NEW DELHI: As farmers continue their protests on to the ninth day at Delhi’s borders, talks with the Centre seem to have hit an impasse. The government has again called the farmer leaders for a new round of talks on 5 December. Despite a softening stance by the Centre, the farmers have stood fast on their demands and called for a Bharat Bandh on 8 December. On Friday, at the Singhu border between Delhi and Haryana, farmer unions made it clear in a press conference that they are in no mood to budge and disclosed their plans to raise the intensity of their protest. “Yesterday, we told the government that the farm laws should be withdrawn. On December 5, effigies of PM Modi will be burnt across the country. We have given a call for Bharat Bandh on December 8,” said Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU-Lakhowal) general secretary H.S. Lakhowal. “We need to take this protest forward. The government has to take back the farm laws,” added Hannan Mollah, general secretary, All India Kisan Sabha at the press conference. Earlier in the day, 40 farmer leaders met at the Delhi-Haryana border to discuss follow-up actions after Thursday›s meeting with the government failed to end the deadlock over the contentious new farm laws. Meanwhile, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said on Friday that the farmers are hoping that the government will meet their demands during the fifth round of talks scheduled on December 5. “The government wants to make amendments to the three laws, but we want the laws to be completely repealed. If the government does not agree to our demands, we will continue to protest. We are looking to find out what happens in Saturday›s meeting,» Tikait told news agency PTI.
While the farmers remain accessible at Singhu, Ghazipur and other borders, the ones at the Tikri border have mostly been cut off due to police barricading. Shouting slogans and bringing in leaders to speak on the issue, farmers at Tikri repeated their call for staying firm at the protest site and keeping it clean and providing food, water and tea to the crowd.
“The government will have to accept our demands, the farm laws were made for farmers. If we are not happy with it, they should roll it back. Let them make MSP a law and let us decide what laws we want,” said Harjinder Buggi, a farmer camping at Tikri border.
Another farmer at the location told The Daily Guardian, “This might be a 9-day-long protest for many but we have been at this for the past 2-3 months. Just because it was happening in Punjab, people didn’t heed it. Now that we’ve shut down the national capital, they have noticed us. The farmers will die if we let these laws lead our lives. At least by fighting here, we will have a noble death. We’re ready to sit here for six months, a year or however long it takes. We have ration and more is on the way. Various associations like the truck and lorry industry are also joining in.”
However, many farmers indicated that they do not want a delay in the protest or for it to go the ‘Shaheen Bagh’ way.
Political parties have also extended their support to the agitation. TMC leader and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O›Brien met farmers gathered at the Singhu border. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also spoke to the farmers over the phone and extended her support. Congress’s frontal organization, Indian Youth Congress, is also organizing langars at the protest sites, while another frontal organization of the party, the Indian Overseas Congress (Germany), has decided to donate Rs 1 crore to the movement. IOC general secretary, Virender Vashist, also said that such an initiative should not be seen as a political decision but as a social initiative, adding that some part of this money should be spent as medical aid for the agitating farmers.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also visited the Singhu border in the afternoon. “The farmers are being deliberately harassed by the people in power. If they are not in agreement with the bill, it should be re-appealed. A bill which is meant for the farmers should be made after taking their consensus. Politicizing the matter will not help,” said Jain during his visit.
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Million Dollar Vegan has distributed 1 million meals since start of pandemic
The international non-profit thinks that access to sufficient, nourishing, and pleasant foods is a basic human right.
The international non-profit organisation Million Dollar Vegan will meet its goal of distributing one million plant-based meals to communities all around the world this month.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the group has collaborated with volunteers, small vegan businesses, and neighbourhood charities to distribute plant-based snacks to Covid 19-affected communities. It promised in March 2020 to distribute one million meals, together with hygiene supplies, seeds, and equipment, as well as knowledge about how to prepare inexpensive, nourishing plant-based meals, where they were most needed.
“We could see many communities struggling with the loss of income and access to basic healthcare. Some people felt isolated and lonely. Others were desperately worried about their livelihoods and futures. It seemed more important than ever that we connect with people, learn from them, provide support where we could, and showcase veganism as compassion in action.”, says Darshana Muzumdar of Million Dollar Vegan India.
