09 June 2020

9 JUNE NEWS : Send migrants home within 15 days, provide them employment: Supreme Court.Delhi Riots Chargesheet Skips Hate Speeches By BJP Leaders


09 JUNE 2020: 16 Shawwal 1441: Vol: 12, No: 228


Send migrants home within 15 days, provide them employment: Supreme Court


New Delhi :The Supreme Court Tuesday directed the Centre and states to facilitate the return of migrants to their home states within 15 days, starting today. The apex court, which had taken suo motu cognizance of the issue, in its formal order said Railways shall provide Shramik trains within 24 hours to meet the demand.It also directed state governments and Union Territories to formulate a scheme to provide employment to workers, saying their skills should be mapped. Cases against migrants for alleged violation of lockdown norms under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 should be withdrawn, the court said.The court further asked all the states to submit their detailed affidavits on schemes, job creation etc. and fixed the matter for further hearing on July 8.On May 28, the top court had questioned the Centre and states on the plight of stranded migrant workers and ordered that no fare should be charged for their journey home, and that arrangements be made to provide them with food. It had also directed that states share the bus or train fare of the stranded migrants returning home. It said while the state from where they set out shall provide meals and water at the bus station, the Railways should provide it during the journey.

SC asks govt to end prosecution of migrants



67% migrant labourers still stranded in India, says SWAN report on migrant crisis amid COVID-19


In its latest report on the migrant crisis in India, Stranded Workers Action Network(SWAN) said released its latest report on the migrant crisis detailing the conditions of stranded labourers in different parts of the country during COVID-19 lockdown. The report titled ‘To Leave or Not to Leave?’ discusses that during the lockdown, migrant workers have suffered throughout their journeys to their respective homes in absence of comprehensive government measures or efficient transport systems.On April 29 when the second phase of lockdown was drawing to a close, the Ministry of Home Affairs had issued its first travel order permitting movement of inter-state migrants. Inter-state buses were started on May 1 and soon after special trains (Shramik special) were being operated by the Ministry of Railways. Subsequently, MHA has issued at least eight different travel orders since then resulting in chaos, destruction, and deaths. The report reveals that mismanagement of information from the government has affected migrant movement across, with 67% migrants still stuck in the same place since the lockdown announcement whereas 33% of who had left in desperation, were carrying less than Rs 100 in their pockets.


Deaths in Shramik Trains: 3 Out of 4 ‘Fact-Checks' by PIB are Unsubstantiated: the wire


Recently, fact-checking wing of PIB posted multiple tweets declaring news reports on deaths of migrant workers in Shramik trains as false. PIB claimed that deceased persons were either suffering from pre-existing medical conditions or had recently undergone treatment. But the outlet did not provide any medical reports to support its claim.The deaths of four such labourers were claimed to have been caused by long-term illness. However, the family of the deceased persons gave different accounts to us than the one reported by PIB. In this report, we will give details of each of the four cases and present how PIB ironically missed facts in its fact-check. On 28 May, PIB retweeted a tweet by Spokesperson Railways where it was claimed that the child who died at Muzaffarpur railway station was already ill and was returning home after treatment from Delhi. Spokesperson Railways also advised against sharing unverified news. This was in response to a tweet by journalist Rana Ayubb where she had shared a link of a report by Hindustan Times on the death of the 4-year-old child.This news was declared as false and misleading by PIB in another tweet dated 26 May. The outlet said that the child was suffering from previous illness and only a postmortem can determine the cause of death.We spoke with Mohammad Pintu, the father of the deceased child, who said that neither was 4-year-old Irshad previously ill nor was he recently treated or undergoing any treatment. “We were sitting on the train from Delhi to Patna on the afternoon of May 23. Delhi govt had made arrangements for food and water on the train. We were also not charged for tickets. On the same night (May 23), we were given a little food (poori and vegetable) and a bottle of water at Lucknow station. After that, we did not get any help. The train was making stops at places where we could not find anything nearby. Water was also not available. All sixteen of us were hungry for four days. All the children were suffering from hunger, thirst and heat. We reached Patna on the morning of May 25, then got to Danapur and reached Muzaffarpur at around 10 pm. From 10 am to 3 am, we were waiting for a train or any transportation to Bettiah. There was no arrangement anywhere. In the meanwhile, Irshad lost his life.”Mohammed Pintu denied that his child had undergone any treatment recently. He said that Irshad was healthy, which is why he was travelling. A medical check-up was also conducted before boarding the train. There was no sign of illness. We also asked if his child had a postmortem. Mohammad Pintu replied, “We were hungry and thirsty and desperate to get home. We had 4-5 children with us. One was a 10-day-old child. I have a 2-year-old child. All of them were troubled by hunger. They were crying. For how long could we wait? One had already died which is why we refused for a postmortem.”


