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Haryana, July 17 (KMS): Farmers protest against arrests in sedition case, police on high alert
The police in Haryana’s Sirsa district on Saturday deployed a huge force after farmer unions called for a protest against arrests in a sedition case, The Indian Express reported. Hundreds of farmers were expected to stage a blockade outside the district police chief’s office.
On Thursday, the police had arrested five people in a case related to an alleged attack on the car of Haryana Deputy Speaker Ranbir Gangwa during a farmers’ protest against the new agriculture laws. The police had booked over 100 people, most of them unidentified, under sedition, attempt to murder and other charges. Two farmer leaders – Harcharan Singh and Prahlad Singh – were also among those named in the First Information Report.

Farmer unions have criticised the police action, pointing out that even the Supreme Court has described the sedition law as “colonial”, and questioned its need after 75 years of Independence.
Some protestors on Saturday allegedly attacked vehicles of BJP leader Sanjay Tandon and Chandigarh Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma in the city’s Sector 48 area. The two leaders were attending a function as vandals reportedly broke the windshields of the politicians’ cars, according to The Tribune.
“The arrangement by the police was poor,” Tandon said. “They should not have allowed people, most of whom were outsiders, to attack our vehicles.” The BJP leader said the vandals seemed like anti-social elements who had joined the protests.
A video purportedly from Chandigarh of a child sitting in a police vehicle was also posted on the Twitter account of Kisan Ekta Morcha, a joint front representing the farmers protesting against the Centre’s agricultural laws.

The Kisan Ekta Morcha had said that the meeting of farmer leaders, the police, and the Sirsa district authorities started around 3 pm. However, the 90-minute-long meeting failed to reach an agreed upon conclusion, reported The Indian Express. Farmers then blocked Sirsa’s Prajapati Chowk and the Sirsa-Barnala highway.
Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Rakesh Tikait said the police did not have any evidence and accused them of sending men “to create law and order issues…to pressurise farmers”, reported The Indian Express. “We shall hold a morcha here in Sirsa as a part of our ongoing struggle.”
Earlier on Saturday, Tikait had said that despite the Supreme Court’s observation, the police in Haryana were booking farmers with sedition charges.
Earlier on Saturday, Haryana Superintendent of Police Arpit Jain said that they have made adequate deployments to stop protestors. “Over 10,000 personnel from across all districts of Haryana, Rapid Action Force and paramilitary forces have been deployed along with 30 checkpoints so that nobody disrupts law and order and attempts to break the law,” he told The Indian Express.

However, barricades set up by the police were knocked down in Sirsa on Saturday afternoon as demonstrations continued, according to NDTV.
Sirsa Civil Lines Police Station Station House Officer Ram Niwas told The Indian Express that a first information report was lodged on Wednesday on the complaint of Assistant Sub-inspector of Police Prem Singh, who had received injuries on July 11.
The FIR in the sedition case was registered on July 11. Earlier that day, farmers had staged protests at several events attended by the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders.
In Sirsa, they allegedly pelted stones and smashed the windscreen of the Haryana deputy speaker’s car while he was coming out after attending a function at the Chaudhary Devi Lal University. The deputy speaker escaped unhurt in the incident, according to the police.

Protests against farm laws
Thousands of farmers have camped outside Delhi since November, demanding that the central government repeal the three laws that open up the country’s agriculture markets to private companies. The farmers have hunkered down with supplies that they say will last them for months, and have resolved to not leave until their demands are met.
Talks between farmers groups and the central government to resolve the protests came to a complete deadlock after farmers rejected the Centre’s offer to suspend the laws for two years. The last time both sides met was on January 22. Since then, most farmer leaders have said they were willing to speak to the government again.
The farmers fear the policies will make them vulnerable to corporate exploitation and would dismantle the minimum support price regime. The government, however, continues to claim that the three legislations are pro-farmer.

