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India-China Border Talks Inconclusive Again, More Meets Needed: Sources
New Delhi: The third round of meeting to resolve the border issue between India and China remained inconclusive, government sources indicated, and there will be some more rounds to go. The third senior military-level meeting took place on June 30 at Chusul on the Indian side or LAC-- de facto border between India and China."More meetings are expected both at the military and at the diplomatic level, in future, to arrive at mutually agreeable solution and to ensure peace and tranquility along LAC as per bilateral agreements and protocols," government sources said.''Both sides have emphasised the need for an expeditious, phased and step wise de-escalation as a priority,'' the sources, however, said.The remarks today are in clear contrast with the statement on the earlier talks of June 22, which were described as being held "in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere". "There was a mutual consensus to disengage. Modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in Eastern Ladakh were discussed and will be taken forward by both the sides,'' statement had read.Monday's talks were described as having been held "in a businesslike manner keeping in view the COVID-19 protocols".ndtv
India, China to disengage frontline troops from Ladakh border in batches: Chinese media
India and China have decided to disengage troops from the border in Ladakh in batches, Chinese state media reported on Wednesday.Chinese govt mouthpiece Global Times said that India and China have agreed to disengage front-line border troops in batches.The two sides have also agreed to take effective measures to ease the situation in the border areas, Global Times added.
Away from sight, how China developed key infrastructure along Arunachal : indiatoday
China considers India's infrastructure development in eastern Ladakh a great threat. But what has missed the media attention so far is how Beijing itself has ramped up major strategic projects along the north-eastern borders with Arunachal Pradesh.Scrutiny of open-source satellite images from Google Earth and other platforms show that China has been surreptitiously strengthening its infrastructure in and around Nyingchi, a military town in the Tibet region where it has stationed two large combined arms brigades. Nyingchi is located opposite India's Tuting sector in the Upper Siang district of Arunachal.China, the imagery shows, has not only built airports, heliports, railway, and a new high-speed road connecting Nyingchi with Lhasa and the rest of the country, it has also improved radar coverage and other administrative infrastructure for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in this region.
China Deploys 2 More Divisions Of Troops Across LAC: Report
Even as Indian and Chinese militaries talk to de-escalate and disengage at borders in eastern Ladakh, Indian intelligence agencies said on Wednesday that Chinese People's Liberation Army has brought in troops of two more divisions across Line of Actual Control at disputed areas.This will escalate the matter even though South Xinjiang military chief Major-General Liu Lin had agreed to disengage troops from Galwan Valley during talks with Indian counterpart, Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, the commander of Leh-based XIV corps."In total, China has deployed around 24,000 soldiers more in Eastern Ladakh region," said sources, adding that a division comprises 12,000 soldiers. Sources further stated that Chinese forces have also brought in heavy guns, tanks and fighter aircraft across LAC in a bid to aggravate the border situation.IANS
BSNL and MTNL Cancel 4G Tenders to Exclude Chinese Telecom Giants Huawei, ZTE After Govt Nudge
The tenders for upgradation of 4G network have been cancelled by state-run firms BSNL and MTNL after Department of Telecom asked them not to use Chinese gear.A source privy to the development said that new tenders will be floated in the next two weeks will have emphasis on preference to Make in India, and are likely to exclude Chinese companies. Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. are among the major Chinese-origin telecom equipment makers doing business in the Indian market.he source said that govt told BSNL and MTNL not to use Chinese equipment in 4G upgrade. The implementation of the direction meant that the companies will have to issue a new tender. BSNL tender was worth around Rs 7,000-8,000 crore.
China apps ban | PM Modi quits Chinese social media site Weibo
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official page on Chinese social media website Weibo went blank on Wednesday with the removal of his photograph and all 115 posts made over the past five years. Modi initiated the process to exit Weibo following the Union government’s decision to ban 59 Chinese apps. The government on Monday decided to impose the ban on the apps, including Weibo, citing threats to data security and the sovereignty of India.
‘Crores Of Rupees Couldn’t Have Bought The Fame’: TikTok Stars React To App Ban
There are young people, in their teens, in their twenties, with millions of followers in the world of TikTok. But with a snap, the doors to that fantasy world have been shut. Indian government on Monday banned TikTok, a Chinese owned video-sharing platform, after tensions on the border with China. But what happens to followers?Sumit Jain, 28, lives in Dhule, Maharashtra and has 3.8 million followers on TikTok. You could live in a small village, he says, and still show your talent to the whole country. “There is this dialogue in film 3 idiots – every person has some talent. One should try to find it,” says Jain, who runs a garment shop.A dance enthusiast, he would mostly upload dance videos, often dabbling with “comedy” or “emotional” content too. He was often approached by people on the road for selfies. Even crores of rupees couldn’t have bought this fame, he says. The ban has left him with mixed feelings. “I’ll try other platforms, start from scratch again. Whatever happens, happens for good.”Another TikTok star, Jaya Choudhry (20), who goes by the name Jaya Jerry on the app, woke up today and instantly thought of an idea for a TikTok video. A second later, she realised that the app had been banned. The Delhi-based girl is in her second year of college and is part of a dance group that has performed in some of the country's top TV shows.