COVID-19: Central teams deployed in over 50 municipal bodies facing high case load


High-level multi-disciplinary Central teams have been deployed by Health Ministry in 15 States/Union Territories with more than 50 districts/municipal bodies that are witnessing a high case load and high spurt of cases to provide technical support for the containment and to facilitate management of COVID-19 outbreak.These States/ UTs are — Maharashtra (7 districts/ municipalities), Telangana (4), Tamil Nadu (7), Rajasthan (5), Assam (6), Haryana (4), Gujarat (3), Karnataka (4), Uttarakhand (3), Madhya Pradesh (5), West Bengal (3), Delhi (3), Bihar (4), Uttar Pradesh (4), and Odisha (5). Health Ministry on Tuesday said that these teams would address challenges faced by State/UT authorities such as testing bottlenecks, low tests/per million population,high confirmation rates, high testing confirmation rate, risk of capacity shortfall over the next two months, potential bed shortage, growing cases fatality rate, high doubling rate, sudden spike in active cases, etc.“3-member teams are composed of 2 public health experts/ epidemiologists/ clinicians and a senior Joint Secretary level nodal officer for administrative hand-holding and improving governance,” noted a release issued by the Ministry. This was announced after the 16th Group of Ministers meeting headed by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday.


Kerala: Decision to Bar Those Above 65 From MGNREGA Work Will Deprive 4 Lakh People


Kerala government has decided to bar those above the age of 65 from MGNREGA work sites and this could mean that ‘at least’ 4 lakh registered workers will not be able to work and get wages, Indian Express reported. Last month after work under MGNREGA was reopened, Kerala had set an age bar of 60 years for working on an MGNREGA site. Now the age bar has been revised to 65, which would still mean that around 4 lakh people could be impacted. ‘Sources’ told the Indian Express that a quarter of all MGNREGA workers in the state will not be able to work due to the age restrictions.The decision was taken as the state expects a spurt in COVID-19 cases and has followed the ‘reverse quarantine’ method of asking vulnerable sections of people to stay within their homes. Centre’s latest guidelines on the lockdown also urge elderly, pregnant woman and children below the age of 10 to stay within their homes, except for health or essential purposes.


Hiring plans for Q3 in India weakest in 15 years: Survey


Hiring intentions in India for the July-September quarter of this year are the weakest since 2005, said a survey on Tuesday which found that just five per cent of employers in the country are anticipating an increase in payrolls in Q3.Sectors which will lead the job market are likely to be the mining and construction, finance, insurance and real estate sectors, according to the "Employment Outlook Survey" by global staffing firm ManpowerGroup.The strongest hiring pace is recorded in the medium sized organisations followed by the large sized and small sized organisations, showed the results.From a region perspective, north and south regions indicate a more positive outlook compared to the west and east."Corporate India is rationalising its workforce in response to the economic slowdown. It is indeed a 'wait and watch' game as organisations are gearing up for the post lockdown era where they anticipate an upsurge in demand," Sandeep Gulati, Group Managing Director of ManpowerGroup India, said in a statement.IANS


Despite Centre's nod J-K 4 states to keep ASI monuments with places of worship shut


New Delhi: In view of prevailing COVID-19 situation, ASI monuments having places of worship will remain shut in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir despite nod from the central government to reopen them from Monday, officials said. In an order issued on Sunday, Union Culture Ministry approved reopening of 820 ASI protected monuments which have places of worship from June 8, but allowed local authorities in the states to take final call depending on the situation on the ground.PTI


Safety first: Mosques in Mumbai issue detailed guidelines for future community prayers


Mumbai: As religious places started to open after almost three months lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, religious institutions have begun to issue safety guidelines to devotees to prevent COVID-19 infection. Following the move, the mosques in Mumbai have issued a comprehensive set of guidelines for prayer goers for community namaz in the future. Lockdown 5.0 guidelines had allowed reopening of places of worship from June 8. According to a TOI report, as per the guidelines to Muslim prayer goers, they are asked to come to mosques after performing ablution (wuzu) at their homes, instead of using the common facility in the mosque. Also, people have been asked to perform only mandatory prayers (farz namaz) at the mosque, while other voluntary prayers (sunnat and nafl namaz) must be performed at home, etc. Imams from other city mosques have also backed the guidelines. Mirror Now


As Bengaluru eases lockdown restrictions, people choose religious places over malls


As Bengaluru opened up after the lockdown on Monday, citizens chose places of worship over malls and eateries. While the govt has mandated the Aarogya Setu app before the devotees and shopaholics get into places of workshop and malls the standard operating procedure was seldom followed. Malls have installed santiser dispensers and and disinfectant kiosks at the entry gate, however, barring Garuda mall, the malls were seldom seen to be asking for Aarogya Setu safety message. Masjid-e-Mammor that witnessed 144 devotees in the afternoon has pulled out the alternate taps in order to maintain social distancing. Temperature and phone numbers are noted at the entry gate before the devotees are allowed to enter the prayer hall. The devotees are asked to get their own carpets. While the capacity of the masjid is to accommodate over 450 devotees, the masjid committee has brought down the entry to 144. The markings have been put on the floor so that the devotees don't get close to each other.DECCAN CHRONICLE


Aligarh: Muslims express disappointment as guidelines do not allow entry of more than 5 persons in mosque at a time


Muslims in Aligarh have expressed disappointment on the state government guidelines allowing entry of only 5 persons at a time in mosques premises and demanded a review. They maintained that 50 people can be allowed for marriage why only this restriction of 5 people on Namazees.Shahar Mufti (city cleric) Khalid Hameed said, “its disheartening as there has been no change for us even after restrictions of entry to religious places has been lifted. We were under the impression that we would be allowed to gather at the mosque for offering prayers as usual”.These guidelines do not suit us, as namaz offering is a community event, he said."If 50 persons can be allowed in wedding ceremonies then why the number has been reduced to 5 at religious places," said Dr Mufti Zahid Ali Khan from department of Sunni Theology in AMU, adding that prayers at a temple can be offered individually, while the situation is completely different in case of their community.Khan said that the state government should reconsider their decision and modify it accordingly. The government can enforce strictness of maintaining social distance inside the mosque and directs the city cleric to ask the community members to bring their own mats when visiting the mosque for offering prayers."Five persons were offering namaz at mosques during lockdown too, hence nothing has changed for us," said Khan. He added that the aim should be to maintain social distance in view of Covid-19 pandemic.


