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Sabarimala showdown: Live updates

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7:14 IST

Kerala: Devotees climb the sacred Pathinettam Padi to enter the Sabarimala Temple to offer prayers.

6:56 IST

Ministry of Home Affairs has taken cognisance of the incidents of violence that took place in Kerala today: Sources

6:51 IST

Kerala: Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed in Pampa, Nilakkal, Sannidhanam and Elavungal.

6:50 IST

Kerala: Police personnel vandalise vehicles parked in Pampa. Incidents of violence had broken out today in parts of the state over the entry of women of all age groups in Sabarimala Temple.

6:20 IST

10 KSRTC buses were damaged. Devotees from other states were beaten up & sent back. RSS-BJP is behind all of this. Supreme Court rule applies to all, the govt is just following & implementing it: EP Jayarajan, Kerala minister on incidents of violence today.

6:10 IST

RSS criminals hid in forests and attacked the Ayappa devotees. 10 media personnel, 5 devotees and 15 policemen were attacked: Kerala minister EP Jayarajan on incidents of violence today

5:58 IST

Kerala: ANI reporter Karam Ingerlose was slapped by protesters, his phone was snatched and broken into pieces by them when he was shooting a video in Erumely. The protesters asked him to apologise for shooting the video & let him go only after he apologised.

5:19 IST

Congress is not attacking anybody and definitely attack on journalists is not tolerable. Those who are protesting there, are BJP and RSS people. Nowhere Congress people are engaged in this kind of hooliganism or vandalism: Ramesh Chennithala, Congress

4:47 IST

Kerala: ANI reporter Ayushmaan Kumar was attacked by protesters at Nilakkal base camp when he was taking the pictures of women checking the buses for women devotees. Police was also present at the spot when the attack took place.

4:41 IST

It is incumbent on the govt to create a secure environment for journalists to report from Pamba&nearby areas on an issue that is of interest & concern to the public. Government must immediately the ensure safety of journalists & assure media that lives of reporters are not in danger: NWMI

4:39 IST

NWMI vehemently denounces attacks on journalists, including several women journalists, at Nilakkal/Sabarimala. We demand that CM&govt of Kerala take immediate action against agitators who let violent assailants loose on journalists: Network of Women in Media, India

4:38 IST

LDF govt is fully responsible for any law & order situation in the state. It’s a very unfortunate situation, we aren’t responsible. No BJP worker is involved, we’re condemning that attempt: MS Kumar, BJP on incidents of violence at Nilakkal base camp.

4:23 IST

India Today journalist Mausami Singh and its crew in a police vehicle. They were attacked by the protesters at Nilakkal base camp.

4:22 IST

Activist Rahul Easwar has been arrested by from Nilakkal base camp&a non-bailable FIR has been registered against him. He is kept at Pamba police station.Easwar says to ANI ‘I didn’t hit any woman there. I was moving to the other direction. It’s a vendetta against me.’

4:21 IST

Police lathi-charge and pelt stones at the protesters gathered at Nilakkal base camp, in Kerala.

3:10 IST

Activist Rahul Easwar, who has been vocal about his support to ‘Save the Sabarimala’ campaign has been detained by the Kerala Police.

3:09 IST

EP Jayarajan, Minister for Industries and Sports in the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet, told media persons that there a deliberate effort being made to disrupt law and order; and that “these attacks on journalists are being carried out because of that”.
“The Kerala government will not stand by this and will take action”, he assured.

3:06 IST

Kerala: Protesters block and attack a woman journalist’s car in Pathanamthitta Sabarimala Temple

2:23 IST

Congress MLA and Leader of opposition Ramesh Chennatanni has condemned the violence and has accused the BJP and the RSS for causing the violence and the mismanagement of the LDF government in Kerala to contain the situation.

2:16 IST

– Congress, BJP hold sit-ins, hunger strikes at Pamba, Nilakkal

– Travancore Devaswom Board’s bid to bring consensus among tantri, Pandalam Palace and government fails again

– No one would be allowed to block pilgrims, said Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran

2:00 IST

RSS&BJP is taking double standards. On one hand,5 advocates associated with BJP gave petition in SC over the entry of women of all ages in Sabarimala temple, on the other hand, BJP is leading the fight against the verdict. Now BJP trying to make it as a law&order issue: VS Sunil, Kerala Minister

1:42 IST

Kerala: Total 30 people have been arrested in Pamba, 9 yesterday and 21 today, in connection with protests against the entry of women in age group 10-50 to Sabarimala temple. Two of them got bail.

1:41 IST

Director General of Police (DGP) Loknanth Behera has warned that people who blocked the vehicles carrying Ayyappa devotees would be arrested and booked.

1:32 IST

Kerala: Woman devotee Madhavi with her children returning mid-day from her journey to Sabarimala Temple after facing protests. Police are also present.

12:56 IST

Kerela: Congress party leaders hold a peaceful protest in Nilakkal against the entry of women in the age group of 10-50 to Sabarimala Temple

12:27 IST

Multiple reports have emerged of journalists being attacked by protesters near the base camps.

12:22 IST

Nilakkal: A woman Madhavi on her way to Sabarimala temple returned mid-way along with her relatives after facing protests.

12:21 IST

Protests over women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple intensified overnight at Kerala’s Nilakkal, the main gateway to the shrine.

12:08 IST

Ex-Travancore Devaswom Board President, Wife of Tantri Taken Into Custody | The former Travancore Devaswom Board president and the wife of Kandararu Maheshwararu Tantri were taken into police custody at Pamba for protesting against the Supreme Court verdict allowing women entry into the shrine.

