Aadhaar, Arvind Kejriwal, Ahmed Patel, PM Modi: Top stories of the day
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Aadhaar linking deadline to be extended, but with a rider
The government on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it is ready to extend the deadline up to March 31, 2018 for linking of Aadhaar with various schemes, including one’s bank accounts.
However, Attorney General KK Venugopal – appearing on behalf of the government - expressed some difficulty in extending the deadline of linking Aadhaar with mobile number in view of the earlier ruling of the top court and hence it will remain February 6, 2018.
The Attorney General said that in respect of 131 services, a notification would be issued.
Meanwhile, the top court said it will set up a constitutional bench next week to hear a batch of application seeking interim relief on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various schemes including bank accounts and mobile telephone numbers.
Mysterious posters project Ahmed Patel as Gujarat CM
With only two days left before Gujarat votes in the first of two-phase elections, mysterious posters have appeared in the state asking the Muslim community to vote for the Congress, projecting Ahmed Patel as its chief ministerial face, which the party says is a mischievous bid to polarise voters.
"To maintain unity within the Muslim community and to make Ahmed Patel the 'wazir-e-alam' (grand minister) of Gujarat, we request the Muslim community to vote only for the Congress," the poster said in Gujarati with Rahul Gandhi and Patel along with the party symbol of Hand.
Blaming the BJP, Patel quickly rebutted the contents of the poster and said he was not a contender for the Chief Minister's post and would never be.
"The moot issue is that the BJP is trying very, very hard to divert the narrative from its performance of last 22 years to a divisive agenda. Hence, their reliance on lies and propaganda. But people of Gujarat have made up their mind this time," Patel tweeted.
Why step-motherly treatment to farmers? Rahul asks PM Modi
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "step-motherly treatment to farmers" saying that he has not waived off farm loans and not given proper market price for their produce.
This was Gandhi's ninth question as part of a strategy wherein the Congress vice president would put up one question daily to PM Modi ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls.
In a tweet, the Congress leader said: "Neither have you waived off farm loans, nor have you given the proper price of the crops. Farmers didn't get the crop insurance amount and nor you arranged the tubewells for water.
"The 'Gabbar Singh' (Goods and Services Tax reference) whammy on farming. By snatching their lands you made the farmers workless. PM saheb please tell why step motherly treatment with farmers?" the Congress leader asked.
Man burnt alive in Rajasthan for 'love jihad', accused arrested
In a horrifying video going viral, a man is seen being burnt alive in Rajasamand district of Rajasthan, for allegedly committing "love jihad". Police arrested the alleged perpetrator of the crime, Shambunath Raigar, on Thursday.
According to SP Manoj Kumar, the person killed has been identified as Mohammed Bhatta Sheikh. Interrogation of the accused is on, he added.
Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria has ordered a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case.
Meanwhile, police are keeping an eye on the law and order situation in the state.
High Court exempts Kejriwal from personal appearance in defamation case
The Delhi High Court on Thursday exempted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from personal appearance before a trial court on December 11 in a criminal defamation case filed by Rajya Sabha MP and Essel Group Chairman Subhash Chandra.
Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, however, refused to stay the trial court's proceedings in the case and posted the matter for January 22.
The High Court, while issuing notice to Delhi Police and Chandra, sought their response on Kejriwal's plea to stay the summons issued to him by the trial court.
Chandra had sought Kejriwal's prosecution for allegedly defaming him by levelling false allegations in the wake of demonetisation.
Trump officially recognises Jerusalem as Israeli capital
United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the face of international criticism while asserting that he was "not taking a position of any final status" of the ancient city that is also claimed by Palestine.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking immediately after Trump's announcement, delivered criticism couched in diplomatic terms, saying he was "against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians."
"Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, taking into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and the Israeli sides," Guterres added.
Trump invoked the a 1995 law passed by US Congress calling for moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, to justify fulfilling his campaign promise. As he pointed out, his three predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, issued waivers putting the law on hold but he was now following the intent of the Congress.
PM Modi inaugurates BR Ambedkar International Centre
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the BR Ambedkar International Centre here and said it would be an important place for research on social and economic issues.
The prime minister also unveiled two statues of the Dalit icon at the centre in Janpath.
Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of State Ramdas Athawale and Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Vijay Goel were also present at the event.
"The centre will prove to be an inspiration for the promotion of the thoughts and teachings of Dr Ambedkar. The centre will be an important place for research on social and economic issues," the prime minister said.
Bitcoin surges above $14,000 to new high
Bitcoin crossed $14,000 on Thursday, surging $2,000 in less than 24 hours, a new record high for the cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin began the year below $1,000 but continues its sharp rise despite warnings of a dangerous bubble, reports the BBC.
It hit the latest milestone during early trading in Asia, according to the website Coindesk.com.
The new record high comes just days before the launch of bitcoin futures on two exchanges, including the world's largest futures exchange, CME.
FIFA lifts ban on Kuwaiti football
FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced here that a two-year ban imposed on Kuwait's football federation has officially been lifted.
Meeting Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Wednesday, the FIFA chief said he hoped the lifting would be the start of a new era for the football-crazy Gulf nation, reports Xinhua news agency.
The Emir expressed his gratitude to the FIFA head for his support for Kuwaiti athletes. Last Sunday, the Kuwaiti Parliament agreed to amend sports laws.
Priyanka Chopra voted sexiest Asian in UK poll
Priyanka Chopra has been voted the "Sexiest Asian Woman" in the world in an annual UK poll released today.
The 35-year-old "Quantico" actor topped the 2017 edition of the popular '50 Sexiest Asian Women' poll by London-based weekly newspaper Eastern Eye for a record-breaking fifth time.
She reclaimed the top slot from Deepika Padukone, who had been voted the sexiest Asian in 2016.
Padukone is ranked third this year. "I cannot actually take credit for this at all. Full credit should be given to my genetics and your optics," Chopra said, thanking everyone who voted in the online poll for her.