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PLEA IN SC SEEKS JUDICIAL INQUIRY INTO REPUBLIC DAY VIOLENCE

Aruna Ladva

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A PIL was moved in the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking judicial enquiry into the violence which took place during the protesting farmers› tractor rally in the national capital on the Republic Day.

The petition filed by Advocate Vishal Tiwari has sought a direction to register a First Information Report under relevant sections of the India Penal Code and other penal provisions against the person/s or organisation/s found responsible for the violence and alleged dishonour of the national flag. 

The petitioner has also sought a three-member inquiry commission under the chairmanship of a former top court judge and comprising two retired high court judges to be set up for collecting and recording evidence in the matter and submitting a report to the court in a time-bound manner.

The plea said that the incident which took place in Delhi on Republic Day, i.e., 26th January, had serious consequences, resulting in problems for the public. Delhi is the heart of our country and whatever activity takes place here affects the entire nation, the plea stated. 

“The peaceful farmers’ protest was going on and it glorified our nation by the fact that in our democracy different opinions are respected and protected. The sudden turn in the nature of the protest has shocked the entire nation,” the plea said further.

The plea also alleged that there may have been a conspiracy to cause disturbance and damage the peaceful protest and create a clash between the police and protesting farmers by some notorious forces or organizations. “Or it was due to the lapses (may be deliberately) from the side of police administration to create such circumstances in which disturbances will definitely occur,” the plea added.

The petition also said that to reach and climb the Red Fort and hoist a flag of a particular religion or sect at the place and on the pole on which our national tricolour flag is hoisted every Independence Day, which is a place specially reserved for unfurling the national flag by the Prime Minister, is very sad and the act insults our national dignity.

Blame is being put from both sides, the police administration and the farmers, so it is necessary in the interest of the public and our nation that such a serious incident be inquired by a judicial commission headed by the retired Supreme Court justice, the plea requested.

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BJP blasts Cong leader for tweet about Droupadi Murmu; ‘Feel like crying when,’ Udit Raj defends

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Former MP and Congress leader Udit Raj has landed in hot water for his tweet about President Droupadi Murmu, stating that “no country should have such a President.” The BJP has lashed out at the Congress leader, questioning whether the party supports the insult. BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla tweeted, “Udit Raj uses unacceptable language for the 1st woman Adivasi President! Does the Congress endorse this insult of Adivasi samaj?”

Udit Raj is the third Congress leader to face criticism for comments about President Droupadi Murmu, the other two being Ajoy Kumar and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

“After Ajoy Kumar called President Draupadi Murmu as evil & then Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary used the term ‘Rashtrapatni’ now Congress stoops to a new low!” the BJP spokesperson tweeted.

The Congress leader slammed the President for her remarks on salt made during her visit to Gujarat on Monday. According to the President, Gujarat produces 76% of the country’s salt, which is consumed by all Indians.

“No country should get a president like that,” the Congress leader tweeted. As the tweet created a furore, Udit Raj said those were his personal comments and not to be taken as the party’s stand. “Her candidature & campaign were in the name adivasi, it doesn’t mean she is no longer adivasi. My heart cries that when SC/ST reach to higher position, they ditch their communities & become mum,” he said.

Shehzad Poonawalla stated that issuing a statement does not absolve Udit Raj or the Congress. “Simply tweeting that this is a personal statement will not suffice! Congress must tell us whether or not they will ACT ON UDIT RAJ’s Adivasi Virodhi statement. This is the third strike against Murmu ji following the statements of Ajoy Kumar and Adhir Ranjan! It’s not a Sanyog! It is the INC mindset “Poonawalla penned the piece.

According to BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, the words used for President Murmu are concerning and unfortunate. “This isn’t the first time they’ve used such language. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress Party also did it. This reflects their anti-tribal stance, according to Patra.

Before the presidential election, when Droupadi Murmu was the NDA’s candidate, Congress leader Ajoy Kumar said she represented India’s “evil philosophy.” The Congress leader also stated that he respects Droupadu Murmu and that his remarks were not directed at him.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a Congress MP, was then chastised for referring to the President as “Rashtrapatni,” for which he later apologised and said it was an error.

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South Africa seeks cabinet approval for a $8.5 billion climate plan to reduce coal use

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In order to secure funding from some of the world’s wealthiest nations, South Africa’s government will seek cabinet approval for a $8.5 billion plan to transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity.

