Morning briefing: Incidents like Dadri and Ghulam Ali are really sad, says prime minister

GN Bureau | October 14, 2015


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Prime minister Narendra Modi has spoken for the first time on the mob killing of a Muslim in Uttar Pradesh's Dadri over rumours that he had beef in his house."Incidents like Dadri and Ghulam Ali are really sad but what is the role of the Centre in these incidents?" PM Modi has told the newspaper Anandabazar Patrika.

“Such incidents took place in the past too. The BJP has always opposed pseudo secularism. The Opposition is raking up the issue again in the garb of such incidents. Dialogue can solve all issues. The BJP never supports such incidents.”The Opposition is accusing the BJP of communalism but aren't they playing politics of polarisation, asked the PM. Modi had been criticised by opposition parties for not speaking up on the incident, even as his party men made controversial remarks.On September 28, 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged out of his home by villagers and beaten to death after announcements were made at a local temple about a calf being killed.

Modi to meet Subhas Chandra Bose's family today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet family members of Subhas Chandra Bose this evening at 7, Race Course Road. The meeting comes amid unending mystery over Bose's 1945 death, reportedly in a plane crash in Formosa, now Taiwan. Many believe that Bose did not die then. PM Modi on Tuesday confirmed his scheduled meet with the great freedom fighter's family on Twitter. He wrote: "Tomorrow is a very special day. I will meet family members of Subhas Babu at my residence. It is an honour to host them.."

Beef ban petitions to come up for final hearing in Bombay HC today
A bunch of petitions challenging the beef ban legislation in Maharashtra would be heard by the Bombay High Courta bench of Justices Abhay Oka and VL Achilya for three days from today. In February 2015, the President had granted sanction to Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act. While the Act had banned slaughter of cows way back in 1976, the recent amendments prohibited slaughter of bulls and bullocks. According to the amended Act, the sale of bulls and bullocks in the state is an offence punishable with five-year jail term and Rs 10,000 fine. Besides, possession of meat of a cow, bull or bullock is also an offence for which the punishment prescribed is one-year jail and Rs 2,000 fine. While hearing the petition, the HC had in April refused to grant an interim stay on the law on the issue of possession of beef.

How would I know if Dawood was in Pak when I was FM: Kasuri
I was the Foreign Minister of Pakistan and not the Interior Minister, how would I know whether Dawood was in Pakistan or not at that time, said former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri in a response to a question from journalists in Mumbai on Tuesday. Emerging out of a meeting with thespian Dilip Kumar, Kasuri said, "I am not a spy, neither was I the head of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) or Intelligence Bureau (IB). I was the Foreign Minister."

Apple faces heavy damage payment after patent lawsuit loss
Apple may have to pay up to $862 million in damages after a US jury found the iPhone maker used technology owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's licensing arm without permission in chips found in many of its most popular devices. The jury in Madison, Wisconsin also said the patent, which improves processor efficiency, was valid.  Apple was sued  in January 2014 over allege infringement of 1998 patent for improving chip efficiency.

After good results Infosys promotes over 2000 employees
Infosys has promoted 2,067 of its top-performing employees and increased variable payouts  for the July-September quarter to 100% from 80%, following consecutive quarters of indus8y43try-leading growth.  It has so far given 4,711 promotions since the current financial year started in April. On a conference call with investors, on Monday, when Infosys reported its results, outgoing Chief Financial Officer Rajiv Bansal said the company's margins benefited from a weaker rupee during the quarter, but those benefits were offset due to the variable payouts. Infosys plans to hire about 20,000 from campuses during this financial year, Chief Operating Officer UB Pravin Rao said during the same investor call.

VHP puts banners telling non-Hindus not to perform garba in Gujarat
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has put up banners at select garba venues across Gujarat, asking non-Hindus not to participate in the dance programmes as it is restricted “only for Hindus”. Last week, general secretary of Gujarat VHP, Ranchhod Bharwad, had announced that his organisation would take all necessary steps to stop non-Hindus from entering the garba venues, including residential societies. The right-wing Hindu organisation justified the ban claiming that such steps are necessary to stop incidents of “love jihad, in which a Muslim boys lures and marry Hindu girls”. Apart from barring entry to non-Hindus, VHP is also advocating the extension of time for garba organised in residential societies. At present, the time limit set by city police is 12 am.

Baggage management system at 36 AAI-managed airports likely
As many as 36 AAI-managed airports are likely to have a hi-tech baggage management system in place by next year, which would reduce waiting period for fliers by a significant amount besides minimising disruption. According to a statement, a new world-class baggage reconciliation system, SITA BagManager, by the global airlines IT solutions major SITA, has already been implemented at Chennai and Kolkata airports, which together receive some 15 million bags per year. The Government-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) manages 125 airports, which include six joint ventures across the country.

Jan Dhan scheme deposits cross Rs. 25,000 crore mark
Deposit in accounts opened under the government's flagship financial inclusion programme -- Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) -- have exceeded Rs. 25,000 crore. As on October 7, the deposits collected stood at Rs. 25,146.97 crore. Besides, the PMJDY accounts having balances have now exceeded 60 per cent and the zero balance accounts reduced to less than 40 per cent, Finance Ministry said in a statement. The accounts that can be opened under PMJDY are basic savings bank deposit accounts  which can be of zero balance, as per RBI guidelines.

Chemists' strike today to oppose online sale of medicines
The chemists & druggists are on a nationwide strike today demanding action from the Centre against "illegal" online sale of medicines. An online pharmacy is an internet-based vendor of prescription drugs.

Jaitley gets best finance minister of Asia award
Finance minister Arun Jaitley has been chosen as 'Finance Minister of the Year, Asia' by London-based publication Emerging Markets. In an article the magazine said that Mr Jaitley too deserves 'some recognition' for India's relative economic success over the last 18 months. "...most of the plaudits for India's relative economic success have gone to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and the governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan, who was recognised with Emerging Markets' Central Bank Governor of the Year award for Asia last year. "But Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also deserves some recognition, for without his decisions and his stewardship of India's financial direction, India would not have achieved what it has," said the magazine. Emerging Markets had chosen Pranab Mukherjee as 'Finance Minister of the Year, Asia' in 2010.

Ola Cabs brings ride-sharing app
Indian car rental aggregator firm Ola Cabs on Tuesday announced the launch of its 'Share' social ride-sharing feature on its mobile application. The share carpooling feature, still in beta version, is live on its mobile application and can be used by the customers in Bengaluru at an introductory flat fare of Rs.50, the company said. The service will be rolled out across five cities over the next three months. Ola Share uses advanced algorithms to match users who plan to travel on the same route in real-time, within the users' identified social groups. When a user selects his drop location, Ola will match users from common groups who are also looking for a cab on the same route in real time. Once additional users en-route are identified, the driver's device gets an alert with navigation to their pickup location within minutes, to join the ride. A maximum of three people can share a cab together via Ola Share, the company said. Privacy-minded users can choose to travel with users from social groups they choose to be part of.

Sensex, Nifty trade flat
At 10.23 am benchmark equity indices are swinging between gains and losses in volatile trade. The S&P BSE Sensex was trading marginally lower at 26,828.49, down 18.04 points, or 0.07%. The Nifty was down 5.95 points, or 0.07%, to 8,125.75.  Asian stock markets extended losses on Wednesday following a drop on Wall Street as investors digested weak Chinese trade data.  US stocks finished lower on Tuesday for the first day in five. The Standard and Poor’s 500 fell 0.7% to 2,003.69. The Dow Jones industrial average declined 0.3% to 17,081.89. The Nasdaq composite dropped 0.9% to 4,796.61.

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