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PM constantly monitoring Gorakhpur situation: PMO



Narender Modi

New Delhi, Aug 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is constantly monitoring the situation in wake of the death of more than 60 children in the past five days at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur, the PMO said.

“PM is constantly monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur. He is in constant touch with authorities from the Central and U.P. governments,” said a tweet from the Prime Minister’s Office handle.

“MoS Health Anupriya Patel and the Union Health Secretary will take stock of the situation from Gorakhpur,” said another tweet.

Sixty-three children have lost their lives due to encephalitis and reported lack of oxygen supply at the BRD Medical college in Gorakhpur in five days, of whom many were infants. As many as 30 of the deaths were reported in the last 48 hours.


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BJP leader Lal Singh threatens journalists,draws sharp rebuke from Congress, NC



New Delhi, June 23: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Choudhary Lal Singh on Friday threatened journalists to ‘fall in line & draw a line’ over their reporting on the Kathua rape and murder case,, with an apparent reference to the assassination of Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari.

Singh’s controversial reference that if media persons won’t mend the ways they will meet the fate of journalist Shujaat Bukhari drew sharp rebuke from Congress party who asked if BJP leaders have some information off the assassination of Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari.

Singh’s outrageous remarks were condemned by both the Congress party and  former chief minister and National Congress leader Omar Abdullah.

Referring to Kathua case, Singh told a press conference in Jammu on Friday that Kashmiri journalists had created a “wrong atmosphere” there.

Shujaat’s death is now being used by BJP as a tool to threaten other journalists.

Singh was the forest minister in the previous PDP-BJP government and was asked to resign from the cabinet in April after he participated in a rally in support of the accused in the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim tribal girl in Kathua.

“Now I will tell Kashmiri journalists to draw a line on the journalism you do and how you have to live. Do you have to live like what happened to Basharat, so that such a situation emerges?,” Singh said in an apparent reference to Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari who was assassinated by gunmen outside his office on June 14.

“So mend your ways and draw a line, so that this brotherhood remains intact and there is progress,” Singh said.

“Dear journalists, your colleagues in Kashmir just got threatened by a @BJP4India MLA. It seems Shujaat’s death is now a tool for goons to use to threaten other journalists,” Omar tweeted.


Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala questioned that it shows BJP leaders have some information  of the assassination of Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari.
“Shocking & reprehensible! BJP J&K MLA, Lal Singh openly threatens journalists to ‘fall in line & draw a line’. He horrifically says that otherwise they will meet the fate of Shujat Bukhari by naming his brother. Does BJP leaders have some special knowledge of the assassination?”, Surjewala tweeted.




Shujaat Bukhari’s brother Basharat Bukhari was law and parliamentary affairs minister in the PDP-BJP government before BJP withdrew from the alliance.


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Despite permission, Pakistan denies entry to Indian envoy into Gurdwara



New Delhi, June 23: Despite having the requisite permission, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria was not allowed to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Pakistan’s Hasan Abdal on Saturday. 

Bisaria along with his wife, had gone to offer prayers at the gurdwara after acquiring proper documents, but they were reportedly stopped to leave their vehicle.

Earlier in April also Pakistani authorities had prevented Indian High Commission officials from performing basic consular and protocol duties for Sikh pilgrims who had arrived in Pakistan from India on the occasion of Baisakhi.

On the related note, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement, “The team could not meet the pilgrims on their arrival at Wagah Railway Station on April 12. Similarly, it was denied entry into Gurdwara Panja Sahib on April 14, for a scheduled meeting with pilgrims there. The High Commission was thus prevented from performing basic consular and protocol duties for Indian citizens”.

On April 14, High Commissioner Bisaria, who was scheduled to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib at the invitation of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman, was suddenly asked to return while en route to the shrine, for unspecified “security” reasons.

Bisaria was compelled to return without meeting the visiting group.


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Democracy can’t survive without an independent Judiciary : Chelameswar



Justice Chelameswar

New Delhi, June 23: Jasti Chelameswar, who acted in an unprecedented manner to assert the independence of Judiciary, has retired as a Supreme Court judge on Friday and said he believe  that without an “independent judiciary, no democracy can survive.”

Chelameswar said the purpose of calling the unprecedented press conference on January 12 was to keep the nation informed about the governmental interference in Judiciary and also reproached the Central government for stalling judicial appointments.

Jasti Chelameswar and three other senior most Judges held an unprecedented press conference on January 12, airing grievances over the way Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was allocating cases and administering the court.

Justice Jasti Chelameswar has nor regret for his actions and said,”I believe that without an independent judiciary, no democracy can survive and the judges had tried to set things right and when nothing worked, decided to inform the nation, ”media reports.

“Being a democrat I acted according to the dictates of my conscience and it is for the civil society and future generations to decide whether I was right in my belief and action,” he added.

Chelamesawar claimed that after the press conference some of his colleagues and peers became very formal with him and said, ” I incurred the wrath of ‘one crore-a-day lawyer’. What have we gained out of it?.”

” “one of the honourable ministers wrote something about what all wrong things the previous government did, and therefore how right the present government is in some of the actions in dealing with the judiciary. The logic baffles me,” English Daily quoted Chelameswar as saying

OHe claimed that government intends to assert control over the judiciary and “it is not a desirable state of affairs” and agreed that the current process of appointing judges isn’t “fair, rational and transparent”.

In September, 2016, he wrote to the then Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, expressing his “dissent at the non-transparent manner” in which it was working, but as he says, “nothing much has changed since then”.

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