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Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Govt May Not Remember Any Oxygen Shortage Deaths, But the Public Certainly Does

 These official attempts to fool all the people all the time citing unavailability of data shall not remain unchallenged.

 

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 Govt May Not Remember Any Oxygen Shortage Deaths, But the Public Certainly Does 

A patient with a breathing problem is helped by his relative to enter a COVID-19 hospital for treatment, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ahmedabad, India, April 19, 2021. Photo: Reuters/Amit Dave

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On July 20, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, minister of state in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said that no deaths due to lack of oxygen have been specifically reported by states and UTs. Health ministries of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Bihar also joined in similar claims soon after. After all that this country had to undergo because of government inaction, these are not mere denials but diabolical expressions of apathy in a democracy.

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Our team of independent researchers, lawyers, students and concerned citizens has been documenting oxygen deaths in hospitals all over the country. In our article published on July 7 in The Indian Express, we noted that at least 629 patients died due to oxygen shortage in 110 hospitals across the country between April 6 and May 19. As per our last update on July 21, the number stands at 682. We have not been able to include oxygen shortage deaths in home quarantined cases, of those who were refused admission in hospitals, those unable to get medical attention on time, and those discharged from hospitals in anticipation of oxygen shortages. This number is also an underestimate because we are relying on media reports only. But the number is surely not zero!

Denying what an exceptionally large number of people witnessed during the devastating second wave is not limited to the Union government. Authorities across levels have been complicit. One of the most enabling factors for such a gross denial is the absence of a definition of oxygen shortage deaths. Medical records, death summaries and autopsies do not note oxygen shortage as a cause of death either.

 A four-member committee constituted on April 28 to examine the number of deaths due to the shortage of oxygen in hospitals in Delhi attributed these deaths to comorbidities. It relied on the fact that there was no mention of a shortage of oxygen in any of the case sheets. On May 27, the state government declared the formation of an oxygen death audit committee to give compensation to these families after a case-to-case basis assessment. Almost a month later, the state government reported that the Union government opposed the formation of such a committee.

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Earlier in June, an RTI seeking responses on deaths owing to a shortage of oxygen ventilators, and beds was also met with a similar denial. The Delhi government rejected the application saying “no such data available.” Several premier hospitals across the country also denied oxygen shortage deaths in response to these queries.

The denials adhere to template responses. For instance, following the probe initiated for the deaths of five patients reported due to oxygen shortage in Meerut, the Chief Medical Officer Meerut, Akhilesh Mohan, said all these patients were already “comorbid and seriously unwell.” Lest we forget, this is the same state where a private hospital conducted a mock drill resulting in 22 patients gasping for breath, turning blue, and finally dying within a short timespan. In response, the district magistrate still claimed there was no death due to lack of oxygen on that day and that a probe would be conducted. The chief minister of the state had even declared earlier that there was no oxygen scarcity in any hospital.

In Goa, at least 83 people died of oxygen shortage in hospitals between May 11 and May 15 as per our compiled data. When the Bombay high court at Goa was hearing this matter, it said, “we have long passed the stage of determining whether patients are suffering from the lack of oxygen or not.” It also refused any judicial probe into the incidents at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) saying that it would “be highly unjust and would have an effect of demoralising” on the hardworking frontline workers. It forgot that frontline workers care about doing their job well, and would have appreciated a regular supply of oxygen.

Chhattisgarh, one of the most well-prepared states during the oxygen crisis in India, tells a different story. To facilitate transparency and accountability, the state government is exploring options to conduct a public audit to track any such deaths due to oxygen shortage. The chief minister of the state said that the Union government’s claim about the unavailability of such data from the states and UTs is “misleading”. He said that states are required to submit the number of deaths on a day, deaths with and without comorbidities, and types of comorbidities, but no data on deaths due to oxygen shortage was ever asked for.

 

 

 All through the second wave of the pandemic, several hospitals issued SOS requests on social media, media statements and more. Friends and families of patients were desperately looking for oxygen supplies from outside. Volunteers were at their wits end trying to source oxygen supplies for patient families everywhere. Social media feeds were flooded with calls for help and even live testimonies of people succumbing to death while watching the dwindling oxygen supply in the hospital. Courts were also hearing and responding to this crisis, so much so that on May 4, the Allahabad high court even called these incidents “a criminal act and not less than a genocide” by authorities. It was impossible to not be painfully aware of the oxygen shortage during the second wave.

 

 

On July 27, the Union government has asked states and UTs to share data on deaths due to the shortage of oxygen, and this is likely to be presented in the Parliament before the monsoon session ends. But, after that unsurprising but unfortunate denial earlier, we do not know if we can dare to get our hopes up about this data now. Official responses to avoidable public crises have often been evasive, unreliable and callous, especially during the pandemic. In the face of such non-transparency, independent public documentation is a mode of resistance. These official attempts to fool all the people all the time citing unavailability of data shall not remain unchallenged. The numbers on our publicly accessible database echo the story of the oxygen crisis that the public knows too well and shall not forget.

Sweta Dash is a researcher interested in public health, identification documents, and welfare rights. Aditi Priya is a Senior Research Associate at LEAD at Krea University and is also with Bahujan Economists. The writers are grateful to Aashish Gupta for his incisive comments. 

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Sunday, 21 March 2021

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Friday, 12 March 2021

Filing of nominations begins for 3rd phase of elections in WB, Assam and single phase elections in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry

 

The process of filing of nominations has begun today with the issuance of notification for the Third Phase of Assembly Elections in the states of Assam and West Bengal and the single-phase elections in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Puducherry.

