28 November 2020

Editors Guild urges PCI to withdraw advisory to media to verify foreign content before publishing. Farmers’ Protest : Farmers at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri borders refuse to budge, wgovt to change protest site in Delhi. Rouhani accuses ‘mercenary’ Israel of killing top Iran scientist



28-11-2020 ,20:20 IST


Editors Guild urges PCI to withdraw advisory to media to verify foreign content before publishing

The Editors Guild of India on Saturday urged the Press Council to withdraw its advisory asking media organisations to publish foreign content only after due verification. It warned that it could lead to “some form of censorship and punitive actions”.The Editors Guild said in a statement that it is “perturbed” by the Press Council of India’s advisory. “Through this advisory, it appears that the Council, which swears by self-regulation of media and believes that any government interference would be destructive to press freedom, is lending it’s weight towards a step that could bring in some form of censorship and punitive actions against those organizations that publish content, which in it’s view is seen as ‘not desirable’,” it said.The editors’ association pointed out that the advisory didn’t clarify how the foreign content will be verified. “The advisory does not specify who will verify the content, on what criterion will it be verified, and most importantly, what does ‘unregulated circulation’ even mean,” it said.The association said that several publications in the country reproduced and licenced content from foreign sources. It added that the editors made the decision to publish such content and took responsibility for it. “A reiteration by the Council at this juncture of this established practice, in an ominous sounding advisory, has disturbing implications,” it said. “Editors Guild urges PCI [Press Council of India], which should be committed to press freedom, to withdraw this advisory immediately.”PCI had issued the advisory on November 25.


 NDTV to Appeal SEBI Ruling Baring Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy, Others for 'Insider Trading'

New Delhi: Markets regulator Sebi has barred NDTV promoters, Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy, from the securities market for two years and also directed them to disgorge illegal gains of more than Rs. 16.97 crore for indulging in insider trading more than 12 years ago.However, NDTV in a statement later on Saturday said Sebi’s order “is based on an inaccurate assessment of facts”. The company will appeal against it.The statement was issued by lawyers led by Fereshte Sethna, senior partner at DMD Advocates, who represent NDTV founders Radhika Roy and Prannoy Roy, according to Economic Times.Besides, the watchdog has barred seven individuals and entities for insider trading in the shares of the company for a period varying from one to two years. Also, some of them have been asked to disgorge illegal gains made from trading in the shares when they were in possession of unpublished price sensitive information (UPSI).


Farmers’ Protest : Farmers at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri borders refuse to budge, want govt to change protest site in Delhi

 A day after they were granted permission to hold “peaceful protests” at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in Delhi’s Burari, protesting farmers stayed put at the Singhu and Tikri borders borders on Saturday, demanding nod for demonstrating at Jantar Mantar. BKU Ugrahan, the largest farmers’ union in Punjab, said, “We will not go to Nirankari Park and will sit on the outskirts of the national capital till the time permission for doing protest at Jantar Mantar is not given.”Meanwhile, farmers from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are continuing their march towards the national capital to join the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march.Security remains heightened at the Delhi-Haryana border at Tikri as farmers, who are opposing the three central farm laws, stayed put at the Delhi border points. Thousands of farmers were allowed to enter the national capital on Friday evening after clashes with the police, who used tear gas, water cannons and lathis to block their march from Haryana.


‘We have reports on Khalistani presence in farmers’ protest,’ claims Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday claimed that his government has “inputs” on presence of Khalistani separatists in the ongoing farmers’ agitation against recently passed agriculture laws, ANI reported. He, however, did not divulge any more details.He further claimed to have access to video and audio clips where protestors can be heard raising slogans like, “Jab Indira Gandhi ko ye kar sakte hain, to Modi ko kyu nahi kar sakte? [Why can’t we do this to Modi, if we have done it to Indira Gandhi?]”.Meanwhile, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Saturday reiterated that the government was ready for talks with the farmers and has invited them on December 3, reported ANI. He had said the same on Friday, urging farmers to call off their protest. He also accused Opposition parties of “politicising” the matter.On the other hand, many Opposition leaders have criticised the government for using force against the farmers to stop them from entering the national Capital.Congress leader Rahul Gandhi shared a photo of a security personnel attempting to baton-charge a protesting farmer, saying it was quite a “sad picture”.


Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Condemns Police Crackdown On Protesting Farmers

NEW DELHI—Condemning the police crackdown on protesting farmers in bordering states of Delhi, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has called on the Central government to accept the demands of the farmers and repeal the three farm laws passed recently.In a statement on Saturday, JIH Vice President Prof Salim Engineer pointed out that the use of water-canons, lathi-charge, throwing teargas and erecting barricades to prevent them from reaching the National Capital to press for their legitimate demands was unwarranted.He advised the government to listen to farmers and respect their right to protest against the farms laws that they consider anti-farmer. Referring to the Delhi Police seeking permission of the Delhi government to convert nine sport stadia into makeshift jails to detain the protesting farmers, the JIH leader said that this approach would further alienate the farming community and give credence to the impression that government did not care about the welfare of the farmers and was not willing to negotiate or discuss their grievances.Stating that the Jamaat had earlier objected to the recently passed Acts related to the agriculture sector, Prof Saleem said that the Jamaat considered these acts as anti-farmer and against the spirit of Indian Constitution.


Third Front Opens as Farmers from Uttar Pradesh Throng Delhi-UP Border at Ghazipur

NEW DELHI — Farmers from Uttar Pradesh have reached the Delhi-UP border at Ghazipur in East Delhi, opening a third front after the Singhu and Tikri demonstration sites bordering Haryana. They tried to get past the heavy barricading by the Delhi Police but were later contained near UP Gate.Paramilitary force personnel and the Delhi Police have been deployed to restrict the entry of the farmers in Delhi.n their march towards Delhi, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) supporters and farmers in several districts of western Uttar Pradesh on Friday blocked highways in support of the protesting farmers from Haryana and Punjab.BKU activists and farmers even blocked the Yamuna Expressway by squatting on the road which led to a massive traffic jam.

Senior police officers including East Delhi DCP Jasmeet Singh were on the spot and supervising the security arrangements. The number of protesting farmers might swell by the evening.


25 Delhi Mosques Ready to Host Agitating Farmers as Food Distribution Continues for Second Day

NEW DELHI — Distribution of food to agitating farmers through mosques in Delhi continued for the second day on Friday. At least 25 mosques are also geared up to host the farmers for the night stay, according to Nadeem Khan of the United Against Hate (UAH) which has made the arrangements.He said his organisation was doing everything possible to reach out to the farmers who have come to the national capital with their demand to repeal the three recent anti-farmer Bills.He told Clarion India that kitchens are working round the clock at four locations: Hauz Khas, Okhla, Old Rohtak Road and Old Delhi. “We are feeding people at these locations. We are also delivering food packets to places from wherever requests are coming. Besides, our vans with food packets are going to places where farmers are found in big numbers,” he said.The farmers, mobilised by some 500 organisations from states like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan had planned the November 26-27 ‘Delhi chalo’ march demanding repeal of the recently-enacted farm laws. Those coming by the land route were stopped on Delhi borders on Thursday. But in the face of stiff resistance by the ryots, the government gave in on Friday. They were allowed to enter the national capital in the afternoon and escorted to Nirankari ground in Burari for carrying on their protests. But, according to reports, farmers are spotted everywhere in the capital. “We are receiving calls from different places. Our aim is to ensure that no one goes hungry,” he said.Clarion India


 Delhi Riots case: Jamia Student Asif Iqbal Tanha Released On Parole To Sit For Exams

A Delhi court on Friday released Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha — who was arrested under the stringent UAPA for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to organise riots in North-East Delhi in February this year — on three-day custody parole to appear for his compartmental examination in December.Tanha, who is pursuing his B.A. (Hons) in Persian, had moved the court seeking interim bail from November 30 to December 7 to prepare for three backlog exams scheduled to be held on December 4, 5 and 7.“The court deems it fit to allow the accused on custody parole for appearing in the said examinations. Accordingly, custody parole is granted to accused Asif Iqbal Tanha on December 4, 5 and 7,” Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat ordered.The court said that clearing the exams is necessary for Tanha to pursue M.A. in Persian, and that leniency must be shown to the accused by allowing him to appear for the said exams. After advocate Sowjhanya Shankaran, representing Tanha, submitted that her client didn’t not have the required reading material to prepare for the exams, the judge directed the Tihar Jail superintendent to provide necessary assistance, provided it is within the permissibility of the jail rules.


