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Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said that the AIADMK’s alliance with the BJP would continue for the 2021 assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. The AIADMK co-coordinator and deputy coordinator made the announcement at an event where Home Minister Amit Shah virtually inaugurated Chennai’s fifth water reservoir and a slew of other infrastructure projects, including the big-ticket phase II of Chennai metro rail. 

The AIADMK leaders emphasized that their alliance would retain majority seats in the assembly. 

While there were minor strains visible in the AIADMK-BJP alliance over issues such as ‘vel yatra’, the happenings on Saturday in Chennai and the grand reception accorded to the home minister by the AIADMK government was ample indication of the continuing alliance. 

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy and a handful of cabinet ministers and lone AIADMK MP were at the tarmac to receive the former BJP President. 

The road that leads from the airport to the hotel that Shah is halting in was lined with AIADMK and BJP supporters, waving flags and placards. Many had pointed out that such a welcome was unprecedented, given that Tamil Nadu had once established a political culture where prime ministers and senior leaders would even pay courtesy visits to the political supremos of the state.

This is to be noted that the AIADMK had allied with the BJP, as apart of the NDA to fight the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. 

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Pollution led to third wave of COVID-19 in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal to PM Narendra Modi | Trending News in India

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NEW DELHI: At a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday (Nov 24) said the high severity of the third wave of COVID-19 in the national capital is due to many factors, pollution being an important one, sources said.

During Tuesday meeting, CM Kejriwal told PM Modi that Delhi saw the peak of 8,600 coronavirus cases on November 10 during the third wave and since then, the number of cases as well as the positivity rate are steadily decreasing, the sources said. The chief minister hoped that the trend would continue in the national capital.

“The high severity of the third wave is due to many factors. Pollution is an important factor. The chief minister sought the prime minister’s intervention to get rid of the pollution caused by stubble-burning in adjoining states, especially in view of the recent bio-decomposer technique,” a source said.

At the meeting with the Prime Minister, Kejriwal also sought the reservation of the additional 1,000 ICU beds in the central government-run hospitals in Delhi for coronavirus patients till the third wave of the infection lasts in the city, the source said.

PM Modi interacted via video-conferencing with the Chief Ministers of eight states that are witnessing a surge in the number of coronavirus cases to review the pandemic situation.

Delhi recorded 4,454 fresh COVID-19 cases and a positivity rate of 11.94 per cent on November 23, while 121 more fatalities pushed the death toll due to the disease to 8,512 in the city. This was the sixth time in 12 days that the daily number of deaths crossed the 100-mark in the national capital.

Authorities reported 121 deaths due to COVID-19 on Sunday, 111 on Saturday, 118 on Friday, 131 on November 18, the highest till date, and 104 on November 12.

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‘Priyanka, Salamat not Hindu-Muslim for us’: Big verdict by Allahabad HC | Trending News in India

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Amid the growing debate over inter-religious marriages, Allahabad High Court on Tuesday (November 24) cancelled an FIR filed against a Muslim man by the parents of his wife. It is to be noted that girl had converted to Islam after marrying the man identified as Salamat Ansari. 

“Interference in a personal relationship would constitute a serious encroachment into the right to freedom of choice of the two individuals,” the court observed.

“We do not see Priyanka Kharwar and Salamat Ansari as Hindu and Muslim, rather as two grown-up individuals who – out of their own free will and choice – are living together peacefully and happily over a year. The Courts and the Constitutional Courts in particular are enjoined to uphold the life and liberty of an individual guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India,” said a two-judge bench.

Salamat, who hails from Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, married Priyanka Kharwar against her parents’ wishes in August 2019. Before the marriage, Priyanka converted to Islam and changed her name to “Alia”.

Also read: SC grants woman’s wish, allows her to go to parents instead of husband’s home

Priyanka’s parents then filed an FIR against Salamat, accusing him of crimes like “kidnapping” and “abduction to compel a marriage”. Priyanka’s parents also included the stringent POCSO Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act) in their complaint, claiming that Priyanka was a minor when she married.

“The right to live with a person of his/her choice irrespective of religion professed by them, is intrinsic to right to life and personal liberty,” the High Court said in its order, rejecting the arguments of both Priyanka’s parents as well as the Uttar Pradesh government.

Challenging the FIR, Salamat and Priyanka had claimed it was “prompted by malice and mischief only with a view to bring an end to marital ties, and that no offences are made out.”

During the hearing, the Allahabad High Court also said that the woman was an adult at the time of marriage.

Invoking the constitution, the two-bench court observed: “We fail to understand that if the law permits two persons even of the same sex to live together peacefully then neither any individual nor a family nor even state can have objection to relationship of two major individuals who out of their own free will are living together. Decision of an individual who is of the age of majority, to live with an individual of his/her choice is strictly a right of an individual and when this right is infringed it would constitute breach of his/her fundamental right to life and personal liberty as it includes right to freedom of choice, to choose a partner and right to live with dignity as enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution of India.”

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The court also clarified it was not commenting on the “the validity of alleged marriage/ conversion,” but was cancelling the case as no offences were proved and “two grown up individuals are before us, living together for over a year of their own free will and choice.”


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Cyclone ‘Nivar’ expected to cross Tamil Nadu coast on November 25, government on high alert | Trending News in India

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Severe cyclonic storm Nivar is expected to cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Karaikal and Mamallapuram on Wednesday (November 25). The India Metereological Department (IMD) said that the depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression on Monday and the weather system is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours. According to IMD, the weather system would intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours. 

A total of 30 NDRF teams have been pressed into service to take care of rescue and relief operations. According to IMD’s latest bulletin, the depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression and lay centered at 5.30 pm on Monday over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 450 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 480 km southeast of Chennai. 

“It is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours and into a severe cyclone storm during the subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry on November 25 evening as a severe cyclonic storm with a speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph,” the IMD said.

Cyclone ‘Nivar’ is expected to affect Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry as rains were forecast in the respective states and Union Territory between November 24 and 26.

Tamil Nadu government has taken several steps to minimise the damage caused due to the cyclone and the state government has asked the respective district administrations to remain on high alert.

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Isolated extremely heavy rainfall was very likely over Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Cuddalore, Ariyalur, Nagapattinam, Perambalur, Kallakurichi, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai and Chengalpattu in Tamil Nadu, and Karaikal and Puducherry in the neighbouring UT between Wednesday and Thursday.

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said that the local administration has drawn up a multi-pronged plan to tackle cyclone Nivar.


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