UN human rights chief expresses concern over impact of restrictions in Kashmir, asks India to ease current lockdowns

UN human rights chief expresses concern over impact of restrictions in Kashmir, asks India to ease current lockdowns

Geneva: UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Monday expressed "deep concern" over the impact of restrictions in Kashmir, and asked India to ease the current lockdowns to ensure people's access to basic services.

Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, also asked Pakistan and India to ensure that the human rights of the Kashmiri people are respected and protected, amid tensions between the two neighbours after the abrogation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir by New Delhi. In her opening statement at the 42st session of the Human Rights Council, she also asked India to ensure that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) verification in Assam does not leave the people stateless.

On Kashmir, she said her office continues to receive reports on the human rights situation on both sides of the Line of Control. "I am deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human rights of Kashmiris, including restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly, and the detention of local political leaders and activists," she said.

"While I continue to urge the Governments of India and Pakistan to ensure that human rights are respected and protected, I have appealed particularly to India to ease the current lockdowns or curfews; to ensure people's access to basic services; and that all due process rights are respected for those who have been detained," she said.

Asserting that the abrogation of Article 370 of its Constitution to withdraw J&K's special status was its "internal matter", India has defended imposition of restrictions in the Kashmir Valley on the grounds that they were put to prevent Pakistan from creating more mischief through proxies and terrorists. On Saturday, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said mobile phone and Internet services can easily be used by Pakistan and terrorists for subversive activities, but the denial of these services should not prevent people from going about their lives.

"Even before Internet came into our lives people were going about their lives doing business," he said, while acknowledging that people are unhappy with these restrictions. "In any society, people always want more than what they have. But to us their life is more important," Doval said adding that 92.5 per cent of the geographical area of Jammu & Kashmir is now without restrictions.

The government last month decided to abrogate provisions of Article 370 in J&K, and bifurcate it into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan with its Prime Minister Imran Khan making provocative anti-India rhetoric, which India dubbed as "irresponsible statements". Bachelet also said it was important that the people of Kashmir are consulted and engaged in any decision-making processes that have an impact on their future.

On India's NRC exercise, she said the recent verification process in Assam has caused great uncertainty and anxiety, with some 1.9 million people excluded from the final list published on August 31. She appealed to the Indian government to ensure due process during the appeals process, prevent deportation or detention, and ensure people are protected from statelessness.

India says updating of the NRC is a statutory, transparent, legal process mandated by the Supreme Court of India. It maintains that the exclusion from the NRC has no implication on the rights of an individual resident in Assam. "For those who are not in the final list will not be detained and will continue to enjoy all the rights as before till they have exhausted all the remedies available under the law. It does not make the excluded person "Stateless'," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement last week. "It also does not make him or her 'a Foreigner', within the legal meaning of the term. They will not be deprived of any rights or entitlements which they have enjoyed before," the statement said.


Dr. Raman Singh and Rajesh Moonat in trouble, Congress is going to complain here

Dr. Raman Singh and Rajesh Moonat in trouble, Congress is going to complain here

It is said that a source of seven and a half crores has been complained for the purchase and sale. Congressmen have demanded an inquiry into the matter from the ED.

Raipur. Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh and former BJP Minister Rajesh Munat are facing difficulties. The Congress is going to complain against these big faces of BJP. Please tell that a complaint has been made against the former PWD Minister Rajesh Munat in the ED (Enforcement Directorate). According to the information, Congress MLA Vikas Upadhyay (Vikas Upadhyay) has filed a complaint in the ED against Rajesh Munat. The Congress MLA has complained after the disclosure of Manturam Pawar regarding Antagarh Tape Scandal. It is said that a source of seven and a half crores has been complained for the purchase and sale. Congressmen have demanded an inquiry into the matter from the ED. It is known that Manturam had mentioned about the transaction of money in Rajesh Munat's bungalow.

Preparation of complaint in Income Tax Department as well

According to the information, the Congress is going to complain against Dr. Raman Singh, Rajesh Munat, former CM in the Income Tax Department. According to the information, Congress MLA Vikas Upadhyay is going to complain in IT on Thursday. This complaint is going to be about the source of seven and a half crore rupees. It is said that the Congress is going to complain against Dr. Raman Singh, Rajesh Moonat, Ajit Jogi, Amit Jogi, Dr. Punit Gupta, son-in-law of Dr. Raman Singh.