‘Will boost India’s security’: Mike Pompeo welcomes ban on 59 Chinese apps
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday applauded India’s sweeping ban on Chinese apps including TikTok, saying New Delhi was ensuring its own security.“We welcome India’s ban on certain mobile apps” from China, Pompeo told reporters, saying move would “boost India’s integrity and national security.”
India To Ban Chinese Companies From Highway Projects: Gadkari
India will not allow Chinese companies to participate in highway projects, including those through joint ventures, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday amid border standoff with China.Gadakri also said govt will ensure that Chinese investors are not entertained in various sectors like MSMEs."We will not give permission to joint ventures that have Chinese partners for road construction. We have taken a firm stand that if they (Chinese companies) come via joint venture in our country, we will not allow it," Gadkari told PTI. PTI
Plea in SC seeks direction to Centre to make public its trade policies with China
A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre to make public its trade policies with China amid the bitter standoff between the two armies at multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last seven weeks.The petition filed in the apex court has referred to media reports and alleged that a state and a private firm had signed MoU for business with China-based firms.PTI
Imran Khan to join Xi Jinping to shore up Nepal’s PM Oli against India: HT
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to extend his support to Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli who is finding himself increasingly isolated within ruling Nepal Communist Party after blaming India for a rebellion in his party, people familiar with the development told HT. Imran Khan’s outreach to PM Oli comes at a time when he is struggling to stay in power. Officials told HT that Islamabad had sent a formal communication to Nepalese foreign ministry to fix a time for Imran Khan’s phone call to PM Oli. Diplomatic sources said it is obvious that the flavour of the conversation is going to be India.
Pakistan increases troop deployment along LoC
While tensions continue on LAC with China, on the western front, Pakistan has increased its troop deployments along LoC, with numbers reported more than during the Balakot air strike in February last year.There has been an increase by up to two Divisions or about 20,000 troops along LoC in J&K, a military source said. Pakistani radars along LoC were also fully active, the source added.Pakistan has also activated the Sakrdu air base in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and there was heightened air activity, another military source said.
CRPF jawan, civilian killed in Sopore attack
A CRPF soldier and a civilian were killed and three soldiers injured as militants started attacking from a mosque in north Kashmir’s Sopore on Wednesday.A picture of a 3-year-old boy sitting on his grandfather’s body at the site of the gunfight caused outrage in the Valley.A CRPF spokesman told The Hindu that the militants, hiding in the attic of the mosque, fired at the personnel of CRPF’s 179 Battalion around 7.30 a.m. “The personnel were de-boarding near Model Town Chowk, Sopore, Baramulla, for patrolling duties...Head Constable Deep Chand later died of his injuries,” spokesman said.The other injured were identified as Constables Bhoya Rajesh, Deepak Patil and Nilesh Chawde.A civilian, identified as Bashir Ahmed Khan, 65, from Srinagar’s HMT area, was found dead near the site. The family of Khan blamed the security forces. “My father was brought down from the vehicle and shot dead by the security forces,” his daughter alleged. The Hindu
Kashmir: Heartbreaking images show 3-year-old crying over body of grandfather killed in cross-firing
Heartbreaking images of a 3-year-old boy sitting on the motionless body of his grandfather in Kashmir’s Sopore has emerged from an encounter site. The 60-year-old man was a civilian who was killed in the cross-firing on Wednesday morning in Kashmir when an encounter broke out between militants and security forces.As the militants opened fire and security forces retaliated, the boy and his grandfather happened to be passing by the area. The man suffered two bullet injuries and died on the spot. The clueless child was then seen crying over his grandfather’s body covered in blood. As a police party reached to spot in Sopore, they rescued the boy and took him to a shelter. The boy wailed uncontrollably over the body of his grandfather. A police person carried the baby on his lap and took him away from the encounter site.Heart-rending images have emerged from the encounter site showing how the boy first attempted to wake up his grandfather who lay sprawled on the road. Another image shows a soldier crouching behind a structure calling on the boy to run for shelter and the boy walks away from the body.indiatoday
Who Clicked Photos Of Kashmiri Child Sitting On Bullet-riddled Body Of His Grandfather?
