(INDIA) #AceWeatherReport – At least 112 people have been killed in the western Indian state of Maharashtra by torrential monsoon rains that have caused landslides and flooded low-lying areas, cutting off hundreds of villages #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherReport – July.24: Unexpected very heavy rainfall triggered landslides in many places and flooded rivers,” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads Maharashtra’s state government, told journalists…

#AceWeatherDesk says Monsoon rains trigger landslides and floods in India’s Maharashtra state, leaving at least 67 dead as parts of India’s west coast received up to 594 millimetres of rain over 24 hours, forcing authorities to evacuate people from vulnerable areas as they released water from dams that were threatening to overflow.

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The rains have overwhelmed hundreds of villages, sweeping away houses and leaving residents stranded.

“Dams and rivers are overflowing. We are forced to release water from dams, and, accordingly, we are moving people residing near the riverbanks to safer places.”

The navy and army were helping with rescue operation in coastal areas, he added.

At least 38 people were killed in Taliye, 180km south-east of the financial capital Mumbai, when a landslide flattened most of the small village, Vijay Wadettiwar, a minister in the state government, said.

In nine other landslides in other parts of Maharashtra, 59 people died and another 15 were killed in accidents linked to the heavy rainfall, they said.

Several dozen people were also feared to have been trapped in landslides in the Satara and Raigad districts, said a state government official who asked not to be named.

“Rescue operations are going on at various places in Satara, Raigad and Ratnagiri. Due to heavy rainfall and flooded rivers, we are struggling to move rescue machinery quickly,” he said.

Rescue workers in orange raincoats assist people out of floodwaters.
India’s National Disaster Response Force was out rescuing people stranded in floodwaters.(AP: National Disaster Response Force)

Thousands of trucks were stuck on a national highway linking Mumbai with the southern technology hub of Bengaluru, with the road submerged in some places, another Maharashtra government official said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of villages and towns were without electricity and drinking water, he said.

Rivers were also overflowing in the neighbouring southern states of Karnataka and Telangana where authorities were monitoring the situation, government officials there said.

Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September cause deaths and mass displacement across South Asia every year, but they also deliver more than 70 per cent of India’s rainfall and are crucial for farmers.

Floods in Kolhapur
Rescue operations have been hampered by heavy downpours

The rains overwhelmed hundreds of villages, sweeping away houses and leaving residents stranded.

Rescue crews have been racing to evacuate survivors but many people are feared missing.

The Indian military has been helping the efforts, which have been hampered by difficult conditions.

The state has recorded its heaviest spell of July rain for decades.

Many factors contribute to flooding, but experts say climate change caused by global warming makes extreme rainfall more likely.

On Friday Indian officials said most of the deaths had been caused by landslides and flooding in two districts.

A landslide flattened the small village of Taliye, south-east of India’s financial capital Mumbai. An official told Reuters news agency at least 42 people had died there.

The state’s chief minister, Udhav Thackeray, plans to visit Taliye on Saturday.

Mr Thackeray called an emergency meeting on Friday and asked officials to provide aid to those affected.

He said authorities were evacuating people from vulnerable areas as they released water from dams that were threatening to overflow.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “anguished by the loss of lives” and would provide assistance to the affected.

The Indian navy and disaster authorities have been sent to help rescue operations in coastal areas.

One coastal district has been completely cut off after bridges and mobile towers in the area collapsed.

Authorities have asked stranded residents to go to rooftops so rescuers in helicopters can spot them.

In Mumbai, two people died and 10 others were injured after a residential building collapsed on Friday.

Train services have been suspended and the city’s low-lying areas have turned into flood zones. 

Weather experts say heavy rains will continue to lash the city over the next few days.

Heavy rains in Mumbai are not uncommon. The city experiences flooding every year during the monsoon season, but the intensity of the rains has increased in recent times.

Thousands of people migrate to the city every day in search of jobs. 

This fuels rapid – and often unregulated – construction, forcing many to live in poor quality buildings.

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#AceWeatherDesk report …Published: July.24: 2021:

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(MUMBAI) JUST IN: More than 20 people died when houses were destroyed amid floods caused by the heavy downpour in the suburbs in India and more are feared to be trapped under the rubble #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherReport – July.18: A retaining wall crashed down on homes located on a hillock, killing 17. Seven more died after a landslide destroyed several huts, and a 16-year-old boy was also killed in a similar incident…..

#AceDailyNews says 20+ killed in house collapses in Mumbai as city hit by heavy rain during monsoon season (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) on RT Telegram and several building collapses on Sunday, Indian media reported, citing officials after we reported on Europe and Belgium sets day of mourning as death toll from catastrophic floods in Europe rises to 153

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20+ killed in house collapses in Mumbai as city hit by heavy rain during monsoon season (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Maharashtra | 11 people killed after a wall collapse on some shanties in Chembur’s Bharat Nagar area due to a landslide, says National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)Rescue operation is underway. pic.twitter.com/W24NJFWThU— ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2021

Multiple rescue teams were dispatched to affected areas, as more people are feared to be trapped under the rubble. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised that the victims’ families will be compensated from the state relief fund. 

Apart from landslides, the heavy rainfall has caused power outages and disrupted rail services in the Mumbai area. Videos posted on social media showed cars being swept up by the flood. 

#WATCH | Maharashtra: Daily commuters’ movement affected as roads waterlogged, in Gandhi Market area following incessant rainfall. pic.twitter.com/1LpwYNVK0j— ANI (@ANI) July 17, 2021

Floods in Mumbai, India👇👇This is the climate crisis unraveling. No place is “safe” any more. pic.twitter.com/BmwAy8I1D4— Daniel Moser (@_dmoser) July 17, 2021

NDTV quoted the Indian Meteorological Department as saying that the rain will continue for the next five days:

#AceWeatherDesk report …Published: July.18: 2021:

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(INDIA) Weather Report: A lightning strike killed at least 16 people and injured many more in Jaipur in the northern part of the country on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.14: Dozens have also died in lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh states: Lightning strikes kill some 2,000 Indians on average every year, according to official data.

#AceDailyNews reports that the victims were taking selfies in the rain on top of a watch tower at the city’s 12th Century Amer Fort, a popular tourist attraction according to BBC Asia ….

Lightning strikes – seen here over Jaipur – kill dozens in India every year (NURPHOTO) BBC News

A senior police officer told the media that most of the people among the dead at the fort’s tower were young.

Twenty-seven people were on the tower and the wall of the fort when the incident happened and some reportedly jumped to the ground.

Sunday alone saw nine more deaths from lightning strikes reported across Rajasthan state where Jaipur is located, according to local media reports.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: July.14: 2021:

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(INDIA) JUST IN: Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad Report: Breaks up the Al #Qaeda affiliate group in Lucknow #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.12: On July 11, Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) busted a major Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind module in Lucknow. Prashant Kumar, ADG Law & Order, UP, said that this organisation is affiliated with terror outfit Al-Qaeda.

