“Ghar wapsi” only after “wapsi law”, say the farmers, because the eighth round of negotiations is inconclusive
The eighth round of talks between the government and protesting union representatives ended in vain on Friday. The next meeting will probably take place on January 15th. Now their key demand to repeal three farm laws to end their protest, peasant leaders have told the government that their “ghar wapsi” of Delhi border protest sites can only take place after “law Wapsi”. But the Center insisted the talks should be limited to contentious clauses and ruled out a complete withdrawal of the three laws. The sources said the talks had not progressed much and the next date had been decided in light of a Supreme Court hearing scheduled for January 11. Government sources said the Supreme Court could investigate the legality of the three laws, in addition to other related issues. to the protests of farmers.
Trump changes his tone and says he is ‘outraged by the chaos’
A day after supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol, Trump condemned the violence and acknowledged that a new administration would take the relay possession on January 20. A video posted on his Twitter account, previously suspended to prevent the president from inciting further violence. Trump addressed the rioters in his video message, saying they do not represent the country.
- This was in stark contrast to Wednesday, when Trump called the rioters “very special” in another video message in which he also asked them to stand down. In a tweet, he called the rioters “great patriots” even when some of them were inside the Capitol.
- Trump said emotions were high after an intense election and spirits “need to calm down” now. “Now Congress has certified the results. A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20. My goal now is to ensure a smooth, orderly and smooth power transition.
- This moment demands healing and reconciliation, ”Trump said without mentioning Biden by name or praising, as is the norm.
The man who waved the tricolor in the assault on the U.S. Capitol
A video of someone waving the Indian tricolor amid the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol had sparked much speculation. It has now emerged that one of the people waving the tricolor was Vincent Xavier Palathingal, originally from Kerala and originally from Kochi.
- In a detailed Facebook post, Palathingal claimed he was protesting a “stolen election”. The post, in which he said he was not part of the violence, has now been withdrawn after people inside and outside Kerala criticized him, saying he insulted India by bringing the tricolor flag at a violent demonstration in which five were killed.
- Palathingal also posted images of himself with the Indian national flag near the Capitol, as well as other Trump supporters besieging the Capitol. Palathingal is also an active social media commentator on Kerala politics, with several articles criticizing the LDF government.
SC will hear statement against “obligatory” confessions to priests
Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to consider a petition filed by a group of women against the obligatory nature of sacred confessions to priests in Christianity. Appearing before a court headed by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India S.A. Bobde, the petitioners’ main advocate, Mukul Rohatgi, said “confessions are being misused”.
- The lead lawyer said the forced confessions violated the right to privacy. When asked why he should intervene on an obviously ecclesiastical issue like this, Rohatgi reminded the court of his interventions on issues relating to the personal laws and customs of communities such as the Muslims of Bohra and Parsis.
- He said the court could consider the questions in the petition as they fell within the realm of issues of faith, women’s rights and equality raised by a nine-judge Constitutional Court in the Sabarimala case.
- He looked for more time to amend the petition and add more facts. Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, questioned by the court for opinion, said the whole problem stems from the Jacobite-Orthodox conflict.
- The Supreme Court had confirmed the validity of the 1934 Constitution of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Malankara to govern the parishes under the church. He suggested that the Kerala High Court listen to him. “The Kerala High Court knows the whole history of the case,” he said.
Hong Kong Bails Arrested Pro-Democrat Activists
Hong Kong authorities said on Friday they had bailed most of the 55 pro-democracy activists arrested this week in a radical crackdown on dissent. One of the activists said they could still be charged under a strict national security law.
- The activists have been accused of participating in an unofficial primary election last year that authorities say was part of a plan to paralyze the Legislative Council and subvert state power.
- The primaries were organized to choose the best candidates to run, as the pro-democracy camp sought to win the most seats.
- Wednesday’s mass arrests were the biggest move against Hong Kong’s democracy movement since Beijing imposed the National Security Law on the semi-autonomous territory last June to quell dissent after months of anti-government protests in 2019.
- Three of the 55 people arrested were not. released: activists Joshua Wong and Tam Tak-chi, who were already in jail on separate charges, and former Hong Kong Democratic Party Chairman Wu Chi-wai, who remained in custody for failing to meet bail conditions at another case related to the protest.
- Police said none of the activists arrested Wednesday on suspicion of subversion under the Security Act had been formally charged. Former pro-democracy lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting told reporters that decisions to formally prosecute people in Hong Kong were not based on evidence but on a “political decision” by officials.
Covid Watch: The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 1,04,22,909 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 1,50,766.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with senior ministers to discuss the pandemic situation in the country and plans for the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine. The meeting will take place at 4 p.m. from January 11 (Monday) by videoconference.
The mastermind behind the Mumbai attack and Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Pakistani anti-terror court on Friday in a terrorist financing case.
The Tamil Nadu government today repealed its ordinance allowing 100% occupation of state movie theaters. The decision was made after the Center objected and asked the state to withdraw the order. Theaters will now be 50% occupied, in accordance with the Center’s Covid-19 guidelines. Interestingly, on the same day that Tamil Nadu overturned his order, West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that Kolkata cinemas could operate at 100% occupancy.