A day after the Supreme Court put a stay on the implementation of the three Central farm laws, the Bar Council of India (BCI) claimed on Wednesday that “90 per cent of the farmers are not in favour of the protests”.
In a statement, BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said, “Everybody knows that 90 per cent of the peace loving farmers are not in favour of continuance of agitation after the stay order of the Supreme Court, but persons with vested interests are trying to fulfil their own political ambition even at the cost of destablising the country.
“The nation is really thankful to our apex court which has realised the seriousness of the situation and has interfered in the matter with the objective of saving the country from lawlessness.”
The BCI also urged that the honest, sincere and sensible citizens should now come forward and convince the agitating farmers to suspend their protest till the final judgement of the apex court.
“We fail to understand as to why those who are making scandalous and contemptuous comments in the media did not appear before the court to put across their stand,” the BCI statement read.
“For any law abiding citizen, the only recourse available is to move the Supreme Court and request for modification of the order, if at all someone has any ground against the Constitution of the committee. But these so-called protesters do not want a solution to the problem, rather their sole motive is to exploit the agitation and mislead the agitating farmers,” it added.
The BCI also said that it is high time that the intellectuals of the country break their silence in order to save the country from a potential turmoil.
The Supreme Court had said on Tuesday that the extraordinary order of stay the implementation of the farm laws will encourage the farmers’ bodies to convince their members to get back to their livelihoods, both in order to protect their own lives and health and to protect the lives and properties of others.
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AMU to bury time capsule containing its history, achievements on Jan 26
Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh) [India], January 24 (ANI): A time capsule containing the history and achievements of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will be buried on January 26, said Rahat Abrar, AMU Spokesperson.
“We will bury a time capsule containing the history and achievements of Aligarh Muslim University at 11 am on 26 January. The Vice-Chancellor will participate in the event through video conferencing,” said Abrar.
“AMU is completing 100 years of its establishment hence this decision was taken. We have preserved important documents which will be buried in front of the Victoria Gate,” he added. (ANI)
In DJB vandalism case Raghav Chadha approaches Magistrate’s Court for monitoring of investigation
New Delhi [India], January 24 (ANI): In the face of “brazen acts” of “lawlessness” executed by vandalising the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) headquarters at Varunalaya, Jhandewala, the Vice-Chairperson of Delhi Jal Board has moved an application under Section 156(3) of CrPC praying for Court’s intervention and monitoring of investigation carried out by the police officials.
According to an official release, in the DJB vandalism case, DJB Vice-Chairperson Raghav Chadha has approached Magistrate’s Court for monitoring of investigation by filing an application under Section 156(3) against Delhi BJP Chief Adesh Gupta, Yogendra Chandoliya, another BJP leader Ravi Tanwar, Upadhyaksh, Karol Bagh BJP Unit, Vikas Tanwar and other unidentified persons owing to the ineffectual investigation and lodging FIR under trivial sections of Epidemic Act without naming the aforesaid BJP leaders, thus orders for effective investigation and monitoring of the same have been prayed in the application filed by Raghav Chadha.
The application for monitoring of investigation states that “upon the outrageous and unprecedentedly horrendous turn of events, wherein by resorting to brazen acts of vandalism and hooliganism orchestrated by Adesh Gupta, president, Delhi BJP Unit, Yogendra Chandoliya, another BJP leader, Ravi Tanwar, Upadhyaksh, Karol Bagh BJP unit, Vikas Tanwar, more than 200-250 BJP workers in the prosecution of their common object, unleashed series of grave and serious cognizable offences in broad daylight at Delhi Jal Board Headquarter.”
