By Archana Prasad
New Delhi [India], February 15 (ANI): Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Monday slammed the central government over the arrest of climate activist Disha Ravi in connection with ‘toolkit’ case and alleged that the “intent of the government is to threaten the youth” of the country.
“I think the whole intent of the government through this process is to threaten the youth in India. If you speak against the government, you will be dealt with in this manner. I do not think a tweet by a 21-year-old girl can destabilise India. The country which does not fear China is possibly also not afraid of Disha,” Sibal told ANI.
He said if there is a conspiracy involved, the government should also book Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg and international pop star Rihanna.
“If there is a conspiracy involved, as the government says, then they should make Greta Thunberg and Rihanna as the accused as well. Why they have not made Greta an accused?” he asked.
Thunberg and Rihanna had supported agitation by farmers against farm laws. Thunberg had referred to ‘toolkit’ in a tweet which was deleted later.
Sibal pointed out that people, who read the ‘toolkit’ will realise this is a plea against “exploitation of the farming community, not just in India but around the world”.
“The farming community has never got its due. That is the intent of the toolkit. I do not find any mention of Khalistan in the ‘toolkit’,” he said.
A Delhi court on Sunday remanded Disha Ravi to five-day police custody following her arrest.
She was arrested for allegedly spreading ‘toolkit’ related to the farmers’ protest.
Disha was arrested by Delhi Police on Saturday from Bengaluru. Last week, the Delhi Police sent a communication to Google seeking registration details and activity log of the account through which ‘toolkit’ related to the farmers’ protest was created and uploaded on the social media platform. (ANI)
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MK Stalin pays floral tribute to former chief ministers M Karunanidhi, CN Annadurai
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 1 (ANI): Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin on his birthday on Monday paid floral tribute to his father and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s at his memorial in Chennai.
He also paid tribute to party founder and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, CN Annadurai at Anna Memorial.
On Sunday, Stalin formally expressed his willingness to the party to contest from the Kolathur constituency in the Tamil Nadu Assembly election.
At DMK party headquarters in Arivalayam, Stalin submitted a formal letter to the party’s election committee expressing his willingness to contest from the Kolathur constituency in the upcoming State Assembly elections.
If this happens, then it will be the third consecutive time that he will be contesting from the same constituency.
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 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is contesting the polls in a pre-poll alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (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)
Mehul Choksi is Antiguan citizen, his citizenship has not been revoked, says his advocate
New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Denying media reports regarding the revocation of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi’s citizenship by an Antiguan civil court, his advocate Vijay Aggarwal told ANI that Choksi is still very much an Antiguan citizen and his citizenship has not been revoked.
“My client Mehul Choksi has clarified that he is very much an Antiguan citizen. His citizenship has not been revoked,” Aggarwal told ANI.
According to a media report, Choksi is currently fighting revocation of his citizenship in an Antiguan civil court as Antigua cancelled his citizenship sometime last year.
The report added that as soon as Choksi exhausts his appeal against the revocation of citizenship order, his extradition proceedings will begin as Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne has already assured India of sending him back.
Earlier, Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne had said, the citizenship of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, an accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank scam, will be revoked and he will be extradited to India once all his legal options are exhausted.
Choksi, 61-year-old is an Indian-born businessman, residing in Antigua and Barbuda and wanted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Earlier, Choksi in an interview to ANI, had claimed that he is innocent and all allegations against him are false, baseless and motivated by political expediency.
Choksi holds Antiguan citizenship and is the owner of Gitanjali Group, a retail jewellery company. An arrest warrant for Choksi has been issued in connection with the alleged Punjab National Bank fraud case. He was allegedly involved in stock market manipulation in 2013.
Recently Nirav Modi, nephew of Choksi was ordered to be extradited to India from the United Kingdom to face charges of conspiring to defraud PNB of more than a billion dollars, a UK judge ruled. (ANI)
SIT to probe Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar murder case
New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted to probe Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar case where a woman was stabbed to death by a chain snatcher while resisting the robbery, said DCP Northwest Usha Rangnani on Sunday.
