#AceNewsReport – Oct.20: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that the state authorities would pay 400,000 rupees ($5,300) in compensation to the families of the victims. Those who lost their homes will be compensated with 190,000 rupees.
#AceWeatherDesk says according to Sputnik Floods and Landslides in Northern India has killed at least 46, with others missing and injured …..
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was aware of the situation in Uttarakhand and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
“I am anguished by the loss of lives due to heavy rainfall in parts of Uttarakhand. May the injured recover soon. Rescue operations are underway to help those affected. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being”, Modi wrote on Twitter.
#Uttarakhand's Ranikhet, Almora Cut Off Amid Rain, Fuel Only For Emergency
Seasonal monsoon rains that hit Uttarakhand led to landslides and floods, disrupting communications between several settlements.
The resort town of Nainital, as well as the cities of Kaladhungi, Haldwani and Bhowali, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, have been completely cut off. Indian meteorologists warned of continued downpour over the next few days and advised residents to stay at home.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.11: The farmers, killed on Oct 3 in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, were part of India’s longest-running agricultural protest, opposing laws they fear will reduce guaranteed minimum prices for their crops…..
#AceDailyNews says that according to Dawn NewsAshish Mishra, son of India’s junior home minister Ajay Mishra Teni, has been arrested on accusations that he ran over and killed four protesting farmers last week, a senior police official said we are taking him into custody. He was not cooperating in the investigation,” Agarwal said: Mishra’s lawyer and father could not be reached for comment…..
Farmers say the car that crashed into the protesters, about 130 kilometres north of the state’s capital Lucknow, was owned by the son of the junior home minister.
Ajay Mishra Teni said at the time his son was not at the site and that a car driven by “our driver” had lost control and hit the farmers after “miscreants” pelted it with stones and attacked it with sticks and swords.
The incident sparked protests that claimed four more lives, including that of a local journalist.
Tens of thousands of farmers have camped for months on major highways to New Delhi to oppose the three laws. They say the legislation will erode a longstanding mechanism that gives farmers a minimum guaranteed price for their rice and wheat.
The government says the laws will help growers get better prices.
The protests have gained momentum in Uttar Pradesh ahead of a state assembly election next year, with a group of influential farmer leaders ratcheting up pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to roll back the laws.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.10: Over half of India’s 135 coal-fired power plants, which in total supply around 70% of India’s electricity, have fuel stocks of less than three days, data from the federal grid operator showed…..
#AceDailyNews says according to Reuters Indian states suffer power cuts as coal stocks shrink but government says their are plenty of stocks ……The shortages in India – the world’s largest coal consumer after China – follow widespread outages in neighbouring China, which has shut factories and schools to manage the crisis.
India’s power ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Wednesday, the Indian Express newspaper quoted power minister R.K. Singh as saying: “There is nowhere that we have not been able to supply the quantity of power demanded.”
#AceNewsReport – Oct.08: Also known as sack cloth, hessian, or burlap, the fibre is hailed by environmentalists because growing it can help with carbon capture, and it uses less natural resources than cotton.
#AceDailyNews says that according to a report by AFP News India’s battle to rebrand jute: From the boutiques of Christian Dior to royal wedding favours, jute is growing in popularity worldwide as demand for alternatives to plastic soars, with experts predicting the bag industry alone will be worth more than $3 billion by 2024.
“One hectare of jute plant can soak up to nearly 15 tonnes of carbon-dioxide and discharge 11 tonnes of oxygen during a season, thereby reducing greenhouse effects,” estimated Swati Singh Sambyal, a sustainability and circular economy expert based in New Delhi.
She added that production takes about only four months and requires “minimal water and fertiliser” compared to cotton.
During British rule, the jute industry was a key part of India’s economy and the fabric was exported worldwide but by the 1990s it was struggling, unable to compete with cheaper synthetic substitutes and lower production costs of farmers in neighbouring Bangladesh. Today, India is trying to promote jute as a fabric for a sustainable future, with the government issuing a mandate that all foodgrains and 20 percent of sugar should be packed in jute sacks Dibyangshu SARKAR AFP
Today India is trying to promote jute as a fabric for a sustainable future, with the government issuing a mandate that all grains and 20 percent of sugar should be packed in jute sacks.
Leading homegrown designers such as Ashish Soni and Pawan Aswani also use jute blends for their fashion lines.
But critics warn the country’s rundown mills and outdated farming practices do not match up with such grand ambitions.
Billion dollar industry –
“India can cater to global demand but for that two things are needed: upgrading the skills of the people…to produce different types of products and upgrading the machinery,” said Gouranga Kar, who heads the Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres.
At Meghna Jute Mills hundreds of barefoot workers labour in a vast dingy hall covered in fine, fibrous dust across eight-hour shifts, 24 hours a day.
“Jute has a potentially huge international market” said company president Supriya Das, as noisy machines rolled out long strands of shimmery yarn behind him. Also known as sack cloth, hessian, or burlap, jute is hailed by environmentalists because growing it can help with carbon capture, and it uses less natural resources than cotton Dibyangshu SARKAR AFP
“If the machines are high-tech we can produce good yarn. For diversified end use, the quality of the fibre has to improve. The industry won’t be viable unless we introduce value-added products like decorative items and rugs.”
