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‘Abuse of process of law’: Chhattisgarh HC cancels DA case against ex-bureaucrat, wife

‘Abuse of process of law’: Chhattisgarh HC cancels DA case against ex-bureaucrat, wife

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Guru Ravidas Jayanti celebrations, observed on 16th February 2022, might see the movement of a large number of devotees from Punjab to Varanasi. Thus, keeping the poll day on 14th February “will deprive a large number of electors from voting”, the EC noted.

The Election Commission on Monday postponed the date of the Punjab assembly election from February 14 to February 20. The polling body said the decision was taken after receiving multiple requests from political parties in view of Guru Ravidas Jayanti celebrations.

Issuing a press note, the commission said that it had received several representations from the state government, political parties, and other organisations over the past few days, drawing its attention to the religious festival celebrated around the same time.

Guru Ravidas Jayanti celebrations, to be observed on February 16, 2022, might potentially entail the movement of a large number of devotees from Punjab to Varanasi from around a week before the day of celebration. Hence, sticking to the initial poll date “will deprive a large number of electors from voting”, the EC said.

The political parties had requested to shift the poll date to a few days after February 16. The election commission had also taken inputs from the state government and the chief electoral officer of Punjab in this regard.

New related dates for Punjab

After considering the political representations, inputs from the state government and chief electoral officer, past precedence, the election commission decided to reschedule the Punjab assembly election dates in the following manner:

1. Date of Notification: January 25, 2022 (Tuesday)

2. Last date of Nomination: February 1, 2022 (Tuesday)

3. Date of scrutiny: February 2, 2022 (Wednesday)

4. Date of Withdrawal: February 4, 2022 (Friday)

5. Date of Poll: February 20, 2022 (Sunday).

Counting of votes will take place on March 10 along with that of four other poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur.

Guru Ravidas birth anniversary celebrations

Earlier last week, Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wrote to chief election commissioner Sushil Chandra, requesting him to postpone the February 14 polls by at least six days as many people from the scheduled caste community, which contributes around 32 per cent of the total population of the state, are likely to visit Varanasi, in view of the birth anniversary celebrations.

According to the Punjab chief minister, about 20 lakh people in the state would have missed out on their constitutional right to vote for the assembly election.

In the 2017 Assembly polls, the Congress had won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party government after 10 years.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had emerged as the second-largest party with 20 seats, followed by the SAD which managed victory on 15 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured three seats.

In September last year, the Punjab Congress was embroiled in a crisis that also saw former chief minister Amarinder Singh stepping down from his post. He has now formed his own party Punjab Lok Congress and is set to contest the elections from all 117 seats in alliance with the BJP. Source : ht

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At least 3,000 doctors under the banner of Haryana Civil Medical Services Association will shut out-patient departments services at all government hospitals on January 11 and all medical services, including Covid and emergency duties, on January 14.

While Haryana logged over 5,000 coronavirus cases on Sunday, medical services in the state are likely to be hit as government doctors are scheduled to hold on Tuesday a statewide strike against their three pending demands.

At least 3,000 doctors under the banner of Haryana Civil Medical Services Association will shut out-patient departments (OPDs) services at all government hospitals on January 11 and all medical services, including Covid and emergency duties, on January 14, state president Dr Jasbir Singh Parmar said.

They are demanding hiring of specialist doctors, stopping direct recruitment of senior medical officers and revision of the postgraduate policy.

Earlier, the doctors were scheduled to observe a similar strike on December 13, but postponed it after a meeting with health minister Anil Vij, who had assured them that all their issues will be resolved.

Dr Parmar said since there was no solution till December 31 as assured by the minister, the doctors are bound to go on a strike against the “insensitive” government.

“In a recent meeting with state officers last week, we were assured again that our demands will be met and asked to cancel the strike considering the pandemic. Later, our core-committee meeting was held and we decided that as there is no seriousness shown towards our demands. We are not willing to bother the public and if there is any untoward incident, the government will be responsible for it,” he added.

On Friday, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had ‘hoped’ that the doctors will not go on a strike. “Health Minister has chaired a meeting with them and I think the solution will be out very soon,” Khattar had told the reporters.

Haryana adds 5,166 new infections to its tally

Haryana on Sunday recorded 5,166 fresh Covid infections (including 13 Omicron cases), pushing the total active cases tally to 18,298.

According to the health bulletin, 41,109 samples were tested in past 24 hours out of which 5,166 new cases were detected with Gugugram reporting the highest 2,338 new infections. As per the data, Faridabad recorded 878 new cases, Panchkula (418), Ambala (420), Karnal (181), Rohtak (158) and Sonepat (146).

At least 13,223 patients across the state are in home isolation.

Meanwhile, health minister Anil Vij said that 980 medical officers (Haryana Civil Medical Services Group-A) will be recruited soon. He said an advertisement has also been issued in this regard. Vij said out of these 980 posts, 270 are of general category, 472 of SC category, 80 of BC-A category, 25 of BC-B category, and 133 of EWS category.

31 more staffers at PGIMS tests positive

Thirty-one staff members of Rohtak’s Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) have tested positive on Sunday, taking the total number of infections among employees to 107 in just four days.