Central, state minister spar over Kerala opening places of worship


A central minister questioned Kerala govt’s decision to open places of worship, eliciting a sharp response from the state minister, who then advised the former to check with the home ministry guidelines.V Muraleedharan, minister of state for external affairs, termed the Kerala government’s move to open shrines “hasty”, adding the move will endanger lives of devotees. Hitting back, Kadakampally Surendran, state temple affairs minister, asked Muraleedharan to seek answers from home minister Amit Shah, whose ministry gave directions to this effect.“It is sad the minister has no idea about decisions being taken by his government in Delhi. It is good for him to do some homework before attacking the state government. He is using all opportunities to portray the state in a bad light,” said Surendran, adding the state opened all shrines as per the directive of Central govt.Earlier, the union minister tweeted against the move, saying it will invite more trouble for the devotees.


Yogi’s Hindutva agenda hits meat industry badly as it remains shut since lockdown began


Lucknow:Does meat have a political colour? This is the question being asked by Muslims and people associated with the meat business in Uttar Pradesh. The answer seems to be in the affirmative because they believe the Hindutva regime, led by UP CM Yogi Adityanath, has wilfully disallowed mutton and chicken shops to function “because a majority of the people associated with this trade are Muslims.” The slaughterhouses and the roadside mutton shops are closed since March 20 when Janata Curfew was declared followed by Yogi’s three day curfew and then national lockdown from March 25. “It has been over 70 days since the mutton shops opened across Uttar Pradesh despite Central government’s guidelines that mutton, poultry and fish markets can open. The UP government follows the guidelines of the Central government guidelines in letter and in spirit but has overlooked this important sector for obvious reasons,” Hamid R Qureshi, a meat exporter, told this reporter from Meerut on telephone.But the politics of meat unfolding in this politically-sensitive cow-belt is not beef – but chicken, mutton and buffalo. “There is a Hindutva tradition for vegetarianism. We respect that. But the way political masters frown on meat and those dealing with this business is disheartening because it is weakening once flourishing mutton export business,” he said.He hit the nail on the head. The over two month long lockdown has surely impacted the buffalo meat export from Uttar Pradesh adversely. As the slaughter houses are closed, the consumption of meat even in the domestic market is almost nil.“There is no sale but there is an investment we incur as we need to maintain these cattle. No one is thinking about this cost which we are incurring,” he said.When ‘Unlock1.0’ began on June 1, UP govt issued an order saying licensed slaughterhouses will start functioning. An order regarding this was issued by District Magistrate, Lucknow bringing smiles on the faces of meat and chicken sellers.“Bhai, we will open shops from June 3,” said a meat seller in Gandhi market in Lucknow. “I have a license and the government has allowed us to operate,” he said.However, June 3 came and went and the shops did not open. An enquiry from Additional Chief secretary Awanish Awasthi drew a muted smile. There was no verbal response.It is not only the mutton but even the poultry industry in UP which has suffered massive losses. According to Poultry Farmers Broilers Welfare Federation, a national group for poultry farmers, there are more than 12 lakh families engaged in poultry farming in UP and their annual turnover is ₹ 250,000 million.


New norms for reopening mosques, churches in Karnataka


Karnataka government issued new guidelines to be followed by mosques, churches and other religious places, which reopened on Monday across the southern state under 'Unlock 1', an official said on Tuesday."The new guidelines specify do's and don'ts to be followed at all places of religious worship, including mosques, darghas, churches, gurudwaras, Jain, Buddhist and Parsi temples across the state to ensure hygiene and social distancing to prevent the coronavirus spread," state minorities and welfare department official told IANS.The do's include disinfecting daily mosques before and after offering prayers (namaz) and curbs on receiving Holy Communion during mass at churches to maintain cleanliness and ensure safety of the devotees."The old guidelines were to keep all religious places of worship shutdown during the extended lockdown since May 25 to prevent coronavirus spread across the state," the official recalled."The guidelines have been framed in accordance as per SOP of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Union Health and Family Welfare to contain the Covid-19 spread," reiterated the official.Wearing mask, washing hands with sanitizer before entering the place of worship and maintaining at least two feet distance are mandatory for all shrines.IANS


Rumours around another lockdown trigger panic buying spree in Uttar Pradesh


Rise in COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh as well as in the country has started fuelling rumours of another round of lockdown in the coming days, leading to panic buying frenzy in the state.There was a very low footfall even after majority of the shops and shopping malls opened up on Monday. However, grocery stores, book stores and banks witnessed an unusually high turnout of customers."We had customers making bulk purchases and when we asked them, they said that there could be another round of the lockdown soon because Corona cases are rising," said Aniket Agarwal, who owns a grocery store in Mahanagar area, on Tuesday.He said that people, apart from food grains, were buying dairy whiteners, baby foods, sanitary pads, diapers and ready-to-eat food in large quantities.Immunity products like Chyavanprash are also being stocked up by consumers along with sanitizers and hand wash.IANS