In Assam and West Bengal, it is also the last date for the withdrawal of candidature for the First Phase of Assembly Elections while the filing of nominations closes for the Second Phase today.
   

PaytmMall [CPS] IN  In Assam, 47 Assembly Constituencies will go to polls on the 27th of this month during the First Phase while polling will be held in 30 Assembly Constituencies of West Bengal in this phase.
     

The Second Phase of polling in Assam and West Bengal will be conducted on the 1st of April in 39 Assembly Constituencies of Assam and 30 Assembly Constituencies of West Bengal.
     

Third Phase polling in these two states will be held on 6th of April when 40 Assembly Constituencies of Assam and 31 Assembly Constituencies of West Bengal will go to polls.

Skyeng - ADM The single-phase polling in Kerala, Tamil Nadu along with the Union Territory of Puducherry will also be held on the 6th of April. All the 234 Assembly Constituencies in Tamil Nadu, 140 Assembly Constituencies of Kerala and along with 30 Assembly Constituencies in Puducherry will go to polls together.

 

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Sunday, 31 January 2021

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Tuesday, 19 January 2021

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Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman holds Pre-Budget consultation with Finance Ministers of States/ Union Territories (with Legislature) for Budget 2021-22


The Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman held the pre-budget consultations with the Finance Ministers of States and Union Territories (with Legislature) here today. The meeting was held through Video Conference and was attended by Chief Ministers, the Deputy Chief Ministers, Finance Ministers, Ministers and Senior Officers from the States/Union Territories and the Union Government.

 

The Union Finance Secretary Dr A.B. Pandey welcomed all the participants to the deliberation and informed the importance of this particular consultation meeting. The Union Finance Minister highlighted the importance of this meeting as a sign of co-operative federalism and indicated the manner in which the Union Government was strongly supportive of States/Union Territories (with Legislature) fight against the pandemic. Most participants thanked the Union Finance Minister for financially supporting their States/Union Territories during the worst months of pandemic, by enhancing borrowing limits and providing back to back loans to States. The participants also gave numerous suggestions to the Union Finance Minister for inclusion in the Budget Speech.

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Monday, 21 December 2020

Government invites farmers for next round of talks



The government has asked farmers to choose a date for next round of talks. In a letter to farmer Unions, joint secretary in the Agriculture Ministry Vivek Agrawal urged them for a dialogue to resolve the issue. He said the Centre is making all efforts to find an appropriate solution to resolve all the issues raised by the farmers with an open mind.
 
Mr Agarwal said, government intends to convene the next meeting at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi for resolving the issue. He also mentioned that the government-held meetings with several other farmers' organisations and sought their suggestions on the matter.
 
The sixth round talk between farmers and government was cancelled after farmers’ leaders rejected the government’s draft proposal to amend certain provisions of the farm laws and declined to participate in the meeting.
    

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Saturday, 12 December 2020

UN concerned over reports of killings, abductions of Eritrean refugees

 
The head of the UN refugee agency has said that it has received an "overwhelming" number of reports of Eritrean refugees in Tigray, Ethiopia being killed, abducted or forcibly returned to Eritrea over the last month.
"If confirmed, these actions would constitute a major violation of international law," Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement.
Alarm as Ethiopia returns refugees
In a development the United Nations called “disturbing,” Ethiopia said it is returning thousands of refugees who ran from camps in its Tigray region as war swept through, putting them on buses back to the border area with Eritrea, the country the refugees originally fled.
The news came as the United States said it believes Eritrean troops are active in Ethiopia, a “grave development.” A State Department spokesperson in an email cited credible reports and said “we urge that any such troops be withdrawn immediately.”
Ethiopia said its recently completed military offensive against the now-fugitive Tigray regional government “was not a direct threat” to the 96,000 “misinformed” Eritrean refugees – even as aid groups said four staffers had been killed in the fighting, at least one in a refugee camp.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, last year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, “guaranteed to me that [Eritrean forces] have not entered Tigrayan territory." But Tigray residents have asserted that gunfire came from the direction of Eritrea as the conflict began.
Eritrea, described by rights groups as one of the world's most repressive countries, is a bitter enemy of the fugitive Tigray government.The UN refugee agency said it hadn't been informed in advance of the Eritrean refugees' return.“We received alarming messages from Eritreans living abroad and when we looked into them, ascertained that several hundred refugees had been put on buses this morning to be returned to the Tigray region,” it said.
Any forced return, it said, “would be absolutely unacceptable.”
Given the trauma that refugees say they witnessed in Tigray, they should be protected elsewhere, the agency said. It said the refugee camps have had no access to food or other supplies for more than a month.The International Organization for Migration said it was “extremely concerned" about the refugees' “forced” return and denied it was involved, saying Ethiopia took over one of its transit centres in the capital, Addis Ababa, on December 3.
Aid groups say thousands of Eritrean refugees had fled to Addis Ababa and the Tigray capital, Mekele. Ethiopia said their “unregulated movement” makes it difficult to ensure their security.
Their camps are now stable and under “full control,” Ethiopia said, adding that food delivery there "is under way.”
But communication and transport links to Tigray remain so challenging that the International Rescue Committee said it was still trying to confirm details around the killing of a colleague in the Hitsats refugee camp in Shire town, the base of aid operations.
Separately, the Danish Refugee Council said three staffers who worked as guards at a project site were killed last month. It was not clear where, but the group also supports the Eritrean refugees.
“Sadly, due to the lack of communications and ongoing insecurity in the region, it has not yet been possible to reach their families,” the group said.“Now, more than ever, it is a matter of urgency to cease all hostilities,” the European Union's commissioner for crisis management, Janez Lenarcic, said while condemning the killings.

