New Delhi [India], February 19 (ANI): Climate activist Disha Ravi has been sent to three days in judicial custody by a Delhi court on Friday in connection with the ‘toolkit’ case on the farmers’ protest that the police is investigating.
Disha, whose five-day police custody ended today, was produced before Patiala House Court by the Special cell of Delhi Police.
This morning Disha had been produced before a metropolitan magistrate (MM) Akash Jain in Patiala House Court, according to the Delhi Police officials.
Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed appearing on behalf of Delhi Police said that during her time in police remand Disha has been evasive and has shifted the blame to advocate Nikita Jacob and activist Shantanu Muluk also named as accused by the police in the same case.
The Delhi Police counsel told court that Disha needs to be confronted with her co-accused and sought three days of judicial custody for her.
“During the course of interrogation, Disha Ravi has shifted the blame on Nikita and Shantanu,” said the Public Prosecutor.
“During the course of the investigation, she has been evasive. So we want further three days of Judicial Custody,” said Advocate Irfan Ahmed.
“Bail application has been moved and it will come up for hearing tomorrow,” said Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed in the court.
The advocate also told court that the police have sent a notice to Shantanu asking to join the investigation on February 22.
Advocate Sidharth Aggarwal appeared for Disha Ravi in the trial court.
Disha was arrested from Bengaluru on February 13 and taken to Delhi by flight. She was produced before a Delhi Magistrate the next day and remanded to police custody till February 19.
On February 18, Disha moved the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Delhi Police to not leak any investigation material in relation to FIR filed against her to any third party, including the media.
The Delhi Police sent a communication to Google seeking registration details and activity log of the account, through which a “toolkit” was created and uploaded on the social media platform. Two e-mail IDs, one Instagram account, and one Uniform Resource Locator (URL) were mentioned in the toolkit and police have asked for details from the respective platforms.
The police had registered an FIR against unidentified persons in connection with the creators of the ‘toolkit’.
The Bombay High Court had on Wednesday granted transit anticipatory bail of three weeks to Nikita Jacob. (ANI)
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Andhra: All 6 YSRCP candidates elected unanimously in as MLCs
Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 8 (ANI): All six Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) candidates who filed their nominations for MLC positions were unanimously elected on Monday.
The newly elected MLCs are Balli Kalyana Chakravarthy, Mohammad Karimunnisa, C Ramachandraiah, Duvvada Srinivas, Shaik Mohammad Iqbal and Challa Bhageerath Reddy.
Elections were notified for the six vacant seats. However, only the YSRCP candidates had filed nominations for the seats.
Chief Electoral Officer declared the results. (ANI)
Delhi Police celebrates Women’s Day by honouring women achievers, giving command roles
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Delhi Police celebrated the achievements of women police personnel and honoured 22 of them on Monday.
“22 women police personnel were honoured for their remarkable efforts beyond the call of duty during Corona pandemic period and 15 civilian women from various fields like medical services, social services, entrepreneurs, trainers and good Samaritans, who have made a significant contribution to the society,” said Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava at the event.
He said: “We wanted to make a statement on this Women’s Day in two ways. One, by letting our women force take command roles and manage priority policing today. Secondly, by felicitating women police officers who have done exceptional work in their fields and beyond.”
The Commissioner, who was the chief guest at the ceremony held at Aadarsh Auditorium, Police Headquarters, highlighted that major traffic junctions, PCR vehicles and police station functioning were commanded by women. Our idea is to state that with self-belief women can and are doing marvellous works, shoulder to shoulder with men, breaking gender stereotypes.
“We invited women who have helped us serve better. We also invited the nine mothers from vulnerable sections whom we assisted to transport them to hospital for their deliveries but as providence would have it, their babies were born in our PCR vans and we got a chance to assist them,” he added.
Reiterating Delhi Police’s Zero Tolerance approach towards crime against women, the Commissioner stated that although a lot of progress has been made in achieving gender equality, discrimination is still there in some areas of society which would also change with time.
“Last year, the crime against women reduced by 30 per cent in Delhi. Delhi Police is committed to ensuring safety and security of women who constitute half of the population. He enlisted the women safety measures taken up by Delhi Police like Sashakti self-defence programme, tech apps like Himmat Plus, Safe City project with 10,000 cameras and assured that Delhi Police is continuously striving to secure and serve women better,” he said.
In order to celebrate this day with larger participation, a number of programmes such as lectures on gender sensitisation, meeting with residents, installing sanitary pad dispensing machines in female washrooms, visiting ladies among senior citizens, Nukkad Nataks on Good Touch-Bad Touch and display of Jansampark Vahans at Garden of Five Senses were organised in the run-up to the occasion.
During the event, the Commissioner of Police honoured 22 women police personnel for their remarkable efforts beyond the call of duty during coronavirus pandemic.
Classical cultural dance performance by school children, self defence technique demo and short pantomime play on women equality to educate the audience and spread awareness were also showcased during the occasion.
A 40-second video film made by Delhi Police on Women’s Day that shows women police officers of all ranks with a message was also screened to the applause of the audience. (ANI)
BJP’s central leadership to decide on Mithun Chakraborty’s role in TN polls
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 8 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief L Murugan on Monday said that the central leadership of the party will decide about campaigning by actor Mithun Chakraborty in the poll-bound state.
“It depends on the central leadership whether Mithun Chakraborty will campaign for Tamil Nadu polls or not,” Murugan told ANI.
Chakraborty joined the BJP at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on Sunday.
While joining BJP, Chakraborty said his dream came true by sharing a stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I had never imagined that I will be sharing the dais where the biggest leader of the biggest democracy our beloved PM Narendra Modi is about to speak. I always had a dream to work for the poor, downtrodden. Now, it is seen as being fulfilled,” he said at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.
