Thu, Jun 29, 2017 | updated 05:53 AM IST

Protesters urge Centre to promulgate ordinance revoking ban on Jallikattu

Updated: Jan 05, 2017 15:24 IST      
Protesters urge Centre to promulgate ordinance revoking ban on Jallikattu
By Lomas Kumar Jha

New Delhi [India], Jan. 5 (ANI): The call for revocation of ban on Jaillkattu intensified just days ahead of the Pongal festival as a group of protesters in the national capital have launched a hunger strike asking the Centre to promulgate an ordinance so that the ancient sport is played again.

D. Prabhkaran, one of the protesters from Tamil Nadu, told ANI that the ban on bull taming sport has severely crippled employment opportunities.

"The Centre must bring in an ordinance to start the game which will benefit those people whose bread and butter is depended upon Jallikattu," he said.

He further said the Supreme Court's decision to ban the sport brings a bad image to the culture of Tamil Nadu.

However, the cold weather has played the spoilsport as many of them are facing difficulties during their agitation.

"Many people have been facing difficulties to resume the strike as the cold weather is affecting our health," said another protestor M. Suresh.

Earlier in May 2014, the Supreme Court banned the practice of Jallikattu, citing animal welfare issues.

The government later on January 8, 2016, passed an order exempting Jallikattu from all performances where bulls cannot be used, effectively reversing the ban.

The Supreme Court, however, in January last year refused to re-examine its 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for Jallikattu events or bullock-cart races across the country.

Jallikattu, also known Eruthazhuvuthal, is a bull-taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of the Pongal harvest festival. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], June 29 (ANI): The Supreme Court will today continue the hearing on the plea filed by a Kolkata-based woman, Sharmishta Chakraborty, seeking its direction to terminate her 23-week old pregnancy.

Full Story >>

Chhattisgarh: Two Maoists killed in MMC 'new zone'

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 02:42 IST     

Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh) [India], June 29 ANI: Two Maoists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district, for the first time in their "new zone".

Full Story >>

First batch of Amarnath pilgrims reach Baltal camp

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 23:31 IST     

Baltal (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] June 28 (ANI): The first batch of Amarnath pilgrims reached Baltal base camp in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], June 28 (ANI): Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday said that he welcomes NITI Ayog's suggestion of splitting seven units of state-controlled Coal India Ltd into independent companies to make it more competitive, however, added that no such proposal has been made.

Full Story >>

Lucknow [India], June. 28 (ANI): Ahead of the implementation of the Goods & Service Tax (GST) reform, the Uttar Pradesh Government is making all efforts to solve the problems faced by the trading circles for which it held a meeting with the traders on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Army Chief to visit Sikkim tomorrow amid Chinese aggression

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 22:27 IST     

New Delhi [India] June 28 (ANI): Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will start his two-day northeast visit from Sikkim on Thursday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], June 28 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of 31- year-old Sonu Sardar to life imprisonment.

Full Story >>

Trinamool to boycott GST rollout in Parliament

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 22:17 IST     

New Delhi [India] June 28 (ANI): The Trinamool Congress (TMC) party led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced to boycott the special sitting of Parliament on the midnight of June 30 to rollout the Goods and Services Tax (GST) where President Pranab Mukherjee will also be present along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], June. 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Israel next week is expected to meet Moshe, survivor of 2008 Mumbai 26/11 terrorist attack.

Full Story >>

Mandsaur (Madhya Pradesh), June 28 (ANI): One more farmer in volatile region of Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday committed suicide, taking the number of deaths in the state in past 18 days to 36.

Full Story >>

PM Modi's two-day Gujarat visit starts tomorrow

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 20:41 IST     

New Delhi [India] June 28, 2017 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reaching Gujarat on Thursday on a two-day visit to take part in various programmes in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Modasa and Gandhinagar.

Full Story >>

Dehradun continue on alert after incessant rainfall

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 20:24 IST     

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India] June 28, (ANI): The meteorological department on Wednesday continued its alert for 'heavy rains' in the hilly districts of Uttarakhand.

Full Story >>

MP: Lightning kills five in Dindori

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 20:24 IST     

Dindori (Madhya Pradesh) [India] June 28,(ANI): Five people were killed and one sustained injured after being struck by lightning in Dindori on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] June 28, 2017 (ANI): The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced handsome increase in allowances by allowing recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) on allowances with 34 modifications.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], June 28 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave an in-principle approval for disinvestment of Air India.

Full Story >>

Mayurbhanj (Odisha) [India], June 28(ANI): In a bizarre incident, four Home Guards, including a female cop were asked to kneel down with their hands up in punishment for wearing improper uniform in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], June 28(ANI): The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted custody parole to Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Ajay Chautala, a teachers' recruitment scam convict, to attend his niece's wedding scheduled today.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] June 28 (ANI): The Congress party on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi compromised India's security and sovereignty in the United States by keeping mum after Jammu and Kashmir was termed as 'Indian Administrated Jammu and Kashmir' by the U.S. government.

Full Story >>

Historic: PM Modi first Indian PM to visit Israel

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 18:50 IST     

New Delhi [India], June. 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Israel from July 4-6, at the invitation of his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], June 28 (ANI): Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday informed that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has also extended her support to Centre's nominee Ram Nath Kovind for the post of President.

Full Story >>