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Life cripple in Manipur’s tribal areas due to shutdown call

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Imphal, July 10 (IANS) Normal life remained crippled in several tribal-dominated districts in Manipur on Wednesday following a 12-hour shutdown call by the Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) to protest against the arrest of five village volunteers by the security personnel.

Police said that normal life was crippled as business establishments, markets, government and non-government offices, banks, and educational institutions were closed and the vehicles were off the roads in many of the tribal-dominated districts due to the shutdown, which started on Wednesday morning.

Vehicular movement on national and state highways were also badly affected as the protesters blocked the roads.

Displaying placards and banners, with the slogan, “We want justice, we want peace, punish killers and rapists, Central forces should be impartial,” thousands of men and women organised sit-in demonstrations in several districts.

Information and Publicity Secretary of the KIM Janghaolun Haokip claimed that Wednesday’s shutdown was total and spontaneous in six districts — Churachandpur, Kangpokpi, Tengnoupal, Jiribam, Ukhrul and Chandel.

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Haokip said that the recent arrests of five village volunteers are deeply unfortunate and pose a significant security threat to the Kuki-Zo people.

The KIM urged all Kuki-Zo regional organisations to strictly abide by this resolve to express solidarity for the common cause of their people, the fight against the “unlawful oppression, subjugation and persecution of our people and our legitimate demand for a Union Territory with a legislature for the Kuki-Zo people.”

The KIM, in a statement, alleged that the “valley-based militant groups are openly brandishing sophisticated arms and ammunition in the valley, the indiscriminate terrorising of the Kuki-Zo people and subsequent arrest of five village volunteers is a threat that belies all hopes for safety and security for the minority Kuki-Zo people who have been fully cooperative with law enforcement efforts.”

The Kuki Women Organisation for Human Rights strongly condemned the burning down of the house of a KIM leader at Phaitol village in Jiribam district on Monday, allegedly by Arambai Tenggol, a radical outfit of the Meitai community.

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The organisation in a statement also claimed that the security forces brutally assaulted seven tribal women with sticks and rifle butts and condemned the incident.

–IANS

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Maliwal assault case: Bibhav Kumar approaches SC for bail

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New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav Kumar, who is accused of assaulting AAP Rajya Sabha member Swati Maliwal, has petitioned the Supreme Court seeking bail.

The special leave petition filed before the apex court challenges the decision of the Delhi High Court refusing to admit his bail plea.

In its July 12 order, a bench of Justice Anoop Kumar Mendiratta of the high court said that at this stage, the possibility of tampering with the evidence or influencing the witnesses cannot be ruled out by the accused, who happened to be the personal secretary of Delhi CM.

Earlier on May 27, a court here refused to release CM Kejriwal’s aide on bail. Bibhav Kumar’s counsel contended that Maliwal went to the CM’s residence with the intent to malign his aide. Questioning the three-day delay in lodging the FIR, he argued that Bibhav Kumar was not present at the CM’s residence at the time of the incident and Maliwal had no appointment.

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Kumar was arrested on May 18 in connection with the assault on Maliwal on May 13 and produced late at night before a local court which sent him to five days of police custody.

Delhi Police registered a case against Kumar after he allegedly assaulted Maliwal at the Chief Minister’s residence.

The FIR at the Civil Lines police station includes charges under Sections 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 341 (wrongful restraint), 354(B) (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 509 (word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.

Last week, a Delhi court extended till July 30 judicial custody of Bibhav Kumar, after the Delhi Police filed its charge sheet naming him as the prime accused.

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Bhopal, July 25 (IANS) The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh is preparing to bring reforms in the administrative system of the gram panchayats to ensure effective implementation of the public beneficiary schemes of the Centre and state.

For this purpose, the Panchayat and Rural Development Department is preparing some guidelines which will be introduced after obtaining the Centre’s approval.

The new system will empower the gram panchayats to design the development plans for their respective panchayats, which will have to be submitted to the state government for budget approval and allocation.

State Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said the initiatives are being taken to make the panchayats strong and self-reliant.

“The state government is making efforts to strengthen the internal administrative system of the gram panchayats,” Patel said.

During a meeting with panchayat representatives in Bhopal, the Minister urged them to create a competitive atmosphere for development which will empower them.

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Patel also said that the state government is striving to ensure that every panchayat has a community centre and a building of their own.

Optimum use of the budget and the available financial resources under various schemes should be made, he said, adding that the ultimate objective is to make people happy and ensure their welfare.

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New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed on Thursday that Bangladesh has officially objected to the recent comments made by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the ongoing civil unrest in the neighbouring country.

“I can confirm that we have received a diplomatic note from the Bangladeshi side, protesting against the comments made by the Chief Minister of West Bengal,” MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said on Thursday.

