Plea In SC Opposes Challenge Against Places Of Worship Act; Says ‘Even Issuance Of Notice Will Create Fear In The Minds Of Minorities’

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In SC Opposes Challenge Against Places Of Worship Act; Says ‘Even Issuance Of Notice Will Create Fear In The Minds Of Minorities’ Nilashish Chaudhary28 July 2020 9:57 PMShare This – xAn application has been filed in Supreme Court opposing a petition filed by a Hindu priests’ organization which challenged the constitutional validity of Section 4 of the Places Of Worship Act, 1991 (the Act).This application, moved by the Peace Party of India, has urged the Top Court to not even issue notice in the original Petition, arguing that doing so would create fear in the minds of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAn application has been filed in Supreme Court opposing a petition filed by a Hindu priests’ organization which challenged the constitutional validity of Section 4 of the Places Of Worship Act, 1991 (the Act).This application, moved by the Peace Party of India, has urged the Top Court to not even issue notice in the original Petition, arguing that doing so would create fear in the minds of Muslim Community.”It is submitted that even issuance of notice in the present matter will create fear in the minds of minority communities with regard to their places of worship, and will destroy the secular fabric of the nation.”The petition in question, filed by Vishwa Bhadra Pujari Purohit Mahasangh, claims that the aforementioned provision has the effect of preventing the Hindu Community from reclaiming certain places of worship which were originally Hindu in nature but allegedly converted by Muslim invaders. The petitioners had also claimed that Section 4 of the Act discriminates between Hindus and Muslims with respect to restoring possession of places of worship.In wake of the Ayodhya judgment, the move by the Purohit Mahasangh is seen as a bid to reclaim disputed land in religious places such as Kashi and Mathura.In this light, the Peace Party has argued that the petitioners seek to indirectly target places of worship which are essentially Muslim in nature. The applicants, therefore, seek to implead themselves in the matter and present a secular view with regard to the validity of Section 4.”The Applicant Organization wishes to put forth its secular views on the constitutional challenge to an enactment which by its very enactment seeks to cement the secular nature of the country and also ensures that religious fundamentalists do not create havoc amongst the people of this secular country in the name of religion.”It is further submitted that the Hindu priests’ organization, through its plea, is attempting to embroil the courts in matters which are centuries old and thereby create a tense atmosphere fuelled by religious intolerance.Buttressing this point, the applicant organization has cited the tense atmosphere that was created during the Ayodhya judgment, creating a divide between Hindus and Muslims.Additionally, it is submitted that there are a number of structures which have come up over structures of other religions. Referring to gurdwaras, churches and temples, in addition to mosques, that have been built over other churches, mosques and gurdwaras, in addition to temples, the applicant states that the consequences would wreck havoc. “If the Writ Petition is allowed it will open a Pandora’s box wherein every religion would stake claim to structures which have the nature of different religion at the moment.”Thus it is submitted that the Court may add the applicants as parties, and in a bid to protect the secular nature of the country and promote harmony amongst all communities, the original Petition may be dismissed. The Peace Party is the second applicant after Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind seeking to implead itself as a party to oppose this petition.Notably, in the Ayodhya verdict, the Supreme Court had affirmed the constitutionality of Places of Worship Act observing that it was enacted to preserve secularism.”The Places of Worship Act is intrinsically related to the obligations of a secular state. It reflects the commitment of India to the equality of all religions. Above all, the Places of Worship Act is an affirmation of the solemn duty which was cast upon the State to preserve and protect the equality of all faiths as an essential constitutional value, a norm which has the status of being a basic feature of the Constitution. There is a purpose underlying the enactment of the Places of Worship Act. The law speaks to our history and to the future of the nation. Cognizant as we are of our history and of the need for the nation to confront it, Independence was a watershed moment to heal the wounds of the past. Historical wrongs cannot be remedied by the people taking the law in their own hands. In preserving the character of places of public worship, Parliament has mandated in no uncertain terms that history and its wrongs shall not be used as instruments to oppress the present and the future”, the SC had observed.Accordingly, the SC overruled the observations made by Justice D V Sharma in the dissenting judgment of Allahabad High Court regarding this Act. Justice Sharma had observed that the Act does not debar those cases where declaration is sought for a period prior to the Act came into force or for enforcement of right which was recognized before coming into force of the Act. The SC observed that the observations by Justice Sharma are against the statutory scheme under Section 4(1) and also “constitutional values”Next Storylast_img read more

