Palghar lynching of Sadhus: Amit Shah wants the conspiracy angle to be investigated

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New Delhi: On the lynching of two saffron-clad Hindu Sadhus (monks) of Juna Akhara and their driver right in front of half a dozen policemen in Gadchinchale Village of Palghar District in Maharashtra, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday 31 May that the conspiracy angle should be investigated in this case.

Significantly, a month ago, Lalit Shastri, Editor-in-Chief Newsroom24x7.com, while pointing out that the task at hand is to punish the killers of Palghar had also raised the demand that it also needs to be investigated whether or not there was a conspiracy behind this incident. Only a neutral agency can be entrusted with the responsibility of a free and fair investigation since the Maharashtra police is in the dock in this case. [Check: Why a section of media selectively communalises mob lynching -especially last para]

The Home Minister on Sunday went on to underscore that all those involved in the Palghar lynching of Sadhus should get the most stringent punishment. He made this assertion at an exclusive interview with a TV news channel.

Shah also said in categorical terms that those behind the Delhi riots earlier this year have even been charged for sedition and none would be spared, no matter how high and mighty they may be.

The Modi Government has taken proactive action and come down heavily against terrorists and the Moists since 2014, Shah said and castigated the Congress party by accusing it of involvement with terrorists and Maoists.

Replying to a query on the violation of the territorial sovereignty of India by China, the Home Minister said, we never wage a war but will not spare anybody who tries to trespass on our territory.

“Is BJP conspiring to allot larger share of Assembly seats to Kashmir?”

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Jammu: “While delimitation of Assembly Constituencies in J&K ought to have been the priority and a main concern of the BJP led Central Government in view of its repeated assurances over the subject, the process for this purpose has been inordinately delayed creating several apprehensions in the political and social circles”.

This was stated by Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP & former Jammu and Kashmir Minister, at a press conference here on Saturday 30 May. “It was on August 5, 2019 that Parliament passed the J&K Reorganization Act providing for 107 Assembly seats Section 14 (1) (3) of the relevant Act for the new UT to be bifurcated in accordance with the new criteria laid down in Sec 60 of this Act, which further says: “Without prejudice to sub-sections (3) of section 14 of this Act, the number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir shall be increased from 107 to 114, and delimitation of the constituencies may be determined by the Election Commission in the manner hereinafter provided …..[Section 60 (1)], Singh pointed out adding “the Centre as well as the state BJP leadership during this period has indulged in a lot of Jangle and rattle with tall claims of addressing all bias against the Jammu region and ending the political hegemony of Kashmir by increasing the Assembly seats of Jammu region. It is however regrettable that the very same leadership has failed to ensure even the commencement delimitation exercise despite lapse of ten months”.

Singh further said that we are not only confornted with controversies being created over composition of the Delimitation Commission but BJP has also started giving feelers of a possible lower share for Jammu region in the event of Delimitation being held as per census 2011. The BJP in its bid to further appease Kashmir, it appears, is planning to give it a higher number of Assembly seats by cleverly conveying to the people that the population of Kashmir region as per 2011 census was higher than that of Jammu region. And all this gimmickry is being resorted to notwithstanding the fact that J&K Reorganization Act of 2019 does not give any weightage to population in the process of delimiting of Assembly seats.

Singh went on to underscore that under the J&K Reorganization Act, Jammu region is entitled a higher number of seats vis-à-vis Kashmir in view of the criteria laid down in Section 60 of the Act. He elucidated that the new criteria laid down in this Act provided that “geographical compactness physical features, existing boundaries of administrative units, facilities of communication and convenience of the public” shall be the factors to be taken into consideration while delimiting the constituencies in the new UT. “The population factor which was the major consideration in the erstwhile law on delimitation has been dropped in the Reorganization Act 2019 and the population factor will matter only in the constituencies to be reserved for SC and ST so as to ensure that only those seats are reserved where the proportion of their population to the total population is largest. With the new criteria weighing heavily in favour of Jammu region, it was entitled to more than 50 seats in the Assembly and minimum of 3 seats in Parliament.

All constituencies shall, as far as practicable, be geographically compact areas, and in delimiting them, regard shall be had to physical features, existing boundaries of administrative units, facilities of communication and conveniences to the public; and (c) constituencies in which seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes shall, as far as practicable, be located in areas where the proportion of their population to the total population is the largest.