#AceDailyNews says UP ATS busts Al-#Qaeda affiliate terrorist group’s module in Lucknow, express unhappiness over live telecast of operation,” OpIndia, July 11, 2021:

In an official statement issued by ADG Kumar and IG ATS, it was reported ATS got information about Umar Halmandi, a terrorist of Al-Qaeda, who got orders to execute terrorist attacks in India. He operates from the India-Afghanistan border.

He has been actively radicalising Muslims and recruiting them for terrorist operations. In this process, he recruited a few radicals in Lucknow to build the Al-Qaeda module. Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, which is a part of Al Qaeda, has been training these radicals to execute terror attacks in India. A few names were revealed during the investigation, including Minhaz, Maseeruddin, and Shakeel. These three were preparing to execute bomb blasts and suicide attacks in several places across Uttar Pradesh, especially Lucknow.

After tracing their location, several teams were formed to arrest them. A team raided at the house of Minhaz, s/o Siraz Ahmed, resident of Ring Road, Bagaria, Jetta Barawan Kala, Dubbaga, Lucknow. ATS found a large quantity of explosives and a pistol from his house. ATS details Minhas from his house. Bomb Disposal Squad has been neutralising the IEDs found at his house.

During interrogation, the arrested accused said that their associates had managed to escape. ATS teams have been searching for them across Lucknow. All entry and exit points have been barricaded by the Police, and search operations are on. The state is on high alert at the moment…

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: July.12: 2021:

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(INDIA) JUST IN: Eleven government officials in Jammu and Kashmir terminated for jihad terror links #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.12: Four of these dismissed officials are from Anantnag, three from Budgam, and one each from Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara, and Pulwama. Four were working in the Education Department, two were in the Jammu and Kashmir Police department, and others enjoyed various positions in the departments of Power, Skill Development, Health, Agriculture, and Sher E Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Srinagar.

#AceDailyNews says that on Saturday, July 11, eleven government officials in the Jammu and Kashmir administration were terminated for having jihad terror links.

Interestingly, two of the dismissed government employees were sons of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen founder Syed Salahudin, Syed Ahmad Shakeel and Shahid Yousuf. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is a secessionist Islamic terrorist group operating in Indian-administered Kashmir to separate Kashmir from India and unite it with Pakistan. The jihad group has caused major unrest and plotted terror activities in the valley since its inception in 1989. The Indian government must be immensely generous to extend administrative positions to family members of the founder of an Islamic terror outfit, because no other rationale justifies entrusting the relatives of a terrorist with sensitive information.

The Union government had long suspected some government employees in Jammu and Kashmir of being involved in anti-national or terror activities. To identify these officials and tighten the noose around them, the government in July 2020 established a six-member committee for scrutinizing and recommending cases under Article 311 (2)(c) of the Constitution of India.

In its second meeting, the committee recommended three cases for termination of service, and in its fourth meeting, which was held recently, they recommended eight such cases. The recommendations abide by the applicable provisions of the Indian Constitution.

One of the three officials designated for dismissal during the second meeting is an Orderly of Industrial Training Institute, Kupwara, who has been sharing sensitive information about the movement of security forces with the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba. As an overground accomplice of the LeT, the Orderly has harbored terrorists and abetted them in executing terror plans clandestinely.

Two teachers from the Anantnag District were also dismissed in the second meeting. Guilty of partaking in anti-national activities, they were accused of supporting and propagating the secessionist ideology peddled by the Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) and Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) among the Kashmiri youth. The Dukhtaran-e-Millat is part of a banned terrorist organization, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. Jamat-e-Islami is another Islamic group promoting Islamic supremacy and Muslim brotherhood above nationality.

Among the eight government officials recommended for removal in the fourth meeting, two were serving as constables in the Jammu and Kashmir Police force; they supported terror activities from within the police department. They passed confidential information to jihad terrorists and provided them with significant logistical support. Constable Abdul Rashid Shigan has also carried out attacks on Indian security forces.

The two sons of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen founder Syed Salahudin, Syed Ahmad Shakeel and Shahid Yousuf, have been fired for involving in terror funding. The National Investigation Agency (India’s counter-terrorism task force) has tracked their terror funding, tracing their involvement in raising, collecting, receiving and transferring money through Hawala transactions and channelling them towards various terror activities plotted by the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.

The next government employee to go down in the fourth meeting of the committee was Naaz M. Allaie. Despite being an Orderly of the Health Department, Allaie was associated with the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen as an overground worker. He has been found to have had direct involvement in several jihad terror activities in the past and had harbored two notorious terrorists at his residence.

The next two officials recommended for dismissal were Jamat-e-Islami ideologues Nisar Ahmad Tantray and Jabbar Ahmad Paray. They were employed with the Education Department and were terminated for furthering the secessionist agenda introduced into the valley by Pakistani elements.

Shaheen Ahmad Lone, an Inspector of the Power Department, was also fired for partaking in jihad terror activities, including smuggling and transporting arms and ammunition for Hizb-ul Mujahideen. In January last year, Lone was spotted traveling with a couple of terrorists on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, assisting them in transporting weapons and explosives.

The Muslim intelligentsia in India has played the victim card extensively and exhaustively, and successfully portrayed themselves as a hapless marginalized community. Their myriad complaints include claims of being denied jobs and representation in the bureaucracy. Left-leaning media houses build on these claims and produce lengthy accounts of injustices meted out to Indian Muslims. However, Muslims occupy almost all the key ranks in the J&K administration, and this is where we are today.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.12: 2021:

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(NEW DELHI, India.) JUST IN: If confirmed, the incident would be the first use of drones by Pakistan-linked militants aimed at the Indian security establishment on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.29: The explosions took place in the early hours of Sunday, between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. local time (around 2030 UTC Saturday) at the air base in the city of Jammu.

INDIA: Explosions rock Jammu military base with two explosions at an air force base in the northern Indian-administered territory of Jammu and Kashmir, may have been delivered by drones, local media reported on Sunday.

Indian soldiers in Kashmir
DW REPORT:

What we know about the incident

The Indian Air Force said on Twitter that explosions were heard in the technical area of the high-security air force base.

Two Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel suffered minor injuries 

One of the explosions caused minor damage to the roof of a building while the other exploded in an open area, the Indian Air Force said, adding that there was no damage to any equipment.

The bomb disposal squad and forensic analysts had inspected the site early in the morning.

Mukesh Singh, the Additional Director General of Police in Jammu, told DW that he couldn’t confirm the use of drones since they had just launched the investigation. 

Terror group has used drones

NDTV cited local police as saying that the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba had used the drones to drop explosives for use in a possible strike “at a crowded place.”

