“If it is sedition to highlight the protest of farmers around the world, I am better off in prison,” Disha Ravi told the court.
There is no evidence to show the farmers’ protest toolkit was responsible for the January 26 violence, activist Disha Ravi’s lawyer told a Delhi court, which reserved his order on January 26 February.
- Disha Ravi‘s lawyer made arguments after Delhi police opposed his bail statement, saying they were preparing the toolkit with Khalistan defenders and part of a global plot to smear the ‘India and to create riots in the country under the guise of protesting farmers.
- Meanwhile, Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has extended her support for Ravi. “Freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate and assemble peacefully are non-negotiable human rights. These must be a fundamental part of any democracy, ”Thunberg tweeted on Friday, using the hashtag #StandWithDishaRavi. His first public expression of support comes almost a week after Ravi’s arrest.
- The Swedish activist’s previous tweets, first sharing and then removing the toolkit, had drawn public attention to the advocacy document. On Friday, Thunberg’s statement of support was released as part of a tweet from Fridays For Future (FFF) India, the environmental group with which Ravi was aligned.
- FFF India stressed that the organization has always condemned violence of any kind.
Unnao survivor removed from ventilator
The teenager from a village in Unnao, who was among three girls found unconscious in a field on Wednesday, was removed from life support on Saturday, a statement from Kanpur hospital treating her said. The three youngest girls, all from the same Dalit family in a village in Asoha block, who had gone to feed, were found unconscious by family members on Wednesday evening. Two of the girls later died, allegedly poisoned. Uttar Pradesh police arrested a young man, Vinay, on Friday and arrested a young man from a nearby village for allegedly giving the girls insecticide-soaked water.
- Meanwhile, Unnao police on Saturday recorded an FIR against Congress leader Udit Raj for a tweet from him stating that the victims’ families denounced the girls had been raped and the final rites had been performed without their consent.
- The FIR was filed under section 153 of the Indian Penal Code (provocation to riot) and section 66 of the Information Technology Act.
India, China start 10th round of negotiations on next phase of disengagement
India and China began the 10th round of talks with corps commanders on Saturday to reach agreement on the next phase of disengagement. Talks started in Moldo on the Chinese side at 10 a.m., a defense official said.
- On Friday, the two sides completed the disconnection and also land restoration on the northern and southern shores of Pangong Tso, according to the agreement reached in the ninth round of negotiations.
- The other main sticking points are Gogra, Hot Springs and Depsang Plains. The focus of this round of talks is expected to be on Gogra and Hot Springs, where a partial disconnect was already made in June-July of last year.
- For the disconnection at Pangong Tso Lake, the two sides had reached a step-by-step agreement. A second official said a similar deal would be made for subsequent rounds of disengagement and then downsizing.
Google fires another AI ethics team leader
Alphabet Inc.’s Google fired scientist Margaret Mitchell on Friday, the two said, a move that has stoked the company’s divisions over academic freedom and diversity that have been on display since its December firing of the intelligence ethics researcher artificial Timnit Gebru, Reuters reported.
- Google said in a statement that Mitchell violated the company’s code of conduct and security policies by moving electronic files outside the company. Mitchell, who announced her firing on her Twitter, tweeted: “I’m fired.
- Google’s ethics in the field of artificial intelligence has come under intense scrutiny since the firing of Gebru, a scientist who became known for exposing biases in facial analysis systems.
- The firing sparked an outcry from thousands of Google employees. She and Mitchell had called for more diversity and inclusion among Google’s search staff and expressed concern that the company was starting to censor articles critical of its products.
- Gebru had said Google fired her after challenging an order not to publish a study that found that artificial intelligence that mimics language could harm underserved populations.
- Mitchell, a co-author of the article, had publicly criticized the company for firing Gebru and undermining the credibility of her work. The couple co-led the AI ethics team, started by Mitchell, for about two years.
- Google AI research director Zoubin Ghahramani and a lawyer for the company informed Mitchell’s team of her firing on Friday in a meeting called on short notice, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person said little explanation had been given for her firing.
- The company said Mitchell’s firing followed disciplinary recommendations from investigators and a review board.
- She said her violations “included the exfiltration of confidential confidential business documents and private data of other employees.” Google has recruited top scientists with promises of research freedom, but the limits are being tested as researchers increasingly write about the negative effects of technology and offer unflattering information about their employers’ products.
Another famous city: Hoshangabad to become “Narmadapuram”
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the city of Hoshangabad in the state would be renamed Narmadapuram and that a proposal would be sent to the Center, PTI reported. Addressing a demonstration on the banks of the Narmada, Chouhan asked if the government should change the name of Hoshangabad, to which the attendees replied affirmatively.
Covid update: The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,09,81,164 at the time of writing, with a balance of 1,57,625.
- There has been an increase in daily new cases of Covid-19 in Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, according to the Union Ministry of Health.
- Over the past week, Maharashtra has seen an increase in the number of new cases every day.
- In the last 24 hours, 6,112 new cases have been reported per day in the state. Chhattisgarh reported 259 cases, Punjab 383 and Madhya Pradesh 297, the ministry said.
- Ministry stated that people should keep in mind the importance of adhering to appropriate Covid-19 behavior.
- Eighteen states / UT have not reported any deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, including Telangana, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Assam, Chandigarh, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Ladakh (UT), Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win the Australian Open in dominant style for her fourth Grand Slam title on Saturday. Osaka passed in a tight first set, but she controlled the second to win 6-4, 6-3 in 77 minutes in front of thousands of fans at Rod Laver Arena. Third seed Osaka retains his final Grand Slam record of 100% after winning the 2018 and 2020 US Open and the 2019 title in Melbourne.