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR REORGANISATION ACT, 2019; Section 60 (2), (b) and (c)

Seeking early conclusion of the Delimitation process, Singh expressed the hope that the aspirations of the people of Jammu region, who are expecting a fair deal in terms of political power, would be duly honoured in a time-bound and transparent manner.

Yash Paul Kundal, General Secretary-JKNPP & former State Minister and Gagan Partap Singh, Secretary-JKNPP were also present at the press conference.


THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR REORGANISATION ACT, 2019

Delimitation of constituencies.

(1) Without prejudice to sub-sections (3) of section 14 of this Act, the number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir shall be increased from 107 to 114, and delimitation of the constituencies may be determined by the Election Commission in the manner hereinafter provided—
(a) the number of seats to be reserved for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes in the Legislative Assembly, having regard to the relevant provisions of the Constitution;
(b) the assembly constituencies into which the Union territory shall be divided, the extent of each of such constituencies and in which of them seats shall be reserved for the Scheduled Castes or for the Scheduled Tribes; and
(c) the adjustments in the boundaries and description of the extent of the parliamentary constituencies in each Union territory that may be necessary or expedient.
(2) In determining the matters referred to in clauses (b) and (c) of sub-section (1), the Election Commission shall have regard to the following provisions, namely:—
(a) all the constituencies shall be single-member constituencies;
(b) all constituencies shall, as far as practicable, be geographically compact areas, and in delimiting them, regard shall be had to physical features, existing boundaries of administrative units, facilities of communication and conveniences to the public; and

(c) constituencies in which seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes shall, as far as practicable, be located in areas where the proportion of their population to the total population is the largest.
(3) The Election Commission shall, for the purpose of assisting it in the performance of its functions under sub-section (1), associate with itself as associate members, four persons as the Central Government may by order specify, being persons who are the members of the Legislative Assembly of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir or four members of the House of the people representing the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir: Provided that none of the associate members shall have a right to vote or to sign any decision of the Election Commission.
(4) If, owing to death or resignation, the office of an associate member falls vacant, it shall be filled as far as practicable, in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (3).
(5) The Election Commission shall—
(a) publish its proposals for the delimitation of constituencies together with the dissenting proposals, if any, of any associate member who desires publication thereof in the Official Gazette and in such other manner as the Commission may consider fit, together with a notice inviting objections and suggestions in relation to the proposals and specifying a date on or after which the proposals will be further considered by it;
(b) consider all objections and suggestions which may have been received by it before the date so specified; and
(c) after considering all objections and suggestions which may have been received by it before the date so specified, determine by one or more orders the delimitation of constituencies and cause such order or orders to be published in the Official Gazette, and there upon such publication, the order or orders shall have the full force of law and shall not be called in question in any court.
(6) As soon as may be after such publication, every such order relating to assembly constituencies shall be laid before the Legislative Assembly of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

COVID-19: lockdown in Containment Zones extended till 30 June

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New Delhi: Under powers granted by section (2) of the Disaster Management Act 2005 , the National Disaster Management Authority has directed the Union Home Secretary to issue an order to extend the lockdown in Containment Zones till 30 June 2020 and to reopen prohibited activities in a phased manner in areas outside containment zones. 

In exercise of powers conferred under section (2) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, the Home Secretary on Saturday issued the necessary order and guidelines that will remain in force till 30 June 2020.

The last order for containment of COVID-19 in the country, for a period upto 31.05.2020 was issued on 13 May.

Click here for MHA guidelines

Supreme Court orders States to pay for the travel of migrant workers

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered not to charge the migrant workers for their travel back home. The court ordered that fare should be shared by originating and destination states and railways to be in charge of providing them food and water.

The apex court has passed this order taking serious note of migrants distress due to COVID-19 and the resultant lockdown. The Supreme Court’s order also comes as a censure of and lapses on part of both Centre and states when it comes ensuring the welfare of the migrant labourers. Significantly this order also brings in sharp focus the Opposition parties and more particularly Congress President Sonia Gandhi who launched the Speak up campaign against the Modi Government by blaming the Centre for not taking care of the migrant workers who have been forceed to return home him walking hundreds of kilometres. In some of these States, the Congress is in power or it is a ruling ally.

Close on the heels of the Supreme Court order, there was an official statement on Thursday, 28 May 2020 underscoring that Indian Railways has distributed more than 85 lakh free meals and about 1.25 crore free water bottles to nearly 50 lakh migrants travelling in Shramik Special Trains.