The news channel said the militant group had previously used drones — a crashed drone was found in a village in Amritsar in 2019.

In June last year, Indian forces shot down a suspected spy drone in the Kathua district of Jammu.

And in September, arrested militants allegedly revealed how eight drone sorties in Punjab contained that drugs and weapons, NDTV said.

The Muslim-majority Himalayan region is divided between India and Pakistan, which both claim it in its entirety. Rebels have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989.

Most Muslim Kashmiris support the rebel goal that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.29: 2021:

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(NEW DELHI, India.) JUST IN: At least 18 people have died in a fire that broke out at a chemical plant on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Pune #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.09: Fire engines rushed to the spot as smoke billowed from the compound – firemen had to break walls on either side to rescue people: The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, officials told BBC Marathi:

INDIA: Eighteen dead in India chemical plant fire and some 37 other workers were trapped inside the building when the blaze started around 15:45 local time (10:15 GMT) on Monday.

A fire at chemical plant near Pune city in India
The fire broke out at a chemical plant

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences over the death of the workers, and announced 200,000 rupees ($2,800; £1,900) as compensation for their families. He also promised $690 as compensation for the injured.

The factory belonged to SV Aqua Technologies, a company that makes chlorine dioxide products, which is typically used in water treatment.

It was located in what is known as the the Pirangut industrial estate, home to several other factories and plants, some 16km (10 miles) from Pune. Most of the workers live close by. 

The government of Maharashtra, where the factory is located, also announced $6,800 as compensation to the victims ‘families. 

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.09: 2021:

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(NEW DELHI, India.) The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) Report: Moves the Supreme Court challenging the Centre’s notification inviting non-Muslims belonging to Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and residing in 13 districts in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Punjab to apply for Indian citizenship #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.06: The CAA lead to unrest from Muslims when it was passed in December 2019. Mass protests led to violence across India, and Al-Qaeda called for Muslims in India to wage jihad from within:

INDIA: Muslim group goes to Supreme Court over Citizenship Amendment Act offering refuge to persecuted non-Muslims: The invitation to these countries’ non-Muslims constituted the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The CAA fast-tracked Indian citizenship for Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, and Parsi immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who arrived in India before 2015: IUML Moves SC Against Centre’s Notification Seeking Applications From Non-Muslim Refugees,” The Wire, June 1, 2021:To find out more about India’s Citizenship Amendment Act, and why it was necessary, click HERE.

A relentless propaganda barrage against India came from Pakistan, Kuwait and across the Muslim world. Muslims also appealed to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, with complaints against India over “Islamophobia.” This reaction, in fact, proved exactly why infidels need rescuing from the wrath of Islamic supremacists and jihadists everywhere.

The reason for the so-called “discriminatory,” “Islamophobic” CAA was because of Muslim persecution of religious minorities in those countries; they were being offered a level of safety in India. Note, by contrast, that open-door immigration policies in the European Union have led to mass Muslim migration, and are now causing a nightmare during ongoing coronavirus lockdowns, as mostly Muslim economic migrants have steadily crashed the borders of European countries illegally (and entered the UK via the English Channel). But in the early days of the war in Syria, which created genuine refugees, Muslim refugees in UN camps attacked and terrorized Christians, and the Christians could not escape. It’s about time that some country thought of the minorities who are victims of jihad and Sharia oppression. India should be applauded for doing so.

New Delhi: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Centre’s notification inviting non-Muslims belonging to Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and residing in 13 districts in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Punjab to apply for Indian citizenship.

The interim application argued that the Centre is trying to circumvent the assurance given to the apex court in this regard in the pending petition filed by the IUML challenging the constitutional validity of the provisions of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019.

It said that the Centre provided assurance that staying of the Amendment Act was not necessary since the rules of the Amendment Act had not been framed.

The CAA grants Indian citizenship to non-Muslim minorities – Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian – who migrated to India from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh till December 31, 2014, following persecution over their faith.

The fresh plea said the Union home ministry on Friday issued a notification to this effect for immediate implementation of the order under the Citizenship Act 1955 and Rules framed under the law in 2009 even though the rules under the CAA enacted in 2019 are yet to be framed by the Ministry of Home Affairs is manifestly illegal and runs counter to the provisions of the Act.

Also read: With CAA Rules on Hold, Centre Invites Applications in 13 Districts Under 1955 Parent Act

IUML in its plea before the top court said that the Centre had, during the course of the hearing of its plea challenging the constitutional validity of CAA, submitted before the apex court and provided assurance that staying of the Amendment Act was not necessary since the rules of the Amendment Act had not been framed.

“However, the respondent Union, in a roundabout way, and in an attempt to circumvent the assurance given to this court, have sought to implement their malafide designs envisaged under the Amendment Act through the recently issued order dated May 28,” the plea said.

IUML submitted that if the Centre’s notification is implemented and citizenship is given to persons on the basis of their religion, and, thereafter, if this court strikes down the Amendment Act and Rules, whereby the act of providing citizenship on the basis of religion is declared void, “Then, to take back the citizenship of these persons, granted pursuant to the present order, will be a herculean task and would be near impossible to implement. In the event the said exercise is conducted, it would render the entire batch of writ petitions (challenging CAA) as infructuous,” the plea said.

The petition has sought directions to the Centre to stay any further proceedings pursuant to the May 28 order issued by the Union of India, Ministry of Home Affairs till such time the plea challenging CAA is pending……

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Jun.06: 2021:

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(NEW DELHI) JUST IN: Mob sets Hindu houses on fire, lynches 70-year-old man, assaults pregnant woman #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.25: A Mahadalit colony in Majhuwa village under Baisi police station of Purnia district in Bihar was engulfed with raging conflagration on the night of May 19 (Wednesday) as Islamists in the region launched a brutal attack against the Dalit settlement. At least 13 Mahadalit houses were reduced to ashes, after a Muslim mob of 150 to 200 from three to four nearby villages, armed with weapons, surrounded the colony and set it on fire:

Exclusive: India: “Dalits in Bihar’s Purnia rendered homeless after Islamist mob attack their colony and set it on fire: All we know so far,” by Jhankar Mohta, OpIndia, May 22, 2021:

The mob brutally attacked the Dalits who tried to stop them from carrying out the destruction. Showing the least empathy towards the aged, children or the women, the Islamist mob dragged them out of their houses and brutally assaulted them with sharp weapons.

In the attack, an elderly retired watchman namely Mewa Lal Rai (70), was lynched to death. A pregnant lady named Laxmi Devi was mercilessly assaulted by the rampaging mob. She sustained critical injuries on her head but managed to flee the spot.

A 3-year-old boy Diwana Rai, son of one Pratap Rai, has disappeared and there is still no news of the child. Several other villagers, including women, children who sustained grave injuries, were later rushed to Baisi primary health centre (PHC).