Members of Kashmiri Hindu, Sikh minorities reject Domicile law, say ‘law brought without consent of JK residents’
Srinagar: Stating that the new Domicile law is not only a threat to Kashmir Muslims but for minorities of erstwhile state as well, minorities in Jammu and Kashmir – which include Kashmiri Pandits and Sikhs have rejected the new domicile law and urged Government of India to revoke it.On 26 June, a senior IAS officer from Bihar, Navin Kumar Choudhary along with 25,000 people, was granted a domicile certificate by the government in J&K. Choudhary became the first IAS officer who has been granted the domicile certificate.The new domicile law, which gives non-locals the legal basis to own property in Kashmir, has triggered a fresh wave of concern from residents of Jammu as well as Kashmir, who see the new domicile law as a step towards changing the demography of the state and deprive residents of local government jobs. TwoCircles.net spoke to members of minority communities in Jammu and Kashmir, who expressed strong resentment against the new law saying that the “new law is more of a threat to the minorities of J&K than the majority Muslim population.”Sampath Prakash, a Kashmir Pandit said that since the beginning of 1990 most of the Kashmiri Pandits have sold their property in Kashmir and settled in different states of India. “It will be difficult for them to prove their identity,” added.“I am asking how they will prove that they are Kashmiri and with the new domicile law they will lose their culture and identity,” Prakash said. Prakash said they will fight against the policy shoulder to shoulder with their fellow Kashmiri Muslim brethren.“We will give our lives to save Kashmir civilisation, culture and heritage and it’s in our blood,”Prakash said. Another Kashmir Pandit, Sanjeev Raina, who is settled in New Delhi, echoed the views of Prakash, said they are against the new domicile law. Raina said those KP’s who are welcoming the new Domicile law are BJP sponsored agents and don’t represent the entire Kashmiri Hindus.Jagmohan Sing Raina, a Kashmiri Sikh based in Srinagar, said that New Delhi should have consulted people of Kashmir before framing and invoking any law here.“How can they make laws for us when we don’t belong to them. The truth is this law was made without our consent so we are opposing it,” Raina said.
Another terror module busted in Punjab, three KLF operatives held:theweek
Punjab Police nabbed three operatives of Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF) from Patiala on Sunday. This is the ninth terror module busted by the state police this year.The police said the trio, identified as Sukhchain Singh, Amritpal Singh, and Jaspreet Singh, had entered the state with the intention of assassinating religious leaders to disrupt communal harmony. According to police, the arrested terrorists have been acting at the behest of Pakistani elements based in England, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.They had met each other through social media and were 'recruited' by Pakistan-based handlers, the police said. Amritpal Singh was the brains of the group, and preliminary investigations revealed that they planned to visit Pakistan to get the support required. One of their handlers from Saudi Arabia promised to hide them after the executions.theweek
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CAA protests: 3 shops sealed in Lucknow to recover damages to public and private property
Lucknow: “My mind is not working anymore. They have snatched my rozi-roti [source of livelihood],” exclaimed a distraught Mahenoor Chaudhary, whose little scrap store in Lucknow was sealed by the administration under its drive to recover the damages to public and private property during last December’s protests against CAA.In a first such step in the case, the Lucknow had administration sealed two shops on Tuesday, the other being a garment store whose assistant manager Dharamvir Singh is among the accused.“I had gone home for lunch. When I returned, they had sealed the shop,” said Mr. Chaudhary.The two men are among the 13 accused in the Hasanganj violence case in which the administration had issued recovery notices of ₹21.76 lakh. The Lucknow administration had issued notices to 57 persons spread over four police stations amounting to ₹1.56 crore. Their names, photos and addresses were also displayed on hoardings erected across Lucknow in a bid to “name and shame”.
Uttar Pradesh: Congress minority cell head arrested for rioting was in police custody at the time
Lucknow Police on March 6 this year had put up large hoardings with names, photographs and addresses of 53 people, who were allegedly involved in rioting in the capital on December 19, 2019. The list included retired IPS officer S.R. Darapuri and activist Sadaf Jafar among others. They had all been arrested the same day and spent several weeks in prison.The name of Shahnawaz Alam did not figure in the billboards. Possibly because he along with others were taken into custody before the violence and taken to Police Lines.Surely someone who was in the custody of police could not have taken part in violence outside at the same time?
UP Govt Using Police As 'Tool Of Oppression': Priyanka Gandhi Vadra On Arrest Of Party's Minority Cell Chief
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has slammed BJP-led Uttar Pradesh govt over the arrest of party's minority cell chairman Shahnawaz Alam and said the govt is using police as a "tool of oppression".In a series of tweets, she said that police action is repressive and undemocratic."Congress leaders and activists are committed to raising their voice on public issues. BJP government can stop other parties from raising their voice, not our party, by making UP police a tool of oppression...Look at how UP Police picked up the chairman of our minority cell in the dark of night," she tweeted. Senior Congress leader also posted a video of the incident along with tweet. "First, our state president was kept in jail for 4 weeks on fake charges. This police action is repressive and undemocratic. Congress workers are not afraid of police sticks and fake cases," she said. ANI
Of 2 crore houses provided by Centre to poor, 31% went to minority community, says Union min Naqvi
Rampur: Out of the 2 crore houses provided by the Central government to the poor, 31% beneficiaries were from the minority community, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi claimed on Monday here while asserting that BJP-led dispensation was committed to development of all sections of the society.“When our govt provided 2 crore houses to poor, 31% beneficiaries were from the minority community. Our govt has provided electricity to about 6lakh villages which were deprived of power for decades. These included more than 39% minority community dominated villages which were in darkness and now have been provided electricity,” he said. “Our govt provided benefits to 22 crore farmers under ‘Kisan Samman Nidhi’ which included more than 33% farmers belonging to minority communities.
