UN human rights panel denounces the arrest of Safoora Zargar
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-03-2021; Noting the arrest of Safoora Zargar, a student at Jamia Millia Islamia University, who was pregnant when the Delhi police arrested her in April 2020 due to protests against the citizenship law and the Delhi riots, the Task Force Against Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) adopted a critical opinion of the government’s operation and referred the case to three special rapporteurs for action.
- According to their opinion, on the basis of a complaint from a “source” not identified by the human rights body, Zargar had suffered a “deprivation of liberty” in violation of “universally recognized human rights, in particular the right to freedoms of opinion, expression and peaceful assembly ”and several articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- They also asked the government to guarantee“ a complete and independent investigation ”of the case and to take measures against those responsible for the“ violation of their rights ” including the alleged illegal detention of Zargar despite her pregnancy, where she said she was obliged to sign blank sheets of paper.
- The WGAD report said she wrote to the Indian government on July 22, 2020, requesting an informational response on the Zargar case within three months, but the government did not respond or request an extension of time.
Yashwant Sinha joins the Trinamool Congress
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-03-2021; Former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Saturday. Top TMC leaders like Sudip Banerjee and Derek O’Brien welcomed Sinha to the party.
- The 83-year-old politician said democracy doesn’t just mean elections every five years. Before officially joining the party, Sinha spoke with TMC President and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for almost 45 minutes at her residence in Kalighat.
- Sinha left the BJP in April 2018. Praising Banerjee, Sinha said she was a fighter and expressed her hope that TMC would return to power with an overwhelming majority.
DMK manifesto promises law against NEETs, 75% jobs for locals, special court to try cases against AIADMK ministers
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-03-2021; DMK’s manifesto released today for the April 6 assembly elections, made a plethora of promises, including a law to provide 75% of state jobs to residents, ₹ 25,000 in financial aid to one lakh of pilgrims to major Hindu temples, increased Maternity leave and assistance, reduced fuel prices, measures to ban the NEET (national entry and eligibility test) and creation of a special court to try corruption charges against ministers of the government of AIADMK.
- Describing the party manifesto as the “second hero” of the DMK, party chairman M.K. Stalin said that a separate government department would be established to implement the promises made in the manifesto.
- As the rising price of petroleum products became a cause for concern, Stalin announced a subsidy of ₹ 100 per cylinder of cooking gas.
- The price of gasoline and diesel will be reduced by ₹ 5 and ₹ 4 per liter respectively; The price of Aavin milk will be reduced by ₹ 3 per liter and there will be no property tax increase until the economy recovers from the impact of Covid-19, the manifesto says.
- The manifesto also stated that the DMK would urge the Center to make Tirukkural a national book.
Passengers who do not wear a mask correctly can be disembarked, inscribed on the do not fly list: DGCA request to airlines
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-03-2021; Passengers who refuse to properly wear a mask or follow social distancing standards during a flight despite repeated warnings could be placed on a no-fly list for a period of three months to two years or more, according to an order of the General Directorate of Air Safety of civil aviation (DGCA).
- The DGCA also said that if a passenger refuses to comply with instructions before a flight takes off, he must be disembarked.
- Civil aviation requirements for unruly passengers state that an offender must be placed on a no-fly list for varying lengths of time: three months for verbal abuse, six months for physical assault, and two years or more for misconduct behavior, life in danger.
- The ruling follows an order from the Delhi High Court requesting that passengers without masks be placed on a no-fly list after the judge observed the ruthless demeanor of passengers on an Air India flight from Kolkata in Delhi earlier this month.
Sri Lanka announces burqa ban and closure of 1,000 madrasas
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-03-2021; Sri Lanka will soon ban the burqa (face veil), a cabinet minister said on Saturday, announcing the latest policy decision by the Rajapaksa administration affecting the minority Muslim community.
- Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekara said authorities will now use the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which human rights activists have called “ draconian ”, to fight extremism religious, with broad powers to detain suspects for two years. to “de-radicalize” them.
- Following the Islamic State-inspired Easter terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka in April 2019, attributed to a local radical Islamist network, the government temporarily banned the face veil using emergency laws.
- A small portion of Sri Lankan Muslim women wear burqas, and some of them reported harassment in public spaces at the time, when they were banned from banks and commercial establishments.
- Some sections criticized the measure at the time for “targeting” women in the community who not only condemned the attacks, but also provided evidence that investigators said was crucial to their investigation.
- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected in November 2019, following his campaign on the platform to improve security, promising an offensive against extremism.
- The announcement of the burqa ban comes after a year-long controversy over the government’s policy of compulsory cremation of Covid-19 victims, based on unsubstantiated claims that the bodies contaminate groundwater.
- The government recently reversed its decision, amid persistent calls for burial rights from Muslims, who make up around 10% of the population of 21 million, as well as from international bodies such as the UN.
Haughty man ‘swollen with vanity’ Kunal Kamra Says Supreme Court petitioner
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-03-2021; Comedian Kunal Kamra is a haughty “conceited” man who wants to justify his “scandalous tweets” on the Supreme Court as “jokes,” law student Shrirang Katneshwarkar said in an affidavit.
- Mr. Kamra faces criminal proceedings for contempt of superior court for a statement submitted by the student.
- In his response to the contempt petition, Kamra said the Supreme Court must believe that the public will not form opinions based on certain jokes he made on Twitter.
- Kamra said that “taking offense” at comedy or satire has become a beloved indoor sport in a growing culture of bigotry. He had refused to apologize or withdraw his tweets.
- The law student said Kamra forgot in his “arrogance” as a “supposed / supposed” comedian that jokes are meant to provoke fun or laughter.
- A joke is a story with a punchline, Katneshwarkar noted.
- He quoted Socrates – “when the debate is lost, scandal becomes the loser’s tool” – to make his point.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 1,13,56,359 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with the death toll at 1,61,238.