✔ Protests spread in Maharashtra post clashes during bicentenary celebrations of Bhima-Koregaon battle
Mumbai, Pune and several other parts of Maharashtra, remained on edge a day after clashes marred the bicentenary celebrations of the historic 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon that concluded on Monday.
Tremors of the violence, which left one person dead near Koregaon Bhima village, were felt across several districts in western Maharashtra as well as the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, as activists of Dalit groups, social outfits and Ambedkarite parties staged road blocks and issued condemnations of the January 1 violence.
✔ The legend of the 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon
Lakhs of people from the Dalit community visited the Koregaon Ranstambh (victory pillar) in the village of Bhima-Koregaon on Monday. The memorial is dedicated to the legendary battle of January 1, 1818 where 500 soldiers of the Mahar community fought alongside the English to defeat the 28,000-strong army of Peshwa Bajirao II, thus ending the Peshwai domination.
✔ China defends Pakistan after Trump tweet
China on Tuesday defended Pakistan, saying the world community should acknowledge its all-weather ally’s “outstanding contribution” to counter terrorism, a day after United States President Donald Trump lashed out at Islamabad for providing “safe havens” to terrorists.
✔ Doctors withdraw strike after govt. sends NMC Bill to Parliamentary Standing Committee
Doctors, who went on a 12-hour nationwide strike (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) on Tuesday in protest against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, withdrew their stir by afternoon after the government referred the Bill to the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar informed the Lok Sabha that “after taking into consideration the demands of several members of the House and medical fraternity, the National Medical Commission Bill has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee.”
✔ Opposition parties for sending triple talaq Bill to select panel
At a meeting chaired by Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu, a sizeable number of Opposition parties, including Congress, advocated sending the triple talaq Bill to a select committee. The parties, including the SP, the BSP, the AIADMK, the DMK, the CPI, the CPI(M) and the BJD, have demanded detailed deliberations on the criminality clause, under which a man can be sentenced up to three years in prison for abandoning his wife through talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq.
✔ Government not taking the lives of armed forces seriously, alleges Scindia
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, on Tuesday, accused the government of not respecting the lives of armed forces. Raising the issue of fidayeen attack on CRPF battalion on Sunday, Mr. Scindiapointed out the attack was carried out just a few days after the National Security Advisers of India and Pakistan held a meeting in Bangkok.
✔ Six fall victim to Haryana agri officer’s murder spree
A 45-year-old Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) with Haryana’s Agriculture Department went on a murder spree, randomly killing six persons, including a woman, at different places in Palwal district in the early hours of Tuesday. He has been arrested.
✔ Rajya Sabha creates record, completes entire Zero Hour agenda
The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday made a record of sorts as it took up all the Zero Hour issues and special mentions listed in the agenda for that period, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said.
“The Rajya Sabha today made a history. For the first time, all Zero Hour submissions, all Special Mentions were fully completed,” said Mr. Naidu amid thumping of desks by members in the House of Elders
✔ Jaitley announces contours of electoral bonds for political funding
In a bid to clean up election funding, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday came out with contours of new ‘electoral bonds’ that can be bought from specified branches of State Bank of India and used to donate money to political parties. The bearer instrument will not carry the name of the payee and can be bought for any value, in multiples of ₹ 1,000, ₹ 10,000, ₹ 1 lakh, ₹ 10 lakh or ₹ 1 crore, he said in a statement in the Lok Sabha.
✔ Apple could buy Netflix, say analysts
Contrary to the reports of Apple launching a video subscription product in 2018 to counter Netflix, analysts from Citi have said that the iPhone maker could possibly buy the entertainment company by taking advantage of US President Donald Trump’s corporate tax cut.