All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen Chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi held a meeting with the attendees of Tablighi Jamaat who have recently recovered from the novel coronavirus. Tablighis were urged to donate plasma to help in the treatment of other patients. Owaisi submitted a list of 39 persons who had come forward to donate their blood.
All the donors attended the meet wherein Owaisi criticised the policies of the Central government. Owaisi further advised the Tablighis to avoid mosques and offer mandatory prayers at home. He fiercely repudiated the rumours holding Tablighis responsible for the spread of the virus in the country.
Questioning the Central government, he asked as to why the lockdown was announced too late, and why it is being lifted too early and that too when the coronavirus cases in India have reached two lakhs.
Owaisi further reproached the Modi-led government with regards to the economic crisis that has spawned throughout the country.
“Why Modi announced the implementation of lockdown within 4 hours and why does he want just 8 days to lift it?” said Owaisi.
He told The Daily Guardian, “This lockdown is illegal and unconstitutional. I am not against lockdown but it’s the prerogative of the state government, not of the Union government. A person sitting in the North Block or South Block of Delhi does not know what is required for Hyderabadis,” he added.
He further accused the Centre of not responding strongly to China. “What is our government doing when China has been occupying our land. More than 5 thousand Chinese foot-soldiers are in our land, I don’t understand why BJP is silent?”
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Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deskmukh, remains in jail
In a money laundering case brought by the Enforcement Directorate, the Bombay high court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Anil Deshmukh.
The bail was granted on a surety amount of Rs 1 lakh. The ED has asked for a two-week delay in the order’s implementation.
Deshmukh was arrested in November of last year and moved the high court after his bail request was rejected earlier this year by a special PMLA court.
Deshmukh has been given bail in the ED case, but he will continue to be held in relation to the CBI case that was brought against him in April of last year.
The Supreme Court had earlier ordered the High Court to quickly hear and resolve the NCP leader’s case because it had been pending for six months.
Deshmukh’s lawyers, Vikram Chaudhari and Aniket Nikam, argued that the senior NCP politician ought to be given bail in light of his age (72), good health, and lack of prior convictions.
Karnataka: 15-year-old boy forced to performed forbidden rite to pay his father’s loan
In a horrifying incident, a 15-year-old boy from the Karnataka town of Koppal was forced to execute the forbidden ceremony known as “Bettalu Seve,” in which a naked worship is offered to the god, reported The New Indian Express.
After his father’s failure to pay back the debt he obtained to build the house, the victim was made to undergo the ceremony. Even though the incident occurred in June, it only recently came to light as a result of the teen’s viral video. On Sunday, a FIR was also filed against the accused.
The report claims that the accused loaned some money to the victim’s father and was given a deadline by which to repay the amount. The 15-year-old boy relocated to Hubbali in Karnataka and started working as a daily wage labourer to assist his father in repaying the loan when his father was unable to make payments. However, the boy was allegedly persuaded by the accused to perform Bettalu Seve and was led to believe that it would resolve all of his father’s issues. According to reports, after transporting the boy to a hidden area, the accused forced him to strip and carry out the superstitious rite. Later, the boy relocated to Mangalore and kept working at a commercial building site.
Three months later, the victim’s parents learned about the incident from a viral video and reported it to the Koppal (rural) police station. A specialised police unit was formed to look into the matter.
Mobile data services shutdown in Jammu, Rajouri, Amit Shah is on 2-day visit
Mobile data services in the districts of Jammu and Rajouri have been temporarily shut down by the Jammu & Kashmir government. Amit Shah, the union minister, is visiting the area for two days.
Meanwhile, there is considerable unrest in the area following the murder of Hemant K. Lohia, the director general of prisons, at his residence.
In a statement, the administration said the services were being suspended over the possibility of the same being “misused by anti-national elements that may cause deterioration in public order”. The suspension order will remain effective till Tuesday 7pm.
Earlier, ADGP Mukesh Singh said some uncorroborated stories are being spread regarding the murder of Lohia. “All are advised to please stick to the official version which is based in investigation,” he said.
DGP Dilbagh Singh has just arrived at Lohia’s home, where he was found dead last night. Earlier, DGP Dilbagh Singh called the death “extremely unfortunate.”