Delhi riots: Photos of 20 accused to be put up at public places; reward for people giving information on them: timesnownews

 Delhi Police have released photographs of 20 people accused in the Northeast Delhi riots. The deadly riots that rocked areas like Seelampur, Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Shiv Vihar, Babarpur and Chand Bagh, had left 53 people dead and over 700 injured.

Police will be putting up the photogarphs of the accused at public places across the national capital and will also give a reward to anyone who provides information about the accused in connection with the riots."In this case, the use of firearms, petrol bombs, acid attacks and deadly weapons on police officials on duty causing death of a police personnel and grievous injuries and other injuries to a total 208 police personnel with the intention to overawe the state and force the Central government to withdraw the CAA, NRC clearly falls in the definition of terrorist activity," police stated in the charge sheet.


Delhi riots case: Court refuses to grant interim bail to former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan

A Delhi court has refused to grant interim bail to former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan in connection with an Unlawful Activities Prevention Act case related to the northeast Delhi violence. She had approached the court for bail citing a COVID-19 outbreak in Mandoli prison and other medical issues.Additional Sessions Judge Amiabh Rawat on Thursday noted that in terms of the medical ailments agitated by the applicant and the report of the Jail Superintendent, the court does not find any cogent reason for enlarging the applicant on interim bail.ANI


Malegaon blasts case: Bombay HC allows victim to intervene in plea by accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit

Bombay High Court on Friday, allowed Nisar Ahmed Haji Sayed Bilal, a victim in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, to file an application, in a plea filed by one of the accused accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit challenging sanction to prosecute him, reported The Hindu.The bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik said that there would be no prejudice caused to Purohit if the intervention is allowed.


UP Governor promulgates ordinance on unlawful conversion

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel promulgated an ordinance on unlawful conversion days after it was passed by the Yogi Adityanath-led State cabinet, officials said on Saturday.Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, was cleared by the State Cabinet earlier this week and promulgated on November 27.The ordinance makes religious conversion a cognisable and non-bailable offence, inviting penalties of up to 10 years in prison if found to be effected for marriage or through misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or other allegedly fraudulent means.Violation of the provisions of the law would invite a jail term of not less than one year, extendable to five years, with a fine of ₹15,000. However, if a minor, a woman or person belonging to the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribes communities was converted through the said unlawful means, the jail term would be a minimum of three years and could be extended to 10 years with a fine of ₹25,000.Any religious convertor who performs ceremony for converting any person of one religion to another religion shall give one month’s advance notice in a prescribed form to the DM or ADM. Violation of this provision would invite a jail term of one to five years.


Samajwadi Party MP’s ‘advice’ to Muslim youths: Treat Hindu girls as sisters

Samajwadi Party MP S T Hasan has asked Muslim youths to beware of the new law against forced religious conversions and save themselves from torture.Hasan said, "I advise Muslim youth to consider Hindu girls as their sisters. They should not get lured, because a law has been framed under which they can be subjected to tremendous torture. I ask the Muslim youth to save themselves from the temptation of love."He said that "Love jihad is a political stunt. Many times, Hindu girls marry Muslim boys of their free will and then when social pressure mounts, they conveniently claim that they were duped."IANS


‘Let him drink water with dignity’: Lawyers send sippers to jailed activist Stan Swamy

A group of lawyers has sent sippers and straws to jailed activist Stan Swamy at Mumbai’s Taloja prison and urged the authorities to allow him to drink water with dignity, Live Law reported on Saturday.The 83-year-old activist, arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case, has Parkinson’s disease and cannot hold a tumbler. On November 6, he had made a request for sipper and straw before a special court. The hearing of his request was scheduled 20 days later as prosecution sought time. The matter was heard on November 26 when the National Investigation Agency told the court that it did not confiscate Swamy’s straw and sipper when he was arrested.


CBI raids 45 locations across four states in illegal coal mining case: Reports

CBI on Saturday raided 45 places across four states in a case related to illegal mining and theft of coal from public sector firm Eastern Coalfield Limited, PTI reported.The investigating agency began raids at locations in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh a day after filing a first information report in the case. The FIR named Anup Manjhi and several officers from the firm.


UP Police Arrest 15-Year-Old for 'Threatening' CM Adityanath on WhatsApp

New Delhi: A 15-year-old boy from Agra was taken into juvenile custody on allegations that he had “threatened” to “blow up” Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.An FIR was filed for criminal intimidation at Lucknow’s Sushant Golf City police station after the boy had sent the threat by WhatsApp on the state’s Dial 112 helpline number, according to Indian Express. The message was received by a policeman named Anjul Kumar who was on duty.The number was tracked by UP Police’s surveillance team and cyber cell within 24 hours, following which the boy was apprehended and presented to the juvenile board a day later, the report said.