According to Vincent Magwenya, a spokesman for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, a second draught of the investment plan has been completed and is being shared with “key stakeholders” before being submitted to cabinet.

The development is a significant step toward completing the pact with the funding partners – the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, and the European Union – that was first announced at the COP26 international climate summit in Glasgow last year.

The plan “outlines the investments required to achieve South Africa’s ambitious climate targets,” Magwenya said in a response to a query. “The objective remains to complete this process by COP27,” which will take place in Egypt in November, he said.

South Africa’s landmark climate finance agreement has been hailed as a model for assisting other coal-dependent developing countries in transitioning to cleaner energy, with Indonesia and Vietnam among the nations set to sign similar agreements. Its fate could have repercussions at COP27, which is expected to focus on the needs of poorer countries adapting to global warming.

The plan outlines how the funds will be spent, with the investment partners focusing on converting coal-fired power plants owned by state utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. to produce renewable energy. South Africa is also advocating for funding to support the development of green hydrogen and electric vehicle industries.

People familiar with the discussions previously told Bloomberg News that the plan had been submitted but declined to say what was in it because no public announcement had been made.

The funding talks have stalled in recent weeks, with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry urging President Ramaphosa to move forward with the agreement and South African Environment Minister Barbara Creecy bemoaning its complexity.

South Africa is the world’s 13th largest source of climate-warming greenhouse gases, relying on coal for more than 80% of its electricity.

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Bihar: Woman, son, daughter injured in acid attack, blame police threats, inaction

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The police are being blamed by a 35-year-old woman, her young son, and her young daughter who were injured on September 29 in Shivpur, Rohtas, Bihar, when a man broke into their home and hurled acid at them. They said the police threatened to implicate them in another case if they spoke to the media and originally declined to register a case.

Police officer Dev Raj Ray refuted the claim and stated that although they had rushed to a local hospital in search of the victims, they had been transferred to another hospital.

Police superintendent Ashish Bharti said Sah has confessed to the crime. “The battery from which the acid was taken, the bottle, and the mug used to throw acid were recovered.”

A 22-year-old singer and her brother were severely injured on the night of April 17 when two men hurled acid at them in Bikramganj. On May 21, a 45-year-old woman was injured in another acid attack in West Champaran’s Narkatiaganj. On May 28, acid attacks in Muzaffarpur and Patna resulted in burn injuries for a 17-year-old girl and a 45-year-old woman.

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KCR’s national ambition: Telangana Rashtra Samiti is now Bharat Rashtra Samiti

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Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samiti President K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday launched the Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS), the new name of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), marking his first step toward becoming a national party ahead of the 2024 elections.
The launch took place at 1.19 p.m. on Wednesday. The plan was materialised at the State General Body meeting of ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs and district-level coordinators among other leaders at the party headquarters Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad.
K Chandrashekar Rao presided over the meeting. JD(S) leader and former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy along with 20 of his MLAs attended the launch event at the TRS headquarters.
The party also made necessary amendments to its constitution in the same meeting and sent the resolution and the amended party Constitution to the Election Commission of India (ECI) which was accepted by the Commission.
Later in a press statement, KCR clarified the broad aspects for launching a national party. In the statement, he said, “It is not a hasty decision to float a national party. India is a union of states. Comprehensive development is possible only if the states and the country develop together.”
KCR outlined the two areas of his priorities: Gender and caste discrimination. “Due to gender discrimination, women, who constitute half of the country’s population, are not taking part in the development. Dalits could not take part in the development of the country due to caste discrimination. Both women’s power and Dalit’s power have been weakened and the development is not taking place.”
KCR indicated that his national party will thrive for bringing the fundamental changes in the society. He said, “Radiant India needs to be made. India will grow better than America if the resources in the country used at optimum level. We still have a good time. We will expand across the country.” KCR has planned to travel the country in a bid to expand his party’s base and also try to unite a fragmented Opposition. Maharashtra would be the first state where KCR is planning to travel.
Earlier in May this year, KCR in his bid to unite the Opposition to take on the BJP at the Centre in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, held a meeting with former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda in Bengaluru where he discussed an alternative political outfit to the BJP.