Recounting the dreadful incident Mewa Lal Rai’s sons Sukhdev and Fakira said, “Hundreds of people from three to four nearby villages attacked us at around 11 am on Wednesday when we were sleeping. Later, they set our houses on fire.”

The reason behind the said incident of ransacking, assault and arson by the Muslim mob is said to be the grudges these Muslims hold towards the Dalits residing in the area, which is primarily a Muslim dominated one. For months now, the Muslims have been agitating and asking the Dalits to vacate the land claiming it belongs to them. However, according to the Dalits, the land on which their houses are made is government land, belonging to the PWD Department. They have been opposing the high-handedness of the Muslims and refusing to vacate their houses.

After the news of the incident spread, Vishwa Hindu Parishad members reached the spot to take stock of the situation. Disquieted by the atrocities meted out at the Dalits by the frenzied Islamists, the Hindu outfit issued a strong statement condemning the incident and demanding immediate action against the perpetrators.

In its statement, the Hindu outfit alleged inaction by the local administration and police. Drawing attention to how such incidents of atrocities towards Dalits in the hands of Muslims are becoming more and more common, VHP’s Union General Secretary Milind Parande wrote that Muslims are carrying out such atrocities with the tactile support of local administration.

To delve further into the case, OpIndia got in touch with Vivek Lath, VHP’s Prachar Pramukh of Purnia district. Apprising us of the extent of atrocities that were inflicted on these poor Dalit families on the night of May 19th, Vivek said that the frenzied Muslim mob surrounded the colony from all sides and set the houses belonging to Dalits on fire. Besides, a Hindu temple, where these Dalits use to pray, was also set ablaze.

“They did not spare anyone. They were brutally assaulting whichever Dalit was coming their way. Be it, small children or the women of the house, none were spared”, said Vivek, adding that the police reached the spot 2.5 hours after the incident….

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.25: 2021:

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LONDON) GOVUK Press Release Statement Report: India’s fight against a surge in #coronavirus cases will be reinforced by new Government support announced by the Boris Johnson today #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – May.05: This is in addition to 200 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators and 3 oxygen generation units the UK announced we were sending to India last week:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – NEW DELHI: India’s fight against a surge in #COVID19 cases will be reinforced by addtional UK Government support announced by the Prime Minister today with another 1,000 ventilators will be sent from the UK’s surplus supply to Indian hospitals after the first batch arrived to help the most severe cases as figure reaches 2-million infections on Tuesday’

  • The UK will send 1,000 more ventilators for use in India’s hospitals
  • The Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Adviser and NHS staff have given help and advice to their Indian counterparts
  • Fresh assistance follows medical relief sent by the UK last week and a surge in support from the British people to India
  • On Tuesday the Prime Minister will hold a virtual meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi to discuss deepening cooperation between the UK and India

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance have also spoken to their Indian counterparts to provide advice, insight and expertise to the Indian healthcare system as it deals with the world’s worse surge in Covid levels.

NHS England is also establishing a clinical advisory group led by Chief People Officer Prerana Isaar to support India’s Covid response. The group will work with Indian institutions such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to share experience on managing Covid outbreaks. The group will include researchers in public and global health, alongside nursing and other health professionals who have experience of the Indian healthcare system.

In a powerful demonstration of what Indian Prime Minister Modi has called the ‘living bridge’ between our countries, over the last week British people have come to the support of India in huge numbers. Businesses, civil society and the wider public have responded to appeals for help and launched funding drives.

This includes the British Asian Trust’s ‘Oxygen for India’ emergency appeal, which is raising funds for oxygen concentrators to be rapidly deployed to Indian hospitals. The BAT appeal, which has been personally backed by the Prince of Wales, has raised more than £1.5m in the last week.

Virgin Atlantic also flew 200 boxes of oxygen concentrators to Delhi on Saturday, after partnering with Khalsa Aid. Further cargo space will be given free of charge on 6 flights to India in the next week, in association with The Red Cross.

India has also provided support to the UK throughout the coronavirus pandemic. As the ‘pharmacy of the world’ the country has kept its borders open to supply the UK with vital medicine and PPE – exporting over 11 million face masks and 3 million packets of paracetamol over the course of 2020.

On Tuesday the Prime Minister will hold a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Modi to agree a huge range of commitments to deepen cooperation between the UK and India, including on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

The terrible images we have seen in India in recent weeks are all the more powerful because of the close and enduring connection between the people of the UK and India.

I am deeply moved by the surge of support the British people have provided to the people of India and am pleased the UK Government has been able to play our part in providing life-saving assistance.

The UK will always be there for India in its time of need.

The world is safer and stronger because of work between the UK and India. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, for example, was developed in the UK, is currently being produced in the millions by India’s Serum Institute and will be distributed to the world at cost through COVAX.

It is those shared values of openness and the pursuit of knowledge and scientific advancement for the betterment of our societies that lie at the heart of the relationship between the UK and India. During his call with Prime Minister Modi, the Prime Minister will emphasise the importance of working with India to promote our shared values.

India is the largest democracy in the world, a fellow Commonwealth country and in June Prime Minister Modi will travel to the UK to attend the G7 Summit as a guest – one of four world leaders invited to join the Summit of leading democracies.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:

This support will help urgently meet some of India’s acute needs, particularly oxygen for patients. We are determined to help our Indian friends in their hour of need.

We need to all work together to defeat Covid-19. No one is safe until we are all safe.

Further information

A number of other UK charities are running their own appeals for India’s Covid crisis, including ActionAid, Action Against Hunger, the British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International, Christian Aid, Concern, Age UK, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision.

#AceHealthDesk report …..Published: May.05: 2021:

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(NEW DELHI, India.) Election Report: PM Narendra Modi’s party has failed to win a key state in elections held amid record #COVID19 deaths and cases #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May,04: Her win came as a surprise to political observers, who noted how much time and money the BJP invested in the state: Mr Modi was even accused of focusing on polls rather than the #pandemic:

WEST BENGAL: India Elections: Modi party defeated in West Bengal battleground: The BJP targeted West Bengal heavily during campaigning but the state was comfortably held by the incumbent, Mamata Banerjee, a fierce Modi critic the daughter of Bengal’ taking on India’s PM

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TMC supporters celebrate their party's win in West Bengal
TMC supporters have been celebrating after being returned to power in West Bengal

Despite the defeat, the BJP won nearly 80 seats to become the main opposition party. In the 2016 vote, Narendra Modi’s party won just three seats there.

Elections also went ahead in Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala states as well as the territory of Pondicherry (Puducherry).

The BJP held power in the north-eastern state of Assam but failed to make major gains elsewhere. 

For 10 straight days, daily cases in India have topped 300,000. It recorded more than 360,000 new cases and 3,417 deaths on Monday. On Sunday, the country set a new record for daily deaths, with 3,689 recorded. Hospitals are facing dire shortages of beds and medical oxygen, with many Indians resorting to desperate pleas on social media to secure help.