J&K: First phase of DDC polls sees nearly 52% turnout; Reasi records highest polling

The opening phase of the first-ever District Development Council (DDC) polls across Jammu and Kashmir recorded a voter turnout of 51.7 per cent on Saturday. A total of 3.62 lakh of the nearly seven lakh electorate cast their votes in the local body polls for the first time following the abrogation of J&K’s special status last year.J&K’s Election Commissioner K K Sharma said that the polling process passed off peacefully except for a stray incident of stone-pelting in Kulgam, of which police have taken cognisance. Out of 3.62 lakh electorates, 1.93 lakh were male while 1.79 lakh were females, he added.


India’s GDP fell by 7.5% in July-September, economy in technical recession for first time ever

India’s GDP growth rate contracted by 7.5% for the second quarter (July-September) of the current financial year, government data showed on Friday. With this, the country’s economy slipped into a technical recessionary phase for the first time ever – when its GDP growth is negative or declining for two consecutive quarters or more.India’s economy had contracted by an unprecedented 23.9% in the first quarter (April-June) of this financial year, after being hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic slowdown.



Former Pfizer chief claims Covid-19 pandemic effectively over, no need for any vaccine

As Pfizer pharmaceutical breaks news for bringing Covid-19 vaccine, a former vice president and Chief Scientist of the company Michael Yeadon said that there is no need for any vaccine to end the ongoing pandemic.According to a report published in the Lockdown Sceptics, Yeadon wrote: “There is absolutely no need for vaccines to extinguish the pandemic. You do not vaccinate people who aren’t at risk from the disease. You also don’t set about planning to vaccinate millions of fit and healthy people with a vaccine that hasn’t been extensively tested on human subjects.”Yeadon made the comment on the vaccine development while criticizing the role played by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), a government agency of the U.K.SAGE is tasked with a role to determine public lockdown policies in the UK, as a response to the Covid-19 virus.



PM impressed with our facility, wants vaccine out at earliest: Pune Serum Institute’s Cyrus Poonawalla

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited Pune’s Serum Institute of India, his last stop during his three-city tour to the country’s vaccine hubs. At the SII, he spent an hour and reviewed the manufacturing process and the cold storage facility, where more than 50 million doses of Covishield vaccine are ready for release.Earlier in the day, Modi paid a visit to pharma major Zydus Cadila’s plant near Ahmedabad, which is developing ZyCov-D, From there, he flew to Hyderabad where he visited Bharat BioTech, which is developing Covaxin, India’s first indigenous vaccine candidate.“It was an excellent visit. The Prime Minister was highly impressed with the manufacturing facility at SII and asked us to come out with the vaccine at the earliest,” Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, chairman of the Poonawalla Group, told The Indian Express.



‘Search for vaccine? Is it a treasure hunt?’: Twitterati take a swing at Modi as he ‘reviews’ vaccine progress

News18 journalist Pallavi Ghosh was on Saturday trolled for her tweet on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad to ‘review’ the progress of COVID-19 vaccine candidate ZyCOV-D. Many other users also took to the microblogging website to post their own reactions to the PM’s visit.The Prime Minister is on a three-city tour of Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune to review the development of three vaccine candidates. After his visit to the Zydus Cadila manufacturing facility near Ahmedabad, Modi reached Hyderabad to take the stock of COVID-19 vaccine development at Bharat Biotech's facility located at Genome valley.The PM flew back to the national capital after a stopover in Pune, where he visited the Serum Institute of India (SII), which has partnered with pharma giant AstraZeneca and the Oxford University for the vaccine.


Himachal govt switches to 5-day-a-week system for a month to prevent spread of COVID

After imposing night curfew, Himachal Pradesh government has now switched over to five-day-a-week system for employees for the next one month to prevent spread of COVID-19. The new system will come in force with effect from December 1 and last till December 31.



