1. Governor Invites Sena to Form Govt, NCP Dials Uddhav Thackeray

After the BJP declined to form government in the state, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has invited Shiv Sena, the second largest party, to stake claim to the government.

After meeting the Governor at Raj Bhavan on 10 November, state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil had said the party will not form the government but wished ally Shiv Sena good luck if want to go ahead with the Congress-NCP combine to form the government in the state. Meanwhile, NCP chief Sharad Pawar called Uddhav Thackeray to talk over government formation.

Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said the party does not want President’s Rule in the state after the BJP declined to form government in the state today. Chavan said newly-elected MLAs of the party will seek advice from the party high-command over its future political stand in the state.

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. Former Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan Passes Away

Former Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan passed away Sunday night at his residence in Chennai. He was 86. Seshan was not keeping good health for the past couple of years.

A 1955 batch IAS officer who served as the Cabinet Secretary, Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan was appointed the 10th CEC on 12 December 1990.

In 1996, Seshan received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for his role in cleaning up the electoral process in the country. He also unsuccessfully contested the presidential elections against KR Narayanan in 1997.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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3. Cyclone Bulbul Kills 9 in Bengal, Odisha; PM Modi Offers Help to Two States

Cyclone Bulbul, which made landfall between West Bengal and Odisha on Saturday, 9 November, left 9 people dead in the two states before losing steam and veering off towards Bangladesh as a deep depression.

The cyclone with wind speed of up to 125 km/hour left a trail of destruction with the homes and crops damaged in the nine districts of southern Bengal and coastal areas of Odisha, affecting around four lakh people in the two neighbouring states, according to the government officials.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up chief minister Mamata Banerjee - who spent the entire night at the special control room in the state secretariat – on Sunday morning and assured of all possible assistance from the Centre.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Cyclone ‘Bulbul’ Lands in Bengal Odisha; Normal Life Disrupted

4. Immigration Fraud: 6 Out of 8 Indians Held in US Sentenced to Jail

Six of the eight Indians, arrested in connection with the immigration fraud following the Farmington University Crackdown in the US in July this year, have been sentenced to jail, according to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The two others will be sentenced shortly. All the eight are originally from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

The Farmington University was set up by the ICE in Michigan in 2015 as part of its undercover operation to expose immigration fraud. Authorities claimed that international students had enrolled with the university through recruiters to illegally stay in the US.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. NSA Ajit Doval Meets Hindu, Muslim Religious Leaders Post Ayodhya Verdict

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval met a group of Hindu and Muslim ‘religious leaders and intellectuals’ at his residence on Sunday, 10 November, a day after the Supreme Court allowed the construction of a Ram temple at the site where the Babri Masjid once stood in Ayodhya.

A joint statement issued by Doval and the eminent personalities, including members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawrat, said, “Those attending the meeting were alive to the fact that certain anti-national and hostile elements, both within and outside the country, may attempt to exploit the situation to harm our national interest.”

(Source: The Hindu)

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6. Chhattisgarh Govt Sets up Panel to Probe WhatsApp Snoop Cloud

The Chhattisgarh government has decided to set up a three-member committee to look into suspicions that NSO, the Israeli company that owns the spyware Pegasus, held a meeting with the state’s police “two to three years ago” to sell the product.

The committee will also look into allegations that residents of the state have been subject to snooping, officials said.

An order signed by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel states that complaints have been “received that two to three years ago, the Israeli company NSO had made a presentation regarding their software to the Chhattisgarh Police”.

(Source: The Indian Express)

7. Sunni Board to Take a Call on 5 Acres by 26 November

A day after the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ayodhya dispute case, UP Sunni Central Waqf Board on Sunday said it will decide by 26 November whether to accept the five acres of land for construction of a mosque in Ayodhya allocated by the SC.

Board chief Zufar Faruqi told The Times of India that if it decides to take the offer, the board will take a call on the location where it wants the land to be allocated.

(Source: The Times of India)

8. Lawyers’ Strike to Continue as Meet to End Row With Police Fails

Less than 48 hours after they announced the suspension of their agitation against alleged police action during the Tis Hazari clashes, lawyers on Sunday, 10 November said they would resume their strike at all district courts in Delhi from Monday due to ‘failure of talks with the Delhi Police’.

A meeting between top police officers, members of the Bar Council of India and Bar Council of Delhi was held on Sunday in lieutenant-governor’s office to resolve the standoff that ensued after a clash between the police and the lawyers on 2 November at Tis Hazari court in the national capital.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: What Is Lawyers-Delhi Police Skirmish About? All You Need to Know

9. Railways Plan to Use Face Recognition Tech

Indian Railways is planning a complete overhaul of security at railway stations through the use of facial recognition technology backed by artificial intelligence to identify and nab criminals, a proposal which, one Internet freedom activist warned, could be a violation of individual privacy .

The national transporter’s security arm, the Railway Protection Force (RPF), aims to link the facial recognition system (FRS) with existing databases such as the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) to identify criminals who may be prowling railway stations.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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