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Delhi HC to resume physical hearings from March 15

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New Delhi [India], February 20 (ANI): After operating virtually for around a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delhi High Court on Saturday ordered all its benches to hold physical hearings on a daily basis from March 15.
The court stated, “all the Courts of Joint Registrars (Judicial) shall continue to hold courts as per the existing arrangement up to 12.03.2021 and shall hold regular physical courts, on a daily basis, with effect from March 15, 2021”.
The Court may, in exceptional cases, permit any of the parties and/or their Counsel to join the proceedings through video conferencing, subject to the availability of requisite infrastructure.
“It is expected that the Advocates, litigants and other visitors to this Court strictly adhere to the norms of social distancing and all other Covid-19 protocols, guidelines, directions, etc. issued by the Government of India, Government of NCT of Delhi and this Court from time to time,” the Court said.
Earlier, the Delhi High Court in an official statement said that all the district courts of Delhi to hold hearing physically on an alternate day basis and continue to take up the matters through ‘video conferencing’ on non-physical days from January 18.
The official statement also said that 11 benches of Delhi High Court will hold physical court while the rest will take matter via video-conferencing in view of the decline in the intensity of spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the national capital.
Earlier, Full Court has also ordered that 11 Benches of Delhi High Court including two Division Benches, three Single-benches of Civil Side, three Single-benches of Criminal Side and three Original Jurisdiction of Civil shall hold physical Courts with effective from January 18, 2021, while the remaining Benches shall continue to take up the matters through Video Conferencing as per the roster to be notified on the website of this Court.
Last year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the high court on March 25 had restricted its functioning along with district courts till April 14 and then it shifted slowly to the video conferencing-based hearings. (ANI)

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Two criminals held after encounter with police in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 7 (ANI): Rowdy-sheeter Chaddi Kiran and one of his associates have been arrested by Bengaluru Police on Sunday after a brief encounter.
Police personnel opened fire in self-defence when he attacked a cop while attempting to flee along with his associate. Kiran is hospitalised after a leg injury and his condition is stable, the police said.
Kiran and his associates are accused in March 2 attempt to murder case. Rowdy Sheeter Kiran and his associates are having more than 10 serious cases against them. Kiran was released on February 3, 2021, the police added.
The police received the information that Kiran is coming near Laggere Bridge in Bengaluru.
“At around 4:15 AM on Sunday, Police Sub Inspector Naveed and police staff waited there and when they attempt to arrest him, Chaddi Kiran tried to escape by overspeeding. When our police staff attempted to arrest him physically, Rowdy sheeter Chaddi Kiran and his associate Dasa attacked police staff PC Basavanna with a knife,” the police said.
To save his staff and effect arrest of Rowdy Sheeter and his associate, Naveed fired in air.
“Still, the accused didn’t surrender, then Naveed shot Chaddi Kiran on the Right leg. He is shifted to Bowring Hospital. He is stable and under observation,” the police said.
Kiran’s associate Dasa has been arrested and police staff Basavanna is stable, it added. (ANI)

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Tamil Nadu elections: Congress reaches seat-sharing deal with DMK, to contest 25 Assembly seats

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 7 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Congress chief KS Alagiri on Sunday announced that the party has reached a seat-sharing pact with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and will contest 25 assembly seats in the upcoming Tamil Nadu elections.
“We have signed a seat-sharing agreement with DMK. Congress will contest in 25 assembly seats in the upcoming Tamil Nadu election and in the by-election to the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat,” said Alagiri.
The meeting was held at DMK headquarters on Sunday morning.
Udayanidhi Stalin, son of DMK President MK Stalin and DMK Youth Wing Secretary, is seeking a ticket to contest from the Chennai-Chepauk assembly constituency.
Udayanidhi Stalin was also interviewed by the DMK election committee at party headquarters yesterday.

Speaking to the media, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Congress in-charge of Tamil Nadu said, “Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) entering into an alliance with All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), its intention is to finish off AIADMK.”
“They want to kill all opposition parties and have ‘one party-one man rule’ in the country. Congress, DMK, Left, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) will sweep these elections,” he added.
The 234-members Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2.
Ruling AIADMK is contesting the polls in a pre-poll alliance with the BJP.
DMK has joined hands with Congress. This time actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan’s party Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) is also in the fray. (ANI)

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Amit Shah offers prayers at Suchindram Temple in TN’s Kanyakumari

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Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 7 (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday offered prayers at Suchindram Temple, Kanyakumari during his visit to Tamil Nadu ahead of state Assembly polls.
Shah was accompanied by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and supporters during his visit to the temple.

