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Daily NEWS Summary: 23,02,2012; Disha Ravi gets bail in a “toolkit” case

A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to climate activist Disha Ravi, arrested for allegedly involved in sharing a ‘toolkit’ on social media over farmers’ protest against three farm laws . The 22-year-old woman was arrested on February 13 and sent to five days in police custody on February 14. After the end of police custody on February 19, she was sent to three days of custody, which expired on Monday.

  • According to Delhi Police, Ravi is editor-in-chief of the “Google Doc Toolkit” and was a key plot in the formulation and dissemination of the document.
  • She alleged that she created a WhatsApp group to create the toolkit document in collaboration with a pro-Khalistani organization, the Poetic Justice Foundation, in order to sow discontent against the Indian state.
  • Ravi, in her defense in court, said she had just changed two lines in the toolkit and supported farmers and had been swayed by their protests as farmers provided food.

“In the absence of any evidence that the plaintiff / defendant accepted or shared a common goal of provoking violence on January 26, 2021 with the founders of PJF (Foundation for Poetic Justice), no assuming, resorting to guesswork or conjecture, that she also supported secessionist tendencies or the violence provoked on 01/26/2021, simply because she shared a platform with people who came together to oppose the legislation. There is not one iota of evidence that has been presented to me which links the perpetrators of the violence of January 26, 2021 to the said PJF or to the applicant / accused ”.

The court’s bail order read

“the reading said that the ‘toolkit’ reveals that any call for any kind of violence is clearly absent. In my opinion, the citizens are the guardians of the conscience of government in any democratic nation. They cannot be put behind bars just because they choose to disagree with state policies. “

Further, noted,

Restless farmer unions oppose Delhi police posters at Tikri protest site

Farmers’ unions today opposed Delhi police putting up posters warning protesters at the Tikri border site, even as the force claimed they were not new and have only informed the protesters that they would not be allowed to enter the nation’s capital.

  • In a statement, Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an organization that brings together farmers’ unions that is leading the ongoing agitation against the three farm laws, said he opposed the police decision as protesters were exercising their constitutional right and called on farmers to peacefully continue their sit-in.
  • Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, camped at three Delhi border posts – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – for nearly 90 days, demanding l complete repeal of the three agricultural laws and a legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) of crops.
  • On posters, police did not give protesting farmers a deadline to leave the area. For their part, Delhi police said it was a “routine” process.

Uttarakhand flood disaster: death certificates may be issued for missing persons

The local government plans to issue death certificates to the families of those missing after the flash floods in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, on February 7.

  • The death toll has risen to 70, while 135 people are still missing. So far, the identity of 39 bodies has been established. A total of 29 body parts have so far been found in different locations.
  • Joshimath Police have recorded 205 missing person reports. Police sent DNA samples from 110 relatives of the missing and 86 bodies / body parts to Dehradun Forensic Laboratory for comparison.

The BJP sweeps the municipal ballot boxes in Gujarat

The BJP swept polls from Gujarat’s local urban bodies, winning the six municipal corporations of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar, the results of which were announced on Tuesday.

  • The ruling party won 69 of 76 seats in Vadodara, 68 of 72 in Rajkot, 50 of 64 in Jamnagar and 44 of 52 in Bhavnagar in its biggest victory in the state’s civic bodies.
  • In Surat, the parties won 93 of 120 seats, while in Ahmedabad, where the count is underway, the Saffron party is expected to win at least 160 of the 192 seats in the city.
  • While the BJP is expected to win all six municipal corporations, which have been under its control for nearly two decades, the party’s margin of victory of winning more than 80% of total seats came as a surprise because it completely defeated the Congress of the opposition in the six main cities of the state.
  • However, the big surprise was the spectacular entry of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) in its first contest in the Municipal Corporation of Surat, where it became the main opposition party, winning 27 seats out of 120 when the Congress removed a white for first time. in Surat.
  • AIMIM also won seven seats in Ahmedabad in the Jamalpur and Maktampura districts, two strongholds of Congress for years.

Tamil Nadu urges the Center to merge all cess and supplements

Chief Deputy Minister O. Panneerselvam on Tuesday urged the Center to merge all fees and surcharges with a base tax rate and ensure states receive their rightful share of revenue.

  • Presenting the interim budget to the State Assembly, Panneerselvam, who holds the finance portfolio, noted that while the Center’s revenue from various levies on gasoline and diesel grew by 48% between April and November 2020, Tamil Nadu had received 39.40. % less during the corresponding period than your share of the Union excise duty on petrol and diesel.
  • Panneerselvam noted that while the collection of a surcharge on personal income tax, first introduced in 2013-14 and expanded and increased since then, has become a major source of revenue for the Center, there has been no no state increase.
  • He said that these measures, including the reduction of the basic tariff on gold, silver, alcoholic beverages, crude edible oil, coal, lignite, pears, apples, varieties of legumes and specialized legumes, which had been replaced by the development of agricultural infrastructure, they had been further reduced. the set of divisible taxes.

Reliance expects approvals for the spin-off of the oil and chemicals business in the second quarter

Reliance Industries Ltd expects to obtain the necessary approvals to separate its oil-to-chemicals (O2C) business into a separate unit by the second quarter of next fiscal year, the company said in an investor presentation on Monday.

  • The company had started the process of dividing the O2C business at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic caused a drop in fuel demand and weighed on the segment’s recent results.
  • Reliance, owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, will retain full control of the business after the restructuring, the company said at the filing.
  • The Mumbai-based conglomerate also announced its goal of working with the O2C business to reduce its carbon footprint and become ‘net zero carbon’ by 2035.

Terrorism is a crime against humanity, says Jaishankar

Terrorism is a “crime against humanity,” Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said Tuesday. Addressing the high-level segment of the 46th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), he said that India’s commitment to human rights is reflected in the way the government had managed the pandemic.

  • The minister’s comments come days after India reacted angrily to remarks by special rapporteurs on minority issues and freedom of religion or belief about the apparent erosion of human rights in Kashmir and the rest of India. The ministry called these remarks “deplorable.”

Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 1,10,28,169 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,57,962.

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