Campaign rallies and voting have been blamed for the surge in cases. 

Mr Modi and his home minister made dozens of speeches in West Bengal and were accused of focusing on the polls rather than the pandemic. 

What happened in West Bengal? 

With almost all the results counted, the Trinamool Congress party (TMC) led by the state’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has won more than 200 seats in the 294-seat assembly.

The results are set to make Ms Banerjee the leader of West Bengal for a third time. She is also India’s only female chief minister.

Celebrating the win, she said West Bengal had “saved” India with the result and tackling Covid-19 would be her first priority.

Getty ImagesMamata Banerjee has been a fierce critic of Prime Minister Modi

Victory was soured by the loss of her seat in Nandigram to a former aide turned defector to the BJP. She has said she will challenge the result in court but may have to run again to remain chief minister. 

West Bengal, home to 90 million people and the city of Kolkata, is of particular interest to election watchers. It is one of the few states that have never been governed by Mr Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP.

Although assembly elections were held in five Indian states, the real battle was over West Bengal. 

The BJP had pulled out all the stops for electioneering, with PM Narendra Modi leading its campaign from the front.

To enhance his appeal further to the Bengali voter, he had grown his beard long, with his supporters drawing comparisons with the state’s much loved icon – Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore. 

But in the end, it all came to nothing.

At a time when a deadly second wave of coronavirus swept India and led thousands of Indians across the country to beg for hospital beds and oxygen cylinders, Mr Modi’s frequent visits to the state to address huge rallies were called out as a major failure of his prime ministerial duties.

So Mamata Banerjee fought back anti-incumbency, the BJP’s mammoth election machinery, last-minute desertions from within her own party, and a largely unfriendly media to return for a third term.

Congratulating Ms Banerjee in a tweet, Mr Modi also noted: “From a negligible presence earlier [in West Bengal], BJP’s presence has significantly increased.”

Leader of the opposition Congress party Rahul Gandhi congratulated Ms Banerjee for “soundly defeating the BJP” even though his party lost a significant number of seats in the state.

He was among a number of regional opposition leaders to revel in Ms Banerjee’s win.

Social media was flooded with memes and posts about the success of “Didi” – a nickname for Ms Banerjee, meaning older sister.

Voting in the state was held in eight phases over a month. The Election Commission is facing a great deal of criticism for refusing to reduce the number of phases and make campaigning virtual. Critics have accused the commission of being controlled by the BJP.

A number of congratulatory tweets noted that the TMC had won “despite” the commission. 

As well as the north-eastern states of West Bengal and Assam, there was voting in the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the South Indian union territory of Pondicherry, and local council elections in some parts of Uttar Pradesh in the north and Telangana in the south.

In Tamil Nadu, the main regional opposition party, the DMK, took power. A left-wing coalition retained power in Kerala, while a BJP-led alliance won no seats there.

On top of the coronavirus pandemic, some analysts saw the results as showing the limits of the BJP’s rhetoric in states with sizeable Muslim populations. 

What are India’s latest Covid figures? 

India has recorded more than 19 million cases of coronavirus – second only to the US. It has also confirmed more than 218,000 deaths, though the real toll is thought to be far higher. 

Experts have cited low testing rates and the number of people dying at home, especially in rural areas, as contributing factors to under-reported figures.

The country’s previous highest daily death toll, also reported this week, was 3,645. 

The head of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, the Serum Institute of India, which manufactures the AstraZeneca vaccine, has blamed India’s government for the shortage of Covid jabs. 

Adar Poonawalla told the Financial Times that initially Narendra Modi’s government only ordered 21 million doses, and a larger order was not placed until March, when the second wave of the pandemic had already hit India. The country has a population of 1.3 billion people.

In a separate statement, Mr Poonawalla said the Serum Institute of India has now received a total order of more than 260 million doses.

Brazil and the US have both registered daily tolls of more than 4,000 during the course of the pandemic.

In India, distressing images of families begging for hospital beds and life-saving supplies have been emerging for more than 10 days, while morgues and crematoriums remain overwhelmed.The BBC’s Yogita Limaye reports from a hospital in Delhi, which is running low on beds and oxygen

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(NEW DELHI, India.) #Coronavirus Report: Ashish Poddar kept an ice pack on hand as he waited outside a New Delhi hospital for a black market dealer to deliver two drugs for his father, who was gasping for breath inside with #COVID19 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealhtReport – Apr.29: Poddar had been told by the private hospital treating his father, Raj Kumar Poddar, that remdesivir, an antiviral, and tocilizumab, a drug that blunts human immune responses, were needed to keep the 68-year-old man alive:

But the drugs never arrived, the ice that was intended to keep the medicines cool melted and his father died hours later:

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As Indians turn to black market, unproven drugs as virus surges: As India faces a devastating surge of new coronavirus infections overwhelming its health care system, people are taking desperate measures to try to keep loved ones alive.

In some cases they are turning to unproven medical treatments, in others to the black market for life-saving medications that are in short supply.

Like most hospitals and pharmacies in the Indian capital, stocks had run out. Desperate, Poddar turned to a dealer who promised the medicines after taking an advance of almost $1,000.

“It’s nearby” and “coming” read some of the texts that Ashish received as he waited. 

“I wish he had at least told me that he isn’t going to come. I could have searched elsewhere,” the grieving son said.

India set another global record in new virus cases Thursday with more than 379,000 new infections, putting even more pressure on the country’s overwhelmed hospitals. The country of nearly 1.4 billion people has now recorded over 18 million cases, behind only the U.S., and over 200,000 deaths — though the true number is believed to be higher.

Death is so omnipresent that burial grounds are running out of space in many cities and glowing funeral pyres blaze through the night.

The few medicines known to help treat COVID-19, such as remdesivir and steroids in hospitalized patients, are scarce. The most basic treatment —oxygen therapy — is also in short supply, leading to unnecessary deaths. Even hospital beds are scarce. There were just 14 free intensive care beds available in New Delhi, a city of 29 million people, on Thursday morning.

India’s latest treatment guidelines mirror those of the World Health Organization and the United States with a key exception: India allows mildly ill patients to be given hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin, drugs used for certain tropical diseases. 

There is little evidence they work against COVID-19, and the WHO strongly recommends against hydroxychloroquine’s use for COVID-19 of any severity and against using ivermectin except in studies.

While India is a leading producer of medicine globally, its regulation of drugs was poor even before the pandemic. And mounting despair is driving people to try anything.

Dr. Amar Jesani, a medical ethics expert, said many prescription drugs can be bought over the counter, including emergency drugs greenlit by Indian authorities for COVID-19. 

“Hospitals and doctors are so used to having a ‘magic bullet’ that will cure you,” he said, explaining the use of unproven drugs as COVID-19 cases skyrocket.

