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SC to States Comply with order on cow vigilantism lynchingsSC to States

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday took exception to the fact that only 11 of the country’s 29 States, and seven union territories had filed compliance reports after it ordered them to take steps to deal with mob lynchings and cow vigilantism.A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khawilkar and D Y Chandrachud granted the last opportunity to the defaulting states and UTs, warning if they did not file their reports within a week, then their home secretaries will have to appear in person before court.During the hearing, the Centre informed the court that an empowered Group of Ministers has been set up to consider framing a law on mob violence following the cow vigilantism verdict.The Bench was hearing a plea by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Rajasthan officials including the Chief Secretary and the police chief for alleged violation of the top court’s verdict in the alleged lynching of dairy farmer Rakbar Khan on July 20.On July 17, the top court had said that “horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to overrun the law of the land and issued a slew of guidelines to deal with mob lynching and cow vigilantism.It had then also asked the Centre to consider enacting a new law to sternly deal with such incidents. SHARE Published on September 07, 2018 COMMENT crime, law and justicecenter_img courts and legal Only 11 of 29 States have filed reports on implementing the apex court’s orders SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Its jungle raj in UP alleges Congress

first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Congress targeted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here on Friday on the “poor status” of law and order in the State. The party said the BJP came to power by promising security for the people, especially for women, but the situation has been worse since Adityanath assumed power.Talking to reporters, Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and senior Congress MPs Sanjay Singh and PL Punia said the BJP raised the expectations of the people of the State during the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.“They talked of corruption, law and order and security of women. But since the BJP government has been formed in the State, the people of Uttar Pradesh are in disillusion. There is no such thing as governance in the State. There is no law and order,” Azad said and termed the situation as jungle raj. “People, whichever caste or religion they may belong to, are not safe. Women are not safe, ordinary people are not safe,” he added.Citing the recent incident of killing a police officer by a cow protection outfit, he said it is suspected that the BJP or its affiliates are behind the murder. ‘Culprits roaming free’“Till now, the real culprit has not been apprehended. Arrests are taking place on a daily basis, but the real culprit remains free. Innocent persons belonging to Opposition parties, on the other hand, are facing police encounters and arrests. The perpetrators of Unnao rape incident are not yet arrested but the person who reported the issue is facing a case now. This can happen only in a BJP-ruled State. People of Uttar Pradesh have seen the real face of BJP. They will now ensure Congress’ return to power in 2019,” Azad added.Senior MP Sanjay Singh said a sting operation had revealed the involvement of BJP leaders and Ministers in corrupt deals. ‘Corrupt government’“Earlier the BJP used to talk about corruption in Delhi and Lucknow and boasted of ending the corruption. But today, what we have seen and heard establishes that corruption has gone deeper into the roots of the BJP government. Gradually, the BJP and its ruling exponents are being exposed and the people are hopeful that their bad days will soon end,” Singh added.Punia said the BJP governments are protecting criminals. Bulandshahr and Unnao“Bulandshahr and Unnao incidents provide the indisputable evidence for this tendency.Girls are not safe, incidents of rape are occurring every other day. Until action is taken against the real culprits, such crimes will continue to occur. But this government is helpless to take any action against these criminals and the police lacks the courage to point a finger at these criminals,” Punia added. SHARE ‘BJP came to power promising law and order, but there is no governance in State’ COMMENTS December 28, 2018 Congress MP and Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, while addressing the media during the Winter Session of Parliament on Friday   –  AP Published onlast_img read more

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Serena keeps calm and carries on in pursuit of number 24