Delhi expected to have 5.5 lakh Covid-19 cases by July 31:  Sisodia


Delhi is likely to have over 5 lakh Covid-19 cases by the end of July and 80,000 beds would be needed to accommodate the infected patients, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday, a day after L-G Anil Baijal revoked the AAP govt’s order to reserve beds in Delhi govt hospitals for its residents. “Till June 15, there will be 44,000 COVID-19 cases and we would need 6,600 beds.“We would hit one lakh cases and would require 15,000 beds by June 30. “Till July 15, the cases would mount to 2.5 lakh and we would require 33,000 beds and till July 31, there will be 5.5 cases and we would need 80,000 beds,” Sisodia told reporters after a meeting that was called to discuss if there was community transmission of Covid-19 cases in the national capital.HT


Mumbai, With 51,100 Coronavirus Cases, Crosses Wuhan


Mumbai, the country's financial, art and entertainment capital, today crossed 51,000 coronavirus cases – around 700 more than China's Wuhan, where the global pandemic first surfaced in December. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wuhan is 50,333, including 3,869 fatalities. Maharashtra, the country's biggest coronavirus hotspot, meanwhile, stands at 90,000 cases, way ahead of the 84,000-plus cases in China.The state's s total of 90,787 includes the 42,638 people who have already recovered from the highly infectious disease.


 Delhi CM Kejriwal tests negative for Covid-19


 The total number of coronavirus cases in India has jumped to 268,139, while 7,487 people have died from the disease so far. Maharashtra has recorded a tally of 88,528, which is more than China's. In Mumbai alone, there are over 50,000 cases of Covid-19. India is better positioned in the fight against Covid-19 compared to other countries but there is no space for complacency, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday. People need to be "more disciplined in Covid-19 appropriate behaviour" with the country having entered "Unlock 1.0 phase" after over two months of lockdown, added Vardhan.Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has tested negative for coronavirus. The 51-year-old chief minister on Sunday complained of sore throat and mild fever, and cancelled all his meetings thereafter. Kejriwal did not take part in any meetings on Monday.


Jyotiraditya Scindia and mother test positive for coronavirus, admitted to Delhi hospital


BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and his mother Madhavi Raje Scindia have tested positive for coronavirus and have been admitted to Max Hospital in south Delhi’s Saket.Jyotiraditya Scindia and his mother Madhavi Raje Scindia both have tested positive for coronavirus. BJP leader have been admitted to Max Saket for the last 4 days after Jyotiraditya Scindia developed symptoms of coronavirus.While Jyotiraditya Scindia has showed symptoms of coronavirus, his mother remains asymptomatic. Both of them are now undergoing treatment at the private hospital in Delhi.Earlier, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had also showed symptoms of coronavirus and was admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon. Sambit Patra was discharged on Monday.


Amit Shah: On Corona, we may have fallen short (but) what did Opposition do?


Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Monday that the government may have made a “mistake (galti)” or “fallen short (kam pad gaye honge)” while dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak and the ensuing migrant workers’ crisis, but its commitment (nishtha) was clear.Saying that the Narendra Modi government had announced a package of Rs 1,70,000 crore, he asked the Opposition what it had done. Shah was addressing a virtual rally for Odisha from New Delhi.


People in quarantine centre at Kashmir Islamic University ‘steal’ ID cards, clothes other things


 As the hostels of Islamic University of Science and Technology, Kashmir were being used as a quarantine facility by the administration, many students of the university have alleged that their belongings including electronic items, clothes, ID cards, documents, pen drives among other things have gone missing from their cupboards.Not only this, but the girl students also alleged that their phone numbers mentioned in their ID cards kept in their hostel drawers, were leaked and they have been getting calls from strangers since then.The hostels were converted into a quarantine facility around two months ago. Since then, many suspected Covid-19 patients had stayed in the hostels.“When I went to my hostel accommodation, I found my drawer was broken and my ID card was missing. I used to get calls from many people who were in quarantine which forced me to change my phone number,” said a student of the university.“Even my headphones and pen drives containing my pictures were stolen. The person who had stolen it could even misuse my pictures,” she added.The students accused the university administration of mismanagement while handing over the two hostels –H1 and H2 –of the varsity to district administration of Pulwama for administrative quarantine purposes. The two hostels have around 100 rooms.A student of the Jammu division studying at IUST said that the university did not inform them before handing over the hostel rooms for quarantine purposes.“When we came to know that the hostels were being used as quarantine centres, we called the authorities who assured us that our belongings would remain safe,” she said.The students were given 2 days to collect their belongings from the hostels.