Million Dollar Vegan supports people from all walks of life, from those who have been displaced to youngsters to those who are fighting for labour rights, by providing delicious plant-based meals. Million Dollar Vegan thinks that access to sufficient, nourishing, and pleasant foods is a basic human right. The organisation also works to spread awareness of the advantages of veganism and how it contributes to a more compassionate, secure, and healthy society for all.
The number of animals farmed in factory farms is in the billions, and a growing number of reputable environmental scientists and research organisations are advising people to eat plant-based diets to prevent the planet’s climate from breaking down, according to Million Dollar Vegan.
Continues Darshana: “One thing is certain: our own health is connected to that of the planet and animals, and when we harm one, we do harm to all. Pandemics emerge when we destroy the natural world; antibiotic resistance is driven by the overuse of antibiotics in factory farms; rearing animals for their meat, milk, and eggs generate vast amounts of greenhouse gasses; while the consumption of animal products is connected to some of the world’s biggest killers, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Eating plant-based addresses all these issues and more, and helps us create the future we all want.”
Despite exceeding its initial goal of one million meals, the organisation, which has campaign staff in ten countries, emphasises that this is not the end of its work in food solidarity. It intends to keep preparing and distributing plant-based meals where they are most needed as well as educating, motivating, and encouraging individuals to make healthful eating decisions.
AI-BASED SYSTEM AT DISPLAY IN INTERNATIONAL POLICE EXPO
On Wednesday at Pragati Maidan here, more than 18 nations took part in the International Police Expo-2022, displaying their cutting-edge weapons and AI-based safety systems for the protection of society.
Senior police officers from Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab, and other states stopped by the booths to learn about the most recent tools available to deal with any law-and-order scenario. An AI-based facial recognition system that can recognise suspects with masks on their faces and goggles on their eyes has been demonstrated to visitors. The software-based method just needs 40% of the face, from any angle, to recognise the person from the server-stored list.
The International Police Expo 2022, organised by Nexgen Exhibitions, will close on Thursday. More than 350 top-tier firms from nations including the UK, US, Israel, Germany, France, Dubai, UAE, Singapore, Australia, Russia, Spain, Italy, Denmark, and Sweden are currently exhibiting there.
Highlighting the key attractions, Mukesh Kharia, Organiser, International Police Expo said, “With this gala inaugural of our two-day International police expo, we are confident that senior police and law enforcement officials, security agencies, government representatives and professionals will successfully connect and interact with global and domestic manufacturers, suppliers and innovators so as to shape up a bright future for policing and homeland security in India.”
Companies from different nations are showcasing their most recent ideas and solutions for mob and riot controlling as mob violence becomes a big concern for policing in India. “With significant advances in technology and AI, Facial Recognition today has become increasingly valuable for authorities and agencies to rapidly extract biometric imprints of perpetrators in mob or riot situations. Corsight’s technology enables authorities/agencies to quickly run investigations in order to resolve dangerous situations and identify those involved. This can be done in large crowds, with poor lighting, obscure camera angles and even with individuals wearing sunglasses or masks.”, says Prashant Kaul, Regional Sales Director, Corsight.ai.
India’s leading companies and government organisations such as PLR Systems – Adani Group, (Advanced Weapons), Cellebrite, (Internationally acclaimed company for mobile forensic), Pelorus Technologies (Forensic products), Ordnance Equipment Factory – A Unit of Troop Comforts Limited, Munitions India Ltd (Ministry of Defence, Government of India), Advanced Weapon and Equipment India Ltd. (Govt. of India Enterprise, Ministry of Defence) and Abbott Diagnostics Medical Private Limited are participating at the 7th edition of International Police Expo.
“We are the leading manufacturers of indigenous quick response hand-held anti-drone systems for use by security and police forces for countering rogue drones and unauthorised photography. We are displaying our state-of-the-art three-channel system and projecting a seven-channel system at International Police Expo 2022.”, says Col. Balaram Pillai, Head, Defence & Aerospace, HILD Defence and Aerospace Pvt Ltd.
A Noida-based startup called Sparsh CCTV has created a breath analyzer that can identify the presence of alcohol from a distance of two feet, improving on-road safety.
