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Trinity of social disharmony, economic slowdown, coronavirus rupturing soul of India: Manmohan Singh


Former Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh on Friday wrote a column, expressing concern that the trinity of social disharmony, economic slowdown, and a global health epidemic could rupture the soul of India.

In a column written in The Hindu, Singh said that while the first two factors i.e. social disharmony and economic slowdown are self-inflicted, the coronavirus epidemic comes as an external shock. “I deeply worry that this potent combination of risks may not only rupture the soul of India but also diminish our global standing as an economic and democratic power in the world,” Singh wrote in the column.

Notably, the national capital has witnessed extreme violence over the past few weeks. The death toll in the north east Delhi riots went up to 49 people, which included a head constable in the Delhi police.

Criticising the Centre for not keeping checks, Manmohan Singh also added that “the fire of social tensions is rapidly spreading across the nation and threatens to char the soul of our nation. It can only be extinguished by the same people that lit it.”

The former prime minister also spoke of India’s economic spiral, saying that from being a global showcase of a model of economic development, India today is a strife-ridden majoritarian state that is in economic despair.

“Social harmony, the bedrock of economic development, is now under peril. No amount of tweaking of tax rates, showering of corporate incentives or goading will propel Indian or foreign businesses to invest, when the risk of eruption of sudden violence in one’s neighbourhood looms large. Lack of investment means lack of jobs and incomes, which, in turn, means lack of consumption and demand in the economy. A lack of demand will only further suppress private investments. This is the vicious cycle that our economy is stuck in,” Singh added.

Earlier in the week, Singh had said the slogan of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' was being misused to construct a "militant and purely emotional" idea of India that excludes millions of residents and citizens.

Seizing on Singh's remarks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in the closed-door meeting that similar controversies were created over singing 'Vande Mataram' during the freedom struggle. "It is unfortunate and sad that 70 years after independence, raising a slogan like 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' is being depicted as a crime... It is unfortunate that a person who held the post of prime minister is saying so," Modi said, adding that every patriot will be pained at this.

Singh also spoke of the economic implication of the coronavirus scare, saying that the global slowdown will impact India as well. “In such an integrated global economy, the COVID-19 crisis can further slow India’s GDP growth by half to one percentage point, other things being constant. India’s economic growth was already tepid, and this external health shock is bound to make things much worse,” he said.

 
 
 



Madhya Pradesh: Game of chess to go on till Rajya Sabha elections


BHOPAL: Ten legislators’ crossing over to the BJP and their return to the Congress seem to have links with the election of three RS seats in the state.

Ex-minister Narottam Mishra said people should see what happens till RS elections.

According to the number of legislators in the House, the Congress is set to win two seats and the BJP one.

BJP, however, wants to win two seats, so the party has begun Operation Lotus.

Legislators may have returned to the Congress fold after the political drama, but the game of chess between the BJP and Congress will continue till the RS elections are over.

Both parties have to select candidates for the RS polls by March 13, and polling will be held on March 26.

If the BJP announces two candidates for RS seats, it will pull out all the stops to topple the Nath-led government.

Nevertheless, the Congress may also try to woo some of the BJP MLAs. The party has already begun to take action against some BJP leaders.

Similarly, the Congress is bracing to pay the BJP in the same coin.

Consequently, both the parties are sparing no efforts to woo each other’s legislators.

Sources said some of the BJP legislators were also in contact with the Congress.

Likewise, some Congress MLAs are in touch with the BJP. MP is going to see a major political upheaval in coming days.

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Amid coronavirus fear in Hyderabad, Sania Mirza raises awareness


Hyderabad: Amidst the ongoing concerns related to coronavirus, India’s tennis sensation Sania Mirza raised awareness about the issue and asked the people to do what is required when the symptoms arise.
We need to take precautions: Sania Mirza
“As you know the coronavirus is spreading fast, it originated in China and as per the UN, it has spread around the world, we need to take precautions, there are few symptoms like coughing and fever, if you feel you have the symptoms, you should immediately consult a doctor,” Mirza said in a video.

