Month: July 2019

AP puts Titli cyclone loss at ₹3670 crAP puts Titli cyclone loss

first_img COMMENT Andhra Pradesh The inter-ministerial central team led by Sanjeev Kumar Jindal, joint secretary (DM), the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, which toured the Titli cyclone- affected areas of Srikakulam district, has praised the relief measures taken up by Andhra Pradesh Government.The central team members met Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at Amaravati on Friday and responded positively to the proposals submitted by the State Government on cyclone damage, according to a press release. Seeks Central aidThe state government submitted a report putting the Titli cyclone loss at ₹3,673.10 crore. The Chief Minister sought immediate central assistance. He also informed the team members that when Hudhud cyclone hit Visakhapatnam city, the Prime Minister visited the city and promised on the spot ₹1,000 crore but subsequently only ₹650 crore had been released. Visakhapatnam city and district had suffered extensive damage due to the cyclone. October 27, 2018 COMMENTS cyclones SHARE Published on SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Technical Textiles Conclave

first_img COMMENT To understand the potential areas of investment in technical textiles, a one-day conclave will be held at The Residency Towers in Coimbatore by Mumbai-based Indian Technical Textiles Association (ITTA) on April 24. The ‘National Investors Conclave on Technical Textiles’ is being organised jointly with the Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) and Indian Techpreneurs’ Association (ITF). ITTA Chairman KS Sundararaman said the seminar would throw light on the opportunities for investment in the technical textiles space. Raghavendra Singh, Secretary, Union Ministry of Textiles, will inaugurate the conclave. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on SHARE events textile and clothing (industry) April 12, 2019 COMMENTSlast_img read more

Encephalitis deaths in Bihar Supreme Court seeks Centre state govts response

first_imgCentre to form permanent expert group to tackle AES outbreak in Bihar COMMENT Published on The Supreme Court said the deaths of more than 100 children in Muzaffarpur due to an outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) is a matter of “grave concern” and directed the Centre and the Bihar government to file their response on medical care facilities there within a week.A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai asked the Bihar government to file an affidavit on the adequacy of medical facilities, nutrition and sanitation and the hygiene conditions in the state.“This Public Interest Litigation relates to outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome virus that has caused deaths of about 150 children in different districts in the state of Bihar. The writ petition raises issues of grave concern and importance relating to public medical care facilities, nutrition and sanitation or hygiene. The respondents will file their response within seven days specifically dealing with the question of public medical care facilities, nutrition and sanitation or hygiene,” the bench said.During the hearing, one of the lawyers informed the court that similar deaths had occurred earlier in Uttar Pradesh. The court took note of it and directed the state government to apprise it on the issue.The matter has been posted for hearing after 10 days.Direct result of negligence, says pleaThe petition was filed by an advocate, Manohar Pratap, who said he was deeply “pained and saddened” by the deaths of more than 126 children, mostly in the age group of one to 10 years, in the past weeks. The figures were rising day by day, the petition stated.“The deaths of children are a direct result of negligence and inaction on the part of the respective state governments of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Union of India in handling the epidemical situation which arises every year due to outbreak of AES, also called as Japanese encephalitis,” the plea said. It claimed that thousands of young children were losing their lives yearly from the disease, but the governments (states and Centre) had done nothing to prevent its spread.“This year, the epicentre of the said disease is Muzaffarpur in Bihar where more than 126 children have lost their lives in the past one week. Media reports show that there is acute shortage of doctors, medical facilities, Intensive Care Units and other medical equipments in the hospitals in nearby areas and children are dying in hospitals due to lack of required facilities,” the petition said.‘Stop the outbreak’The petitioner also sought directions for all possible steps to stop the disease outbreak in the earlier epicentre, Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, and to create awareness about preventive steps and first aid. He has asked for a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to members of the family of the deceased who have died due to negligence of the state machinery.The petitioner sought a direction to the Centre for constituting a board of medical experts and immediately sending it to Muzaffarpur. He asked the apex court to direct the Centre and the Bihar government for immediately arranging 500 stationary and 100 mobile intensive care units with required medical professionals to deal with the patients from the remote areas and the emergency situation which occurred due to the AES outbreak.Symptoms of AES include high fever, convulsions and extremely low blood sugar levels. Among the factors said to trigger the syndrome are malnutrition. There were more than 44,000 cases and nearly 6,000 deaths from encephalitis in India between 2008 and 2014, said a 2017 study published in The Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR).Researchers said the patients often report acute onset of fever and altered consciousness, with a rapidly deteriorating clinical course, leading to death within hours.Litchis grown in Muzaffarpur, the country’s largest litchi cultivation region, are said to contain a toxin which can cause a drop in blood sugar levels if consumed by a malnourished child. From Gorakhpur to Muzaffarpur, a tale of rising death tolls and unprepared health systems COMMENTS SHAREcenter_img Supreme Court of India SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED June 24, 2019 The writ petition raises issues of grave concern and importance relating to public medical care facilities, nutrition and sanitation or hygiene, says the benchlast_img read more

