Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has welcomed the Centre’s decision to take forward the talks with kisan unions on the farm laws, in the wake of the farmers’ decision to lift their “rail roko” agitation to allow passenger and goods trains in the state.
The Chief Minister, who had spoken last week with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to urge them to resolve the issue at the earliest, said he was happy to note that the Central government had reportedly invited the farmer organisations for talks on 3 December. Referring to media reports to this effect, he hoped the forthcoming talks would pave the way for early redressal of the concerns of the farmers on the central agricultural laws.
It was vital for Punjab’s interests that the matter be resolved as soon as possible, said Captain Amarinder, expressing satisfaction at the fact that both, the kisan unions and the Government of India, had shown flexibility and intent to come to an amicable solution to the issue of the farm laws. He hoped that the Central government would take into account the long-term implications of the farm laws, and the grave repercussions these would have not just for Punjab and its farmers but the entire nation’s agriculture sector and food security.
Meanwhile, with supplies of essential commodities finally being restored with the resumption of goods train services in Punjab after about two months, the CM has asked Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan to coordinate with various departments to ensure seamless movement of the raw materials to power plants and industry. The stalled operations at various units should be revived urgently, he has directed Vini, asking her to ensure that critical supplies are arranged to be delivered on priority to vital units.
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Man adopts Macaw at Hyderabad’s Nehru Zoological Park
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], March 6 (ANI): A resident of Telangana’s Secunderabad on Saturday adopted a Macaw for three months at Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad.
S Siddarth, who was visiting the place along with his family, paid Rs 7,500 in favour of the zoological park’s curator for the same.
Speaking on the occasion Deputy Curator of the Nehru Zoological Park A.Nagamani, deputy curator, thanked Siddharth for showing keen interest in adopting the Macaw, thereby strengthening the Wildlife Conservation Programme in the Zoo Park.
Siddharth also expressed his commitment in conservation of wild animals and hoped that the step taken by him inspire people to adopt animals at the zoological park. (ANI)
Muraleedharan accuses Kerala government of corruption, alleges its involvement in gold, dollar smuggling cases
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], March 6 (ANI): Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan has accused the government led by CPI-M of corruption and alleged that it was linked to gold and dollar smuggling cases.
He said the CPI-M and Kerala government were trying to gain sympathy by saying that they are unnecessarily harassed by the Central Government and customs department.
“The statement given by Customs in High court is in the public domain. Customs has not given a suo moto statement. The statement was a sequel or counter to the writ filed by the jail Director General of Police (DGP) regarding the statement made by Swapna Suresh requesting protection,” Muraleedharan told ANI.
“Who authorised the jail DGP to file such a writ. When such a writ is filed is it not natural that Customs will have to submit the facts before the court,” he added.
The Customs has informed Kerala High Court that Swapna Suresh, a key accused in the gold smuggling case, had stated about the smuggling of foreign currency “at the instance of” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan.
The minister also targeted the ruling alliance in the state over Customs deciding to interrogate former CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s wife Vinodini Balakrishnan for allegedly receiving iPhone purchased by Unitac owner Santhosh Eapen.
“The latest issue is about the iPhones which were given as a bribe. It is reported that one such iPhone was being used by the former secretary of CPI(M)’s wife. How and why did it reach her?” Muraleedharan asked.
“It points out the fact that CPI(M) was very closely involved with the smuggling of gold, dollar and also in corruption in the Life Project. They cannot wash off their hands, play victimhood saying the Central government is harassing them,” he added.
The minister said an order was issued stating that the presence of some customs officer should be done away with when Swapna is meeting her visitors.
“It is a routine order in which the presence of customs officers is mandatory when a COFEPOSA (The Conservation Of Foreign Exchange And Prevention Of Smuggling Act) detenu has a visitor. Who is feeling threatened?” he asked. (ANI)
Objective of judicial system not merely resolving disputes, but also to uphold justice: President Kovind
Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) [India], March 6 (ANI): The objective of the judicial system is not merely to resolve disputes, but also to uphold justice, which could be implemented by removing obstacles like delay in the delivery of justice, said President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the All India State Judicial Academies Directors’ Retreat at Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh today where Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Governor Anandiben Patel, and Chief Justice of India SA Bobde were also present.
The President was happy to note that the use of technology in the judicial system has increased rapidly. More than 18,000 courts have been computerized in the country. Till January 2021 including the lockdown period, around 76 lakh cases were heard in virtual courts across the country.
He also said that initiatives like National Judicial Data Grid, Unique Identification Code, and QR Code are being appreciated globally, adding that with the help of e-courts, video conferencing, e-proceedings, e-filing, and e-seva centers, it is easier for the judicial administration to dispense justice. He stated that another benefit of this technological intervention is that due to these initiatives, the use of paper has decreased, which helps conserve natural resources.
The President further stated that the lower judiciary is the core of the country’s judicial system. “Our judicial academies are doing an important job by training law students into learned judges,” said the President.
The President said that there is a need to increase the scope of training of judges as well as other judicial and quasi-judicial officers for the speedy disposal of pending cases in our courts, especially in the district courts.
To provide ‘speedy delivery of justice’, it is essential that besides extensive judicial training, there is a need to introduce the use of technology in our judicial processes. Due to the increasing number of cases, it becomes necessary to understand the issues in correct perspectives and take accurate decisions in a short time, stated the President.
The introduction of new laws, extensive changes in the nature of litigation, and the need to settle cases in a time-bound manner have also made it imperative for judges to have up-to-date knowledge of the law and procedures, he added.