'Don't consider Muslims as Indians?': Twitterati wonder why PM Modi didn't mention Islamic festivals
pm Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) for another five months till the end of November to help the poor in view of the upcoming festivals like Diwali and Chhath Puja. "From July the festival seasons start, Guru Purnima will be celebrated on July 5. Following this, the month of Saawan will start," he said.PM Modi then went ahead and listed festivals like Raksha Bandhan, Krishna Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam, Kati Bihu, Navratri, Durga Pooja and Dussehra."In this season of festivals, the needs and expenses of all increases. Keeping this in mind, the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana has been extended till Diwali and Chatth Puja, i.e till the end of November," Prime Minister added during his 16-minute address.While Narendra Modi almost mentioned every festival that falls between July and Nov, a section of Twitter called him out for skipping the two major Islamic festivals - Eid-Ul-Adha and Muharram.A user wrote, "#NarendraModi leaves out to mention forthcoming Eid while mentioning all other festivals, not a big deal, we don't care but it shows his cheapness. It reflects his quality. We Indian Muslims don't lose anything.""Forgot that in India there are Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhist who have their festival and celebrate too," wrote another user.
Delhi Violence: Man Looted by Rioters Now Being Threatened to Withdraw Complaint
New Delhi: A readymade garments trader whose shop and house was looted by rioters during the Delhi riots has filed a writ petition in the Delhi high court accusing the Delhi police of not registering a proper FIR on his complaint. He has also accused the local BJP councillor Kanhaiya Lal of making those he had accused in his complaint call and threaten him.In petition, filed through advocates M.R. Shamshad and Aditya Samaddar last week, the complainant, Nisar Ahmed, has listed the Delhi police commissioner and the Delhi chief secretary as respondents. The plea has been filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India regarding non-registration of FIR and seeks issuance of a protection order for him.The petition states that Ahmed, a resident of F-61/1 Bhagirathi Vihar, used to earn his livelihood by selling and distributing readymade garments from his home but after the violence he and his family have been reduced to penury and have become dependent on donations for survival.
Delhi riots: Charge sheets filed in 3 murder cases
Delhi Police have separate charge sheets in 3 murders that took place near the Johripur puliya (culvert) between Feb.25 and 26 during communal riots in Delhi. 9 men were arrested and have been charged for rioting, murder, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy in all 3 cases, senior police officers privy to the cases said. The chargesheets were filed on Monday in a Delhi court. The dead persons in 3 cases were Hamza, Aamin and Bhure Ali alias Salman. All of them were thrashed to death by a violent mob, that allegedly stopped passers-by, asked for their identities, and killed those them by attacking them with blunt weapons.The police, in their charge sheets, have said that a group including 9 arrested men and unidentified rioters were indulging in violence in Ganga Vihar and Bhagirathi Vihar areas. A WhatsApp ground was also created and its members conspired to attack people of the other community, a police officer associated with probe said, quoting the chargesheet. HT
'Why Me?' Doctor Who Saved Lives During Delhi Riots Says Naming Him in Chargesheet is 'Shameful'
Dr M.A. Anwer remembers that he didn't even have the time to change his clothes before rushing to Al-Hind hospital in New Mustafabad, which saved scores of lives in February when violent sectarian clashes broke out in several Hindu and Muslim majority areas across NE Delhi. 4 months since, the doctor, hailed by his neighbours as a good samaritan and an "angel", is being investigated by Delhi Police for instigating the riots.His name has found mention in a riots-related charge sheet recently submitted by Delhi police."All I did was provide medical services to those who needed it. I did not even ask if the patients were Hindu or Muslim. I did what I could by virtue of humanity," Dr Anwer tells News18. The doctor, who founded Al-Hind in 2017, said that the news was both shocking and shameful. As roads across NorthEast Delhi remained shut amid curfew in the week following March 23 with rioters especially targeting ambulances, Dr Anwer and his brother Dr Meraj Ekram who run Al-Hind, provided emergency medical services to nearly 500 patients.From victims with fractured skulls, broken bones, and even bullet wounds, to those who had been attacked with sticks and metal rods, the two doctors along with two nurses and one other medical professional, managed to arrange for medicines and emergency services even amid curfew and had serious patients sent to other hospitals such as GTB.4 months since the riots which killed nearly 51 people, Dr Anwer has been named by Delhi Police in a charge sheet for the murder of Dilbar Negi, a waiter who worked at a nearby restaurant and was killed by a mob during the riots. Doctor has been accused of leading illegal anti-CAA protests and instigating mobs that committed violence during the course of the riots."I have never been part of any protests. I am a doctor and my job is to treat people and save lives, which is exactly what I did," he says.
