Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], February 21 (ANI): Pradipta Kumar Naik, Leader of the Opposition in Odisha Legislative Assembly, has written a letter to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy regarding “conduct of elections by Andhra Pradesh in Odisha.”
In the letter, Naik requested the Chief Minister to maintain the status quo ruled by the Supreme Court and to respect the spirit of cooperative federalism.
“Andhra Pradesh Government has conducted elections illegally in some part of Odisha along Andhra-Odisha border. The parts where Andhra Government tried to conduct elections are some villages in Rayagada district by Vizianagram district administration, some villages in Ganjam and Gajapati district by Srikakulam district administration, some villages in Malkanagiri by Vishakapatnam district administration, along with most discussed Kotia of Koraput by Vizianagram district administration,” Naik stated.
“This is not only against the spirit of the Constitution but also against the spirit of the federal structure of the country and the activities of Andhra Government are against the spirit of the Supreme Court ruling to maintain the status quo,” he said.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court sought replies from the Andhra Pradesh government for holding the elections in three villages of Kotiya gram panchayat in Koraput district of Odisha. (ANI)
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Toolkit case: Delhi court extends interim protection from arrest till March 15 to Muluk, Jacob
New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): A Delhi court on Tuesday extended the interim protection from arrest to Shantanu Muluk and Nikita Jacob till March 15 in the ‘toolkit’ document case related to the farmers’ protest.
Additional Sessions Judge in the Patiala House court Dharmender Rana also directed the Delhi Police not to take coercive action against both the accused till March 15, the next date fixed for hearing.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police filed the reply on the anticipatory bail plea of Muluk and Jacob.
During the hearing, Muluk’s defence counsel Vrinda Grover sought an adjournment in the case on the ground that she needs time to go through the document filed by the Delhi Police.
Jacob’s defence lawyer and senior counsel Rebecca John and Grover further urged the court to extend the interim protection from arrest to their client.
Muluk and Jacob are having interim protection granted by the Bombay High Court.
A Non Bailable Warrant was issued against Muluk by a Delhi court and thereafter, he had moved to the Bombay High Court for transit bail and the same was granted to him on February 16.
After being granted the transit bail, Shantanu had reached Delhi on February 19 and upon receiving summons on the same day, joined the investigation on February 22. He has cooperated with the investigation and has handed over all his devices, namely, laptop, iPad, and phone to the police, although no seizure memo was prepared, Muluk said in his bail plea.
Muluk also submitted that he would abide by every condition imposed by the court.
The bail application also said that Muluk is not a political person and he has no religious or political goals apart from exhibiting sympathy for farmers. The applicant believes in peaceful protest and condemns any and all violence whatsoever. He has been concerned about the environment and that is the only reason he has been working with the extinction rebellion movement, stated his bail application.
The applicant got to know that some ‘toolkit’ has been shared with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg only after he was informed about the same by others, the bail petition said.
Muluk is a suspect in the ongoing ‘toolkit’ document case related to the farmers’ protest.
Muluk had joined co-accused 21-year-old “climate activist” Disha Ravi at the Delhi Police Cyber Cell office in the national capital for further probe in the ongoing case.
A Delhi court had earlier granted bail to Disha Ravi.
The 21-year-old activist was arrested from Bengaluru in connection with the formulation and dissemination of the ‘toolkit’ document, in the ongoing farmers’ protest. She was one of the editors of the ‘toolkit’ document.
On February 3, Thunberg had shared this ‘toolkit’ in a tweet, which she later deleted. She had also extended support to the protest by farmer unions on the borders of Delhi against the new farm laws.
Farmers have been protesting on different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The implementation of the three laws was, in January, put on hold by the Supreme Court. (ANI)
Delhi will bid for 2048 Olympics, says Delhi CM
New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the national capital will bid to be the host of the Olympics in 2048 adding that a vision has been provided for the same in the Delhi Budget presented on Tuesday.
“A vision has been provided in the Budget (Delhi Budget) that 2048 Olympic games should be held in Delhi. Delhi will bid for the 2048 Olympics. We will take up whatever infrastructure and other necessities that are needed to be created for it,” he said.
