Delhi HC issues notice to Police asking senior officer to be present in court during hearing on violence


Delhi HC issues notice to Police asking senior officer to be present in court during hearing on violence

New Delhi: The High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Delhi Police for a senior officer to be present in the court during the hearing regarding violence in North-East district of the national capital.

Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves mentioned the matter related to North-East Delhi violence for urgent hearing.

The matter was mentioned before the bench of Justice Muralidhar and justice Talwant Singh as the concerned bench of Chief Justice of Delhi is not assembling today.

The court has decided to take the matter today at 12:30 pm and directed the lawyer representing the Delhi Police to call a senior police officer with authorisation to remain present during the hearing.

Justice Muralidhar said it is really an important matter and we will take it today itself.

The plea is seeking an independent judicial enquiry into the violence that ensued in Maujpur, Jaffrabad and adjoining area in North-East Delhi during protests over Citizen Amendment Act (CAA).

Activist Harsh Mander, through the plea, had sought an independent judicial enquiry, compensation for the deceased persons among other things.

The plea sought the arrest of some prominent political personality alleging their hate speech inciting the public for violence, etc.

The petition also sought direction for the constitution of an SIT consisting of officers from outside Delhi and headed by an officer of integrity and repute, capable of acting in an independent manner.

It further demanded direction to the Union of India to request the army to maintain law and order in Delhi. The violence in North-East Delhi has so far claimed the lives of 20 people.




After days of silence on Delhi violence, Arvind Kejriwal says 'Army should be called in immediately'


After days of silence on Delhi violence, Arvind Kejriwal says 'Army should be called in immediately'

After days of silence on Delhi violence, Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the Army should be called in as police is unable to control the situation.

The Delhi Chief Minister took to Twitter and said: "I have been in touch with large no of people whole night. Situation alarming. Police, despite all its efforts, unable to control situation and instil confidence. Army should be called in and curfew imposed in rest of affected areas immediately. Am writing to Hon’ble Home Minister to this effect."


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I have been in touch wid large no of people whole nite. Situation alarming. Police, despite all its efforts, unable to control situation and instil confidence

Army shud be called in and curfew imposed in rest of affected areas immediately

Am writing to Hon’ble HM to this effect

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As per a report by IANS, prohibitory orders under Section 144 will continue in several parts of Delhi. Amid violence, the Delhi Chief Minister held meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah. After violent clashes which continued at Seelampur area for two days, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik reached Seelampur area at midnight.

At least 20 persons were killed so far and around 190 are injured in the violence which took place in in North-East Delhi from Monday. Several localities, including Chand Bagh, Bhajanpura, Maujpur-Babarpur, and Jaffrabad witnessed unprecedented violence on Monday and Tuesday as pro and anti-CAA protesters clashed.




Rahul Gandhi out of the country as CWC meet to discuss Delhi violence


Rahul Gandhi out of the country as CWC meet to discuss Delhi violence

New Delhi: Amid continued communal violence in parts of northeast Delhi that has claimed 17 lives, the Congress top leadership started deliberations on the issue at a meeting of its working committee on Wednesday.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and top leaders like Manmohan Singh, A K Anthony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, Priyanka Gandhi were present during the meeting.

However, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was not present at the meeting as he is abroad, sources said.

 

The party is likely to evolve a strategy on the continued violence in Delhi, following protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).


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Delhi: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, P Chidambaram, Jyotiraditya Scindia and other party leaders at Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting underway at AICC headquarters.

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The Congress is against the CAA and has urged the government to keep it in abeyance or take it back as it is causing concern among a major section of the country's population, especially the Muslim community.

The death toll in the northeast Delhi communal violence over the amended citizenship law rose to 17 on Wednesday, according to GTB Hospital authorities.

Communal violence in northeast Delhi escalated on Tuesday as police struggled to check the rioters who ran amok on streets, burning and looting shops, pelting stones and thrashing people.

 



I started my schooling in 2000 and completed my class 12th in 2012.


I started my schooling in 2000 and completed my class 12th in 2012.

This Is My India  By- Safa mariya

In these many years, i found best teachers, best friends, best seniors and best juniors best bus wale bhaiya ji  bus conductor bhaiya ji, school ki safai vali aunty, guard bhaiya, canteen wale bhaiya.
I was living best period of my life, the love that we shared, the warmth and care that we had for each other. Once Rajendra bhaiya ji(School bus driver) was in need of 5000/- for his daughter’s fees and all of the student’s in bus contributed for him.