Manturam Pawar had made this charge

The name of Antagarh bypoll chief accused Manturam Pawar made a big disclosure in the statement given in court on Saturday under section 164, between former CM Raman Singh, Ajit Jogi, Rajesh Munat, Amit Jogi, Feroze Siddiqui and Ameen Menon Said to be a deal in return for seven and a half crores. Manturam had said that democracy was killed at that time and that there should be strong action against the culprits .. Let me tell you that Manturam Pawar was a Congress candidate in the 2014 by-election by-election and brought political backlash at the last minute. Four months after the incident, an audio tape was released which mentioned all the buying and dealing.

Bengaluru: PM Modi to witness final descent of Chandrayaan 2

Bengaluru: PM Modi to witness final descent of Chandrayaan 2

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday visit the Indian Research Space Organisation (ISRO) Headquarters at Bengaluru to witness the final descent of Chandrayaan 2 to the lunar south Pole, an official statement said.

"The PM will be interacting with the winners of the Space Quiz conducted for students of Class 8 to 10 across India during the event," it said.

Modi's visit to the ISRO would be a boost to the morale of the Indian Space Scientists and an inspiration for the young to develop an innovative mind and inquiring spirit, it added.

The Prime Minister has termed Chandrayaan 2 Mission as "Indian at heart, Indian in spirit!" Outlining the significance of the mission for the common Indian citizens, he said,

"What would make every Indian overjoyed is the fact that it is a fully indigenous mission."India's moon lander Vikram is all set to land on the moon during wee hours on September 7.

The scientists at the Satellite Control Centre of the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bengaluru, are busy with the preparations for the historic moment.

"The lander will be subjected to a powered descent towards the lunar terrain between 1 am and 2 am which will lead the probe to touch down on the floor between 1.30 am and 2.30 am," the ISRO said.

After about four hours of landing, Vikram will allow the rover Pragyaan to roll out from it and do the probing of the lunar soil.


Delhi Court adjourns Aircel-Maxis case against P Chidambaram sine die

Delhi Court adjourns Aircel-Maxis case against P Chidambaram sine die

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday adjourned Aircel-Maxis case, involving former Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti, sine die, noting that the CBI and the ED were seeking repeated adjournments. Special Judge O P Saini adjourned the matter without giving any date for further hearing, saying that the prosecution may approach the court as and when the probe is complete.

The court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to Chidambarams in the corruption case filed by the CBI as well as in the money laundering matter lodged by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in relation to the Aircel-Maxis deal. The matter was listed for arguments on the cognizance of chargesheet in the case. However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Special Public Prosecutor Nitesh Rana, appearing for the CBI and the ED respectively, sought adjournment on the ground that response to Letters Rogatory (LRs) were awaited.

The agencies requested the court to adjourn the matter for first week in October. "Prosecution seeking date after dates. Matter deferred sine die. Prosecution asked to approach the Court as and when the investigation is complete and as and when they receive Letters Rogatory (LRs) from various countries," the court said. CBI and the ED are probing how Karti Chidambaram received clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when his father was Union finance minister.

CBI and the Enforcement Directorate had alleged that the Congress leader, as finance minister during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime, granted approval to the deal beyond his capacity benefitting certain persons, and received kickbacks.


SC refuses to release for 3 more months Rs 10 crore deposited by Karti for travelling abroad

SC refuses to release for 3 more months Rs 10 crore deposited by Karti for travelling abroad

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to release for three more months the Rs 10 crore deposited by Karti Chidambaram with the apex court's registry for travelling abroad. A bench headed by Justice Deepak Gupta said the amount will continue to remain in fixed deposit for another three months. Karti, who is facing proceedings in cases like Aircel-Maxis and money laundering matters, had deposited Rs 10 crore pursuant to the condition imposed by the apex court for travelling abroad.

