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'Over 100 Rohingya killed fleeing Myanmar in two months'
United Nations, Nov 18: More than 100 Rohingya refugees have drowned in shipwrecks and boat capsizes as they fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to a UN official. Stephane Dujarric, the chief UN spokesman, on Friday said that the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has received reports of some 30 improvised rafts, carrying more than 1,000 people arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar, reports Xinhua news. Unable to pay to cross over to Bangladesh, the spokesman said refugees "are building rafts from whatever materials they can get their hands on" to make the four-hour trip across the Naf River. Recent arrivals told UNHCR that they had been "waiting for more than a month in desperate conditions" on the shores of Myanmar, according to Dujarric.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported approximately 620,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since August 25. "The refugees are mostly living in makeshift ...




NHRC notice to UP over deaths in Unchahar thermal plant blast
New Delhi, Nov 3: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the deaths in a boiler blast at a thermal power plant in the state.Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of 30 persons and injuries to 64 others at the National Thermal Power Corporation's Unchahar plant in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, the NHRC sought a high-level probe into the matter and directed the Chief Secretary for a detailed report within six weeks.In a letter to the Chief Secretary, the NHRC said the high-level probe was immediately required to ascertain negligence and errors, if any, behind the incident, which involves the Right to Life.It said there was a need to ensure that such tragedies did not recur.It directed the state government to ensure that the bereaved families were suitably compensated by way of monetary relief without delay.On Wednesday, a boiler at the thermal power plant burst, resulting in a m...




Civil Society, religious communities protest together seeking justice for anti-Sikh riot victims
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.netNew Delhi, Nov 1: To keep alive the voices for justice on yet another anniversary of anti-Sikh rights, people belonging to different communities held a joint protest on Wednesday. Besides punishment to the culprits of Sikh massacre, they also demanded justice for the 1992 (Babri Masjid demolition and riot), 2008 (anti-Christian riot in Kandhmal and 2002 (Gujarat riots).Speaking to IndiaTomorrow.net, Srinivasan Raghwan, President, Lok Raj Sangathan said, "We have been marking this protest every year so people don't forget (the massacre) and it remains in their consciousness.""We are not asking government to take any action as government itself involved in communal violence. How it will punish itself?" he asked.  The protesters were upset as this year they are not allowed to take out a march like previous years due to an order of National Green Tribunal (NGT) barring protest gathering at Jantar Mantar citing pollution and asking ...




Congress seeks judicial probe into infants' death at Ahmedabad hospital
New Delhi, Oct 29: The Congress on Sunday demanded judicial probe into death of infants at an Ahmedabad hospital and questioned the issue not finding mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio programme.Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill claimed that 18 infants had died at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital over the past three days "due to the non-availability of doctors" and demanded resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani "due to gross criminal negligence of the state administration" and an independent inquiry under the supervision of either the Supreme Court or the high court.Shergill alleged that the Chief Superintendent of the Civil Hospital was a BJP ticket aspirant from the Aswara constituency and "is busy serving the ruling BJP government", while a cover-up has begun to protect the accused involved.He said instead of "Mann Ki Baat", the Prime Minister should have apologised to the people, particularly families of the inf...




Nine newborns die in Gujarat government hospital in a day
Ahmedabad, Oct 29: As many as nine infants, including five referred from other public hospitals in critical condition, have died at the Government Civil Hospital here in a single day, official sources said.The newborns breathed their last on Saturday at Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.Five of them had been shifted from Civil Hospitals in Lunawada in Gujarat's Mahisagar district, Surendranagar district town, Mansa in Gandhinagar district, Viramgam in Ahmedabad district and Himmatnagar in Sabarkantha district hospitals in the state, while four were born here.The rest four, who succumbed at the Ahmedabad hospital were all underweight, just like the five from other towns, according to M.M. Prabhakar, Medical Superintendent of Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad.He said the newborns were referred to Ahmedabad in a critical condition and this should not have happened."The infant who was brought from Lunawada Civil Hospital weighed only 1.1 kg with extreme preterm. The place is 130 km from her...




