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Written by Tuesday, 20 February 2018 07:16

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“The Gandhi family has made it very clear, also through the chief election authority Mr [Madhusudan] Mistry, that there’s no official candidate. The Gandhi family is neutral in this race...” Congress presidential candidate Shashi Tharoor said.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who is running for the post of party president against Mallikarjun Kharge, on Sunday said there were indications of an “uneven playing field”, hinting at pressure on some leaders.

Speaking to NDTV, Tharoor made it clear that the Gandhis were maintaining neutrality.

“There are some aspects that suggest an uneven playing field,” he said.

“The Gandhi family has made it very clear, also through the chief election authority Mr [Madhusudan] Mistry, that there’s no official candidate. The Gandhi family is neutral in this race...” he added.

Meanwhile, speaking to party leaders in Jammu, Kharge said the election was an internal matter for the party but the real fight was against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“The democratic institutions built by Congress in seven decades have been weakened and the voice of dissent is being muzzled and crushed...Our real fight is against the BJP and the RSS who are vitiating the political, democratic and social atmosphere...” he said. Source : ht

 

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11 October 2017 – Brutal, well-organized, coordinated and systematic attacks have been carried out against the minority Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar, with the intention of not just driving them away but also preventing their return, a new United Nations human rights report has revealed.

Based on on-the-ground interviews in Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have sought refuge, the report also draws attention to a strategy to “instil deep and widespread fear and trauma – physical, emotional and psychological” among the Rohingya population.

“The [UN human rights] team documented consistent accounts of the Myanmar security forces surrounding or entering villages or settlements, sometimes accompanied by Rakhine Buddhist individuals firing indiscriminately at Rohingya villagers, injuring some and killing other innocent victims, setting houses on fire, and announcing in other villages that the same would befall them if they did not comply with the order to immediately abandon their homes,” notes the report, issued Wednesday by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

It also cites testimony from witnesses that security forces committed extrajudicial and summary executions, rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and attacks on places of worship.

Efforts [taken] to effectively erase all signs of memorable landmarks in the geography of the Rohingya landscape and memory in such a way that a return to their lands would yield nothing but a desolate and unrecognizable terrain – OHCHR report

Specific attacks particularly targeted the educated in the Rohingya society such as teachers, business men, religious and community leaders – “people with influence” – in an effort to diminish Rohingya history, culture and knowledge, said OHCHR in a news release announcing the grim findings.

“Credible information indicates that the Myanmar security forces purposely destroyed the property of the Rohingyas, targeting their houses, fields, food-stocks, crops, livestock and even trees, to render the possibility of the Rohingya returning to normal lives and livelihoods in the future in northern Rakhine almost impossible,” it added.

UN rights chief urges authorities to end the ‘cruel’ security operation immediately

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who described the Government operations in northern Rakhine state as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” also urged the Myanmar Government to immediately end its “cruel” security operation.

By denying the Rohingya population their political, civil, economic and cultural rights, including the right to citizenship, he said, the Government’s actions appear to be “a cynical ploy to forcibly transfer large numbers of people without possibility of return.”

More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since the Myanmar security forces launched an operation in response to alleged attacks by militants on 25 August against 30 police posts and a regimental headquarters.

The report, however, suggests that the “clearance operations” started before that date – as early as the beginning of August.

UN agencies, meanwhile, are working to assist the hundreds of thousands in Cox’s Bazar and other locations in Bangladesh where conditions for the refugees are extremely challenging, including little protection against the elements, limited food, water and sanitation facilities, and the risk of outbreak of disease.

Source : UN.ORG

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Nizamabad,TELANGANA: An elderly woman named Saroja was badly assaulted by Gundaram village upa –sarpanch and that too on the eve of Women’s day (08th Mar,2017) at Dist. Nizamabad, Telangana. Neither the police registered the FIR nor the doctors of the govt. hospital showed any willingness to treat the victim patient.

