominating and overwhelming voice in appointments is a ‘negation’ of judicial independence.

The court said the search-cum-selection committees, as envisaged in the rules, are against the constitutional scheme as they dilute the involvement of the judiciary in the process of appointment of members of tribunals. This amounts to encroachment by the executive on the judiciary.

(Source: Times Of India)

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