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Presidential Election : Who said what on BJP’s choice !



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New Delhi, June 19 : The BJP on Monday after high level board meeting revealed that Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind will be their nominee for the forthcoming presidential elections. The ruling party’s announcement raised a debate over what will be next step of opposition, will they support it or  will come up with another choice.

Several opposition as well as political parties of the NDA, shared their views on the BJP’s pick for presidential elections.

Here we bring who said what : 

Congress : Spokesperson Ghulam Nabi Azad said in a press conference we can not comment immediately on the BJP’s choice of the presidential nominee as they took an unilateral decision. He stated opposition will come up with joint decision, after meeting on June 22, which will be chaired by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Trinamool Congress : West Bengal CM and party chief Mamata Banerjee, in a series of tweets said i am not saying Kovind is “unfit” for the post of the President, but someone of the “stature of Pranab Da, or even Sushma Swaraj or Advani ji” may have been made the candidate.

In order to support someone, we must know the person. Candidate should be someone who will be beneficial for the country as President is the key post of the country. Opposition will meet on 22nd June, only then we can announce our decision, she added.

There are other big Dalit leaders in India. He was leader of Dalit Morcha of BJP, so they have made him candidate, Mamata further further said.

Shiv Sena : Sanjay Raut stated that BJP Chief Amit Shah informed Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray about the nominee over the phone call and the party will decide on support in a few days after meeting with its top leaders. Sena also accused BJP that they didn’t had consensus on presidential candidate.

CPI(M) : General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, addressing the media, hinted that the Opposition might discuss another candidate against BJP’s choice on June 22 in opposition meeting. He termed presidential election as political fight.

Yechury said earlier three member BJP committee met us and told they will inform when they will finalise the name for candidate but they didn’t. Instead of discussing with opposition the party directly announced its nominee.

JDU : The Party chief party and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said he personally happy for Ram Nath Kovind as the presidential candidate but its too early to comment whether he will support or not.

Kumar praised Kovind works and his dedication towards the state government. Not only this, he also met Bihar Governor.

BSP : Mayawati told news agency ANI  ” Ramnath Kovind comes from Dalit Community , so can never be against his nomination but it would have  if  NDA would have taken all the opposition parties in ‘good faith’ before announcing the name the support towards this election would have been greater”.

CPI : General Secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, told news agency PTI, opposition should put up their strong candidate against BJP’s nominee who is from  RSS ranks and was president of Dalit BJP Morcha…Sangh Pariwar organisation. Definitely, we will put up a candidate.

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Was any research done before ordinance on Pocso act amendment, asks HC



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New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Monday questioned why the ordinance on amending the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, to provide for death penalty to those convicted of raping a child up to 12 years old, was cleared without conducting any research on the issue.

The observation by a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar came while dealing with a plea seeking to strike down the amendments made in the rape law post the December 16, 2012 Delhi gangrape incident here as they are “being abused”.

Asking if any study or research was conducted while clearing the ordinance on Pocso, the court observed that it seemed to come after people started demanding strict punishment against the rapists of minors.

It said that the ordinance is also silent on granting welfare to the rape victims and does not deal with issues related to educating and sensitising youth and juveniles on sexual offences against women, especially minors.

On Sunday President Ram Nath Kovind approved an ordinance to provide death penalty for those convicted of raping girls younger than 12 years besides clearing another ordinance to confiscate property of fugitive economic offenders.

The President promulgated The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, approved by the Cabinet on Saturday, that seeks to provide effective deterrence against rape and instil a sense of security among women, particularly young girls.

The ordinance amends the Indian Penal Code, the Indian Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

The ordinance comes against the backdrop of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, the rape of a teenager in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh and similar crimes in other parts of the country.

The court, hearing a plea filed by academician Madhu Purnima Kishwar, listed the matter for September.

Kishwar’s plea has sought striking down of some of the provisions of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, which provides for amendments to the Indian Penal Code, Indian Evidence Act and Code of Criminal Procedure on laws related to sexual offences.

The plea had also sought a direction to reconsider the case in which a sentence of imprisonment has been passed post the amendments.

After the gangrape of a 23-year-old woman on December 16, 2012, a committee under the chairmanship of a retired Supreme Court judge was constituted to suggest amendments to the criminal law to sternly deal with sexual assault cases.


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AFSPA removed from Meghalaya, restricted in Arunachal




New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The Union Home Ministry has removed Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Meghalaya and reduced it to eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh, an official said on Monday.

“AFSPA was totally withdrawn from all areas of Meghalaya from April 1. In Arunachal, it is down from 16 police stations to eight,” the official said.

The Act has however been extended by another six months in three eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh — Tirap, Longding and Changlang — which border Myanmar and specific areas under eight police stations of seven other districts bordering Assam. The three districts have been under the AFSPA since January 2016.

The Act was withdrawn from Tripura in 2015 and in past one year, fewer areas in northeast are under the Act, the official said, adding that the Act was only in place in Meghalaya for a 20-km area along the Assam border) and not in operation in Mizoram.

AFSPA gives powers to the Army and central forces deployed in “disturbed areas” to kill anyone acting in contravention of law, arrest and search any premises without a warrant and provide cover to forces from prosecution and legal suits without the Central government’s sanction.

It is effective in the whole of Nagaland, Assam, Manipur (excluding seven Assembly constituencies of Imphal). The state governments of Assam and Manipur now have the powers to keep or revoke the Act.


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After flak, Health Ministry removes ‘fat shaming’ tweet



New Delhi, April 23: After witnessing outrage, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Monday removed a tweet that asked people “What’s your choice?” based on a photo that depicted two women — one overweight, depicting non-veg and processed food items and the other lean with fruits and vegetables.

Twitterati immediately slammed the tweet, as some called it “stupidity at its highest” while others “fat shaming”.

While the fat woman depicted food items such as sausage, poultry, meat, burger, donuts, french fries, cola and alcohol, the lean woman showed fruits and green vegetables, along with the tweet from the ministry: “Good nutrition is one of the keys to a #healthy life. Choose wisely, live well”.

“Both veg and non veg can be healthy or unhealthy depending upon their origin, methods of production, distribution, storage etc and in this country, the less said the better about those standards. That’s what you should be focusing on @MoHFW_INDIA,” reacted one user to the ministry’s tweet.

Another user said: “This is fat shaming. Now that you’ve posted it, hope your women Ministers take the lead and set an example!”

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“Stupidity at highest!!! Is Egg ?? and Cheese ?? unhealthy? which scientific study proved it? Moreover where do Poor Indians get Kiwi/Avocado Fruits and Berries? Or is it ment to be for RICH People? ?? As far as all scientific study all packaged foods are bad or unhealthy!!!,” tweeted another user.

One user went further and found the source of the image.

“So, Ministry of Health @MoHFW_INDIA picks up a stock photo which portray eggs, poultry, meat and bread as unhealthy and tweets that as health advice,” the user tweeted.

The photo, copyrighted to Tatsiana Tsyhanova from Belarus, was taken from which offers millions of stock photos but with copyright.

“And they’ve quietly deleted their tweet now,” the user added.

A recent study from the University of Eastern Finland, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, said that a relatively high intake of dietary cholesterol, or eating one egg every day, are not associated with an elevated risk of coronary heart disease.

A University of Connecticut study suggests that eating eggs may actually have favourable effects on good cholesterol metabolism in men and women with diabetes and heart disease.

With Inputs from IANS 

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