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Estranged bahu can’t make mom-in-law foot bills: SC




NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it was ethically wrong to rope in a mother-in-law and bind her through a court order to bear the educational expenses of her granddaughters when her son and daughter-in-law were estranged.

A bench of Justices SK Kaul,

Aniruddha Bose

and Krishna Murari dismissed a petition filed by a man fighting a domestic violence case lodged by his estranged wife but agreed with his counsel Prabhjit Jauhar that whether the man was able to meet the maintenance expenses of his estranged wife and daughters or not, it wouldn’t be proper to use his mother’s wealth to meet living and educational expenses.

The man had appealed against a Delhi HC order which said, “Since the mother-in-law admits that she would be willing to fund education of elder granddaughter who is studying in Durham University, to facilitate her obtain visa and process other documents to enable her study, the assets/bankstatements/I-T returns of the mother-in-law shall be used. The amount which is to be paid to the university would, from time to time, upon the fee invoice being given to the husband/mother-inlaw, be paid by the husband/ mother-in-law within the prescribed period. The fee of the second


shall also be paid by the husband/ mother-in-law.” Jauhar questioned the decision before


and asked whether it was proper to rope in mother-inlaw as a party in the case.

After hearing advocate

Harish Salve

for the husband and Trideep Pais for the wife, the bench said, “We notice observations of the HC order which seem to suggest that the mother-in-law is being dragged into the proceedings on account of her volunteering to fund the education of her granddaughters for first two years. We may observe that this is a voluntary act and the mother-in-law can’t be roped into these proceedings.”

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India’s Covid-19 caseload nears 60 lakh; recoveries cross 49 lakh




NEW DELHI: India’s Covid-19 caseload neared 60 lakh with 88,600 fresh infections being reported on Sunday, while the number of people having recuperated from the disease crossed 49 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 82.46 per cent, according to the Union health ministry.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 59,92,532, while the death toll climbed to 94,503 with 1,124 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, data updated at 8 am showed.

The total recoveries have surged to 49,41,627, and there are 9,56,402 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 15.96 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

The Covid-19 case fatality rate was recorded at 1.58 per cent.

India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and it went past 50 lakh on September 16.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 7,12,57,836 samples have been tested up to September 26 with 9,87,861 samples being tested on Saturday.

The 1,124 new fatalities include 430 from Maharashtra, 86 from Karnataka, 85 from Tamil Nadu, 67 from Uttar Pradesh, 57 from Andhra Pradesh, 56 from West Bengal, 54 from Punjab, 46 from Delhi and 40 from Chhattisgarh.

Total 94,503 deaths reported so far in the country includes 35,191 from Maharashtra, followed by 9,233 from Tamil Nadu, 8,503 from Karnataka, 5,663 from Andhra Pradesh, 5,517 from Uttar Pradesh, 5,193 from Delhi, 4,721 from West Bengal, 3,406 from Gujarat, 3,188 from Punjab and 2,181 from Madhya Pradesh.

The Health Ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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India, Japan naval exercise JIMEX-2020 begins in Arabian Sea




NEW DELHI: Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships conducted operations in close formation at JIMEX-2020, the 4th edition of India-Japan Maritime bilateral exercise.

It is being held in the North Arabian Sea from September 26 to 28.

The 4th edition of India-Japan maritime bilateral exercise JIMEX, which is conducted biennially between the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will be held in the North Arabian Sea from 26 to 28 September 2020.

JIMEX series of exercises commenced in January 2012 with a special focus on maritime security cooperation. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in October 2018 off Visakhapatnam, India.

Naval cooperation between India and Japan has increased in scope and complexity over the years. Advanced level of operations and exercises planned during JIMEX-20 are indicative of the continued upswing in Indo-Japanese defence relations and continued efforts by both Governments to work closely for a more secure, open and inclusive global commons, in accordance with international regulations.

JIMEX 20 will showcase a high degree of inter-operability and joint operational skills through the conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the spectrum of maritime operations.Multi-faceted tactical exercises involving weapon firings, cross deck helicopter operations and complex surface, anti-submarine and air warfare drills will consolidate coordination developed by the two navies.

JIMEX 20 is being conducted in a ‘non-contact at-sea-only format’, in view of COVID-19 restrictions.

Indigenously built stealth destroyer Chennai, Teg Class stealth frigate Tarkash and Fleet Tanker Deepak, under the command of Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, will represent the Indian Navy. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force will be represented by JMSDF Ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Ikazuchi, a Guided Missile Destroyer, led by Rear Admiral Konno Yasushige, Commander Escort Flotilla – 2 (CCF – 2).

In addition to ships, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, integral helicopters and fighter aircraft will also participate in the exercise. JIMEX 20 will further enhance the cooperation and mutual confidence between the two navies and fortify the long-standing bond of friendship between the two countries.

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Centre earmarks 30,000 central security forces personnel for Bihar polls




NEW DELHI: The Centre has directed deployment of about 30,000 central security force personnel for the conduct of the three-phase assembly polls in Bihar, officials said on Sunday.

The Union home ministry has directed that 300 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and the Railway Protection Force will be deployed for “area domination to ensure peaceful conduct of assembly polls” in the state.

The maximum 80 companies, as per an official order reviewed by PTI, will be drawn from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRFP) followed by 70 from the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), 55 from the Border Security Force (BSF), 50 from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), 30 from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police force (ITBP) and 15 from the RPF.

A single company of these forces has an operational strength of about 100 personnel.

“A total of 300 companies or about 30,000 personnel of these CAPFs and the RPF have been ordered to be withdrawn immediately from various units including from the borders and training for deployment in Bihar polls,” a senior officer said.

Polls for the 243-member Bihar assembly will be held in three phases– October 28, November 3 and November 7- and counting of votes will be held on November 10.

The Election Commission, while announcing the poll schedule for the state on September 25, had said that the electoral exercise will be one of the biggest elections globally to be held during the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation.

“Border guarding forces like the ITBP, BSF and SSB have also been asked to withdraw their units and send for the Bihar elections pool. Although, the ITBP is heavily committed due to the current situation along the LAC and the BSF against Pakistan on the western front, these forces could not be spared (from doing poll duty) this time,” a senior officer privy to the development said.

Officials have recently said that the home ministry is working on an “ambitious” plan to gradually remove border guarding forces- the BSF, the ITBP and the SSB- from internal security duties in order to strengthen protection at various frontiers of the country.

The internal security and conduct of elections task will increasingly be rendered by the CRPF that is designated as the lead internal security force of the country, they had said.

The home ministry, in the latest order, has said that the CRPF will be the nodal agency for the deployment of these central forces in the state and it will coordinate with the state agencies for moving these contingents in Bihar.

The EC had said voting will begin as usual at 7 am in Bihar but the period will be extended by one hour until 6 pm, except in the Left Wing Extremism affected areas, so that Covid-19 patients can vote in the last hour of the day.

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