JNU missing student case: Court reserves order on CBI plea
New Delhi, Oct 27: A court here on Friday reserved its order on CBI's plea seeking early hearing on the application seeking consent of nine students for a lie detection test in connection with the missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal said that he will deliver his order on October 30 on plea of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).The CBI plea came after the Delhi High Court asked the probe agency to seek early hearing in the trial court, which had earlier adjourned the matter for January 2018.Eight of these students appeared before the court while one sought exemption from personal appearance on health grounds and was represented by his counsel.Ahmed, 27, an MSc First Year student, went missing on October 15 last year after a fight with alleged members of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. However the student body had denied any involvement. (IANS)




Police diluted Pehlu Khan lynching case, finds independent probe
New Delhi, Oct 26: An independent fact-finding investigation into the lynching of Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer, earlier this year by cow vigilantes has exposed how police tried to "weaken" the investigation by delaying filing of the FIR and invoking IPC sections of crimes with lesser punishment.The investigation termed the police action as "monumental inefficiency" or a "deliberate attempt to weaken the cases against the accused gaurakshaks".In April, Khan, a dairy farmer from Jaisinghpur village in Haryana, was lynched by cow vigilantes in Behror of Alwar district in Rajasthan. He was returning home after purchasing two cows and two calves from a Jaipur cattle fair.The murder caught national attention and Khan became the face of protests against the spate of lynchings across the country in the name of gauraksha or cow protection.The independent investigation also revealed that the accused named in Khan's "dying declaration" were not arrested and p...




Days before Yogi's visit, Swiss couple brutally assaulted in Agra; Sushma seeks report from UP govt.
New Delhi/Agra, Oct 26: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government after a Swiss couple were allegedly attacked in Agra on Sunday."I have just seen this. I have asked for a report from the state government," she said in a tweet attaching a news report of the attack on the Swiss couple.The minister also said that officials of the External Affairs Ministry will visit the couple in the hospital."My officers will reach them in the hospital," she said in another tweet.The External Affairs Minister's remarks came amid reports of the Swiss couple -- Quentin Jeremy Clerc and Marie Droxz -- stalked, harassed and assaulted with stones and sticks in Agra by a group of young men for over an hour on Sunday. They were admitted to a hospital in Agra after the attack.The couple had reportedly come to India on September 30 and were in Agra for a two-day visit. On Sunday, they planned to go to Fatehpur Sikri when they were at...




Madhya Pradesh: Man burnt to death for protesting daughter's molestation
Damoh (Madhya Pradesh), Oct 23: A 45-year-old man was burnt to death by three youths for filing a police complaint against one of them for molesting his daughter in Madhya Pradesh's Damoh District. The three have been arrested, police said.Narmada Sahu resident of Hata police station, had filed a police complaint against his neighbour Sachin, 18, for allegedly harassing and molesting his 15-year-old daughter.Angered by this, Sachin and two of his friends, Rajkumar and Ramkumar, started threatening Sahu to take back the police complaint and warned of dire consequences.On Sunday, they poured kerosene on Sahu and set him on fire, police said.Police Superintendent Vivek Aggarwal told IANS "Sahu was taken to hospital in serious condition and died during treatment at night."Aggarwal also added that Sahu's daughter had denied any molestation by Sachin.The official claimed that the main reason for the crime was not molestation. Police are probing the matter.According to source, Sahu ...




Jharkhand starvation death: Victim's mother thrown out of village
Ranchi, Oct 21: The mother of an 11-year-old girl, who allegedly died due to starvation on September 28, was on Saturday thrown out of her village in Jharkhand's Simdega district.According to reports, the locals accused her of defaming the village. The scared woman later took shelter in the panchayat building.The Simdega district administration has asked the local officials to look into the matter.The death came to light after it was reported on October 15 by an organisation working on food security related issues.The girl's mother had said in a statement that her daughter died due to starvation as the family members did not get the food grains from the Public Distribution System (PDS) shop as their ration card was not linked with the Aadhaar card.The Simdega district administration has so far maintained that the girl Santoshi was suffering from malaria and died due to her ailment. The state's health department has, however, rubbished the claim.Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, wh...