MP Police Booked Betul Advocate who was Allegedly Beaten by Cop for Looking Like a Muslim
Bhopal: 3 months after the incident, MP police booked a Betul-based advocate who was allegedly beaten up by the cops on March 23 for looking like a Muslim. Betul police has registered a case against Deepak Bundele at Kotwali police station of the city. Police accused him for violating lockdown norms, using abusive language in public places and assaulting the on duty public servant. However, police took no notice of the victim’s complaint which was filed after the incident at Kotwali police station and to Betul SP office. In the police complaint, Bundele had claimed that police personnel brutally assaulted him on March 23, while he was on the way to hospital for treatment. Bundele who was a diabetic and blood pressure patient for more than a decade received multiple injuries in the alleged police assault and his ears bleed for days after the incident. Nevertheless, the police took no cognizance of victim’s application and registered a case against the victim instead after 3 months of the incident.Interestingly, all 3 police witnesses against him in the case belong to the right wing group Hindu Sena of Betual district. The matter came to light, when MP Police filed a report in Madhya Pradesh High Court after the victim Bundele knocked the Court’s door for justice when police refused to register a case in the matter.Commenting over the issue, Bundele said, “With help of lies and fake witnesses the police are trying to demoralise and threaten me, when they failed to convince me to withdraw the case.”
Emergency will never come back:Ram Madhav to Rahul
New Delhi: In an apparent dig at Rahul Gandhi, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav has said leaders whose grandparents were responsible for imposing Emergency are trying to "misguide" people by saying a "mini emergency like situation " exists in the country today.Addressing a virtual ''Yuva Jan Samvad'' rally at Delhi BJP office here, Madhav asserted that Emergency will never come back in the country."Many intellectuals and political leaders are commenting that a ''mini emergency like situation'' exists in the country. They are people whose grandfathers and grandmothers were responsible for imposition of Emergency in 1975," he said."Your grandmother imposed Emergency. You would not know as you would be 5-6 years old at that time," BJP leader said without naming anyone."At a time when human rights were brutally repressed during Emergency in 1975, Communists were eulogising Indira Gandhi while the only nationalists including RSS and Jan Sangh were stoutly opposing her,"he said.Outfits like RSS and Jamaat-e-Islami were banned and their members were arrested during Emergency, Madhav said. PTI
Whole of Nagaland declared as ‘disturbed area’ by Centre to extend AFSPA for six more months
Central Government has declared the whole of the State of Nagaland to be a 'disturbed area' to extend the operation of AFSPA in the state for a further period of six months with effect from 30th June, 2020.A notification to this effect has been issued and the same was published on the official Gazette on Tuesday. In the notification, the Home Ministry opined that the area comprising the whole of State of Nagaland is in a disturbed and dangerous condition. Therefore, according to the Centre, the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary, LiveLaw.in reported.
At least 6 Dead in Boiler Explosion at TN Lignite Plant
At least 6 have died and 17 have been injured in a boiler room explosion at the NLC India Limited thermal power plant in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, today M Sree Abhinav, Cuddalore Superintendent of Police said.According to The Hindu, around 11 people who had received over 40 percent burns have been sent to Chennai for treatment, while the rest have been rushed to NLCIL General Hospital in the township.
Govt asks Priyanka Gandhi to vacate bungalow by Aug 1; cites withdrawal of SPG cover
Central government on Wednesday cancelled the allotment of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's official accommodation and asked her to vacate the bungalow by August 1 following the withdrawal of her SPG protection.In its order, the ministry of housing and urban affairs said that since Priyanka's security has been downgraded to Z+ with CRPF cover on all-India basis, she is no more entitled to a 6B type bungalow.Priyanka Gandhi currently lives in a Type 6B govt house on Lodhi Road.
Ex-BSNL employee & activist Fathima asked to vacate official quarters
State-run BSNL has directed its former employee and activist Rehana Fathima to vacate its official residential quarters in Kochi, citing the police raid at her house post the registration of a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.The police raided her house, an official accommodation of BSNL, after a case was registered under POCSO for making her minor children paint on her naked body and posting the video of the same on social media.Citing the raid on the house, notice by BSNL said: "The above image tarnished the image of BSNL. Hence, you are instructed to vacate the quarter within 30 days from the date of receipt of this notice, failing which further proceedings will be initiated for eviction."IANS
Azaan row: Mumbai Police ask Mankhurd girl to file complaint instead of creating 'law and order' situation
A Mumbai resident's efforts to lower the volume at which Azaan was played by a mosque has now taken a strange turn. Karishma Bhosale who had earlier alleged that she was being bullied by Muslim residents, has now received an oblique warning from the police.As per details that are now being shared widely, a notice was sent to her mother Varsha Bhosale, narrating the situation and pointing out that it was inappropriate to visit the mosque, rather than coming to the police with any grievance that she may have had. As the notice put it, Karishma going to the Masjid and requesting them to lower the volume could have in turn caused a law and order situation. The two have been asked to abide by the rules, failing which, the letter said that they could be booked for going against the notice they'd been sent.freepressjournal
Railways begins process to invite pvt players in passenger train operations; invites RFQs
Railways on Wednesday formally kickstarted its plans to allow private entities to operate passenger trains on its network by inviting request for qualifications (RFQ) for participation on 109 pairs of routes through 151 modern trains, the national transporter said.The project would entail a private sector investment of about Rs 30,000 crore, the national transporter said.This is the first initiative for private investment for running passenger trains on the Indian Railways network. It began last year with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) introducing the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express.
