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Massive NIA Crackdown on Popular Front of India; Over 100 Arrested

Massive NIA Crackdown on Popular Front of India; Over 100 Arrested

On Thursday morning, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided several premises related to the Islamic organisation Popular Front of India. In the massive crackdown on PFI, the NIA carried out raids in ten states, including Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala, among others. The raids were carried out jointly by NIA, ED and state police in a coordinated manner. Over 100 top leaders of the Popular Front of India and functionaries have been arrested in the nationwide raids. The maximum arrests were made in Kerala (22), where PFI is said to be the most active, followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka (20 each), Tami Nadu (10), Assam (9), Uttar Pradesh (8), Andhra Pradesh (5), Madhya Pradesh (4), Puducherry (3), Delhi (3) and Rajasthan (2). This is believed to be the largest ever NIA crackdown to date, where searches are being carried out on those allegedly involved in organising training camps, radicalising others and terror funding for extremist organisations. Meanwhile, PFI members have staged a protest in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu against the NIA arrests. “The raids are taking place at the homes of national, state and local leaders of PFI. The state committee office is also being raided. We strongly protest the fascist regime’s moves to use agencies to silence dissenting voices,” said PFI. After a massive NIA crackdown on the Popular Front of India, people are now demanding to ban PFI, with Twitter trending with #BanPFI. 

Deadly Lumpy Disease: MP CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan Pledges To Fight It Like Covid

Earlier, the Central Government had reported that 60,000+ cattle have already died due to the deadly lumpy disease. Now, Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri region has discovered 7 probable new cases of deadly lumpy, as per the Deputy Director of Animal Department, Dr MC Tamori. He further added that 5 of them have been transferred to the Bhopal Lab for confirmation. 8 states in India, including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, and Punjab, have been severely affected by the lumpy disease. Andhra Pradesh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands have also reported a few isolated cases. “It needs to be taken very seriously. Just like we fought against Covid, we will fight this lumpy virus to save the lives of animals,” said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan. As of MP CMO, over 100 animals in Madhya Pradesh have been affected by the lumpy virus as of September 21. According to the Animal Husbandry Department, Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) affects cattle and is a cutaneous viral illness. Cows and Buffaloes who have contracted the lumpy virus can be healed. However, the virus can still influence the milk from those cattle. The lumpy disease is mainly spread by ticks or other insects that feed on blood, including some types of flies, mosquitos, and ticks. The virus can result in the death of the cattle. Humans cannot contract this disease from animals or by drinking affected cow’s milk. However, it can pose health risks for humans.  

Hate Drives TRPs, Drives profit of TV Channels Says The Supreme Court

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court expressed its anger and displeasure over hate speeches via debates on TV channels. Calling TV Channels or the ‘visual media’ the ‘chief medium of hate speech‘, the Top Court also asked the central government on why it is standing by as a mute witness when all this is happening and treating it as a trivial matter. The bench comprising of Justices K M Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy asked the centre to state whether it proposed to come up with any law on this subject. “Unless the consequences of infringement come hard on the person who is violating, how will the message go? You have passed 4,000 orders. Has there been any effect of the 4,000 orders that you have passed. Hate drives TRPs, drives profit. So this chicken feed kind of a penalty is flimsy. Their pockets will not even get a little tear there,” said Justice Roy. “The most important point is where is our nation headed. If it is hate speech that we are actually feeding on, where is our nation headed?” said Justice Joseph. Turning to the centre’s counsel, he asked: “What is your stand? Have you filed a counter-affidavit? What is the stand taken by the Government of India? Why is the Government of India standing by as a mute witness when all this is happening? The government should actually come forward, not to take an adversarial stand but to assist. To say that you have put in place an institution which will be abided by all. What is the problem? Why should the Government of India have a problem with that?” The Supreme Court bench was hearing a set of petitions on alleged hate speech via some TV shows. The petitioners have sought directions from the Court to the centre to take stringent actions to curb incidents of such speech.  

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 5,443 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.71%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 5,443 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 46,342. Meanwhile, the nation has recorded 5,291 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 4,39,78,271. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.61% and 1.73%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 89.27 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 217.11 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive.

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