Rahul and Priyanka arrested en route to Hathras
Uttar Pradesh police arrested former Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Secretary General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Yamuna Expresway on Thursday afternoon. The two leaders, along with congress workers, marched to Hathras to meet with the family of the gang rape victim before being arrested outside the Jewar toll booth.
- Police sources said they were detained under article 188 of the IPC for violating restraining orders. The leaders were then taken to the international circuit of Buddhism, the Grand Noida race track.
- When Gandhi told officials that he would leave his convoy behind and go alone on foot, a confrontation ensued and the police began pushing and shoving members of Congress. In the tumult that followed, Gandhi fell and suffered bruises on his arm. Then he sat on a dharna on the road.
- Earlier today, vehicles of Gandhi and Vadra, who were heading to Hathras to meet the family of the Dalit gang rape victim, were stopped in Grand Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
- After Hathras, another Dalit woman dies in the U.P. after an alleged gang rape; A 22-year-old Dalit woman died of serious injuries in the village of Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh, on Wednesday after being gang-raped. After her death, the victim was cremated on Wednesday night, following an autopsy.
- The Balrampur district police arrested two people for allegedly gang-raping and murdering the 22-year-old man, who was an employee of a private company.
- Some media reports that his back, hands and legs were broken. This was not verified during the autopsy, said Balrampur SP Dev Ranjan Verma. However, he added that another investigation into the matter was underway.
- In a statement to the police, the woman’s family claimed that by Tuesday, September 29, she did not return from work until late. However, she eventually returned home in a rickshaw and was in poor condition.
- The family took her to the hospital but she died on the way, the officer said. The death comes a day after another UP Dalit woman, a 19-year-old from Hathras, died in another gang rape incident. She was also cremated after midnight.
Three Indian soldiers killed by Pakistani bombardment along the LoC
- Two soldiers were killed and four others were wounded on Thursday in the Naugam sector in northern Kashmir, in a major escalation by the Pakistani army along the line of control (LoC) at J&K.
- A Srinagar-based defense spokesman said Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation throughout the LoC on Thursday morning in the Naugam area of Kupwara.
- Earlier today, a soldier was killed and another was injured in Jammu’s Poonch district as part of the violation of Pakistan’s ceasefire throughout the LoC.
Pandemic cannot be an excuse for not paying wages – Supreme Court
- On Thursday, the Supreme Court reversed a notice from the Gujarat government exempting factories from paying workers overtime during the shutdown, between April 20 and July 19.
- A bench run by Judge D.Y. Chandrachud said the pandemic cannot be an excuse to deprive workers of the dignity of their jobs. Workers have the right to decent wages and ideal working conditions.
- The government cannot see the pandemic as an internal emergency to override statutory laws protecting workers’ rights under the Factories Act, he said.
- While the court acknowledged the financial difficulties that factory owners face as a result of the pandemic, it reminded them that the brunt of the economic downturn should not fall exclusively on workers.
Prashant Bhushan Requests Review Against Supreme Court Decision Condemning Him in Contempt
- Lawyer Prashant Bhushan has filed a petition for review with the Supreme Court against his decision to impose a nominal fine of Rs. 1 on him as punishment for criminal contempt.
- Bhushan urged the court to remember the punishment. Stating that the tweets were critical, he argued that dissenting and criticizing an institution did not amount to criminal contempt.
- The lead lawyer asked the court to investigate whether his power to initiate contempt suo motu was subject to a person’s basic rights.
- Dissent and the free and fearless exchange of ideas were central pillars of democracy, his petition said.
- He added that it was a blatant error on the part of the sentence to conclude that criticism by individual judges amounted to a malicious attack on the court itself.
- In addition, in response to an opinion from the Delhi Bar (BCD) explaining why he should not be struck off, Bhushan urged the body of lawyers to respect the truth and free speech.
- “The judgments of the Supreme Court which find me guilty and convict me of contempt of crime are a fundamental attack on the freedom of expression and the independence of the Bar,” he replied.
- The independence of the legal profession had been protected by the councils of lawyers established under the 1961 law.
Artillery Factory Council rejects report on accidents caused by low-quality ammunition
- The Artillery Factory Council (OFB) rejected reports of multiple accidents between 2014 and 2019 due to shoddy ammunition made by her and said “don’t take numbers.”
- “For accidents from January 2015 to December 2019, in which the defect investigation was completed, only 19% of cases are attributable to the OFB,” said a spokesperson for the council.
- In addition, of the total number of accidents in which the defect investigation was completed, only 2% of cases in which casualties were reported are attributable to the OFB, he said.
- According to internal army data, between 2014 and 2019, there were 403 incidents due to the poor quality of the ammunition produced by the OFB, as a result of which the army suffered 25 deaths and 146 injuries, and also eliminated ₹ 960 crore of ammunition before the end of its useful life.
- Between 2011 and 2018, there were more than 125 accidents involving ammunition obtained from sources other than the OFB, both domestic and foreign, the OFB spokesman said, adding that cases involving OFB ammunition had been selectively reported. .
- “It should be noted here that most of these accidents involve old ammunition manufactured before 2006, when the Director General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) inspected all input materials and the OFB had no control over the quality of the input materials, ”he said.
The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 63, 88,004 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 99,844. Harsh Mander, human rights activist and former IAS officer, said today that the National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights (CNPCR) raided two children’s homes in Delhi with whom she had been associated in the past. the main objective of whether any of the residents had participated in the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections of Rs. 95,480 crore in September hit their highest level so far this fiscal year, the finance ministry said on Thursday.
- Revenues for the month were 4% higher than the total GST collection in the same month last year.
- Likewise, the tax levied on the importation of goods was 102% and income from internal transactions (including the import of services) accounted for 105% of income from these sources in the same month last year.