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J&K: NC moves Supreme Court against Centre’s order revoking Kashmir’s special status

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25 foreign envoys visit Jammu and Kashmir, Army officials brief envoys on security situation

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A day after President Ram Nath Kovind signed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, making it into law, the National Conference today (Saturday, Aug 10) went to the Supreme Court against the government’s move to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and divide the state into two union territories.

The Presidential Order on Article 370 had revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status earlier this week, on Aug 5.

The petition was filed by NC leaders Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi who sought a direction from the apex court to declare the Presidential Order relating to Article 370 as “unconstitutional, void and inoperative” in Jammu and Kashmir.

The NC also sought to declare the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 as “unconstitutional”.The reorganisation law provides for the formation of the Union Territory of Ladakh without legislature and a separate one for Jammu and Kashmir with the legislature.Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will come into existence as separate Union Territories on October 31, Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1565429869441{border-top-width: 10px !important;border-right-width: 10px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;border-left-width: 10px !important;padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;background-color: #c4c4c4 !important;border-radius: 10px !important;}”]Under Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019,for both the Union Territories carved out of Jammu and Kashmir state, key subjects such as law and order will be with the Centre.

The UT of Jammu and Kashmir will have a Lieutenant Governor and the maximum strength of its assembly will be of 107 which will be enhanced to 114 after a delimitation exercise. Twenty-four seats of the Assembly will continue to remain vacant as they fall under Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The current effective strength of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly is 87, including four seats falling in Ladakh region, which will now be a separate UT without a legislature. The UT of Ladakh will have Kargil and Leh districts. The Act said Jammu and Kashmir UT will have reservation in the assembly seats.

The Lieutenant Governor of the successor UT of J-K may nominate two members to the Legislative Assembly to give representation to women if in his opinion, women are “not adequately” represented in the Legislative Assembly.

The Lok Sabha will have five seats from the UT of J-K, while from Ladakh the Lower House of Parliament will have one seat.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The NC has contended that the special status has been given to Jammu and Kashmir under the Constitution and the Presidential order to scrap them is constitutionally invalid, since the consent of the assembly of Jammu and Kashmir has not been taken.

The rationale given by the government was that since the state was under President’s rule, the powers of the assembly of Jammu and Kashmir devolved upon Parliament, empowering it to speak for the state.

The government has used a provision under the Article 370 that empowers the President to declare the special status inoperative anytime. The Section 3 of the Article 370 states: “Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing provisions of this article, the President may, by public notification, declare that this article shall cease to be operative or shall be operative only with such exceptions and modifications and from such date as he may specify”.

The NC petition has challenged this arguing that since the President was acting on the advice of the Union Cabinet, this move amounted to the “same constitutional functionary taking its own consent, to effect a fundamental structural change without consultation or concurrence of the persons affected by that change, or their elected representatives”.

This, the petition said, was arbitrary and contrary to the rule of law.

The petition further said the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Act, 2019 – under which the state was divided into two union territories, is “constitutionally invalid”.

The Constitution does not permit parliament to retrogressively downgrade statehood into a less representative form such as a union territory, the petition said.

Today’s petition said the government decision “amounts to an overnight abrogation of the democratic rights and freedoms guaranteed to the people of the State of Jammu and Kashmir upon its accession”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Thief snatches gold chain from woman’s neck in Rajasthan, video recorded on CCTV | Watch

According to reports, the police were informed about the incident after which the CO CT Deepchand reached the place of the crime to investigate the matter further. It was reported that the police have assessed the CCTV footage and have also looked into the nearby CCTV footage of the area to nab the perpetrator.

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A video has reportedly come to the light from Rajasthan’s Bikaner where a woman sitting on a scooter with her son was subjected to theft after a man out of nowhere snatched the chain off of the woman’s neck. The incident is reportedly from Nayashehar Area where a scooty-borne woman had parked near a shop to buy something.

In the video, a scooter-borne woman, along with her kid, can be seen waiting outside a shop where another man can also be seen standing. The woman while waiting for the shopkeeper to fetch her the things she wanted to buy, was taken aback by the nearby man.

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The man, out of nowhere, snatched the gold chain of the woman and dashed away and after taking a bit to process what happened, the woman chased after him, leaving her young son behind on the scooter. The shopkeeper can also be seen rushing outside to see what happened.

Police action

According to reports, the police were informed about the incident after which the CO CT Deepchand reached the place of the crime to investigate the matter further. It was reported that the police have assessed the CCTV footage and have also looked into the nearby CCTV footage of the area to nab the perpetrator.

