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India Man arrested for beheading own daughter in the name of “honour killing”

Police in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have arrested a man suspected of beheading his daughter.

Sarvesh Kumar was arrested as he walked towards a police station carrying the severed head of the 17-year-old girl.

In a video shot by the police, he is heard saying that he was angered by his daughter’s alleged affair with a man he did not like.

Hundreds of people are killed each year for falling in love or marrying against their families’ wishes in India.

In the video, the man says that he had recently found out about this daughter’s relationship and that had made him very angry.He is heard saying that he found her alone at home, locked her in a room and beheaded her with a sharp object.

Alarmed at the sight of a man walking with a severed head, local people alerted the police.

The man told the police that he had left the body and the murder weapon “in the room” and was on his way to the police station.

Police say an investigation is being carried out.

Meanwhile, a policeman was suspended after a photograph showed him carrying the severed head inappropriately.

Wednesday’s crime took place in Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh. Last year, the state topped the list of Indian states with the highest number of crimes against women, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.Murders by family members for being in a relationship are known as “honour killings” and although there are no authentic figures, campaigners say hundreds of so-called “honour crimes” take place every year in India.

Age-old notions of tradition and family honour are still deeply entrenched in many parts of Indian society.

Many victims anger their families by marrying outside their caste and religion and often these crimes against them are endorsed, or even encouraged, by village-based caste councils.

In 2011, the Supreme Court said that people convicted of so-called honour killings should face death penalties.

Blogger in China Detained for demeaning the soldiers as “Heroes” – India-China Dispute

Police in China have arrested a blogger over comments he made about Chinese soldiers who died in a Himalayan border clash with Indian troops last year.

The 38-year-old man had “maliciously distorted the truth” about the conflict, said authorities.

He is one of at least seven people that China has detained for their allegedly inappropriate remarks on this incident.

The incident, which took place last June, was the first deadly clash in the disputed border area in 45 years.

A Chinese law passed in 2018 bans people from “slandering heroes and martyrs”.

However, a person can only be criminally charged for this offence under an amendment to China’s criminal law, which comes into effect next month, according to a column by China Daily.

This would enable those charged under this law to be imprisoned for up to three years.

“If [Qiu] committed the offence ten days later, he would be the first person punished by this law. It’s a pity,” said a columnist with China Daily.

‘Slandering heroes’

According to a statement issued by the Nanjing Public Security Bureau, the man – identified only by his surname Qiu – was arrested on 19 February.

The 38-year-old blogger had 2.5 million followers on Weibo, according to local reports. The BBC was unable to verify this as his account has since been removed.

Microblogging site Weibo announced last week that Mr Qiu’s account had been banned for one year.

The man has since confessed to “illegal behaviour to gain the attention of netizens, distorting facts on Weibo and slandering and demeaning the heroes defending the border”.

He has since been detained for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” – a charge commonly used against critics. The same charge has been used against a handful of other people who have also been detained for their remarks on the same incident – what exactly they said has not been revealed.

China had earlier last week revealed for the first time that four of its soldiers died in a clash with Indian troops at the Galwan Valley in India’s Ladakh region.

Previously, India said that 20 of its soldiers were killed in last year’s clash, while Beijing acknowledged casualties but did not disclose details.

China’s military news outlet PLA Daily named the “heroic” Chinese soldiers who gave their “youth, blood and even life” to the region – Chen Hongjun, Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan and Wang Zhuoran. They were all given posthumous awards.

India and China have been locked in a border dispute for decades. The root cause of the tension is an ill-defined, 3,440km (2,100-mile)-long disputed border called the Line of Actual Control.

Rivers, lakes and snowcaps along the frontier mean the line can shift, bringing soldiers face to face at many points, sparking a confrontation. The two countries however have a long-standing agreement to not use guns or explosives along the border.

In January this year, the two armies also clashed along the border in the north-east in India’s Sikkim state, leaving troops on both sides injured.

But India and China have since agreed to “disengage” from the border are now in the midst of pulling back troops from parts of it.

[Full Story] India and China pull back forces in Pangong Lake

India and China have completed the pull-back of troops from part of their disputed Himalayan border, a joint statement issued by the Indian defence ministry says.