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New Delhi, June 02 (KMS): The Indian Union of Muslim League (IUML) has moved the Supreme Court to stay an order issued by the Indian Home Ministry on May 28, empowering the collectors of certain districts to grant the Indian citizenship to the non-Muslim migrants from the neighbouring countries despite the pendency of its 2019 writ petition to declare as void the Citizenship (Amendment) Act of 2019.
IULM has prayed before the court to halt the said order till the 2019 writ petition is decided by the court. The said petition challenges the related amendments in the Foreigners Order 1948 and the Passport (Entry into India) rules 1950.
In its pending writ petition, the IUML had through PK Kunhlikutty (72) of Kerala sought to strike down the amended Act as unconstitutional for violation of Articles 14, 15 and 21 for discriminating among persons on the basis of their faith and religion. In its new petition, it cited as illegal the Ministry order to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, but not the Muslims.
During the hearing of its 2019 petition, New Delhi had prayed not to stay the amended Act since its rules have not been famed, the petition said, alleging that the May 28 order is “an attempt to circumvent the assurance given to this court, sought to implement their mala fide designs envisaged under the Amended Act.”

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Lucknow, June 02 (KMS): At least eight people lost their lives and six others suffered injuries after the roof of a two-storey building collapsed due to a cylinder blast in the Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh. The deceased include three children.
The incident took place in Tikri village in the Wazirganj area on Tuesday night. Villagers launched a rescue and relief operation soon after they learned about the tragedy. The injured persons are currently undergoing treatment at the Public Health Centre in Nawabganj.
“An information was received at UP 112 about a cylinder blast from Wazirganj police station area,” Gonda SP Santosh Kumar Mishra said. The SP added that the blast led to collapse of roof and the entire house came down.
The deceased were identified as Nisar (35), Rubina (32), Shamshad (28), Meraz (11), Sarunisha (35), Noori (12), Shoeb (2), and one unidentified.

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New Delhi, June 02 (KMS): An Indian court has ruled that a local government administration in Uttar Pradesh filed a “false and unfounded” police report against eight Muslim leaders who had opposed the “illegal” demolition of their mosque.
The bulldozing of the Masjid Gareeb Nawaz Al Maroof in May, carried out on the orders of the local administration of Barabanki district, caused an outcry and sent many local Muslims into hiding.
In the days following the demolition, the Barabanki administration filed a police case against eight local Muslim leaders who had opposed the demolition, accusing them of forging documents that had led to the mosque being illegally registered on government land.
In a ruling at Allahabad high court, judges declared that the administration had filed a “false and unfounded” police report against the Muslim leaders. The ruling, which was the result of a lawsuit challenging the demolition of the mosque, found that the state government had provided no proof to the court of falsified or forged documents.
The Muslims named in the case were also granted protection from arrest and the Uttar Pradesh government was given three weeks to produce the evidence.
The local administration that ordered the mosque to be flattened on 17 May had called it an “illegal structure” intruding on government land. The demolition has drawn comparisons with the demolition of Babri Masjid, a mosque torn down by a rightwing Hindu mob in 1992.
The Uttar Pradesh government is ruled by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which also controls the central government. The state chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, is one of the most hardline leaders in the party, known for his vitriol towards Muslims.
After the mosque’s demolition, the Masjid Gareeb Nawaz Al Maroof committee and officials from the Uttar Pradesh waqf board, which oversees the running of all mosques in the state, had challenged the demolition of the mosque as “patently illegal” and demanded it be rebuilt.
The Barabanki administration has since denied there was a mosque on the grounds at all and described the building as an “illegal construction”. Documents seen by the Guardian, however, show the building was first registered with a state body as a mosque in 1968. Chaudhary Haseen, 65, also confirmed that the local administration had appointed his deceased father, Anwar Hussain, as caretaker of the mosque, which he said had stood “since the British period”, between 1956 and 1986.
The demolition followed weeks of harassment by the Barabanki administration against the mosque committee and Muslims who worshipped there. A notice had been sent to the committee alleging that the structure was an “illegal construction” and tensions arose after Muslims who were prevented from praying at the mosque clashed with police, leading to dozens of arrests.
The decision to demolish the mosque is also alleged to be also a violation of a high court order passed on 24 April where all demolitions and evictions in Uttar Pradesh were ordered to be halted until 31 May.
Adarsh Singh, the Barabanki district magistrate, has said the administration acted in “complete compliance” with the law. – Courtesy The Guardian

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‘India needs a PM not an event manager’

New Delhi, June 01 (KMS): The Congress has slammed the Modi government alleging that it mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic which brought economic activities to a virtual standstill in many parts of the country.