 The head of the UN refugee agency has said that it has received an "overwhelming" number of reports of Eritrean refugees in Tigray, Ethiopia being killed, abducted or forcibly returned to Eritrea over the last month.
"If confirmed, these actions would constitute a major violation of international law," Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement.
Alarm as Ethiopia returns refugees
In a development the United Nations called “disturbing,” Ethiopia said it is returning thousands of refugees who ran from camps in its Tigray region as war swept through, putting them on buses back to the border area with Eritrea, the country the refugees originally fled.
The news came as the United States said it believes Eritrean troops are active in Ethiopia, a “grave development.” A State Department spokesperson in an email cited credible reports and said “we urge that any such troops be withdrawn immediately.”
Ethiopia said its recently completed military offensive against the now-fugitive Tigray regional government “was not a direct threat” to the 96,000 “misinformed” Eritrean refugees – even as aid groups said four staffers had been killed in the fighting, at least one in a refugee camp.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, last year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, “guaranteed to me that [Eritrean forces] have not entered Tigrayan territory." But Tigray residents have asserted that gunfire came from the direction of Eritrea as the conflict began.
Eritrea, described by rights groups as one of the world's most repressive countries, is a bitter enemy of the fugitive Tigray government.The UN refugee agency said it hadn't been informed in advance of the Eritrean refugees' return.“We received alarming messages from Eritreans living abroad and when we looked into them, ascertained that several hundred refugees had been put on buses this morning to be returned to the Tigray region,” it said.
Any forced return, it said, “would be absolutely unacceptable.”
Given the trauma that refugees say they witnessed in Tigray, they should be protected elsewhere, the agency said. It said the refugee camps have had no access to food or other supplies for more than a month.The International Organization for Migration said it was “extremely concerned" about the refugees' “forced” return and denied it was involved, saying Ethiopia took over one of its transit centres in the capital, Addis Ababa, on December 3.
Aid groups say thousands of Eritrean refugees had fled to Addis Ababa and the Tigray capital, Mekele. Ethiopia said their “unregulated movement” makes it difficult to ensure their security.
Their camps are now stable and under “full control,” Ethiopia said, adding that food delivery there "is under way.”
But communication and transport links to Tigray remain so challenging that the International Rescue Committee said it was still trying to confirm details around the killing of a colleague in the Hitsats refugee camp in Shire town, the base of aid operations.
Separately, the Danish Refugee Council said three staffers who worked as guards at a project site were killed last month. It was not clear where, but the group also supports the Eritrean refugees.
“Sadly, due to the lack of communications and ongoing insecurity in the region, it has not yet been possible to reach their families,” the group said.“Now, more than ever, it is a matter of urgency to cease all hostilities,” the European Union's commissioner for crisis management, Janez Lenarcic, said while condemning the killings.Tigray remains largely sealed off from the world five weeks after fighting erupted between Ethiopia’s government and the Tigray one following a months-long power struggle. The governments regard each other as illegitimate, the result of months of friction since Abiy took office in 2018 and sidelined the once-dominant Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
Thousands of people are thought to have been killed in the fighting that began November 4 and has threatened to destabilise the Horn of Africa.
Ethiopia rejects “interference” as fighting reportedly continues, while the UN has pleaded for neutral, unfettered access. “Food rations for displaced people in Tigray have run out,” the UN humanitarian office tweeted.
“Every day that we don’t have access is a day lost. Every day that we don’t have access is a day that increases the suffering of civilians,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters, and he referred questions to Ethiopia's side.
Ethiopia says it is responsible for ensuring the security of aid efforts – though the conflict and related ethnic tensions have left many Tigrayans wary of government forces.
On Friday, Ethiopia said it had begun delivering aid to areas in Tigray under its control, including Shire and Mekele, a city of a half-million people.
“Suggestions that humanitarian assistance is impeded due to active military combat in several cities and surrounding areas within the Tigray region is untrue and undermines the critical work undertaken by the National Defence Forces to stabilise the region,” the prime minister's office said, noting only “sporadic gunfire” remained.
Some 6 million people live in Tigray. About 1 million are now thought to be displaced. The impact on civilians has been “appalling,” the UN human rights chief said this week.
This week, Ethiopia said its forces shot at and briefly detained UN staffers conducting their first security assessment in Tigray, a crucial step in delivering aid. Ethiopia said they were trying to go where they weren't allowed.
Meanwhile, nearly 50,000 Ethiopians have fled to Sudan and more are still arriving.

 
“The recent groups coming from areas deeper inside Tigray are arriving weak and exhausted, some reporting they spent two weeks on the run inside Ethiopia as they made their way to the border,” UN refugee spokesman Babar Baloch told reporters. “They have told us harrowing accounts of being stopped by armed groups and robbed of their possessions.”
Without access in Ethiopia, he said, “we are unable to verify these disturbing reports.
 