As per the schedule of his visit to the state, Shah will launch Vijay Sankalp Mahasampark Abhiyan — a door-to-door campaign at Suchindram Town in Kanyakumari.
Shah will also hold a roadshow from Hindu college to Veppamodu Kamraj statue in Kanyakumari.
This is Shah’s second visit to the state in a week. Last Sunday, he visited Chennai and met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam.
BJP is contesting Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu in alliance with incumbent All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). The AIADMK late Friday night announced that it allocated 20 Assembly constituencies to the BJP for the ensuing elections along with the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency.
Tamil Nadu Assembly elections for 234 constituencies will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2. As many as 6,28,23,749 electors will choose candidates for the sixteenth Legislative Assembly in Tamil Nadu.
Later in the day, Shah is scheduled to attend the valedictory function of BJP Kerala Vijay Yatra in Thiruvananthapuram. (ANI)

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India to have 10,000 Janaushadhi Kendras soon: PM Modi

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the government wants to reach a target of opening 10,000 Janaushadhi Kendras very soon and added that these centres are helping people from poor and middle-class families save around Rs 3,600 crores annually.
Addressing Janaushadhi Diwas celebrations and interacting with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana, through video conferencing, the Prime Minister said this scheme is helping to provide cheap medicines to the citizens living in tribal areas in the Northeast and in the mountainous areas.
“Today when the 7500th centre has been inaugurated in Shillong. It is clear from this how much public health centres are expanding in the Northeast. We had less than 100 Janaushadhi centres till 2014. We want to reach the target of opening 10,000 centres very soon. I want to request state governments to take a pledge for 75 Janaushadhi centres each in 75 districts on the 75th year of our independence. We should also set a target of double the beneficiaries of Janaushadhi centres,” he said.
“Janaushadhi scheme is supporting poor and middle-class families. This scheme is becoming a medium of service and employment. At Janaushadhi Kendras, people are getting affordable medicines and youth are getting employment there. Rs 2.5 sanitary pads are being made available to girls at Janaushadhi Kendras. More than 11,000 crore sanitary napkins have been sold at Janaushadhi Kendras,” he added.
PM Modi said more than 1,000 Janaushadhi Kendras are being run by women. This Janaushadhi scheme is empowering self-reliance among women, he added.
“Janaushadhi centres are helping people from poor and middle-class families save around Rs 3,600 crores annually. With an aim to expand the Janaushadhi scheme, the incentive of these centres has been increased from Rs 2.5 lakhs to Rs 5 lakhs. Besides this, an additional incentive of Rs 2 lakhs is being given to Dalits, tribals, women and people of the Northeast. This money helps them to make their store and purchase the required furniture,” he said.
The Prime Minister informed that a decision has been taken to make available 75 Ayush medicines across Janaushadhi centres in the country.
“This scheme has opened new possibilities in the pharma sector. Today demand for Made in India medicines and surgical have increased. With this, the production is also increasing. It is generating new employment opportunities. Now a decision has been taken to make available 75 Ayush medicines across Janaushadhi centres in the country,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that the government is highly focused on developing infrastructure to provide affordable and effective treatment to all.
“For a long time, in the government’s thinking of the country, health was considered to be the only subject of disease and treatment. But the subject of health is not just limited to disease and treatment, but it affects the entire economic and social fabric of the country,” he said.
“The effort of the government today is that no one should be deprived of the benefits of medical science. The treatment should be cheap, accessible, be for the public, with this thinking, policies and programs are being made today,” he added. (ANI)

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SCBA to challenge SC’s decision on hybrid physical hearing

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has decided not to accept the Supreme Court’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the hybrid mode of hearing commencing from March 15.
SCBA has decided to file a petition challenging the same.
SCBA executive committee in an emergency meeting on Saturday resolved to not accept the SOPs of hybrid hearing alleging that the decision has been taken by the Supreme Court without taking into confidence the Bar though it is an equal stakeholder in the dispensation of justice delivery system.
The Supreme Court has decided to begin a hybrid mode of hearing (physical and virtual) on an experimental basis from March 15. Supreme Court said a pilot basis final hearing/regular matters listed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays will be heard through hybrid mode.
The Secretary-General of the Supreme Court in a circular issued on March 5, said the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde has issued some directions and Standard Operating Procedure on commencing of the hybrid mode of hearing in the apex court amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.(ANI)

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to address Kisan Mahapanchyat in Meerut today

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will address a ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ in Western Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district today.
Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Kumar Lallu on Saturday said that the party will continue to protest against the farm laws and “Priyanka Gandhi will address a ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ in Meerut on Sunday and highlight the issues being faced by farmers.”
This will be the fifth Kisan Mahapanchayat in the region which will be addressed by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
Priyanka Gandhi had chaired the meeting of UP Congress MLAs in Delhi and discussed the strategy to be adopted to take on the central government on farmer’s issues.
The Congress Party is organising Kisan Panchayats in 28 districts of Western Uttar Pradesh to raise a voice against the farm laws and to support farmers’ demand to repeal them.
Uttar Pradesh Congress had launched the ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ programme in the region on February 10 from Saharanpur through a Kisan Panchayat which was addressed by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
According to Sources with this Kisan Mahapanchayat, the party will conclude the Program in Western UP and the Next Phase will be launched in Eastern UP.
Since then, senior leaders are addressing Kisan Panchayats from district to tehsil level but Kisan Panchayats addressed by Congress General Secretary in-charge of the state Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been planned aiming at gaining political ground.
She had also addressed the Kisan panchayat in Saharanpur which was organised by Congress leader Imran Masood and attended by Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Ajay Singh Lallu and other senior leaders. (ANI)

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