first_imgThe 37-year-old has appeared relaxed and stress-free throughout the fortnight in which she has elevated her status as the queen of Wimbledon to greater heights amongst British fans by partnering home hero Andy Murray in the mixed doubles.There have been a few anxious moments along the way, a couple of dropped sets, but for the most part it has been a smooth ride for Williams who has settled into the groove that has earned her seven Wimbledon singles titles.The serve is functioning like clockwork, the booming forehand looks potent and her movement is as good as fluid as at any time since she returned to the Tour last March having given birth to daughter Olympia in 2017.The pressure will ramp up in the next 24 hours, especially after falling short in her last two Grand Slam finals — here last year against Angelique Kerber and then, infamously in New York where Serena lost her cool in defeat by Naomi Osaka.But Williams, who will become the oldest woman in the professional era to contest a Grand Slam final on Saturday, is taking it all in her stride.”Looking back, to even be in those two finals last year was unbelievable,” the 37-year-old told reporters. “Now I’m in a different place. Like I just am more calm.”Instead of having nothing to lose, I feel like I have things to lose, but I also have nothing to lose.”It’s like I’m in the middle. I’m in a different place because I wasn’t really playing a month ago, at all. So it’s all kind of coming together.”I’m not getting over-pumped, but at the same time not getting under-wound. I have to be in that right space.”MEDIA OBSESSIONWilliams also said the number 24 is becoming an obsession for the media who talk of little else.”I actually didn’t think about it since it’s really not about 24 or 23 or 25. It’s really just about going out there and giving my best effort no matter what,” she said.”No matter what I do, I will always have a great career.”Williams has served 45 aces on her way to the final and won three quarters of points on her first serve.Ominously for Halep, who has lost nine of her 10 previous matches against Williams, the American 11th seed says there is more to come from her weapon of choice.”I don’t know if I’ve had my best serves this tournament. I’ve had some big ones,” said Williams, whose fastest delivery so far stands at 122mph. “Two weeks ago in the tournament, I was like, ‘oh, my God, I forgot about my serve’.”It was kind of back. It felt good.” (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Christian Radnedge) LONDON (Reuters) – There were no intimidating roars of “c’mon”, few fist pumps and the volume was turned down on the grunting that often accompanies her matches as Serena Williams marched into her 11th Wimbledon singles final on Thursday.Perhaps the imperious American did not need to amp it up against out-matched Czech Barbora Strycova in a 6-1 6-2 trouncing on a sunny Centre Court. It was that easy.Maybe she is saving the growl for the final against tenacious Romanian former world number one Simona Halep when, for the third time, she will stand one win away from matching Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slams singles titles.But then again, perhaps not. Related News Tennis 11 Jul 2019 Factbox: Serena Williams versus Barbora Strycova Tennis 09 Jul 2019 Tennis-Wimbledon day eightcenter_img Related News Tennis 11 Jul 2019 Factbox: Elina Svitolina versus Simona Halep {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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Regional power grab attempt causes rare discord in Ethiopia coalition

first_imgADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – A failed regional coup in Ethiopia has exposed rare divisions in the alliance that has dominated the country for three decades, with two of the four ethnic parties that form the ruling coalition trading insults in a public feud.While there have been disagreements among the parties in the past, analysts described the acrimonious exchange this week between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) as among the most serious yet.The two groups have shared power with two other ethnic parties since 1991 in a coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), that tolerated little dissent until Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took power last year and launched political reforms.The new tension between them arose after a rogue militia tried to seize power last month in the northern Amhara region, ruled by the ADP. The authorities blamed the June 22 attempted regional coup on Asamnew Tsige, a rogue ADP member, killed in fighting on the outskirts of the regional capital Bahir Dar. World 23 Jun 2019 Ethiopia’s army chief, three others killed in failed regional coup World 04 Jul 2019 Ethiopia faces more conflict with ethnic group’s push for region In recent days, the TPLF has accused the ADP of having stood by while Asamnew trained and armed a militia in the lead-up to the uprising, and of having failed to denounce him since.”The TPLF would have difficulty working with its so-called sister party, which hasn’t even dared to stare the killer in the eye,” Getachew Reda, executive member of TPLF and former national communication minister, told Reuters on Thursday.The ADP responded by accusing the TPLF of being “responsible for the current political crisis in the country. The TPLF has no moral or practical ground to consider itself as the only guardian of Ethiopia,” it said in a statement late on Thursday. It gave no further details.FLYING IN THE FACE OF REALITYThe TPLF was angered earlier this week when the ADP chairman, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, said an unidentified third group was behind the June uprising. The TPLF viewed the remarks as an attempt by the ADP to avert blame.”How would I feel comfortable sitting next to Demeke while his remarks are flying in the face of reality?” TPLF’s Getachew told Reuters by telephone.The violence on June 22 was the strongest challenge yet to the rule of Abiy, who in just over a year in power has rolled out a series of reforms allowing greater freedoms in what had long been one of Africa’s most repressive states.The reforms have made it possible for long-held grievances against the government’s decades of harsh rule to resurface, and have emboldened local power-brokers seeking to build support by securing more power and territory for their ethnic groups. Resulting waves of unrest have forced the government to postpone a long-delayed national census and thrown doubt over whether an election next year will be held on time.Each of the ruling coalition’s four ethnically-based parties faces increasing competition from newer, more strident parties in their own home provinces, and are having to become more assertive themselves to avoid being outflanked, analysts say. “It will be difficult for the ruling coalition to maintain its current status ahead of the upcoming election,” said Mulugeta Aregawi, a lecturer at the Addis Ababa University School of Law.William Davison, an analyst from Brussels-based International Crisis Group, said that if the tension among the parties were to break up the ruling coalition, it “would leave a major power vacuum”. But he added that it still appeared unlikely for now, “since all actors have too much to lose.” (Reporting by Dawit Endeshaw; Additional reporting by Hereward Holland in Nairobi; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Peter Graff) Related Newscenter_img Related News World 29 Jun 2019 Ethiopia airs voice of alleged coup leader killed in crackdown {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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Story of Simon Oran Going hungry to bring water to Jharkhand villages

