Burmese forces kill dozens in deadliest day since coup
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-03-2021; As Myanmar‘s military marked the annual Armed Forces Day with a parade on Saturday in the country’s capital, soldiers and police killed dozens of people elsewhere as they bloody repressed the deadliest protests the country’s coup since last month.
- A tally released by an independent researcher in Yangon who compiled the death toll in near real time put the total at 93, spread across more than two dozen cities and towns. Online news site Myanmar Now reported that the death toll reached 91.
- Both figures are higher than all estimates of the previous maximum of March 14, which ranged between 74 and 90.
- The figures compiled by the researcher, who asked not to be identified for his safety, generally coincided with the accounts published by the Association for the Assistance to Political Prisoners, which documents deaths and arrests and is widely regarded as a definitive source.
- The killings quickly generated international condemnation, and numerous diplomatic missions in Myanmar issued statements on the killing of civilians on Saturday, including children.
- This 76th day of the Burmese armed forces will be remembered as a day of terror and disgrace, the European Union delegation in Myanmar said on Twitter. The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, is an indefensible act, they added.
- Death toll in Myanmar has risen steadily as the authorities intensify their crackdown on opposition to the February 1 coup that toppled the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
- The coup reversed years of progress toward democracy after five decades of military rule.
- As of Friday, the Association of Political Prisoners had verified the death of 328 people in the post-coup repression.
- The leader of the junta, Major General Min Aung Hlaing, did not refer directly to the protest movement when he delivered his nationally televised speech on Armed Forces Day before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw.
- He referred only to “terrorism that can damage the peace of the State and social security” and described it as unacceptable.
West Bengal and Assam register more than 70% participation in the first phase
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-03-2021; The ElectIon Commission said on Saturday that the first phase of voting in West Bengal and the Assam Assembly elections had proceeded peacefully, with a 79.79% and 72.14% turnout respectively at 5 p.m.
- Voting took place at 21,825 polling stations in a total of 77 Assembly constituencies in the two states. Approximately 74 voters were eligible to vote at the ballot box in 30 constituencies in West Bengal and 81 lakh in 47 constituencies in Assam.
- Further EC said that the electronic voting machines (EVM) and the verifiable paper voter audit trail (VVPAT) used for phase one polls performed less poorly than previous polls.
- The EC added that live monitoring and webcasting was conducted in more than 50% of polling stations, including critical and vulnerable voting booths.
- COVID-19 security protocols, such as disinfecting all polling stations one day before voting, thermal scanning, hand sanitizers and face masks, were available on site, EC added.
Modi meets Hasina; India and Bangladesh sign five memoranda of understanding
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-03-2021; Prime Minister Narendra Modi met today with his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, and discussed progress in areas such as connectivity, energy, trade, health and development cooperation, after which the two countries signed five memoranda of understanding that they cover a number of areas of bilateral cooperation.
- Modi, who is traveling to Bangladesh on his first trip to a foreign country since the coronavirus outbreak, had personal conversations with Hasina, which were followed by a meeting at the delegation level that continued for more than an hour.
- The two sides signed five Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) covering areas such as connectivity, commerce, information technology and sports.
- In a humanitarian gesture, Modi handed over a key representing 109 ambulances to his counterpart Hasina.
- He also presented her with a presentation box as a symbol of India’s donation of 1.2 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh.
NIA official tortured my nephew in custody, ex-policeman says
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-03-2021; A 31-year-old man was reportedly tortured on Friday by a National Investigation Agency (NIA) agent in Jammu, his family said. The federal anti-terrorism investigation agency ordered an investigation today.
- Yugraj Singh, who works for a food delivery app, was called by the NIA for questioning in a narco-terrorism case on Friday.
- It is alleged that Singh was beaten in NIA custody and was subsequently admitted to a government hospital in Jammu.
- Sewak Singh, the victim’s maternal uncle and retired police officer, claimed his nephew was mistreated by NIA officials for wearing a kirpan (sword).
- The family posted a video of Singh from the hospital that showed serious injuries to his back, legs and hands. Singh alleged that they filed a complaint but the police were not registering an FIR.
Using social media to troll judges is a concern, Law Minister says
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-03-2021; Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday signaled the government’s concern over “social media campaigns” against individual judges for their opinions and court judgments.
- The minister, who is also in charge of the portfolios of information technology, electronics and communications, criticized “some people” who file PIL in court, campaign on social networks for a particular judgment, and later the judges troll when the verdict does not meet their expectations, I finished it “justice campaign”.
- The judiciary should be free to work in accordance with the rule of law, said Prasad. Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde said judges have become quite accustomed to the DIP route used to file frivolous petitions.
- They were speaking in Goa at the inaugural ceremony of the new High Court building in Bombay.
John Kerry to visit India in April ahead of Biden climate summit
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-03-2021; US President Joe Biden will host a virtual ‘climate leaders summit’ on April 22-23 with 40 world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and US Special Climate Envoy John Kerry will visit in India in early April in preparation for this meeting.
- Other guests at the climate summit will be Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, both of whom have a difficult relationship with Biden.
- With the United States re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement, the summit seeks to put Biden’s footprint on the fight against climate change, after the United States largely withdrew from the international dialogue on climate change.
- Climate action when climate change skeptic Trump pulled the United States out. of the Paris Agreement.
- The US summit will stress the urgent need to tackle climate change and the economic benefits of doing so, the White House said in a statement on Friday.
- It is also a prelude to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held in Glasgow in November, the White House said.
- Kerry’s visit to India is part of US planning in Glasgow – he had said in February.
- The former secretary of state also said he intended to work “very, very closely” with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Prime Minister Ram Nath Kovind and others in India on climate change.
Kovind, 75, had undergone a check-up at the New Delhi Army Hospital (R&R) after chest discomfort on Friday morning.
- “Indian President Shri Ram Nath Kovind was transferred to AIIMS, Delhi, this afternoon (March 27, 2021).
- After investigations, doctors advised that he undergo a scheduled bypass procedure that is expected to take place on the morning of Tuesday, March 30.
- President’s health is stable and he is in the care of AIIMS experts said. Earlier today, the army hospital said Kovind had been transferred to AIIMS “for further treatment.
Covid update: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 1,19,18,780 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 1,62,685.