Farmer protests take a violent turn on Republic Day
Tens of thousands of farmers on tractors smashed barriers, clashed with police, and entered town from various points to reach Red Fort the day of the Republic. A young man was seen hoisting a yellow triangular flag on the pole of the Red Fort, the centerpiece of the country’s Independence Day celebrations. The flag was the “Nishan Sahib”, a symbol of the Sikh religion that can be found in all of the Gurdwara complexes.
- A farmer, Navdeep Singh Hundal, 26, was killed in fighting in central Delhi. While police claimed he was killed when his tractor overturned, some farmers claimed he was killed in police gunfire and launched a sit-in protest.
- Leaders of the peasant unions, who led the two-month demonstration at border posts in the national capital to demand the repeal of agricultural laws, repudiated the protesters who strayed from the route approved by the police.
- Earlier today, a confrontation erupted between police and protesting farmers after the latter arrived at ITO and attempted to advance towards Lutyen’s Delhi, and police responded with a charge of lathi and the use of gas projectiles.
- The farmers, who started their march from various border points well before the scheduled time for their tractor rally, arrived at the ITO in central Delhi, although they were denied permission to do it by the police.
- Delhi police had authorized a parade of tractors only on certain routes, and on condition that the rally be held after the official Republic Day parade in Rajpath.
- However, chaos ensued when farmers decided to head to central Delhi in the morning. Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an organization of 41 farmers’ unions, alleged that “anti-social elements” have infiltrated their peaceful movement.
- Subsequently, he issued a statement canceling the Kisan Republic Day parade with immediate effect and called on all participants to immediately return to their respective places of protest. He added that the movement will continue peacefully and that new steps will be discussed and decided soon.
India’s legacy, military might on display at Rajpath
India celebrated its 72nd Republic Day across the country on Tuesday, albeit calmly, due to the pandemic. Delhi Police have advised people to watch the live broadcast of the Republic Day Parade in their homes due to Covid-19 protocols. Guests who attended the parade on Rajpath had to comply with the Covid-19 advisory which included temperature control, use of disinfectant, a face mask and social distancing.
- This time, there were no main guests at the Republic Day parade. In addition, the route of the marching contingent ended at the C-Hexagon India gate instead of the Red Fort.
- The parade culminated with a single Rafale plane flying at a speed of 900 km / h.
- This year also marked the first time that the newly installed Rafale fighter aircraft presented on Indian Republic Day flew over while undergoing “Brahmastra” training by itself and participated in “Eklavya training. “with four other fighter jets.
Padma Awards announced for 2021; The late Colonel Santosh Babu awarded Maha Vir Chakra
The late singer-songwriter SP Balasubramaniam, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan received India’s second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan.
- On the annual list of national honors, singer K.S Chithra, former spokesperson for Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, and Nripendra Misra, former chief secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are among the 10 recipients of Padma Bhushan.
- The Padma Bhushan will be awarded posthumously to former Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, former Chief Minister of Gujarat Keshubhai Patel and Shiite cleric Kalbe Sadiq.
- Colonel B Santhosh Babu, commander of the 16th Bihar Regiment, who was in Galwan as part of Operation Snow Leopard, and was killed along with 19 others in the violent clash with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in June of last year, he was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC), the country’s second highest award for war bravery.
- Five other personnel deployed to Galwan received the Vir Chakra, four of them posthumously. The Vir Chakra is the third highest award for bravery in times of war.
- Babu’s father said that he was “not 100% satisfied” with the Maha Vir Chakra posthumously awarded to his son.
- More than 900 members of the police and the central armed police (CAPF) received medals, including 207 medals of bravery, on the eve of Republic Day.
- Deputy Inspector Mohan Lal of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who died in the suicide bombing in Pulwama on February 14, 2019, was posthumously awarded the Presidential Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG).
- None of the 21 members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) who faced Chinese aggression and thwarted raids in various parts of eastern Ladakh last year between April and May received a medal this year. The ITBP recommended bravery medals to 21 staff members in August last year.
The Supreme Court rejects the motive requesting the transfer of the petitions against the U.P. Law Against Conversion
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Uttar Pradesh government’s request to send all petitions filed in Allahabad High Court challenging the new law criminalizing interfaith marriages to the courts, Live Law reported. A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde opposed the request, saying that no constitutional court should be taken lightly.
Beginning of construction of the Ayodhya Mosque
The official construction of the Dhannipur Mosque project began on Republic Day with the display of the tricolor, the singing of the national anthem, and the planting of saplings of various trees, including tamarind. , mango, neem and guava. on the five acre land in Dhannipur village here.
- The plot was awarded by the government of Uttar Pradesh following instructions from the Supreme Court in the trial for the title of Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi.
- The soil analysis procedure for the structure was also launched. Members of the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF), which oversees the construction, gathered at the site at 8:30 am. After a brief Republic Day ceremony, conducted in the presence of police personnel, IICF Chief Commissioner Zufar Faruqi planted the first young tree, a tamarind, to mark the symbolic and discreet start of the project in one third of the time, it will develop as a green patch.
- The project would consist of three parts: a mosque based on a modern design and a roof with solar panels; a 200-bed multi-specialty hospital and a community kitchen; and an Indo-Islamic cultural research center, consisting of a library, an underground museum, and a publishing house. The project is estimated at around 100-110 crore rupees, which would be raised through charities, but without any door-to-door fundraising, Hussain said.
- By the way, the organizers did not invite any of the former litigants or individuals associated with the Babri Masjid case to the event.
Biden Reimposes Ban on Travelers from Europe, Adds South Africa to Short List
Reversing the Policy of His Predecessor Donald Trump, US President Joe Biden Reimposed a Ban on Travelers from Europe on Monday and Brazil. The White House has also banned travelers from South Africa from entering the United States due to the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus in that country.
Covid Watch: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 1.06.89.189 at the time of this newsletter, with a balance of 1.53,739. The Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday that 20,23,809 health workers had so far been vaccinated against the coronavirus.