Supreme Court takes tough stand on Khap Panchayats, says “You’re no one to interfere in it”

On Monday, the Supreme Court told khap panchayats not to be the “conscience keepers of society”, once again telling them to abstain from interfering in the marriage of two consenting adults. The view was made by a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra that is hearing a plea pursuing a ban on khap panchayats and also guidelines to stop “honour killings”.

“We can’t say which marriage is null or void, which marriage is good or bad…just stay out of it. Two persons marry…they are adults….you are no one to interfere in it,” the CJI said. The lawyer appearing for khap panchayats said that they were not against inter-caste or inter-religious alliances but only opposed same gotra marriages because they were the conscience keepers. “Don’t be the conscience-keepers of society,” the CJI replied to it. Khaps are caste or community-based groups that exercise considerable influence in rural areas of north India. They are common to hold kangaroo courts that dissolve marriages, dictate a dress code, mostly to women, ban cell phones and even force rape victims into marrying rapists. They oppose marriages on the basis of caste or religion and it has also led to murders.

The wittiest fact is that one khap panchayat leader in Haryana had caused chow mein for the increase in rape cases in India. It was the second time in less than a month that the top court came down hard on khaps. The court said during the previous hearing that khap panchayat cannot threaten adults for marrying each other. The bench had said, “If an adult man and woman marry, no khap, panchayat or society can question them.” The senior counsel Raju Ramachandran, who is supporting the court in the matter, has said in a report that khap panchayats were influential and the SC should take steps to control them. The will be heard now on February 16.

WOW! Rahul Dravid’s secret message to India following India won the Under-19 WC will melt your heart

The legendary Indian skipper Rahul Dravid’s role in making India Under-19 boys winning the World Cup with such grace and decency is unmatchable. While the young cricketers of Indian team like to celebrate victories like Virat Kohli’s style of aggression or anger, Dravid is from the old school where it was more about measured aggression and giving respect to your opponent as well.

It is learned that Dravid’s message was to the young champions to restrain themselves from any act of ugliness while they went about their celebrations following beating Australia in the final on Sunday. “After the win, Dravid told the boys to cherish the moment. He instructed them not to direct any insult towards anyone. We can celebrate the victory politely also. And the players did exactly as per their coach’s instructions,” said a reliable source in person to the dressing room proceedings. Dravid doesn’t like players have a pass at the opponents after winning so he informed his players in advance.

The Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar also pointed it out in his congratulatory message, saying how he was impressed to witness the level of discipline that these youngsters had absorbed from Dravid.“One thing I noticed about the team is that they are disciplined. Dravid himself always placed impetus on discipline and the team has gained from his experience which has been at the highest level,” said Tendulkar.

Noticing the nervousness in the dressing room before the start of the game, Dravid raised the spirits by highlighting that how this day will never be repeated in their careers. “I know you guys must be feeling the heat, now you understand the meaning of the final, but don’t worry, you will get this moment only once in your lifetime. Among this batch, few will play IPL, international matches too… and that moment comes in your life regularly… but this moment will never come in your life again. So don’t think anything… just go and play your best.”

Questioning viability of NHPS, Shatrughan Sinha asks FM Arun Jaitley how Centre will fund programme

The BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha joined fellow unhappy BJP leader Yashwant Sinha in a protest over farmers’ issues on Sunday and questioned practicability of the health insurance scheme announced in the Union Budget. On Sunday, the 72-year-old leader reached Narsinghpur in Madhya Pradesh where former finance minister Yashwant Sinha has launched a sit-in protest for farmers whose lands would be acquired for a thermal power plant.

Commenting on the National Health Protection Scheme announced by finance minister Arun Jaitley that would need Rs 1,25,000 crore for a premium payment, Shatrughan said that it more than the allocation for the health sector in the budgets of the Centre and the states put together. While addressing the gathering, Sinha asked, “Where would this money come from?” The actor-turned-politician recently joined Rashtra Manch, which is a political platform initiated by Yashwant Sinha. Since February 1, Rashtra Manch has organized the sit-in outside Narsinghpur collector’s office.

The Madhya Pradesh unit of AAP also joined in Sinha’s agitation earlier in the day. “I am sitting with Yashwant-ji. Our party also took out a mock funeral procession of the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh for its anti-farmer policies,” state AAP convener Alok Agrawal told PTI over the phone from Narsinghpur. The AAP convener Agrawal added that Sinha’s protest is to press for several demands, among them jobs for farmers who will be displaced by the upcoming coal-fired power project.

Tiger Zinda Hai box office update: Salman’s film enters 7th week promisingly

The Bollywood’s Sultan Salman Khan’s ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ had enjoyed a dream run at the box office and it had not just entered into 300 crore club but also break several box office records. It witnessed the slowdown following the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat, which released on 25th January 2018.