PM CARES Fund not a ‘public authority’ under RTI Act, Appellate Authority in PMO affirms
Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) is not a public authority under RTI Act, held the Appellate Authority of PMO.Holding thus, the Deputy Secretary of the PMO upheld the refusal of CPIO to disclose information sought by social activist Saket Gokhale relating to PM CARES Fund, LiveLaw.in has reported.In the application filed on March 29, Gokhale had sought copy of the trust deed and trustees of the Fund, and also the exemption certificates granted to it under Section 12A and 80G of the Income Tax Act.On June 5, the CPIO disposed off the application stating that the Fund was not a 'public authority' under the Act, and that the relevant information about the same was available in the official website. Challenging this, Gokhale filed statutory appeal under the RTI Act, pointing out that the Prime Minister was the ex-officio chairman of the Funds and that as per the website, Under Secretary (Funds) in the PMO is the honorary custodian of the matters related to FUND.He further stated that the several public sector utilities like Indian Railways have contributed to the PM CARES Fund. Therefore, it became a public authority under Section 2(h) of the Act, as per which an entity substantially financed directly or indirectly by the government is a public authority, he argued.
Tablighi Jamaat event: Delhi HC allows shifting of 65 foreigners to alternate accommodation
Delhi High Court has allowed shifting of 65 foreign nationals connected to Tablighi Jamaat, who participated in religious congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz event, to alternate accommodation. A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rajnish Bhatnagar passed the order after the counsel for Centre, Delhi government and Delhi Police gave the statements that they do not have any objection to it.PTI
Unlock-2: UP sticks to old rules, but stricter curfew for Meerut
Uttar Pradesh govt has released detailed guidelines for the second leg of unlockdown with longer curfew hours for Meerut division.Meerut will observe night curfew between 8 pm and 6 am till July 10 against the 10 pm-5 am window in other parts of the state. No movement of vehicles except those used for essential services or goods will be allowed in the curfew hours.One of the most Covid-19 affected districts in the state, Meerut has so far registered 1,007 positive cases and 84 deaths. As many as 658 patients have been discharged. In the last 24 hours, the division had 11 new case and 2 more deaths.The existing protocols for containment zones in Lucknow will be applicable till July 31. However, the state has allowed Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad in the National Capital Region to decide on inter-state movement after discussion with health officials.
Patanjali can sell Coronil but not as ‘cure’ to COVID: Govt
Union AYUSH Ministry has said Patanjali can sell Coronil but only as an immunity booster, days after yoga guru Ramdev’s company launched it as a medicine for COVID-19 and is now calling it a product to ‘manage’ the disease. Patanjali Ayurved Ltd said there is no disagreement now between it and Union ministry, which had last week asked it not to sell the ayurvedic drug till the issue it examined.At his press conference in Haridwar, Ramdev lashed out over the flak he received after the launch of the drug, saying some people are hurt by the ‘rise of Indian culture’.PTI
Coronavirus: Prohibitory orders imposed in Mumbai till July 15 amid rise in cases
Mumbai Police today imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in the city till July 15, amid a surge in the number of coronavirus cases.The presence or movement of one or more persons in public places across the city will be forbidden between 5 am and 9 pm, except for medical emergencies,Greater Mumbai Deputy Commissioner of Police Pranaya Ashok said in an order.
Covid: No prasad, choir or handshakes at places of worship in Tamil Nadu
People should wash their hands and feet with soap and water before entering the places of worship in Tamil Nadu for which necessary facilities should be available. Those above 65 years and persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home. Use of mask is mandatory – these are some of the restrictions one has to keep in mind before setting out to temples, mosques, churches and gurudwaras.Come July 1, small temples in rural areas with annual income of less than Rs 10,000, small mosques, darghas, churches and other religious places will reopen across the state, barring Greater Chennai Police limits and in containment areas. These places of worship will be reopened from July 6 in areas that fall under intense lockdown in Tiruvallur, Chengalpet and Madurai districts.
Video of Man Lying with Dead Baby in Arms Reflects on Reckless UP Docs
LUCKNOW – A disturbing video clip of a father lying on the ground with the dead body of his one-year-old child in his arms tells the story of a doctor’s medical negligence. In UP’s Kannauj, the child, who was suffering from fever and swollen neck, died after doctors allegedly refused to admit him to the hospital.The parents Premchan and Asha Devi alleged that the doctors at the hospital refused to touch his child and told them to take him to Kanpur hospital. It was on Sunday evening when the couple had rushed to the hospital with their ailing baby.However, the baby was examined by the doctors only after the onlookers started filming the incident. By then it was too late.“That examination only happened once some people started filming us on their phones. Before that, no doctor was willing to touch my child. We were there for 30 minutes. They kept on saying ‘take him to Kanpur’,” Prem Chand was quoted by the NDTV as saying.“I am a poor. I have no money. What I could do, asks the father.