Coronavirus | Validity of motor vehicle documents extended till Sept. 30


The govt on Tuesday announced further extension till Sept.30 for validity of motor vehicle documents, including driving license and vehicle fitness, in view of COVID-19 pandemic.Earlier, Centre through an advisory on March 30 announced the extension of the validity of fitness, permit (all types), driving license, registration or any other concerned document till June 30.“Given the current circumstances to avoid hardships being faced by transporters and citizens, State governments are further advised that these documents be considered valid till Sept.30 for enforcement purpose,” Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari said.PTI


Harvard study says COVID-19 may have hit Wuhan in Aug, 2019; China calls it ‘incredibly ridiculous’


China on Tuesday dismissed as “incredibly ridiculous” a Harvard study, which pointed to a surge in traffic outside Wuhan hospitals from August 2019 suggesting that the coronavirus hit the area far earlier than reported. A whitepaper on coronavirus released by China on Sunday said the virus was first noticed on Dec.17 and Chinese virologists confirmed human-to-human transmission on January 19, prompting authorities to impose lockdown of Wuhan from Jan.23.US President Donald Trump and leaders of several countries have accused China of not being transparent in reporting deadly disease, leading to huge human casualties and economic crisis across the world.The new study by Harvard researchers says satellite images show an increase in traffic outside five hospitals in Wuhan from late August to December.The traffic spike coincided with a rise in online searches for information on symptoms like “cough” and “diarrhoea”.China said the study was “ridiculous” and based on “superficial” information, BBC reported. It is believed that the virus first appeared in China sometime in November. PTI


US employers laid-off 7.7 million workers in April


US employers laid-off 7.7 million workers in April — a sign of how deep the economic hole is as offices, restaurants, stores and schools are re-opening after being shuttered because of the coronavirus.The Labor Department also said in a Tuesday report that job openings plummeted and hiring all but disappeared in April. The number of available jobs fell 16% from March to 5 million. Hires declined 31% to 3.5 million.The grim April — which followed an bleaker March with 11.5 million layoffs — suggests that the economy could take time to recover nearly a decade’s worth of gains that vanished in two months.AP



Delhi Riots Chargesheet Skips Hate Speeches By BJP Leaders


New Delhi: The latest chargesheet filed in connection with the Delhi riots has made no mention of incendiary speeches by BJP leaders and laid the blame squarely on those protesting against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA at the time. In a 2,000-word chronology of events -- starting from December 13 and continuing till February 25 -- the police have nowhere mentioned the hate speeches by BJP leaders including Kapil Mishra.The document only mentions the role of the protesters, students of Jamia Milia University, those gathered at Shaheen Bagh and other places where protests against CAA were on.Kapil Mishra, known for his communal and incendiary tweets, had led a rally on Feb.23 in favour of CAA in Delhi's Maujpur area. The spot was near Jaffrabad, where a protest was on. At the rally, he gave an "ultimatum" to the Delhi Police to clear the roads in the area, Else, he said, they would have to hit the streets. Hours later, clashes had broken out between the two groups, which spiraled over the next few days. Around 50 people, most of them Muslims, died in the violence. Kapil Mishra's comments had drawn a barrage of criticism and the Delhi High Court questioned the police over their inaction against him and the other leaders and ordered that cases be registered against him, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma.In one of the hearings, Justice S Muralidhar had been furious and asking the police: "Why shouldn't there be an FIR against these four BJP leaders... including Union Minister, MP and MLA? You showed alacrity in registering FIRs for damages to property and arson. Why aren't you registering it for these speeches? Don't you even want to acknowledge the presence of a crime?"The judge was transferred soon after, which led to another controversy.Going by FIRs and arrests made by the police so far, the conspirators are activists or Muslim student leaders linked to anti-CAA protests.So far, the police have filed 783 FIRs and 70 chargesheets in the riots cases. More are expected in the coming days in view of the 90-day deadline.


Police chargesheet says Shahrukh Pathan part of riots’ conspiracy


Shahrukh Pathan, who was seen aiming a gun at a policeman during the riots in Delhi in February, along with four others has been found to be a part of a deep-rooted conspiracy which triggered the communal riot at Maujpur Chowk. The investigating agency will be submitting chargesheets before the courts on Tuesday, including the one which pertains to the alleged role of Pathan and others in the riots.On Tuesday, the investigating agency will file three chargesheets in three different cases before various courts. 3 cases are: Maujpur Chowk riot case, Kardampuri Pulia riot case and the Kardampuri government dispensary riot case.In the Maujpur Chowk riot case, the police found that on February 24 at about 11 a.m., two groups clashed at the chowk.IANS


Police brutality on Jamia students is ‘utter falsehood’: Delhi Police to HC


Delhi Police, in a counter-affidavit submitted to the Delhi High Court, denied allegations of brutality on students of Jamia Millia Islamia in December, calling the claims ‘utter falsehood’.The response dismissed the need for a special investigation into the police action which triggered large criticism from around the globe. “The petitioners have not placed true and correct facts of incidents dated 13.12.2019 and 15.12.2019 and have created a patently false and fabricated picture of police brutality,” affidavit filed by Rajesh Deo, DCP, Crime Branch, said.“The averments by the petitioner, which are nothing but a mere hearsay, that there was a ‘police brutality’ is an utter falsehood and ought not be believed by this honorable court,” the affidavit reads. Delhi Police also told the HC that “the incidents were violent and the crowd involved in the incidents was riotous”.Visuals of police action made huge outcry last winter triggering masses to join anti-CAA protests in solidarity.“It is very disappointing to know the response of Delhi police in which they said that there is no need for investigation in Jamia police violence”, says Nabila Hasan, who filed the public interest litigation on behalf of students.“It is the principle of law that a person cannot be a judge in its own cause. In Jamia violence, accused persons are Delhi Police. Technically they should not investigate this matter” Nabila told Maktoob. The university officials, students, and alumni association had filed separate police complaints against brutal action of unruly policemen who beat students and damaged university property. Police, however, are yet to register an FIR in the matter.“How can police deny their action which has visual evidence and which made grave injuries and trauma to students,” ask Fadil Abdulla,a student of Psychology in Jamia Millia.