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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Full stop on public passenger vehicles - Collector

Katni. - Collector Shasibhushan Singh, using the powers conferred by section 155 of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, has banned the operation of all public passenger vehicles and roadways till April 14. 23 on outbound, inbound and out of state operations of all public passenger vehicles, roadways, public transport service, contract vehicles, process vehicles, taxi cabs, maxi cabs and autorickshaws etc. There is a ban on March 14 at 12 noon till 14 April 2020. This order will not be applicable to the vehicles, private use vehicles and vehicles used for essential emergency services and those engaged in government duty. In case of emergency, the concerned Sub Divisional Magistrate / Tehsildar and Transport Authority will be able to give permission to operate public passenger vehicles as per the requirement. For this, contact can also be made at district and subdivision level control room. The concerned administrative and district transport officers can contact the district administration and provide permission for operation by marking the minimum autorickshaw as per requirement for health centers, airports and railway stations. In this regard, Collector Shasibhushan Singh has directed Superintendent of Police, Sub Divisional Magistrate Katni, Bahoriband, Dhimarkheda and Vijayaraghavgarh and Additional Transport Officer to ensure strict compliance of orders issued.
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Saturday, 28 November 2020

GDP Estimates of 2nd quarter more encouraging than anticipated: Chief Economic Advisor



Chief Economic Advisor K V Subramanian has said that India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimates of second quarter of 2020-21 is quite encouraging in comparison to the first quarter. Talking to media persons in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Subramanian said, manufacturing has recorded a positive growth of 0.6 per cent, and utility has grown by 4.4 per cent and Agriculture grew by 3.4 per cent in second quarter. Mr Subramanian said that the broad recovery is underway.

India's GDP contracted by 7.5 per cent in the second quarter, from July to September of 2020-21. According to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Gross Value Added (GVA) came in at minus 7 percent.

Some sectors have bounced back with resumption of economic activities. The electricity, gas, water supply and other utility services have shown a growth of 4.4 per cent. It said, agriculture, forestry and fishing sector at 3.4 per cent and manufacturing sector showed a marginal growth of 0.6 per cent.

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Monday, 23 November 2020

PM to attend Centennial Foundation Day celebration of University of Lucknow on 25 November

 

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will attend the celebration of Centennial Foundation Day of University of Lucknow on 25th November, 2020 at 5:30 PM via video conferencing. The University was established in 1920 and is celebrating its centennial (100th) year. 

Prime Minister will unveil the University’s Centennial Commemorative Coin on the occasion. He will also release a special Commemorative Postal Stamp issued by India Post and its Special Cover during the event. Union Defence Minister, Governor of Uttar Pradesh and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh will also be present on the occasion.

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Thursday, 19 November 2020

Obama criticises Trump for his handling of Covid-19 pandemic


Former President of US Barack Obama criticised President Donald Trump for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and also  targeted him for his business dealings in China.In his first campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Obama urged Americans to vote for Biden and Kamala Harris, saying they would bring character and leadership back to government.

Obama is scheduled to hold several rallies for the Democratic candidates in the run up to the November 3 election. Meanwhile, Trump and Biden will faceoff in their second and final debate tomorrow in Tennessee.During the 90-minute meeting, each candidates will be muted while the other delivers responses to each of the six debate topics.

At least 35 million people have already cast their ballots, according to University of Florida’s US Election Project, more than a fourth of the total 2016 vote.

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PM Modi calls for increasing trade and economic cooperation at the virtual summit with his Luxembourg counterpart



Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said there is a lot of potential for increasing economic exchanges between India and Luxembourg. Addressing the India Luxembourg virtual summit this evening, Mr Modi said steel, financial technology and digital domains are several sectors where both nations have good cooperation, but there are more possibilities in these sectors. He congratulated his Luxembourg counterpart Xavier Bettel's skillful leadership in this difficult time of the COVID pandemic. He expressed condolences on behalf of all Indians for the loss of lives in COVID in Luxembourg. He said this is the first stand-alone Summit meeting between India and Luxembourg in the past two decades.

Speaking on the occasion, the Luxembourg Prime Minister welcomed the agreements in the area of space and finance. He said his country supported and welcomed India's election to UNSC for the term 2021-22.


Briefing the media virtually this evening, Sandeep Chakravorty, Joint Secretary, Europe West, External Affairs Ministry said the meeting focused on constructive engagement on the bilateral relationship. It focused on the financial sector, fintech, green financing and on space applications. There was also discussion on deepening business ties between the two countries. Luxembourg is a founding member of the EU. In this context, the two leaders exchanged views on further strengthening India EU relations including forward movement on India EU trade agreements and investment agreements. There was also discussion on multilateral cooperation, and achieving effective and reformed multilateralism. Global issues like climate change and terrorism were also discussed.

Prime Minister Modi highlighted the challenge the global community faces from terrorism and the need to eradicate it in all its forms and manifestations. The Luxembourg Prime Minister conveyed the intention of Luxembourg to join the International Solar Alliance. Mr Modi invited Luxembourg to join the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. There was also a lot of discussion on the COVID situation, on vaccine development, and also the infrastructure for vaccine delivery.

Three agreements were signed coinciding with the Summit. The agreements were between the Luxembourg Stock Exchange with State Bank of India and with the India International Stock Exchange. The third agreement was between Lux Innovation and Invest India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Luxembourg counterpart Xavier Bettel have welcomed the growing economic relationship between the two countries. Joint Statement on the India-Luxembourg Virtual Summit said both leaders expressed satisfaction that companies from both India and Luxembourg were expanding their presence in each other’s countries. In this context, they agreed to look at new opportunities for business cooperation. Both Prime Ministers welcomed the signing of a cooperation agreement between Invest India and Luxinnovation to support and develop mutual business cooperation between Indian and Luxembourg companies.
 