Union minister orders central probe into Jharkhand girl's starvation death
Ranchi/Delhi, Oct 18: A central probe has been ordered into the starvation death of an 11-year-old girl in Jharkhand, official sources said on Wednesday even as the opposition flayed the Raghubar Das government on the matter. Santoshi Kumari of Karimati village in Simdega district died on September 28. The death was reported on Sunday by an organisation working on food security-related issues."Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Ramvilas Paswan has directed the Union Food Secretary to hold an inquiry. The Centre will send its team to the state soon to hold the probe," an official release said in Delhi.Paswan also sought a report from the state government.The Union Minister expressed concerns over non-distribution of ration for over three months despite the Food Security Act in force in Jharkhand."As per the Act, the state government should give allowance to beneficiaries in case ration could not be provided. Action should be taken against the erring official...




Delhi court discharges Maulana Anzar Shah in terror case
Abu Zafar for IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 17: In a major setback to the Delhi Police's Special Cell, a Delhi court on Tuesday discharged Bangalore-based cleric Maulana Anzar Shah Qasmi in a terror case. Maulana Qasmi was behind bars since January 2016 when was picked from the Karnataka capital.   Police had claimed that Qasmi was involved in anti-national activities and was provoking youth to join such activities and he had links with terror outfits like Al-Qaida. Police also claimed that Qasmi had been arrested based on information collected during the interrogation of terror suspects associated with Indian Subcontinent network of Al-Qaida. He was also accused of giving fiery and hate speeches and mobilizing youths.   According to Qasmi's lawyer Adv. MS Khan, Additional Session Judge Sidharth Sharma of Delhi's Patiala House Court discharged Maulana Qasmi from all the allegations in the case.   The Special Cell had filed a charge sheet in June 2016 against M...




Charges against Kancha Ilaiah absurd: Amnesty
Bengaluru, Oct 17: The charges against writer Kancha Ilaiah, a staunch critic of the caste system, are an "absurd assault" on the right to freedom of expression, Amnesty International India said on Tuesday.Kancha Ilaiah's latest book, titled "Samajika Smugglerlu Komatollu" (Social smugglers - Komatis), challenges the caste system in India and criticizes the social and economic capital enjoyed by dominant castes that allows discrimination to prevail.On October 12, a complaint was filed in a court in Telangana stating that the book had hurt the sentiments of the Vyasa community.On instructions of the court, a case was registered against Kancha Ilaiah. The charges include accusations of promoting enmity between different social groups and trying to maliciously outrage religious beliefs.He has also been charged under Section 3 of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. If convicted, he could face up to five years in jail."The charges brought...




Strike balance between national interest, Rohingyas: SC to Centre
New Delhi, Oct 13: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to strike a balance between national security, economic interests and humanitarian considerations with regard to the Rohingya women, children, old, sick and infirm."We have to strike a balance between national security and economic interests and humanitarian considerations" involving Rohingyas, said Chief Justice Dipak Misra heading the bench also including Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.Chief Justice Misra said: "(We should see) How we reconcile the national security and economic interests and protection of women, children, old, infirm, sick and innocent" Rohingyas and "how far this court can go".Having said this, Chief Justice Misra said: "As a constitutional court of this country, we can't be oblivious of this and simultaneously the executive too can't be oblivious of this."The top court said this as the Centre resisted its earlier observation that the govern...




NHRC efforts led to increased public awareness on rights: CJI
New Delhi, Oct 13: Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra on Thursday praised the National Human Rights Commission and said the commission's efforts had led to increased public awareness about human rights and a spike in the registration of complaints of rights' violations.Speaking at the NHRC's 24th Foundation Day here, Justice Misra referred to the Supreme Court's judgment that recognised the right to privacy as a human right, and said the scope of human rights in the country has been expanding."The NHRC and such bodies in states should seek courts' intervention if public authorities do not comply with their recommendations in cases of human rights violations," he said.Justice Misra called for mutual respect for each other's rights.Speaking on the occasion, NHRC Chairperson Justice H.L. Dattu (retired) urged the people to adopt human rights as a way of life, as fundamental changes could be brought about to eradicate the scourge of poverty, ignorance, prejudices, and discrimina...




