1. Bombay High Court Restrains Release of ‘Ram Janmabhoomi’ Trailer
The Bombay High Court held the release of the film and trailer of film Ram Janmabhoomi. The court also directed Youtube to pull down the trailer of the film and restrained it from being aired on all social media websites.
A division bench of Justice BP Dharmadhikari and Justice Sarang Kotwal restrained the producer Waseem Rizvi from releasing any trailer and film till the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) issues a certificate. The board informed the court that no person had approached it seeking the certificate.
2. Shiv Sena To Hold ‘Dharma Sabha’ For Ram Temple On 24 Dec
Upping its demand for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday announced a ‘Dharma Sabha’ in the temple town of Pandharpur on 24 December.
The Dharma Sabha (religious convention) is intended to push its ruling NDA ally, Bharatiya Janata Party, to immediately declare the date for the construction of the Ram temple.
“Through the Dharma Sabha, we want to wake up the Narendra Modi government from its Kumbhakaran-like slumber and take up the Ram temple construction immediately,” Thackeray told media persons.
3. In a 5000-Page Charge Sheet, Little on Urban Rascals’ Plot to Kill Modi
The Pune police have very little in their charge sheet against the five Left-leaning activists arrested in August so far as the two most sensational charges made against them – a plot to assassinate the prime minister and the role they played in inciting violence at Bhima Koregaon in January that left one person dead and several others injured.
The charge sheet quotes more or less the same evidence that the Pune police had spoken of at a press conference after the arrests – an email written by a certain ‘R’ to Comrade Prakash on 18 April 2017 talking of a “Rajiv Gandhi-type” operation; and a series of speeches that led to the violence at Bhima Koregaon.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
4. Accused Motivated by Idea of Hindu Rashtra: Chargesheet
The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Wednesday filed a 6,842-page chargesheet in the Nallasopara alleged arms haul and terror plot case against 12 persons alleged to be members of organisations including the Sanatan Sanstha, Hindu Janjagruti Samiti and others.
The ATS said the accused had formed a ‘terrorist gang’ after being motivated by the establishment of a Hindu Rashtra as expounded in the book called Kshatra Dharma Sadhana, published by the Sanatan Sanstha.
(Source: The Indian Express)
5. Maratha reservation: Will hear PIL seeking stay on government decision on 10 Dec, says HC
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday said it will hear the Public Interest Litigation (PIL), filed by a lawyer seeking a stay on the state’s decision to grant reservation to the Maratha community, on10 December. The PIL was filed by advocate Jishri Patil seeking to quash and set aside the notification published by the Government of Maharashtra on 30 November, 2018, to provide 16 per cent reservation to the Maratha community, which the petition alleges, amounts to a breach of Articles 14 and 21of the Constitution and Supreme Court rulings.
(Source: The Indian Express)
6. 65% Drivers Admit to Breaching Speed Limit on Expressway: Survey
Sixty-five per cent of car and jeep drivers have admitted to breaching the speed limit of 80 kmph on India's first Expressway connecting Mumbai and Pune. Forty-six per cent of commuters, in the age gap of 18-25 years, admitted to not using seat belts along with 67 per cent of rear seat passengers admitting to not wearing a seat belt while travelling on the expressway.
The above data was revealed after interviews of around 800 commuters using Mumbai-Pune Expressway were conducted to gain insights into perceptions and behaviour.
7. Paw-sitive Change: Lions, hyenas, blackbucks in Mumbai's Byculla zoo by mid 2019
By mid-2019, Mumbaikars visiting the Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and zoo will be able to spot lions, hyenas, and blackbucks to name a few in their well-designed enclosures, the zoo officials have assured.
The Byculla zoo has long been criticised for being one of the worst zoo with badly maintained enclosures, zero enrichment, housing very few and that too old animals. The zoo was even termed dead and a cruel place for animals to live. While officials claimed that everything about the zoo, including people's perception about the zoo, will change from next year, it only remains to be seen if their claims hold their ground.
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