The Joint Statement said the two Prime Ministers also took note of the long-standing cooperation between India and Luxembourg in the steel sector. The leaders called upon businesses to explore further opportunities for expanding the economic relationship. They also noted that Luxembourg companies were taking a growing interest in India’s various initiatives related to the environment, clean energy and sustainable technologies, including the Clean Ganga Mission.
 
The leaders looked forward to the 17th Joint Economic Commission between India and the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union to review the economic and trade relations. They also exchanged views regarding the ongoing efforts to make supply chains more resilient, diversified, responsible and sustainable. They noted that over the last decades, supply chains have become increasingly complex, intertwined and dependent on a diverse set of stakeholders located across the globe.


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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

When the central government itself has agreed that there is no such thing as love jihad, then why did some state governments think of bringing a law on it?

 
In a statement, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has given a strange warning that those who 'disguise themselves, covertly, hide their names, or hide their appearance, play with the honor of sisters and daughters, if they do not improve The journey of 'Ram Naam Satya Hai' is about to begin.
How did 'Love Jihad' talk start in the country

In 2009, a website called 'Hindujagruti' (hindujagruti.org) claimed that an organization called Muslim Youth Forum in Kerala had put up a poster of 'Love Jihad', in which it allegedly 'enticed Hindu girls' into love. There has been talk of getting him converted and then marrying him. Then the same thing was raised from other states as well.


Hindujagruti had also mentioned five Muslim websites that such a thing has been done in them. The Kerala police conducted a detailed investigation and found the allegation of 'love jihad' to be false.

After two years of investigation, Justice M. Sasidharan Nambiar of the Kerala High Court, while ordering the closure of the inquiry, said that 'inter-religious marriage is normal in our society and there is no crime in it'.

The basic concept of 'love jihad' is utterly illegal.


It is a matter of fun that the passion of the Hindu fundamentalist organization 'Love Jihad' is being heard even when the Government of India itself has said in Parliament that only in February, there is no such thing as 'Love Jihad' defined in the current laws. There is no such case with any central investigative agency.

It may be recalled that in the Hadiya case of 2018, the National Investigation Agency had shouted yes to Hindu fundamentalists, alleging that Hadiya was a victim of imaginary things like brainwashing and 'psychological kidnapping'.

The Supreme Court rejected it outright and said that the issues of faith and trust are at the core of the freedoms conferred by the constitution and that the patriarchal system of government or society cannot interfere in it.

Justice Chandrachud had said that the right to choose life partner is absolute and absolute and faith cannot come in the way of it.

Despite the decision of the Allahabad High Court in recent days in the Priyanshi case, deliberately being irrelevant, it is being presented as if the High Court has outlawed inter-religious marriages.

In this case, a Muslim girl accepted Hinduism on 29 June and married a Hindu youth on 31 July. Both of them had requested the High Court to order protection from the defendants.

The High Court said that the conversion was done only for the purpose of marriage and refused to interfere. In this regard, two other decisions of the Supreme Court are also being distorted.

In the cases of Lily Thomas (2000) and Sarla Mudgal (1995), Hindu husbands accepted Islam with the intention of having a second marriage. The court said that conversion is their right, but under the Hindu Marriage Act, they cannot have a second marriage unless they are duly separated from their first wife.

In this context, the court said that conversion of religion would be valid if they have also changed their faith and belief. It is not enough just to say this with the intention of second marriage that I accepted Islam.

It is to be noted that the court did not say that for every time and every kind of conversion, it is necessary to provide any proof of change in your faith and belief. Faith is something inside the mind and no scientific proof can be given.

You can file a true or false affidavit for the court, but only you know what is in your mind.

In November 2019, the Law Commission of Uttar Pradesh gave a report to the government, in which, among other things, they have also drafted a new law related to conversion.


In principle, this draft is similar to the laws known as 'Freedom of Religion' or anti-conversion laws in eight other states.

These eight states are Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Uttarakhand. Originally these laws were made to prevent conversion by coercion, fraud or by temptation.

In 1977, the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court upheld the above laws of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha in the Stanislaus case. In it, the court had clarified a fine legal issue that it is your right to propagate religion but it is not right to convert - the person concerned should have his own wish.

Well, now the President of Uttar Pradesh Law Commission, Justice Adityanath Mittal himself is saying that if the government brings laws with the aim of stopping inter-religion marriage, then it will be illegal. Since the government has not brought the law yet, there is no need to say anything more about that subject.

In this context, the formation of a special investigation team by the police in Kanpur is also reprehensible. In an investigation conducted by NDTV, several Hindu girls said on camera that they had married Muslims of their own free will and there was no pressure or inducement on them.

Now if the people of their house say that there was something wrong, then there is a direct solution to it that the girls would have taken a statement before the judicial magistrate or asked for an affidavit on the notary. The purpose of registering the case is to harass the empty Muslim boys and their families.
What are the underlying motives behind creating the love jihad?

The question arises that when the central government itself has agreed that there is no such thing as love jihad, then why did some state governments think of bringing a law on it?

Radical Hindu organizations refrain from officially speaking on it. But to a large extent the true ideology of his communal rancor is to be gauged from the statements of his leaders (for whom he would later state that he had given in his personal capacity), messages circulating on social media and the content of so many unofficial websites. Can.

Simply put, they believe that 'Love Jihad' is a conspiracy of Muslims against the country.