The apex court had in May too dismissed his plea seeking return of the Rs 10 crore. Karti, who is the son of former Union finance minister P Chidambaram, had earlier claimed in court that he had taken the money on loan and was paying interest on it. On May 7, a bench headed by the CJI had allowed Karti to travel to the United Kingdom, the US, France, Germany and Spain in May and June this year.

The apex court had in January also granted Karti permission to travel abroad after depositing Rs 10 crore with the secretary general of the Supreme Court. The court, on the Enforcement Directorate's request, had earlier asked Karti to file an undertaking that he would return to India and cooperate with the investigation, and warned that if he did not do so it would "come down heavily" on him.

The probe agency had earlier opposed Karti's plea seeking permission to travel abroad and alleged that he has been evasive, non-cooperative and caused delay in completing the investigations. Karti was abroad for 51 days in the last 6 months, the probe agency had told the court earlier. The ED had earlier claimed that Karti has been "blatantly misusing" the liberty granted by court in allowing him to travel abroad and has been using the same to protract the investigation in the case.

Karti is facing several criminal cases being investigated by the ED and CBI including one which relates to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to INX Media for receiving foreign funds of Rs 305 crore when his father was the finance minister.


Medha Patkar ends hunger strike after 9 days following discussions with CM Kamal Nath's emissary

Medha Patkar ends hunger strike after 9 days following discussions with CM Kamal Nath's emissary

Bhopal: Social activist and pioneer of the 'Save Narmada' movement, Medha Patkar on Tuesday ended her nine-day long hunger strike in Madhya Pradesh following the deterioration of her health.

Patkar was on a hunger strike at Chhota Barda in Barwani district since August 25 after the Gujarat government decided to raise the water level at the Sardar Sarovar dam without making proper arrangements for the people who are living in nearby villages. She had demanded proper rehabilitation facilities for the residents.

Chief Minister Kamal Nath in a letter to Patkar on Monday urged her to end the hunger strike. The state's Chief Secretary S.R. Mohanty also wrote to the activist informing her of the steps taken by the Madhya Pradesh government to help the affected people.

Former MLA Sunilam said that Patkar's health worsened on Sunday night and that many villages were at the verge of being flooded. The water level of the dam has reached 138.68 metres. The dam was being filled but the water was not being released towards Gujarat which has triggered a fear of flood in around 190 villages. The water has already reached 100 villages.


91-year-old kidnapped, killed, stuffed in refrigerator by domestic help in Delhi; 5 arrested

91-year-old kidnapped, killed, stuffed in refrigerator by domestic help in Delhi; 5 arrested

New Delhi: Five people were arrested on Monday for allegedly kidnapping and killing a nonagenarian, who was stuffed in a refrigerator and taken away from his house in south Delhi's posh Greater Kailash-1 area, police said.

Kishan Khosla, a 91-year-old retired government employee, and his domestic help, Kishan, were missing since Sunday morning, they said. Several teams were formed to trace the duo and on Monday, the domestic help and four of his accomplices -- Deepak Yadav, Pradeep Sharma, Sarvesh and Prabhudayal -- were arrested, a senior officer said.

During interrogation, the domestic help revealed that he had strangulated his employer and had planned to kidnap the elderly man a month ago, police said, adding that a team is on the job to recover Kishan Khosla's body. The accused has said that the body is dumped in a pit at a house in Sangam Vihar that had been rented a few days ago, they said Kishan also said that he was fed up with the taunts and abuses of his employer, sources said.

The businessman son of Kishan Khosla found his mother, Saroj Khosla (87), unconscious when he visited the flat on Sunday morning and informed the police. Besides the refrigerator, jewellery and cash were also missing from the residence Kishan Khosla, the officer said.

Saroj Khosla complained that their domestic help mixed some sedative in tea on Saturday night. The domestic help belonged to Bihar and lived locally at Sangam Vihar, he said. The tempo used to carry the refrigerator was recovered from outside Pradeep Sharma's house. The refrigerator has also been found, police said.

The security guards of the area claimed that they saw the domestic help carrying the fridge in a tempo along with his accomplices. He told the guards that he was taking the fridge for repair when they questioned him, they said. The couple was living in a rented first floor flat of a building in Greater Kailash-I for the last few months. They have two sons one of whom lives in Australia while the other is a businessman who resides in a nearby area, police said.