Soldiers completed their withdrawal from the Pangong Tso Lake area on Saturday, according to the communiqué.

Clashes on the poorly marked border led to the deaths of 24 troops last June.

Both sides say they will work to cut tensions on other parts of the border, or Line of Actual Control.

China and India announced their intention to withdraw forces from the lake area on 11 February, and commanders met on Saturday to assess how the operation was going.

“The two sides positively appraised the smooth completion of disengagement of frontline troops in the Pangong Lake area noting that it was a significant step forward that provided a good basis for resolution of other remaining issues along the LAC in Western Sector,” Sunday’s statement said.

Commanders held nine rounds of talks to get to this stage.

The statement acknowledged that other parts of the border remained tense and looked forward to continuing talks.

“The two sides agreed to follow the important consensus of their state leaders, continue their communication and dialogue, stabilise and control the situation on the ground, push for a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues in a steady and orderly manner, so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.”

Before the completed withdrawal round Pangong Tso Lake, troops from each side were positioned on the north and south shores in territory claimed by both sides.

Months of tension has increased fears that the continued deployment of thousands of troops in the Ladakh region and the Chinese-administered Aksai Chin could lead to an escalating conflict.

India and China have been locked in a border dispute for decades and went to war in 1962. The border is 3,440km (2,100 miles) long and ill-defined.

Rivers, lakes and snowcaps along the frontier mean the line can shift, bringing soldiers face to face at many points, sparking confrontation. The two countries however have a long-standing agreement not to use guns or explosives along the border.

In January, troops on both sides were injured in a clash in the north-east in India’s Sikkim state.

Twenty Indian troops were killed in June’s clash which was in the Galwan Valley. China admitted two days ago that four of its soldiers died in the encounter. Weapons used reportedly included stones and nail-studded clubs.

[Full Story] 4 Million Degree Holders are unemployed in India as #NaukariDoYaDegreeWapasLo trends in Twitter

From Jan 2021, 4 Million youths are unemployed in India because of the recent unplanned shut down leading to lost of jobs and livelihood. This however enraged the youths by trending the hashtag #NaukariDoYaDegreeWapasLo which also means take back the degree if you can’t provide jobs.

The National Students Union of India (NSUI) on Saturday launched the ‘Naukri Do Ya Degree Wapas Lo’ (Give employment or take back degrees) campaign against the Central government.

The campaign was launched by NSUI national president Neeraj Kundan at the Congress headquarters in Delhi.

Addressing the media, Kundan said that the main motive behind NSUI’s campaign is to point out the reality to a government that has no interest in giving jobs to the youth.

He said, “We would be collecting five lakh degrees of unemployed students. By this, abundant evidence will be provided to the government which will bring out the reality of the central government for hiding the actual data of unemployed people from the youth of this country.”

NSUI General Secretary Nagesh Kariyappa also said that youth empowerment and employment-generation should be the foremost duty of government.

“Considering the facts, a big challenge in India is the absence of decent work in the organised sector for the generation of youth. As whatever the government is presenting in front of the public is not the truth, there is an indispensable need to look into the fallen characteristics of youth employment,” he said.

“The most shocking part is that the unemployment rate in the country is at the highest in 45 years,” Kariyappa added.

The NSUI also highlighted that in 2014, the BJP had promised to generate more than two crore employment opportunities every year and now, this sums up to 12 crores and failed to provide the same.

“They betrayed the youth of the nation. According to the report of the National Sample Survey Office, the rate of unemployment rose to 6.1 per cent in 2017-18, which was 2.2 per cent in 2011-12,” the NSUI chief added.

#Shwetha memes havoc the Internet – Why is the girl trending?

After a girl named Shweta unwittingly shared some private conversation in front of her entire class during a Zoom call, it’s raining memes online.

What might become the next big trend on social media is hard to gauge, and more often than not it seems random names of individuals are giving birth to viral trends. Currently, it’s name of girl ‘Shweta’ that is got everyone talking online.

If 2020 immortalised Binod, Shweta is giving a stiff competition to him in 2021. From jokes to memes and spoof videos, desi internet is abuzz with her name. So much so, it trended ahead of even #IPLAuction or #PetrolPriceHike on Twitter, becoming the top trend on Indian Twitter at one point with thousands of tweets.