“There is a helpline (104) and you can call on that. You should look to wash your hands regularly, if you have the symptoms, then keep yourself in isolation for 14 days,” she added.
Shuttler PV Sindhu also raised awareness about the issue and said that people in the country should immediately call the helpline if they feel they are having the symptoms of coronavirus.

On Wednesday, the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that there are 28 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country so far.

Deaths across the globe
Globally, deaths due to Covid-19 have crossed 3,000. The deadly virus, that originated in China late last year, continues to spread around the world and has infected more than 90,000 people.
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Muslims quench thirst of Hindu devotees


Coimbatore: As a symbol of communal harmony, functionaries of Athar Jamath Mosque here on Wednesday distributed water bottles to the Hindu devotees thronging the annual chariot-pulling celebrations of Koniamman, the presiding deity of Coimbatore.
Celebrations
The celebrations began from the temple in the heart of the city and saw thousands of devotees from different parts of the region taking part.
As the devotees came from faraway places, the functionaries of Athar Jamaat Mosque erected a special pandal for distributing the water bottles to the thirsty devotees.

Water bottles distributed
They distributed over 10,000 water bottles to the devotees, as the city started getting hot with the mercury going up.

Traffic had to be diverted for smooth pulling of the chariot.
Meanwhile, a group of Muslims made arrangements for food to the devotees near Selvapuram, thus cementing the brotherly bond between two communities.

SOURCE: PTI

 




Harsh Mander’s Speech Instigated Violence:Delhi Police in SC


New Delhi: The Delhi Police, through the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) [legal cell], on Wednesday filed an affidavit seeking the dismissal of activist Harsh Mander’s petition with exemplary costs and initiation of contempt proceedings against him.

Mander, whose plea seeking registration of FIRs against BJP leaders Anurag Thakur, Kapil Mishra and Parvesh Verma for making speeches which allegedly instigated violence leading to the Delhi riots, faced counter allegations of making statements against the Apex Court.

A video to this effect was brought to the attention of the Supreme Court bench comprising of CJI SA Bobde, BR Gavai J. and Surya Kant J. when the main matter was taken up. The bench then declined to hear his petition and observed that an explanation was warranted. They went on to ask the Delhi Police to file an affidavit authenticating the statement of Mander. Complying with this direction, the police has filed this affidavit.
His speech is not only instigating violence, but is seriously contemptuous as derogatory remarks have been made against the Supreme Court to a huge gathering of people, alleges the Police. The video, from December 16, 2019, has been annexed for the court’s perusal.

“Harsh Mander delivering a speech which is not only instigating the violence but is also seriously contemptuous as it makes derogatory remarks against the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India to a huge gathering of people.”

The affidavit goes on to accuse Mander of being known to take a contemptuous stand and bring disrepute to the institution (judiciary) as well as individual judges. To substantiate this argument, the police has placed reliance on the top court’s order in a case where Mander had sought then CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s recusal from hearing his petition on the state of detention centres in Assam on allegations of bias. In his order, dated May 2, 2019, CJI Gogoi not only refused to recuse himself, but struck off Mander’s name as the petitioner and replaced it with that of the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee. This point had also been raised by the Solicitor General during proceedings, while urging the Court to direct the filing of an FIR against Mander today.

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Paytm offices shut after employee tests positive for coronavirus


New Delhi: India’s leading digital payment platform Paytm on Wednesday decided to shut its offices in Gurugram and Noida for at least two days after one of its employees who had recently travelled to Italy tested positive for COVID-19.
In an official statement, the company informed that it has suggested team members of the COVID-19 patient to get their health tests done immediately, while all their offices will remain shut for sanitising purposes.
“One of our colleagues based out of Gurugram office, who recently returned from Italy post a vacation, has now been tested positive for Coronavirus. He is receiving appropriate treatment and we are extending complete support to his family,” a Paytm spokesperson told IANS.