first_img Satyajeet Kumar New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 08:36 IST Photo for representationIt is rare in life that we get to see people who are larger than life, making sacrifices for the greater good.One such person who has come into the limelight is Padma Shri awardee Simon Oran. His story is somewhat similar to Dasrath Manjhi of Bihar.Dasrath Manjhi is the man on whose life the film Manjhi: The Mountain Man starring Nawasuddin Siddiqui was based.While the nation lauded Manjhi’s efforts to carve a road out of a mountain and came to be known as the “mountain man”, most people are unaware of Simon Oran.Simon Oran managed to build canals and constructed three dams by drilling through mountains in Bero region of Jharkhand. His efforts earned him the name “waterman”.However, though his actions have benefitted the larger community, he himself is weighed down by poverty.For his contribution to environmental protection, water conservation and rain water harvesting, Simon Oran was felicitated with the Padma Shri by the then President Pranab Mukherjee.However, his days in glory were short-lived.The man, who dared to brave mountains, is proud of his medal and certificate but has been living a life of hardships.Simon Oran has always stood up for social causes but the other side of his life has a different story.Oran lives in a thatched house, the roof of which leaks during the monsoon. However, he does not have a BPL card.He is also under debt. He had taken a loan to dig a pond.Despite his financial troubles, Oran holds his head high with pride and does not ask for help from the government or any other agency.He says that villagers have been making efforts since 1961 to preserve water and not let it flow away.The entire area where he lives is dependent on agriculture which requires a huge amount of water. Oran was able to mobilise the people of many villages to contribute in the water-saving campaign.The collective efforts eventually paid off and a canal was built by carving mountains which led to the construction of three dams to fight the water woes. Now, the situation is under control and all one sees are the lush green fields.The people still conserve the forest by taking turns to guard it. Simon Oran’s wife stays with him but she looks tired, having battled poverty all along. Her face talks about the miseries of the life they lead in financial scarcity.Simon Oran is the parha raja which means the chief of 51 villages, according to the tribal institutional provision which is also recognised by the state government. Oran commands a great respect and easily motivates people towards his cause. Irony is such that while he is known for his efforts in social causes, Oran himself struggles on the personal front.Also read: Headless bodies of 2 children found in Jharkhand village, mentally unstable man heldALSO WATCH| Blast from the past: When dosa king P Rajagopal was convicted of murderFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Story of Simon Oran: Going hungry to bring water to Jharkhand villagesSimon Oran managed to build canals and constructed three dams by drilling through mountains in Bero region of Jharkhand.advertisement Nextlast_img read more