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The wait is over! Will Rajinikanth announce his political plunge on December 31?

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Looking back, 2017 is the year of some of the biggest political turmoil. From UP elections to Gujarat elections and all the way down to RK Nagar by-polls, politics was the much talked about in this year. However, one development that still has people waiting is Superstar Rajinikanth’s political entry. Recently, Tamil film actors Kamal Haasan and Vishal too expressed their will to join politics. Kamal Haasan even indicated that his colour is “definitely not saffron”. His meet with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who belongs to CPM had everyone talking about his political inclination towards the left.

On the other hand, Rajinikanth’s political debut is still a suspense. Rajinikanth who will be busy for next six days in the meet and greet with his huge fan base, today finally addressed the elephant in the room. Talking to his fans, he said that he will announce his decision on December 31. “I am not new to politics. God willing, I will enter it. You will come to know about it on December 31,” he told his fans.

Talking about the fallouts he said, “I know that there are downsides and there are advantages of the decision. It is the downsides I am being cautious of.” However, in his usual vigour he exclaimed, “If you step on the battlefield, you have to win.” His statement was met with huge applause from the roaring fans.

Director Mahendran and Kalaignanam were also present at the event. Praising Rajini, director Mahendran said, “Rajinikanth is unpredictable. No one can gauge what he will do next. Only he knows it.” Concluding the meet and greet, Rajinikanth thanked his fans and said, “We will begin to work.”

All eyes are now fixed on December 31. The state of Tamilnadu is already witnessing a political instability due to the internal Power struggle in AIADMK factions and feeble DMK opposition. TTV Dhinakaran’s win on late J Jayalalitha’s seat also indicated towards a political shift. A. Raja and Kanimozhi’s acquittal in the 2G case will reap benefits for DMK or not is yet to be seen. In such a scenario, If Rajinikanth decides to jump on the battlefield; it will surely be a spectacular political contest.

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Additionals funds required to fulfill promises: Tripura CM to Centre

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BJP appointed Biplab Kumar Deb as the CM of Tripura after its victory over the LEFT Front 25 year rule.

Agartala: Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb has demanded additional financial aid from the Union government to fulfill the promises made during the state election.

Biplab Kumar Deb met Nripendra Misra, principal secretary to Modi at the Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi to place these demands on Friday.

In a statement issued by the CM’s office, it mentioned “Some promises have been made to the people of the state. Fulfillment of all these promises can be possible with additional financial support from the Centre as the state government is passing through a very difficult financial position”.

Deb has desired an additional funding for filling up 12,222 vacant posts of school teachers, the introduction of the 7th central Pay Commission recommendations for state government employees, setting up a central agricultural university and a super-specialty hospital like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Tripura.

The chief minister has also requested the Centre to allow one-time relaxation in educational and professional qualifications for teachers in Tripura.

After the first BJP government in Tripura came to power in March, it was sanctioned Rs 2,587 crore central funds for development projects and schemes such as housing, education, and rural jobs.

According to the BJP, Tripura is under a deficit of Rs 11,355 crore, accumulated during the 25 years of Left Front rule.

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Death to child rapists: Union Cabinet approves the POCSO Act

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Keeping in mind the uproar over the recent rapes of minors in the nation, the Union Cabinet has approved the promulgation of an ordinance to allow courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age.

Official sources said in New Delhi that the criminal law amendment ordinance seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to introduce a new provision to sentence convicts of such crimes punishment of death.

Until now,  the minimum punishment for such heinous crimes was seven years in jail and the maximum was a life-term.

The move comes after the outrage caused by the nation due to the rape and murder of minor girls in Kathua and Surat district recently. But even while the Cabinet led by PM Narendra Modi was meeting on Saturday morning to discuss the issue, the rape and murder of a four-month-old infant in Indore sent fresh disturbance across the country.

 

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Cabinet approves Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018: Provision for confiscating properties of escapees

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The cases where the total value involved in such offences is Rs.100 crore or more will come under this order.

The Union Cabinet has approved the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018. This would help in laying down measures to deter economic offenders from evading the process of Indian law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.

The cases where the total value involved in such offences is Rs.100 crore or more will come under the purview of this Ordinance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier approved the proposal of the Ministry of Finance to introduce the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 in Parliament.

The ordinance states to re-establish the rule of law with respect to the fugitive economic offenders as they would be forced to return to India to face trial for scheduled offences. This would also help the banks and other financial institutions to achieve higher recovery from financial defaults committed by such fugitive economic offenders, improving the financial health of such institutions.

A special forum to be created for the expeditious confiscation of the proceeds of crime, in India or abroad, would coerce the fugitive to return to India to submit to the jurisdiction of Courts in India to face the law in respect of scheduled offences, according to the ordinance.

In the near past, there have been several instances of economic offenders flee in the jurisdiction of Indian courts, anticipating the commencement, or during the pendency, of criminal proceedings. The absence of such offenders from Indian courts has several deleterious consequences – first, it hampers investigation in criminal cases; second, it wastes precious time of courts of law, third, it undermines the rule of law in India.

The ordinance has provisions for a Court (‘Special Court’ under the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002) to declare a person as a Fugitive Economic Offender.

 

A Fugitive Economic Offender is a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued in respect of a scheduled offence and who has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution, or being abroad, refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution.

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