According to official data, it will help reduce the number of drunk driving incidents where drivers refuse to take a breathalyser test and claim they can receive Covid by blowing into the metre.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MONSOON WEDDING
After the sweltering hot and sunny days, the monsoon season brings in the much needed wet and cool climate. If you are getting married in this romantic weather, make the most of it by following the simple tips by wedding curators Aaradhana & Prateek Kashyap of Made in Heaven.
Venue: Check the weather forecast before finalising the date and make sure the venue is monsoon proof. Opt for an indoor venue. Choose one that has glass walls, transparent ceilings or even windows to enjoy the lovely weather. Have humidifiers at the venue to balance the temperature. Also, an indoor venue will keep all the decorations safe. Make sure the venue is well ventilated and has a constant power supply as there are sudden electrical breakdowns due to bad weather.
Going in for an outdoor venue will be cumbersome as you will need to go in for waterproofing and don’t forget to have a bug repellent plan in place as the monsoon invites lots of bugs. We have a lot of umbrellas and sheds in the venue. Always have a backup plan in case you want to go in for an outdoor wedding. If you really want to go for an outdoor venue, look for a convertible venue if you really want to go for an outdoor venue, or opt for a venue that has both indoor and outdoor facilities so that if the rain comes, the entire wedding can happen inside, but make sure the indoor is big enough to accommodate all the guests.
Make sure the venue has valet service so that the guests can easily leave their vehicles and move in if it’s raining. You should have escorts and ushers, especially if there’s a distance between the parking area and the venue. You should have a hot beverage station to serve hot beverages and snacks the moment guests arrive. Plan out flexible times for your festivities as the monsoon invites a lot of traffic jams.
Décor: A monsoon wedding calls for a vibrant and colourful décor. Avoid real flowers as they get spoilt easily in rain, and they might attract small insects and crawlies. You can use origami, sheer curtains, glassware, and bright floral print fabrics and can add umbrellas, boats, origami, danglers, and fairy lights for the decor. If you choose an outdoor venue, avoid using props as they might fall in case it rains or the winds are heavy. Floral umbrellas, light colours, and the vibgyor theme are popular décor themes in the monsoon.
Food: Have plenty of live stations for hot snacks and beverages. You can have South Indian dishes, Chinese and grilled sections. Avoid raw salads and any cold beverages, as they can make you sick easily. Make sure the food is fresh and prepared hygienically, as rain brings in a lot of bugs and food allergies. Sweet dishes like garam jalebis and gulab jamuns are a must-have in your menu. Avoid dishes that have leafy veggies as ingredients like palak paneer, green chicken, hara bhara kebabs, etc., as leafy veggies are high in infections due to the conditions, they are grown in. Avoid risky sea foods like shrimp and an overdose of non-vegetarian preparations, as meat too leads to a lot of stomach infections this season. Plan a pre-wedding rain dance party and enjoy the lovely monsoon weather. A rain dance theme bachelorette party or even a pool-side party. You can even plan your haldi ceremony followed by a rain dance party. This can happen if you plan a destination wedding or book a hotel.
Wedding invites and favours: Opt for the monsoon theme for designing your invites, e.g., a couple dancing in the rain. Accessorise the wedding favours with umbrellas, cute raincoats, and other rain-wear gear like flip flops.
Photography & Videography: How about a pre-wedding shoot in the lovely monsoon weather. The romantic weather can definitely bring in the love in the air and complement the Pre-wedding shoots.
Wedding Outfits: Choose lighter outfits, and not too long hemlines and trails. It’s advisable to keep a spare.
Patiala man writes ‘pro-Khalistan slogans’, arrested
Karnal Police has arrested a Patiala-based man for writing “pro-Khalistan slogans” on the walls of two educational institutions on 20 June, and said that the accused was promised to pay USD 1,000 by a US-based person for accomplishing the job. The accused has been identified as Manjeet, hailing from Punjab’s Patiala.
Manjeet was produced before the court which remanded him to five-day police custody for further probe.
“Haryana Police arrested a person for writing pro-Khalistan slogans in Karnal On 20 June, slogans were found written on the walls of two educational institutions. We started probing the matter and arrested an accused identified as Manjeet, a resident of Punjab’s Patiala,” said Ganga Ram Punia, Superintendent of police, Karnal on Tuesday.