“Delhi’s Finance Minister Manish Sisodia has made a great budget. The budget was prepared keeping in mind people of all sections of the society,” Kejriwal said.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday presented a budget worth Rs 69,000 crore for the financial year 2021-22 and said that the Aam Aadmi Party-led government aims to increase the per capita income of the national capital to Singapore’s level by 2047.
“We are aiming towards making Delhi’s per capita income equivalent to Singapore’s per capita income by 2047. A growth of 16 pc in the income would be required to successfully achieve this goal. It will be difficult but we will work towards making it a success,” said Sisodia during his budget address.
The Delhi government has allocated Rs 50 crores in this year’s budget to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to the people of the national capital.
“COVID-19 vaccines will be available free of cost for people of Delhi in government hospitals in the union territory. We have allotted Rs 50 crores in the budget for the same,” said Sisodia.
The budget session of the Delhi assembly is scheduled to continue till March 16. (ANI)
Indian farmer thrashed by Bangladeshi nationals in West Bengal
New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): An Indian farmer was on Monday thrashed by two Bangladeshi nationals after he tried to stop them from fishing in the Indian territory, a Border Security Force (BSF) official has informed.
The matter will be raised by the BSF in the upcoming flag meeting with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) of Bangladesh.
According to the BSF sources, “On March 8, an Indian farmer in Dangapara, Murshidabad of West Bengal went for cultivation ahead of fencing. He observed that some Bangladeshi nationals were fishing from his pond near the international border when he objected and asked Bangladeshi civilians to stop fishing and go back to Bangladeshi, they did not pay any heed and thrashed him badly and also tried to push him into the pond.”
“In the meantime, the BSF OP on duty near the area noticed the incident and immediately informed the troops. On seeing the BSF party, both the Bangladeshi nationals fled away towards Bangladesh and also took away belongings of the Indian farmer,” BSF official said.
A protest note has been lodged by the unit and a flag meeting will also be conducted. (ANI)
Two thief suspects beaten to death by public in Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi area
New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): Two persons died after they were beaten by the public over a suspected theft in the Azadpur Mandi area of the national capital on Tuesday morning.
“Two persons who were suspected to have committed theft were beaten by the public in the Azadpur Mandi area of Delhi early morning today,” said a Delhi Police official.
The suspects were taken to the hospital, however, where they were declared brought dead.
The Delhi Police officials are investing further and analysing the CCTV footage of the area.
“They (suspects) were taken to a hospital where both of them were declared brought dead. CCTV footages of the locality are being analysed,” it added. (ANI)
WB Assembly Polls: Dilip Ghosh holds roadshow ahead of filing nomination
Kharagpur (West Bengal) [India], March 9 (ANI): West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh, along with BJP candidate Tapan Bhuiya, on Tuesday held a roadshow here ahead of filing nomination for the Assembly polls.
Last week, Ghosh had said that Bharatiya Janata Party will definitely win 200 of the total 294 Assembly seats.
West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
The state is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, Congress-Left alliance and the BJP in the fray.
After winning 3 seats in the 2016 Assembly election in West Bengal, the BJP made deep inroads in the state in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections winning 18 seats and reducing TMC’s tally to 22. Out of the total 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal, Congress won two seats, the Left drew a blank. (ANI)
Detective department of police to investigate Kolkata fire incident
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 9 (ANI): Kolkata Police on Tuesday registered a case in connection with the fire that claimed the lives of nine people.
According to the police, the Detective Department of the police will investigate the matter.
At least nine people, including four personnel of the fire department, two Railway personnel and an Assistant Sub Inspector of Police (ASI) died in the incident at a 13-storied-office building of the Eastern Railway in Kolkata’s Strand Road, Union Minister Piyush Goyal informed.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the fire that took place in Kolkata Monday evening and approved an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased persons, and Rs 50,000 to those who were seriously injured.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the site earlier and announced a Rs 10 lakh compensation and government jobs to one member of the deceased person’s next of kin.
The fire broke out on the top floor of the 13-storied building here at around 6 pm on Monday evening. As per a statement, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and other Railway staff immediately rushed to the 13th floor and evacuated most of the staff present there.
The fire brigade reached the incident site at around 6.30 pm and started operations to control the fire. The fire was brought under control by 11 pm. (ANI)
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