QBullet: Congress, NCP Say Stable Govt in Maha Soon; Shah on J&K

1. ‘Stable Maharashtra Government Soon’: Congress, NCP Say Talks to Continue

Nawab Malik. (Photo: IANS)

The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said today that they would soon provide a stable government in Maharashtra but indicated that the terms of engagement with the Shiv Sena still has to be worked out.

"There cannot be any government in Maharashtra without the Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress. We are trying our best to resolve issues," said NCP leader Nawab Malik, addressing the media along with Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan, who simply said the talks will continue.For the final round of talks, the Shiv Sena leadership will come to Delhi, the Congress said.

(Source: NDTV)

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2. Jadavpur Teachers Condemn Attack on JNU Students

JNU students continue to demand fee hike rollback and slam biased media after the protest march on Monday.

The Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) on Wednesday strongly condemned police lathicharge on JNU students two days earlier.

“We condemn the attack by Delhi Police against the agitating JNU students on November 18, 2019, during a march to Parliament to demand roll back of the massive fee hike. The teachers too were not spared the brutal assault. JUTA notes with deep concern that the way the JNU administration unilaterally tried to impose the fee hike without consulting the stake holders has violated the spirit of autonomy of the university,” JUTA said in a statement.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: JNU Crisis: Affordable Education Is an Investment, Not a Favour

3. ‘Never in Bengal’: Mamata Banerjee on Amit Shah’s Pan-India NRC Pitch

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee hit back at home minister Amit Shah for saying that a National Register of Citizens (NRC), similar to the one in Assam, will be implemented across the country.

Banerjee said she will never allow division on the basis of religion in her state.

“There are few people, who are trying to create disturbance in the state in the name of implementation of NRC. I want to make it very clear, we will never allow NRC in Bengal,” she said at a rally in Sagardighi, around 200 km from Kolkata.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Winter Session: Amit Shah Answers Questions on J&K, NRC in RS

4. As Muslim Sanskrit Professor Leaves for Home, BHU Students Come out in His Support

The students have said this means that a Muslim professor can’t teach Sanskrit whereas the BHU administration has not only said this is an incorrect interpretation but that the professor appointment is in line with the university’s guidelines.

After being appointed as assistant professor at Banaras Hindu University’s Sanskrit Vidya Dharam Vigyan (SVDV) two weeks ago, Firoze Khan, a doctorate in Sanskrit, on Wednesday left for his native place in Jaipur as students of his department continued with their protest opposing his appointment for the only reason that he is a Muslim.

Meanwhile, a section of students of the university came out in support of Khan, who could not attend the university since his joining on November 7 and had gone into hiding with his cellphone switched off.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: BHU Protests: Can a Muslim Prof Not Teach Sanskrit and Theology?

5. Chandrayaan 2's Vikram Hard-Landed Within 500 Meters Of Target: Centre

Vikram had hard landing, says NASA releasing high-resolution images of Chandrayaan-2 landing site.

Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander hard-landed as reduction in velocity during its descent was more than the designed parameters, the government said on Wednesday throwing more light on ISRO's dashed hopes of making a soft landing on the lunar surface in its maiden attempt.

In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Jitendra Singh, the minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office, who looks after the department of space, said the first phase of descent was performed nominally from an altitude of 30 kms to 7.4 kms above the moon's surface and velocity was reduced from 1,683 metres per second to 146 metres per second.

(Source: NDTV)

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

6. Case Against AMU Prof, Husband: SSP Asks Officer How FIR Was Lodged

Aligarh Muslim University.

Aligarh Senior Superintendent of Police, Akash Kulhary, has asked the station officer how an FIR was registered against an assistant professor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and her husband on charges of promoting enmity for their Facebook posts.

An FIR was registered against Huma Parveen, an assistant professor in the Mass Communication department of AMU, and her husband Naeem Showkat, who belongs to Baramulla in Kashmir, at Gandhi Park police station in Aligarh on Tuesday on a complaint filed by Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha leader Ashok Pandey, who had accused the couple of uploading “several objectionable posts” related to Kashmir and mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: AMU Prof Booked Over Post on J&K, Hindu Mahasabha Filed Complaint

7. Home Minister Amit Shah Tells Rajya Sabha Situation Fully Normal in Jammu and Kashmir, Internet to Be Restored Soon

Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses questions on Kashmir in Rajya Sabha.

Home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the situation is “fully normal” in Jammu and Kashmir and a decision on lifting the internet curbs in the valley will be taken soon.

Shah told Parliament that not a single person has died due to police firing since August 5 when the Centre nullified Article 370 of the Constitution, which conferred special status on Jammu and Kashmir.“People in this house were predicting bloodshed but I am happy to inform that no one has died in police firing. Incidents of stone pelting have declined from 802 last year to 544 so far this year,” he said.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Winter Session: Amit Shah Answers Questions on J&K, NRC in RS

8. WhatsApp: Govt Admits to Breach Alert, House Panel Votes for Scrutiny

On a day the government admitted in Parliament that WhatsApp had notified it in May and September of a breach in some accounts in India via spyware Pegasus, sharp differences emerged at a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology on discussing the issue of “citizens’ data security and privacy”.

With the BJP members objecting and citing jurisdiction issues, the committee is learnt to have been split down the middle, with 12 members for a discussion, and 12 against. Finally, Shashi Tharoor, who heads the panel, cast his tie-breaker vote, supporting the demand for a discussion.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: Whatsapp Expresses ‘Regret’ Over Pegasus Snooping Row

9. Three Rafale Aircraft Handed Over to India So Far: Centre in Parliament

Rafale fighter. (File Photo: IANS)

Aviation firm Dassault has handed over three Rafale fighters to India so far, the centre said in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. However, it clarified that they are still being kept in France as part of a training programme for Indian Air Force pilots and technicians.

"Three Rafale fighter aircraft have been handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) till date which are being used for training of IAF pilots and technicians in France," Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said in reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

Under the Rs. 59,000 crore Rafale jet deal, out of the 36 Rafale jets, the first batch of four aircraft is expected to arrive in India in May next year. The rest of the planes will arrive by September 2022.

(Source: NDTV)

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