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‘Elections in J&K after voters’ list compilation’

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In a major announcement, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir with “full transparency” as soon as the work of compiling the voters’ list is completed.
Shah said that manner in which delimitation has been done in the region, representatives of the people’s choice will be elected. “As soon as the work of compiling the voters’ list is completed, elections will be held in J&K with full transparency.
Earlier the delimitation was done in such a way that only the representatives from the three families would be elected, no matter what you do. The delimitation that Election Commission has done, your own representatives will win the elections and rule,” Shah said while addressing a rally in Baramulla on the last day of his three-day visit to J-K.
Assembly polls to elect the government in the Union Territory are due since the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A on 5 August 2019. The Centre while abrogating the special status of the region, had said that the status of state will be given to Jammu and Kashmir at the appropriate time and the elections will be held after delimitation.
The orders of the Delimitation Commission were effective from 20 May with the Centre choosing the day for the move using powers of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.
As per the final Delimitation Order, out of the 90 Assembly Constituencies (ACs) in Jammu and Kashmir, 43 will be part of the Jammu region and 47 for the Kashmir region keeping in view the provisions of Section 9(1)(a) of the Delimitation Act, 2002 and Section 60(2)(b) of Jammu & Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019.
The Delimitation Commission was entrusted with the work of delimiting the Assembly and Parliamentary Constituencies in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of the 2011 Census and in accordance with the provisions of Part-V of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 (34 of 2019) and the provisions of Delimitation Act, 2002(33 of 2002).

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No dialogue with Pakistan, instead will talk to youth of Jammu & Kashmir: Amit Shah

The Union Home Minister comes down heavily on Abdullah and Mufti families saying that they are laying a red carpet for Pakistani terrorists into India.

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Lambasting the National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on their demands that the Centre should talk to Pakistan, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that he would prefer to talk to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir rather than talking to the neighbouring country.
Addressing a public meeting here, on the last day of his three-day visit to the Union Territory which would conclude today, Shah launched an unsparing attack on former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. He accused the ‘Gupkar alliance’ of “laying a red carpet” for Pakistani terrorists into the country.
Shah said, “Some people talk about Pakistan here. I want to tell them today, bring the statistics about the number of villages in PoK that have electricity. Electricity has reached every village in our Kashmir. Mufti and company, and Abdullah and sons ruled Kashmir for 70 years, but did not provide 1 lakh houses, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from 2014 till 2022, has given houses to 1 lakh people in J-K.”
“Those who ruled for 70 years here suggest me to talk to Pakistan. I have a clear view, I do not want to talk to Pakistan, I want to talk to the Gujjars, Paharis and Bakarwals in Baramulla. I want to talk to the youth of Kashmir. Think with open eyes and minds, those who spread terrorism, what good have they done to Kashmir?” he said adding that J-K has to join the race with other states which are moving ahead in the country.
“We do not have to follow the path shown by terrorists. I urge you to extend your support to us,” said the Home Minister.
Shah said that the “Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration model” (PAGD) had presented the youth of the region with stones, closed colleges and machine guns in their hands, whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s model has brought them education.
“There are two models. One of PM Modi which gives employment, peace and brotherhood; and another is the Gupkar model which led to the Pulwama attack. PM Modi made a hospital in Pulwama at an expense of Rs 2,000 crore. The Gupkar model is laying the red carpet for the Pakistani terrorists into the country, whereas the Modi model is implementing an investment of Rs 56,000 crore on the ground giving employment to the youth. Gupkar model placed stones, closed colleges, and machine guns in the hands of the youth. Modi model has IIM, IIT, AIIMS, NIFT, and NEET for the youth. The youth wants education not stones in their hands,” he said.
Shah asked the former chief ministers about the amount that was brought into the region as an investment during their respective tenures.
Shah further accused the “three families” of J-K of being responsible for the killings of the residents of the region by terrorists.
“Has terrorism done any good to anybody in the world? Can the sympathisers of terrorism tell of any such incident? 42,000 people of J-K have been victims of terrorism from 1990 till today. Who is responsible for their deaths? The three families that ruled here were responsible. Terrorism is moving towards extinction,” he said.
Lauding PM Modi for bringing investment into J-K, Shah said that the region which was known to be a “terrorist hotspot” has now become a “tourism hotspot”.
“Earlier, this was a terrorist hotspot, now it’s a tourism hotspot. You (Farooq and Mehbooba) gave stones and guns in the hands of the youth, whereas PM Modi gave laptops and mobiles into their hands by bringing industries here,” Shah said.

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