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Take charge as change-makers: President Kovind to Governors

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President Ram Nath Kovind

New Delhi, June 4: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday asked Governors to use their position in bringing about changes in the lives of those marginalised and enhancing higher education standards in the country.

“As Governors you can help in the shaping of a road map for the betterment of lives of our fellow citizens, who have not benefited as much as expected from our development journey,” he said in his inaugural address at the 49th Conference of Governors and Lt. Governors.

“As per the Constitution, the post of Governor has an exalted place in the scheme of governance. The Governor is a mentor and guide to the state and an important link in the federal structure.

“The people of the state view the office of the Governor and the Raj Bhavan as a fount of ideals and values,” Kovind said at the annual conference being held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The central focus for this year’s conference is to sensitise the attending state heads to the programmes being implemented for citizens who have been left behind in the country’s developmental journey.

The conference will discuss important issues including flagship programmes, internal security, higher education, skill development, steps taken on the report of Committee of Governors constituted during the 48th Conference and commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The two-day meet will discuss schemes being run in the 115 aspirational districts across the country to help Governors better understand and enable them to guide the stakeholders in the welfare schemes for the poor, women, Dalits and tribals, farmers and young people, said Kovind.

“There are approximately 100 million people in our country who belong to the Scheduled Tribes. A majority of this population lives in regions that are covered under the Fifth and Sixth Schedule of the Constitution,” Kovind said reminiding them of the people who need their support.

He said that 69 per cent of all universities in the country come under the purview of state governments where the Governors are the Chancellors, where about 94 per cent of students have enrolled for higher education.

In their capacity as Chancellors, Governors must inspire these institutions and enhance the level of scholarship, he said. They could help ensure admissions, appointments, examinations and convocations were on time.

Apart from the Governors and Lt. Governors of all states and Union Territories, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Union Ministers besides NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and other senior officials would also be present.

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Extremely concerned about balancing dignity, free speech: SC on Sudarshan News issue

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The Supreme Court on Monday said that it is extremely concerned about the balance of the right to dignity with that of free speech.


The observation was made by a bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud during the hearing of the Sudarshan News matter, where the top court has stayed the broadcast of five episodes titled “UPSC Jehad”.
Advocate Sai Deepak, appearing for a group of three intervenors, argued before the bench also comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and K.M. Joseph that the top court must also focus on the chilling effect of such injunction orders.


Justice Chandrachud replied: “You are absolutely right. You are spot on. We are extremely concerned about balance of right of dignity with free speech.”

The bench cited that there is an amorphous group of people here.
Justice Chandrachud also said the court can’t dwell on specifics as to what can be removed or added in a particular TV programme.


The bench also noted as to what has to the nature of the order when it decides to lift the injunction.
“We must also consider that. There are post-telecast mechanisms under the criminal law too,” it observed.


Advocate Shadan Farasat, appearing for intervenors, submitted before the bench that it should continue with the injunction on the TV programme.
To this, Justice Chandrachud replied: “But that is the problem.”
The bench observed that the Sudarshan News has an absolute injunction right now.

His not taking the opportunity given by us doesn’t absolve us of our responsibility to let him have his right under Article 19,” the bench said.
The top court said it will hear Solicitor General Tushar Mehta in detail on this matter and posted it for further hearing on Wednesday.

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Delhi riots: Umar Khalid denied permission to meet family in police custody

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A Delhi court on Monday dismissed an application filed by former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid, arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, seeking permission to meet his family during police custody.

On September 13, Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested Khalid following a case related to the widespread violence which broke out in Delhi’s northeast area in February this year, after which he was sent to police custody for 10 days. His remand period is slated to conclude on September 24.

The former JNU student had knocked on the doors of the court requesting it to allow him to meet his family for two days for a period of 30 minutes each. Khalid’s counsel Trideep Pais informed the court that a verbal assurance was given to them by the police for meeting, but later they were denied permission.

Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad apprised the court that the meeting could influence the interrogation and pose a hindrance. It was submitted that the accused was already meeting with his counsel and if he has to convey any message to his family members, he may convey that through them.

Prasad further asserted that there is no provision in CrPC for allowing the family of the accused to meet with the accused during his custody remand. He has also submitted that meeting is permissible during judicial custody as per jail rules.

“In the totality of facts and circumstances of the case, I see no merit in the application, and accordingly, the application is dismissed,” the Additional Session Judge noted in an order dated September 19.

Prasad had earlier sought 10 days’ police custody of Khalid to confront him with huge technical data running into 11 lakh pages, “as well as other evidence collected during investigation of present case and also to examine at length about other suspects and various other aspects.”

Khalid is accused of hatching a criminal conspiracy to cause communal unrest by inciting people protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens.

Besides this, Khalid is also named in chargesheets filed in various cases over the riots. Communal violence broke out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after clashes between CAA supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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Pak violates ceasefire on LoC in J&K’s Poonch

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Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing and intense shelling in three sectors on the Line of Control on Monday in J&K’s Poonch district.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Devender Anand said at about 2.30 p.m. Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Shahpur, Kirni and Qasba sectors of Poonch district.

“The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly,” the spokesman said.

Pakistan has been violating the bilateral ceasefire agreement with impunity since the beginning of this year.

24 civilians have been killed and over 100 injured in over 3,186 ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the LoC in J&K since January this year.

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