Delhi riots: Jamia committee, ‘mob led by women’ among accused in cop’s murder case


 Delhi Police on Monday filed four chargesheets in cases related to the communal riots which took place in northeast Delhi in February this year, including for the murder of their head constable Rattan Lal. These are the first chargesheets to be filed in the four respective cases.In the chargesheet in the Rattan Lal murder case, the police have said: “the north-east riots were not impromptu but were conspired with an intent to create communal strife, to malign the image of the country under garb of democratically opposing CAA”.“Investigation has revealed that the protest site (where Lal was killed) was managed by the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC),” the police said in the above chargesheet. JCC, meanwhile, denied all charges, saying the allegations are baseless.


Delhi riots probe: Lawyers slam police for invoking UAPA


New Delhi: Women stand beside charred remains of vehicles and vandalised properties at Shiv Vihar in Northeast Delhi, Monday, March 2, 2020. The riots in areas like Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Gokalpuri, Khajuri Khas, Bhajanpur and few others have left over 40 people dead and more than 200 injured. Replying to a basis question, “Can Anti-CAA protesters be charged under UAPA?”. Pracha said, “Absolutely not, there is no provision”.Supporting his claim, he said that even if a layman reads Section 15 of the UAPA, it will be clear that the act cannot be attracted on such type of cases.Senior Advocate of Supreme Court, Colin Gonsalves also said that UAPA cannot be invoked in such cases as the law is used against someone who is engaged in some kind of a terrorist offence.He added, “CAA protestors are not even engaging in fiery speech. They’re simply saying that CAA and NRC is illegal, it should be scrapped”.


Bombay High Court asks Arnab Goswami to appear before Mumbai Police tomorrow


Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami to appear before Mumbai Police on June 10 for interrogation while hearing a petition by the journalist seeking quashing of 2 FIRs filed against him at Pydhonie and NM Joshi Marg police stations. The bench directed Goswami to appear at NM Joshi Marg police station.A division bench of Justices Ujjal Bhuyan and Riyaz Chagla heard through videoconferencing a criminal writ plea filed by Goswami through advocate Madhavi Doshi seeking various reliefs, including quashing of 2 FIRs filed against him on April 22 and May 2. Goswami sought exemption from appearing before the police for interrogation, which was denied.


Iqbal Mirchi case: NBWs issued against wife, sons


Enforcement Directorate has secured non-bailable warrants from a special Mumbai court against Hajra Memon, wife of drug dealer Iqbal Mirchi, who died in UK in 2013, and their two sons, Asif and Junaid, in a money laundering case. The agency had earlier filed a chargesheet and moved an application for issuance of warrants against them. “The special court has issued open ended warrants against Hajra Memon, Asif and Junaid,” said an official.The accused persons are currently in UK. Based on the chargesheet and the non-bailable warrants, the ED can now approach the Interpol for issuance of Red Notices against them and, through the diplomatic channels, also seek their extradition. In Dec.2019, ED had attached assets currently worth ₹600 crore in the case.


Irfan Pathan: Discrimination due to faith is racism as well


Former India pacer Irfan Pathan on Tuesday spoke out on debate around racism and said “it is not just restricted to the skin colour” and that a person could also face be racial abuse on the basis of his/her religion.“Racism is not restricted to the colour of the skin.Not allowing to buy a home in a society just because u have a different faith is a part of racism too,” Pathan wrote on Twitter.“It is an observation and I don’t think anyone can deny this,” Pathan told PTI explaining his tweet. In the wake of Floyd’s death, several international cricketers have come out and spoken on the issue of racism in the game.


Two Chhattisgarh policemen arrested for allegedly selling arms to naxals


Raipur :An assistant sub inspector and a head constable of the Chhattisgarh Police, posted in Sukma district, were arrested on Monday for allegedly helping supply ammunition to Maoists. The police have formed a SIT, headed by Sukma’s ASP, to investigate the incident, officials said. On June 4, based on a tip-off, police had intercepted two men carrying around 400 rounds of SLR ammunition from Sukma. In the course of the subsequent investigation, they arrested two more people from Kanker. “The two men from Kanker had links with maoist rebels in the area. Call records show them speaking to area committee leader Darshan Pedda. When we were interrogating them, they led us to the policemen,” Bastar IG P Sundaraj said.He added, “Both policemen — head constable Subhash Singh and ASI Anand Jatav — were posted at the the police lines in Sukma. We are investigating further.”


2 held ‘spying’ for ISI, say Rajasthan Police


Days after two Pakistani diplomats were expelled for spying, the Military Intelligence and Rajasthan Police on Monday arrested 2 people suspected of spying for Pakistani intelligence agency ISI, officials said. 2 have been booked under Section 3 (spying) of Official Secrets Act, 1923.Confirming the arrests, Rajasthan’s Additional Director General (Intelligence), Umesh Mishra said the two – Vikas Tilotia and Chiman Lal – worked in Sri Ganganagar and Bikaner, respectively.According to the police, Tilotia worked as a civil defence personnel (tradesman) at Field Ammunition Depot in Ganganagar. Lal was employed as a contract worker at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Bikaner. Both are crucial defence facilities.


