Evening digest: Delhi BJP MLA Sharma suspended over house remark

GN Bureau | November 26, 2015



Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma was suspended for the entire winter session of the Delhi assembly on Thursday for making a sexist remark against AAP legislator Alka Lamba.A resolution on Sharma’s suspension, one of the three Bharatiya Janata Party members in the 70-member House, was passed by the assembly. The winter session ends on November 28. Women legislators of the AAP had earlier mounted pressure on Delhi assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel earlier to disqualify Sharma. With a black ribbon tied on her left arm, Lamba said Sharma must be jailed for the obscene remarks he made about her.

Sena leader offers Rs 1 lakh to slap Aamir
A leader of the Punjab unit of the Shiv Sena has offered Rs 1 lakh to anyone who slaps Bollywood actor Aamir Khan for his comment on ‘growing intolerance’ in the country. The Shiv Sena, however, said on Thursday the remark was not the official view of the party.“Any person who slaps Aamir Khan will be rewarded Rs 1 lakh by the Shiv Sena. This is important because no one living in our country should dare to say anything against India… Anyone from the hotel staff or the film crew can slap him and take the reward,” Punjab Shiv Sena chief Rajeev Tandon said on Wednesday. The Shiv Sena said it had nothing to do with the comment made in Ludhiana.

Holy book names can’t be claimed as trademark: SC
The Supreme Court has ruled that names of holy or religious books cannot be claimed as trademark for goods or services.“There are many holy and religious books like Quran, Bible, Guru Granth Sahib, Ramayan to name a few. The answer to the question as to whether any person can claim the name of a holy or religious book as a trade mark for his goods or services marketed by him is clearly ‘NO’,” a bench headed by justice Ranjan Gogoi held.The verdict came on an appeal filed by Shri Lal Babu Priyadarshi from Patna who wanted to register a trade mark by the name “RAMAYAN” for incense sticks (agarbattis, dhoops) and perfumeries manufactured by his company.“Using exclusive name of the book “RAMAYAN” as a trade mark for any commodity could not be permissible. If any other word is added as suffix or prefix to the word “RAMAYAN”, it may be considered for registration as a trade mark,” the bench ruled When Priyadarshi moved the assistant registrar of trade mark for it, a notice of opposition was filed by his dealer. The assistant registrar dismissed the opposition. Before SC, Priyadarshi submitted that through extensive use and advertisement, the trademark “RAMAYAN” and the carton in which the products are sold had become distinctive.

AAP MLA Akhilesh Tripathi arrested in riot case
In a major blow to Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party, its MLA Akhilesh Tripathi was arrested by the Delhi Police on Thursday. According to reports, he was arrested in connection with a 2013 riots case. The arrested AAP MLA has been sent to judicial custody. Akhilesh Tripathi is an MLA from Delhi's Model Town constituency.Noteworthy, Tripathi is the 5th AAP MLA arrested by police.

Sonia attacks govt over intolerance issue
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday attacked government on the issue of growing intolerance in the country. While speaking in a debate on occasion of the Constitution Day, Gandhi said basic ideas of the Constitution are under threat."Congress struggled for the Constitution but today we see the basic ideals of our Constitution are under threat. Those who have no respect for the Constitution and have no role in the making of the Constitution are claiming to be safeguarding the Constitution," said Sonia."There is no doubt that the Constitution gave an equal voice to the poor and gave secular values to the country. What we have been witnessing from past few months is completely against the values that have been ensured by our Constitution," added Sonia Gandhi.

India successfully test-fires N-capable Prithvi II missile
India on Thursday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, as part of a user trial by the Army. The missile test was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here at 1210 hrs."The trial data of the missile conducted by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) shows positive results," said a defence source.The surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twine engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.

Air traffic resumes at Srinagar airport
In a relief for stranded passengers, air traffic to and from Srinagar International Airport resumed Thursday after remaining suspended for the last three days due to foggy conditions. A SpiceJet flight was the first to land at the airport followed by Indigo and it was the first flight as well to take off from here in the last four days. The Chief Minister also left in the state aircraft along with some of his cabinet ministers for Jammu, he said.

SC asks Maharashtra to decide in 2 weeks on licence
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra government to implement its earlier order on dance bars and decide within two weeks the hoteliers' application seeking grant of licence for running them in the state. A bench of justices Dipak Misra and PC Pant expressed unhappiness that the state was yet to implement its earlier order. Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Maharashtra, however, said that any direction of the court will be respected and adhered to.

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