The long-drawn out legal battle in the Russian Court came to an end with the dismissal of the case. The case was fought with the intention of banning the Bhagavad Gita branding it as ‘extremist’ literature which would put it in the same category as Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Hindus in Russia won the battle when a Siberian court threw out the plea of Prosecutors in the Siberian city of Tomsk to ban the holy text.
With the BJP, Left and Team Anna disappointed with the government over the Lokpal Bill. The Parliament has extended its session till December 29, with the pressing demand of Anna the Bill be passed in this session of the Parliament itself.
An arrest warrant against the Vice President of Iraq, Tariq al-Hashimi, the crisis in Iraq has taken a menacing turn. Tariq al-Hashimi, a leading Sunni Arab figure, has alleged to have a role in ordering and funding the assassinations of the riaval Shiite bureaucrats.
A special cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which was met on Sunday, cleared the National Food Security Bill. The bill was cleared after a lot of prodding from the Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi.
The former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura was denied bail by the Delhi High Court in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. He was arrested along with the former telecom minister A Raja on February 2 of this year. Siddharth Behura and A Raja are the only two people who are still in jail as all the other 12 accused have been granted bail by the various courts.
US legislators have passed a $662 billion Defense Authorization bill which includes freezing of some Pakistan aid, imposing sanctions on Iran’s central bank, and approving the indefinite imprisonment of suspected terrorists.
After a meeting with the internet giants like Facebook, Google, Twitter etc. The Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said that there would be no censorship of the internet. The meeting was to suggest to the internet representatives as to how the social media could be used as a medium to empower the government and help the citizens of the country to reach out to the government. It was just last week that Kapil Sibal had met up with the internet giants and demanding that they remove any derogatory material from their sites and to also make sure that the uploading of such material is also stopped.
The passing of the Lokpal bill at the winter session of the Parliament which is proposed to end in less than a week, on December 22nd appears to be not viable as the deadlock over the Lokpal bill continues. In the all-party meeting held on Wednesday night presided by Prime Minister Manmohan Sigh consensus on the controversial issues could not be reached as all the major political parties stood by their stand on the key issues.