“Special investigation team has been set up for speedy probe that will be monitored by me,” said DCP Northwest.
Earlier, the DCP of Northwest Usha Rangnani had informed that ten police teams have been constituted to probe the case.
The Delhi Police have arrested two persons in connection with a case.
According to the police, a 25-year-old woman was stabbed to death by a snatcher for resisting a robbery bid in the Adarsh Nagar area of the national capital.
The woman was stabbed to death in north-west Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar while trying to resist a snatching bid. She was coming home from a market and was holding her child when the incident occurred. (ANI)
Kumbh 2021: Northern Railways prepares for surge in passengers at Haridwar
Haridwar (Uttarakhand) [India], March 1 (ANI): With passenger traffic at Hardiwar station expected to go up from March 11, the Northern Railways has built four different colour-coded enclosures for passengers to book tickets to various destinations.
“There might be a surge in passengers coming to Haridwar from March 11. We have put four colour-coded enclosures based on the passenger’s destination at Haridwar station. We have made reserved ticket windows inside enclosures,” said Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Northern Railway Uttarakhand.
A centralised hi-tech control room has also been set up by Indian Railways at Haridwar railway station ahead of Kumbh 2021.
The preparations are underway for Kumbh to be held from 1st to 30th April in Haridwar.
The Uttarakhand government has decided to limit the Kumbh this year to 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officers in charge of the Kumbh said that those who attend the religious congregation should do prior registration at a portal and should have a COVID-19 negative report.
Kumbh is not only a religious pilgrimage, but one of the largest mass gatherings at one place. It is celebrated four times over a course of 12 years and spans four locations namely Prayagraj, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik.
The Maha Kumbh is celebrated in a cycle of 12 years at four river-bank pilgrimage sites across India. (ANI)
Wanted Naxal surrenders in Jharkhand’s Ranchi
Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India], March 1 (ANI): A Naxal carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakhs on his head surrendered before the district administration in Ranchi on Sunday.
Wanted Maoist Zonal Commander Jeevan, having a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, surrendered before district administration in Ranchi.
He reportedly joined the Naxals in 2009.
According to the police, as many as 77 cases of loot, rape, murder, levy collection and involvement in Maoist activities, were registered against him in different police stations in Jharkhand.
He was active mostly in West Singbhum and Khunti districts and was wanted for the last 10 years. (ANI)
PM Modi addresses vaccine hesitancy, gets Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin jab
New Delhi [India], March 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took the first dose of Covaxin, India’s homegrown coronavirus vaccine developed by biotechnology firm Bharat Biotech and Indian Council of Medical Research, addressing the hesitancy over the COVID-19 vaccine.
PM Modi took the first dose of the vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi.
“Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS,” PM Modi tweeted with his picture of receiving the jab.
“Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19,” the Prime Minister added.
Bharat Biotech’s coronavirus vaccine Covaxin had run into a controversy after it got regulatory approval for emergency use without phase-3 trial results.
However, in January, the company’s Chairman and Managing Director Dr Krishna Ella clarified that the vaccine is safe and Bharat Biotech conducted trials in over 12 countries besides India.
In the picture that PM Modi tweeted, he is seen wearing a gamcha of Assam, which is symbolic of blessings of women from the eastern state. He has been seen wearing it on many occasions.
PM Modi was administered Bharat BioTech’s Covaxin by Sister P Niveda from Puducherry. The second nurse was from Kerala.
The Covid-19 vaccines- Covaxin and Covishield, will be made available to the general public from today.
The PM went to AIIMS without any route on the roads, thus choosing early morning to avoid inconvenience to public.
The first phase of the nationwide vaccination drive against Covid-19 had begun on January 16. The second dose of vaccine had begun from February 13.(ANI)
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