The number of cases under active medical supervision was 86,110 on Thursday evening. So far, a total of 67,691 people has been cured. In the last 24 hours, 3,266 patients were found cured. This takes our total recovery rate to 42.75%.

Cabinet Secretary reviewed COVID situation in 13 worst affected cities

Cabinet Secretary held a meeting with Municipal Commissioners, District Magistrates of 13 COVID-19 hit cities to take a review of the situation. Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories concerned attended the meeting.The meeting bears significance as these 13 cities are considered to be the worst Coronavirus affected locations and constitute about 70 per cent of the positive cases in the country.The 13 focus cities are Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi / New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Thane, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata / Howrah, Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur (Tamil Nadu).The measures taken by the officials and the staff of the municipal corporations for the management of COVID-19 cases were reviewed in the meeting.

Nirmala Sitharaman chairs 22nd Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council
Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman chaired the 22nd Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) here today. The meeting reviewed the current global and domestic macro-economic situation, financial stability and vulnerabilities issues, major issues likely to be faced by banks and other financial institutions as also regulatory and policy responses, Liquidity / Solvency of NBFCs/HFCs/MFIs and other related issues. Besides, market volatility, domestic resource mobilisation and capital flows issues were also discussed by the Council.The Council noted that the COVID-19 Pandemic crisis poses a serious threat to the stability of the global financial system as the ultimate impact of the crisis and the timing of recovery, is uncertain at this point of time.

Indian Railways operationalizes 3543 “Shramik Special” trains till 27th May2020 (1000hrs)across the country and transports around 48 lacs passengers to their home states through “Shramik Special” trains in 26 days
As on 27th May 2020, a total of 3543 “Shramik Special” trains have been operationalized from various states across the country. On 26.05.2020, 255 Shramik Specials were originated. Till now, around 48 lacs migrants have been transported through Shramik Special Trains in 26 days.These 3543 trains were originated from various states. The top five States/UTs from where maximum trains originated are Gujarat(946 Trains), Maharashtra(677 Trains), Punjab(377Trains), Uttar Pradesh (243 Trains) and Bihar (215 Trains).These “Shramik Special” Trains were terminated in various States across the country. The top five states where maximum trains terminated are Uttar Pradesh(1392 Trains), Bihar(1123 Trains), Jharkhand(156 Trains), Madhya Pradesh(119 Trains), Odisha (123 Trains).

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Cabinet Secretary held a meeting with Municipal Commissioners, District Magistrates of 13 COVID-19 hit cities to take a review of the situation. Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories concerned attended the meeting.The meeting bears significance as these 13 cities are considered to be the worst Coronavirus affected locations and constitute about 70 per cent of the positive cases in the country.The 13 focus cities are Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi / New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Thane, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata / Howrah, Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur (Tamil Nadu).The measures taken by the officials and the staff of the municipal corporations for the management of COVID-19 cases were reviewed in the meeting.

Nirmala Sitharaman chairs 22nd Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council
Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman chaired the 22nd Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) here today. The meeting reviewed the current global and domestic macro-economic situation, financial stability and vulnerabilities issues, major issues likely to be faced by banks and other financial institutions as also regulatory and policy responses, Liquidity / Solvency of NBFCs/HFCs/MFIs and other related issues. Besides, market volatility, domestic resource mobilisation and capital flows issues were also discussed by the Council.The Council noted that the COVID-19 Pandemic crisis poses a serious threat to the stability of the global financial system as the ultimate impact of the crisis and the timing of recovery, is uncertain at this point of time.

Indian Railways operationalizes 3543 “Shramik Special” trains till 27th May2020 (1000hrs)across the country and transports around 48 lacs passengers to their home states through “Shramik Special” trains in 26 days
As on 27th May 2020, a total of 3543 “Shramik Special” trains have been operationalized from various states across the country. On 26.05.2020, 255 Shramik Specials were originated. Till now, around 48 lacs migrants have been transported through Shramik Special Trains in 26 days.These 3543 trains were originated from various states. The top five States/UTs from where maximum trains originated are Gujarat(946 Trains), Maharashtra(677 Trains), Punjab(377Trains), Uttar Pradesh (243 Trains) and Bihar (215 Trains).These “Shramik Special” Trains were terminated in various States across the country. The top five states where maximum trains terminated are Uttar Pradesh(1392 Trains), Bihar(1123 Trains), Jharkhand(156 Trains), Madhya Pradesh(119 Trains), Odisha (123 Trains).