Why is Shweta trending?
In case you’re wondering who is Shweta or why she’s going viral, the answer to that is a a leaked Zoom call of a online class where a girl named Shweta forgot to mute her mic. While that is one gaffe all of us have committed in the course of last year, it was her private discussion with a friend that went public and got people’s attention online.

In the video going viral, the girl continues to share some private details of a boy, who had asked her to keep it a secret. Fellow students try to warn her that her mic is on, but in vain.

“Usne ye apne best friend ko bhi nahi bataya (He didn’t even say it to his best friend),” Shweta is heard saying at one point. To which, a fellow student quipped: “Ab ye 111 logo ko pata chal gaya hai (Now, 111 people have heard of it).”

[Disclaimer: Strong language, viewers discretion is advised]

Not only did the audio of the zoom call went viral across social media platforms from YouTube to Instagram, it also triggered a hilarious meme-fest online. On Twitter, desi users started to share memes to poke fun at the girl’s gaffe, adding that there is always a Shweta in every Zoom call who unwittingly give out all secrets.

From Bollywood references to using ‘Dude with the Sign’ — netizens are sharing memes to aptly describe the embarrassing situation.


Journalist wins case against ex Indian Minister #Metoo

A former Indian minister has lost a defamation case against a journalist, in a ruling with huge implications for the country’s #MeToo movement.

MJ Akbar was accused by Priya Ramani and several other women of alleged “predatory conduct”.

On Wednesday, a judge ruled that “a woman cannot be punished for raising her voice against sexual abuse”.

Ms Ramani said she felt “vindicated on behalf of all the women who have spoken up against sexual harassment at work”.

The BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi says Wednesday’s judgement by the trial court in the capital is extremely significant as it will set a precedent for other #MeToo cases in India. It will serve as encouragement to other victims and survivors to take on their abusers.

A celebrated editor and author-turned-politician, Mr Akbar was the most high-profile figure to be named in India’s #MeToo movement. He resigned as junior foreign minister after the scandal in October 2018.

He sued Ms Ramani, saying her accusations had damaged his “stellar reputation”.

Ms Ramani said in court that her defence was “truth and public good” and that Mr Akbar’s reputation was “flawed”.

What did the judge say?

In his landmark order, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Pandey said that “a man of social status can also be a sexual harasser” and that “sexual abuse takes away dignity and self-confidence, and right of reputation can’t be protected at the cost of right to dignity”.

He accepted Ms Ramani’s contention that Mr Akbar’s claim of a stellar reputation had been demolished by the testimony of another journalist who also accused him of sexual abuse.

In court, Mr Akbar’s lawyers questioned why Ms Ramani had not complained earlier about something that happened in 1993, but the judge ruled that a “woman has the right to raise her grievances even after decades”.

Ms Ramani said with this order “sexual harassment at the workplace has got the attention it deserves, despite the fact that it was me, the victim, who had to stand up in court as the accused”.

What is the case about?

In 2017, Ms Ramani wrote an article in Vogue about the behaviour of male bosses in the context of the American #MeToo movement and the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

While researching the article, she told the court, she remembered her personal story of her first male boss who’d called her into his hotel room for a job interview. The article – titled “To the Harvey Weinsteins of the world” – did not name him but a year later – on 8 October 2018 – she tweeted that the unnamed boss was MJ Akbar.

In the days before and after her tweet, more than a dozen women alleged that they had been harassed, sexually assaulted and even raped him – charges he strongly denied and described as “false” and “baseless”.

What were Ms Ramani’s allegations?

In the Vogue Article that was presented in court as a key piece of evidence, Ms Ramani writes about when she went to a hotel to meet Mr Akbar for an interview in 1993 for a job in The Asian Age newspaper.

She says he invited her to his room – in court, Mr Akbar has denied the meeting ever took place.

“It was more date, less interview,” wrote Ms Ramani. “The bed, a scary interview accompaniment, was already turned down for the night. Come sit here, you said at one point, gesturing to a tiny space near you… I escaped that night, you hired me, I worked for you for many months even though I swore I would never be in a room alone with you again.”