But one of our AIHRA member, Shri C Ratan along with the victim woman and other peoples showed the courage to have hartal in front of the govt. hospital due to which the medical department as well as the police were compelled to take action. Shri. Ratan also greraoed the Collector of Nizamabad at a place where he was on a public meeting for Women’s day and made the perpetrator Sarpanch got arrested too.

AIHRA thanks Shri Ratan ji for the courage he showed for providing justice to the victim woman and for the protection of human rights.

 

 

 

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Thiruvananthapuram: Hitting out at the Centre on cattle trade issue, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is seeking to introduce a new rule to impose the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) political agenda.

Vijayan revealed this during a special session of the state assembly called to discuss the Centre's notification on the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.

Vijayan said that the Centre's move against cow slaughter would hurt the economy and farmers.

"15 lakh cattle are brought into the state every year. Because of this order, the movement of the cattle has been stopped. A lot of the people use this food for nutrition. This rule will have a long lasting effect on the people. About five lakh people work in the trade industry associated with slaughter houses.” claimed Vijayan.

He further added, “This rule will only affect common traders and not those who have huge farms. This is also the RSS agenda to bring in ban on cow slaughter. Central government brought this rule to impose the political agenda of the Sangh Parivar.”

"As a next step, the milk produce will be less and milk prices will increase. Farmers are already going through a tough time. This will worsen the situation. Our state government has envisaged several schemes for increasing the milk production. For that, cattle is being brought into the state through markets, this will also be affected. If there is a restriction on red meat, the price of other meat will increase," he said.

Quoting Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, the chief minister said the latter has asserted that the Centre must mull over the economic implications of this proposed notification.

"Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian had said that every government has the right to decide their social policies, but should also think about the economic implications," said Vijayan.

Vijayan last week said his government will challenge the Centre's notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter in animal markets.

There has been wide opposition to the notification, with many states rejecting the notification.

In some places, people even hosted a 'beef fest' to protest the decision.

The governments of Karnataka, Kerala and Tripura have said they will not implement the order.

Union Minister for Environment Harsh Vardhan has ordered that the ministry has notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 to ensure that the sale of cattle is not meant for slaughter purposes.

He said the seller and buyer both have to ensure that cattle is not bought or sold across the country's livestock markets market for slaughter purposes.

 

 

 

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Nirmala Sitharaman said growth will be among the top priorities of the Narendra Modi government and attention will be paid to sustaining the momentum that the Indian economy has got coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is in the US to attend the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, on Tuesday forecasted India's growth rate to be around 7 per cent this financial year.

Sitharaman said growth will be among the top priorities of the Narendra Modi government and attention will be paid to sustaining the momentum that the Indian economy has got coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Her statement comes even as the IMF, in its latest projection, predicted India's GDP growth to be 6.8 per cent - down from a January projection of 8.2 per cent and in July estimate of 7.4 per cent. However, despite the slowdown, India would remain the fastest-growing major economy.

The IMF said on Tuesday global growth is expected to slow further next year, downgrading its forecasts as countries grapple with the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, spiraling cost-of-living and economic downturns.

The world economy has been dealt multiple blows, with the war in Ukraine driving up food and energy prices following the coronavirus outbreak, while soaring costs and rising interest rates threaten to reverberate around the globe.

"I am aware that growth forecasts around the world are being revised lower. We expect India's growth rate to be around 7 per cent this financial year. More importantly, I am confident of India's relative and absolute growth performance in the rest of the decade,” she said addressing a gathering in Washington.

Sitharaman, however, observed that the Indian economy is not exempt from the impact of the world economy. “No economy is,” she said.

“After the unprecedented shock of the pandemic, came the conflict in Europe with its implications for energy, fertiliser and food prices. Now, synchronised global monetary policy is tightening in its wake. So, naturally, growth projections have been revised lower for many countries, including India. This triple shock has made growth and inflation a double-edged sword,” Sitharaman said.

