Farmers’ unions will likely reject the government’s proposal to suspend agricultural laws for 18 months
Rakesh Tikait, who heads a faction of the Bharatiya Kisan (BKU) union, said today that the unions have decided to reject the government’s proposal.
- However, a spokesperson for Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) pointed out that the joint management meeting is still ongoing and that a final decision has yet to be made.
- In the tenth round of negotiations on Wednesday, the Center proposed to suspend three contentious land reform laws for a year and a half, and asked the unions to come back with a response on Friday.
- When asked if unions would be more willing to accept the proposal if the government offered a longer suspension of three years or more, Tikait said it would make no difference.
- BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) leaders added that they were also not in favor of accepting the government’s proposal.
China defends new village in Arunachal Pradesh amid border construction push
China said on Thursday that construction of a village across the Royal Line of Control (LAC) in the ‘Arunachal Pradesh was “blameless” because she “had never recognized” in Arunachal.
- India’s foreign ministry said earlier this week that it was aware of construction “across the LAC”. This followed a report showing satellite images of the village, built between November 2019 and November 2020 and located a few miles across the LAC region, beyond what India considers the border between Arunachal Pradesh and Tibet, on the banks of the Tsari Chu River in the Upper Subansiri District of Arunachal.
- Indian officials have said the area has been under Chinese control since 1959. There are about two dozen points along the length of the LAC in all areas where India and China disagree on their alignment.
- Indian officials said China had previously built a permanent construction of military barracks in the area. Analysts saw the construction of the village as a move to bolster China’s claim to the region and as part of a recent larger push by China to build civilian settlements in disputed border areas, which she also did with Bhutan.
- China’s foreign ministry said at a press conference Thursday, when asked about construction, that “China’s position in the Zangnan region [or southern Tibet, as China refers to Arunachal ] is consistent and clear “.
- “We have never recognized the so-called Arunachal Pradesh,” spokesman Hua Chunying said. “China’s development and construction activities in our own territory are normal. It is irreproachable on our territory.
- “The village site is close to where China attacked an Assam Rifles outpost in 1959, in what is known as the Longju incident,” said the southern Tibet scholar.
- India, Claude Arpi. At least 2 km south of the McMahon Line, which China does not recognize. After the 1962 war, India stopped patrolling the area.
- Arpi said construction appeared to be part of it. ‘China’s program to build what it calls “poverty reduction villages.” He estimates that under the initiative, launched after an economic work conference in Tibet in 2015, some 600 villages were built, including around 100 in border areas.
Rajiv Gandhi murder case | The governor of Tamil Nadu will decide on the release of the convict in 3-4 days
The governor of Tamil Nadu, Banwarilal Purohit, would make a decision in the next 3-4 days on the recommendation of the state government to release seven convicts, including Including AG Perarivalan, who is in life imprisonment for the murder of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, Attorney General Tushar Mehta informed the Supreme Court on Thursday.
- The State Cabinet made its recommendation regarding the seven convicts on September 9, 2018, Tamil Nadu’s Additional Attorney General Balaji Srinivasan confirmed.
- The recommendation to pass on their life sentences was advised by the Tamil Nadu Cabinet under Article 161 of the Constitution. Mehta’s communication came at the beginning of the second day of a court hearing on a petition filed by Perarivalan, lead attorney Gopal Sankaranarayanan, and attorney Prabu Ramasubramanian, highlighting the governor’s long delay in making a decision on the recommendation of the Cabinet.
- Besides Perarivalan, the other convicts are Nalini, Murugan, Santhan, Jayakumar, Ravichandran, and Robert Pyas. Judge Rao on Wednesday called the governor’s delay “extraordinary.”
- The Chamber also noted that a decision was not issued despite the state government’s recommendation. The turn of events came as a surprise, as Additional Attorney General K.M. Nataraj, on behalf of the Center, argued Wednesday that clemency and release requests should go to the president rather than the governor.
- The Center first raised the issue of the governor’s power to grant Perarivalan a remission of section 161 last November. But Sankaranarayanan had always held that a convict was free to choose between the president and the governor to obtain clemency.
Five dead after a major fire hit the Serum Institute of India factory in Pune
Five people lost their lives in a major fire that broke out in a building under construction at the Gopal Patti factory of the Serum Institute of India (SII) in Pune Thursday afternoon.
- The five killed are believed to be workers, Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said. Rajesh Tope added that the Covishield vaccine storage was far from the fire and had not been damaged by the fire. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked the authorities to determine the cause of the fire.
A study predicts a sharp increase in infant mortality and stunting after Covid-19
An additional 93 lakh of children under five at risk of wasting and 26 lakh more stunting, while 1.68 lakh of children (under five years old) could die in the first three years after Covid. -19, says a new study.
- The paper is an assessment of the combined effects of the disruption of the economic, food and health systems on multiple forms of maternal and child malnutrition between 2020 and 2022.
- The study is written by Saskia Osendarp of the Micronutrient Forum, Jonathan Akuoku of the World Bank , Robert Black, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Lawrence Haddad of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, among others.
- Provides projections for three scenarios: optimistic, moderate, and pessimistic. The study suggests that in a moderate scenario, much of the additional 1.68 lakh of deaths would likely occur in South Asia (38,900) and sub-Saharan Africa (57,200).
- The moderate scenario further estimates that another 2.1 million pregnant women will develop anemia in 118 countries in 2020-2022, compared to 2019.
Covid Watch: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 1,06,16,469 at the time of this writing, with a death toll of 1,54,370. As the Covid-19 vaccination campaign continues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many senior ministers are likely to take the hit in the second phase of the campaign, which is said to target those over 50.