Nearly all of the world’s jute is grown in this region or in Bangladesh, because of the conducive humid climate and availability of cheap labour.
According to a recent report by Research and Markets, the global jute bag market reached a value of $2.07 billion in 2020 and is projected to touch $3.1 billion by 2024 as consumers look for alternatives to single use plastic.
The material’s appeal has been boosted by brands such as Dior making jute sandals and stars such as the Duchess of Sussex wearing jute footwear and using hessian gift bags for guests attending her wedding to Prince Harry.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.26: We stand for the rule of law, freedom of navigation and overflight, peaceful resolution of disputes, democratic values, and territorial integrity of states,” U.S. President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a joint statement after the talks…..
#AceDailyNews according to Reuters …..Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China with a two-hour meeting at the White House of the Quad, as the grouping of four major democracies is called, will be watched closely in Beijing, which criticized the group as “doomed to fail.”
While China was not mentioned in the public remarks by the four leaders or in the lengthy joint statement and a factsheet issued afterwards, Beijing was clearly top of mind.
Their statement made frequent mention of the leaders’ insistence on rules-based behavior in a region where China has been trying to flex its muscles.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.31: Sabeel Ahmed, a former NHS doctor, was arrested following the June 2007 attack and sentenced to 18 months in prison in the UK after pleading guilty to failing to disclose information that could have prevented an act of terrorism: He was then deported to India after his release….
#AceDailyNews says that a former NHS doctor behind Glasgow Airport jihad bombing confesses to plotting the attack and the Al-Qaeda terrorist behind confesses to plotting attack,” by Craig Williams, of GlasgowLive, August 26, 2021:
His brother, Kafeel Ahmed, died of his injuries in Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 2007, two months after the attack – which saw him attempt to drive a burning jeep loaded with propane canisters into the airport terminal building.
Fellow perpetrator, Bilal Abdullah, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in December of 2009 and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 32 years.
Ahmed, nicknamed ‘Motu Doctor’ by Indian security services, is currently in custody in Delhi’s Tihar Jail having been detained in Saudi Arabia in September last year and extradited to India in connection with an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorism recruitment plot.
Hindi News have labelled Ahmed Sabeel ‘probably the single most highly educated terrorist of India’ and report that he ‘used his ancestral property worth to fund terrorism, recruit terrorists and buy arms to create havoc’ in the country.
They report that Ahmed, in his confession concerning his role as ‘mastermind’ of the Glasgow Airport attack, says he was radicalised alongside his elder brother Kapil while on repeated visits to the Tipu Sultan Masjid mosque and surrounding areas in Kolkata, India.
While working as a doctor at a hospital near Liverpool, Ahmed added that he was in constant contact with his elder brother and that during that time his brother would constantly talk to him about committing Jihad.
Sabeel told the news outlet: “After some time in May 2007, my elder brother Kafeel Ahmed came to visit me in England. My brother told me that something big has to be done for Jihad and for that we have to plan together”.
Sabeel revealed that he and his brother were planning a suicide attack in London and he assured Kafeel of all possible help. Despite this, Kafeel returned to India. Things then started happening when Kafeel went to Iceland and during that period the pair kept talking by email and other communication methods and planned Jihad….
Sabeel added: “Just before the Glasgow bomb blasts on June 30, 2007, my brother Kafeel sent me a message in which he had sent the password of an email. I read the message, which was about Mission Jihad.
“There was a suicide attack at Glasgow Airport on the day the email was sent. Kafeel was badly injured in this attack and was immediately admitted to hospital, where he died one month later”.
Sabeel was subsequently arrested in Liverpool by anti-terrorism officers and sentenced to jail for failing to disclose information that could have prevented the attack – having misled detectives probing the attack for five days….
#AceNewsReport – Aug.09: If any of them have traffic trouble, India will have reason to sail to the South Sea and clear up the cause of traffic congestion—or what some might call trade blocking.
#AceDailyNews says India aircraft carrier has finishes its maiden voyage in the ‘South China Sea’ that provides one-third-of-ocean-trading that Beijing wants to claim as their own …..BUT India isn’t the only nation with a navy on the rise. Britain has its new aircraft carrier in the area. Germany wants to join the party. South Korea will join a scheduled US Navy exercise…..
And, the Japanese want to hire the British carrier builders to make their helicopter carriers F-35-ready. India’s carrier was built by a collection of 500 companies. If anything went nuts in the Taiwan Strait or the South Sea or the Sea of Japan, moving over to the Indian Ocean wouldn’t be a wonderful option since India already has its patrol: Navies are snowballing in the East. If there’s money to be made in a Pacific scuffle, the convenient logistics of already having so many at the party could push the timing. Those islands-nations are in tumultuous waters.
#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.
“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.
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.
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.
#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…..
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.
#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.
#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…
#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.
#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.
#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……
#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….
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.
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.
#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
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
#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:
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.
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.”
AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione in Milwaukee contributed to this report.
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#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.