Twitter reaction

After the video went viral many users came forward to remark on the incident one user came forward and victim blamed the woman in the video by stating that despite women repeatedly being told to be vigil and alert and to abstain from wearing gold jewelry, they still continue to be conscious at all, implying that it was the woman’s fault that she was robbed.

Another user added to the conversation with a novel take and highlighted how she abandoned her son to chase after the thief and termed her as a mad woman, suggesting how she should have been mindful of her child before resorting to drastic measures.

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Bank holidays in December 2022: Banks to remain closed for 14 days, check full list here

Those who are planning to visit banks this month should go through the holiday calendar first to avoid any inconvenience.

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Bank holidays in December 2022: Banks to remain closed for 14 days, check full list here

Banks will be closed for up to 14 days in December. Those who are planning to visit banks this month should go through the holiday calendar first to avoid any inconvenience.

Both private and government banks will be shut for 14 days in the upcoming month but online banking services will be available on all occasions. Banks holidays may differ from state to state. Goa Liberation Day, Christmas, and Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s birthday are some of the occasions when banks will be closed.

Here’s the list of bank holidays in December 2022.

December 3: Banks will remain closed in Panaji, Goa on the occasion of the Feast of St Francis Xavier. December 4: First Sunday of the month.

December 10: Second Saturday of the month. December 11: Second Sunday of the month.

December 12: Banks will remain closed in Shillong and largely around Meghalaya, to commemorate Pa-Togan Nengminja Sangma on the Garo tribe leader’s death anniversary.

December 18: Third Sunday of the month.

December 19: Banks in Panaji (Goa) are listed to remain shut on the occasion of Goa Liberation Day.

December 24: While banks in Shillong and around Meghalaya are listed to remain shut on the occasion of the Christmas Festival (Christmas Eve), banks in other parts of the country will also be non-operational as the day is the fourth Saturday of the month.

December 25: Fourth Sunday of the month.

December 26: In Aizawl (Mizoram), Gangtok (Sikkim), and Shillong (Meghalaya) banks will remain closed on Christmas Celebration/Losoong/Namsoong.

December 29: Banks across Chandigarh will be shut to mark Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday.

December 30: On U Kiang Nangbah banks will be closed in and around Shillong to commemorate the freedom fighter.

December 31: Banks in Aizawl and across Mizoram will be shut to mark the celebration of New Year’s Eve.

RBI has divided holidays into three categories: Holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act, Holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act and Real-Time Gross Settlement Holidays, and Banks’ Closing of Accounts.

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80-year-old dies during police raid at residence of wanted criminal in Jharkhand’s Khunti, magisterial inquiry underway

According to the reports, the Torpa police reached the home of the wanted criminal, Izhar Ansari alias Kalu, to nab him who was accused of selling banned meat.

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80-year-old dies during police raid at residence of wanted criminal in Jharkhand's Khunti, magisterial inquiry underway

An 80-year-old man died while the police were conducting a raid at the home of a wanted criminal in Jharkhand. The incident happened in Rodo Islampur village of Khunti district at around 12:30 pm on Saturday.

According to the reports, the Torpa police reached the home of the wanted criminal, Izhar Ansari alias Kalu, to nab him. However, Kalu’s father, Mohd Nizamuddin Ansari, died during the raid. The police were on a mission to arrest Kalu, who was accused of selling banned meat.

Reportedly, Torpa police station in-charge Satyajit Kumar along with other officials reached Rodo village to arrest Kalu. When they reached his home, the doors were locked. Initially, the police asked the family to open the door, but when no one opened it for about an hour, they broke it.

The villagers allege that the police barged into the house of Kalu by breaking three doors. Kalu’s wife, children, father and other members were present in the house. The villagers alleged that Kalu’s father suffered a heart attack when he heard the policemen’s voice.

Soon after, the villagers and Kalu’s relatives got furious and created a ruckus. The villagers blamed the police for Kalu’s father’s demise.

A family member said those people came inside and behaved very rudely. She said the police entered the house with a camera and when she asked them not to shoot because there are girls, they said they will blur their picture. She said she requested them not to create chaos because there are two patients in the house.

She claimed that they asked for the license but they didn’t show and entered the house. She stated that they dragged out her grandfather, who was the heart patient and he died on spot. They also used abusive language, she added.

After getting the information, SDO Aniket Sachan, LRDC Jitendra Munda, SDPO, and other officers reached the location at around 2:30 pm and tried to pacify the situation. Khunti SP Aman Kumar said prima facie states police were not involved in the death of a senior citizen.

Based on the allegations by the family members, SP Kumar said a case has been registered, and a magisterial inquiry will also be conducted in this regard.

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