After the Russia-Ukraine conflict started in February 2022, there was a sharp increase in food and energy prices. India had to ensure that the rising cost of living did not lead to lower consumption through erosion of purchasing power.

“We addressed these multiple and complex challenges through a variety of interventions. One, India ramped up its vaccine production and vaccination. India has administered over 2 billion doses of vaccine produced domestically. Two, India's digital infrastructure ensured the delivery of targeted relief Third, in 2022, after the conflict erupted in Europe, we ensured adequate availability of food and fuel domestically, lowered import duties on edible oil and cut excise duties on petrol and diesel. The central bank has acted swiftly to ensure that inflation did not get out of hand and that currency depreciation was neither rapid nor significant enough to lead to a loss of confidence,” the minister said.

'India in talks with different countries to make Rupay acceptable'

Sitharaman said India is discussing with different countries to make Rupay acceptable in their nations.

“Not just that, the UPI (Unified Payments Interface), the BHIM app, and NCPI (the National Payments Corporation of India) are all now being worked in such a way that their systems in their respective country, however, robust or otherwise can talk to our system and the inter-operability itself will give strength for Indians expertise in those countries,” she said. (With inputs from PTI and ANI) Source : ht

 

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While Russia will take approval from Uzbekistan before giving access to Islamic State bomber, the Indian security agencies are keen to dig out the local link who was to supply explosives and target to the terrorist.

Russia has agreed into principle to allow Indian security agencies access to detained Islamic State terrorist, who was planning to target members of the ruling BJP or the RSS for alleged blasphemy, after securing approval from the country of radical’s origin Uzbekistan.

On July 27, 2022, the Russian security agency, the FSB, informed their Indian counterparts about the detention of 30-year-old Uzbek national Mashrabkon Azamov, who was planning to commit a suicide bombing against the ruling party representatives in India for alleged blasphemy. Azamov along with another Kyrgyzstan national was radicalized by an IS handler in Turkey as well as through online channels for the mission against India. The terrorist chose the Moscow route to enter India to avoid maximum scrutiny by the Indian immigration authorities.

With India and Russia partners against religious fundamentalism and terrorism, the FSB has conveyed to its Indian counterpart that they will allow access to Azamov after taking approval from Uzbekistan. The Kyrgyzstan national was not picked up by the FSB and apparently went back to Turkey.

Even though Russia has shared parts of Azamov’s interrogation report relevant to the Indian context, the security agencies are keen to dig out the Indian local link that was supposed to supply explosives as well as single out the VVIP target to be hit. The Indian intelligence also wants to find out who is behind the radicalization against India in Turkey, a close ally of Pakistan. The Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) terrorist group has its footprint in Telangana and Kerala and is growing in numbers in Afghanistan as a counter to the Taliban. A terror group that wants to capture land and power in the name of propagating medieval Islam, ISKP believes in Sunni supremacy and is against all other sects of Islam. The ISKP in Afghanistan also plays the cat’s paw for the Pakistani deep state to check the Taliban and keep the Sunni Pashtun force under control with savage indiscriminate violence against the Shia Hazaras community including school children and others.

With the Taliban not being able to control large swathes of Afghan territory, the ISKP is expected to expand in the ultra-conservative and already radicalized Emirate and will be a cause of problems to India, bordering Central Asian Republics and China soon. Source : ht

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NEW DELHI: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, accused of plotting the September 2008 blasts in Maharashtra's Malegaon, in which six people were killed. However, the court rejected the bail of another prime accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit.


"The appeal filed by Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is allowed. The applicant (Sadhvi) is directed to be released on bail on a surety of Rs 5 lakh. The appeal filed by Prasad Purohit stands dismissed," said a division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Shalini Phansalkar Joshi.

The court directed Sadhvi Pragya to surrender her passport to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). It also directed her not to tamper with the evidence and to report to NIA court as and when required.

"We have said in our order that prima facie there is no case made out against Sadhvi," Justice More said while refusing to stay today's order.