Still no action to address dwindling garda numbers in Donegal – Cope

first_img Google+ Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Still no action to address dwindling garda numbers in Donegal – Cope Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook The Justice Minister and Acting Garda Commissioner are again being urged to intervene to increase Garda Numbers in the Donegal Division, with 384 in the county at present..Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher says the present government has allowed Garda numbers in county to fall to what he calls “new low and alarming levels”.Last week saw the latest graduation ceremony at the Garda College in Templemore, but of 1,400 new Garda Recruits taken on since September 2014, only 24 have been posted to Donegal, according to the Leas Cheann Comhairle.That’s just 1.7%.Deputy Gallagher says since 2009, there’s been a 21% drop in the number of gardai based in Donegal, but what’s most concerning of all is that there are only two community gardai employed across the county.There are 18 members of the garda reserve in the county, and 33 civilian staff. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleConfirmed School Closures Monday December 11thNext articleDigital Innovation Hub announced for Buncrana News Highland center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Pinterest Twitter Twitter By News Highland – December 11, 2017 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

Hurricane Lane churns toward Hawaii, Big Island has already seen over 31 inches of rain

first_imgMario Tama/Getty Images(HONOLULU) — As Hurricane Lane lurches north, the Category 3 storm has already dumped more than 31 inches of rain on Hawaii’s Big Island, bringing catastrophic flooding.The life-threatening flooding could even lead to landslides or mudslides.RainfallRainfall rates in the outer bands of the hurricane may reach 1 to 3 inches per hour, meaning flash flood watches will remain in effect through late Friday.Lane is expected to remain a hurricane for the next 12 to 24 hours but increasing wind shear could weaken the storm more quickly over the next two to three days.The storm is forecast to pull away from Hawaii by late Saturday.Before the rough winds and torrential rain set in, Hawaiian residents and visitors flocked to stores to stock up on food, water and gas.There are 300,000 tourists in the state, Sen. Mazie Hirono said Thursday.The hurricane shuttered public schools and prompted evacuation centers to open in all four counties.Water, meals and generators are being delivered to the islands, officials said, and businesses and homes are being boarded up.President Donald Trump said he authorized an emergency disaster declaration to provide support to Hawaii.“Our teams are closely coordinating with the state and local authorities,” he tweeted Thursday. “You are in our thoughts!”It’s rare for hurricanes to hit Hawaii. An area of high pressure that sits to the northeast of the islands typically steers hurricanes away. This high pressure is the strongest from May through October, which is also prime hurricane season.The Hawaiian islands are also surrounded by cool water and tropical cyclones need ocean water temperatures to exceed 80 degrees to strengthen.The last hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii was Iniki in 1992. Lane would be the third on record.Category 1 Hurricane Dot hit in 1959 and catastrophic Category 4 Iniki came ashore in 1992. Both made landfall on the island of Kauai.Category 1 Hurricane Iwa also had a major impact on Kauai in 1982 but because its eye did not hit the island, it wasn’t officially counted as making landfall there.  Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sisters found dead in Hudson River preferred suicide over returning to Saudi Arabia: Police