Mob Violence in Delhi: Nigerian tied to post, brutally assaulted; Video surfaces
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 9: A young Nigerian was tied to a post and brutally assaulted by a mob over theft allegation in Delhi's Malviya Nagar in the last week of September. After the assault, the mob had handed him over to the police and later he was sent to jail. The mob had reportedly told the police that the Nigerian got wounded as he fell down the stairs. However, a video posted by NDTV on its website today shows he was brutally assaulted by the mob after tying him to a post.  




No need for NIA probe in Hadiya case, Kerala govt. tells SC
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 7: The Kerala government on Saturday told the Supreme Court of India that there was no need for an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the Hadiya case as the state police, in its probe, had not found anything that could be counted as commission of the Scheduled Offences and thus warranting a probe by the Central agency.   According to a report in The Indian Express, in an affidavit field in the Hadiya case in the apex court on Saturday, the state government said: "Investigation conducted so far by the Kerala police has not revealed any incident relating to commission of any Scheduled Offences to make a report to the Central Government under Section 6 of the National Investigation Agency Act, 2006."   Hadiya, Akhila Ashokan before her conversion to Islam, had married a Muslim man after she converted to Islam. But her parents did not accept this marriage and charged that their daughter was forced to conv...




Naxalites use kids to fight in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand: UN
Arul Louis,United Nations, Oct 7: The UN has received reports of Naxalites using children to fight in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and of terrorists burning at least 30 schools in Jammu and Kashmir last year, according to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.In his annual report on Children in Armed Conflict, Guterres said: "Children continued to be affected by incidents of violence between armed groups and the government, in particular in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand as well as tensions in Jammu and Kashmir."The UN continued to receive reports of the recruitment and use of children by armed groups, including the Naxalites, in particular in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand," he said.At least 30 schools were burned and partially destroyed by armed groups in Jammu and Kashmir according to government reports, he said."In addition, government reports confirmed the military use of four schools by security forces in that region for several weeks."Guterres's report for 2016, howe...




Women activists urge Kerala CM to ensure Hadiya's freedom
New Delhi, Oct 6: A number of women activists on Friday wrote an open letter to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the State Women's Commission (SWC) to seek their intervention in a young woman Hadiya's "forcible" confinement at her parents' house and demanded state protection for her."As women's rights activists from across the country, we urge you to take steps to ensure that Hadiya is not forcibly confined in the home of her natal family, denied the right to cohabit with her husband, and be subjected to coercion for exercising opting for faith of her choice," the letter to the Chief Minister read.The letter -- signed by around 70 women activists and kindred groups -- demanded an immediate visit by the women's panel members to Hadiya, and a probe of human rights violations, if any, in her case.The women activists also demanded that she be given access to a phone through which she can communicate beyond her parental home's walls in "virtual house arres...




Rohingya refugees must not be forced home to atrocities: Amnesty
Dhaka, Oct 6: The international community must help ensure that no Rohingya refugee is forced back to Myanmar as long as they remain at risk of serious human rights violations following an agreement between Bangladesh and Nay Pyi Taw to form a working group to discuss repatriation of Rohingyas, rights NGO Amnesty International said on Thursday.The governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar announced on Monday that they have established a working group to discuss the repatriation of Rohingya refugees.More than 5,00,000 Rohingya women, men and children fled a military operation in Rakhine State in a little more than a month."While it is positive that Myanmar and Bangladesh are discussing options for the safe return of Rohingya to their homes, this must be a voluntary process and not lead to a hasty and reckless effort to push people back against their will," said Audrey Gaughran, Amnesty International's Director of Global Issues."No one should be forced back to a situation wher...




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