The HC bench of Justices Ranjit More and Shalini Phansalkar Joshi had in February concluded a lengthy hearing and had reserved their appeals for pronouncement of judgment. Both Sadhvi and Purohit had filed separate appeals. The hearing in Purohit's plea concluded on February 17 while Sadhvi's on February 20.

The 2008 Malegaon blast had killed six and injured 100. The blast occurred on September 29, 2008 at about 9.35 pm when a bomb exploded opposite Shakil Goods Transport Company, Malegaon. It was caused by an explosive device fitted to LML motorcycle bearing licence number MH-15 P-4572.

The state ATS had chargesheeted 12 alleged 'Hindu extremists', including Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in 2009. Initially, the stringent provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA) were also invoked against them. However, after the decision of the Supreme Court, the NIA dropped charges under MCOCA against Sadhvi and Purohit.

The chargesheet filed last year by NIA said that Purohit flouted Army service rules by forming an outfit called Abhinav Bharat in 2006. Purohit, however, claimed he was only discharging his duties to gather more intelligence.

The ATS chargesheet stated that Sadhvi's scooter was used for the blast by prime accused Ram Kalsangra (absconding). Kalsangra's brother Shivnarayan, who is accused number 2, has been telling the trial court that his brother was "eliminated by police officers'' his lawyer said.

Meanwhile, various other witnesses and even an accused had complained of "illegal detention and torture'' by ATS members and alleged violation of human rights.

In Sadhvi's appeal, the HC had also heard intervention applications to oppose her bail. Her counsel had earlier submitted that the bike in which the bomb was planted did not belong to her and that even the NIA had said that ATS had no case against her.

Purohit's counsel Shrikant Shivade, relying on military records, said the records show no explosives, including RDX which were missing from seizures made during his tenure in Kashmir in 2002-04. An important charge against Purohit is that he used the RDX retained from that seizure for the 2008 Malegaon blast despite he being an intelligence officer.

In Sadhvi's case, the NIA which had in its supplementary chargesheet exonerated her of all charges, did not object to her being granted bail and released from jail. Both Sadhvi and Purohit have been in continuous custody since 2008, for almost nine years, ever since their arrest.

Appearing for the intervenor - family of blast victim Nisar Bilal — counsel B A Desai who questioned the legality of the fresh probe of NIA which had taken over from the Maharashtra Anti Terror Squad (ATS) pointed to what he said was "incriminating evidence against the accused."

Desai said, "There are reasonable grounds to believe that accusations are prima facie true and that Sadhvi was part of several conspiracy meetings prior to the blast. There is voluminous evidence as well as witness statements to prove this."

The HC had heard the audio and video recordings of the conspiracy meetings held prior to the blasts after Desai pointed out discrepancies in the evidence submitted. Desai challenged the NIA recommendation to exonerate Thakur in its supplementary chargesheet. "Prosecutor has not acted as the agent of Justice in this case. The onus is now on the intervenor to place facts as the NIA has refused to do it before the court, " Desai had argued in his concluding submissions.

The bench had called for written submissions from Desai, Sadhvi's counsel and NIA counsel Sandesh Patil.

In Purohit's case, Shivade had relied on Army records and documents to argue that the main charge against the suspended Army Intelligence officer of retaining RDX was bogus. Military records show that Purohit could not have removed any RDX even after a raid because of elaborate operations and procedures, besides he never conducted the actual raid, Shivade had argued and cited commendations Purohit had received from superior officers for his good work throughout his career. Recently one of Purohit's superior went public in his support and said "Purohit is innocent."

 

While rejecting Purohit's bail plea, the NIA court had observed that all military documents and any other evidence in his support would be considered during the trial and not at pre-trial stage. The case is at a stage where the charges are yet to be framed to enable the start of trial.

 Purohit has been detained for more than eight years without trial and ATS "framed'' him by "planting RDX'' and once the charge of him planting explosives lacked evidence, bail cannot be denied, Shivade argued. Shivade also said that the NIA now handling the case differed with the ATS.

