Center mourns Nagaland shooting incident: Amit Shah
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-12-2021; Expressing regret over the Nagaland shooting incident, Home Minister Amit Shah said that an investigation by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) will be completed in a month and stated that all agencies must ensure that such events are not repeated while measures are taken against the insurgents.
In his statement to Lok Sabha, Shah offered his condolences to the families of those killed in the December 4 incident. Security forces opened fire on civilians, killing 14 civilians and blessing 11 others in Nagaland’s Mon district over three successive episodes, the first of which was a mistaken identity case. A soldier was also killed in the riots that followed.
In recounting the sequence of events, Shah said the army had received information about the insurgent movement in the Mon unit in Nagaland and that the “21 Para Commando” unit had ambushed it. A vehicle was ordered to stop, but it tried to drive away and, suspecting the presence of extremists in the vehicle, security personnel opened fire, he said. Six of the eight occupants of the vehicle were killed as a result of gunfire by security forces, Shah said, adding that it was later a case of mistaken identity.
He said that the local population, upon learning of the shooting, surrounded and attacked the troops and that one soldier was killed in the violence while several others were wounded. Shah said that in self-defense and to disperse the crowd, the troops had to open fire in which seven civilians were killed.
He said that on Sunday night, an agitated crowd attacked the Assam Rifles company base of operations and forces had to open fire, killing a civilian. It was decided that all agencies should ensure that such incidents are not repeated in the future during action against the insurgents, the minister said. Expressing their dissatisfaction with the statement, opposition parties, including Congress, DMK, SP, BSP and NCP, left the chamber.
Earlier today, members of the Lok Sabha condemned the Nagaland incident and called for an impartial investigation. The deputies also called for the repeal of the Law of Special Powers of the Armed Forces (AFSPA).
Rajya Sabha: Protests against suspension of MPs to intensify
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-12-2021; Opposition parties have decided to intensify protests within Rajya Sabha against the suspension of 12 members of the House, overriding the view that the disruption of the House should be calibrated to allow them to express their opinion, but to prevent the government from having what Opposition leaders have decided that demonstrations in the upper house should not spread to the lower house.
It has been a week since the 12 MPs participated in a sit-in in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament during their working hours. The government wants them to individually apologize in the House for their “misconduct” during the monsoon session, but they are unwilling to budge.
The opposition parties had two rounds of meetings before the session and one during the lunch break. According to sources, some of the congressional leaders, including Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma and Jairam Ramesh, wanted the House to appear to allow the opposition to seek clarification on Interior Secretary Amit Shah’s statement on Nagaland. But other opposition parties and part of the congressional leadership vehemently opposed the idea.
Trinamool Congress Leader Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien said that House operations could not return to normal until all 12 MPs return. He questioned the sincerity of the government in organizing the debate on the price hike, considering it a cheap measure. Tiruchi Siva of DMK said it was wrong to say that the opposition was rejecting his responsibilities. Elamaram Kareem of CPI (M), who is one of 12 suspended MPs, also made this distinction between Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
India signs military accords with Russia, launches “unprovoked aggression” against China
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-12-2021; India has been facing “unprovoked aggression” at its northern borders for over a year, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said during the first “2 + 2” dialogue between India and Russia. The two sides renewed the military-technical cooperation agreement for another 10 years until 2031, and also signed the agreement for the manufacture of Ak-203 assault rifles, a defense official said.
The deal for the 6.1 lakh Ak-203 assault rifles is estimated at over 5,000 crore rupees and will be manufactured by a joint venture, Indo-Russian Rifles Private Ltd. (IRRPL) in Korwa, Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. IRRPL was created jointly between the former OFB [now Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited and Munitions India Limited] of India and Rosoboronexport and refers to Kalashnikov of Russia.
The deal stalled due to the high cost of each rifle and the high ancillary costs of the artillery factory. As part of efforts to cut costs, Russia has removed fees to be collected in the deal, officials have confirmed. With the $ 5.43 billion S-400, along with other major deals, defense trade between India and Russia has exceeded $ 15 billion since 2018. Work is also underway on a bilateral logistical support agreement for the reciprocal exchange of logistical agreements, as well as a memorandum of understanding for cooperation between the Navy.
Russia has also started deliveries of the S-400 long-range air defense systems, with deliveries underway. They are expected to arrive within the next 10 days, a senior defense official said. Two teams of Indian Air Force personnel have already been trained to operate the system and the first unit to deploy to northwest India is expected to be operational within the next two to three months.
With Omicron, third wave is expected to hit India in February, but could be milder than second, IIT scientist says
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-12-2021; With Omicron, the new variant of SARS-CoV2, the third wave of coronavirus could peak in February and cases will likely reach as high as 1-1.5 lakhs per day in the country, but it will be milder than the second wave. Manindra Agarwal, an IIT scientist involved in the mathematical projection of the COVID-19 trajectory, said.
He said the new Omicron variant has been factored into the new forecast. However, he said cases are being closely watched in South Africa where many cases of this variant have been recorded. Agarwal added that so far South Africa has not seen an increase in hospitalizations. He said a new dataset on the virus and hospitalizations would help get a more accurate picture.
Former Chairman of the Waqf Board of Directors at U.P. Wasim Rizvi converts to Hinduism
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-12-2021; The controversial former chairman of the board, Shia Waqf Wasim Rizvi, became Sanatan Dharm in a religious ceremony held at the Dasna temple in Ghaziabad. The rituals were performed by the temple priest, Yati Narsinghan and Saraswati, who is also the Mahamandleshwar of the influential Juna Akhada. After the ceremony, Rizvi was renamed Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi.
Tyagi said it was his choice of which religion to follow. “They kicked me out of Islam. He had money on his head. So I chose to embrace the oldest religion in the world. ” The former Waqf official made headlines for filing a petition with the Supreme Court demanding the removal of 26 verses from the Quran, which he said taught violence.
As Muslim clerics flayed the measure, the High Court rejected his request and fined him 50,000 rupees, calling his request “absolutely frivolous”. He later wrote a controversial book about the Prophet Muhammad who also faced the wrath of the clergy. Since then, Tyagi has claimed his life was in danger. Narsinghanand Saraswati, known for his hate speech against Islam, said Tyagi approached him in November for kissing Santana Dharm and said he wanted his body cremated after his death.
Burmese court sentences ousted leader Suu Kyi to 4 years in prison
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-12-2021; A special court in Myanmar’s capital on Monday sentenced the country’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison after finding her guilty of incitement and violating coronavirus restrictions, a court official said.
The incitement case involved statements posted on her party’s Facebook page after she and other party leaders were already arrested by the military, while the coronavirus charge involved an appearance in campaign elections in November last year. that his party won by an overwhelming majority.
The military, whose allied party lost many seats in the elections, alleged massive electoral fraud, but independent election observers did not detect any major irregularities. The court’s decision was transmitted by a judicial official who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of being sanctioned by the authorities. Suu Kyi’s trials are closed to the media and viewers, and her attorneys, who were the only source of information on the proceedings, received gag orders in October prohibiting them from disclosing information.
The cases against Suu Kyi are generally seen as designed to discredit her and prevent her from running for the next election. The constitution prohibits anyone sent to prison after being convicted of a felony from holding high office or becoming a legislator. Opposition to the military regime remains strong ten months after the army took power, and the verdict could further escalate tensions.
On Sunday there were protests against the military government and they called for the release of Suu Kyi and other detained members of her government. An army truck deliberately rushed into a march of about 30 youths in Yangon, the country’s largest city, and at least three of the protesters may have been killed, according to unconfirmed reports.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 3,46,412,572 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 4,73,537.