WHO says would be 'highly speculative' to say coronavirus did not emerge in China

The World Health Organization’s top emergency expert said on Friday it would be “highly speculative” for WHO to say the coronavirus did not emerge in China, where it was first identified in a food market in December last year.China is pushing a narrative via state media that the virus existed abroad before it was discovered in the central city of Wuhan, citing the presence of coronavirus on imported frozen food packaging and scientific papers claiming it had been circulating in Europe last year.“I think it’s highly speculative for us to say that the disease did not emerge in China,” Mike Ryan said at a virtual briefing in Geneva after being asked if COVID-19 could have first emerged outside China.Reuters





Rouhani accuses ‘mercenary’ Israel of killing top Iran scientist

Iran’s president has accused Israel of killing a high-ranking Iranian nuclear physicist long suspected by the West of masterminding a secret nuclear bomb programme, state TV reported.“Once again, the evil hands of global arrogance were stained with the blood of the mercenary usurper Zionist regime,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a statement, according to the state TV report on Saturday.“The assassination of martyr [Mohsen] Fakhrizadeh shows our enemies’ despair and the depth of their hatred … His martyrdom will not slow down our achievements.”Iran’s religious and military rulers have threatened revenge for Friday’s killing of nuclear scientist Fakhrizadeh, who Iranian media said died in hospital after attackers gunned him down in his car in Ab-Sard, a suburb in eastern Tehran.The Islamic republic’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promised to retaliate for Fakhrizadeh’s assassination and said his nuclear work would continue.


Iran vows to avenge killing of its top nuclear scientist

A senior Iranian military commander has vowed to avenge the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, its top nuclear scientist who was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday, Reuters reported.“We will strike as thunder at the killers of this oppressed martyr and will make them regret their action,” Hossein Dehghan, the military advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said.Iran has blamed Israel for the killing. “This cowardice – with serious indications of Israeli role – shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said. “Iran calls on int’l [international] community– and especially EU [European Union]– to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.”


Russia: Pompeo visit to settlement reflects US disrespect to international principles

Commenting on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, on Friday Moscow accused the US of disrespecting principles of international law, news agencies reported.In a press conference held in Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry's Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova asserted that the visit was an attempt by the US administration to legitimise illegal Israeli settlements in the region, stressing that such actions contradict UN Security Council resolutions."We see this as another proof of US blatant disrespect to the globally-recognised principles of international law," the Russian official stated.She stressed: "The US administration's attempts to give legitimacy to the illegal Israeli settlements contradicts the United Nations Charter and the Security Council's resolutions," noting that Washington is seeking to create so-called "irreversible realities" on the ground.


France braced for more security law protests amid police violence

Dozens of rallies are planned on Saturday against a new French law that would restrict sharing images of police, only days after the country was shaken by footage showing officers beating and racially abusing a Black man.The case shocked France with celebrities and politicians alike condemning the officers’ actions, and has brought the debate over President Emmanuel Macron’s law to boiling point.Macron on Friday called the incident an “unacceptable attack” and asked the government to come up with proposals to “fight against discrimination”.One of the most controversial elements of the new law is Article 24, which would criminalise the publication of images of on-duty police officers with the intent of harming their “physical or psychological integrity”.


 Turkey rejects European resolution to impose sanctions on Ankara

Ankara rejected on Friday a "non-binding" resolution by the European Union (EU) parliament to impose sanctions on Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on the Maras and Cyprus issues, news agencies reported."We completely reject the non-binding resolution adopted by the MEPs on our country and the TRNC," Spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy announced in a statement.Aksoy added: "This decision, which is undoubtedly dictated by the Greek Cypriot Administration, once again demonstrates how disconnected from reality and prejudiced the European parliament is on the Cyprus issue."


Dr. Ataullah Siddiqui :Islamic World Loses Its Expert on Muslim-Christian Relationship in Europe

With the passing away of the UK-based Dr. Ataullah Siddiqui on November 8,  2020, the Islamic world has lost one of its leading intellectuals and an authority on Muslim-Christian relationships in Europe.Dr. Siddiqui, who was born in India in  1954 and went to the United Kingdom in 1982 for higher studies, worked for about 40 years for the Islamic Foundation in Leicester and its sister organisation, the Markfield Institute of Higher Education (MIHE). He was suffering from cancer that became the cause of his death.At the Islamic Foundation, an educational institution based in Markfield, Leicestershire, he became a research fellow in interfaith relations, and subsequently, served as its director from  2001 to  2008. He did his PhD from the University of Birmingham on interfaith dialogue and also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gloucestershire. After having specialised in Christian-Muslim relations, and Islam and pluralism, he founded the Muslim chaplaincy programme at MIHE and led it.







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