Kashmiri Pandits Warn Of Mass Migration If No Solution Provided Against Terror

The Kashmiri Pandits on Tuesday warned of “mass relocation” if the government fails to provide a strong solution within 24 hours for the killings of innocents by the terrorists in the valley.

The announcement came during the protest staged by the agitated Pandits in Srinagar after a teacher from the Jammu division’s Samba was shot dead by the terrorists in the morning at the High School Gopalpora area of Kulgam.
The protestor Amit Kaul revealed that they are protesting against the killings by demanding relocation to a “safer place” until conditions turn normal.

He said, “We have made a PAN-valley decision that if the government fails to take any strict decision for us in 24 hours, we will move out from the valley and there will be mass migration, once again.”

“When our delegation met the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, we requested him to save us and our memorandum also read that by the time situation in Kashmir returns to normal, we should be relocated to some other places, for some time being like 2-3 years, he added.”

“They assured us that they will make Kashmir ‘terrorism-free’ in 2-3 years, hence we asked them to relocate us until then, he said quoting the Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar.

He also disclosed, “Only 1,250 people have been accommodated to the transit camps, rest 4,000 people are living in rented accommodation, and providing safety and security to all of them by reaching their homes is something next to impossible.”

The protestors declared that the protest will continue for 24 hours until a solution is provided to them. (ANI)

Plea in SC Challenging Assam Govt’s Decision Of Converting Madrassas To Schools

An appeal was filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging the Gauhati High Court order upholding The Assam Repealing Act, 2020, under which all provincialised (government-funded) Madrassas are to be converted into general schools in Assam.

The High Court on February 4 had dismissed the petition challenging the validity of the Act and said changes brought about by the legislative and executive action of the State are for the provincialised Madrassas alone, which are government schools, and not for private or community ones.
Filing the appeal against February 4 order, Md Imad Uddin Barbhuiya and others sought a stay on the High Court order.

“The appeal was filed through advocate Adeel Ahmed stated that High Court had erroneously observed that the “Petitioner Madrassas being government schools, and wholly maintained by the State through provincialisation are hit by Article 28(1) of the Constitution of India and as such, cannot be permitted to impart religious instruction,” the plea said.

The Act had repealed two laws – the Assam Madrassa Education Provincialisation Act, 1995, and the Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation of Services of Employees and Reorganisation of Madrassa Educational Institutions) Act, 2018.

The appeal stated that the Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation) Act, 1995 (repealed by the Act of 2020) is only limited to the State undertaking to pay the salaries and provide consequential benefits to the teaching and non-teaching staff employed in madrassas as also the administration, management and control of these madrassas.

“The land and building belonging to the madrassas are taken care of by the Petitioners and the expenditures on electricity and furniture are borne by the Petitioner madrassas themselves. The repealing Act of 2020 takes away property coupled with statutory recognition of Madrassa education and the impugned order dated February 12, 2021, issued by the Governor disbands the ‘Assam State Madrasa Board’ created in 1954. It amounts to an arbitrary exercise of both legislative and executive powers and amounts to a denial of the Petitioner Madrassas’ ability to continue as madrassas providing religious instruction coupled with religious education,” it added.

Such an encroachment into the proprietary rights of the Petitioner Madrassas without payment of adequate compensation is a direct infraction of Article 30(1A) of the Constitution of India, appeal added.

The operation of the High Court judgment would result in the discontinuation of the Petitioner Madrassas as Madrassas would prevent them from admitting students for the old courses for this academic year, stated the plea in the apex court. (ANI)

Arjun Shares Snowy Pics With Bhumi

Actor Arjun Kapoor, on Tuesday, shared a throwback picture with his ‘The Ladykiller’ co-star Bhumi Pednekar from the sets in Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

In the image, the pair is seen enjoying the cold weather of Manali. Snowflakes are clearly visible on the faces of Arjun and Bhumi.
“Snow Day with @bhumipednekar The Lady and The Ladykiller #selfieking #shootlife #manali #itsavibebabe #theladykiller #throwbacktuesday,” he captioned the post.

In response, Bhumi commented, “Am missing the snow here now. Not the same vibe babe but better.”

‘The Ladykiller’ will chronicle the story of a small town playboy who falls in love with a ‘self-destructive beauty’ as they embark on a whirlwind romance. Ajay Bahl, who previously helmed movies like ‘BA Pass’ and ‘Section 375’, will be directing this film that is being produced by Bhushan Kumar and Shaailesh R Singh. (ANI)

Sharad Yadav Vacates 7 Tuglaq Road Residence After 22 Yrs

Former Union Minister Sharad Yadav on Tuesday vacated the 7 Tuglaq Road Bungalow after spending 22 years there as Union Minister and Member of Parliament, representing both houses- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

After vacating the residence, Sharad Yadav told ANI that it is a matter of time.
“Time comes and goes; I have been in the Lutyens’ zone for 50 years. I have been at 7 Tuglaq road for 22 years. Time keeps changing,” he said.

Yadav says that he is now shifting to Chhatarpur.

When asked about RJD not giving him a Rajya Sabha ticket, despite promising, Yadav said that it is best to leave the story behind, now that Rajya Sabha tickets have been finalised everywhere.