Precautionary measure
“As a precautionary measure, we have suggested his team members to get health tests done immediately,” the spokesperson added.

The company said it has advised all employees to work from home for a couple of days while the offices are sanitised.


 
“However, there will not be any impact on our daily operations and Paytm services will continue as usual,” the spokesperson added.

With 25 fresh confirmed cases of coronavirus in India, the tech industry in India is withdrawing into a shell, with Paytm, Nearbuy, Wipro, TCS and HCL announcing action plan to safeguard their employees.
Nearbuy, which claims to be India’s first hyper-local online platform that enables customers and local merchants to discover and engage with each other, has decided to close its Gurugram office for at least 14 days as a precautionary measure.

Work from home
The company has told its employees to work from home during the period and also keep a proper check on their health.

Global software giant Wipro on Wednesday announced that it has suspended employee travel to coronavirus-stricken China, Hong Kong and Macau.


 
The company also said that any employee who has travelled to an affected place in China in the last few days has been advised to work from home for 14 days before resuming work in office.

“We have advised our employees to be vigilant, especially those based in China and those who have visited the country recently,” said Wipro.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) also claimed that it was working closely with all relevant global and regional and local health institutions to tackle COVID-19 outbreak.

While HCL Technologies said it has invoked an epidemic contingency plan in the impacted geographies and is providing full support to employees, wherever possible.

SOURCE siasat .com 




SC didn't defend secularism, we have to take decisions on the streets: Activist Harsh Mander stirs controversy


Human rights activist Harsh Mander has stoked a controversy by saying Supreme Court didn't defend secularism and we have to take decisions on the streets.

A video has gone viral on social in which Harsh Mander can be heard telling people that the time has come to decide our fate on the streets. In the video, Mander can be seen addressing a gathering and saying that there is no scope of secularism in Supreme Court especially after the Ayodhya verdict. Further the activist said that time has now come for people to hit the streets as both Supreme Court and parliament have failed them.
“Now decision will not come from the Supreme Court or Parliament. We saw what the Supreme Court did in Ayodhya, NRC and Kashmir matters. The SC has failed to honour secularism, equality and humanity. We will try fighting there too, but, the decision will not happen in neither Supreme Court nor Parliament, it has to be made at the streets,” Harsh Mander can be heard saying in the video.

BJP's IT cell chief Amit Malviya took to Twitter and hit out at Mander. Malviya tweeted saying, "This man Harsh Mander, who wrote the draconian CVB, is in HC to get FIRs against people for hate speech... And a judge gave him midnight hearing!"
On Monday, human rights activists had denounced the central government. Human rights activists had alleged that the government had failed to provide any medical or legal help to violence-affected people in northeast Delhi. The activists, including Harsh Mander, Anjali Bhardwaj, Annie Raja and Harjit Singh Bhatti, also criticised India's poor healthcare system, saying "there's no hospital near the affected areas".

A petition was filed by Harsh Mander on February 27 seeking FIRs for hate speech in the wake of violent clashes in Delhi. But the Delhi High Court had deferred the matter by four weeks.




Gujarat: 15000 newborn died in hospitals in 2 yearsGandhinagar: Of the nearly 72,000 children admitted to the Sick Newborn Care (SNC) units of government hospitals across Gujarat, over 15,000 died in 2 years, even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government claims to be a leading state on all fronts. In reply to questions by Congress MLAs about total children born in government hospitals, Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister Nitin Patel said 106,000 infants were born in government hospitals in major cities of the state in 2018 and 2019. Of this, 71,774 infants were admitted to SNC units. During the period, 15,013 infants died during treatment, which is almost 21 per cent of the admitted children. The maximum number of deaths (4,322) was reported from Ahmedabad. Of the 12,637 infants admitted, 34.2 per cent died. In Vadodara, of the 6,576 infants admitted in SNC units, 2,362 infants died (35.91 per cent). In Surat, of the 9,667 infants admitted in SNC units, 1,986 infants died


Gandhinagar: Of the nearly 72,000 children admitted to the Sick Newborn Care (SNC) units of government hospitals across Gujarat, over 15,000 died in 2 years, even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government claims to be a leading state on all fronts.
In reply to questions by Congress MLAs about total children born in government hospitals, Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister Nitin Patel said 106,000 infants were born in government hospitals in major cities of the state in 2018 and 2019.