In his imagination, through this, Muslims want to tell Hindus that they are still able to 'take away' the women of Hindus - if not by defeating them in wars like in the Middle Ages, then in the trap of love!

Second, it is an insult to Hindu femininity that Muslims should 'consume' them. This is an ancient form of that ancient concept in which it was believed that 'mlechch' corrupts Hindu women.

Thirdly, it is a slap in the face of Hindu masculinity that their women have to seek happiness outside their community, whether it is in search of love or sexual pleasure.

Fourthly, by marrying Hindu girls, they want to increase the population of Muslims at the cost of Hindus because then that many girls will not be available to produce Hindu offspring and thus they want to expand Muslim jeans on the earth.

Fifth, if this continues unabated, the day is not far when the population of Muslims in the country will be more than Hindus and Hindus will become a minority in their own country.

Needless to say that such ideas are doing the inconsequential work of inciting communal sentiments against the interests of the nation and society and hence their immediate rigorous mitigation is necessary.

It is also worth noting that the use of the word jihad in this whole episode is both intimidating and tricking the public.

Although the religious concept called 'Jihad fe Sabillillah' has a good meaning, people usually associate it with terrorist activities.

In 2010, the then Home Minister P. Chidambaram was forced to reform his statement due to such a prevalent misuse of the word jihad because a Muslim organization 'Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam' objected to it.
Factual mistakes in 'Love Jihad' story

The story of 'Love Jihad' started from Kerala. Therefore, they also open their poll from Kerala. In 2012, in Kerala, the government gave figures to the Legislative Assembly that 2,667 Hindu girls had converted to Islam during 2006-12.

This means that in the year 500-1,000 Muslim boys would have been married to Hindu girls.

If we assume that there are about one crore marriages in the country in a year, then according to the population of Kerala, there are 2,76000 marriages in the state. That is, inter-religion marriages constitute only 0.36% of the total marriages. What difference can they make?

The Muslim population in Kerala increased at the rate of about one lakh in a year during 2001-11. Inter-religion marriages are only 1% of this increase. Now these Hindu fundamentalist organizations should tell what is the matter of concern in this?
This is an inauspicious symptom for the future of the toxic nation

Governments do not have the right to make laws on any imaginary object. If such laws are made then it would be an abuse of legislative rights.

Discussing imaginary things like 'love jihad' is also both denominationalization and criminalization of the legal system like marriage.

It is unethical because it serves to make the sacred feeling of love illegal.

It is patriarchal and anti-feminist because it implies that Hindu women are being considered the property of Hindu male society, in which men have rights over their sexuality.

This is disrespectful to women because it means that Hindu women are so foolish and easily deceived that they are not even able to make the right decision of their good and bad and anyone can 'consume' them by luring them. is.

The underlying political motive behind all this politicalism is to bring the social isolation of the Muslims to the extent where they turn into their social boycott or they have no meaningful participation in the social ecosystem of the country.

These people know that due to all the intricacies of this country, they may not be able to make the 'Hindu Rashtra' of their imagination a political or physical reality, but with this kind of poisoning they can make it a social reality. We have to be careful with this danger.

(The writer is a retired IPS officer and has been Director General of Police of Kerala and Additional Director General in BSF and CRPF.) 

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Tuesday, 17 November 2020

The state's largest minority community has held key ministerial and other constitutional posts whether under the rule of Congress, Samyukta Socialist Party, Janata Party, Janata Dal or the RJD

Bihar has for the first time since Independence got a ruling coalition without a single MLA from its largest minority community.

None of the four parties in the National Democratic Alliance — the BJP, Janata Dal United, Hindustani Awam Morcha Secular and Vikassheel Insan Party — has a single MLA from among Muslims, who structure over 16 per cent of the state's population.
Of these four, the JDU alone had fielded Muslim candidates, all 11 of whom lost.Nitish Kumar, who on Monday took oath as chief minister for the seventh time and who flaunts his “socialist-secular” credentials, will therefore have to form a council of ministers without a single Muslim member elected directly by the people.

He has, of course, the choice of engaging within the “tokenism” of appointing a Muslim minister then nominating them to the state legislature .

All the non-NDA parties or combines that have won seats — aside from the Lok Janshakti Party — have their share of Muslim MLAs. The Rashtriya Janata Dal has 8 Muslims among its 75 MLAs, the Congress has 4 out of 19, Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM has 5 out of 5, and the Left parties have 1 out of 16. The Bahujan Samaj Party’s lone MLA may be a Muslim.

Veteran socialist leader Shivanand Tiwary, who has worked with both Lalu Prasad and Nitish for over 40 years, put in perspective the loss of the JDU’s Muslim candidates despite their party’s origin and upbringing in Bihar’s socialist tradition. He mentioned developments at a number of the joint campaign meetings held by Nitish and Prime Minister Narendra Modi within the Seemanchal and Mithila areas.
“Nitish remained a silent spectator to Modi shouting ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and demonstrating his ‘victory’ in (amending) Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir to polarise the voters on communal lines from the dais,” he said. “Faced with anger and anti-incumbency, Nitish’s JDU banked on the advantages of the polarisation that the speeches by the Prime Minister and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath delivered. Obviously, the minorities found the BJP and therefore the JDU to get on an equivalent page and didn’t vote for his candidates.” Yet the JDU is in no way similar to the BJP in terms of origin, growth or larger ideology. Abdul Ghafoor, who was Bihar chief minister within the 1970s, was one among the founders of the Samata Party, from which the JDU was born in 1999.