“I have struggled my entire life. I resigned from the Parliament three times on moral grounds. How many leaders have done this in their political life?” he asked.

The former Union Minister further told ANI that he came to Delhi in 1974, and was jailed during the emergency for two years.

“I was also jailed under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) twice. How many went to jail while fighting political battles?

“I have seen many ups and downs in life; I have seen not one but many elections. I have been in this Luteyens for 50 years, today is my last day in Lutyens’ Delhi. If the time changes then again will return here” Yadav added.

Sharad Yadav was residing in 7 Tuglaq road bungalow from the year 2000 when he became Civil Aviation Minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in the Centre.

Yadav vacated the bungalow after the RJD refuse to send him to the Upper House. (ANI)

Ranbir Recieves Grand Welcome In Visakhapatnam

Actor Ranbir Kapoor and filmmaker Ayan Mukerji are in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, to promote their upcoming film ‘Brahmastra’.

As soon as the actor-director duo reached the airport, fans surrounded them and cheered for them. Several images and videos have been doing the rounds on the internet.
In one of the clips, a massive garland made of marigold flowers is seen around Ranbir. It was put on him using a crane.

Ranbir shook hands with a few of his fans and also thanked them by folding his hands.

Such grand welcome has garnered netizens’ attention.

Reacting to the viral pictures and videos, a social media user tweeted, “Oh My God! This is huge.”

“Loved the way people welcomed Ranbir in Visakhapatnam,” another one wrote.

For the special occasion, Ranbir and Ayan chose to dress up in ethnic wear. They both twinned in white kurta pyjama.

Filmmaker SS Rajamouli also joined Ranbir and Ayan to promote ‘Brahmastra’ among the audience in Visakhapatnam. Actor Alia Bhatt missed the promotional activity as she is busy shooting for her Hollywood debut in London. (ANI)

China Sends 30 Warplanes To Taiwan Defence Zone

China responded to the President’s strong warning by expressing “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to Biden’s comments, saying it will not allow any external force to interfere in its “internal affairs,” reported CNN.

Biden’s warning made headlines around the world — and put growing tensions between the small democratic island and its neighboring autocratic superpower back in the spotlight.

Meanwhile, Taiwan was excluded from the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, a regional economic plan recently unveiled by Biden during his Asia trip. The framework is Biden’s attempt at engaging a region increasingly coming under the influence of China.

But Taiwan and the US could begin talks to deepen trade and economic ties “in a few weeks,” two senior Taiwanese government officials have told CNN. (ANI)

No Closure Report Filed Against Satyendar Jain: CBI

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday refuted reports claiming that the agency has filed a closure report against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s cabinet minister Satyendar Jain in the Disproportionate Assets (DA) case.

“No closure report has been filed against Satyendar Jain,” a CBI official told ANI.
The CBI had registered a DA case against Satyendar Jain on August 24, 2017, and filed a charge sheet against him on December 3, 2018, the agency official told ANI.

The CBI was the first to register a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) in 2017 after receiving a complaint from the Vigilance Department of the Delhi government. Later an FIR was registered based on the findings, and searches and raids were conducted.

During investigations, the CBI said that it had found “recruitment of professionals in a ‘Creative Team’ in the Department of PWD in 2016.”

“According to the complaint, it was informed through advertisements that these professionals would be paid between around Rs 25,000 to Rs 1,00,000 as per the ‘trending market rate’,” the agency said.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday arrested Delhi Health and Home Minister Satyendar Jain in connection with an alleged hawala transaction related to a Kolkata-based company.

Jain had reportedly floated or bought several shell companies in Delhi. He also allegedly laundered black money worth Rs 16.39 crore through 54 shell companies of three hawala operators of Kolkata. Jain allegedly owned a large number of shares in companies named Prayas, Indo, and Akinchan.

However, after becoming Minister in Kejriwal’s government, all his shares were transferred to his wife in 2015, as per reports.

These companies used to transfer cash payments to their Kolkata counterparts and these companies would later, under the ruse of buying shares, “route back the money” to Jain by employing legal means. The companies have reportedly laundered money to the tune of Rs 16.39 crores from 2010 to 2014 to Satyendra Jain.

Arvind Kejriwal termed the case to be “completely fraud”, while also expressing faith in the judiciary.

“I have personally studied this (Satyendar Jain’s arrest by ED) case, it is completely fraud. We neither tolerate corruption nor we do corruption. We have a very honest government. He has been targeted because of political reasons. We have faith in our judiciary,” Kejriwal said. (ANI)

Shimla: Modi Transfers Rs 21,000 Cr To Over 10 Cr Farmers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday released Rs 21,000 crore to more than 10 crore beneficiary farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme.

The Tuesday transfer is the 11th instalment under the PM-KISAN scheme.

PM Modi arrived in Shimla on Tuesday to participate in the ‘Garib Kalyan Sammelan’. He interacted with beneficiaries of different government schemes at the event to mark the eighth anniversary of the NDA government at the Centre. The event is being held at Ridge Maidan in Shimla.

