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Supreme Court Warns Uttarakhand To Prevent Hate Speeches

Supreme Court Warns Uttarakhand To Prevent Hate Speeches

On Tuesday, The Supreme Court directed the Uttarakhand government to prevent hate speeches in Dharam Sansad that are scheduled to take place tomorrow at Roorkee. Directing the Deputy Advocate General of Uttarakhand Jatinder Kumar Sethi, Justice AM Khanwilkar said: “You will have to take immediate action. Don’t make us say something. There are other ways of preventive action. You know how to do it!” The Top Court was hearing a petition filed by Journalist Qurban Ali and Senior Advocate Anjana Prakash seeking criminal action against the alleged hate speeches made during previous Dharam Sansad meets. SC Bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar, Abhay Sreeniwas Oka and CT Ravikumar reminded the Uttarakhand government counsel about the Top Court’s guidelines that were laid in the Tehseen Poonawalla case. The bench also warned that it would hold the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and other officials if hate speech instances occur in the Dharam Sansad meet tomorrow.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 2,927 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.75%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, the country has registered 2,927 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 16,279. Meanwhile, the nation has recorded 2,252 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 4,25,25,563. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.58% and 0.59%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 83.59 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 188.19 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Prashant Kishor Rejects Congress’ Offer To Join The Party As Part Of The Empowered Action Group 2024

After setting up an ‘Empowered Action Group 2024’ to address the political challenges, the Congress Party invited political strategist Prashant Kishor to join the group and take ‘defined responsibility’. However, Mr Kishor declined the offer saying that the Party needed leadership and collective will to bring about transformational reforms. AICC Spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted: “Following a presentation & discussions with Sh. Prashant Kishor, Congress President, has constituted an Empowered Action Group 2024 & invited him to join the Party as part of the group with defined responsibility. He declined. We appreciate his efforts & suggestion given to the Party,” Speaking about declining the offer, Mr Prashant Kishor wrote on Twitter: “I declined the generous offer of #congress to join the Party as part of the EAG & take responsibility for the elections. In my humble opinion, more than me, the Party needs leadership and collective will to fix the deep-rooted structural problems through transformational reforms,” As per reports, Mr Kishor wanted a free hand in effecting reforms which were unacceptable to Congress’ veterans. He also wanted Congress to let go of old allies like Bihar, Maharashtra and J&K, but that also stuck a jarring note with the Party. While the Congress Party wants Rahul Gandhi to become the Congress Chief again, Mr Prashant Kishor wanted Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to become the Chief instead. All eyes are now stuck on the choice of members in the EAG since it will decide Congress’ future. 

Tamil Nadu: At Least 11 People Dead, 15 Injured As Temple Chariot Procession Hits High-Power Line

Early this morning, a horrific incident took place in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur district wherein the Appar Madam Temple chariot procession came in contact with a high-transmission line. At least 11 people died, and 15 others were injured due to electrocution. The Police officials said: “The temple palanquin faced some obstacle while taking a turn when it came into contact with the overhead line,” The officials added that 2 among those killed were children. V Balakrishnan, IG Police, Tiruchirappalli, said: “The temple palanquin faced some obstacle while taking a turn when it came into contact with the overhead line,” Expressing his anguish over the incident, President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted: “The loss of life, including that of children, due to electrocution in a procession in Thanjavur is a tragedy beyond words. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of those who died during the incident and Rs 5 lakh each to the injured. The Tamil Nadu government has also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the families whose members were killed. 

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