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Daily NEWS Summary: 04.01.2021

The discussions between the government and the farmers are not conclusive; Upcoming meeting Jan 8

The seventh round of talks between protesting farmers’ unions and three central ministers ended inconclusive on Monday, as farm leaders insisted on repealing the three contentious farm laws from the start, despite the fact that the government had listed several advantages in Acts.

  • The next meeting will be on January 8th; Peasant leaders said the government told them they needed to consult internally before returning to the unions.
  • Union leaders will also hold their own meeting on Tuesday to decide their next course of action. Union Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Railways, Trade and Food Piyush Goyal, and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, who is a Parliamentarian from Punjab, have held talks with representatives of 40 farmers’ unions at Vigyan Bhawan.
  • The meeting began with a two-minute silent tribute to the farmers who lost their lives in the ongoing protest, according to a representative from the agricultural union.
  • Since the riots began, more than 50 protesters have died from various causes, including traffic accidents, heart attacks, and at least three protesters believed to have died by suicide.
  • Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have demonstrated at various borders in Delhi for more than a month against the three laws.
  • They remained in place despite heavy rains and waterlogging at the protest sites for the past two days, in addition to the severe cold temperatures prevailing in and around the country’s capital. The government ruled out repealing the three agricultural laws.

SC asks the government. repeal the law that confiscates livestock before the owner is found guilty of cruelty

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Center to “eliminate” its three-year law, which allowed the seizure of livestock from dependents of these animals for their livelihood , even before they are found guilty of cruelty to them.

  • The bench led by the Chief Justice of India, Sharad A. Bobde, warned the government that it would ‘suspend’ implementation of a 2017 law that allowed authorities to seize livestock on suspicion that they had suffered cruel treatment by their owners or who were ready for sacrifice.
  • These animals, by law, would be housed in “gaushalas” as “commercial property” pending the judicial verdict.
  • In short, a farmer, rancher or cattle dealer loses his animals before being convicted of the cruelty charge. The law in question is the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Care and Maintenance of Owned Animals) Regulations of 2017 notified on May 23, 2017.
  • The Buffalo Merchants Welfare Association, represented by attorney Sanobar Ali Qureshi , has said that the rulers were used as a tool to seize and confiscate their livestock.
  • The association said the existence of the law had encouraged “antisocial elements” to take matters into their own hands and loot the cattle traders.

Work on the foundation of the Ayodhya Ram temple is expected to begin in late January, according to the trust

Work on the foundation of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya would begin at the end of January, said the trust responsible for its construction, although it acknowledged that the Soil study was still not complete even after seven months. From the beginning of construction, the temple will be finished in 36 to 39 months, said Champat Rai, general secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra.

“We expected that construction would have started in June, but the study is not complete [not even] after seven months. The results do not match. There is sand, crumbling sand, under the ground or old debris in the depths, ”

Rai said at a press conference in Kanpur.

Engineers and experts from around ten institutes, including the National Institute for Geophysical Research (Hyderabad), the Central Building Research Institute (Roorkee), IIT-Bombay, IIT-Guwahati, and IIT-Madras, participated in the study. he added. Work on the temple was underway considering its carrying capacity and longevity, Rai said. The temple will measure 360 ​​feet long, 235 feet wide and 161 feet high, while the pedestal will be 16.5 feet above ground level, he added.

Google employees form union

More than 200 Google employees in the U.S. have formed a workers’ union, the elected leaders of the union wrote in a New York Times opinion piece on Monday. The ‘Alphabet Workers Union’ aims to ensure that employees work at a fair wage, without fear of abuse, retaliation or discrimination, the union heads wrote. Google has been under fire from the U.S. labour regulator, which has accused the company of unlawfully questioning several workers who were then terminated for protesting against company policies and trying to organise a union. Google has said it was confident it acted legally.

U.K. judge refuses extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

A British judge has rejected the United States’ request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges, saying it would be “oppressive” because of his mental health, AP reported.

  • In a mixed ruling for Assange and his supporters, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected defense arguments that the 49-year-old Australian faces a politically motivated American prosecution that rides roughshod over free-speech protections.
  • But she said Assange’s precarious mental health would likely deteriorate further under the conditions of “near total isolation” he would face in a U.S. prison. She ruled that Assange was likely to commit suicide if sent to the U.S. The U.S. government said it would appeal the decision.
  • U.S. prosecutors have indicted Assange on 17 espionage charges and one charge of computer misuse over WikiLeaks’ publication of leaked military and diplomatic documents a decade ago. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison.
  • Lawyers for the 49-year-old Australian argue that he was acting as a journalist and is entitled to First Amendment protections of freedom of speech for publishing leaked documents that exposed U.S. military wrongdoing in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Covid Watch: The number of coronavirus cases reported from India stood at 1,03,47,939 at the time of writing this newsletter, with the death toll at 1,49,805.

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