Every Tuesday we visited Kamakhya Bhawani Mandir with Rajendra bhaiya ji , all of the students in bus and pandit ji happily put the teeka on our forehead(i am Hijabi since 2009) and gave us prasad with lots and lots of blessings, every thursday we visited Shah baba ki mazar and Bhaiya ji used to put Chadar on mazar.

Before our exams we visted Mandir and Dargah for blessings. Touched the feet of teachers to seek blessings(till now i touch the feet of my teachers)

On every 26th Jan and 15th August, we practiced alot to deliver best speeches, to perform best dance and songs.

Those were happy days there were no muslim, no Hindus all of us were community, friends and family❤️

Ya Allah put that same compassion, love and care in everyone’s heart????

Aameen????????




Children are coached to raise slogans like ‘we will murder Modi’: Smriti Irani slams CAA-NRC protesters


Children are coached to raise slogans like ‘we will murder Modi’: Smriti Irani slams CAA-NRC protesters

Union Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday slammed CAA and NRC protesters and said that children are coached to raise slogans like ‘we will murder Modi’ but people say nothing on that.

According to Hindustan Times, Irani while speaking at Hindustan Samagam in Lucknow, hailed CAA and said she is proud of the law. “There have been cases where Sikh or Hindu girls have been raped and forced to marry her rapists. They are the kind of people who would want refuge in India. I am proud that this law gives them the refuge they need,” Irani said.

While slamming CAA-NRC protesters, she said that “when children are coached to raise slogans like ‘we will murder Modi’ then what do you say? What do you say when people say ‘bharat tere tukde honge’. What do you say to those who say we are 15 crore…?”

 
 

Earlier in January, Smriti Irani had claimed that political parties which failed in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are supporting protests like those at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, where "anti-national slogans" are being raised.

"There is anger in the entire country that in Shaheen Bagh, AAP and other political parties which had failed to win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are supporting talk of dividing the country," the Union minister who is on a visit to her constituency told reporters.

She alleged that anti-national slogans are being raised and the Constitution criticised at Shaheen Bagh, where continuous protests are going on against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) since the law was passed in Parliament last month.

"I would like to ask the leaders who are indulging in politics through Shaheen Bagh and giving anti-national slogans. Has their standard of politics touched so low that after defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, they are not able to accept it and are speaking about dividing the country from these platforms? They are talking about 'Jinnah wali azadi' and about digging graves. Countrymen are looking at these things," she added.

(Inputs from Agencies)

 
 
 



President's secretary Sanjay Kothari to be appointed as next CVC, ex-IAS officer Bimal Julka to be CIC


President's secretary Sanjay Kothari to be appointed as next CVC, ex-IAS officer Bimal Julka to be CIC

New Delhi: Sanjay Kothari, the Secretary to the President, has been selected as the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner by a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials said on Wednesday.

The committee has also chosen by a majority decision, former Information and Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka, currently serving as an Information Commissioner, as the new Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission.

"Kothari and Julka have been selected as the next CVC and CIC," a senior government official said.

Both Kothari and Julka are retired Indian Administrative Service officers.

While Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury opposed the decisions, it was supported by other members in the panel -- Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Minister of State for PMO and Personnel Jitendra Singh, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Secretary Personnel C Chandramouli, sources said.

The panel also decided by majority the appointment of Suresh Patel as Vigilance Commissioner and Anita Pandove as Information Commissioner.

The orders related to the appointments are expected to be issued on Wednesday after formal approval from President Ram Nath Kovind, the official said.

The Central Vigilance Commission is an-corruptiom watchdog with autonomous status.

It is free of control from any executive authority and has the responsibility of monitoring all vigilance activities in the Central government besides advising various authorities in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilance work.

The Central Information Commission was constituted under the Right to Information Act and has the jurisdiction over all central public authorities.

 
 
 



UP man complains of traffic jam, gets to manage instead in Ferozabad


UP man complains of traffic jam, gets to manage instead in Ferozabad

Ferozabad: A man got a taste of his own medicine when he went to complain about traffic chaos and was instantly asked to manage traffic for two hours.

The man, Sonu Chauhan, was apparently caught in a traffic jam at the Subhash intersection in Ferozabad on Tuesday.

The exasperated man went straight to the office of the Superintendent of Police (SP) to complain about the situation.

