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  • Seven JudgeSupreme Court bench to review pleas on entry of women in Sabarimala and other religious places includingmosques.

  • All review petitions on Rafale issue dismissed by the Apex Court; Governmentsays, Court's decision proves that disruption of parliament on Rafale issue was sham.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi stresses the need to focus on trade andinvestment among BRICS nations; Addressing BRICS plenary session, PrimeMinister says terrorism is the biggest threat to peace and development.

  • India off to a solid start after bundling outBangladesh at 150 on the opening day of Indore Cricket Test.

  • Veteran coach Arsene Wenger is the new FIFA'sChief of global football development.


The Supreme Court today said that restrictions on women in religiousplaces was not limited to Sabarimala alone and was prevalent in other religionsas well. The Court, by a majority of 3:2, has referred the review petitions toa larger seven judge bench. Justice R.F. Nariman and Justice DY Chandrachudgave the dissent judgement.

The Apex Court said, the larger bench will decide all such religiousissues relating to Sabarimala, entry of women in mosques and practice of femalegenital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi read the verdict on behalf ofhimself and Justices A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra. The CJI said, theendeavour of the petitioners was to revive debate on religion and faith.

The apex court, by a majority verdict of 4:1, in September 2018, hadlifted the ban that prevented women and girls between the age of 10 and 50 fromentering the famous Ayyappa shrine in Kerala. It had also held that thiscenturies-old Hindu religious practice was illegal and unconstitutional.


All India Sabarimala Action Council todaysaid the Supreme Court's judgment on Sabarimala is path-breaking. Addressingmedia in New Delhi this evening, General Secretary of the Council, S J R Kumarsaid, this judgment will have long-standing implications. He said, referringthe review petitions to a larger bench shows that the apex court considers theissue to be grave.

Mr Kumar added that the matter is not onlyrelated to women's entry in Sabarimala but has wider ramifications whichinclude every community of the country.


In another decision, the Apex Court today rejected a batch of reviewpetitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the procurement of 36 Rafalefighter jets saying review petitions were without merit. The court rejectedpleas which had sought re-examination of the 14th December 2018 verdict whichsaid there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process. Justice SKKaul, read out the judgment for a three-judge bench. The Apex Court alsorejected the contention that there was need for registration of FIR inconnection with the deal.

A batch of petitions, including those filed by former Union ministersYashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, and lawyer Prashant Bhushan had sought areview, alleging that material facts were suppressed and a criminalinvestigation should be filed in the case.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh welcomed the dismissal of the reviewpetitions in the Rafale case.  Mr Singhsaid the NDA Government stands vindicated with this pronouncement. The DefenceMinister said, the issues pertaining to defence preparedness and nationalsecurity should never be politicised. He said, the allegation of corruption inRafale deal was nothing but an attempt to malign the clean and honest image ofPrime Minister Narendra Modi and NDA government.

"मैं सुप्रीम कोर्ट के इस फैसले का स्वागत करता हूं और इससे हमारी सरकार के स्टैंड का विंडकेशन हुआ है। इस फैसले के परिणामस्वरुप। बल्कि हमारी सरकार की जो डिसिजन मेकिंग की जो ट्रांसपेरेंसी है उस पर भी सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने अपनी मोहर लगा दी है और रफाल के संबंधी जो भी निर्णय लिया गया था वो पूरी तरह से पारदर्शिता के आधार पर लिया गया था और साथ ही डिफेंस प्रीपेर्डनेस की अर्जेंसी को ध्यान में रखकर फैसला किया गया था। राष्ट्रहित में यह फैसला था।"


Union Home Minister AmitShah has said that Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the review petition onRafale is a befitting reply to those leaders and parties who rely on maliciousand baseless campaigns. 

In a tweet, Mr Shahsaid, today’s decision, reaffirms Modi Government’s credentials as a governmentwhich is transparent and corruption free. He said, now, it has been proved thatdisruption of Parliament over Rafale was a sham and that time could have beenbetter utilized for the welfare of people. Mr Shah said, after today's rebukefrom Supreme Court, Congress and its leader, for whom politics is abovenational interest must apologize to the nation.


The BJP today said Congress and party leader RahulGandhi must apologise to the country after the Supreme Court rejected a batchof review petitions seeking probe into the Rafale deal. Briefing media in NewDelhi, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, Mr Gandhi deliberatelymisquoted the Supreme Court and attributed the 'chowkidar' remark to the apexcourt.

"कांग्रेस पार्टी औपचारिक रूप से देश से माफी मांगे और राहुल गांधी देश से माफी मांगे। इनके पूरे हाथ भ्रष्टाचार में रंगे है, देश की सुरक्षा के साथ खिलवाड़ में रंगे है। वो अपने प्रायोजित, राजनैतिक कार्यक्रम को एक न्याय की गुहार के रूप में प्रस्तुत कर रहे थे।

On the other hand the Congress said, the SupremeCourt has opened the way for a comprehensive criminal investigation in theRafale case. Briefing media in New Delhi this evening, party Spokesman RandeepSurjewala said, the BJP is celebrating the case without even analyzing it.

"सुप्रीम कोर्ट का निर्णय आज ये साबित करता है कि राफेल के भ्रष्टाचार की आपराधिक जांच का रास्ता सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने आज खोल दिया है। आज संजीदगी से जांच स्वीकार करने का दिन है।"


The Supreme Court today closed the contempt pleaagainst Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the apex courthis "chowkidar" remark in the Rafale case against Prime MinisterNarendra Modi. The court said, the remarks made by Gandhi were far from trueand he should have refrained from making those and should have been careful.The Apex Court referred to the affidavit filed by him tendering anunconditional apology and said, Rahul enjoys an important position in politicalspectrum and no court should be dragged to political discourse, whether validor invalid. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kauland K M Joseph added that Mr. Gandhi needs to be more careful in future.


