The much-anticipated hearing in the Ayodhya Ram mandir- Babri masjid land title suit was adjourned yet again on Thursday till January 29 after Justice UU Lalit recused himself from the case, prompting protests and agitation outside the court.The Supreme Court will now constitute a new five-judge bench before the next hearing.Delay in getting accurate translations of the documents submitted as evidence was also the reason for the adjournment.In his order, CJI Ranjan Gogoi put an end to the speculation on why the matter had been sent to a Constitution bench, and affirmed his power as ‘Master of the Roster’.Senior advocate Rajiv Dhawan, who is representing one of the parties, raised arguments questioning the decision, arguing that former CJI Dipak Mishra had passed a judicial finding that there was no requirement for Constitutional bench.Dhawan also asked why CJI Gogoi had taken an administrative decision to set up a five-judge bench.CJI Gogoi, however, said that the Rules of Procedure of the Supreme Court allow the Chief Justice to take such a decision.”It is always open for the Hon’ble Chief Justice to decide, having regard to the various relevant facts and circumstances, which cannot be exhaustively laid down, to constitute benches of such strength that the Hon’ble Chief Justice deems it proper,” the court noted in it’s order passed on Thursday.It added that the CJI’s decision was ‘in no way contrary’ to the judgment passed by the former CJI.Dhawan pointed that Justice Lalit, who was one of the judges on the bench, had appeared as an advocate in 1997 for former UP CM Kalyan Singh in a contempt case arising out of the Babri Masjid demolition. Justice Lalit then decided to recuse himself from the case.advertisementThe CJI also noted that the Supreme Court registry was looking into the translation of the documents submitted as evidence for this case.The Allahabad High Court had examined 88 witnesses, with their statements running into 13,886 pages. As many as 257 other documents have also been taken on record, with all the original records totaling 15 trunksfull of documents.The court has noted that it is not clear at present whether the translation of the documents, which are in Persian, Sanskrit, Arabic, Gurumukhi, Urdu and Hindi, is complete.Meanwhile, politics and protests were brewing outside the court with the Hindu right wing groups questioning the delay in the hearing.A group of right-wing activists shouted slogans outside the Supreme Court premises. The activists, who sported tilaks, were bundled into police vans and detained.ALSO READ | Ayodhya title suit: Hearing adjourned to Jan 29, Justice UU Lalit exits caseALSO READ | Ayodhya case: Who is Justice UU Lalit, who recused himself from the hearingALSO READ | What is a constitution bench?ALSO WATCH | Blow by blow account on what led to Babri Masjid demolition
What’s This Mean For Everybody Else? Maybe Nothing The move could have significant impact on the emergence of other digital newsstands as well as other dotcom giants like Amazon that offer free mobile apps so users of devices like the iPad can make purchases directly from the Kindle app. While Apple has made more money selling devices than content and apps, requiring people to access more content from more sources on their iPhones and iPads would require more people to buy more devices, according to The New York Times. However, Amazon (and Barnes & Noble) may not face the same problems as Sony because they enable consumers to buy books directly from their sites, which wasn’t the case with the Sony Reader Store, according to Mashable. Apple, potentially Google and publishing industry home team Next Issue Media are all reportedly working on their one-stop shops for digital periodicals, while Barnes & Noble, Amazon and some of the digital magazine vendors, such as Zinio, are already offering a newsstand experience. Next Issue Media has said its storefront will only be compatible with Google’s Android system to start while some observers have wondered whether standalone newsstands like Zinio will maintain their independence or fold into iTunes once Apple launches its newsstand (Zinio says it has “no comment” on Apple’s latest decision). However, many of the digital edition providers say the steps Apple is taking won’t hurt publishers. Digital edition provider Yudu (which has tied its offerings directly to Apple products such as the iPad) says Apple’s new policy could actually benefit smaller and medium-sized publishers by offering a far larger audience through the App store than they could ever get through print. “This announcement will mark an improved user experience and allow for easier access to their chosen material, directly from the App Store,” says Yudu CEO Richard Stephenson. “The consumer will no longer have to navigate away from the App Store to third party portals and payment gateways.” Texterity is “relieved” with what it’s hearing from Apple. “What they’re asking is reasonable,” says Texterity president Martin Hensel. “We do a lot of b-to-b magazines and Apple is cool with us putting people through a qualification form. We do a lot of association magazines where the magazines come as part of the membership and Apple is cool with us verifying that someone is a member without having to go through the iApp process. The