Media cannot target religious minority for their attacks – Supreme Court
A message must be sent to media that they cannot target a religious minority for their attacks, the Supreme Court said on Friday. The dignity of a community is as important as journalistic freedom, they noted.
“We want a cohesive nation. As citizens and judges we are concerned about national security, but we are also concerned about the protection of human dignity … We, as a court, know what happened in the emergency. We therefore want a free flow of ideas. But we are also aware of a community’s right to dignity, ”said Judge D.Y. Chandrachud
- who presided over a three-judge tribunal, watched as he listened to a request for a ban before the broadcast of a program that was partially broadcast on Sudarshan TV on “UPSC Jihad”.
- The show, hosted by the channel’s editor-in-chief Suresh Chavhanke, claims that members of the Muslim community are trying to infiltrate the public administration.
- Describing media regulators like the Association of News Broadcasters as “toothless,” the court asked them and the government to suggest measures that could strengthen media self-regulation.
- The court added that it would not have intervened and recently ordered a court order on the Sudarshan TV show if there had been a strong self-regulation mechanism.
- Google Removes Paytm From Play Store, Restores It After Hours: Google restored Paytm listing in its App Store on Friday, hours after taking down popular financial services platform for violating its gambling policies.
- In a blog post, Paytm said that it recently introduced the “Paytm Cricket League” in its consumer app, where users receive player stickers after every transaction, collect them and receive Paytm Cashback, and so on. It is because of this feature that Google has removed the app from the Play Store.
- Paytm, which competes with Google’s digital payment app GPay in India, has assured users that their account balance is safe, saying all activity on Paytm is completely legal. However, he added that he temporarily removed the refund component to comply with the rules of the Play Store policy.
“Today afternoon we received a communication from Google stating that they are suspending our app because they believe it is a violation of their gaming policies. Therefore, the Paytm app for Android has not been listed in the Play Store and is temporarily unavailable,”Paytm said.
- Earlier on Friday, Google removed the Paytm app from its Play Store. After the app was restored, Paytm Founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma tweeted: “Thanks everyone for your support! The Paytm app is back, available on the Play Store. We launched a UPI CashBack campaign this morning. Google suspended our app for this. India, you decide if returning money is a game of chance. “
People misled on farm bills – PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that some people in the country are trying to mislead farmers about his government’s reforms in the agricultural sector.
“Some people are spreading false information around the country that farmers will not get the right prices for their products. But our government is committed to helping farmers get fair prices … now they can sell their products anywhere in the country without restrictions, ”Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the launch of a project train.
- Referring to the new agricultural bills, Modi added, “The country’s farmers will be freed from middlemen and will have more options and opportunities to sell their produce … these bills have become a raksha kawach [protective shield] for them.
- On Thursday, the Lok Sabha adopted two bills: the 2020 Agricultural Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Agricultural Price Insurance and Services Bill of the Agreement with Farmers (Empowerment and Protection), 2020, The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020 was passed on Tuesday.
- Leader Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the party’s only representative in the Union cabinet, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, resigned yesterday because of these government bills.
- SAD will take call to stay part of NDA: Continuing this story, SAD will conduct a video consultation with its leaders on Friday to decide whether to continue in the NDA alliance.
Don’t cross borders when you criticize justice, Madras Chief Justice advises people: People should speak out without crossing the line of fair and just criticism. Likewise, it is not for a constitutional court to use a hammer for something that cannot even constitute contempt, the Madras High Court observed.
- Chief Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and Judge Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy made the comments after accepting Advocate General Vijay Narayan’s opinion that there was no need to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against the actor Suriya.
- Superior Court Judge S.M. Subramaniam wrote to the Chief Justice on Sunday opposing the actor’s statements against the judiciary.
- The actor, involved in educating poor students through his Agaram Foundation, criticized the court’s refusal to cancel the National Admission and Eligibility Test (NEET) for medical admissions due to the pandemic.
- He had said that the court, which practically operated because it “feared a threat to life”, expected students to physically come out and show up for exams without fear of Covid-19.
- After providing impressive statistics on the number of cases closed and resolved by state courts during the pandemic, Chief Justice Sahi said: “We see that the film actor’s statements were perhaps absolutely unnecessary or even unjustified, as ignoring the how the entire judicial system of this state served the interests of its citizens during this pandemic. “
Army finds prima facie evidence of AFSPA violations in meeting with Shopian: Army finds “prima facie” evidence its troops violated powers under Special Forces Powers Act (AFSPA) at a meeting in the Shopian district of Kashmir in which three men died in July this year, officials said on Friday, adding that disciplinary proceedings had been initiated.
- On July 18, the military claimed that three militants were killed in the village of Amshipura, in the upper part of Shopian district, in southern Kashmir.
- The military opened an investigation after social media reported that the three men were from Rajouri district of Jammu region and disappeared in Amshipura, said Col. Rajesh Kalia, a defense spokesperson at Srinagar. The probe was completed in four weeks.
- The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 52,96,514 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 85,594.
- The Rajya Sabha today approved the 2020 MPs’ Salaries, Benefits and Pensions Bill (Amendment).
- Opposition parties attacked the government saying it was using the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to cut MPs’ salaries when it seemed to have sufficient funds for the apparent extravagances, including more than Rs 20 billion for the renovation of Central Vista and the construction of a new Parliament building.