Prime Minister NarendraModi has stressed on the need to focus on trade and investment among BRICSnations. Addressing the BRICS Plenary Session at Brasilia today, Mr Modi saidthat intra- BRICS trade is only 15 per cent of the world trade.

"Intra BRICSTrade की लागत को भी कम करना जरूरी है। हमारे ट्रेड मंत्री इसे पांच प्रतिशत कम करने के लक्ष् पर विचार कर सकते है। Trade Facilitation और सरल कस्टम एवं Banking Processमें सहयोग के जरिये व्यापार में और गति आएगी। Trade Promotion Agency के बीच समझौता हमारे बीच 500 बिलियन डॉलर के Trade Target को जल् हासिल करने में मदद करेगा।

The Prime Minister saidthat the theme of the Summit- Economic Growth for an Innovative Future is veryaccurate. He said, innovation has become the basis of development. Therefore,it is necessary that member nations strengthen cooperation in the field.

"Innovation हमारे विकास का आधार बन चुका है। इसलिए आवश्यक है कि हम innovation के लिए  ब्रिक् के अंतर्गत सहयोग मजबूत करें। ब्राजील ने स्वयं Innovation और व्यवहार्य सहयोग के लिए कई सफल कदम उठाये है। आने वाले वर्षों  में भी  ब्राजील के Initiative पर हमें कार्यरत रहना चाहिए।"

Raising the issueof  terrorism, the Prime Minister saidthat the menace has resulted in the loss of one trillion dollars to the world economy. He said, terrorism is the biggestthreat to development, peace and prosperity.

"विकास और सुख-शांति के लिए आतंकवाद अब सबसे बड़े खतरे के रूप में उभरा है। विभिन् अनुमानों के अनुसार ट्रिलियन से ज्यादा का नुकसान विश् की अर्थव्यवस्था को हुआ है। मुझे खुशी है कि BRICS Strategy और Countering Terrorism पर पहला सेमीनार आयोजित किया गया। हम आशा करते है कि ऐसे प्रयासों और पांच वर्किंग ग्रुप की गतिविधियां आतंकवाद और दूसरे Organized Crime के खिलाफ BRICS Security Cooperation बढ़ाएगी।  इस दिशा में भारत आतंकवाद की Digital Forensic Analysis पर एक Workshop का आयोजन करेगा।"

Mr Modi said,sustainable water management and sanitation are important challenges in theurban areas. So, he proposed to hold the first meeting of BRICS water ministersin India.

Our correspondentcovering the summit reports Prime Minister spoke on a wide ranging subjects andmade very innovative proposals at the session. Mr Modi expressed satisfaction that MOU between trade promotionagencies of BRICS will help achieving the target of 500 billion intra-BRICStrade target.

The Prime Minister  proposed to sign an MoU for mutual acceptanceof health standards of BRICS countries. He mentioned about India's programme ofFit India. He also proposed for a BRICS Youth Summit to promote start-ups andHackathons.

Leaders of Brazil,Russia, India, China and South Africa today opened the 11th BRICS Summit wheredeliberations took place on key areas such as trade, investment andcounter-terrorism.


In Maharashtra, Congressleader Vijay Wadettiwar has said that leaders of Congress, NCP and Shivsenahave almost finalized the Common Minimum Programme for government formation inthe state. This was disclosed after a series of discreet meetings were heldbetween the three parties in Mumbai today. Speaking to reporters, Mr.Wadettiwar said, the final draft, expected to be ready by tonight, will be sentto all the three parties' chiefs for approval.


Election Commissiontoday announced by-polls for two Rajya Sabha seats. One seat is from UttarPradesh and other is from Karnataka. Notification for the polls will be issuedon 25th of this month and nominations can be filed till 2nd of next month.Polling and counting will be held on 12th of December.


The President and thePrime Minister have expressed grief on the passing away of mathematician Dr.Vasistha Narayan Singh. In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said, DrVashishtha Narayan Singh was a mathematics genius and a scholar of greatrepute.

Prime Minister NarendraModi in a tweet said, with the demise of Dr Vasistha Narayan Singh, the countryhas lost one of its exceptional genius in the field of knowledge and science.The renowned mathematician died at ahospital in Patna today after prolonged illness.


Domestic Stocks todaylogged modest gains. Equity benchmarks climbed even as cues from global marketswere negative. Sensex at Bombay stock exchange rose 170 points or 0.42 per centto close at 40,286. Nifty at National Stock Exchange also added 32 points or0.27 per cent at 11,872.


In Cricket, India were86 for one in their first innings at stumps against Bangladesh on day one ofthe first test in Indore. Rohit Sharma was out for six runs. Earlier, electingto bat first after winning the toss, the visitors were bowled out for 150.While Mohammed Shami took three wickets, Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin andUmesh Yadav claimed two each.


Veteran coach ArseneWenger has been named FIFA's new Chief of global football development. The FIFAsaid, the former Arsenal and Monaco coach would be responsible for the growthof the game for both men and women around the world and would also be theleading authority on technical matters, including potential changes to thesport's laws.


All India Radio, Delhiwill tomorrow broadcast live the inaugural function of the newly-constructedAuditorium of All India Radio and Programme of rendering of ShabadKirtan-'BAANI UTSAV'. The broadcast can be heard on Rajdhani and FM RainbowChannels from 05.55 P.M. onwards. Information and Broadcasting Minister PrakashJavadekar will grace the occasion.


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