As Twitter adds the tag of ‘manipulated media’ to the tweets of five other BJP leaders, Delhi police raid their offices
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-05-2021; Two days after the Center wrote to Twitter asking the social media giant to remove the ‘manipulated media’ tag from BJP chief Sambit Patra’s post on the topic ‘Congress Toolkit’, Delhi Police Special Cell raided its offices in Delhi and Gurgaon. .
- A senior law enforcement official said Twitter had received a notification of the case.
- He added “We want to know what information Twitter has in the toolkit and why they chose to label it as ‘manipulated media.’ Our team is conducting raids on their Delhi office in Mehrauli and their Gurgaon office on Golf Course Road.
- Meanwhile, tweets related to the so-called “ Congress Toolkit ” from the verified accounts of at least five BJP leaders, including MP Rajya Sabha Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and the head of the party’s national social media Priti Gandhi, further from Spokesperson Sambit Patra, continue to be labeled “rigged media” after the government asked Twitter to remove the label.
- Other leaders whose tweets address the same issue have been labeled “manipulated media” include BJP Andhra Pradesh co-director Sunil Deodhar, Charu Pragya party media panelist, and Delhi Kuljeet Secretary General Singh Chahal.
- The government had asked Twitter on Friday to remove the “manipulated media” tag from some tweets by its executives, including Patra, yet the microblogging site did not remove the tag.
- Experts say the government lacks the power under the Information Technology Act to order Twitter to remove the tag “manipulated media” from certain tweets. Such a move by the Center also raised concerns about censorship, they said.
Widespread resentment in Lakshadweep
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-05-2021; Discontent simmers in the Lakshadweep island group due to a series of regulations introduced by the new administrator, Praful Khoda Patel, during the last five months of his rule, which also saw the archipelago go from ‘free region’ status.
- For nearly a year after one with 6,847 COVID cases through May 24, the stipulation of mandatory quarantine of travelers bound for Dweep in Kochi was lifted under his leadership.
- The ten inhabited islands of the Union territory have been blocked for two months and the Dweep administration is accused of exploiting the inability of the public to mobilize to push forward what islanders generally see as “arbitrary legislation” that is out of sync with the field in social, political and environmental realities of the archipelago.
- The latest draft regulation for the creation of a Lakshadweep Development Authority (LDA) is widely unhappy, as people suspect that it could have been released at the behest of real estate interests seeking to usurp small properties owned by the majority of the islanders ( 94.8% according to the 2011 census) belonging to the listed tribes.
- Hundreds of islanders wrote to the administrator to demand that the proposed settlement, which “provides for the orderly and progressive development of the land in urban and rural areas and to preserve and improve the amenities of the same; for granting permission to develop the land and for other powers of control over the use of the land; grant additional powers for the acquisition and development of land for planning purposes; and for purposes related to the above matters ”.
- One of the petitions requesting the withdrawal of the LDA regulations establishes that the legislation grants such powers the power to prepare comprehensive development plans for any area and to displace people regardless of their will.
- It provides for forced eviction, places the burden on the owner to carry out his operation in accordance with the plan drawn up by the authority, as well as to punish him severely in the event of non-compliance.
- “The island community is a tight-knit group with families living nearby. The settlement will destroy the way of life that they have practiced for generations, ”said one islander.
- Furthermore, proposals to introduce real estate development concepts such as “transferable development rights” to the island have raised the problem of people who fear being forced to migrate en masse.
- “The draconian regulation is not ecologically sustainable or socially viable and the representatives of the people were not consulted before drafting it.
- Furthermore, it follows a series of bad bills, including the “Regulation on the Prevention of Antisocial Activities”, a “goonda law”, in Dweep, which is known to have the lowest crime rate. of the country, ”says Mohammed Faizal, deputy of the Dweep.
- As online campaigns to save Lakshadweep gain traction with celebrities, including actor Prithviraj, speaking in solidarity, Rajya Sabha MP Elamaram Kareem has written to President Ramnath Kovind urging him to resign the “authoritarian” administrator.
- Kareem’s plea concerned the recent “Lakshadweep Animal Preservation Regulations” banning the slaughter and trade in livestock, which he said was offered with little regard for islanders’ food and livelihood choices.
- According to the 2011 census, the population of Lakshadweep is 96% Muslim, followed by Hindus (2.77%) and Christians (0.5%).
Supreme Court denounces Center for delay in establishing database on migrant workers
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-05-2021; The Supreme Court today arrested the government for the delay in establishing a national database to identify and register migrant workers across the country in order to provide them with benefits in times of urgent need.
- Bench of Judges Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah acknowledged presentations by Advocate Prashant Bhushan that such a database would have made it easier for the government to identify and provide essential items such as food and dry rations to migrant workers stranded during the second wave of the pandemic.
“The address [of the database] was issued by this court in 2018 … Its process is very slow. We are not satisfied. We will issue orders on this, ”Judge Bhushan addressed Attorney General Tushar Mehta of the Center.
- Prashant Bhushan, who represents activists seeking urgent action to provide food and vital support to migrant workers, said: “People are dying … 24 million people have been pushed below the poverty line. The situation is worse than last year… The government said it had not even been able to set up a portal to register workers ”.
- The civil rights lawyer said many of these homeless workers needed immediate cash transfers to purchase essentials. The pandemic has left them without a livelihood.
“There should be a uniform national data grid for migrant workers, in which the Center and the states provide information. This would ensure that the benefits for migrant workers reach them and not others, ”Judge Bhushan said.
- The court asked the government to clarify the measures it had taken under the 2020 social security code.
“The government is spending billions of rupees, but are [the benefits] really reaching [the workers]?”Judge Shah asked Mehta, who promised to submit a detailed affidavit in response.
- The attorney general said the Ministry of Labor has already started working on the database.
- He assured the court that he would speak to the Secretary of Labor and get the necessary information about his condition.
Wedding on board: crew of DGCA derosters
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-05-2021; A wedding in the air aroused the ire of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). On Monday, he suspended the crew of a SpiceJet-chartered plane after a wedding ceremony aboard the plane, over Madurai, in violation of COVID-19 regulations.
- The airline has been ordered to file an FIR against stray passengers.
- Viral images on social media show the bride and groom exchanging garlands surrounded by family members and cameramen. Many can be seen without a mask.
- The wedding rituals took place as the plane flew over Madurai Meenakshi Temple in the presence of more than 160 family members on the flight. The flightradar24 aviation website showed the aircraft flying over the temple.
- In March, after being detained by the Delhi High Court, the DGCA ordered airlines to ensure passengers comply with COVID-19 regulations on wearing masks and social distancing. He said if passengers are not careful, they should be removed from the plane and placed on a no-fly list.
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-05-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2,69,30,220 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 3,06,865.
- At a press conference, Dr. Randeep Guleria, director of AIIMS,said that until now there was no indication that the third wave of Covid-19 is more harmful to children.
- On-site registration and appointment scheduling for COVID-19 vaccination is now enabled for the 18-44 age group in CoWIN, according to a statement released Monday by the Union Ministry of Health.
- However, this feature is only enabled for government COVID Vaccination Centers (CVCs) currently and would not be available for private CVCs currently. Private CVCs should publish their vaccination schedules exclusively with online appointment slots, he said.
- In the case of sessions organized exclusively with online slots, towards the end of the day, some doses may remain unused in the event that the designated online beneficiaries have not shown up on the day of vaccination for any reason.
- This function would only be used by decision of the respective governments of the States / Territories of the Union to do so.