Ms Ramani said she called him “a predator because of my personal and shared experiences, since over the years, many colleagues and ex-colleagues have shared similar or significantly worse stories of their experiences of sexual harassment by him”.

What was Mr Akbar’s response?
A week after Ms Ramani’s tweet named him, the former minister sued her for criminal defamation.

In court, he denied the incident alleged by Ms Ramani – he said he had not asked her to meet him at his hotel, or that she called him from the hotel reception, or that he called her to his room.

He accused her of using “language that was deeply offensive… and a web of fabrication, spun out of lies” and said her tweets became “the basis of articles in Indian and international press”.

“This has adversely affected my public reputation as well as my standing within family and friends,” he said, and that he had filed the case “to protect my reputation”.

“I’ve been harmed by the offensive words used which were false and caused irreparable damage to my stellar reputation which I had built over many years.”

What did other witnesses say?
In the days before and after Ms Ramani’s tweet, 14 women journalists made similar or even more serious allegations against Mr Akbar.

Some of their articles and tweets were presented as evidence in court.

Ms Ramani and several of the witnesses who testified in court said that in the 1990s, Mr Akbar was a powerful man – editor-in-chief of The Asian Age newspaper, a former MP and former spokesman of the Congress party.

They pointed out that he was in his 40s, had power and clout and that the women he allegedly preyed on were in their early 20s, they were his subordinates, had no influence, and many of them desperately needed to keep their jobs.

In what appeared to be one of the most damning testimonies against him, a former colleague Ghazala Wahab alleged in an article in The Wire that her last six months at The Asian Age “were pure hell” when he repeatedly “sexually harassed and molested” her.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Mr Akbar said Ms Wahab’s – and other – allegations were politically motivated:

Greta Thunberg Betrays Disha Ravi and exposes toolkit in Twitter #AskGretaWhy

According to Delhi Police, Disha Ravi had asked the Swedish environmental activist to delete her post fearing action under the stringent law UAPA as her name was mentioned in the document. Police claimed that Thunberg allegedly deleted the tweet following Disha`s request and later, shared an edited version of the document. They also claimed that the edits were made by 22-year-old Disha.

The alleged WhatsApp conversation between Swedish teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg and the Bengaluru-based climate activist Disha Ravi has now come to fore. According to Delhi Police, Disha had expressed fears of being charged under the anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, in her leaked WhatsApp conversation with Greta Thunberg.

After the Swedish activist leaked the anti-India toolkit on social media, Disha has reportedly said, “Can we just not say anything at all for a while. I am going to talk to lawyers.”

Disha Ravi has reportedly confessed before Delhi Police that she has been in touch with several questionable entities. She had tried to conceal details about her acquaintance with accused Nikita Jacob who has been evading the law enforcement agencies.

According to Delhi Police, Disha Ravi had panicked after Greta Thunberg shared the toolkit on farmers’ protest on Twitter, which triggered a political storm in the country.

Disha Ravi had asked the Swedish environmental activist to delete her post fearing action under the stringent law UAPA as her name was mentioned in the document. Police claimed that Thunberg allegedly deleted the tweet following Disha’s request and later, shared an edited version of the document. They also claimed that the edits were made by 22-year-old Disha.

Police sources said Disha wrote to Thunberg on WhatsApp, saying, “Okay can you not tweet the toolkit at all. Can we just not say anything at all for a while. I am gonna talk to lawyers. I am sorry but our names are on it and we can literally get UAPA against us.”

Disha allegedly made the request fearing registration of the case under the stringent the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), police claimed. Thunberg, a teen climate activist, had shared the “toolkit” to lend her support to the farmers’ agitation against the three farm laws.

In the document, various urgent actions, including creating a “Twitter storm” and protesting outside Indian embassies, were listed which needed to be taken to support the farmers’ protest. A senior police officer said that while examining the WhatsApp chats between Thunberg and Disha Ravi, it came to notice that Disha had requested Greta Thunberg to delete the tweet as the “toolkit” had her name in the document.

While responding to queries relating to the toolkit document during a press conference at the Delhi Police headquarters, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Cell) Anyesh Roy said that it is not a static document.