In a Twitter post, the party said, “India needs a Prime Minister, not an event manager.” The post contained an image with the text reading, ‘BJP Infected Economy – 23 crore people have been pushed below the poverty line and into indebtedness’.

The opposition party in another post maintained that the only reason for India’s economic trouble is one man’s high-handedness. The Congress was pointing to reports which said that India’s GDP contracted by 7.3 per cent in 2020-21.

The Congress said that those who promised to make India a $5-trillion economy, have seen an almost $5 trillion bank fraud during their tenure. Common people have to pay the price for Modi’s fake promisesm, it said. »

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Odisha June01, (KMS): After an initial decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in the state amidst Cyclone Yaas, the numbers surged again as Odisha ramped up testing. On Sunday, the state reported 9,541 cases and on Monday 8,313 cases were reported with 35 more deaths.

Apart from the six districts that recorded more than 500 cases, the districts that are emerging as areas of concern include Jajpur, Bhadrak, Boudh, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Dhenkanal and Koraput, four of them affected by Cyclone Yaas.

On May 28, the state had tested 48,000 samples, the numbers have increased to 66,000 at present. Officials said that after evacuees began returning to their homes from shelter homes, new clusters have emerged in these districts. »

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Fatehpur (KMS): Six more bodies of Covid-19 victims were found floating in the Ganga River in Uttar Pradesh, in India.
Fatehpur Saddar Tehsil Sub-Collector (SDM) Pramod Jha told media that after he was informed about the floating bodies in the river a search operation was launched.
“Six decomposed bodies were recovered from the river,” he said.
Later in the day, a team of doctors performed the last rites at Bhitora Ganga Ghat as per the COVID-19 guidelines, the SDM said.
The bodies could not be identified as they were highly decomposed, the SDM said, adding that they appear to have come floating from far-off places.
Earlier this month, at least 52 bodies were seen floating at the Ujiyar, Kulhadia and Bharauli ghats in Ballia’s Narahi area.

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Manila, June 01 (KMS): The Philippines has extended travel restrictions on inbound travelers coming from India and six other countries until June 15, 2021.

In a statement, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte approved extending the travel bans imposed on India, and six other countries including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.

The government earlier imposed these restrictions to prevent the entry of the COVID-19 variant first detected in India.

As of May 26, health authorities have so far detected 13 cases of the so-called double mutant variant or B.1.617 in the country.

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New York, June 01 (KMS): The coronavirus catastrophe in the Republic of India ripples around the planet, even here.

“I have learned that India has lost 5,000 doctors and more healthcare workers in the second round of coronavirus surge,” Dr. Prem Gandhi, SUNY Plattsburgh Distinguished Professor emeritus, said.

“That is a number that is staggering since India can ill afford this loss when every healthcare worker and doctor is needed to bring the surge down.

“India has now commissioned senior medical students to assist in the hospitals.”

In the past two weeks, Gandhi, and his wife, Aruna, also a college retiree, have lost two additional members in their extended family.

“Sad to learn of the loss when the immediate family members cannot be there to take care of the last rites,” he said. »

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New Delhi, May 28 (KMS): Twitter Inc has said it was worried about the safety of its staff in India, days after police visited one of its offices as part of a probe related to the firm’s tagging of some ruling party posts as manipulated.

Leaders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party recently shared portions of a document on Twitter they said was created by the main opposition Congress party highlighting government failures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congress complained to Twitter saying the document was fake, after which Twitter marked some of the posts as “manipulated media”. »

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