In a giant win for the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of the Shiv Sena, the Bombay High Court as we speak allowed them to carry the annual Dussehra rally at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park floor. The BMC had earlier refused them permission to carry the rally. Stating that the BMC order was a “clear abuse of process of law”, the court docket allowed the Thackeray-led get together to make use of the bottom from October 2 to October 6 whereas asking it to take care of legislation and order. The Bombay HC order could also be a setback for Chief Minister Eknath Shinde however his authorities cleared the primary large take a look at submit Maharashtra energy play. The BJP and its ally Shinde Sena claimed 299 of the 547 sarpanch posts on this week’s panchayat elections, throughout 17 districts of Maharashtra. Of these, the BJP alone gained 259.
India on Friday suggested its nationals in Canada to stay vigilant saying hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India actions had risen sharply within the North American nation and that “perpetrators of these crimes have not been brought to justice so far”. The advisory additionally urged Indians headed to Canada for travel and academic functions to stay cautious.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot as we speak formally introduced his choice to contest for the submit of Congress president and left the choice on his successor within the state to the get together management. Gehlot is ready to face off in opposition to Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor for the highest submit. The election for the Congress president submit will see a contest after a niche of 22 years. The construct as much as the competition this time – which appears set to be between Ashok Gehlot and Shashi Tharoor — is as chaotic because it was in 2000, when Jitendra Prasada confronted off in opposition to Sonia Gandhi for the highest submit, two years into her presidency. That made him the primary Congress chief to contest in opposition to a member of the Nehru-Gandhi household for the get together presidency post-Independence.
Hilary Mantel, the Booker Prize-winning writer of the acclaimed Wolf Hall saga of historic novels, has died. She was 70. Mantel died “suddenly yet peacefully” surrounded by shut household and mates, writer HarperCollins mentioned. Mantel is credited with reenergizing historic fiction with Wolf Hall and two sequels concerning the 16th-century English powerbroker Thomas Cromwell, right-hand man to King Henry VIII.
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Since his exit from the NDA in August, senior Janata Dal (United) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been assembly Opposition leaders. He has met a gamut of Opposition leaders from senior Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to Telangana CM Okay Chandrasekhar Rao, probably with the concept of floating a typical Opposition entrance in opposition to the BJP. But lacking from the listing is Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati. Mayawati’s unwillingness to be part of the Opposition and Samajwadi Party-JD(U) ties are the explanation why a Nitish-Mayawati assembly didn’t occur. Lalmani Verma reviews.
On September 16, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Samarkand in Uzbekistan. At the start of the assembly, Modi had advised Putin that “today’s era is not of war”. Modi’s remark has caught the world’s consideration, seven months into the conflict. The Indian PM — who has steadfastly stayed away from criticising Putin — has articulated what’s music to the ears of Western powers. From Delhi’s perspective, PM Modi has not mentioned something new. So why telling Russia to desert conflict is in India’s curiosity? Shubhajit Roy explains.
Movie Reviews: This week we reviewed Sunny Deol and Dulquer Salmaan starrer Chup, R Madhavan’s Dhokha Round D Corner, Babli Bouncer, and Romain Gavras’s Athena. Watch them or skip them? Read our opinions to determine.
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