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Mizoram News: Essential supplies resume, meeting on Beti Bachao, Mizo pharmacists donate Covid essentials

As the economic blockade on National Highway 306 was lifted, the supply of essential commodities to Mizoram is progressively shuffling back to normalcy.

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As the economic blockade on National Highway 306 was lifted, the supply of essential commodities to Mizoram is progressively shuffling back to normalcy. State supply Minister Lalrinliana said that oil tankers and trucks carrying LPG from oil depots and gas bottling plants in Assam are continuously coming in. The railway tracks, which were damaged at three locations in Assam, have also been reconstructed and transportation of rice bags by train will resume soon, he said. The Mizoram DIG said at least 1,303 vehicles including motor vehicles, oil tankers, trucks, buses and maxicabs carrying passengers and goods have entered from Assam through NH-306 from Saturday night till 6 pm on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, sources in Assam said Lailapur residents have threatened to resume the blockade unless the Mizoram government meets their demands as the locals had demanded to take action against Mizoram Police officials involved in the killing of seven Assam residents and also demanded Indian Reserve battalion of Mizoram to be shifted from the present outpost where firing took place on July 26 and the same should be occupied by neutral forces.

Read Also: Assam News: Himanta lists 4 criteria for border resolution, Admissions still pending, uniform wages for tea workers, 929 fresh covid cases

Review meeting in Serchhip district on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

Analysing the first phase of on-going and awaited initiatives of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Action Plan 2020-21, a review meeting was held on Tuesday led by Deputy Commissioner Kumar Abhishek along with the District Level Task Force of Serchhip. During the meeting, various works planned under first phase BBBP Photography Competition and training were organized. In this pandemic Media Campaign was accepted and the meeting decided making of brochures, organizing My Aim My Target Campaign, preparing Success story and documents to be continued on-going phase.

Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao is a campaign of the Government of India to generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services for girls in India. The meeting also decided that a preparation for the second phase will be started.

Covidkit donated by Mizoram pharmacists’ association

The Mizoram Pharmacists’ Association on Tuesday has donated a sum of Rs 311,200 and essentials for Covid-19 care. The donation includes medicine, oximeter and other essentials for those in rural areas and was handed over to the Health Minister Dr R. Lalthangliana. The Mizoram Pharmacists’ Association with the sum of money they have collected made arrangements for distributing the Covid19 kits to pharmacist and medical teams across districts with the assistance of local task forces. The Association members consist of government employees and non-government employees registered under Mizoram State Pharmacy Council.

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Calcutta High Court suggests changing name of Sita, Akbar lions

Justice Saugata Bhattacharyya asked AAG whether he had any pets and if they were named after national heroes.

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The Calcutta High Court on Thursday suggested to the Bengal government that the names of lioness Sita and lion Akbar, who were placed in the same enclosure at the Bengal Safari Park in Siliguri, could be changed.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had filed a petition in the High Court to change the name of the lioness Sita, who was recently brought to West Bengal from Tripura.

Hearing a petition, the Single-Judge Bench of Justice Saugata Bhattacharyya orally directed the State to avoid controversy and consider renaming the big cats.

Questioning the intention of the State, Justice Bhattacharyya asked the government if it would name a lion after a Hindu deity, a Muslim prophet or Christian god, a freedom fighter or a Nobel laureate. Generally, anyone who has been revered or respected by the people of our country, Justice Bhattacharyya further asked.

On this occasion, the Additional Advocate General (AAG), appearing for the State, submitted that the naming of the lions took place in Tripura, and it was the responsibility of the Tripura Zoo authorities. Counsel further told the Court that the State itself was already considering changing the name of lions.

Upon hearing the arguments, the Bench also questioned the logic behind naming the lions after a god, freedom fighter or Nobel laureate and further asked why the State did not challenge the names given by Tripura.

The Court further noted that the petition filed by VHP espoused the rights of a large section of people and said that naming a lion after Sita, a largely worshipped by Hindus would hurt their religious sentiments.