PGIMS spokesperson Dr Varun Arora said 15 staffers were found infected on January 6, 16 on January 7 and 45 on January 8.

“Of these 31 new cases, 11 are doctors. We have been collecting samples of the staff as a precautionary measure and many of them are testing positive,” he added.

Meeting of jail inmates, their families suspended

The biweekly meeting between prisoners and their family members have been suspended in Haryana prisons, said jails minister Ranjit Singh Chautala.

Interacting with mediapersons in Sirsa, he said the government has decided to suspend ‘physical mulaqat’ of all prisoners lodged in various jails in the state due to rise in Covid cases. “We will resume the physical meetings of inmates after the situation improves. We have also directed the jail officials and other employees to come out of jail, if needed,” the jail minister added. Source : ht

 

 

 

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An agenda for hope

Written by Thursday, 15 February 2018 06:30

The President of the 76th annual session of the General Assembly, H.E. Abdulla Shahid from the Maldives, who has been heading the UN body since September 2021, now shares his priorities for 2022. In his briefing to the General Assembly, the President discusses his priorities, centered around hope - the theme of his presidency. The five priorities, as laid out in his vision statement, are recovering from COVID-19, rebuilding sustainably, responding to the needs of the planet, respecting the rights of all and revitalizing the United Nations.

Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, addresses a meeting of the General Assembly. Source : un.org

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Dara Singh, serving life sentence in three separate cases of murder including that of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons in Keonjhar district in January 1999, is lodged in a jail in Keonjhar district.

BHUBANESWAR: orissa high court has rejected the plea of Dara Singh, serving life sentence in three separate cases of murder including that of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons in Keonjhar district in January 1999, to treat his 21 years in jail as life sentence.

The HC bench comprising chief justice S Muralidhara and justice BP Routray rejected Singh’s criminal appeal seeking his release from jail in the murder case of a Muslim trader in 1999 for which he was sentenced to life by a trial court in 2007. Singh pleaded that as he has already undergone more than 21 years inside the jail and considering his long custody, the punishment may be treated as life term.

In 2007, a trial court in Mayurbhanj sentenced Singh to life for killing and then burning Muslim trader SK Rehman of Padiabeda village in Thakurmunda block of the district. The same year, he and three others were sentenced to life for murdering 35-year-old Catholic priest Father Arul Doss in Sep 1999, at Jamubani village of Mayurbhanj district.

In 2003, a trial court in Khurda district awarded Singh death sentence and life to 12 others for burning alive Staines and his two sons in Manoharpur village of Keonjhar district. Staines was sleeping with his sons, aged 8 and 10, in a stain wagon in the forest when a mob led by Singh poured petrol over it and set fire to it. In 2005, the Orissa high court commuted Singh’s sentence to life. The High Court acquitted 11 others. In 2011, the SC upheld Singh’s life sentence.

First arrested in January 2000, Singh, now 59 years old, is lodged in a jail in Keonjhar district. Source : ht

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UP polls: In an interview with HT, Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) leader OP Rajbhar said BJP was an enemy of OBCs and more party leaders are expected to quit ahead of the elections.

A former ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who is now with the Samajwadi Party (SP), Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) leader OP Rajbhar is considered a key other backward classes (OBC) leader. In an interview to HT, the former Uttar Pradesh minister said the high-profile exits from the BJP in the last 24 hours were only a teaser of what’s to come. He also said that keeping its OBC base intact will be a challenge for the BJP.

Edited excerpts:

Why are so many BJP leaders and ministers leaving?Three years ago, when I resigned as a minister and left the BJP, I experienced the same thing. That’s when I realised that they are the enemies of backward classes and Dalits. Today, Dara SIngh Chauhan has also confirmed that exact thing and Swami Prasad Maurya too. If you were to speak to BJP leaders on a spy cam, they would reveal the same -- that no one listens to them, that they are helpless. Mark my words, on March 10 (counting day) no BJP leader will step out of their home and they will switch off their TVs.

Can you give us an example of what you call their anti-OBC policy?Take for instance, the induction of 69,000 teachers (in December 2020) which was supposed to be an empowerment move for OBCs. When the national commission of backward classes looked at it closely, they found that even the 27% OBC quota was not fulfilled in these appointments. The CM said that he will fix this anomaly but how is the OBC criteria fulfilled if you recruit only 6,000 backward candidates?

But some point out that while there was some anger in the OBC community, the BJP was able to counter that by bringing in a record number of OBC leaders in the cabinet reshuffle in July.A day before the polls were announced last week, on January 7,thousands of children were on dharna in Lucknow saying they had been robbed of the OBC and Dalit quota. Yogiji used the police to beat them up. These new ministers are just ‘chunavi mantri’ (election ministers), asked to perform and get some votes for the BJP. Has their appointment meant that more backwards are getting educated, and their domestic electricity bills are getting paid? Has their appointment meant that a greater number of poor are getting better treatment in hospitals? Has the caste census happened?

You have announced that many will join, and before Swami Prasad Maurya and Dara Singh Chauhan left, they were seen holding talks with you. How many resignations are you expecting?At least a dozen-and-a-half ministers are in touch with the Samajwadi Party. I can’t tell you their names right now. Also, you can expect a major revelation on the 14th about these exits from the BJP.