Of this, 71,774 infants were admitted to SNC units. During the period, 15,013 infants died during treatment, which is almost 21 per cent of the admitted children.
The maximum number of deaths (4,322) was reported from Ahmedabad. Of the 12,637 infants admitted, 34.2 per cent died. In Vadodara, of the 6,576 infants admitted in SNC units, 2,362 infants died (35.91 per cent). In Surat, of the 9,667 infants admitted in SNC units, 1,986 infants died (20.5 per cent).

Patel said the government was taking steps to curb infants deaths during treatment. The steps included priority to appointment of pediatricians and medical officers, and imparting special training to doctors and nursing staff, as well as maintaining adequate stock of equipment and other essential items at these units.

SOURCE:SIASAT .COM 




Delhi violence: 436 cases filed, over 1,400 arrested or detained


New Delhi: The Delhi Police has registered 436 FIRs and arrested or detained 1,427 people in connection with the communal violence in northeast Delhi, an officer said on Tuesday.
The newly enacted citizenship law which broke communal violence in the capital has claimed over 46 lives with over 250 injured.

 New Delhi: A shopkeeper sorts through the charred remains of a vandalized and burned shop, following Tuesday's violence, at Khajuri Khas extension area of northeast Delhi, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. There were some areas of normalcy in the riot-hit localities of northeast Delhi with shops opening. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)(PTI2_28_2020_000029B)
 

Forty-five of the cases were registered under the Arms Act, the officer said.
According to police, the police control room (PCR) did not receive calls of rioting in the past six days. The situation in the riot-affected areas is under control, the police said.
On Tuesday, Mohammed Shahrukh, who was seen confronting unarmed police personnel during violence at Maujpur last week, was arrested from Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district, police said. 
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Arnab is brash; abandoned journalism, says Al JazeeraDoha: ‘Brash, aggressive and unapologetically nationalist,’ says Al Jazeera referring to Arnab Goswami, an Indian journalist and television news anchor, who is the editor of the Republic TV. For 10 years up until 2016, Goswami was the editor-in-chief of TimesNow. Republic and Goswami are as unapologetic in their support of PM Modi as Fox News in the US is for its backing of Donald Trump, said Al Jazeera. Pragya Tiwari, Delhi-based writer; Kunal Kamra, Comedian; Aditya Raj Kaul, Former senior editor Republic TV and; Manisha Pande, executive editor, Newslaundry, shared their views about Goswami with Meenakshi Rao, executive producer of The Listening Post – Al Jazeera. When Al Jazeera requested an interview with Goswami for this report, they were said that neither he nor anyone in Republic TV would like to engage with foreign media. xorce siasat .com Doha: ‘Brash, aggressive and unapologetically nationalist,’ says Al Jazeera referring


Doha: ‘Brash, aggressive and unapologetically nationalist,’ says Al Jazeera referring to Arnab Goswami, an Indian journalist and television news anchor, who is the editor of the Republic TV.
For 10 years up until 2016, Goswami was the editor-in-chief of TimesNow. Republic and Goswami are as unapologetic in their support of PM Modi as Fox News in the US is for its backing of Donald Trump, said Al Jazeera.
Pragya Tiwari, Delhi-based writer; Kunal Kamra, Comedian; Aditya Raj Kaul, Former senior editor Republic TV and; Manisha Pande, executive editor, Newslaundry, shared their views about Goswami with Meenakshi Rao, executive producer of The Listening Post – Al Jazeera.

When Al Jazeera requested an interview with Goswami for this report, they were said that neither he nor anyone in Republic TV would like to engage with foreign media.

xorce siasat .com 

 





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