When Suman Shrivastava, 57, was infected with the virus, her doctor in Kanpur city in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, prescribed ivermectin. When her symptoms worsened, her doctor then asked her to take favipiravir, an antiviral, though it is unproven against COVID-19.

Her nephew, Rajat Shrivastava, said that drug was hard to find but he eventually located it in a pharmacy which was rationing its supplies by giving a single strip daily to each patient. He eventually bought extra doses from an online volunteer on Twitter and now his aunt is doing well.

Dr. Anant Bhan, who researches public health and ethics in the city of Bhopal, warns there are risks in the do-it-yourself approach. Bhan said antivirals and steroids should be taken in a hospital setting due to the risk of side effects. And drugs that are life-saving at one point could be harmful at another, depending on timing and how severe the symptoms are. 

“It’s scary because these aren’t vitamin pills,” he said.

Black market prices for remdesivir, which is produced by several Indian companies, have increased up to 20-fold to about $1,000 for a single vial, said Siddhant Sarang, a volunteer with Yuva Halla Bol, a youth activist group which is helping patients find medicines and hospital beds. 

In September, federal data showed that Indian drug makers had made over 2.4 million vials of the drug. But when cases dipped in September, companies destroyed much of their expired stock and production declined. 

India was then slow to respond to the uptick of infections in February, and production was only scaled up in March. Earlier this week, Merck announced a deal with five makers of generic drugs in India to produce molnupiravir, an experimental antiviral similar to remdesivir, which is given by IV, but in a more convenient pill form. It’s unclear when that might become available.

With demand high, black market dealers are insisting on cash upfront, said Sarang. 

“People are going to dealers with 200,000 to 300,000 rupees ($2,700-$4,000) in a suitcase,” he said.

Authorities have started cracking down on the dealers. In New Delhi, for instance, raids are being carried out on shops or people suspected of hoarding oxygen cylinders and medicines.

Despite all the desperate efforts, medicines that work remain unavailable to many. 

Virus-blocking antibody drugs, widely used elsewhere, aren’t yet authorized in India. Roche, which works with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on marketing one such treatment, said Wednesday it is negotiating with India to speed up emergency use. American drug maker Eli Lilly, which makes a similar treatment, said it is in discussions with the Indian government. 

Stuti Bhardwaj, 37, went from one pharmacy to another in southern New Delhi this week. Her parents, both in their seventies, were not able to get tests but showed symptoms of COVID-19 and had dangerously low oxygen levels. A doctor advised a host of medications, including hydroxychloroquine.

She eventually found it and bought it, aware it was unlikely to work.

“My parents are dying,” Bhardwaj said. “I am desperate.”

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AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione in Milwaukee contributed to this report.

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#AceHealthDesk report …….Published: Apr.29: 2021:

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(NEW DELHI, India.) Honour Killing Report: A woman has been murdered by her sister and brother-in-law after marrying a Hindu man #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.24: In another case of religious intolerance, the relatives of a Muslim woman, hailing from Kerala, have reportedly hacked the former for marrying a Hindu youth, after getting romantically involved with him. The incident took place when the Muslim girl went to visit her parents at Kalanjoor in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. She was reportedly attacked by her own sister and brother-in-law, who were displeased by the interfaith marriage:

India: There is abundant evidence that the idea of killing someone to cleanse the family honor is considered acceptable in some areas of the Islamic world and in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”

The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’”

“Kerala Muslim woman stabbed by sister and brother-in-law after marrying a Hindu youth: Read details,” OpIndia, April 19, 2021:

The Muslim woman from Kerala, who injured her arms in the attack was admitted to a hospital in Ranni. The police have registered a case against the accused duo and confirmed that they would record the victim’s statement soon. The police are yet to ascertain whether the assault was for property or is it a case of an ‘honour attack’.

According to the police, the couple had fallen in love and married each other on the 8th of last month. The duo was living at the Hindu youth’s place which was close to the girl’s parent’s house. On the day of the incident, the girl had gone to pay a visit to her parents. Her sister and brother-in-law were also present there. According to reports, an altercation between them regarding the distribution of their maternal property led to the assault.

Reportedly, the victim’s sister resented sharing the ancestral property with her sister. She fought with her sister and in a fit of rage, attacked her with a sharp weapon, leaving her badly injured.

The police has opined that though there were no ‘significant objections’ to the marriage, the events that followed seems to suggest otherwise.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.24: 2021:

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(INDIA) JUST IN: At least eight people died and 384 were rescued after a glacier broke triggering an avalanche close to the Indo-China border in the Indian state of Uttarakhand on Friday, a government official said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.24: Eight bodies have been recovered. Rescue operations are in progress,” a defence ministry official told reporters on Saturday, adding that six of those rescued were in critical condition:

At least 8 dead in glacier avalanche in India’s Himalayan state – official the road access was cut off at 4-5 locations due to multiple landslides, after an avalanche struck in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Friday evening, the official said read more

April: 24, 20219:33 AM BST

A state official also confirmed that at least 8 persons had died and more than 300 were rescued by the army personnel: Efforts are being made to revive communication network as roads are closed due to heavy snowfall, Tirath Singh Rawat, chief minister of the state said in a Tweet after an aerial survey of the area.

A glacier breaking up and landslides in the state in February resulted in a flash flood that left more than 200 dead and swept away two state hydro-electric projects.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.24: 2021:

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(INDIA) JUST IN: Christians are force-feed raw meat for selling non-halal meat, torch his delivery trucks #AceNewSDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: The incident allegedly occurred when Shaji had gone to the area with 150 kg of fresh meat (beef and pork) in a three-wheeler, some members of Kisan Mitra claim.

India: ‘In an appalling incident in Kerala, Islamists have allegedly attacked a Christian farmer named Shaji for the apparent crime of selling non-Halal meat in Meenangadi, located in Rahul Gandhi’s Wayanad District. Reportedly, Shaji was force-fed the raw meat by Islamists in a horrifying act. The Islamists also burnt down the delivery trucks carrying the non-Halal meat’

“Kerala: Christian man attacked by Islamists for selling non-Halal meat, forcefully fed raw meat, delivery truck burnt down,” OpIndia, April 6, 2021:

As per reports, a farmer’s collective called Kisan Mitra, which has about 6,000 members in Kerala, had initiated the sale of fresh non-Halal meat on the occasion of Easter Sunday. This initiative is what irked the Islamic fundamentalists, as the low quality of Halal meat in Kerala is an open secret. This low quality is the reason why Kisan Mitra decided to supply fresh, good quality meat.

The Non-Halal meat has received quite a positive response from the general public in Kerala, as per reports. Fearing the end of Halal meat dominance as people prefer non-Halal is allegedly the primary reason behind the attack.

