Centre appoints senior advocate R Venkataramani as new Attorney General of India

Centre appointed senior advocate R Venkataramani as the new Attorney General of India on 28 September 2022. YouTube/LloydLawCollege

New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday appointed Senior advocate R Venkataramani as the new Attorney General of India for a period of three years.

He will succeed KK Venugopal whose term ends on 30 September 2022. His appointment comes three days after Mukul Rohatgi declined the central government’s offer to return as the Attorney General.

Venkatramani was appointed by president Droupadi Murmu.

Rohatgi was A-G from 2014-17. The Attorney General is the government’s chief legal advisor, as well as its main advocate before the Supreme Court.

Who is Venkataramani?

According to a LiveLaw report, the senior advocate studied at Government Law College, Pondicherry, and began his practice in 1977.

He as a member of the Law Commission of India for two terms in 2010 and 2013 respectively, the report added.

With inputs from agencies

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Centre appoints senior advocate R Venkataramani as new Attorney General of India

He will succeed KK Venugopal. His appointment comes three days after Mukul Rohatgi declined the government’s offer to return as the Attorney General

FP Staff

September 28, 2022 21:42:44 IST

Centre appointed senior advocate R Venkataramani as the new Attorney General of India on 28 September 2022. YouTube/LloydLawCollege

New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday appointed Senior advocate R Venkataramani as the new Attorney General of India for a period of three years.

He will succeed KK Venugopal whose term ends on 30 September 2022. His appointment comes three days after Mukul Rohatgi declined the central government’s offer to return as the Attorney General.

Venkatramani was appointed by president Droupadi Murmu.

With inputs from agencies

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‘Real Maa Durgas usher in Goddess Durga’: Internet delighted as Kolkata women break age-old tradition

Representational image. News18

The festive season is in full swing all across the country and no place embodies it more right now than Kolkata. The city is all set to welcome Goddess Durga once again this year. Amidst the festivities, a clip featuring a group of women bringing the Durga idol to a pandal, a ceremony that has traditionally been performed by men, has viral.

“This could look like a scene straight out of Sanjay Leela Banshali magnum opus. These women of Palli Yuvakbrinda committee in #Kolkata became harbinger of a change. With mashal in their hands they got #DurgaMaa idol home, tradition that has so far been dominated by men”, was the caption of the clip.

The footage captures the women all decked up in red and yellow sarees and holding mashals ( torches) in their hands. Behind them, an idol of Goddess Durga can be seen.

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The video was much loved by users, with one commenting, “Brilliant. The real Maa Durgas are ushering in the Goddess Durga. Need sharing.”

Tamal Saha, who shared the clip, also reminded people that this was not the first time women had broken all norms. Last year, four women conducted Durga Puja rituals in Kolkata.

Durga Puja will be marked from 1 to 5 October this year. The festival, which falls during Shardiya Navratri, marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. The festival is celebrated in a grand manner in states like West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, and Bihar. On the final day of the festival, the idols of the goddess are taken out in a procession and immersed in water.

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Ankita Bhandari murder case: Lawyers refuse to represent Pulkit Arya; bail hearing deferred

Lawyers have refused to defend Pulkit Arya, Saurabh Bhaskar and Ankit Gupta.

Kotdwar/New Delhi: Lawyers in Kotdwar district court on Wednesday refused to defend former BJP minister’s son Pulkit Arya and the two other accused in the Ankita Bhandari murder case. Consequently, no hearing for the bail of the three accused could take place.

As per reports, the decision to not defend Vanantara resort owner Pulkit Arya, manager Saurabh Bhaskar and Ankit Gupta was taken unanimously by the Kotdwar Bar Association.

Earlier, the lawyers body had met and decided that no lawyer would be representing the accused in the Ankita Bhandari’s murder case.

Meanwhile, the remand counsel, who was appointed to the three accused by the legal authority in Uttarakhand to file their bail application, has also withdrawn from the case.

“I was not his personal advocate. The legal authority gives every under-trial criminal, a lawyer from the government counsels’ panel to file for them initially. Therefore, I had filed a bail application on behalf of the accused. However, taking into consideration the public outcry and the gravity of the allegations against the three accused, I have withdrawn that bail application as well,” said Jitendra Rawat, remand lawyer provided to Pulkit and other accused.

The bail plea was supposed to be presented before Bhavna Pandey, Judicial Magistrate 1 in Kostwar District court.

The matter will now come up for hearing on October 6, when the judicial custody of the three accused will get over.Ajay Kumar Pant, president of the Kotdwar Bar Association, said he will be filing a plea seeking for the police remand for Pulkit Arya and others when the matter will be heard next.