only time we have to offer the iApp process is when we’re selling a digital-only subscription or a print and digital subscription at a premium over print-alone.”Marcus Grimm, marketing director at Nxtbook Media, has a three-phase recommendation for publishers who want to develop Apple apps. “One, make sure your business plan can support giving Apple their cut, if it comes to that,” he says. “Two, publishers should also be working out their Android strategy, which is easier business-wise, though more complex technology-wise, with multiple versions to support. Three, this is yet more proof that publishers need to make sure their Apple investment is worth the return. Publishers can get their content on these devices effectively without spending an arm and a leg, particularly if Apple wants 30 percent of said limbs.” Apple has reportedly rejected Sony’s reader app from the App store for selling content within the app and letting customers make purchases outside the App store (such as within the Sony Reader Store, according to The New York Times). From now on, all in-app purchases have to go through Apple, according to Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading division. “It’s the opposite of what we wanted to bring to the market,” Haber is quoted as saying by The Drum. “We always wanted to bring the content to as many devices as possible, not one device to one store.”The news comes the day before Apple and News Corp. are supposed to debut News Corp.’s new digital magazine The Daily, and many observers predict Apple will use that opportunity to unveil a new subscription system. Publishers may now need to start paying Apple the 30 percent commission that’s always existed but hasn’t been strictly enforced. Publishers will also have to make sure all apps comply with Apple’s developer guideline by March 31.
ADC AUTHOR Congress could help start hundreds of infrastructure projects across the country by appropriating money to the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP), according to analysis the Association of Defense Communities released this week.“This ready-to-go infrastructure plan makes national security the first priority,” ADC writes in “Implementing the Defense Community Infrastructure Program: A Survey of Projects Ready to Enhance Military Value.”Congress created DCIP in the defense authorization bill to allow for DOD matching grants to state and local governments for critical off-base infrastructure needs affecting installations’ resilience and readiness.A national survey helped ADC identify more than 200 projects in 28 states that could be eligible for DCIP funding. The report describes the projects, which range from transportation and public safety to utilities and other joint services.The defense bill authorized up to $100 million for DCIP, but that would need to be officially appropriated by Congress.
Jhootha Kahin KaPR HandoutThe Panchanama Boys along with Rishi Kapoor are here as “Jhootha Kahin Ka” releases today. It has already become a talk of the town and is earning massive brownie points with the audience. With several Bollywood celebrities praising the film, trade experts are predicting good growth in box office numbers over the weekend.4 decades post the release of Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh starrer Jhootha Kahin Ka, this trailblazing comedy also starring Pyaar Ka Punchnama actors Sunny Singh and Omkar Kapoor aspires to earn box office merit for its comic timing, entertaining one liners and will give new direction to situational and witty humour in Bollywood.The family entertainer shot in Punjab, Mauritius and Bangkok last year, also stars Jimmy Sheirgill, Lillete Dubey, Rajesh Sharma and Manoj Joshi, and revolves around two students who are reluctant to return to India owing to their fascination for a foreign land, prompting one of the boy’s simpleton father to embark on a surprise visit, only to open up Pandora’s box of fabrications and hoaxes.The film is directed by leading Punjabi film director, Smeep Kang, the only director to have contributed 100 crores annually to the Punjabi film industry, and makes his Bollywood debut with this film.Producer Deepak Mukut states, “The film is being received very well in urban and rural centres and it is being appreciated by the audience for its’ apt comical content and casting.”Producer Anuj Sharma adds on, “We are confident of a steady run at the box office with the love the film is receiving across the country”Jhootha Kahin Ka is produced by Deepak Mukut and Anuj Sharma, under the banner of Shantketan Entertainments and presented by Soham Rockstar Entertainment. The film releases today.The film is currently sharing box office business with Kabir Singh, Super 30, Family Of Thakurganj, and Lion King
The Lambda Kappa Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha will hold their annual Kozy Kerchief & Kozy Kaps program at the Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. NE, on Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event will take place on National Make A Difference Day and consist of AKA members and volunteers creating, sewing and hand delivering head wraps for women and children undergoing cancer treatments at local hospitals.For more information, visit aka-lko.org/programs/kozy-kerchief-kozy-kaps