The special trial court judge also had wrongly invoked provisions of an amended Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) retrospectively, to deny him bail, Purohit said.

 

 

 

 

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नई दिल्ली (22 फरवरी): वैसे तो भगवान शिव का अभिषेक हमेशा करना चाहिए। शिवरात्रि (24 फरवरी, 2017) का दिन अभिषेक के लिए कुछ विशेष है। यह दिन भगवान का विशेष रूप से प्रिय माना जाता है। कई ग्रंथों में भी इस बात का वर्णन मिलता है। धर्मसिन्धू के दूसरे परिच्छेद के अनुसार, अगर किसी खास फल की इच्छा हो तो भगवान के विशेष शिवलिंग की पूजा करनी चाहिए। हम आपको बता रहे हैं किस धातु और रत्न के बने शिवलिंग की पूजा करने से कौन-सा फल मिलता है।

 

- सोने के शिव लिंग पर अभिषेक करने से सत्यलोक की प्राप्ति होती है।

 

- मोती के शिवलिंग पर अभिषेक से रोग नाश होते हैं। जीवन स्वस्थ होता है।

 

- हीरे के शिवलिंग पर अभिषेक से दीर्घायु मिलती है।

 

- पुखराज के शिवलिंग से धन-सम्मान मिलती है।

 

- नीलम के शिवलिंग की पूजा से मान-सम्मान में बढ़ोत्तरी होती है।

 

- स्फटिक का शिवलिंग समस्त मनोकामनाएं पूरी करने वाला होता है।

 

- चांदी के शिवलिंग का अभिषेक से पितरों का तर्पण होता है।

 

- तांबे का शिवलिंग दुर्घटना आदि से रक्षा करता है।

 

- शत्रुओं के शमन के लिए लोहे के बने शिवलिंग पर अभिषेक करना चाहिए।

 

- असाध्य रोगों से मुक्ति के लिए गेंहूं के आटे से बने शिवलिंग का षोडशोपचार पूजन करना चाहिए।

 

- सभी लौकिक सुख पाने के लिए देसी गाय के दूध से निकले मक्खन से बने शिवलिंग का पूजन करना चाहिए।

 

- खाद्यान्न की प्राप्ति और फसलों की सुरक्षा के लिए गुड़ से बने शिवलिंग का अभिषेक करना चाहिए।

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Chief Justice UU Lalit retires in November. He took charge as the 49th CJI in August.

Chief Justice of India Uday Umesh Lalit is set to name Justice DY Chandrachud as his successor. He will hand over the letter to Justice DY Chandrachud on Tuesday morning, designating him as the next CJI. The letter will be handed over in the presence of the other judgesof the Supreme Court, people familiar with the matter said.

Justice Lalit will also write back to the Union Law Ministry later in day on the matter. Last week, the central government had asked him to name his successor after he retires on November 8. He had taken charge in August when he succeeded Justice NV Ramana.

The law ministry - as per protocol - writes to the CJI around a month before the due date of retirement to seek the successor's name.

The reply is usually sent between 28 and 30 days before the retirement date. As a matter of convention, the next in line, in terms of seniority, after the CJI is chosen as his successor.

The Supreme Court will get its 50th chief justice when Justice UU Lalit retires. He would have completed a 74-day tenure by then.

Meanwhile, Justice DY Chandrachud is set to retire on November 10, 2024.

CJI UU Lalit, who was designated as a senior advocate by the top court in April, 2004, was enrolled as as an advocate in June, 1983. He has been a member of the Supreme Court of India Legal Services Committee for two terms. He was appointed as a judge in the top court in 2014.

Meanwhile, Justice D Y Chandrachud had earlier served as the Additional Solicitor General of India in 1998. He was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court in 2013. He has been associated with the Bombay High Court too. He was elevated as a judge in the top court in 2016. Source : ht

 

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