11:52 IST

Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran in a Facebook post said no one will be allowed to block pilgrims from worshipping Lord Ayyappa. “None would be allowed to disrupt peace,” he said, adding that he has reached Sabarimala to facilitate women’s entry.

11:50 IST

Sabarimala Achara Samrakshana Samiti claimed access for the general public to the Sabarimala Temple started only in the beginning of the 20th century and earlier only royals and priests used to trek once in a year during Mandala-Makaravilakku season

11:48 IST

Pamba: Police detain people protesting against the entry of women in the age group of 10-50 women to Kerala’s Sabarimala temple

11:44 IST

Sabarimala temple row: If faith is above Constitution and law, why not have temple in Ayodhya, asks Kerala CM

11:29 IST

Just In: Andhra women en route to Sabarimala temple have abandoned their pilgrimage. They are returning without visiting the temple. Protesters cheering the decision.

11:15 IST

Women protest in Nilakkal against the entry of women in the age group of 10-50 to Sabarimala temple

10:21 IST

Kerala: Protests being held near Pamba base camp against the entry of women in the age group 10-50 to Sabarimala temple


Legal perspective being sought for quotas for upper castes in Bihar: Nitish Kumar

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Nitish Kumar, the Bihar chief minister today on Monday declared his government will implement quotas for the economically-backward among the unreserved category once they get a legal perspective concerning the suitable modalities.

Nitish Kumar stated that a legal perspective was being sought as to whether the new quotas, which have been brought forth by way of a recent constitutional amendment and are in addition to the existing reservations, could be introduced in the state through an executive order or an Act passed in the legislature.

He also stated that we are bound by the top court judgement, which placed a cap of 50 percent on the quotas for the educationally and socially backward, but added that he is in the support of the demand for increasing the limit to make reservations proportionate to the population of the respective caste groups.

He added, “But opposition parties which are voicing the demand have no clue as to how to go about it. In my view, there should be a fresh tally wherein the separate populations of social segments like SCs, STs and OBCs is taken into account. Based on its report, the nation can move towards ensuring proportional representation for various castes”.

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PM Modi to inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention in Varanasi on Tuesday

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Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday will inaugurate the 15th convention of the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi.

It is for the first time that the three-day long convention is being organized from 21st January to 23rd January in place of 9th January to permit the participants for visiting the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad and attend the parade of Republic Day here.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s office stated that the theme of the convention for this year is ‘role of the Indian diaspora in building new India’.

The chief guest of the convention will be Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth, whereas a member of Parliament of Norway, Himanshu Gulati will be the special guest. Further, member of Parliament of New Zealand, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, will be the guest of honour.

The decision to celebrate the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas was taken by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the first event was celebrated on 9th January 2003 in Varanasi.

As a matter of fact, January 9 was picked to be the day for the celebration of Pravasi Bharatiya since it was this day in the year 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi had returned from South Africa to India.

The Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas is now celebrated once in every two years and gives a platform to the Indian community overseas for engaging with the government and reconnecting with their roots said the statement.

Pravasi Bharatiya Sammaan, is discussed on the selected overseas Indians for their imperative contributions to different spheres both abroad and in India.

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India among the most trusted nations globally: Reports




Davos | India is among the most trusted nations globally when it comes to government, business, NGOs and media but the country’s brands are among the least-trusted, according to a report.

The The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer report released on Monday, ahead of the the World Economic Forum (WEF) meet here, noted that the Global Trust Index witnessed a marginal increase of 3 points to 52.

China topped the Trust Index among both the informed public and the general population segments, with scores of 79 and 88 respectively.

India was at the second place in the informed public category and third place in the general population category.

The Index is the average per cent of trust in NGOs, business, government and media.

The findings are based on an online survey in 27 markets covering over 33,000 respondents. The fieldwork was conducted between October 19 and November 16, 2018.

In terms of trust in companies headquartered in each market, the most trusted are those from Switzerland, Germany and Canada. The brands from these countries have a trust score of 70 each while that of Japan is 69 per cent.

However, companies headquartered in India, Mexico and Brazil are the least trusted, followed by China and South Korea, as per the report.

While the score of India and Brazil is 40 per cent, that of Mexico and China stood at 36 per cent and 41 per cent, respectively.

The report noted that there is a growing feeling of pessimism about the future, with only one-in-three mass population respondents in the developed world believing his or her family would be better off in the next five years.

Among the mass population, just one-in-five believe the system is working for them and 70 percent desire change. And despite a full-employment economy, fear of job loss remains high among the general population.

This is based on views of respondents about global companies headquartered in specific countries and how much these firms are trusted by them ‘to do what is right’.

According to the report, globally ‘my employer’ is significantly more trusted than NGOs, business, government and media

“The last decade has seen a loss of faith in traditional authority figures and institutions,” said Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman.

When it comes to reliable sources for news, search and traditional are among the most trusted. Search and traditional media have a score of 66 each, while the score of social media is 44 per cent, the report noted.

“73 per cent worry about false information or fake news being used as a weapon,” it added.

Stephen Kehoe, global chair, Reputation at Edelman said that divergent levels of confidence between the mass population and informed public about the future signal a continued underlying rot in the structure of society.

“While not everyone is taking to the streets, the data shows why protests like the Gilet Jaunes in France, the women’s marches in India and walkouts by employees at some major tech companies could become more mainstream,” Kehoe said.

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