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SC to Law Commission: Regulate provocative speeches

The Supreme Court (SC) directed the Law Commission to look into the issue of hate speeches being made by leaders of political, social and religious outfits and consider framing guidelines to regulate such provocative statements.

  • The justice BS Chauhan bench directed the Law commission to draft guidelines regarding hate speeches by politicians before elections and give its recommendation to the Union Government.
  • The apex court passed an order on a PIL filed by an NGO, Pravasi Bhalai Sangathan, alleging that there is a need for guidelines as hate speeches destroy the fabric of democracy and violate the provisions of the Constitution.
  • The PIL had named Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh as respondents as the two states witnessed incidents of alleged hate speeches. It had referred to the alleged hate speeches made by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray and claimed that no FIR was registered against them in the state. 

The PIL stated that in Andhra Pradesh, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Akbaruddin Owaisi had allegedly made hate speeches and was arrested for them. Though, after being released on bail, he had again made similar speeches in Nanded, Maharashtra, it alleged.

Dr. Janumaddi Hanumath Shastry: Veteran Telugu litterateur passed away

Screenshot_9The well-known Telugu litterateur, Dr. Janumaddi Hanumath Sastry (90) passed away in Kapada town of Andhra Pradesh due to old age-related illness.

About Dr. Janumaddi Hanumath Sastry

Born: Rayadurg in Anantapur district on September 5, 1926.
Awards: Kavitraya Jayanthi Puraskaram, the Gadicherla award, Sarvadhari Ugadi Puraskaram, etc.
Authored books: Maa Seema Kavulu, Mana Devathalu, Rasavadghattalu, Bellary Raghava, Mokshagundam Visweswarayya, C.P. Brown Charitra, Dr. Ambedkar, Ganapati, etc.
For his contribution to Telugu literature, he was conferred with a doctorate by Telugu University Hyderabad.
Delivered over 150 talks on AIR and wrote over 2,000 articles for various magazines.
Organized C.P. Brown bicentennial celebrations in November 1998.

President’s rule imposed in Andhra Pradesh

President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee approved the Telengana Bill and on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet imposed President’s Rule in Andhra Pradesh. 

Why President’s rule imposed in Andhra Pradesh?

  • Due to the resignation of Mr. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy from the CM post of Andhra (to protest against the passage of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill to create a separate State of Telangana), the President’s rule imposed in Andhra Pradesh, as the State was without a Chief Minister and no party came forward to form the government.
  • President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee gave his nod to place under suspended animation the Andhra Pradesh assembly whose term is slated to end on June 2, 2014.
  • After President’s assent to the Telangana bill, appointed day yet to be published in the Gazettee of India.

About President’s Rule (Article 356 of the Constitution of India)

  • Purpose: To deal with the failure of the Constitutional machinery of an Indian state.
  • In practice, President’s rule has been imposed under different circumstances viz.State Legislature is unable to elect a leader as Chief Minister, Breakdown of a coalition, Elections postponed for unavoidable reasons, etc.
  • The President on the advice of the governor or on his own attains the right to dissolve the state government and its council of ministers, thereby impose president rule. The parliament must approve the president rule to come into effect. After the implementation of president rule, the governor heads the state and takes all the power.
  • When President’s rule is imposed, the assembly is either dissolved or kept in suspended. 

Excerpts of the Telangana Bill:

  • Telangana will have 10 districts and the rest of Andhra Pradesh 13 districts.
  • Hyderabad will remain the joint capital of Telangana and residuary Andhra Pradesh for ten years.
  • The Bhadrachalam division will continue to be with Khammam district which will be part of Telangana.
  • NTPC will construct a 4,000 MW power project in Telangana to solve the electricity problem in the region.
  • A petroleum university will be constructed in Seemandhra region while seats for Semmandhra students in educational institutes in Telangana will be reserved for ten years.
  • Article 371 D will continue for the both states to ensure equitable opportunities for education and public employment.
  • Telangana comprises 10 districts: - Hyderabad, Adilabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy and Warangal. 

Note: Till now, India consists of 28 states and 7 union territories. Soon, Telangana will become the 29th state of India, as it got approval from President of India.

Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned as AP Chief Minister

Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned from the post of Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and also quitted from the membership of the State Assembly and the Congress Party. Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan accepted the resignation of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and asked him to continue in office till alternative arrangements are made.

Why Mr. Reddy resigned from the CM post of Andhra?

To protest against the Congress and Centre’s decision to divide AP and the way the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill was dealt with in Parliament. Now, the formation of Telangana state waited for the formal nod of President, as the Telangana Bill passed in both Houses of Parliament.

Highlights of the Telangana Bill:
  • Telangana will have 10 districts and the rest of Andhra Pradesh 13 districts.
  • Hyderabad will remain the joint capital of Telangana and residuary Andhra Pradesh for ten years.
  • The Bhadrachalam division will continue to be with Khammam district which will be part of Telangana.
  • NTPC will construct a 4,000 MW power project in Telangana to solve the electricity problem in the region.
  • A petroleum university will be constructed in Seemandhra region while seats for Semmandhra students in educational institutes in Telangana will be reserved for ten years.
  • Article 371 D will continue for the both states to ensure equitable opportunities for education and public employment.

Note: Telangana will become the 29th state of India after the approval of President of India.

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