Kolkata : Case files against Hindu group for installing Mahatma Gandhi’s idol as asura in Durga puja
The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha has been charged by the Kolkata Police for installing a Mahatma Gandhi idol at the feet of the Durga idol during a community puja instead of the asura (demon). Hindu texts claim that Durga killed Mahishasura to preserve the earth.
On Sunday, when Gandhi’s birth anniversary was being honoured, police took Gandhi’s idol from the puja location after its photographs appeared on social media and sparked protests.
“A case has been registered on the basis of a specific complaint,” said a Kolkata Police officer late on Monday.
Chandrachur Goswami, the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha’s state working president, earlier said he was unaware of any case. “Nobody has contacted us and no member of our party has been arrested,” said Goswami. He said the purpose of the exercise was to depict Gandhi as evil. “By the time the police came and replaced Gandhi’s idol with that of the asura, our mission was complete.”
One of those who filed a complaint against the Hindu group was Congress leader Koustav Bagchi, who also sent a copy of the complaint by mail to chief minister Mamata Banerjee. As far as I’m aware, no official case was filed until Monday afternoon, according to Bagchi.
Shyama Prasad Mookerjee led the West Bengal Provincial Hindu Mahasabha, a group that asserted it is unrelated to the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha. The Bharatiya Jana Sangh, which became the Bharatiya Janata Party, was founded by Mookerjee in 1951. (BJP).
Like every year, our Durga puja has been organised at Girish Park in north Kolkata. Anirban Ganguly, BJP leader and director of the Delhi-based Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, inaugurated our puja on Friday.”
Goswami said, “We want Gandhi-mukt India. We don’t consider him the father of the nation. He did immense harm to the country.”
After Queen’s demise, here’s what royal family’s new portrait looks like
The new family portrait of Britain’s Royal Family has been unveiled. Buckingham Palace has shared the new photo of King Charles III with Queen Consort Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
According to Page Six, the photo was clicked the night before the Queen’s funeral. The photo was posted on social media through the royal family’s official account and was clicked by photographer Chris Jackson.
In the photo, Kate Middleton is seen wearing a long-sleeved black dress along with black tights and pumps. Prince William, on the other hand, opted for a classic suit.
Camilla Parker Bowles wore a black embroidered dress, while King Charles III also wore a classic suit like his son.
According to Page Six, the photo was taken at the pre-funeral reception that Buckingham Palace hosted a day prior to the funeral of the Queen, where many world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, were also present.
Many people noticed the absence of Harry and Meghan from the family portrait on social media.
Britain’s longest-serving monarch died hours after the palace said that the Queen was under medical supervision at Balmoral after the doctors expressed their concern over her health.
Her death was followed by 10 days of official mourning and a grand procession of events that were followed around the world, culminating in her state funeral in London and burial at Windsor.
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was lowered into the Royal Vault at Windsor Castle in London after the committal service.
‘With Grateful Recognition’: How an Indian American bagged Lifetime Achievement award in U.S.
Vivek Lall, an Indian-origin General Atomics Global Corporation chief executive, is honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by US President Joe Biden with a citation of ‘With Grateful Recognition’.
The citation was given to Lall, who has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas, by AmeriCorps and the Office of the President. It was also personally signed by the President of the United States, as per the official statement.
AmeriCorps is a part of the US government. The organisation aims to foster activities that bring Americans closer together to “serve communities.”
Lall, an industry leader and scientific community titan, works as Chief Executive at General Atomics. The company is a global leader in the specialised fields of nuclear technology and has developed state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) like the Predator, Reaper and Guardian drones.
Lall, the son of an Indian diplomat, was one of the handful of individuals with Indian origins to have been invited to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this past year during his Washington visit.
Notably, prior to his leadership position at General Atomics, Lall worked for organisations such as NASA, Raytheon, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin; his experience and accolades have been regarded as unparalleled by many in the scientific community and long-term industry observers alike.
He is serving as a US Technical Team Member for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Science and Technology (STO) with the Pentagon.
He was appointed in a critical advisory role to the US Cabinet Secretary, heading the Department of Transportation, encompassing entities like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in 2018.
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