Accumulation of Chinese in LAC is clearly visible, Ladakh leader says
Konchok Stanzin, an adviser to Chushul in eastern Ladakh, said Chinese infrastructure that previously could not be seen from villages borders is now clearly visible as China continues to occupy positions in areas in India’s perception of the actual line of control.
- Stanzin said residents witnessed a large number of Chinese tents, bunkers and vehicles very close to the border villages of Chushul, Merak and Khakted, which is a clear break from the past.
- Stanzin said nomads living in villages near Pangong Tso (lake), one of several places where Indian and Chinese troops have clashed since April-May 2020, have not been able to access the winter grasslands this year due to the deployment of heavy troops.
- Stanzin, who won as an independent at the recently concluded Autonomous Hills Development Council of Ladakh (LAHDC), is part of a Union Territory delegation that has been camping in Delhi since last week to voice its various requests.
- They met with the Union Minister of Interior, Amit Shah, and the Minister of Defense, Rajnath Singh. Ladakh was declared a Union Territory without a Legislature after the former state of Jammu and Kashmir was demoted and divided into two Union Territories on August 5, 2019 by Parliament.
The Supreme Court will examine tomorrow the verdict confirming Aadhaar
A bench of five judges of the Supreme Court headed by Judge AM Khanwilkar will examine seven petitions on Monday, including one from MP Rajya Sabha Jairam Ramesh, asking for a review of the verdict of the majority court which upholds the Aadhaar program as a reasonable restriction on the privacy of individuals to serve the government’s “legitimate purpose” of bringing dignity to the poor.
- The majority opinion of the Constitutional Court declared Aadhaar an “incomparable” proof of identity which could not be duplicated unlike the PAN, the ration card and the passport.
- In his dissent, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud called Aadhaar “unconstitutional”.
- On January 11, five judges, including Judges Khanwilkar and Chandrachud, Judges Ashok Bhushan, S. Abdul Nazeer and B.R. Gavai would review the reasons for the camera review at 1:30 p.m.
- The court is examining the review allegations almost two years after some of them were filed.
- Mr. Ramesh’s petition, one of the first of the lot, highlighted the passing of the Aadhaar law as a money bill replacing the Rajya Sabha.
- He said it was a “fraud against the Constitution”. Judge Chandrachud said that while it could be done out of political expediency, the fact that it was a “subterfuge” and the degradation of constitutional authorities cannot be ignored.
Protests looted the site of the Haryana CM meeting on agricultural laws
Dozens of people, mostly farmers protesting against the Central agricultural laws, looted a site in the village of Kaimla in Haryana Karnal on Sunday, where Chief Minister Manohar Lal was scheduled to speak at a farmers’ meeting (“Kisan mahapanchayat”).
- The event was canceled after agitated farmers arrived at the scene, breaking through several layers of barricades and ransacking the event venue, smashing the stage, chairs, etc.
- The chief minister’s agenda was to highlight the benefits of the new farm laws.
- Prior to the CM event, police resorted to the use of tear gas and water cannons to disperse restless farmers in the village of Kaimla after the latter attempted to break through the barricades by force.
- Police arrested hundreds of farmers waving black flags against the laws of the agricultural sector in the Center, who had erected barricades at all entry points to the village. Protesters marched to reach the site of the proposed event.
Center confirms bird flu outbreak in seven states
The Center said on Sunday that an outbreak of bird flu had been confirmed in seven states: Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, while test results are still awaited for Delhi and the signs of Maharashtra.
- No positive samples have been confirmed from wild birds in Balod district, Chhattisgarh, which have already been tested, the Ministry of Livestock and Dairy Products said in a statement.
- Following the confirmation of positive samples for avian influenza (avian influenza) in poultry (two poultry farms) in the Panchkula district of Haryana,
- The state government has deployed nine rapid response teams and a containment operation is underway in both epicenters. Raven / wild bird samples were confirmed for avian influenza from Surat district in Gujarat and Sirohi district in Rajasthan.
- The Department has issued warnings to affected states to prevent further spread of the disease.
Nepal wants “equal friendship with India,” says Oli
Nepal wants “equal friendship” with India, Prime Minister K.P. said on Sunday. Sharma Oli. In an extraordinary session of the Upper House of Parliament, Oli said that Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali will visit India on January 14 to discuss the border dispute and various other issues. He argued that the dissolution of the lower house, Pratinidhi Sabha, was necessary and that the government under his leadership will seek a new political mandate to guarantee stability. The announcement ended weeks of speculation about a landmark visit to help rekindle the relationship that was plagued by the Kalapani land dispute for nearly a year. The dispute erupted after India published a new political map in November 2019, prompting Nepal to submit a map claiming the Kalapani-Lipulekh-Limpiyadhura region of Pithoragarh.
ICC condemns alleged incident of racism and asks Cricket Australia to report
The International Cricket Council (ICC) condemned on Sunday the alleged incidents of racism against Indian players that took place in the third test match underway between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The international cricket body also requested a detailed report from Cricket Australia, which is investigating the matter.
- ICC chief Manu Sawhney in a press release on Sunday said there was no room for racism in cricket. Under the ICC’s anti-discrimination policy, Cricket Australia will now be required to investigate the issue and provide a report to the ICC on the incident and any action taken to ensure the issue has been addressed appropriate way.
- On day 4, the game was stopped for a few minutes after the Indian team complained that few spectators used racial slurs against Mohammed Siraj in the second session.
- Local media reported that security forces expelled six people from the ground during the nearly 10-minute break in field procedures. Australian coach Justin Langer also condemned the unpleasant incident.
Covid Watch: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India is 1.04,62,762 at the time of publication of this newsletter with a toll of 1.51,185.
At least four NGOs working for survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday demanding that ongoing clinical trials for Covaxin, a locally developed Covid-19 vaccine, be stopped in the capital of Madhya Pradesh for “flagrant violation of laws and guidelines”.
- In letters to the Union Prime Minister and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, these NGOs also called for sanctions for “responsible parties who neglected to ensure the safety, well-being and rights of the people.” participants in the trial ”.