first_imgNew York Police Department(NEW YORK) — Tala and Rotana Farea, the sisters from Saudi Arabia whose bodies were found taped together in New York City’s Hudson River last week, were said to have preferred suicide over returning to their home country, according to police.Dermot Shea, chief of detectives for the New York City Police Department, said “sources” in Virginia, where the Farea sisters had previously been living, informed investigators that the two women had been in the United States for two to three years and would “rather inflict harm on themselves and commit suicide than return to Saudi Arabia.”“Everything that we’ve seen thus far is pointing to something other than a crime taking place,” Shea told reporters at a news conference Friday afternoon. “But we’re not ruling anything out.”Detectives believe the women may have applied for asylum in the United States after alleging that they were victims of abuse, Shea said.The medical examiner’s office will ultimately determine the causes of death as the investigation continues.A witness told police he saw the women in a park on West 158th Street in Upper Manhattan on the morning of Oct. 24, while he was out exercising. They were sitting about 30 feet apart with their heads in their hands and appeared to be praying, the witness said.The bodies of Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, were seen floating along the Hudson River that afternoon, police said.The sisters, whose bodies were loosely bound together with duct tape, were found lying on rocks near the river, fully-clothed, both wearing black jackets with fur trim and black leggings. There were no obvious signs of trauma, and detectives believe the women were alive when they entered the water, according to police.Their bodies are believed to have washed ashore with the tide and stayed when it went out, police said.NYPD detectives are checking to see if any surveillance cameras captured the moment Tala and Rotana Farea entered the river. They are also trying to determine whether either of them had met with any counselors or therapists in recent weeks, two police sources told ABC News.The Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in New York confirmed in a statement Tuesday that the Farea sisters were students accompanying their brother in Washington, D.C.Police investigators have traveled to Virginia, where they conducted various interviews with relatives and other associates of the Farea sisters to learn more about them. Shea has said those interviews are “unraveling” what was going on in the women’s lives before their mysterious deaths.Tala and Rotana Farea were, for a time, living with family in Fairfax, Virginia, but the relatives hadn’t seen them since Nov. 30, 2017, according to Shea.After raising allegations of abuse, the sisters were placed in a domestic violence shelter in Virginia in December 2017. They went missing from that facility on Aug. 24, which was the last time they were both seen in Virginia, Shea said.Through mostly electronic evidence, such as credit card transactions and ATM withdrawals, detectives have determined that Tala and Rotana Farea used various transportation to travel from Fairfax to Washington, D.C., then to Philadelphia and on to New York City, where they arrived on Sept. 1.Investigators are reviewing hotel and restaurant records, surveillance footage, electronic statements as well as eyewitness accounts to determine what the sisters were doing and where they were staying in New York City between Sept. 1 and Oct. 24, when their bodies were discovered in the Hudson River.It appears the sisters stayed at a number of “high-end” hotels, ordered at least two meals a day and went shopping, Shea said. Surveillance video recorded just a week before they were found dead shows the pair looking to be in good health and not in any distress. However, their credit card was “maxed out,” according to Shea.“There is a strong possibility here,” Shea said, “that money was running out.”Anyone with information about the Farea sisters is urged to call the New York City Police Department’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

6 people found killed in 2 homes in Tennessee; suspect captured

first_imgiStock/kali9(NEW YORK) —  A suspect was taken into custody after six people were killed in two separate homes over the weekend in Tennessee, authorities said.Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) responded to a home Saturday night on Charles Brown Road in Sumner County, where initially four people were found dead.A fifth victim was later found in another residence on Luvy Daniels Road, authorities said.Another person was found dead at the Charles Brown Road home, authorities announced Sunday afternoon. UPDATE: We are now confirming a sixth fatality in this ongoing homicide investigation. The body of a fifth victim was found during the ongoing effort to process the Charles Brown Road scene. Efforts to identify all of the victims remain ongoing.— TBI (@TBInvestigation) April 28, 2019The victims have not been identified. Another person at the initial scene was injured and transported to the hospital.Police identified a suspect Saturday and launched a manhunt in which as many as 150 law enforcement agents fanned out across the surrounding rural area to search for 25-year-old Michael Cummins. Authorities also warned residents that he may be armed.Devine said a search plane flying over the region spotted an individual in a wooded area and sent officers to the location.“He was found in a remote area very close to the scene where these events occurred,” Josh Devine, communications director for TBI, said Saturday night.Cummins was hiding in a creek bed and drew his weapon as the officers approached, authorities said.Police opened fire and struck Cummins at least once. He was later taken into custody and transported to a local hospital, police said.He is expected to survive.No officers were injured, authorities said.Cummins is awaiting charges for the alleged shooting, authorities said.The relationship between Cummins and the victims was not clear, but the investigation is still ongoing, DeVine said at a press conference on Saturday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Former Gunnison Star Among Weber State Athletes to Qualify For NCAA Regionals