During the Sammelan, Prime Minister sought feedback about the various welfare programmes being run by the government from public representatives across the country.

According to Prime Minister’s Office, the endeavour of the Sammelan was to make the reach and delivery of government programmes more efficient so as to improve the ease of living of the citizens of the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government completed its eight years at the Centre on May 30. (ANI)

‘Punjabi Pop Glorifying Gangster Cult is a Worrisome Sign’

Vishav Bharti, a Chandigarh-based journalist, says the rise in popularity and killing of Sidhu Moose Wala are linked to the evolution of a violent cult in Punjab

Punjab is the birthplace of many a valiant fighter and folklore. Home to Sikh religion, the Punjab also has a history of cultural synthesis, confederacy and progressive politics, from the rule of Ranjit Singh to Ghadar and communist movements. Hence, this new cult of violence, which was manifest in the recent killing of Punjabi rapper Sidhu Moose Wala, appears incongruous to this holy land. But one must dig deeper to unravel the evolution of Punjab in recent times to know the truth.

After the end of violent militancy and extremism around the demand for Khalistan, which also saw high-profile assassinations, there was a momentary lull here. I was in a school in the mid-1990s, when a new cult of incipient violence appeared on the horizon. This time it was indigenous, but rose from the bowels of Punjab’s small towns and hinterland. Its language was different: gangster politics with a pronounced local flavour.

Musical lyrics, so essential to the land of Punjab, also talked about this machoism and recklessness, albeit in glorifying terms. These songs talked about SUVs, gun-toting musclemen and fearlessness. Subhdeep Singh Sidhu Moose Wala, originally from the caste-ridden, oppressive and feudal social fabric of Mansa, too sang about the ‘gangsta appeal’, thok-thok (shoot), jaanleva shonk (life-threatening pursuit) and much more.

Moose Wala celebrated a cult of violence through his pop-rap which were huge hits, unprecedented in the history of modern music in Punjab. His peppy music struck a chord. He surpassed Gurdas Maan and Daler Mehndi in terms of popularity at a young age.

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There are alleged stories of Moose Wala being involved in gangster rivalries which has stretched its tentacles across the towns and districts of Punjab, moving from the periphery to centre-stage. Some estimate his monthly earnings in crores of rupees.

Several popular singers in Punjab have been raking in a lot of money, attracting calls of extortion. One particular singer was kidnapped and shot on his thigh after he refused to pay; later, it was alleged, that his family paid up and he was released on the sly. There have been other cases of violence involving local politics, including the murder of a student leader close to the Akalis.

This rise of a violent cult did cause worry among the sensitive artistes of the state. In 2017, when Navjot Singh Sidhu was a Union Minister for Local Bodies and Cultural Affairs, a group of Punjabi artists, writers and poets requested him to set up a Punjab Culture Commission which would protect and promote the authentic folk and oral traditions of Punjab, seeking to counter the new cult of violence. I remember Moose Wala’s named figured in the discussion at that time.

At the time of his death, just 27 years of age, Moose Wala had around 100 million followers across Punjab, India and rest of the world in his social media presence. He was fielded as a Congress candidate from Mansa. However, in spite of his popularity on music charts, he lost badly. This may be a case in point that the polity of Punjab disapproves of meaningless violence and SUV-gun culture.

On the day of his killing, he travelled without his bodyguards, left his modified bullet proof vehicle at home, and went literally unprotected to meet his aunt in Mansa, living up to his own professed lifestyle. The unfortunate, violent death of a young artist is a reminder that all is not well with Punjab, despite the overwhelming victory in the recent assembly polls of the Aam Aadmi Party. The new government must wake up to this warning signal.

EU Agrees To Ban More Than 2/3 Of Russian Oil Imports

The EU leaders, on the first day of the summit in Brussels, agreed to ban “more than 2/3rd” of Russian oil imports, European Council President Charles Michel said on Tuesday.

“Agreement to ban export of Russian oil to the EU. This immediately covers more than 2/3 of oil imports from Russia, cutting a huge source of financing for its war machine. Maximum pressure on Russia to end the war,” Michel tweeted.
“This sanctions package includes other hard-hitting measures: de-Swifting the largest Russian bank Sberbank, banning 3 more Russian state-owned broadcasters, and sanctioning individuals responsible for war crimes in #Ukraine,” he added.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU, after reaching an agreement on a partial ban on Russian oil, will cut oil imports from Russia by 90 per cent by the end of 2022.

“I welcome the EUCO agreement tonight on oil sanctions against Russia. This will effectively cut around 90 per cent of oil imports from Russia to the EU by the end of the year,” von der Leyen said on Twitter.

In another tweet, European Council President said EU leaders have expressed their readiness to additionally provide 9 billion euros (USD 9.7 billion) in assistance to Ukraine.

“EUCO will continue helping #Ukraine with its immediate liquidity needs, together with @G7. EUCO is ready to grant #Ukraine EUR 9 billion. Strong and concrete support to #Ukraine’s reconstruction,” Michel said.

Earlier, Michel said EU leaders, on the first day of the summit in Brussels, agreed on a partial ban on oil imports from Russia. (ANI)