Morning briefing: Bombay HC questions meat ban, state response today

GN Bureau | September 11, 2015



The Bombay High Court on Thursday said imposing a ban on animal slaughter and sale of meat for four days (September 10, 13, 17 and 18) during the Jain festival 'Paryushan' is not feasible in a metropolitan city like Mumbai and sought response from the state and the municipal body on a petition challenging it.The court posted the matter for hearing on Friday and asked the state government and BMC to file short affidavits. The court also sought to know from the civic body under which provision of law it imposed such a ban.

Ahmedabad bans sale of meat during Jain festival
After Mumbai and Rajasthan, sale of meat has now been banned in Ahmedabad during the Jain festival period of 'Paryushan'. As per reports, the Ahmedabad Police Commissioner has ordered a ban on meat for a week.During the ban, any kind of cattle slaughter will not be permitted in the city.

Aviation stocks up as sensex picks up speed
Unlisted IndiGo's record annual profit lifted sentiments in aviation stocks on Friday. Jet Airways shares jumped nearly 7 per cent, while SpiceJet soared around 8 per cent in early trade.Both stocks outperformed the broader Sensex, which traded 0.5 per cent higher. BSE Sensex and Nifty moved higher in early trade, tracking gains in Asian markets and Wall Street. At 9.30 am, the Sensex was up 207 points at 25,829 while Nifty rose 62 points to 7,850.

IndiGo, India's biggest airline, quadrupled its profit to a record Rs 1,304 crore in the year ending in March. InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, which runs IndiGo, is seeking to raise more than $400 million in an initial public offering this year.

Global economic turmoil will not hit India: Finance Ministry panel
A committee comprising top regulators and secretaries of the finance ministry has urged vigil even as it concluded there was no immediate cause for worry for India from global economic developments and financial volatility. The group, headed by Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, is one of the subcommittees of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC), the apex inter-regulatory body headed by the finance minister. The subcommittee that met in Mumbai on Thursday felt India's strong fundamentals provided it enough protection from global developments.

Execute Digital India, Skill India on priority basis
NITI Aayog is trying to persuade states to implement a dozen or so big-ticket schemes of the Narendra Modi government such as Digital India and Skill India on a priority basis, an initiative that hasn't gone down well with a majority of them midway into the financial year. Aayog officials are visiting the states to convince them about the national level, target-oriented programmes and help integrate the schemes into state plans so that they can be put into operation effectively.

UK’s proposed migration policy worrying Indian IT companies
Proposed changes in the UK's migration policy, which include limiting the number of work visas and increasing the minimum-salary threshold for skilled workers, are worrying IT services companies. The UK is the second largest market for Indian IT companies after the US, accounting for about 18 per cent, or about $18-$19 billion, of export revenue annually, according to industry body Nasscom.

ED files case against Karti Chidambaram, Sachin Pilot
In a fresh trouble for Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, and Congress leader Sachin Pilot, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a case under stringent sections of money laundering. ED has also sought details of the investigations carried out by the Jaipur police to unravel the money trail in the scam. In its FIR, the agency has also named Rajasthan's former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and Ravi Krishna son of union minister Vayalar Ravi.

Two militants, two soldiers killed in encounter in Kupwara in north Kashmir
At least two militants and two army soldiers were killed on Thursday in a gunfight between the security forces and separatists in north Kashmir's Kupwara district.

An encounter at Laribal Rajwar (Handwara) forest area in Kupwara district claimed two jawans of the Rashtriya Rifles and two militants were killed.

2006 Mumbai train blasts: Special court verdict today
A special MCOCA court is expected to pronounce its verdict in the 2006 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case on Friday. As many as 188 people were killed and over 800 injured when serial explosions ripped apart the first class compartments of Mumbai's suburban trains on 11 July, 2006. The blasts occurred mear the Khar Road, Bandra, Matunga, Mahim Junction, Jogeshwari, Mira Road, Bhayander and Borivli stations. The names of the 13 accused are Faisal Shaikh, Ali Bashir Khan, Mohammad Ali, Majid Shafi, Sajid Ansari, Kamal Ansari, Ethesham Siddiqui, Zameer Shaikh, Sohail Shaikh, Muzammil Shaikh, Tanvir Ansari, Naveed Hussain and Abdul Shaikh.

No plan to take off Robert Vadra from no-frisking list: Civil aviation ministry
The Civil Aviation Ministry has no plans to remove the name of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra from the elite "no-frisking" list at domestic airports.As of now, Vadra is not frisked at airports if he travels with an SPG protectee. If he is removed from the elite list, he would be subjected to frisking at all airports even if he travels with an SPG protectee. The issue of Vadra's exemption from frisking and checking at airport has been raised many times.

JNU, DU to elect student bodies today
For the third consecutive year the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) polls are being conducted on the same day. The counting will commence from Friday after the polling gets over. However, the results will be declared either on Saturday or Sunday as JNU elections are done on paper ballot and manual counting. DU's poll drama will end by 1 pm on Saturday, within couple of hours from the start of the counting as the university elections are done via EVMs. In all there are 35 candidates contesting for the four central panel posts. Apart from the central panel elections for individual college unions will also take place simultaneously and counting for which start immediately after the polling on Friday, which could give an indication of the results to come for the DUSU central panel on Saturday.

5.89 lakh foreign tourists visit India in August
India has witnessed a growth of 2.3 percent in foreign tourist arrivals that rose to 5.89 lakh in August, contributing Rs.10,471 crore in foreign exchange earnings to the exchequer, official data showed.The maximum number of people, who visited India during August, were from Bangladesh which was followed by the US and Britain. "There has been a growth of 2.3 percent in August 2015 over August 2014," the tourism ministry said in a statement. As many as 5.76 lakh people had come to India in August 2014.

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