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Morning digest: Chidambaram says amending Article 370 is a fatal legal error, Supreme Court to hear Ayodhya case from today, and more

Congress leader P. Chidambaram.

Congress leader P. Chidambaram.  

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A fatal legal error, says P. Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Monday said the government cannot modify Article 370 by using another provision of Article 370. By doing so it made a “fatal legal error” and it would discover this in due course.

Gogoi-led Bench to hear Ayodhya case from today

A Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will commence hearing on Ayodhya appeals from August 6 on a day-to-day basis. The Bench decided to hear the appeals after it declared that the efforts to mediate a final settlement between rival Hindu and Muslim parties in the Ayodhya title dispute cases have failed.

Editorial | A wrong way to end: On J&K's special status

Jammu and Kashmir has been a theatre of muscular Hindutva nationalism, in the early decades in script and since 2014 in performance. Adopting a highly militarist approach to separatism, and shunning political process entirely since 2014, the BJP has now delivered on a promise it has long made, by abrogating the special status that Jammu and Kashmir had enjoyed in the Constitution through a combination of executive and parliamentary measures.

Bill for more Supreme Court judges gets Lok Sabha nod

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday told the Lok Sabha that judges in the higher judiciary should be careful about their observations in ongoing cases and should be pertinent to the case they are hearing.

Explained | President’s Order scraps its predecessor and amends Article 370

The President’s notification of the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order of 2019 of August 5 amends Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and scraps its 65-year-old predecessor, The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order of May 14, 1954.

Article 370: Congress Rajya Sabha chief whip resigns to protest against party’s stand

The strength of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha is down to 100 with two more resignations on Monday after Congress chief whip Bhubaneshwar Kalita and Samajwadi Party member Sanjay Seth resigned. On Friday, another Samajwadi Party member, Surendra Singh Nagar, had quit.

Explained | What the repeal of Article 35A entails

Included in the Constitution through a presidential order of May 1954, the provision is apparently based on the principle of safeguarding the interests of “sons of the soil”, apart from drawing strength through Article 370.

FM to meet auto, NBFC, realty chiefs

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold separate meetings with representatives of various sectors over the course of the week, following which the government will decide on the steps needed to bolster the economy, Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar said on Monday.

J&K Governor reviews security scenario, directs administration to remain alert

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday night reviewed the security situation and emphasised the need for constant alertness and preparedness to deal with any eventuality, after the Centre scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution which accorded special status to the state.

Assam villagers claim hardship in NRC re-verification

Amir Chand and his 18-member family reached Dergaon in eastern Assam’s Golaghat district at 5.30 a.m. on Monday for a re-check of their citizenship documents at a designated service centre for National Register of Citizens (NRC) at 9 a.m.

External Affairs Minister Jaishankar to visit China ahead of Modi-Xi summit

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will travel to China on August 11 on a three-day visit ahead of the second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in India in October.

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