Gujarat: Massive locust attack possible in June-end or July, agriculture dept begins preparations


Gujarat agriculture department has begun high-scale preparations to control a possible massive locust attack on the state’s border and coastline by the end of June or the beginning of July. The preparations started after a warning was received from the Locust Control Office of the Union government in this regard. State officials said that as per the warning, the regions that may come under the locust attack include Banaskantha, Kutch, Patan, Morbi, Jamnagar and Devbhoomi Dwarka.


Journalists’ Union Condemns Vinod Dua FIR, ‘Continuing Harassment of Journalists'


New Delhi: Indian Journalists’ Union (IJU) has condemned police action against journalists Vinod Dua,Vivek Mishra and Ajay Bhadauria. In a statement issued, IJU said that it sees the filing of FIRs against the three “as an attack on free speech and expression and an obvious intimidation of media”.An FIR was registered last week against Dua based on a complaint filed by Naveen Kumar, a spokesperson of the Bhartiya Janata Party. The complaint has alleged that Dua has engaged in ‘fake news marketing’ through his news show on the YouTube channel HW news.Bhadauria and Mishra were booked by the district administration in Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur. Bhadauria had tweeted about the closing down of a community kitchen in the area and Mishra had reported on dysfunctional cowsheds.



Muslim Men Burnt Alive For Cow Slaughter? No, It’s a Magic Show


Social media is abuzz with a video showing chained men passing through live fire in front of a huge crowd. The claim along with the video states that the men in the video are being punished for cow slaughter.However, we at WebQoof found that the video is as old as 2008 and contrary to the claims, is from a magic show organised at Malappuram Kottapadi stadium in Kerala.The aforementioned video is being circulated with a claim that four Muslim men in India were burnt alive after being suspected of cow slaughter.“Extremists who have taken over India believe that cows are holier than a human being,” the claim reads.The video is being circulated on Facebook and Twitter with the same false claim.THE QUINT WEBQOOF


Zakir Naik extends support of Muslim community to Black Lives Matter movement


As the anti-racism protests, triggered by the death of George Floyd, spread outside United States, the Black Lives Matter movement is fast becoming a rallying point for those who want to raise issues of oppression of people belonging to different faiths and races.The latest entrant is televangelist preacher Zakir Naik, who is living in Malaysia even as Indian security agencies have sought his extradition saying the radical Islamic preacher is wanted on charges of alleged money laundering and delivering hate speeches.Naik ,who runs the channel Peace TV and has millions of followers worldwide, has pledged support of the Muslim community to the Black Lives Matter movement. In a statement issued on Monday, Naik said all Muslims should be part of the struggle of the “black brothers and sisters in America and worldwide, who are angry and grieving and fighting for their rights.”“As Muslims, we should know that our fight for justice is meaningless if it does not call for an end to oppression for people of all faiths and races.”Quoting extensively from the Quran, Naik has attempted to widen the debate on racism saying Floyd’s death is not just an example of shocking cruelty of the police and atrocities against black people. “Bigotry is not just a product of white supremacy,” he said .


Maktoob journalist Shaheen Abdulla, wins Delhi Minorities Commission Award


Maktoob journalist Shaheen Abdulla won Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) Award in the print and electronic media category on Monday.“Shaheen is a committed young journalist of substance and promise,” the award committee said. Shaheen, a multimedia journalist has been working at Maktoob as Creative Editor for 2 years. Shaheen’s ground reports on anti-CAA protests in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi Pogrom received the recognition.Shaheen has directed a documentary on NRC in Assam, ‘In a state of doubt’ and the documentary received wide comments and discussion across India. Senior Urdu journalist Masoom Muradabadi, Qurban Ali (ex BBC journalist) columnist and author Humra Quraishi, Mahthab Alam (The Wire) and Aditya Menon (The Quint) also won DMC awards in print and electronic media category. Activist Teesta Setalvad received a lifetime achievement award by DMC for her outstanding contribution to the human rights in India. Farah Naqvi, AC Michael, Armeet Singh, Adv.Mahmood Pracha and Quill Foundation won DMC awards in human rights category. Adv. Abu Bakr Sabbaq, Reena Charles, Adv. D.S. Bindra, Dr. Anju Jain, Rehab Foundation and Ovais Sultan Khan are among the DMC awardees in the community service category.maktoobmedia



Indian, Chinese Troops Mutually Pull Back From Most Ladakh Areas: Sources


New Delhi: Indian and Chinese troops have begun mutual disengagement in some parts of eastern Ladakh ahead of the next round of military talks scheduled tomorrow, government sources said on Tuesday.Top military talks are to be held in the 'Hot Springs' area of eastern Ladakh on Wednesday.Sources say ahead of the talks, a "significant" number of Chinese troops have withdrawn. Except the Finger region in Pangong Tso, Chinese troops have started pulling back two to three km, they say. To reciprocate, the Indian side has also brought back some of its troops and vehicles from these areas, said top sources.Talks between the two armies are to be held this week at multiple locations including Patrolling point 14 (Galwan area), Patrolling point 15, and Hot Springs, ANI quoted government sources as saying.Indian military teams are in Chushul for talks with the Chinese soldiers.On Monday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said India wants a resolution of the decades-old border issue with China "as soon as possible". He described as "positive" last week's high-level military dialogue between the two sides on the face-off in eastern Ladakh. In an attempt to defuse tension, Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, the General Officer Commanding of Leh-based 14 Corps, and Commander of Tibet Military District Major General Liu Lin held an extensive meeting on Saturday.A day later, the foreign ministry said in a statement that the meeting took place in a "cordial and positive atmosphere" and that both sides had agreed that an "early resolution" would contribute to further development of the relationship between the two countries.The Chinese foreign ministry, in a statement, said both the countries had agreed to work to maintain peace along LAC and resolve the standoff through talks.

