Protest pays off
Vigorous protests on the social media and in streets by Mumbaikars, led by Shiv Sena and Mumbai Navnirman Sena, against four-day ban on slaughter and sale of meat have paid off. The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court which has admitted a PIL on the civic body’s order that the ban had been reduced to two days. The ban was imposed ostensibly to honour the sentiments of Jains during their fasting-festival period between September 10 and 18, according to TV and news agency reports. Since one day, Friday, of the ban period was over, the order would be applicable to only one more day.
Justice after nine years
July 11, 2006 was a deadly day for Mumbai. Several serial blasts in local trains had killed 188 and injured more than 800 commuters. A special court trying the case found 12 of the 13 accused guilty on Friday and one was acquitted. The accused were said to have links with the banned Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). The process of handing over sentences to the convicted is likely to begin on Monday.
Slip between cup and lip
As the saying goes, there’s many a slip twixt cup and lip, BJP has a taste of that bitter experience in Bangalore. Two weeks ago, the saffron party had celebrated the win of 100 seats in Bangalore Municipal Corporation elections for 198 wards, calling the victory a hat trick after civic poll successes in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. When everyone expected a BJP councilor in mayor’s chair, Congress and Janata Dal Secular joined hands to eclipse BJP. Its candidate Manjunath Raju lost to Congress’s Manjunath Narayan Reddy on Friday in the mayoral poll.