SC dismisses Sangma’s petition against Pranab’s election as President

The apex court dismissed a petition filed by former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma challenging the election of senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee as President. Chief Justice Altmas Kabir held that Sangma’s petition was not maintainable for regular hearing.

What was the issue?

Sangma had alleged that Mukherjee was holding an office of profit as the Chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute when he filed his nomination papers. This could make him ineligible to contest for the post of President. But the plea before the Supreme Court was dismissed by a majority of 3-2.

UAE announces two-month amnesty to illegal residents to leave the country, includes 45,000 Indians

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced two-month amnesty to illegal residents to either leave the country without penalty or regularize their visas. The amnesty will end on February 3. The gulf country has around 45,000 Indians staying illegally. To tackle this urgency Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi has requested states to arrange for free air tickets for those in need and who cannot afford the cost of travel.

As per the UAE government, the amnesty will apply only to those who have overstayed their visit or resident visas in the UAE and not infiltrators, who would be dealt like criminals.