H D Kumaraswamy Appeals To The Rebel Mlas To Attend The Assembly Session On July 22

New Delhi: The drama in Karnataka is lingering on further with the ruling Karnataka coalition facing a crucial trust vote. However chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy made it clear that he was not holding on to power and appealed to the rebel MLAs who have “gone away” to attend the assembly session on July 22. The chief minister made it very clear that his only intention is of seeking time for debate on trust vote.

“At this juncture, I would like to appeal to such MLAs who have gone away from us to please attend the legislature session and narrate how the BJP took them away forcefully. I request them to explain on the floor of the House how the BJP sabotaged democratic edifice and destroyed its sanctity,” said Kumaraswamy in a tweet.

The rebel lawmakers hunkered down in a Mumbai hotel asserted they would not return and rejected allegations they were held captive.


Sheila Dikshit, Former Delhi CM, Congress Veteran Passes Away At 81

New Delhi: Three-time Delhi chief minister and veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit passed away at a private hospital here on Saturday afternoon after suffering a cardiac arrest, doctors said. She was 81. Dikshit breathed her last at 3.55 pm at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. She was appointed president of Delhi Congress a few month's back to revive the fortunes of the party in the city.

She was brought to the hospital on Saturday morning in "critical condition with cardiac arrest", a Fortis Escorts statement said. "A multi-disciplinary team of doctors, led by Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman of Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, carried out advanced resuscitative measures. Her condition stabilised temporarily. However, she had another cardiac arrest and despite all the resuscitative efforts, passed away at 3:55 pm on July 20, 2019," it said.


Karnataka Assembly Misses Second Deadline For H D Kumaraswamy Government’s Trust Vote

New Delhi: Drama in Karnataka continues as the Karnataka Assembly has missed the second deadline for the HD Kumaraswamy government’s trust vote that Governor Vajubhai Vala had set for the ruling Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition. Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, who had earlier tried to build consensus in the house on the timing of the vote, called it a day and announced that the discussion would continue on July 22.

Speaker Ramesh Kumar however made it clear that the House will wind up the motion on July 22 with a vote. The postponement left the coalition members jubilant and the BJP MLAs complaining.

For a brief moment on late Friday afternoon it appeared that the debate could be concluded on Friday itself after Speaker Ramesh Kumar said it was ‘not right to prolong’ the proceedings and proposed that the motion be put to vote later in the day.


India Calls On Pakistan To Immediately Release Kulbhushan Jadhav From Its Captivity

New Delhi: After the International Court of Justice verdict, India on July 18 called on Pakistan to immediately release Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row following his conviction on charges of espionage. India asked for a review of the former naval officer’s sentence.

The Hague-based top court of the United Nations declared on Wednesday that Pakistan had violated Jadhav’s rights under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, and called for an effective review and reconsideration of the death sentence given to him by a military court.

In a statement made in both houses of Parliament, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said Jadhav was innocent of the charges levelled against him and a forced confession without legal representation and due process wouldn’t change this fact.


ICJ Rules Pakistan Violated Jadhav’s Right To Consular Access And Called For A Review Of Death Sentence

New Delhi: In a major vindication in the stand of India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 17 ruled that Pakistan had violated former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s right to consular access and called for a review of the death sentence handed to him by a military court at an appropriate forum of Islamabad’s choice.

In a ruling seen as a significant victory for India’s efforts to prevent the execution of the 49-year-old, the UN’s principal court ruled that a continued stay of Jadhav’s death sentence was an “indispensable condition” for an effective “review and reconsideration” of his conviction.

Noting the review could be done in various ways, ICJ left the “choice of means” to Pakistan. The court, based in The Hague, Netherlands, said the review must be unconditional and lead to a result. It also called on Pakistan to take all measures for an effective review, including “enacting appropriate legislation”.