After being attacked brutally by Islamists, Shaji can be seen on video, stating that he cannot figure out the cause of the attack.

“I can’t figure out what is their problem? Those who want to smoke, let them smoke. Those who want to eat buffalo meat, let them eat. Those who like pork, let them eat. Those who do not like it, why are they indulging in physical attacks on us,” said Shaji.

The main coordinator behind Kisan Mitra, Manoj Cherian, has received death threats from Islamists. Islamists have threatened to hack him to pieces if Cherian sells pork, which according to the Islamists is “haram”….

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.11: 2021:

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(UTTAR PRADESH, India.) JUST IN: On the day of the ‘Holi Festival’ a priest has been found in a field with his throat-cut as police are put on high-alert #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.01: On the day of Holi, a temple priest was found dead in a field close to a temple in UP’s Bulandshahr. As per a report by Swarajya, the police have informed that the sadhu’s throat was slit using a sharp weapon. Outrage has been reported by the aggrieved devotees against the brutal murder of a sadhu, following which the police have been put on high alert:

India: Hindu priest found brutally murdered with throat slit on the day of Holi festival: ‘50-year-old Ashok Kumar, a priest, had come to work at the temple a week back from Kailavan village in Salempur. The sadhu was found dead in a mustard field, near the famous Dhakwale temple in Aanchru Kala village of Shikarpur’

“Uttar Pradesh: Temple priest found brutally murdered with his throat slit near Bulanshahr temple, police on alert,” OpIndia, March 29, 2021:

CO Bijendra Rastogi and Police Officer Subhash Singh arrived at the scene after the body was discovered on Monday morning. The body has been sent for postmortem. SSP Santosh Kumar Singh assured that the police is investigating every aspect of the murder….

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.01: 2021:

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(NEW DELHI, India.) JUST IN: Bayer AG said on Friday it had reached an “amicable settlement” in its #Monsanto unit’s long-running intellectual property dispute with Indian seed maker Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL) over genetically modified cotton seeds #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.27: Bayer’s Monsanto, India’s NSL settle long-running GM cotton seed dispute: In a statement to Reuters, the German company said it had resolved “outstanding issues and differences” over the dispute, giving no further details: Two sources familiar with the matter said the companies had reached a legal settlement that would end all ongoing litigation.

‘Mahyco #Monsanto Biotech (India) (MMB), a joint venture between Monsanto and India’s Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Co (Mahyco) had been at loggerheads with the NSL and the Indian government over how much it could charge for its genetically modified cotton seeds’ NSL did not immediately respond to a request for comment: https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/70072

Reuters Wire News, [Mar 26, 2021 at 3:46 PM]

The dispute triggered a clutch of legal cases, antitrust investigations and orders against Monsanto from the farm ministry, costing Monsanto tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue each year and eventually drawing in the Indian and U.S. governments. (reut.rs/2ncBknn)

One of the sources with direct knowledge said the companies had been in talks for more than a month, and that the settlement efforts were being handled by Bayer.

“It was a very big dispute … This will be relief for both,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Bayer spokesman said the company looked forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders for the benefit of Indian agriculture, but did not elaborate.

New Delhi approved the first GM cotton seed trait in 2003 and an upgraded variety in 2006, helping transform India into the world’s top producer and second-largest exporter of the fibre. Monsanto’s GM cotton seed technology went on to dominate 90% of India’s cotton acreage.

NSL, which produces GM cotton seeds, stopped paying royalties to Monsanto in 2015, arguing that Indian law did not grant Monsanto patent protection for the seeds. The companies have been entangled in litigation ever since.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Mar.27: 2021:

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(NEW DELHI, India.) JUST IN: The police in the northern state have registered a case against publishers and writers of a book in which a chapter links Islam with terrorism #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.23: Meanwhile, the publishers and writers of the book have been arrested, because apparently India enforces Sharia prohibitions against criticism of Islam, and it is illegal there to note the truth about the motivating ideology behind jihad violence:

India: Book links Islam with terrorism, Muslims ransack publisher’s office, publishers are arrested: “ Enraged over the book’s assertion that “Islamic terrorism is a form of Islam,” some Muslims “allegedly attacked and ransacked the publisher’s office.”

“India: 14 charged for anti-Islam contents in textbook,” by Shuriah Niazi, Anadolu Agency, March 20, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

The case was registered on Thursday with the Jaipur police station against the Rajasthan State Textbook Board, owner of Sanjeev Passbook Publication, and writers for linking Islam with terrorism, insulting and hurting the religious beliefs of Muslims, and criminal conspiracy. In all, 14 people have been booked in the case.

The textbook was published by the Rajasthan State Textbook Board and Sanjeev Passbook Publication for students in grade12 and was reportedly introduced during the previous tenure of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state of Rajasthan….

The complaint was lodged by Mohsin Rasheed, the coordinator of the Rajasthan Muslim Forum and Minority Cell of the Congress party’s Rajasthan unit.

“…It is an attempt to create suspicion towards Muslims and promote hatred for Islam,” Rasheed told Anadolu Agency.

“By directly associating Islam with terrorism and then using the word ‘Islamic terrorism,’ the book attempts to provoke Muslim students and the community and hurt their sentiments,” he stated.

Rasheed requested that the publisher and authors of the book be prosecuted and that “the hate material be immediately removed from the syllabus book.”…

“What is Islamic terrorism” is a question in the political science textbook.

The answer in the books says: “Islamic terrorism is a form of Islam, which has become stronger in the last 20-30 years.”…

Meanwhile, a group of Muslims allegedly attacked and ransacked the publisher’s office. Later, local police arrested three people….

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Mar.23: 2021:

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(UTTAR PRADESH, India.) JUST IN: Muslim poses as Hindu to marry Hindu woman, presses her to convert, tries to burn her alive when she refuses #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport- Mar.21: And as for the burning attempt, domestic violence in all cultures. So to post this is just “Islamophobic,” right? Wrong: there is domestic violence in all cultures, but only in one does it have divine sanction:

India: ‘These “love jihad” incidents are motivated by supremacist assumptions. The idea is that the Muslim community will always grow at the expense of the non-Muslim community. Meanwhile, the international “human rights community” is indifferent: if no “Islamophobia” is being committed, then they have no interest’

In Uttar Pradesh, yet another case of alleged grooming Jihad has surfaced wherein a Muslim man assumed a fake Hindu identity to entrap and marry a Hindu woman. The case pertains to state capital Lucknow where a man named Afzal allegedly identified himself as Rajiv and married a Hindu woman in the Arya Samaj Temple:

“Uttar Pradesh: Afzal becomes Rajiv to marry Hindu woman, tries to burn her alive with children for refusing to convert,” OpIndia, March 19, 2021:

A few years after the marriage, the accused Afzal started pressuring his wife to give up her religion and embrace Islam. When the woman refused to abandon her religion for Islam, an enraged Afzal reportedly tried to burn her down, along with their children. However, the woman somehow managed to escape the fire and rushed to the nearby police station to file a complaint against the accused. Following her complaint, the police arrested the accused and slapped a case against him under the UP Anti-Conversion law.

