Shaheen Bagh’s Anti-CAA Protests Unacceptable, Supreme Court Says
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, where dozens of mothers, children and the elderly from Shaheen Bagh blocked a public road in the country’s capital, were “unacceptable.”
- A bench run by Judge Sanjay Kishan Kaul said public places and spaces cannot be occupied indefinitely. The court recognized that peaceful protests were in fact a constitutional right, but said that right was not absolute.
- An unknown number of people are unable to block public roads, restrict public traffic and cause a nuisance, Judge Kaul said when reading the verdict.
- The court spoke of how the Internet and social media can be “highly polarizing.” He said that the administration must ensure that public space is kept free from obstacles and encroachments.
- It is the sole responsibility of the administration to avoid the invasion of public spaces. They must do so without waiting for the courts to issue the corresponding orders.
- Public places cannot be occupied indefinitely, demonstrations must take place in designated areas. Dissent cannot be expressed by blocking public places and spaces, the court said, hoping it will not reach that stage in the future.
- The sentence was handed down in a petition filed by lawyer Amit Sahni several months ago for a speech aimed at moving Shaheen Bagh’s anti-CAA protesters, mostly mothers and their children, to an alternative site because they had ‘blocked’ the public movement and the cause of the traffic growls in the area.
- The protesters were later sacked by the police on March 24, with the start of the pandemic and the subsequent national shutdown.
UP police slap UAPA, accuse Malayalam journalist arrested near Hathras of sedition
Malayalam journalist Siddique Kappan and three others arrested by Uttar Pradesh police on their way to Hathras were convicted under the Illegal Activities (Prevention) and Sedition Act of 1967, according to an FIR recorded Wednesday in Mathura.
- All four were brought before a local court, which sent them to preventive detention. “Further action will be taken after the evidence is gathered in the investigation,” said Gaurav Grover, SSP, Mathura.
- The four were arrested on Monday at a toll plaza in Mathura while traveling by car from Delhi to Hathras, police said. An FIR filed against him accuses them under article 124A (sedition) of the IPC, articles 14 and 17 of the UAPA and articles 65, 72 and 76 of the Information Technology Law, to foment hostility between groups. and scandalize religious sentiments. Section 17 of the UAPA deals with fundraising for terrorist acts.
- Besides Kappan, a journalist working with a Delhi-based Malayalam portal, the other three have been identified as Ateeq-ur-Rehman from Muzaffarnagar, Masood Ahmed from Bahraich and Alam from Rampur. In the FIR, Deputy Inspector Prabal Singh accused the four of carrying leaflets entitled “Justice for the victim of Hathras” and of moving around the neighborhood to disturb the peace as part of a “major conspiracy”.
Bombay HC Grants Rhea Chakraborty Bail
Actress Rhea Chakraborty, 28, was released on bail by the Bombay High Court on Wednesday. She has been in Byculla Prison since she was arrested by the Office of Narcotics Control on September 8 in a drug case following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
- He was sentenced to be released on bail of 1 lakh, with one or two guarantees. Judge SV Kotwal said: “The investigation revealed no recovery of Rhea or the home of Sushant Singh Rajput. It is her own case that the drugs were already consumed and therefore there was no recovery. In this case, there is nothing at this stage to show that Rhea has committed a crime involving commercial amounts of contraband. “
- The court added: “Therefore, I am satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant, i.e Rea, is not guilty of any offense punishable under sections 19 [sanction for misappropriation of opium by a producer ], 24 [sanction for trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances] or 27A [sanction for financing the illicit traffic and lodging of offenders] [of the law on narcotics and psychotropic substances] or any other crime involving commercial quantities. Since you do not have a criminal record, there are reasonable grounds to believe that you are unlikely to commit a crime on bail. “
Rahul cites Nobel laureate Stiglitz for attacking Modi’s government for “politics of division”
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi cited Nobel laureate and economist Joseph Stiglitz on Wednesday to target Narendra Modi’s government for pursuing a “policy of division” and said his life mission was to unite people of all faiths.