“The accused was produced in the court, which sent him to 5-day police remand. During interrogation, it came to the fore that the accused was in contact with a US-based person, who promised to pay 1,000 dollars for doing this work. Further probe into the matter is underway,” the official added.
In a similar incident that occurred in Himachal Pradesh in May, one more Punjab resident was arrested for allegedly putting Khalistani flags and writing slogans on the walls in the Dharamsala city of Himachal Pradesh, informed Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.
“Another person who put up Khalistani flags and wrote slogans on the wall in Dharamsala has also been arrested from Punjab. Every Himachali is united against the forces dividing the country. Long live Mother India Jai Hind, Jai Himachal,” Thakur had tweeted.
“In a joint raid with Himachal Pradesh Police, we arrested a resident of Morinda in connection with putting up pro-Khalistan flags and writing slogans on the wall of Himachal Assembly in Dharamsala,” said Rupnagar SSP Dr Sandeep Garg.
He further said, “During interrogation, the accused also accepted that he along with his accomplice had put up Khalistan banners outside our office (mini-secretariat complex) in Ropar, Punjab on 13 April. The accused have been handed over to Himachal Police.”
Notably, the ‘Khalistan’ flags were found tied on the main gate of the Assembly and walls on 8 May.
Police had also registered an FIR under sections 153-A and 153-B of IPC, section 3 of HP Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1985, and section 13 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) at Dharamshala Police station after the ‘Khalistan’ flags incident.
Police booked banned outfit ‘Sikhs for Justice’ (SFJ) general counsel Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and called him the ‘main accused’ in the case.
WEDDING BELLS FOR PUNJAB CM BHAGWANT MANN
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is set to tie the knot with 32-year-old Dr Gurpreet Kaur in Chandigarh on Thursday. CM Bhagwant Mann got divorced from his first wife in 2015. It is being said that Bhagwant Mann›s mother and sister wanted this marriage to happen.
At the age of 48, Bhagwant Mann will marry for the second time. The wedding ceremony will take place at his residence in a simple manner. Only family members will attend the wedding ceremony. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also expected to attend the function. Bhagwant Mann will get married according to Sikh customs.
Dr Gurpreet Kaur belongs to a simple family. It is also being said that both the families have known each other for a long time. Dr Kaur is a Chandigarh-based practising Doctor.
Bhagwant Mann got divorced 6 years back and has two young children from his previous wedding. Both the kids attended Mann›s CM Oath ceremony and are residing in America with their mother.
AAP MP Raghav Chadha wished CM Mann a happy married life on Wednesday. Chadha responded to a Twitter user’s comment, “And one thought that Raghav Chadha was the most eligible bachelor in AAP”. To which, he said, “Chhote da number vadde ton baad hi aunda hai. Best wishes to my vadde veer Mann Saab and Dr Gurpreet Kaur for a happy and blessed married life.”
20 SHORTLISTED AIRMEN APPROACH DELHI HC
Twenty shortlisted Airmen seeking direction for issuance of enrollment list and appointment letters have approached the Delhi High court. They are seeking appointment as per the notification of 2019 and that they should not be affected by the new Agnipath scheme.
The matter has been adjourned for two weeks as another similar matter is to be heard in Supreme Court next week. The division bench of justices Suresh Kumar Kait and Saurabh Banerjee adjourned the hearing on the petition for two weeks.
The petition moved through advocate Prashant Bhushan has sought direction from the Ministry of Defence and Central Airmen Selection Board to complete the recruitment process by publishing an enrollment list in terms of the notification of December 11, 2019 and consequently issue appointment letters to the shortlisted candidates.
The petitioners have also sought the issuing of a direction declaring that the notification of 2019 shall not be affected by the Agnipath scheme and subsequent notification of June 24, 2022. It is stated that the recruitment was to be done in three phases, which consisted of an online test, a physical fitness test, a group discussion, adaptability tests and a medical examination. The petitioners appeared and qualified in all three phases. Thereafter, a provisional selection list containing the names of the petitioners was published on May 31, 2021. The list contained the names of the candidates, cut-off marks and the position of the candidate in the merit list.
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