Tiger Zinda Hai proved to be a very profitable project for the makers since it has released it’s earning huge moolah at the box office. It has earned more than double the budget of the film which was 150 crore. The Salman’s film has collected 15 lacs on its 7th Friday. Tiger Zinda Hai’s box office collection now stands at 338.34 crores. The weekend collection of last week was much better of Tiger Zinda Hai than that of the weekdays. We have to wait a bit to know the week’s collection of the film. Tiger Zinda Hai has already become Salman Khan’s highest grossing film till date.

It is also Katrina Kaif’s highest grossing film of her career. Tiger Zinda Hai is Salman Khan’s third film to enter the 300 crore club. Following Sultan, Tiger Zinda Hai is Ali Abbas Zafar’s second movie to enter the 300 crore club. Adding to it, the film has still many more records to make till it completes its dream run at the box office.

Under-19 World Cup: Manjot’s ton helped India beating Australia by 8 wickets

The Indian team defeated Austraila by 8 wickets in the ICC Under 19 World final on Saturday afternoon to win the World Cup trophy. The team in blue had defeated the three-time champions at Bay Oval. India, who were playing for the record sixth final have won for the record-fourth time as well, previous was being in 2000, 2008, and 2012.

Indian team bowled exceptionally well and it helped them in restricting Australian team at just 216. Talking about the Indian batting hero of the day, Manjot Kalra, who played an important inning of 101, led the team to victory. Kalra was awarded as Man of the Match as well. The most talked players Prithvi Shaw and Shubham Gill failed to create any magic in the match but Kalra played an important inning and took the match away from the hands of the opposition. Picking to bat first after winning the toss, the Australians lost their top three batsmen with just 59 runs on the board as pacer Ishant Porel’s twin strikes helped in making them out.

Following this, Merlo and Param Uppal strengthened the team with a 75-run fourth wicket stand that witnessed them going over the 100-run mark. India’s Ishan Porel, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shiva Singh and Anukul Roy took two wickets each while Shivam Mavi took one. Harvik Desai ended the match in style with a boundary. The young cricket stars of Indian cricket have launched themselves to the world and that too with a loud noise.

Modicare will cost govt Rs 1,100-1,200 per family every year

Explaining the National Health Protection Scheme (Modicare) as the precursor to universal health coverage in the country, NITI Aayog said that it will need 12,000 crores every single year to ensure 100 million poor households (and 500 million individuals). The scheme is expected to be rolled out on Independence Day (15 Aug) or on Gandhi Jayanti (2 Oct) this year.

The union health minister JP Nadda said, “Around ₹2,000 crore has been allocated for the scheme, but eventually, the states will have to implement it with help from the Centre. The Centre will bear 60% of the cost, and 40% will be borne by the states.” The further Rs 11,000 raised from increasing the education and health tax from 3 percent to 4 percent will also be utilized to fund NHPS. “NHPS is expected to reach 50 percent beneficiaries in the first year based on the states’ acceptance, for which it will need a budget of Rs 6,000 crore in 2018-19,” NITI Aayog, Alok Kumar (Advisor) said. The premium between Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,200 will be provided for each family with a floating cover of Rs 5 lakh.

“There will be no ceiling on family size. The choice of the insurance model will depend on the state, but we would ideally want the states to move to a Trust model like Aarogyasri in Andhra Pradesh so that the money stays in the government system,” said Preeti Sudan, Union health secretary. The health ministry is working towards of preparing a draft concept note describing the reliefs of the scheme for clearance by Union Cabinet. “Twenty-four states already have health protection schemes in some form or the other, which are likely to be subsumed in this scheme because it will be expensive for them to run parallel programmes,” Sudan added.

Finally! Karni Sena withdraws protest, says ‘Padmaavat’ glorifies Rajput courage

On Friday, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena announced that it has decided to repeal its decision of protests against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, saying that the film glorifies the valour of the Rajputs.  The Mumbai leader of Shri Rajput Karni Sena’s Yogendra Singh Kater said that on the guidelines of organization’s national president Sukhdev Singh Gogamade, some members watched the film on Friday.

He added that they found that the Bhansali’s film glorifies the valour and sacrifice of Rajput and every Rajput will be feeling proud after witnessing the movie. He said in a letter that there is no such objectionable scene between Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji and Queen Padmini of Mewar that hurts the sentiments of Rajputs. They declared that the Karni Sena back their protest against the film and will promote the administration to release the film in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat as well as all over cinema houses in India.

The Karni Sena was demanding a ban on the Bhansali’s historical film on the grounds that it “distorts” historical facts and projects queen Padmini in poor light. The Supreme Court, on the other hand, also lifted the ban on the movie imposed by several states and directed them to make sure its release last month. Amidst tight security and protest from various groups, including Karni Sena,  Bhansali’s magnum opus film released in theatres across India on January 25. But some cinema hall owners had decided not to screen the film following protests being carried allegedly by Karni Sena members in Haryana and Gujarat.