“I will be presenting the Special Investigative Team’s findings before the court and will make sure we get police remand for the accused, the next time matter is heard so that more facts related to the circumstances in which Ankita was murdered can be found.”

Ankita Bhandari, 19, was allegedly murdered by Vanantara resort owner Pulkit Arya. She had joined the resort as receptionist, but had gone missing on September 19. Her body was later recovered from a nearby canal.

Pulkit Arya is said to have been pushing Ankita Bhandari into prostitution at the resort and had allegedly been killed after she had refused.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Nine months after General Rawat’s death, Centre appoints Lt General Anil Chauhan as Chief of Defence Staff

Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) becomes India’s new Chief of Defence Staff.

New Delhi: Nine months after the death of General Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash, the Centre on Wednesday appointed Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) the new Chief of Defence Staff.

Lt General Chauhan (R) has become only the second person to hold India’s top military post which has been lying vacant since his predecessor General Rawat’s demise.

“The Government has decided to appoint Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) as the next Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) who shall also function as Secretary to Government of India, Department of Military Affairs with effect from the date of his assumption of charge and until further orders,” a defence ministry statement said.

Who is Lt Gen Chauhan (R)?

Lt Gen Chauhan (R) is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.

In a career spanning over nearly 40 years, Lt Gen Anil Chauhan had held several command, staff and instrumental appointments and had extensive experience in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir and North-East India.

He retired as the Eastern Command chief in 2021.

Role of the Chief of Defence Staff

The CDS is the principal military advisor to the government.

At the time of the post’s creation, the government said that the Department of Military Affairs headed by CDS will oversee the “facilitation of restructuring of Military Commands for optimal utilisation of resources by bringing about jointness in operations, including through the establishment of joint/theatre commands.”

With inputs from agencies

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Al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden was PFI’s hero

Cover page of PFI mouthpiece Thejas

New Delhi: The now-proscribed Popular Front of India (PFI) has long been suspected of having links with such extremist and terrorist organisations as Tawheed Jamath, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, but also with Al Qaeda, which carried out the 9/11 dastardly attack to bring down the Twin Towers in New York.

In fact, the PFI celebrated and commemorated slain terrorist and Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. The PFI declared Osama bin Laden as a ‘martyr’ in its mouthpiece magazine ‘Thejas’. Osama’s portrait was carried on the cover page of the magazine and declared a ‘raktasakshi’ meaning ‘martyr’.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra ATS had on Monday told a court that it wanted to probe the links of the five of the accused arrested during raids on the Popular Front of India (PFI) with extremist and terror outfits such as Al Qaeda, and the Islamic State (IS).

The police had told the court that it also needed time to investigate the electronic evidence gathered during the raids. The ATS said it had recovered some literature and a book titled ‘Who Killed Karkare’ from one of the accused, whose laptop and phone had been seized.

However, the court extended the custody till 3 October.

The five accused were among the 20 people nabbed from Maharashtra by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in the multi-agency raids across the country headed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The accused PFI members and leaders have been charged with engaging in unlawful activities, promoting enmity among communities, and waging war against the country.

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Watch: Impressed by unknown facts about Brihadeeswara Temple, Anand Mahindra shares video

The second gopuram of the Brihadeeswara Temple. Wikimedia Commons/Aravindreddy.d

The chairman of the Mahindra group Anand Mahindra needs no introduction when it comes to entertaining his followers with his witty, funny, and quirky Twitter posts. And there is no denying the fact that his social media timeline is the goldmine for such interesting content.

Recently, taking to his official Instagram account, Mahindra shared a video of interior designer Sravanya Rao Pittie. In the video, the interior designer can be seen sharing unknown facts about Tamil Nadu’s famous Brihadeeswara Temple. While the Pyramid of Giza is a thing to behold, Rao revealed that “Raja Raja Chola, who built the Brihadeeswara Temple, moved more stones than the great pyramid.”

While posting the video, Mahindra wrote in the caption, “An informative & inspiring clip by the talented Designer Sravanya Rao Pittie. I think we haven’t really absorbed how accomplished, powerful & technologically advanced the Chola Empire was. Nor have we adequately conveyed its historical significance to the rest of the world.” The vlog opens with Rao introducing the Chola Temple, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site, from the 11th century. Rao can be heard saying, “The central Kumbam stone that is at the top of the temple is 80 tonnes.” It must be noted that the temple was built at a time when heavy machinery was not invented. While talking about the area of the temple, Rao revealed that “200 Taj Mahals could easily fit in the temple complex.”