During the exchange with AAG, Justice Bhattacharyya also stated that the animals could not be named after respected figures. He further asked AAG whether he had any pets and if they were named after national heroes.

The Bench had directed the petition by VHP to be reclassified as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and redirected it to a regular Bench that can hear the same.

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Farmer who died in protest, survived by mentally ill father, unwed sister

Farmer Leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal has asked the Punjab Government to declare Shubhkaran Singh a martyr and provide benefits accordingly. 

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The 21-year-old farmer, Shubhkaran Singh who died during the clashes between the police and the protesting farmers on Khanauri border left behind his mentally ill father and an unwed sister. His mother died years ago.

The 21 years old, a resident of Balloch village of Bathinda in Punjab, left his home on February 13 to join the Delhi Chalo march. Reports stated that Shubhkaran Singh was the youngest among the group of 15 people who left to join the protest from the village.

Reportedly, Shubhkaran was the only son and sole breadwinner of the family. The 21-year-old farmer has about two acres of land. Shubhkaran, who has two sisters, also took a loan for the marriage of his one sister.

The farmers who halted their protest for two days after the death of the youth, have blocked the autopsy. Farmer Leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal has asked the AAP led Punjab Government to declare Shubhkaran a martyr and provide benefits accordingly. The leader further said that the government should create a five member board to conduct the post-mortem examination.

Meanwhile, farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said that the police took action when the farmers were peacefully trying to cross over into Haryana. He added that more than 100 farmers have been injured and demanded the treatment of injured farmers.

Haryana police while appealing for peace said that farmers escalated the violence by attacking the police personnels with sticks and maces and that the police were only trying to restrain them.

Issuing a statement, Additional Inspector General, Manisha Chaudhary said that farmers surrounded the police from all sides, burned stubble by pouring chilli powder in it. She added that around 12 policemen were seriously injured because of the attacks by protestors at Datta Singh Wala-Khanauri border.

Meanwhile, farmer’s leader Pandher said that farmer leaders will discuss future actions and until then, all farmers will remain camped at the borders.

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Congress slams Govt over X blocking accounts linked to farmers protest on Centre’s order, says democracy is being murdered

X disagreed with these actions and maintain that freedom of expression should extend to these posts.

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The Congress party on Thursday slammed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government over the action of microblogging platform X blocking accounts and posts linked to the ongoing farmers’ protest and called it a murder of democracy.

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh, taking to X, said that the action taken by the social media platform on the Centre’s order was a murder of democracy in India.

The Elon Musk-led X, sharing a post on its platform in response to the IT ministry’s order asking it to temporarily block 177 accounts linked to the farmers’ protest, said that the Indian government has issued executive orders requiring it to act on specific accounts and posts, subject to potential penalties, including significant fines and imprisonment.

The X’s Global Government Affairs team further stated that it complied with the orders and they would withhold these accounts and posts in India alone, however, they disagreed with these actions and maintained that freedom of expression should extend to these posts.

Consistent with their position, a writ appeal challenging the Indian government’s blocking orders remains pending. X has also provided the impacted users with notice of these actions following their policies.

Due to legal restrictions, they were unable to publish the executive orders, but they thought that making them public was essential for transparency. This lack of disclosure can lead to a lack of accountability and arbitrary decision-making, the X’s Global Government Affairs said in a post on its platform.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also hit out at the Modi government and termed it a murder of democracy. Taking to X, he raised several questions and said if farmers ask for MSP, shoot them. Is this the Mother of Democracy? Gandhi further said that when the youth ask for the appointment, the Centre refuse to even listen to them, if the former governor tells the truth, then they send CBI to his house.

He also attacked the Modi government for freezing the bank accounts of the most prominent opposition party. He added, saying that Section 144, internet ban, sharp wires, and tear gas shells on farmers are not justified in the democracy. He further attacked the Centre for suppressing the voice of the people. He charged on Centre, saying Modi ji public knows that the government have murdered democracy and they will answer it.

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