QBullet: Sabarimala Reopens Today; AAP-BJP Clash at Bridge Event

1. Sabarimala Protesters ‘To Stop Women’ As Temple Reopens

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Security around Kerala’s Sabarimala temple has been stepped up ahead of its opening for a one-day ritual on Monday. Several outfits have written to media organisations not to send women journalists to cover the event at the hilltop shrine.

The police said the temple and surrounding areas are under a three-tier security cover. Prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC restricting the gathering of more than four people have been clamped in the area, where traditionalists are protesting against a 28 September Supreme Court order that allowed the entry of women of all ages into the temple.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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2. Support Pakistan’s Quest for Peace Through Dialogue With India: China

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Pakistani PM Imran Khan witness the signing of more than 10 documents on cooperation in areas including science research, justice, poverty reduction, health and customs.

In a joint statement issued Sunday after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s first bilateral visit to China, Beijing said that it “appreciates Pakistan’s quest for peace” with India and supported the settlement of “outstanding disputes between the two countries”.

The statement issued in Beijing after Khan’s talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, said: “China appreciates Pakistan’s quest for peace through dialogue, cooperation and negotiation, on the basis of mutual respect and equality, and supports Pakistan’s efforts for improvement of Pakistan-India relations and for settlement of outstanding disputes between the two countries.”

After Khan met the Chinese leadership for the first time, the joint statement also expressed support for Pakistan’s engagement with the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), while Beijing continues to block India’s bid in becoming a member of the NSG — the 48-member elite club, which controls global nuclear trade.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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3. BJP Ministers Raise Pitch on Ram Mandir

Though BJP maintains silence over VHP’s demand for a law to facilitate construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya — a move backed by RSS — voices in the saffron family demanding a quick resolution are growing with junior law minister PP Chaudhary on Sunday saying legal options must be explored as the title suit was pending in court for several years.

Chaudhary termed it his personal opinion but said any bid to support building of the temple should be welcomed.

His comment came on the second day of a two-day congregation of top Hindu seers who iterated their demand for construction of the temple in Ayodhya at the earliest.

(Source: The Times of India)

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4. Ruckus at Signature Bridge Inauguration a Sore Point

A major ruckus was witnessed at Signature Bridge on Sunday evening before it was inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Before the CM arrived, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari reached there wanting to get on the stage as the bridge is located in his constituency, but the organisers stopped him.

Tiwari, who was not officially invited for the function, insisted on meeting Kejriwal and asking him why his government was taking credit for the project. He reached the bridge from the eastern side, crossed three layers of security barricading and tried to get on the dais when a scuffle broke out between AAP and BJP workers.

(Source: The Times of India)

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5. Maneka Slams Maha Govt for T1’s ‘Murder’

Tigress Avni.

Calling the killing of tigress Avni, a mother of two cubs, a “ghastly murder”, women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi criticised the Maharashtra government and said she would take up the “utter lack of empathy for animals as a test case — legally, criminally as well as politically”.

Avni, believed to be responsible for the deaths of 13 people in two years, was killed in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal on Friday as part of an operation.

Maneka slammed the Maharashtra government for its handling of the matter and said she would write to CM Devendra Fadnavis seeking strong action.

(Source: The Times of India)

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6. Tiger Crushed to Death With Tractor by Angry Locals in UP’s Dudhwa

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Villagers crushed a tigress to death with a tractor in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve on Sunday, hours after they said the animal mauled a 50-year-old man in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit district, according to officials.

The incident, which took place in the Kishanpur sanctuary of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, came two days after hunters shot dead a tigress suspected of killing 13 people in Maharashtra. Animal rights activists are protesting over the recent killings of tigers, saying humans are trespassing into the habitat of the big cats, leading to increasing cases of man-animal conflict.

Mahavir Kaujlagi, deputy director of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, said the villagers killed the tigress in a retaliatory attack.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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7. CBI Bribery Case: ‘Happened Because of Asthana Name… Money May Have Been Exchanged’

19 October 6:08 pm: “Samant bhaiya was so angry… this idiot, why didn’t he mention to you that CBI chaps have called.”

29 October 10:10 am: “…Papa, this whole matter has happened because of Asthana’s name. Bhaiya must have got that done… so probably, money may have been exchanged there.”

20 October 10:10 am: “…this has to be given to Asthana and a lot of pressure is coming on me from there, that it has to be given.”

These are some of the key excerpts from transcripts of purported conversations among those allegedly linked to the case of bribery levelled against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana by the agency in its FIR filed on 15 October.

Parts of these transcripts were included in the writ petition filed in the Supreme Court on 30 October by CBI Dy SP Ajay Kumar Bassi, who was the investigating officer in the Asthana bribery case.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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8. Eye on SP-BSP, BJP’s Big Poll Push for UP in 2019

From creating 13,500 WhatsApp groups to gathering information on around 3 crore beneficiaries of government schemes, from meeting all district community leaders to the booth-wise verification of voters, the BJP has detailed a 109-point public outreach programme for Uttar Pradesh before the Lok Sabha polls scheduled for 2019.

Conscious of the political realignment in UP, the BJP has planned events and programmes up to 28 February 2019, under the overarching slogan: “Fir ek bar, Modi Sarkar”. The detailed plan comes in the backdrop of a string of electoral setbacks for the BJP, particularly the three bypolls in Gorakhpur, Phulpur, and Kairana earlier this year after the party’s political adversaries, the SP, BSP and RLD joined hands.

UP holds particular significance for BJP’s re-election bid in 2019 given the state’s 80 Lok Sabha seats. In 2014, the party had won 71 seats, and its ally Apna Dal had won two. Then, the Opposition SP and BSP in the state had contested the polls separately.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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9. Cracker Crackdown on NCR’s Cleanest Nov Day

Delhi breathed the cleanest November air in at least three years on Sunday and an official of the central pollution control agency said the city’s air quality could be relatively better this Diwali due to weather conditions and last month’s Supreme Court order allowing the sale and use of only “green” and “low emission” firecrackers in the National Capital Region (NCR).

In the past 24 hours, Delhi Police seized over 800kg of firecrackers from seven shops in north and west Delhi, continuing with their drive after the top court’s 23 October order. Petitioners, officials and experts say the ruling effectively bans all fireworks in NCR since crackers classified as ‘green’ or even ‘low emission’ are yet to be manufactured and sold.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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