“I would like to underline that under the Seventh Schedule, Union List I, Item No. 10 of our Constitution, the conduct of foreign affairs and all matters which bring the Union into the relation with any foreign country are the sole prerogative of the Union government,” he added.

Addressing the Martyrs’ Day rally in Kolkata on July 21, Mamata Banerjee commented on the ongoing unrest in Bangladesh, saying that she would not hesitate to provide shelter to the “helpless people” coming from the neighbouring country and seeking refuge in West Bengal.

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“There is a United Nations resolution that the neighbouring countries should show respect and accommodate refugees coming from regions under turmoil,” the Trinamool Congress supremo said.

Reacting strongly, the Sheikh Hasina government termed the West Bengal CM’s remarks “provocative” and “inaccurate”, especially at a time when the local authorities were trying to normalise the tense situation there.

The MEA, meanwhile, termed the ongoing protests in Bangladesh an “internal matter” of the country and thanked the Bangladesh government for its “excellent cooperation” that has helped in the safe return of over 6,700 Indian students till now.

“We are aware of the situation in the country. We have been closely following the developments there. India considers the ongoing situation in the country to be an internal matter of Bangladesh. With the support and cooperation of the Bangladesh government, we were able to arrange for the safe return of our students which we deeply appreciate.

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“We share warm and close ties and are hoping that the situation there will turn normal soon,” the MEA spokesperson said.

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Rashtrapati Bhavan's Durbar Hall and Ashok Hall renamed as Gantantra Mandap and Ashok Mandap

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Rashtrapati Bhavan's Durbar Hall and Ashok Hall renamed as Gantantra Mandap and Ashok Mandap

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) In a significant development, two iconic halls of the Rashtrapati Bhavan have been renamed by President Droupadi Murmu on Thursday.

Durbar Hall will now be known as ‘Ganatantra Mandap’ while Ashok Hall has been renamed as ‘Ashok Mandap’.

The renaming of the halls has been done to drop their British semblance and ‘bring them closer’ to the Indian cultural values and ethos.

“Rashtrapati Bhavan, the office and the residence of the President of India, is a symbol of the nation, and an invaluable heritage of the people. Continuous efforts are being made to make it more accessible to people. There has been a consistent endeavour to make the ambience of the Rashtrapati Bhavan reflective of the Indian cultural values and ethos,” said a press communique from the President’s House.

While ‘Durbar Hall’ is the venue of important ceremonies and celebrations such as the presentation of National Awards, Ashok Hall served as a ballroom.

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“The term ‘Durbar’ refers to courts and assemblies of Indian rulers and the British. It lost relevance after India became a Republic, that is, ‘Ganatantra’. The concept of ‘Ganatantra’ is deeply rooted in Indian society since ancient times, making ‘Ganatantra Mandap’ an apt name for the venue,” the press note further said.

Ashok Hall was originally a ballroom. The word ‘Ashok’ connotes someone who is “free from all sufferings” or is “bereft of any sorrow”. Also, Ashoka refers to Emperor Ashok, a symbol of unity and peaceful co-existence.

“Renaming Ashoka Hall as Ashok Mandap brings uniformity in language and removes the traces of anglicisation while upholding the key values associated with the word ‘Ashok’,” it said.

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MUDA case: Consent for CM Siddaramaiah’s prosecution to be sought from K'taka Guv

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MUDA case: Consent for CM Siddaramaiah’s prosecution to be sought from K'taka Guv

Bengaluru, July 25 (IANS) In a major development, activist TJ Abraham has announced that he will seek the Governor’s consent for prosecution of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday in connection with the MUDA case.

In a statement Abraham said, “I am scheduled to meet the Governor of Karnataka at 11.30 A.M. on Friday at Raj Bhavan, to seek his sanction for prosecution of CM Siddaramiah in accordance with Section 218 of the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023, Section 17A and 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.”

He added that this step was being taken after filing a complaint with the Lokayukta Police in Mysore, on July 18 in connection with the alleged illegal allotment of 14 alternative compensatory sites in Vijayanagar, of Mysore District, to BM Parvathi Siddaramiah’s wife on January 5, 2022, causing a loss of Rs.44.64 crore to the state exchequer.

The irregularities allegedly involve several persons including CM Siddaramiah, his wife Parvathi, his MLA son S Yatindar, MUDA Commissioner DB Natesh, MUDA Chairman HV Rajeev, the then Sub-Registrar of Mysore North SK Siddiah, the then DC Mysuru G Kumar Nayak (currently the Congress MP from Raichur), the then DC of Mysuru S Selvakumar and other people.

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Abraham is the president of the Anti-Graft/Corruption and Environmental Forum.

During the tenure of Yediyurappa as the CM, prosecution consent was given by then Governor late Hansraj Bharadwaj in the denotification case, following which an FIR was lodged and the senior BJP leader had to face trial and was jailed in 2011.

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