OpIndia Evening Dispatch: Monday, 28th January 2019

A quick round up of things that made it to news today

In the hustle and bustle of the day, it is only natural to miss some of the biggest developments that impact the nation. The OpIndia Evening Dispatch will catch you up on the day’s event even if you have been busy thus far.

Here is what made it to news today:

1. Schoolchildren attacked with swords during R-Day celebrations in MP, Imtiyaz and Zakir among others booked

School children were attacked and violence has been reported from the Khujner town in Madhya Pradesh’s Rajgarh district. According to reports, during the Republic Day celebrations, one group of people were opposed to the songs being played during the festivities.

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As per reports, one group of people have alleged that the other group had objected to the patriotic songs being played and started anti-national sloganeering. While the other group has stated that the violence was started due to a minor dispute. Eye witness accounts allegedly state that the first group had started anti-national slogans and had attacked the schoolchildren which created a stampede-like situation in the venue.

2. Fact-check: The Print and The Telegraph spread dangerous lies about Polio vaccine in India

Twitter user exposes the lies of The Print and The Telegraph regarding polio vaccine. They have claimed that India is facing shortage of polio vaccine due to lack of fund, and it is seeking funds from GAVI for purchasing the vaccine. Both of which are false claims.

3. Congress supports ‘Tukde Tukde Gang’, invites sedition accused Kanhaiya Kumar for an event remembering Mahatma Gandhi

As reported by Times Now, for an event ‘Remembering Mahatma Gandhi’ on his death anniversary, the minority department of Congress has extended an invitation to Kanhaiya Kumar as a speaker. Congress is reportedly of the firm view that charge-sheet has been dismissed by the Delhi court and has not accepted the charge-sheet ‘owing to loopholes’. Since there are no substantive charges against Kanhaiya Kumar he has been invited to the event.

4. Bharat Ratna: Mallikarjun Kharge booked for his remarks on Bhupen Hazarika which hurt sentiments of Assamese people

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is in a soup for slamming the government for not conferring the Bharat Ratna on the spiritual leader Shivakumar Swami, who passed away recently and instead ‘choosing a singer’ Bhupen Hazarika and ‘man who propagated RSS ideology’ Nanaji Deshmukh for the honour. Raju Mahanta, an RTI activist, has filed a complaint alleging that Kharge has hurt the sentiments of Assamese people. A case has been filed at Morigaon Police Station.

Mahanta felt that the comments passed by Kharge were objectionable and he should apologise for the same.

5. PM Modi and Nitish Kumar to kickstart 2019 campaign in Bihar with March 3 mega rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will jointly address a public rally at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan to kickstart the election campaign for General elections in the state. In what is said to be a “mother of rallies”, will also witness the presence of other NDA partners like Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan.

According to reports, the date of March 3 has been chosen mutually by NDA partners, because the announcement of election dates will also happen concurrently.

6. ED seizes property worth Rs 238 crores of TMC MP in connection with a ponzi scheme case

As per reports, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has seized TMC MP KD Singh’s property worth Rs. 238 crores in connection with a Ponzi scheme case. The properties include a resort in Kufri and a showroom in Chandigarh apart from properties in Haryana as well.

The ED’s probe is connected to a case it had filed in September 2016, against Singh’s firm Ms Alchemist Infra Realty Limited under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act after taking cognizance of a charge sheet filed by SEBI against the company, its directors and others.

7. I am ready to step down, they (Congress MLAs) are crossing the line: Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy

The Congress-JD(S) unholy alliance in Karnataka seems to be on the verge of a break up as Chief Minister Kumaraswamy today said that he is ready to step down since Congress MLAs consider only former chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah as their chief minister.

Congress tried to pacify cry-baby Kumaraswamy by sending show cause notice to MLA who spoke against the CM.

8. Siddaramaiah outrages the modesty of Jameela who was questioning him, Congress leaders defend him

In a despicable instance of outraging a woman’s modesty, former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior leader the Congress party snatched at the dupatta of a woman, pulling it away from her body, in an attempt to intimidate her.

At the event in Mysuru, the woman in the video was trying to register a complaint with former CM Siddaramaiah regarding the absence of his son Yathindra, an MLA of Varuna constituency. The woman complained that she was unable to reach Yathindra which angered Siddaramaiah. He reacted by getting aggressive and berating the woman suggesting that the complaint made it seem as if his son had committed a great crime.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has written to Karnataka DGP Neelmani Raju asking for an investigation into the incident.

9. Tulsi Gabbard, first Hindu to run for US president, slams media for maligning her for her religion

The presidential aspirant, Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat representative from Hawaii, who was the first Hindu to enter the US Congress in 2012 has claimed that she has been made a ‘victim of religious bigotry’ as some media outlets have targeted her over her Hindu name and accused her supporters, who have Hindu names, of being ‘Hindu nationalists’.

Gabbard in her op-ed written for a local publication, the Religious News Services, described the campaign against her and her supporters and donors as “profiling and targeting of Hindu Americans and ascribing to them motives without any basis”.


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