For Bihar's Super-Spreader Wedding, 400 People; 200 At Groom's Cremation
New Delhi: More than 100 people in Bihar have tested positive for coronavirus after attending the wedding -- and then funeral -- of the groom, who reportedly tied the knot while he was ill with disease.Officials said on Wednesday the 26-year-old groom had symptoms of the deadly virus when he got married on June 15.He died a day later."So far 111 people who either attended the wedding or the funeral have tested positive," said Raj Kishor Chaudhary, chief medical officer in Patna."All others have been identified and isolated."Doctors are not certain the unnamed groom was the source of the infection as he was cremated before tests could be carried out.But Mr Chaudhary said around 400 people who attended the wedding or funeral will be isolated following a spurt in infections.
Over 1.58 Lakh Migrant, Homeless People Provided Aid Under 'Vision 2026' by Human Welfare Foundation, Other NGOs
New Delhi:Under a nationwide project ‘Vision 2026’, a group of six non-governmental organisations partnered together and helped more than 1,58,600 migrants and homeless people across 138 districts in 19 states since the lockdown came into effect on March 24 in the wake of coronavirus spread this year.Giving this information, CEO of Human Welfare Foundation Noufal PK said that the major focus of the project, which is in its second phase-the first phase was ‘Vision 2016’, is on helping the underprivileged and vulnerable sections of society to fight hunger and prevent the spread of the corona pandemic. 6 NGOs that have collaborated together under ‘Vision 2026’ are Human Welfare Foundation (HWF), Society for Bright Future (SBF), Medical Service Society (MSS), Human Welfare Trust (HWT), Model Village Trust (MVT) and Women Education and Empowerment Trust (TWEET). Under the programme during the lockdown, these organisations distributed ration kits containing essential items like atta (wheat flour), rice, oil, and pulses to 45,998 families in 19 states. Over 10,000 families were linked with government schemes for ration supply. India Tomorrow
Qatar eases more coronavirus restrictions as 'peak passes'
Qatar is further easing its coronavirus restrictions, allowing a partial reopening of restaurants, mosques, beaches and parks.Starting Wednesday, museums and libraries will also be permitted to operate in a limited capacity and under limited working hours, the country's Supreme Committee for Crisis Management said in a statement.It added that the decision to launch Phase Two of the gradual reopening plan was based on infections having passed their peak and the reproduction rate subsiding.
Oxford University has seen 'right sort of immune response' in potential vaccine trial: scientist
A leading scientist behind the University of Oxford's potential COVID-19 vaccine has said the team has seen the right sort of immune response in trials, which have entered the Phase III clinical stage.Speaking at a parliamentary hearing, Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at university, said the trial has enrolled 8,000 volunteers for the Phase III of its trial into the vaccine, AZD1222, which was licensed to AstraZeneca.She said she couldn't give a timeline for when the vaccine might be ready as it depends on the results of the trial.
Israel signals occupied West Bank annexation move not imminent
Israel's foreign minister has suggested an announcement on planned annexation of parts of occupied West Bank was not imminent on Wednesday, the date set by Israel's coalition government to start the widely criticised process.The statement by Gabi Ashkenazi came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his govt's discussions with US on the annexation plan would continue "in the coming days", indicating he would miss the self-imposed July 1 target date to begin debate on the controversial issue."I reckon there will be nothing today," Ashkenazi, a member of the centrist Blue and White party that eventually partnered up with Netanyahu's right-wing Likud after three inconclusive elections,told Israel's Army Radio today.In a sign of rifts within the coalition over the timing of any unilateral annexation move, which has been fiercely opposed by the Palestinians and most of the international community, Ashkenazi referred further questions on thmatter by the interviewer to Netanyahu.It also came after Benny Gantz, alternate prime minister and defence minister, said this week that annexation must wait until the coronavirus crisis has been contained. Gantz, the leader of Blue and White party, is due to take over as prime minister in November 2021 under terms of the coalition deal.Netanyahu may still move forward, either later on Wednesday or in the coming days, with reports in Israeli media suggesting he may announce a symbolic move such as the annexation of one illegal settlement on Jerusalem's outskirts.
Democrats want US aid to Israel conditional on human rights
US lawmakers from the Democratic Party have signed a letter calling for the $3.8 billion annual aid given to Israel to be made conditional on the Zionist state ending its violation of Palestinian human rights. With its call to adopt punitive measures, the letter spearheaded by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez goes further than a previous letter that had the backing of over 190 Democrats and which included mild criticism of Israel over its planned annexation of the West Bank.“Should Israeli government continue down this path,” said the Ocasio-Cortez letter, “we will work to ensure non-recognition of annexed territories as well as pursue legislation that conditions $3.8 billion in US military funding to Israel.” They suggested strongly that US taxpayers’ money should not go towards support for war crimes in Palestine, of which Israel stands accused.