Chakraborty, 70, was a Rajya Sabha MP for the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for two years. He resigned from the position in 2016 citing health reasons after his name surfaced in the Saradha ponzi scam.
The 234-member 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.
The BJP is contesting the polls in a pre-poll alliance with the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). On the other hand, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has joined hands with Congress to contest the polls. This time actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan’s party Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) is also in the fray. (ANI)
Thiruvananthapuram airport under Centre’s control, Amit Shah should answer on gold smuggling, says Vijayan
Kannur (Kerala) [India], March 8 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who launched the election campaign from his home turf of Kannur on Monday, hit back at Union Home Minister Amit Shah for raising questions around the gold-smuggling case targetting the CM, saying that the Thiruvananthapuram airport is in complete control of the Central government, it is Amit Shah’s responsibility to answer.
“I want to ask Amit Shah some questions regarding what he said. Isn’t there a known Sangh Parivar person among those who had planned gold smuggling through the diplomatic channel? Doesn’t he know it?, ” Vijayan said.
“Thiruvananthapuram Airport is in complete control of the Central government. After BJP came to power, how did Thiruvananthapuram airport become a hub of gold smuggling? Amit Shah should answer it. Not Kerala CM but Amit Shah has the responsibility to answer it,” the CM added.
“If the BJP thinks that they can align with the INC and topple us, they will be disappointed. Whenever they have tried to create divisions, we have stood for the unity of this nation. Forever, Kerala will be unflinching in its struggle against communalism, upholding secularism,” Vijayan tweeted.
“Does Amit Shah remember whose name was mentioned in the charge sheet of a fake encounter case, was arrested and then jailed? The same person was accused of murder, kidnapping, extortion and illegal surveillance. And on mysterious deaths, is he speaking from his own experience?,” he further added.
He went on to say that investigating agencies should probe the gold smuggling case in an unbiased way. If they think anyone can be threatened, it won’t work here.
Earlier, on Sunday, Demanding answers from the CM, Shah had raised questions about the gold smuggling case.
“Did the chief accused in the dollar and gold smuggling case work under you in your office? Did your department or government pay them a monthly salary of Rs 3 lakh? Did your Principal Secretary help the chief accused or not? Why did this accused woman continuously come to the CM’s residence? What was going on? Did the CM office pressurize customs when the smuggled gold was found? If yes, why?
The election for 140-member Kerala Assembly in 14 districts will be held in a single phase on April 6. The counting of votes will be held on May 2.
The tenure of the 14th Kerala legislative assembly will come to an end on June 1, 2021. A total of 2,67,88,268 electors will elect the candidates in Kerala for the 15th legislative assembly. For Assembly poll 2021, the number of polling booths in Kerala has been extended from 21,498 to 40,771.
According to the commission, of the 140 Assembly seats, 14 seats are reserved for the SC category and two are reserved for ST category candidates. (ANI)
Fire breaks out on 13th floor of multi-storey building in Kolkata, no casualties reported
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 8 (ANI): Fire broke out on the 13th floor in a multi-storey building near strand road in Kolkata on Monday. No casualties reported so far, said a fire official on here.
“Fire has broken out on the thirteenth floor. No injuries or casualties have been reported yet. We are facing an issue putting our ladder due to the lesser space,” said Sujit Bose fire official told reporters.
The blaze broke out on the thirteenth floor of the building today.
Eight fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the blaze. (ANI)
Best role played by anyone during COVID-19 pandemic that of mothers, says Ramesh Pokhriyal
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Monday highlighted the importance of women leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic by saying that the best role played by anyone at such times is that of “mothers.”
“The best role played by anyone in a pandemic is that of mothers,” the Union Minister said at a webinar on International Women’s Day today.
the Minister also said that women are performing exceedingly well in science, technology, research, literature and social services showcasing the highest quality of leadership potential.
Hailing the National Education Policy (NEP)-2020, Pokhriyal said that it has the potential to enhance the dignity of women in our society and empower them and appreciated the fact that women enrolment has increased in IITs and NITs.
While Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State for Education stated that the celebration of the contributions made by women and girls should not be restricted to just one day.
“The role of women in maintaining health, immunity, hygiene, sanitation of their family members during the pandemic. The ‘Gender-Inclusion Fund’ in the NEP will be constituted to build the nation’s capacity to provide equitable quality education for all girls,” Dhotre said.
Speaking on the occasion, D P Singh, Chairman of UGC observed that the theme of the webinar “Women Leadership- Achieving an equal future in a -19 world” has been announced by UNDP and is also aligned with the priority theme of the 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
He highlighted the flagship Generation Equality campaign of the UN which calls for women’s right to decision making in all areas of life, equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to all forms of violence against women and girls, and health care services that respond to their needs.
Anita Karwal, Secretary, School Education mentioned the Gross Happiness Index of the World, 2018 in which freedom to make your own choices is one of the parameters for assessing Gross Happiness.
“If women play an important role in decision making, the Gross Happiness Index would go up. Unless there is access to resources and power to make choices women cannot progress,” she said.
Amit Khare, Secretary, Higher Education said that with the combined efforts of the Ministry of Education, Women and Child Environment, and the States the Gender Parity Index has increased during the last 4-5 years from 1 per cent to 1.01 per cent at present, which is a commendable achievement also appreciated by UNESCO.
This implies that the percentage of girl students is more than boys in higher education.
Women of four universities, Prof Najma Akhtar, Vice-Chancellors, Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI), Prof. Sushma Yadav, Vice-Chancellor, Bhagat Phul Singh (BPS) Women’s University, Prof. Balwinder Shukla, Vice-Chancellor Amity University, Noida and Prof. Shalini Bharat, Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) also spoke at the webinar. (ANI)
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