New Telangana Governor: A Congressman's daughter who rose in BJP

New Telangana Governor: A Congressman's daughter who rose in BJP

Chennai: Tamil Nadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan, who on Sunday was appointed the Governor of Telangana, is a rare example of a leader who made it to the top through hard work without depending on the political stature of family members.

Born to staunch nationalist and Congressman Kumari Ananthan, who has served the national party since the days of Jawaharlal Nehru, Tamilisai charted her own course in politics joining the BJP, whose ideology is poles apart from that of the Congress.

A qualified doctor, she had often said that the BJP's Hindutva ideology had drawn her to the party, which to this day has little base in the Dravidian state of Tamil Nadu.

“For the party, I had to leave my father but I did not give up on my principles,” Tamilisai told journalists on Sunday soon after news of the gubernatorial assignment given to her.

Joining the BJP as an ordinary cadre, she wove her way up the ladder working meticulously putting in long hours of hard work. Initially, she was given a post in the party's state medical wing.

By Dravida Thambi


Chandrayaan-2 is closer to moon

Chandrayaan-2 is closer to moon

Chennai: The Indian space agency on Sunday evening successfully completed the fifth and final lunar bound orbit change for the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the spacecraft's maneuver began at 6.21 p.m. using its onboard propulsion system for 52 seconds.

The orbit achieved is 119 km x 127 km. All spacecraft parameters are normal. The next crucial operation is the separation of Vikram, the lander, from the spacecraft scheduled on September 2 at 12.45 p.m. -1.45 p.m.

After Vikram's separation, there will be two de-orbital operations on September 3 and 4 so that it could soft land on the moon's south pole on September 7 at 1.30 a.m.- 2.30 a.m.

On July 22, the Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 was launched into the space by India's heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a text book style.

The spacecraft comprises three segments - the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), the lander 'Vikram' (1,471 kg, four payloads) and rover 'Pragyan' (27 kg, two payloads).


Digvijaya Singh accuses BJP of spying for ISI

Digvijaya Singh accuses BJP of spying for ISI

Bhopal: Senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh on Sunday denied accusing the BJP of spying for the ISI in return for money, even as TV channels ran recordings of his Friday’s statement made in this regard.

“Some TV channels are saying that I have accused the BJP of spying for Pakistan’s ISI in return for money. This is totally false and baseless,” Singh tweeted.

In his subsequent tweet, he clarified: “Madhya Pradesh police have arrested some functionaries of the Bajrang Dal and a person belonging to the BJP IT Cell on charge of spying for the ISI. This is the charge I made and I stand by it. Why don’t the TV channels question the BJP on this.”

Singh’s clarification came after there was furore over the charges he made against the BJP. During a visit to Gwalior and Bhind on Friday, Singh told reporters: “Bajrang Dal (the youth wing of VHP) and BJP are taking money from ISI. Attention should be paid to this.”

“Non-Muslims are spying for Pakistan’s ISI more than Muslims. This should be understood,” he added giving a communal dimension to his claim. Former Madhya Pradesh CM and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan was quick to rubbish Singh’s remark.

“Digvijaya Singh deliberately raises such kind of issues. He and his leaders speak the language of Pakistan. His credibility is gone so I don’t take his statements seriously. The whole country is aware of the patriotism of the BJP and the RSS. We don’t need a certificate from Digvijaya Singh,” wrote on Twitter.

Though Chouhan alleged that the Congress leader makes controversial statements to get publicity, Singh’s remarks were made in the backdrop of some recent events in Madhya Pradesh.

The BJP in Madhya Pradesh has been under fire from the Opposition since last Wednesday, when five persons were arrested in Satna district in a terror-funding racket managed by ISI operatives based in Pakistan. One of those arrested is a Bajrang Dal leader called Balram Singh.

The five arrested were found to have communicated with their handlers using an app which does not keep any record of the messages it sends, police said.

Two years ago, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader Dhruv Saxena was arrested in a similar case of espionage and terror-funding in Satna. The accused later got bail. Balram Singh was also a part of this gang.