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSACRAMENTO, Calif.-Five Weber State track and field athletes have qualified for the NCAA West Regionals May 24-26 at Sacramento, Calif., and among them is a former Gunnison High star.Kate Sorensen, a freshman who was a star hurdler for the Bulldogs, will be entered in the 400-meter hurdles this weekend at Sacramento State. Sorensen has already set a new school record for the Wildcats in this event, posting a time of 58.92 seconds.This is the third-best time in the Big Sky Conference this season and the 32nd best in the West among all Division I schools in the region.At the Big Sky Championship meet May 8-11 at Moscow, Idaho, Sorensen’s time of 59.21 placed her second overall in conference annals.Other Wildcats competing in this meet include women’s high jumper Abbi Brecht, a junior from Herriman, Utah, men’s 3000-meter steeplechase competitor Jordan Cross, a junior out of Ogden, Utah, senior men’s high jumper Anthony Gregory out of Roy, Utah and women’s 3000-meter steeplechase competitor junior Summer Harper out of Orem, Utah.The top 12 finishers in each competition at this meet will advance to the NCAA Championships June 6-9 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Written by Tags: Abbi Brecht/Anthony Gregory/Jordan Cross/Kate Sorensen/Summer Harper/Weber State Track May 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local Former Gunnison Star Among Weber State Athletes to Qualify For NCAA Regionals Brad Jameslast_img read more

HKS deepens commitment to public policy research in China

first_imgDean David Ellwood is leading a group of Harvard Kennedy School faculty members to Beijing to help strengthen the school’s commitment to the study of Chinese governance and public policy.The Harvard contingent will gather with a group of academics from throughout China at a week-long conference, “Challenge and Cooperation: How Can Rising China and Adjusting U.S. Manage Their Relations and Deal with Global Challenges,” co-hosted by the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Institute for China-U.S. People-to-People Exchange.The conference began with an inaugural Alumni Public Policy Forum on Jan. 13, which included a ceremonial signing of agreements to renew commitments to several training programs that have received acclaim from the Chinese government.Ellwood and other conference participants will take part in a series of commemorative events and panel discussions in Beijing throughout the week. The topics range from “Implications of New Leaders in China on U.S.-China Relations” to “Roles China and U.S. should Play in Promoting International Security.”last_img read more

Paper right to note Union College’s milestone

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Feb. 27 letter, “Why mention race in Union presidency?”: There’s a profound lack of understanding exemplified from Mr. John Metallo.The Gazette did the right thing in mentioning that Union College’s new president is the first African-American to hold that position. Why? Because blacks have been an oppressed minority in our history and it’s taking a long time to overcome and correct that history.So whenever there’s evidence that such is being done, we need to be made aware of it and applaud it. Apparently and sadly, Mr. Metallo isn’t able to acknowledge that reality and that history.Michael FosterNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectlast_img read more

Ex-Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere slams £27m William Saliba transfer and ‘ridiculous’ Wilfried Zaha offers

first_imgUnai Emery is keen to sign Crystal Palace’s Zaha (Picture: Getty)More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesAnd Aliadiere said: ‘It’s frustrating when you see a club like Leicester, who with all respect to them are a smaller club, spending £75m so far this summer.‘Yet Arsenal can’t seemingly afford to spend the money that Leicester can. It’s difficult to understand where the money goes.‘I remember when we moved to the Emirates and Arsene Wenger telling us that money will be tied up in the stadium for the next ten years so and that transfer fees will be a bit limited.‘But that has passed and the stadium has been paid off. Given that, you can understand the frustrations of the supporters when it’s reported that there is only a transfer budget of £45m.’MORE: Eric Bailly fearing for his future as Manchester United push for Harry Maguire deal Comment The Gunners are ready to spend £27m on Saliba (Picture: Getty)Aliadiere, who spent almost a decade at Arsenal but was permanently on the fringes of the first-team, has also been critical of the Gunners’ pursuit of Zaha.Arsenal have made Zaha their top target this summer but have so far tabled ‘ridiculous’ and ‘disrespectful’ offers to Crystal Palace, who value the Ivory Coast international at around £80m.‘There has been talk that Arsenal want Zaha, who Crystal Palace value at £80m and we were reported to have offered them half the money,’ the Frenchman added.‘If that’s true, it seems a bit ridiculous and could be seen as disrespectful to Crystal Palace.’Arsenal have been unwilling to meet Palace’s £80m valuation as they have just £45m to spend on transfers this summer unless players can be offloaded. Advertisement Arsenal’s move for William Saliba and pursuit of Wilfried Zaha has been criticised (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere has criticised the club’s move for William Saliba and the ‘ridiculous’ ongoing pursuit of Wilfried Zaha.The Gunners expect to announce the signing of teenage defender Saliba over the coming days after agreeing a £27million fee with Saint-Etienne.Saliba is set to undergo a medical at the Emirates but will immediately be loaned back to the French club before linking up with Arsenal next summer.Unai Emery is desperate to bolster his defensive options and Aliadiere cannot understand why Arsenal would spend £27m on a player who will not play for the club for a whole year.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Defensively is where Arsenal need to strengthen the most and they’re pretty close to signing the French Under 20 international Saliba,’ the former striker told 888sport.‘But I have heard they’re going to sign him then loan him back to France for a season so I’m a bit surprised they are spending almost £30m on a defender and giving him back straight away.‘I don’t understand that type of business.‘I’m not sure if right now we can afford to buy a player for the future, we need players to come in and improve the team right now because that’s where we struggled last year.’center_img Advertisement Ex-Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere slams £27m William Saliba transfer and ‘ridiculous’ Wilfried Zaha offers Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jul 2019 10:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShareslast_img read more

