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Major News and Events of 16 October 2015

What Happened on 16 October 2015


17-member Indian athletics squad to train in Antalya

As part of the preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics, a 17-member Indian athletics squad will leave early Saturday for a 70-day training stint at the state-of-the-art training centre at Antalya in Turkey, it was announced on Friday. The squad comprises the national campers for quarter-mile event, 400 metres hurdles, and the 4x400 metres relay events for both men and women, according to a release from the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). A total of eight women, nine men and five coaches and support staff are part of the squad, with two more support staff and other athletes expected to join the Antalya training camp in a fortnight’s time. (Source: IANS)

Chakma-Hajong logjam: Arunachal students protest in Delhi

Hundreds of students from Arunachal Pradesh staged a protest rally here on Friday against the Supreme Court's ruling granting citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees from Bangladesh living in Arunachal Pradesh. The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) activists staged a march in the heart of the city holding placards which read, among others: "Is Arunachal dumping ground for foreigners", "If Arunachal is part of India, listen to the voice of Arunachalees" and "Despite China's repeated claim(s), we have shown our patriotism, now where do we go?" A series of agitational programmes, led by the AAPSU, have been organised in the northeastern state ever since the apex court ruled on September 17 that the Chakma and Hajong refugees should be granted citizenship. (Source: IANS)

Holy book sacrilege: Sukhbir Badal orders withdrawal of cases

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday directed police to withdraw all cases registered against people protesting against the sacrilege of the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, during the last one week. In a statement here, Badal said the sentiments expressed by the protestors were the "result of extreme provocation" and the government was with them on this issue. Sikh groups had protested the desecration of the Sikh holy book. At least two people were killed and nearly 70 injured, including police officials, on Wednesday in clashes between police and Sikhs near Kotkapura town in Punjab's Faridkot district, 230 km from here. (Source: IANS)

Enact central law to protect cow: VHP

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Friday asked the central government to enact a law banning cow slaughter. "To honour its commitment, public sentiments... the union government should not delay it (law banning cow slaughter) any more," Surendra Jain, the VHP's international joint secretary general, said in a statement. He also urged the Congress and other political parties to help ensure a complete ban. The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday asked the central government to consider enacting a law prohibiting slaughter of cows within three months. (Source: IANS)

Coal blocks case: Plea seeking summoning of Manmohan Singh dismissed

A court here on Friday dismissed the plea of former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda seeking summoning of former prime minister Manmohan Singh in a coal block allocation case allegedly involving firms owned by the Jindal group of industries. Special Judge Bharat Parashar rejected Koda's plea seeking summoning of Manmohan Singh and others in Jharkhand's Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block allocation case. (Source: IANS)

SP Jain in The Economist's top B-Schools

Two schools from India feature in the 2015 rankings of The Economist of best business schools in the world. They are IIM Ahmedabad, a 50-year-old legacy institution and SP Jain School of Global Management, an 11-year-old school. The ranking places the SP Jain in the company of Ivy League schools like Chicago Business School, Harvard, MIT, Sloan, Kellogg, Wharton and other great international schools. Just six weeks earlier SP Jain was ranked by Forbes as the 10th Best International 1 Year MBA in the world. For the last five of the 11 years, SP Jain has been ranked among the best schools in the world, a release from its Mumbai campus said. (Source: IANS)

SC strikes down National Judicial Appointments Commission

In a jolt to the central government, the Supreme Court on Friday struck down the constitution's 99th amendment and the NJAC Act as unconstitutional and void, restoring the collegium system for appointment of judges to the higher judiciary. In a "collective order", the constitution bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that the constitution's 99th amendment and the NJAC Act are unconstitutional and void. The constitution amendment and National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act were brought to replace the 1993 collegium system for the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and the high courts. (Source: IANS)

Voters defy Maoists, cast ballot in Bihar's second phase

Tens of thousands of voters on Friday defied the Maoists and stood in long-winding queues in the second phase of Bihar's staggered assembly elections. As many as 23 of the 32 constituencies where balloting is taking place is Maoist-affected. Around 20 percent polling was recorded on Friday during the initial hours. No violence has been reported so far, officials said. Voters queued up at many polling stations hours before the start of the polling and women were also seen standing in large numbers to cast their ballot. (Source: IANS)