Ladakh standoff: India, China move troops back at some locations, military talks to continue



Has China occupied Indian territory in Ladakh? Rahul asks Rajnath Singh


War of words between Congress and the ruling BJP over the alleged Chinese intrusion in Ladakh escalated on Tuesday, with Rahul Gandhi asking defence minister Rajnath Singh whether China has occupied Indian territory.“Once RM (Raksha Mantri – defence minister) is done commenting on the hand symbol, can he answer: Have the Chinese occupied Indian territory in Ladakh,” he asked on Twitter.Singh had on Monday hit out at Congress with a couplet of the famous poet Mirza Ghalib, saying, “Haath me dard ho to dawa kije, haath hi jab dard ho to kya kije (when there is pain in the hand, one takes medicine, but what does one do when the hand itself is a pain).”“Hand” is the election symbol of Congress.


Nepal’s lawmakers back amendment to give legal support to new map


Nepal’s Parliament on Tuesday discussed a constitutional amendment to give legal backing to a new political map that shows Kalapani and Lipulekh as part of Nepalese territory amid widespread backing for the move from lawmakers. The move is expected to aggravate a diplomatic row between Nepal and India, which erupted after Kathmandu protested against the opening of an 80-km road to Lipulekh on Chinese border by New Delhi last month. Nepal claims Lipulekh but the Indian side has said the road is completely within its territory.The amendment, which requires a two-thirds majority in both houses of Nepal’s Parliament, is certain to be passed as all key parties, including the opposition Nepali Congress and Madhes-based parties, have backed it.The move in Parliament followed after several efforts by Kathmandu to hold talks with New Delhi on the border row. People familiar with developments said Nepal last formally contacted India early in May for talks to resolve the issue.There was no formal word from Indian officials on Tuesday’s development in Nepal.Nepal’s foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali told Parliament that new road to Lipulekh had “undermined” the country’s sovereignty.



Suspended J&K cop Davinder Singh seeks bail, matter listed for Wednesday


Suspended Jammu and Kashmir DSP Davinder Singh, who was nabbed while ferrying two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway, moved a Delhi court on Tuesday seeking interim bail.Besides Singh, two other accused -- Syed Naveed Mushtaq and Imran Shafi Mir -- have also sought bail. The Special Cell of the Delhi Police is probing their role in the alleged planning of a terror attack.The trio has sought bail asserting that there is no evidence to show that there was any conspiracy to commit an act that would threaten the sovereignty of the country. The court has listed the matter for hearing on Wednesday. "The accused are wrongly and falsely implicated in the case. There is also no material to substantiate that the accused had the intention or conspired to carry out a terror strike," the plea stated.IANS


6 commanders among 22 J&K ultras killed in a week


Srinagar: 4 more Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, including a commander, were killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Monday, a day after another top commander among five others of the outfit was killed in the district, taking the total number of ultras eliminated in the past week to 22.“In the past week, 22 terrorists including six top commanders have been killed in J&K in nine anti-terror operations. As many as 88 ultras have been eliminated in around 35 counter-terrorism operations, while around 240 overground workers and 40 sympathizers have been arrested — some under the Public Safety Act — this year,” J&K DGP Dilbagh Singh told reporters on Monday.“IED expert Fauji Bhai was also killed and alert forces thwarted a repetition of the Pulwama tragedy by successfully neutralizing an IED planted in a car on May 28,” he added.Police believe it was a joint plot by Hizbul and Jaish. “There are reports that Jaish is trying to carry out IED attacks but we are on alert,” Singh said, dismissing reports of Taliban’s involvement in terror crimes in the Valley.Three soldiers were also injured in Monday’s gunfight, official sources said. Security forces have been placed on high alert since Sunday night in the wake of intelligence inputs about a Jaish duo planning a car bomb explosion in the Valley.As per intelligence inputs, two Jaish-e-Mohammad IED experts from Pakistan — Lamboo Bhai and Waleed Bhai — are planning to carry out a terror attack on security installations in the Valley in a bid to avenge the killing of Abdur Rehman alias Fauji Bhai, Masood Azhar’s nephew from Pakistan’s Multan province, in an anti-terror operation in Pulwama last week.


Wounded in shell explosion, Kashmiri boy fights for life, family demands govt aid


Asif Wani, 15-year-old Kashmiri was injured when a littered shell exploded in Tosa Maidan, Budgam in Central Kashmir on 26 May 2020. For the past more than a week, Asif Wani has been battling for his life at a hospital in Srinagar. Asif and his four friends were playing in the meadow that was until 2016 a firing range for the army. Asif has shrapnel lodged inside his brain from the explosion, said his family member. The boy’s family livelihood is dependent on a small patch of land on which rice is grown and embroidery work done by his sister. “They can’t even arrange two thousand rupees for his treatment,” said Sheikh Maqbool, his brother-in-law. Budgam District Administration had offered an amount of 10,000 rupees to the family but it was rejected by the family.


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