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The Supreme Court on Friday observed that the criticism of the top court has been a growing phenomenon and everybody is doing it now. The observation was made by a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan during the hearing of contempt cases against comedian Kunal Kamra and cartoonist Rachit Taneja for their tweets and cartoons making undignified and derogatory remarks on the top court.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing Taneja, contended before the bench why the court had to take cognizance of this matter. “Foundation of court is much stronger. Criticism of court can never be contempt. She is young 25-year-old girl. There is a public perception why a journalist case was taken up during vacations,” argued Rohatgi.

Justice Bhushan replied that court agrees with his submission, but this is growing and everyone is doing it now.

The bench asked Rohatgi to file a reply in the matter. Rohatgi said his client will say what he is saying now.

Rohatgi also asked the top court to take up his client’s case separately and not with Kamra’s case. After a brief hearing in the matter, the top court adjourned Taneja’s plea for three weeks. The top court asked the petitioners in Kamra’s case to file their replies on the affidavit by him and adjourned the matter for two weeks.

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Delhi will bid for 2048 Olympics, says Delhi CM

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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)

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Indian farmer thrashed by Bangladeshi nationals in West Bengal

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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)

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Two thief suspects beaten to death by public in Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi area

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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)

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WB Assembly Polls: Dilip Ghosh holds roadshow ahead of filing nomination

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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)

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Detective department of police to investigate Kolkata fire incident

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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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Parliament adjourned for the day amid Opposition uproar over fuel price hike

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New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): The Parliament was adjourned till March 10 following repeated uproar by the Opposition in both Houses over rising fuel prices.
Both the Houses were adjourned and will meet tomorrow at 11 AM.
Earlier today, both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till 2 pm on Tuesday following continued ruckus by the Opposition over the rise of fuel prices.
Parliament faced repeated adjournments following constant disturbance by the Opposition over the rising fuel prices in the country.
Earlier the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh said, “During the remaining part of the Budget Session, members will be seated in Rajya Sabha chambers and its gallery, with some physical distancing. 142 seats have been made available in Rajya Sabha chamber and remaining members to sit in the gallery.”
The decision to revise the timing of both Houses was announced on Monday. Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were operating under curtailed hours of timing and social distancing norms amid COVID-19 induced norms.
The second part of the Budget Session of Parliament commenced from Monday with all COVID-19 precautionary measures in place. (ANI)

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