Socialist stalwart George Fernandes, a Christian from Mangalore, had been chief of Samata and later the JDU. When Samata struck an alliance with the BJP in 1996, it had recorded its reservations about the BJP’s agenda of repealing Article 370, introducing a consistent civil code and building a Ram temple on the disputed plot in Ayodhya. Muslims have held key ministerial and other constitutional posts ever since the first Assembly elections in Bihar in 1952, whether under the rule of the Congress, Samyukta Socialist Party, Janata Party, Janata Dal or the RJD — even under the BJP-JDU alliance headed by Nitish until the latest election.
From a larger perspective, the community has played a key role in Bihar’s history over the centuries. The road leading to Patna airport is named Peer Ali Marg after a hero of the 1857 revolt. Socialist revolutionary Taqi Rahim was the chief assistant of Jayaprakash Narayan who led the 1970s movement from Bihar that led to Indira Gandhi’s Congress losing power at the Centre in the post-Emergency 1977 election. Muslims have presided over both Houses in Bihar. Ghulam Sarwar was Speaker of the Assembly during Lalu Prasad’s first term as chief minister and Jabir Hussein was chairperson of the legislative council during the later years of RJD rule.
“While Nitish is on the verge of creating history by logging the longest tenure as Bihar chief minister after Sri Krishna Sinha, he will also go down in history as the one who led a coalition without one Muslim MLA,” Shivanand said.“He (Nitish) has actually achieved the larger goal of the RSS to relegate the minorities to second-class citizens and deny them representation in political governance.” When Nitish led the Mahagathbandhan of the JDU, RJD and the Congress to power in 2015, his cabinet had the prominent Muslim face, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, from the RJD as finance minister. After Nitish returned to the BJP in 2017, he had Khurshid Feroz, a JDU lawmaker from Sikta, in his council of ministers. Khurshid was known for chanting "Jai Sri Ram" and donning saffron. Nitish has also had to simply accept the BJP central leadership's decision of replacing Sushil Kumar Modi with Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi as deputy chief ministers.
Sushil, one among the last stalwarts from the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-L.K. Advani era, had cursed with Nitish throughout his career as BJP-JDU chief minister -- even at the value of angering the Hindutva hardliners in his own party."The results of this election have proved beyond doubt that the BJP, which bears the signature of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, has thoroughly subsumed Nitish’s JDU
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Monday, 16 November 2020

US President-elect Biden's priority is not TurkeyUS President-elect Biden's priority is not Turkey

 
For nearly five months, both the US and the World have been discussing the US presidential election. All eyes have been focused on President Trump as everyone is waiting to see whether he will accept defeat and help President-elect Joe Biden's transition team.

While Biden has increased his popular vote share to 78 million and therefore the number of delegates to 306, we will see that Trump's legal war doesn't seem realistic, especially after Biden won Georgia and Pennsylvania, which are critical states.
In addition, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), operating under the US Department of Homeland Security , made a politician statement describing "the elections persisted November 3 because the most reliable elections in US history."
The majority of individuals in Turkey believe Turkey-US relations are going to be no better with Biden in office. However, all of the issues stemming from Trump's term still exist and have not been resolved yet.
When President-elect Biden takes office on January 20, we should not expect him to move against Turkey right away. President-elect Biden and his foreign policy team will not break ties with Ankara due to Turkey’s NATO membership and its strategic position. Both NATO allies might seek better communication avenues to unravel their issues through diplomacy.
Among Biden's priorities, number one is the fight against Covid-19. With the number of daily deaths reaching 1,100 and daily case numbers reaching 130,000, the US is well into the second wave.
In fact, several cities have reinstated the "Stay-At-Home" rule. Biden has already started working by establishing a scientific committee consisting of 13 members. Naturally, even though Trump is not happy, he has added good news about the vaccine as a plus for his administration.
The second issue related to Covid-19 will be recovering the economy. Even though the rate of unemployment has gone down by 6.9 percent, there is a sense of confidence that this rate will rise again. Biden is predicted to ask Congress to start out performing on a replacement stimulus package urgently.
The area of priority is polarisation and race relations. The US under a Trump administration has been a deeply polarised place exacerbated further by Donald Trump's divisive statements and therefore the killing of George Flory. Biden, on the opposite hand, has signalled that he wants to unify the country.
Biden will most certainly undo Trump's policies on a lot of these issues, especially with regards to healthcare, immigration, and education. However, a Republican majority in the Senate will cripple Biden.
The bottom line is that Biden features a lot on his plate and Turkey isn't high thereon list of priorities.
What about foreign policy?
Biden will face extraordinary policy challenges from Russia and China to North Korea and Iran, but he has said indicated he will attempt to rebuild alliances and restore trust as a priority.
Through a globalist's perspective, he will be working closely with NATO, the European Union, and other international organisations. The statement by Michael Carpenter, an advisor to Biden, that the US will put pressure on Turkey, not only unilaterally but also by calling on its allies to do the same, is a sign of the type of policy they're going to implement.
Of course, while it is expected that there will be a return to the policies of the Obama era with regard to the Middle East and a softening of the stance towards Iran, there are also signals that the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan will continue and that there may be problems with Saudi Arabia, who are being blamed for the war in Yemen and are responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Apart from that, Biden also wants a two-state solution to the tensions between Israel and Palestine, albeit it'd make an enemy out of Netanyahu.
Many names from the Biden team are familiar with Turkey. In particular, Anthony Blinken, the head of the Biden campaign's foreign policy initiatives, is one of those most familiar with Turkey. Other names mentioned for Department of State are William Burns, Susan Rice, Chris Coons, Chris Murphy.
We might see a Female Secretary of Defense in the Biden-Harris Administration, and some names floating around are Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy. Many people who are experts on Turkey from the think factory world on the brink of the Democratic Party , like the Atlantic Council and therefore the Center for American Progress, will also likely take up positions within the White House.
Ron Klain, officially announced by Biden as the White House Chief of Staff, also knows Turkey well. Indeed, he is one of the important names who worked in the White House during the vice-presidential terms of both Biden and Al Gore.
What is clear here is that the clashes and conflicts with Turkey would have been unavoidable even if Trump had won, and it seems that it will continue with Biden, as well. Several of the present issues like the US alliance with the YPG/PKK terror group, the S400 affect Russia, and therefore the conflict of interest within the eastern Mediterranean will be carried over into Biden's term.
What is significant here is how the trust are going to be restored and thru what compromises. It requires hard work to revert back to open communication channels and, most importantly, change how Turkey is perceived in the US

