"Major Threat To Internal Security": Centre Bans PFI And Its Associates Under UAPA
Central Government Bans Popular Front of India And Its Associated Fronts With Immediate Effect
Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), on Wednesday morning, banned Popular Front of India (PFI) and its associates, including the All India Imams Council, Campus Front of India, Rehab India Foundation, National Conf of Human Rights Org, National Women's Front, Junior Front, Empower India Front, and Rehab Foundation, Kerala, for five years under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The MHA banned the outfit by publishing a gazette notification a day after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids and arrested more than 270 members of Popular Front of India (PFI) from different cities.
The gazette notification published by the MHA reads- The PFI and its associates, affiliates, and fronts have been indulging in unlawful activities, which are prejudicial to India's integrity, sovereignty, and security, and have the potential of disturbing public peace and communal harmony and supporting militancy in the nation.
The statement added- Thus, the central government is of the opinion that it is necessary to exercise its powers under sub-Section (1) of Section 3 of the UAPA Act as the PFI is engaged in several criminal and terror cases and shows sheer disrespect towards the constitutional authority of the country and with funds and ideological support from outside it has become a major threat to the internal security of the country, investigations in various cases have revealed that the PFI and its cadres have repeatedly been engaging in violent and subversive acts.
Rajasthan Political Crisis: Uncertainty Persists As Party Leadership Issues Notice To Gehlot Loyalists
Amid the ongoing tussle that erupted due to the possible power shift in Rajasthan, the Congress leadership on Tuesday issued show cause notices to CM Ashok Gehlot's three loyalists for the charge of "grave indiscipline". With this notice, the party asked for a written reply within ten days. However, the party has not said anything against Mr Gehlot.
Party's no action against Mr Gehlot keeps the possibility of Mr Gehlot's candidature for the party's presidential election open. But, Mr Gehlot himself didn't make any comments on whether he would file his nomination or not.
According to sources, the recent events allowed the Gandhi family to look up a "Plan B" for the upcoming presidential polls. As the sources mentioned that the Plan B of the Gandhi family for the upcoming presidential polls involve the names of leaders like Digvijay Singh and the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge.
The growing rift inside the Congress party has created a new dilemma for the Gandhi family as only three days remain for the nomination process, and as of now, only Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and Congress party treasurer Pawan Bansal have collected nomination forms.
Rupee At All Time Low To Touch The Mark Of INR 82 Against USD
In early trade on Wednesday, the value of the Rupee depreciated by 35 Paise to a fresh all-time low of 81.88 against a dollar. The depreciation of the Rupee value is observed as the American currency is regularly rising to new highs.
At the inter-bank foreign exchange, the Rupee opened at 81.93 against a dollar, then touched the 81.88 mark by registering a fall of 35 Paise over its previous close. On Tuesday, the Rupee closed at INR 81.53 to a Dollar. Since the start of 2022, the value of the Rupee has already depreciated by around 9 per cent against the greenback.
Similarly, the Dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.45 per cent to 114.61.
The dollar index is regularly rising, as the White House recently ruled out a currency agreement to weaken the greenback's value. Due to this, the yield on the US 10-year Treasury touched 4 per cent for the first time since 2010.
Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 3,615 Cases, Recovery Rate At 98.72%
According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 3,615 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 40,979. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with logging 4,972 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,40,09,525. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.12% and 1.55%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 89.44 crore Covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 217.96 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.