The President said, “We, the people of India’, have high expectations from the judiciary. Society expects judges to be knowledgeable, prudent, affectionate, dignified, and impartial. Quality is given more importance than numbers in the judicial system. And, to meet these requirements, it is very important to keep updating the training procedures, knowledge, technology, and judicial skills. Thus, even at the induction level and in-service training, the role of state judicial academies becomes very important in educating judges in a manner to measure upto the expectation.”
The President was happy to note that the Supreme Court has made available translations of its decisions in nine Indian languages. Some High Courts are also providing translations of their verdicts in local languages. He congratulated all those involved in this endeavour and urged High Courts to provide certified translations of their decisions related to important aspects of public life in state’s official languages simultaneously like the Supreme Court.
The President pointed out that the last resort for every person is the judiciary which is indicative of the trust people repose in the judicial system.
President Kovind further said, “In order to maintain this trust, all of us as organs of the state should ponder on the following points. What can we do to use the technology in order to simplify the processes for the people, in their own language, with the aim to provide speedy, accessible, and affordable justice? Similarly, how can we expand the scope of alternative justice systems like arbitration, mediation, Lok Adalats? How can the use of the official language of the state be further encouraged in the proceedings of the High Courts and District Courts? And, what steps can be taken to reduce the number of government lawsuits? “
The President said that the objective of the judicial system is not merely to resolve disputes, but also to uphold justice and one way to uphold justice is to remove obstacles like delays in the delivery of justice.
“Justice is not delayed only by lack of court’s functioning or system. On many occasions, the plaintiff and the defendants use it as a tactic. They continue to prolong the trial on the basis of loop-holes present in-laws and procedures, etc. by resorting to frequent adjournments”, stated President Kovind.
He said that it is necessary for the judiciary to play a pro-active role while being vigilant in resolving these loop-holes present in court proceedings and procedures, adding that this can be achieved by adopting innovations taking place at national and international levels and sharing best practices.
He expressed confidence that in the two-day conference all these aspects of judicial administration will be discussed in-depth and the points of action will be decided. (ANI)
Karnataka CM condoles death of agriculture scientist Mahadevappa
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 6 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday expressed grief over the death of Agricultural Scientist and Padma Bhushan awardee M Mahadevappa.
“A master in the field of Agricultural Science, Mahadevappa was also admired for his service-mindedness. In his death we have lost a great agricultural scientist,” Yediyurappa said in his message.
Popularly known as the ‘Father of Hybrid Rice’, M Mahadevappa died on Saturday.
Mahadevappa who was born in Madapura in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district was a renowned Agriclutultural scientist.
He began his career as a Senior Researcher in Mysuru’s Central Food Technological Research Institute and went on to succeed in developing high-yielding hybrid varieties of rice and jowar.
Mahadevappa served as the Vice-chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences in Dharwad for two terms and as the chairman of the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research of which he was a member of the governing council. (ANI)
J-K: Srinagar Police inaugurates Women Help Desk and Counselling Hall in Rambagh
Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], March 6 (ANI): In order to help women facing harassment, abuse, or violence, the Srinagar Police have started a Women Help Desk and a counselling hall at the Women Police Station in Rambagh area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar, the Srinagar police informed on Saturday.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar M Haseeb Mughal was the chief guest at the occasion.
According to a press statement issued by the Srinagar police, the help desk is aimed to respond to calls made by women who are victims of domestic violence.
“The growing incidents of domestic violence in the valley demanded an immediate redressal mechanism,” the statement said.
“The initiative is aimed to cater the need to ensure timely action and fair audience of all aggrieved, so the principles of natural justice are upheld. The Help Desk mobile numbers are 9596770601, 9596770602,” it said.
Superintendent of Police Headquarters Srinagar, SP South City Srinagar, Deputy SP DAR Srinagar, Deputy SP Headquarters Srinagar, SHO Police Station Women, and other officers of the District were also present at the event. (ANI)
Faced no hurdle from Bengal govt though some issues in Tamil Nadu during Ram temple donation drive: Champat Rai
By Pragya Kaushika
New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Members of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust did not face any trouble in poll-bound West Bengal during the donation collection drive, trust general secretary Champat Rai has said.
Giving details of donations collected from various states, Rai, who is also a senior office-bearer of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), said that he has not received any report from West Bengal of workers who had gone for donation collection facing opposition.
“In West Bengal, our workers faced no problem. There was no hurdle from the government as well. In fact, it was in Tamil Nadu that we faced some issues,” Rai said.
He said states in northeastern India have contributed handsomely to the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
According to a tweet by Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, Arunachal Pradesh has contributed Rs 4.5 crore, Manipur has contributed to Rs 2 crore, Mizoram has given 21 lakh, Nagaland has contributed Rs 28 lakh, Meghalaya has contributed Rs 95 lakh.
“In the South, Tamil Nadu has contributed 85 crore whereas Kerala has contributed Rs 13 crore,” it said.
Samarpan Nidhi drive, an almost one and half month-long donation collection drive for temple construction for Ram temple is over. Nine lakh workers in 1.75 lakh groups reached out to 10 crore families and collected little over Rs 2500 crore.
The trust is also expecting “a donation amount” from Indians residing abroad.
VHP international working president Alok Kumar said that permissions have been sought for the same.
“The devotees who missed this samarpan (contribution) drive, can still make their contribution through our website. Devotees from outside Bharat are requested to wait a little more. They will be notified upon completion of FCRA formalities,” the trust said in a tweet.
Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust is entrusted with the task of constructing a grand temple in Ayodhya. (ANI)
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