- “I agree. My life’s purpose is to unite people of all religions on this earth,” Gandhi tweeted, and tagged a report reporting Professor Stiglitz’s advice to the Modi government to get rid of it. ” division “.
- “I will start by trying to create an inclusive society. The politics of division is the antithesis of what to do. Modi has tried to divide his country, Muslims against Hindus, and this will undermine his society and economy no matter what.
- This fundamental divide will weaken India forever, ”Stiglitz said Tuesday during a webinar organized by the chamber of commerce, FICCI, in response to a question about India’s strategy to tackle the economic problems in the middle pandemic.
UGC Says 24 Universities Are Fake; Uttar Pradesh and Delhi Max
The University Scholarship Commission (UGC) announced on October 7 a list of 24 “self-proclaimed and unrecognized institutions” in the country, calling them “false.” Most of these bogus universities operated in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Delhi.
- While eight of these universities are in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi has seven and Odisha and West Bengal two each. Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Pondicherry, and Maharashtra each have one of these fake universities.
French-American duo win Nobel Prize in chemistry for gene editing tool
Emmanuelle Charpentier from France and Jennifer Doudna from the United States won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the gene editing technique known as CRISPR-Cas9 DNA cutting “scissors”, the first time a Nobel Prize in science was awarded to an exclusive team of women.
“Thanks to them, researchers can modify the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision,”
“This technology has had a revolutionary impact in the life sciences, contributes to new cancer therapies and can make the dream of curing inherited diseases a reality.”said the Nobel jury.
- The technique has received a Nobel Prize several times in the past, but speaking to reporters in Stockholm via a phone link, Professor Charpentier said the call was always a surprise.
Edappadi K. Palaniswami to be AIADMK’s CM candidate for 2021 TN elections
- Edappadi K. Palaniswami to be AIADMK’s ruling candidate for Chief Minister for 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections The decision was announced today by the Chief Deputy Minister and Party Coordinator, O. Panneerselvam.
- For now, this puts an end to the unease between the deputy CM and the CM on this issue. Before the Panneerselvam’s announcement, the Chief Minister, indicating that he agreed with the main request of the first of an eleven-member steering committee, made public the composition of the panel, which would guide the party in all areas.
- The formation of the panel was one of the points of agreement when the groups led by Palaniswami and Pannerselvam merged in August 2017.
Study Finds High Levels of Stunting Among Poor With Access to PDS, Calls for Expanding Food Basket
- Initial study on links between availability of PDS rations and prevalence of malnutrition found that most households poor people most in need of food grains are often excluded from the program.
- The study, written by Basat K Panda, Sanjay K Mohanty, Itishree Nayak and Vishal Dev Shastri of the International Institute of Population Sciences in Mumbai and Subramanian SV of Harvard TH.
- The Chan School of Public Health in Boston is titled ” Malnutrition and Poverty in India: Is Using the Public Distribution System Important?
- It was published in the BioMed Central Nutrition Journal last week. The study, based on data from the National Family Health Survey-4 (NHFS-4), found a skewed distribution of BPL maps that determine access to various wellness plans, including food ration.
- It revealed a high prevalence of stunting and malnutrition among poor families using the PDS, as well as among the poor excluded from the PDS.
- “Reducing child nutrition was not part of the PDS tactic. In many states, the odds of stunting among the excluded poor are greater than those of the true poor.
- Since PDS cards are mainly issued to poor people, it is not surprising to see high stunting and underweight among the very poor, ”Panda said, in response to a question about why the prevalence of malnutrition was high, even among those provided a PDS ration.
- The study concludes that the poorest of the poor, those most in need of social assistance schemes, are not covered by these schemes. It recommends improving coverage to ensure that poor households are given priority.
- It also calls for improving the quality of nutritious foods under the PDS and expanding the food basket to help reduce malnutrition.
The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 68,27,171 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a toll of 1, 05,529.
- The Cabinet approved the signing of an agreement with Japan that aims to improve cooperation in emerging technologies, protect critical infrastructure, cyberspace and mitigate threats to communication networks.
- A long-standing metro project in Calcutta was approved and the Cabinet also approved a standardized electronic tendering system for natural gas.