Jewish settlers protest West Bank annexation plan
Nearly 1,000 Jewish settlers took to a hilltop on the outskirts of the illegal Gush Etzion settlements in the occupied West Bank to voice their rejection of Israel’s annexation plan in line with US President Donald Trump’s ‘peace plan’.The rally was held in cooperation with the Nachala Settlement Movement. “We are against the establishing a Palestinian state,” director of the movement Daniela Weiss told Arutz Sheva. Demonstrators claimed the map issued by Trump’s ‘deal of the century‘ leaves Palestinians with 70 per cent of the occupied West Bank, vowing to build more settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set 1 July as the day to start annexing the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley.
Dutch parliament votes to impose sanctions on Israel if it annexes West Bank
Dutch parliament today passed a resolution calling for the government to consider sanctions against Israel if it goes ahead with the annexation of large parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank.The resolution, submitted by Sadet Karabulut of the Socialist Party, calls on the country’s foreign minister “to identify options of measures possibly to be taken should Israel proceed with annexation of Palestinian territory.”The non-binding motion passed earlier this week by parties with a majority of 87 lawmakers among the 150 in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house.
Germany: Europe won’t recognise Israel’s West Bank annexation
Israel’s planned annexation of the occupied West Bank will negatively affect its relations with European Union (EU), German Ambassador to Israel, Susanne Wasum-Rainer, announced .“ EU won’t recognise the Israeli annexation move in occupied West Bank,” Wasum-Rainer told reporters. EU and Germany recently described the plan as being “in violation of international law.”
Hamas: All Palestinian factions united against annexation
Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas along with all other Palestinian factions “are united” against planned Israeli annexation of large parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank, Hamas spokesman Hazim Qasim said. Qasim said that 1 July would be a “day of real rage” to counter the Israeli annexation plan and US ‘deal of the century’.He stressed that “Gaza will be part” of any confrontation on the ground, reiterating that resistance “is the best way to fight Israeli annexation and undermine attempts to partition the country.”
Netanyahu warns Assad to keep Iran out of Syria or ‘risk the future’ of his regime
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad earlier this week that he would be “risking the future” and survival of his regime if he continues to allow Iran to have a military presence in his country.Speaking to reporters alongside US’ Representative for Iran Brian Hook yesterday, Netanyahu said: “We will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria.”“I say to the ayatollahs in Tehran: ‘Israel will continue to take the actions necessary to prevent you from creating another terror and military front against Israel’,” he continued, turning his attention to Syria and adding: “I say to Bashar Assad: ‘You’re risking the future of your country and your regime.’”
EU ready to deal with Syria’s Assad if he changes his behaviour
Syrian regime President Bashar Al-Assad has to change his behaviour if he wants EU support, EU High Representative of Foreign Policy and Vice-President Josep Borrell said. Speaking during a conference held in Brussels, Josep said: “Only after it [Assad regime] changes its behaviour, stops the repression against its own people and engages in the political process, we can start talking about normalisation.”He added:“Let me be very clear about another issue: there is a temptation to blame the dire state of the Syrian economy and the hardships of ordinary Syrian people on sanctions. I can talk about European Union sanctions and stress firmly that they do not target the civilian population.”
France suspends role in NATO naval mission after Turkey tensions
France has informed NATO that it is suspending its involvement in a naval operation in the Mediterranean after the results of an investigation into an incident between French and Turkish warships, an official within the armed forces ministry said on Wednesday.The official said France wants NATO allies to "solemnly reaffirm their attachment" to the arms embargo on Libya.Ties between NATO allies France and Turkey have soured in recent weeks over Libya, northern Syria and drilling in the eastern Mediterranean.
Ethiopia: 'At least 50' dead in protests over musician's killing
At least 50 people were killed in Ethiopia's Oromia region in protests following the fatal shooting of a popular singer, a regional spokesman said.Musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot dead on Monday night in what police said was a targeted killing.Protests following the killing, and a sense of political marginalisation, broke out the next morning in the capital and other towns and cities in the surrounding Oromia region.The dead included protesters and members of the security forces, spokesman Getachew Balcha said on Wednesday. Some businesses had also been set on fire.
One killed in Sudan as thousands rally for faster reform
One person has been killed and several others injured during largely peaceful demonstrations in Sudan, a government spokesman said, as tens of thousands of people took to the streets demanding faster reform and greater civilian rule in the country's transition towards democracy.Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Sudanese cities on Tuesday despite a coronavirus lockdown to demand a transition towards democracy after the removal of longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir last year.
Salma Lakhani appointed Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, first Muslim in Canada to hold post
A community advocate and businessperson Salma Lakhani made history on Wednesday upon her appointment as the Lieutenant Governor of the province of Alberta, the first-ever Muslim with roots in the Indian subcontinent to occupy the post in Canada.Her appointment was announced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Ms. Lakhani is devoted to supporting people in her community, from new immigrants and young people, to women and families. As Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, I know she will serve the people of her province and our country well, and continue to be a source of inspiration for all Canadians,” PM said. Lakhani, a follower of the Ismaili sect, was born in Uganda but her family was forced to leave after the Indian-origin community in the African country was expelled by dictator Idi Amin.
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