QBullet: K’taka Political Crisis Deepens; Deora Quits Cong Post

1. Kumaraswamy Back from US, Goes into Huddle with Cong to Save Govt

A fresh round of Operation Lotus has started in Karnataka. 

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy returned to Bengaluru on Sunday, 7 July, after a 10-day US trip and began holding a series of meetings from the airport itself with leaders of his party JD(S) and its ally Congress in a bid to rescue the coalition government.

The coalition was pushed to the brink on 6 July after 13 Congress and JD(S) MLAs submitted their resignations to bring its number to 105, on par with the BJP, in the 224-member Assembly even as several other rebels are reported to be waiting to exit.

The resignations of the 13 MLAs, at least 10 of whom have moved to a Mumbai hotel, are yet to be accepted by the Speaker.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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2. Scindia, Deora Say Quitting Congress Posts over Poll Loss

Photo used for representation. 

Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday, 7 July, announced that he has submitted his resignation to Rahul Gandhi, hours after the party’s Mumbai chief, Milind Deora, stepped down from his post.

Scindia, 42, later clarified that he met Gandhi about 10 days ago and submitted his resignation.

Deora, 42, quit his post and said he looked forward to playing a role at the national level to help stabilise the Congress. He, too, expressed his desire to quit shortly after meeting Gandhi in New Delhi on 26 June.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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3. Kalburgi Case Probe: Final Training Camp in Estate near Mangalore

Professor Kalburgi was shot dead by two bike-borne assailants posing as college students on 30 August 2015.

The probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Karnataka Police into the shooting of Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi, 77, at his Dharwad residence on 30 August 2015, has revealed that just days before the incident, a final training camp was allegedly held for the suspected killers on the rubber estate of a businessman from the Mangalore region.

A key suspect in the murder, Praveen Prakash Chatur, 27, who was arrested by the SIT on 31 May this year, took police to a rubber plantation at Dharamsthala in Dakshina Kannada district last month and identified it as the place where he was allegedly trained before the murder.

Police have identified Chatur as the rider of the motorcycle that brought the alleged shooter, Ganesh Miskin, 27, to the home of Kalburgi.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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4. ICC Look to Stop Planes from Entering Old Trafford

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.

With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) demanding clarity on the process put in place to avoid a ‘political slogan fiasco in Manchester when India play New Zealand in the first semi-final on 9 July, after the episodes in Leeds during the India-Sri Lanka game, World Cup managing director Steve Elworthy has promised the Indian board that every step is being taken to avoid a repeat of the incident.

A plane carrying the slogan ‘Justice for Kashmir’ was first seen flying over the Headingley Cricket Ground on 6 July, which was followed by another plane with the slogan ‘India Stop Genocide & Free Kashmir’.

It was further followed by another plane which asked people to stop mob lynching in India.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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5. SC Will Depute CBI, Police Officials to Curb Graft in Registry

File photo of Supreme Court of India in New Delhi. 

At a time when several Supreme Court judges have expressed surprise over suspect listing of cases before particular benches, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has decided to draft in senior superintendents of police (SSPs) and SPs from the CBI and Delhi Police to keep a strict vigil on staff to prevent wrongdoing and investigate corruption in the SC registry.

This will be the first time in the SC’s history that police officers will be part of the registry on deputation and will hold ranks like additional registrar, deputy registrar, branch officers and senior court assistants to keep a watch on the lawyer-staff nexus, which has been pointed out by judges on some occasions.

“SSPs, SPs and inspectors, who will come on deputation, will act as a layer between the Supreme Court and different probe agencies. They will look after vigilance work like verification of antecedents of employees, both existing and those inducted in future,” an official source said.

(Source: The Times of India)

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6. Security up in Valley Ahead of Wani’s 3rd Death Anniversary

People in Kashmir joined the funeral of Burhan Wani by defying curfew restrictions. 

The authorities have beefed up security across Kashmir and suspended mobile internet services in the Valley’s four southern districts ahead of militant commander Burhan Wani’s third death anniversary on Monday, 8 July.

Wani’s killing in a firefight with security forces in South Kashmir’s Bambodoora along with two other militants of home-grown militant group Hizbul Mujahideen on 8 July 2016, triggered protracted protests across the Valley that left over 100 people dead.

A tech-savvy militant, Wani used social media to spread his message. His killing followed an escalation in violence particularly in South Kashmir as more youths joined the militant ranks especially in four districts of South Kashmir – Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, and Anantnag.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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7. Not Just Nehru, Patel Also Responsible for Article 370: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. 

Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna has said it was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who got Article 370 inserted into the Constitution in 1949.

“It would be seditious to hold Jawaharlal Nehru alone responsible for this; Sardar Patel too should be given the credit for Mission 370,” said Shiv Sena member Sanjay Raut in a signed op-ed in the newspaper on Sunday, 7 July.

Article 370 was a “transitional” status assigned to J&K, Raut said, citing official records.

Raut said it would be wrong to blame Nehru and Patel for incorporating Article 370 into the Constitution. “Times were different, the situation and the country’s capabilities were different as well.... Nehru and Patel did what they then felt was proper for the country,” said Raut.

(Source: The Times of India)

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8. IAF Pushes Rs 1.5l CR ‘Make in India’ Deals for 170 Aircraft

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa.

With the Budget done and dusted, the Indian Air Force is now finalising two long-pending mega ‘Make in India’ projects worth about Rs 1.5 lakh crore. But while the project for 56 medium transport aircraft by the Tata-Airbus consortium is set to take off this year, the much bigger one for 114 fighter jets will take several years to reach that stage.

Sources said the IAF, which will receive the first four Rafale fighters in France in September under the Rs 59,000 crore deal inked for 36 such jets in 2016, is pushing for the RFP (request for proposal) in the 114-fighter project to be issued by late-2019 or early-2020.

“The 114-fighter project is crucial because the 36 Rafales and the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft (only 16 of planned 123 jets inducted till now) will not make up for the fast depleting numbers,” sources said.

(Source: The Times of India)

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9. Assaulted, Wife ‘Abducted, Raped’, Dalit Says Went to UP Police, Was Tortured

Image used for representational purpose.

A 41-year-old Dalit man has accused police of torturing him when he went to file a complaint about the kidnapping of his 38-year-old wife by three unidentified youths from the Aligarh-Kanpur highway in Mainpuri area, on 5 July. After the woman alleged gangrape, police on 6 July, registered a case against three unidentified youths.

The Station Officer and two constables of Bichhwan Police Station in Mainpuri district have been suspended.

Police said the couple, natives of Bulandshahr district, were going to his relatives’ house on a motorcycle on the night of 5 July, when the woman was allegedly abducted by three men in a car. The husband approached police for help, but the officials who responded accused him of “foul play” instead.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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