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Yasin Malik, Kashmiri separatist leader, convicted by Delhi court in terror funding case

Yasin Malik, a Kashmiri separatist leader, has been convicted by an NIA court in Delhi in the terror funding case. It is reported that the arguments on the quantum of sentence will take place on May 25.

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Yasin Malik, a Kashmiri separatist leader, has been convicted by an NIA court in Delhi in the terror funding case. It is reported that the arguments on the quantum of sentence will take place on May 25. The court also asked Malik to furnish an affidavit on his financial assets before the next date of hearing.

Earlier, in this case, Malik pleaded guilty to all the charges, including those under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), before the court in the terrorism and secessionist activities case that disturbed the Valley in 2017.

In the court, Yasim Malik told that he was not contesting the charges that were levelled against him including section 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for the terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act), and 20 (being member of terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code.

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Several people including Shabbir Shah, Masarat Alam, former MLA Rashid Engineer, businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, Bitta Karate, Aftab Ahmad Shah, Avatar Ahmad Shah, Naeem Khan, Bashir Ahmed Bhat, alias Peer Saifullah and others have also been framed under the charges for criminal conspiracy, waging war against the country and other unlawful activities.

In the earlier order by the NIA special Judge Praveen Singh had said that the above analysis reflects that the statements of witnesses and documentary evidence have connected almost all the accused with each other and to a common object of secession, to the commonality of means they were to use, their close association to terrorist/terrorist organisations under the guiding hand and funding of Pakistani establishment.

In other news, in the Gyanvapi mosque case, Supreme Court will hear the case tomorrow on May 20 at 3 pm. The top court even asked the trial court in Varanasi not to proceed with the Gyanvapi Mosque case till Friday, 20th May.

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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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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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PM Narendra Modi says his Govt leaving no stone unturned to ensure farmer welfare

Meanwhile, SKM called a meeting to address the situation at the Shambhu and Khanauri border between Punjab and Haryana.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that his government has left no stone unturned to ensure the welfare of farmers.

While addressing farmers at the golden jubilee celebration of the Gujarat Cooperation Milk Marketing Federation in Ahmedabad, PM Modi said that his government has built 60,000 Amrit Sarovars across the country.

This initiative will not only benefit farmers but will also strengthen the rural economy, he added. The central government aims to provide modern technology and its know-how even to the small farmers of the country, PM Modi further added.

Asserting that, PM Modi said that his government has been focusing on improving the life of small farmers, increasing the scope of animal husbandry, improving the health of animals, encouraging animal husbandry as well as pisciculture and beekeeping in the village.

PM Modi further said that the Centre has provided the farmers with modern seeds to combat climate change.

He threw light on the Kisan Credit Card facility and said that his government, for the first time, provided it to cattle farmers and fish farmers. Adding that he said farmers have been provided with such modern seeds which can combat climate change.

During the address, he also highlighted the Nari Shakti drive and called them the main force behind the flourishing dairy sector in the country. He declared the government’s commitment to stepping up the economic power of women.

PM Modi also lauded the growth of Amul and said that it has become a symbol of the strength of the nation’s cattle rearers.

Later in the day, PM Modi also visited an exhibition by Amul on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the GCMMF.

Meanwhile, SKM called a meeting to address the situation at the Shambhu and Khanauri border between Punjab and Haryana, where farmers have been camping as part of the Delhi Chalo movement. Leaders from various states including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal were present at the meeting.

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