As per the victim’s account, she had met Rajiv alias Afzal in 2009. Afzal had then described himself as a Hindu orphan and the duo had gotten married on 13 February 2009 at the Arya Samaj Temple. The couple had two children after their marriage. There was a dispute between the two when Rajiv alias Afzal insisted on keeping non-Hindu names of their children, the victim said. Rajiv’s insistence of keeping non-Hindu names of their children raised suspicions for the woman and she discovered that Rajiv was not a Hindu and that his real name was Mohammad Afzal Siddiqui. She also learnt that Afzal had parents and was not an orphan as he had claimed earlier.

In her complaint, the woman accused Afzal of not only pressuring her to convert her religion but also forced her to have physical relations with other men. When she raised her objections to this, she was subjected to domestic violence, the woman said. The woman also claims that she had filed complaints with the police several times about the violence inflicted on her by Afzal but no action was taken against him. According to the woman, on Wednesday night this week, when she was alone in the house with her children, Afzal bolted the door of the house from the outside and set it on fire….

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(NEW DELIHI, India.) Interfaith Law Report: A controversial new anti-conversion law that criminalises interfaith love has put Hindu-Muslim couples on edge. Now, they face the wrath of not just their families, but also the Indian state #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.16: Ayesha and her boyfriend, Santosh (both their names have been changed) are on the run. “My parents have come to look for me and they are outside somewhere,” Ayesha said. “We are scared. We have been asked to stay inside: “ The couple, both 29, fled their home town in the western state of Gujarat. For now, they are living in a safe house – a nondescript two-story building – in Delhi. Also hiding with them is another couple from Uttar Pradesh state in India’s north:

India’s interfaith couples on edge after new law: In November 2020, Uttar Pradesh became the first state to pass a law – Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance – banning “unlawful conversion” by force, fraudulent means or marriage. It was in response to what right-wing Hindu groups call “love jihad”, an Islamophobic term denoting a baseless conspiracy theory that accuses Muslim men of seeking to make Hindu women fall in love with them with the sole purpose of converting them to Islam.Santosh and Ayesha have dated secretly for 13 years

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By Chinki Sinha
BBC Hindi

A civil right activist holds a placard during a demonstration condemning the decision of various Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led state governments in the country for the proposed passing of laws against "Love Jihad" in Bangalore on December 1, 2020.
Several couples have been arrested under a new law that targets interfaith marriage

The iron door opened just enough for the girl to peep out. She looked scared. 

A ‘lost baby’ in a battle over love and religion

The law has led to multiple cases and arrests in UP, a state governed by India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Madhya Pradesh, another BJP-ruled state, has already passed a similar law and others, including Gujarat, are mulling doing the same. So couples are now leaving these states to marry in what they consider “safer” places such as Delhi. 

Interfaith marriages in India are registered under the Special Marriage Act, which mandates a 30-day notice period. But couples live in fear of reprisals throughout this time and even more so now, with a new law that targets such marriages. 

It’s yet another obstacle in Ayesha and Santosh’s 13-year-long relationship: ‘Our love is love, not jihad’

They met in college in Gujarat in 2009. He was studying Gujarati, and she was an economics student. 

“We had a common Hindi class,” Ayesha said. They became friends and grew close. Two years later, she finally asked him if he loved her and, if he did, why couldn’t he admit it?

Santosh loved her but he also knew that the road ahead would be hard in Gujarat, a state where communal tensions run deep. The couple met in college

They both belong to India’s middle class – Ayesha’s father ran a small local business and she was a school teacher. Santosh’s father was a clerk at the university, where he had a data entry job. He also worked as a freelance photographer. 

But Ayesha is Muslim and Santosh is a Dalit (formerly untouchable), a community that is at the bottom of the unyielding Hindu caste hierarchy.

They both recalled 2002, when more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, died in riots after a train fire killed 60 Hindu pilgrims in Gujarat. Muslims were blamed for starting the fire. It was one of India’s worst episodes of religious violence. 

And Ayesha and Santosh, who grew up in the shadow it cast, were well aware of the consequences of love that was considered out of bounds. 

“In Gujarat, being an interfaith couple is a big problem,” Santosh said. “You can’t meet, you can’t talk, you can’t do anything.”

But they were undeterred. Santosh told Ayesha that once they began a relationship, he would be in it until the end.

After graduating from college in 2012, they met rarely – but when they did it was the result of meticulous planning. They would meet in public places so it wouldn’t arouse suspicion. And they would keep it short. 

“We would meet with cloth wrapped around our faces,” Santosh said. 

The rest of the time they kept in touch over the phone. 

“We would save each other’s numbers under false names or call from other phones,” he added. Since Ayesha’s family monitored her calls, Santosh often mimicked a woman’s voice when he called her.

When Santosh’s parents found out about the relationship, they decided to get him married. They even forced him into an engagement with a girl last November.

“I was depressed for days. I couldn’t talk to Ayesha as her family had also come to know by then,” he said.

Ayesha’s father and brother were pressurising her to marry as well. 

So Santosh and Ayesha tried to get married in Gujarat – they filed a petition to register the wedding under the Special Marriage Act. But the clerk, who saw Ayesha’s name in the paperwork, alerted her father. The couple fled to Delhi to get married

Santosh paid a lawyer 25,000 rupees ($340; £250) to get their marriage registered, but the lawyer backed out.

“No officials agreed to help. No lawyers would take our case. They would say this is an interfaith marriage and it is dangerous for them. They told us to not to do it,” he said. “Perhaps, there are [right-wing] vigilante groups on the court premises.”

Time was running out. So the couple decided to run away. “I wanted to be with Ayesha. We had no other choice,” Santosh said. 

On 22 January, they came to Delhi hoping to finally marry. 

They say that it was on the flight to Delhi that they spent hours together for the first time in their 13-year courtship.

When they arrived, they sought out the offices of Dhanak, the group that runs the safe house. They informed their parents and the respective police stations that they were in Delhi. They moved to the safe house on 29 January.

Dhanak facilitates marriages between interfaith couples. Its founder, Asif Iqbal, says they have been receiving many calls from couples wanting to get married ever since the new anti-conversion law was passed in Uttar Pradesh. 

“Santosh was crying when he called,” Mr Iqbal said.

Most couples end up losing their jobs while in hiding. Santosh and Ayesha are looking for work. They are worried and scared but they say trust in each other is keeping them going.

“Love is sacrifice,” Ayesha said.

For now, they say, they have a place to live and they are with each other.

“They say love is blind but it’s hatred that is blind,” Santosh said.

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#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.16: 2021:

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