 
 

SP Sachindra Patel, instead, asked Sonu to manage the traffic for two hours and designated him as 'traffic volunteer' in the rank of circle officer.

Sonu wore a traffic safety vest and helmet, sat in a police SUV, with several other policemen accompanying him and went about managing traffic at the intersection.

Ferozabad traffic inspector Ramdutt Sharma, who accompanied Sonu, said, "Challans were issued to eight vehicles, for wrong parking and for driving on the wrong side of the road.

A total of Rs 1,600 in cash was collected as fine. The remaining fine amount would be paid by the offenders at the traffic office. We will continue with this experiment and ensure better community participation in improving traffic situation.

We followed Sonu's commands for two hours and effectively regulated traffic flow and managed to decongest the road."

Sonu said, "The experiment has made me understand the problems of traffic constables and the problem that arises when we, members of public, flout rules.

If one vehicle takes a wrong turn, the entire system gets thrown out of gear. I have definitely become a more responsible citizen after this experiment.

 
 
 



Delhi HC to hear plea on 'uniform minimum age of marriage' today


Delhi HC to hear plea on 'uniform minimum age of marriage' today

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday will hear the public interest litigation (PIL) seeking equalising of the legal age of marriage for men and women saying the limit of 18 years for a woman, while it is 21 for a man, amounts to discrimination.

The plea seeking 'uniform minimum age of marriage' was filed by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay.

"Kindly treat the accompanying application as an urgent one in accordance with the High Court rules and orders. Petitioner is filing this writ petition under Article 226 of the Constitution. The matter is urgent in public interest as prayed," Kumar wrote to the Registrar of Delhi High Court.

 
 

At present, while men in India are permitted to get married at the age of 21, women are allowed to get married when they are 18. It is to mention that more than 125 countries in the world have a uniform age of marriage.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court had sought a reply of Centre on the said plea, but neither the Home Ministry nor the Law Ministry has filed a reply till date.

The litigant said the plea is filed in public interest under Article 226 and it challenges a blatant and ongoing form of discrimination against women.

"The discriminatory 'minimum age' limit for marriage for men and women is based in patriarchal stereotypes, has no scientific backing, perpetrates de jure and de facto inequality against women, and goes completely against the global trends," the plea said.

As per the petition, some of statutory provisions, which are responsible for discriminatory 'minimum age' limit for marriage include -- Section 60(1) of the Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872; Section 3(1)(c) of the Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act, 1936; Section 4(c) of the Special Marriage Act, 1954; Section 5(iii) of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and Section 2(a) of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006.

The plea stated that differential bar discriminates against women and contravene with the fundamental principles of gender equality, gender justice and dignity of women and breaching Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution.

The petitioner in his petition further stressed that women have a fundamental right to be free to pursue studies or occupations after finishing school at the age of 18.

"It is a social reality that women are expected (and often also pressurised) to beget children immediately after marriage and also forced to take up household chores in accordance with their stereotypical roles in the family.

This harms their educational as well as economic pursuits and often impinges on their reproductive autonomy as well," the plea said. It added that a higher minimum age will ensure "more autonomy to women in every sense".

 
 
 



Siddaramaiah holds legislative party meet at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru


Siddaramaiah holds legislative party meet at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Tuesday held a Party Legislative Meeting at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. Details on the meeting are awaited.

Siddaramaiah had also chaired a meeting of senior Congress leaders including HK Patil, Ramalinga Reddy, DK Shivakumar, G Parameshwara, KR Ramesh Kumar and others on Sunday, a day before the commencement of the Assembly session.

 
 

On Monday, Governor Vajubhai Vala addressed the joint sitting of both the Houses of State Legislature -- the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council -- on the start of the Assembly session.

The session will conclude on February 20.

 
 
 



Telangana man steals state transport bus after he fails to find a ride


Telangana man steals state transport bus after he fails to find a ride

Vikarabad (Telangana): A man in Hyderabad stole a Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) bus after he was unable to find transportation for himself. The incident took place on the night of February 16.

According to Vikarabad Police, a TSRTC bus was at a halt in the Tandoor bus station in Vikarabad district on Sunday around 9 pm. Meanwhile, a person working at the bus station took away the bus to his destination after he was unable to find a ride for himself.

After reaching the destination, he left the bus and fled. Police said the accused has been identified and will be arrested soon. A case has been registered and further investigation is underway.

 
 
 



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