“The incident of violence was aggravated owing to the conspicuous inaction on the part of Delhi Police who nonchalantly stood as mute spectators while the riotous mob created havoc and illegally trespassed the Delhi Jal Board Headquarters and woefully ravaged the public property of the Delhi Jal Board, which is an instrumentality of State and obstructed the officials in discharge of their official duties with absolute impunity, again followed by the abysmal inaction of the concerned police officials to bring the palpably identifiable offenders to book till date. Thus, by way of the application under S. 156(3), inter-alia, a court-monitored timely investigation is sought in furtherance of the right to a fair and impartial investigation,” the application further read. (ANI)
Srinagar receives heavy snowfall, road and air connectivity affected
Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], January 24 (ANI): Srinagar and Mandi area in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir received heavy snowfall on Saturday which affected road and air connectivity in the region.
Heavy snowfall made the roads slippery which affected traffic movement here. Speaking to ANI, Bashir, a resident said, “After many years this region has received heavy snowfall.”
“The Mandi area of Poonch has received at least six inches of snowfall. We wish people do not face electricity and food-related problems amid the weather,” said another local from Poonch.
Around a week ago, as heavy snowfall occurred in Jammu and Kashmir, temperatures across the Union Territory plummeted to zero degrees Celsius, leading to the freezing of the Dal Lake in Srinagar. (ANI)
Worker dies in accident at pharma company in Visakhapatnam
Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India], January 24 (ANI): A worker died in an accident at a pharma company in Visakhapatnam on Saturday following which the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) leaders have demanded that the management should take the responsibility of deceased’s family members and until then, CITU will stage a protest here, said Gajuwaka Police.
Incident was reported at the pharma company in Munagada village of Visakhapatnam district. The deceased person has been identified as Bammidi Vasu, a resident of the Malkapuram area, according to the police.
Gajuwaka police reached the spot soon after the incident occurred and started the probe. CITU leaders have claimed that this is the third incident that occurred in the same company. (ANI)
Illegal mining rampant in state, impossible without Karnataka CM’s support: Siddaramaiah
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], January 24 (ANI): Illegal mining is rampant in Karnataka, flouting all the rules of the Mines and Geology Department and it is impossible to carry out illegal mining without the support of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, said former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday.
In a thread of tweets, Yediyurappa slammed Karnataka Chief Minister saying that the government should take strict action against all those who are involved in illegal mining.
“Illegal mining is rampant in the State flouting all the rules of Mines and Geology Department. It is impossible to carry out illegal mining without the support of Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.
“Karnataka CM has said that illegal mining can be made legal by submitting an application form. Does this mean illegal mining done till now is not an offence? Can anything illegal be made legal with just an application? Is this a responsible statement made by BS Yediyurappa?” Siddaramaiah added.
BS Yediyurappa has assumed that legalising illegal mining is like regularising houses and land, said Siddaramaiah adding that he would not have made such an irresponsible statement if he had some knowledge about the law.
“The government should take strict action against all those who are involved in illegal mining, irrespective of party affiliation. Karnataka CM should not be influenced by anyone in taking action,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.
“MLC Ayanur Manjunath has claimed that there are more than 100 illegal mining sites in Shivamogga. Who is responsible for illegal mining on such a large scale in the home district of Karnataka CM only?” he added.
“It seems KS Eshwarappa had instructed officers in a KDP meeting to turn blind eye to illegal mining activities. Will Eshwarappa take responsibility for the blast that killed many innocent people? Or will the officers take the responsibility?” Siddaramaiah said in another tweet.
Illegal mining is a serious issue and it has already taken the lives of many innocent people, said Siddaramaiah.
“I strongly demand an enquiry by a sitting High Court judge,” Siddaramaiah added. (ANI)
Vaccine 99 pc safe, people should step forward to get vaccinated: Telangana Health Minister
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], January 24 (ANI): The COVID-19 vaccine is 99 per cent safe and it is important to get vaccinated, said Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender while hoping everyone would step forward for it in the coming days.
Speaking to ANI about the decline in the percentage of beneficiaries vaccinated against COVID-19 as per the target set by the State Government, Rajender said, “Actually, the people (health workers) who had taken a decision to wait to get vaccinated are left now.”
“If the COVID-19 vaccination for private health workers starts, then there will be a movement. I appeal to people who have decided to wait to rather get vaccinated now,” he added. (ANI)
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