In the absence of any crane and heavy machinery Raja Raja Chola constructed this magnificent architecture, continued Rao, adding that “He built a 6 km ramp,” on which horses, bulls, and elephants were pushed. As there were no moulds present during that time, they drew on the stones with their own hands, and “everything is scripted.” Talking about the strength of the temple, Rao revealed that it has tolerated six earthquakes, despite not having any plastering. Explaining the same she said that they have created an outer wall and then they made “a six-foot cavity corridor and then another inner wall,” which is followed by “an entire hollow structure” that goes all the way to the top.

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Watch: Chandipath recited in English at Kolkata Durga Puja pandal; internet divided

Screen-grab showing the group reciting Birendra Krishna Bhadra’s ‘Chandipath’ in English in Kolkata. Twitter/ @Tamal0401

It is that time of the year again as Kolkata decks up for its biggest ever festival, Durga Puja 2022. With the spirit of festivities already in the air, different theme-based pandals have been set up across the city as well as other parts of the state and they have already started to draw a huge crowd.

Starting from pandals inspired by the Vatican City to replicas of the famous Petronas Twin Towers, organisers have pulled out all the stops to come up with the most innovative ideas. One such pandal has caught the attention of the internet.

A video, that has gone viral, shows a pandal located near the Kudghat area in South Kolkata where some of the members were seen narrating legendary Birendra Krishna Bhadra’s ‘Chandipath’, which is originally in Bengali, in English, possibly in an attempt to reach out to a larger audience who don’t understand the language.

The video which has been shared by journalist Tamal Saha on his Twitter handle shows a few members of the club sitting in front of the pandal and reciting the Chandipath in English while onlookers watched.

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While the Twitter user himself seemed unsatisfied with the translation, the video evoked mixed reactions from netizens.

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The video has so far gained over 33,000 views and quite a number of likes and comments. Speaking about the Durga Puja festival, while main celebrations in West Bengal begin on the sixth day (sasti) of the festival, it lasts up to the last day of Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra, which will be celebrated on 5 October 2022 this year.

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‘Priyanka Vadra no more a Gandhi, should be Congress president’

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. News18

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing hullabaloo over the Congress presidential election, a party MP on Wednesday said that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should be named the next party chief as she is Vadra family’s daughter-in-law and “not a part of Gandhi family”.

“Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should be Congress chief. Rahul Gandhi says, nobody from Gandhi family should become one. Women become a part of that family where they go after marriage. Today, she’s Vadra family’s daughter-in-law, not a part of Gandhi family,” Congress MP Abdul Khaleque told ANI.

Frontrunners for the Congress president post

Over the past few weeks, several names have cropped up for the probable presidential candidate including Mallikarjun Kharge, A K Antony, Kamal Nath, Digvijaya Singh, Ambika Soni and Pawan Kumar Bansal, though most of them ruled themselves out of the race. The name of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for the top party post is, however, not completely ruled out yet, according to informed sources.

Amid suspense over Ashok Gehlot’s fate, Congress’ central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry on Tuesday said AICC treasurer Pawan Kumar Bansal has got nomination forms collected but they might be for someone else. Bansal said he was not in the race.

Mistry further informed that senior party leader Shashi Tharoor will file his nomination papers for the Congress chief’s election on 30 September and his representative has got two more nomination forms on Wednesday.

Congress president election schedule

The notification for the Congress president election was released on 22 September. Interested candidates can file their nominations from 24 to 30 September.

The last day to withdraw the nomination is 8 October. After withdrawal, if need be, then polls will be held on 17 October, while the result will be declared on 19 October.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Want condoms too?: Bihar women’s panel chief on schoolgirl’s request for sanitary pads; WATCH

MD of Bihar Women Development Corporation Harjot Kaur. YouTube/Fabian Media

New Delhi: In a shameful incident from Patna, the managing director of the Bihar Women Development Corporation asked a schoolgirl if “she wants condoms too” after the student made a request for affordable sanitary pads.

IAS officer Harjot Kaur who heads the body said, “Tomorrow you will ask the government for jeans and later beautiful jeans.”

“In the end, you will ask the government for family planning methods and free condoms too,” she added.

The incident happened during an interaction between the officer and schoolgirls at a workshop on ‘Sashakt Beti, Samriddh Bihar’ (Empowered Daughters, Prosperous Bihar), NDTV reported.

Notably, the event was held in partnership with UNICEF.

“The government is giving lots of free things. Can they not provide us sanitary pads that cost Rs 20-30?,” the schoolgirl had asked.

Kaur’s shameful tirade did not end there.

When the girl who hailed from a slum retorted that it’s the people who elect the government, Kaur advised the student “not to vote.”

“Don’t give a vote. Become Pakistan,” she said.

With inputs from agencies

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