Supreme Court to review validity of laws against marriage-related religious conversion
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court agreed to review the constitutional validity of a series of laws enacted by states such as Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand which criminalize religious conversion through marriage and require prior official authorization before marrying another faith. However, a bank led by Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde failed to prevent the implementation of the 2020 Illegal Conversion of Religion Ban Order and Freedom Act. of Uttarakhand Religion 2018, despite petitioners’ strong pleas that “unrestrained crowds are raising people amid wedding ceremonies,” encouraged by the passing of the laws. However, the Chamber, which initially asked the applicants to apply to the respective State Superior Courts for their challenge, did not suspend the application of the laws.
Three men, including a priest, allegedly raped and murdered a 50-year-old woman in UP Budaun
A 50-year-old woman died after being gang-raped, allegedly by a priest and his two assistants, in a town in the region of ‘Ughaiti from Budaun, Uttar Pradesh, January 3 at night. However, an FIR was not registered until January 5 after an autopsy confirmed serious injuries to the deceased’s private parts.
Pranab was ready to invite the Congress-led coalition if there was a suspended parliament in 2014
Former President Pranab Mukherjee was ready to break the convention and call on a Congress-led coalition to form a government if the Lok Sabha vote 2014 had thrown a suspended Parliament.
- The latest volume of his autobiography, The Presidential Years, officially released on Tuesday, revealed that he could not be “neutral between stability and instability.”
“I expected a suspended Parliament with the BJP becoming the largest party with around 195 to 200 seats. In such a situation, it would have been my constitutional responsibility to ensure stability. If Congress had emerged with fewer seats but promised a stable government, it would have invited the party leader to form the government, taking into account his track record of successfully running coalition governments, ”his autobiography said.
- In an open-ended description of his years in government Manmohan Singh, Mukherjee criticized various decisions, including the creation of Telangana, and targeted the party leadership for allowing leaders like Mamata Banerjee to withdraw from the coalition.
- He also blamed the Narendra Modi government for repeated parliamentary disruptions during his first term. He spoke of Modi’s “expectation of the unexpected” in terms of foreign policy and noted how the prime minister came to ask him for support for the November 2016 demonetization.
Farmer protests: The Supreme Court on Wednesday stressed to the government that there has been no progress on the standoff between the Center and thousands of farmers who stand firm in their demands to repeal three controversial farm laws and provide legal support for a minimum support price (MSP).
Congress distances itself from Tharoor’s tweet on cancellation of Republic Day festivities: On Wednesday, Congress distanced itself from party MP Lok Sabha Shashi Tharoor’s tweet that the government should cancel the Republic Day celebrations on January 26 in the face of the pandemic. On Tuesday, after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Prime Minister Narendra Modi to express his inability to attend the R-Day parade as the main guest, Tharoor called for the festivities to be canceled.
Responding to Tamil Concerns, Implementing the 13th Amendment to Benefit Sri Lanka: Jaishankar
It is in Sri Lanka’s own interest that the expectations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace and dignity within a united Sri Lanka be met, the Justice Minister in Colombo said on Wednesday. foreign affairs, S. Jaishankar.
- “This also applies to the commitments made by the Sri Lankan government on meaningful decentralization, including the 13th Amendment,” he said at a joint press conference with the Sri Lankan foreign minister, Dinesh Gunawardena, Jaishankar made the remarks hours after calling President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and also held bilateral talks with his counterpart, as part of his three-day visit that began Tuesday.
- In keeping with New Delhi’s message on the Tamil issue since the Rajapaksas came to power, these comments coincide with a campaign between sections of Sri Lanka to abolish the provincial council system and the Thirteenth Amendment, which followed the Indus Agreement. -lankan in 1987.
- Gunawardena, in his statement, said that the president had “firmly declared” his commitment to the well-being, progress and opportunity “of all our citizens: Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and all.” he stated.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange rejected bail in the UK
On January 6, a British judge rejected bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, imprisoned in Britain since 2019 when fighting extradition to the United States. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ordered Assange to remain in jail while the courts consider an appeal by US officials against the decision not to extradite him.
- On January 4, the judge rejected a US request to send Assange to the United States to face espionage charges after WikiLeaks released secret military documents ten years ago.
- She had refused extradition on health grounds, claiming that the 49-year-old Australian was at risk of suicide if he was held in harsh prison conditions in the United States.
- The judge said on January 6 that Assange “was urged to flee” and that it was highly likely that he would not return to court if he was released.
Democrats are poised to win the Senate as Georgia’s results roll in
Democrats came close to taking control of the United States Senate on Wednesday when African-American pastor Raphael Warnock defeated current Republican candidate Kelly Loeffler, a former businesswoman – during one of the two ballots in Georgia. Warnock became the first black senator elected from the southern state.
- The other run in the second round came too close to be called with outgoing David Perdue, a Republican, behind his challenger, Jon Ossoff, 33, a documentary filmmaker, by more than 16,000 votes with 98% reporting Wednesday for the morning (US time).
- Both ballots were necessary because no candidate had obtained more than 50% of the vote in the November elections. If Ossoff wins his race, the Democrats would take control of the Senate (they already control the House of Representatives).
- High-stakes careers in Georgia broke fundraising records and forced Trump and Biden to campaign for the candidates earlier this week.
Covid Watch: The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 1,03,91,584 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 1,50,355.