The BJP is known to do quick course correction. What if they really go all out to woo the OBC community now?Nothing will happen. It’s too late now because the election code of conduct has set in. What can they do now? They won’t be seen now for 28 years in Uttar Pradesh. If you go to the villages, the farmers are upset, if you meet the youth, they are fed up with unemployment and if you meet traders, they will tell you that GST has broken their back.

So you are saying the entire OBC vote bank will shift to the SP?What’s happened is that every community has its own leadership, formed its own party and its own vote. That ensures empowerment of that community and initially, the BJP allied with all these smaller parties and they formed the backbone of politics across the country. The SP has now allied with the Rajbar community for the Purvanchal area, an alliance with Prajapati gets them 7% votes. Similarly key alliances with other smaller parties gets them key community votes.

But many point out that while BJP may face anti-incumbency, their reduced numbers may still see them winning about 200 seats?I’ll tell you why they are wrong. In Purvanchal, our community has 12-22% votes and we had voted for BJP, so they have lost our vote. They have lost Prajapati votes, and 100% Kushwahas had voted for BJP last time, so they have lost them too. You can also take away the Patel votes and the Yadav and Muslims who voted for them. The Nishad, Mallas, Majhar, Kashyap etc who had all voted for BJP are not going to vote for them. Don’t the experts see that lakhs of these people are now upset with the BJP? Source : ht

 

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This story is no less interesting than a script of an action-packed thriller. But the only relief is that the story ended on a happy note after a struggle of 22 years. Born and brought up in India and working for human rights in India only, 68-year-old Luingam Luithui is extremely happy about the fact that finally he and his wife Peingamla have once again become citizens of this country. Now this couple will be able to celebrate Christmas this year in their home town of Ukhaharul in Manipur. They will finally give up their citizenship of Canada which they had to take under compulsion in a state of despair.

His long and tough legal battle has made one thing very clear that no government can deprive a citizen of his citizenship. No matter whether that person is a member of some organisation or follower of some ideology, if he is a native of the country, then his right to citizenship cannot be taken away.

Luingam Luithui told National Herald that the pain of living away from his people and land for so long haunts him deeply but he is very happy that finally, justice has won. He said, “My faith in the Indian judiciary was re-established. Despite belonging to the state of Manipur and despite being a supporter of the Naga Movement, I won this case with the help and support of my lawyer Shomana Khanna and my young relatives. Now I will peacefully live in India. Living abroad for so many years was uncomfortable for me. I was not at ease and was always under stress lest I did something wrong. Your own country and your own people are after all your own…though I will again have to build my life from scratch…” his voice choked with emotions while saying this.

The suspense in his story still remains. On August 23rd, 2017, the Delhi High Court rebuked the Centre that no citizen can be deprived of his citizenship just like that and the citizenship of this couple was never annulled. The government could not tell the court on what basis and on which decision the government annulled the citizenship of this couple who fought for it for 22 years. It could not present any file in the court related to the confiscation of the passport of Luingam Luithui couple. That means the question why this Indian couple remained deprived of Indian passport for 22 long years still remains unanswered.

Luingam Luithui, who challenged the AFSPA in the 1990’s was always a target of the state and Central government and he was seen as someone connected with militant Naga outfits.

When this couple went to Bangkok to attend a seminar, Luithui’s wife Peingamla lost her passport. So they applied for a duplicate of the same. But they were not given the passport. The government started harassing Luingam Luithui since 1995. He was in Ottawa, Canada, when he was told by the Indian High Commission that their passport was cancelled in 1995 only and he was forced to get out from there.

He started this fight for justice after that. His nephew in India, Chingya Luithui, took it upon himself to help him out. The Central government provided only this much information that because Luingam Luithui was associated with the militant Naga organisations, hence his citizenship has been annulled. When they could get nothing more from the government, they went to the senior lawyer Shomana Khanna in 2008-09. Shomana told National Herald, “In my 23-year-long career in law, I had not seen a case like this. There was no document available. Only this could be seen clearly that the couple was a victim of sheer injustice. For three years information was drawn out only through RTI. For a year, we prepared the petition and from 2013 to 2017, we fought the case.

To what extent the government can lie and how openly it can violate the citizens’ rights - this case presents a live example of it.

Luingam Luithui’s family showed amazing courage. He has no kids of his own but his brothers’ sons fought tooth and nail to bring him back.”

Luingam Luithui’s nephew Chingya Luithui who is also the petitioner in this case toldNational Herald, “We have received a major relief by this decision of the court. We belong to the Luithui clan, where elders are given a lot of respect. And anyway, a Naga can never tolerate injustice. We have grown up fighting this case only. But now the Centre knows that it cannot do whatever it wants to the people of the northeast.”

 

 

 

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AIHRA members donation to orphan children

Written by Friday, 18 August 2017 07:08

AIHRA members Suryamani Mrs Padma Reddy Takur Sonya Lalapat donating orphan childrens with one stiching machine, 30 carryboxes and some dresses

 

 

 

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