Supreme Court grants bail to journalist Prashant Kanojia

first_imgcourts and legal Supreme Court of India COMMENTS Says right to liberty ‘non-negotiable’ The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered immediate release of journalist Prashant Kanojia, who was arrested for allegedly making objectionable comments against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on social media, saying fundamental right to liberty is “sacrosanct” and “non-negotiable”.The top court also deprecated the journalist for his posts against Adityanath and said it did not approve of them. A vacation bench, comprising justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi, said it is granting bail to the scribe as it disapproves the deprivation of right to liberty by the state. “A citizen’s right to liberty is sacrosanct and non-negotiable. It is a fundamental right granted under the Constitution and can’t be infringed upon by the state,” the bench said.Kanojia had allegedly shared a video on Twitter and Facebook wherein a woman is seen speaking to reporters of various media organisations outside the chief minister’s office in Lucknow, claiming that she had sent a marriage proposal to Adityanath. An FIR was registered against Kanojia by a sub-inspector at the Hazratganj police station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday night in which it was alleged that the accused made “objectionable comments against the CM and tried to malign his image.”The top court made it clear that the proceedings against the journalist will go on as per the law. The bench observed that even courts have to bear the brunt of social media. “Sometimes even we have to suffer the brunt of social media. Sometimes it is just and sometimes it is unjust but we have to exercise our powers,” the bench said.The court was hearing a habeas corpus (bring the person) petition filed by Kanojia’s wife, Jagisha Arora, challenging his arrest. Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, said the petition cannot be entertained as the accused is in judicial custody.To this the bench said, “The law is very clear. A person cannot be deprived of his rights. Even if it is an Article 32 petition, the Supreme Court can entertain it. The Supreme Court can’t keep its hands folded when there is deprivation of right to liberty.” The court also questioned the 11-day judicial custody give to the journalist and said, “In the facts of the case, a person can’t be allowed to stand 11 days behind bars. We are not approving what the journalist has tweeted/posted on social media. The person is behind the bars, which is troubling us. He should be immediately released on bail,” the bench said.The ASG then contended that the proceedings in the case should not be quashed or set aside. To this, the bench said it is certainly not quashing the proceedings in the case and it will go on in accordance with the law. “Certainly granting bail would not mean approving his tweets/posts on social media and our remarks would not affect the court proceedings, which will go on in accordance with the law,” it said. “It is not the approval of the action of the journalist but it is the disapproval of the state’s action which deprives citizen’s right to liberty,” it added.It asked the state government to show magnanimity and release the journalist on bail. The ASG requested the court to clarify in its order that it does not accord approval to the tweets or posts made by the journalist on social media. “Don’t worry about what is being written or construed on social media. Nowadays people are knowledgeable and aware and they know in what context things are being said,” the bench said.The habeas corpus petition, filed through lawyer Shadan Farasat, has also sought departmental action against the policemen, who were not in uniform, for arresting Kanojia from Delhi for “bailable offences”. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on SHARE June 11, 2019 Journalists with Jagisha Arora wife of Prashant Kanojia (right), staging a protest against arbitrary arrest of Kanojia and other journalists by Uttar Pradesh police, at the Press Club of India, in New Delhi.   –  The Hindu 0 COMMENTlast_img read more

Delhi HC imposes Rs 50000 cost on woman for filing false sexual

first_imgDelhi HC imposes Rs 50,000 cost on woman for filing false sexual harassment pleaThe court said there was no merit in the woman’s petition in which she has challenged the 2012 order of the internal complaint committee (ICC).advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:22 IST There is no merit in this writ petition which is dismissed with cost of Rs 50,000 to be deposited by the petitioner: Justice JR | File photo from PTIHIGHLIGHTSCourt said the organisation, where woman was working, is at liberty to initiate appropriate action against herThe woman in her complaint had alleged sexual harassment by her senior in 2011The high court said it was of the view that the woman’s complaint appeared to be falseIn a one of its kind order, the Delhi High Court has imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 on a woman for filing a false complaint of sexual harassment against her senior official and dismissed her plea challenging the benefit of doubt given to him.The court said there was no merit in the woman’s petition in which she has challenged the 2012 order of the internal complaint committee (ICC) and sought that direction that the retirement benefits of the man be withheld.”There is no merit in this writ petition which is dismissed with cost of Rs 50,000 to be deposited by the petitioner [woman] with the Delhi High Court Advocates Welfare Trust within four weeks,” Justice JR Midha said.The court said the organisation, where the woman was working, is at liberty to initiate appropriate action against her for “filing a false compliant” against the man in accordance with law.In her petition, the woman had also sought direction to the organisation to initiate independent departmental enquiry against the man and to also prosecute him.The woman in her complaint had alleged sexual harassment by her senior in 2011. She had alleged that the man had misbehaved and made sexual advances towards her.To examine the complaint, an ICC was constituted where the man had denied the allegation and claimed that the complaint was the result of a grudge against him due to certain official work disposed by him in her absence.The committee had observed that the exact content of communication of the incident could not be established and gave benefit of doubt to the man.It had recommended relocating both the woman and the man from their present posting.The high court, after going through the record of the inquiry proceedings, said it was of the view that the woman’s complaint appeared to be false.It said the woman had claimed that the incident took place in the presence of the staff and other members but during the inquiry proceedings, she could not give the name of any person present at that time.”The petitioner has not mentioned the alleged comments of respondent No 3 [man] in the complaint on the ground of modesty. The petitioner did not even disclose the alleged comments before the committee. No reason or justification was been given by the petitioner for not disclosing the same before the committee. The entire complaint of the petitioner appears to be false and has been filed with some ulterior motive,” the court said.Also Read | Delhi High Court turns down plea to declare marital rape as ground for divorceAlso Read | Delhi: Men rally against criminalisation of marital rape, share tales of spousal abuseAlso Watch | Why marital rape can’t be criminalised?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to 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 byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow Delhi High CourtFollow sexual harassementlast_img read more

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