Ethiopia says 10,000 prisoners missing from town it took over in Tigray

 
There was no immediate comment from Tigray's leaders on the events in Alamata, a town near the border with Amhara regional state and around 120 km from Tigray's capital Mekelle.Ethiopia has said its federal forces have liberated a town in the northern Tigray region, where it accused local leaders of taking 10,000 prisoners with them from the town as they fled.
"As the TPLF (Tigray's ruling party) militia were defeated in Alamata, they fled taking along around 10,000 prisoners," the government's taskforce said on Twitter.
There was no immediate comment from Tigray's leaders on the events in Alamata, a town near the border with Amhara regional state, about 120 km (75 miles) from Tigray's capital Mekelle.
Earlier on Saturday, Tigray forces had fired rockets into neighbouring Eritrea, escalating a 13-day conflict which has killed hundreds on each side , and threatens to destabilise other parts of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa.

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Afghan forces arrest ‘mastermind’ of Kabul University attack

 

Afghan forces have arrested the mastermind of a brutal attack at Kabul University earlier this month. The National Directorate of Security said that special forces arrested the main mastermind behind the attack, Mohammad Adel, in a targeted operation in Kabul.

Earlier, Afghani Vice President Amrullah Saleh had said that Adel was behind the university attack. He said Adel was recruited by the Haqqani network, an Afghan terror group affiliated with the Taliban. Saleh said that the attack was carried out to pressure, defame and make the government look weak in front of the people.

Three gunmen had stormed the university's campus in broad daylight on 2nd of this month, spraying bullets into classrooms. At least 22 people were killed and 27 more injured before Afghan forces killed the attackers.

Nitish Kumar to be CM of Bihar for 7th time; Newly-elected MLAs of NDA elect him as their leader in Patna



Nitish Kumar today unanimously elected leader of NDA. This decision was taken at a joint meeting of NDA in Patna .Earlier Mr Kumar was elected leader of legislators of Janta Dal ( United).The meeting was  convened at the official residence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was present in the joint meeting  of NDA as an observer. Besides Union Minister Nityanand Rai, Party incharge of Bihar affairs Bhupendra Yadav, election incharge Devendra Fadnavis and Bihar BJP President Sanjay Jaiswal were also present in the meeting.

Hindustani Awam Morcha President Jitan Ram Manjhi and  Vikassheel Insaan Party Chief Mukesh Sahni were also present in the meeting.

The legislators of all four NDA constituents - BJP, JD(U), Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) discussed the formation of a new government in the state.Besides post of Deputy Chief Minister, Election of Assembly Speaker and other issues were also be discussed at the meeting.

The NDA secured an absolute majority by winning 125 seats in the recently held assembly elections. One independent MLA Sumit Sigh has also extended his support to the NDA.

Friday, 5 June 2020

Transport from procurement centers soon, SDM inspected

katni Sub-Divisional Officer Revenue Balbir Raman on Thursday inspected the wheat procurement centers of Kailwara (Chaka-1, Chaka-2) and Pilounji of Katni subdivision. In view of the possibility of rains in the district, he has given instructions to ensure quick storage of wheat available at both the procurement centers. SDM Mr. Raman has instructed the transporter to transport the wheat as soon as possible after finding the remaining 14 thousand quintals in Calwara Purchase Center and 4 thousand wheat in Pilonji. He has instructed to issue notice to the concerned in-charge, committee manager, transport agency and concerned officials for not keeping the wheat stored unsafely in the procurement centers and not storing wheat in the warehouse near the procurement center. Tehsildar Munouvar Khan was also present on the occasion. Later SDM Mr. Raman also inspected the checkpost block of Chaka bypass along with the tehsildar and reviewed the arrangements.
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Friday, 24 April 2020

Towards the end of April month, there was no distribution of pulses and cylinders to the poor,

The Government of India has made various arrangements to deal with the Corona crisis. The first 21 days and then 14 days were locked down to break the chain of Corona. The lockdown halted everything. Everything including factories, small scale industries, factories, industries, mills etc. were completely shut down. Which had a great impact on people. The rich family is somehow passing away. But the poor working class, middle class, rickshaw, handcart, auto driver, begging class on the roads have been completely broken in lockdown. Such a class is constantly struggling for the upliftment of itself and its family. Despite the ration, food items, food etc. being distributed by the donors including the government, there are still hundreds of families who are not getting enough food even for a time.
 
 

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