Unai Emery struggled to motivate Arsenal’s top players, admits Stephan Lichtsteiner

first_imgUnai Emery and Stephan Lichtsteiner spent one season together at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Stephan Lichtsteiner has been reluctant to criticise Unai Emery after his dismissal at Arsenal but admits the Spaniard ‘struggled’ to get the most out of the club’s top players.The Gunners’ dismal 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt last Thursday summed up their miserable start to the season and Emery was sacked the following morning.Freddie Ljungberg has taken charge on a temporary basis and oversaw the side’s 2-2 draw away to Norwich at the weekend.Though Arsenal have every confidence in Ljungberg succeeding as caretaker boss, it’s likely an external candidate will be appointed to steer the side out of their current plight.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT About Connatix V67539 Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Dec 2019 11:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link300Shares PLAY 1 min. story Advertisement Video Settings Rodgers has no interest in managing Arsenal for the time being (Picture: Getty)Brendan Rodgers has been heavily linked with Arsenal in recent days but the Leicester manager is determined to see out his project at the King Power Stadium.‘The message is clear and it has been and probably I’ll get asked again until they appoint someone, but it’s very simple. I’m very happy here,’ Rodgers said.‘I made a choice nine months ago to come here for a purpose.‘The purpose was very clear in that I wanted to help this club move forward and looking to lead it forward with a group I feel has huge potential. Why would I want to move from that?More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘OK, I moved after nearly three years at Celtic and people may look at me thinking: “Right, because a club like Arsenal, with the great institution and size, and all of that”.‘But it’s all about happiness and I couldn’t be happier here.‘My contract is until 2022 and the club haven’t said they want to release me from that.’MORE: Paul Merson reveals his biggest Arsenal ‘worry’ and urges Brendan Rodgers to replace Unai Emery Emery convinced Lichtsteiner to complete a free transfer to Arsenal when his contract expired at Juventus in the summer of 2018 and the veteran right-back spent one season in north London. Comment Ljungberg gives presser after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with NorwichTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:06FullscreenLjungberg gives presser after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Norwich is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The Switzerland international badly struggled for game-time towards the end of his stay but holds no grudges with Emery.‘When a manager doesn’t play you for two months it is easy to criticise. That’s not my style,’ Lichtsteiner told‘Over a long time it was really good, then the last two months [of the season] I didn’t really understand what had happened.‘Training was good, the team that we had last year was an amazing team, so it’s not my thing to speak bad about the coach because it is too easy now that they are struggling to say something against him.’ Advertisement Unai Emery struggled to motivate Arsenal’s top players, admits Stephan Lichtsteiner Full Screen Emery managed just four wins in the Premier League this season (Picture: Getty)Emery’s abilities as a coach impressed Lichtsteiner but his man-management skills left much to be desired.‘I’d say [he is] a good trainer, a good coach, but maybe he struggled with the top players,’ Lichtsteiner added.‘With the big players, he hasn’t maybe the relationship to bring more out [of them] and get the top performances.‘Maybe that point I can say [something] negative, but the rest was almost everything positive.’last_img read more