“It’s a dynamic document which has a large number of hyperlinks, which are links to various Google drives, Google docs and websites. One of the important website present here is askindiawhy.Com. This website has a lot of Pro-Khalistani content. So this document in itself has an action plan,” Roy said.

The DCP said that in the first instance, the document was not to be shared in the public and was private, but it was accidentally shared. “So this was a document to be shared to a limited number of people, who would then influence public opinion. Having global icons to follow this, this toolkit was made to propagate pro-Khalistan propaganda” he also said.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Police said that Disha Ravi along with Mumbai lawyer Nikita Jacob and Pune engineer Shantanu created the “toolkit” related to the farmers’ agitation and shared it with others to tarnish India’s image.

The police claimed that Disha, who was arrested on Saturday from Bengaluru, sent the “toolkit” to teen climate activist Thunberg through the Telegram app, and also “coaxed her to act on it”. The data was also deleted, police said, adding that Disha’s Telegram account shows many links related to the “toolkit” were removed.

[Full Story] Everything you need to know about Modi Fuel Scam #ModiFuelScam

Narendra Modi became prime minster in 2014, a litre of petrol in Delhi cost Rs 71. Today it costs Rs88 Diesel has been hit much harder: from Rs 57 in May 2014 to almost Rs 80 now in Delhi.

Much of this increase has happened in the last one year alone. In this one year, people have lost jobs and incomes, and inflation has soared. That’s a double whammy: fuel getting expensive just when people have less money in their pockets. In an economy where the official growth rate contracted by 7.5 per cent, this should have been a matter of huge public concern, even outrage and uproar

Indians, however, seem so calm about it that one could come up with trite Oriental cliches about India. You know, Indians take all suffering, believe in karma, and so on.

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PM Modi attacks opposition party over farmers #IamAgainstModiGovt

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the opposition parties of creating distrust between the farmers and the government and also of instigating them against the laws which the Centre believes will bring reforms to the agricultural sector. PM Modi was addressing farmers in Madhya Pradesh virtually during the Kisan Kalyan event.

PM Modi told the opposition parties that they can keep all the credit when these recently passed farm laws will bring reforms to the agricultural sector. He also said that the opposition parties can take the credit as their old election manifestoes mentioned these agriculture promises.

He said, “I request all political parties with folded hands, please keep all the credit. I’m giving credit to all your old election manifestos. I just want ease in the life of farmers, I want their progress and want modernity in agriculture.”

Modi also accused the opposition parties of using the farmers as a vote bank and political tool. He said that the opposition parties are spinning a web of lies to misguide farmers as the implementation of these laws have been in discussion for the last several years. The prime minister also reiterated that the system of MSP will remain unaffected by these new laws.

Taking a jibe at former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath, the prime minister said that the farm loans were not waived as was promised before the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections. He said, “Those who’ve started this movement in the name of farmers, when they had a chance to run the govt or become part of govt, what they did back then, the country needs to remember. Today, I want to bring their deeds in front of countrymen & farmers.”

BJP has several times in the past few weeks raised the issue of how opposition parties were in favour of implementing the very same laws the NDA introduced during the monsoon session.
‘You can keep all the credit’: PM Modi attacks opposition over farmers’ protests
PM Modi told the opposition parties that they can keep all the credit when these recently passed farm laws will bring reforms to the agricultural sector.

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[FULL STORY] Who is Disha Ravi & Why was she arrested by Delhi Police #GretaToolKit #DishaRavi

Ravi is a 21-year old who volunteers with Fridays for Future, a movement started by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

2018 was the year when Greta Thunberg took the world by storm. The Swedish climate change activist, then 15 years old, started Fridays For Future, which calls itself as “a global people’s movement for climate justice”.

In India, Disha Ravi, a college student at Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru, plunged in. She started Fridays for Future India, coordinating strikes in different areas in the city every Friday, as she told Citizen in 2019.

Her motivation to become a climate activist stemmed from watching her grandparents, who are farmers, struggle with the effects of climate change, she said in an interview with Auto Report Africa in 2020.

Her concern for farmers has now landed her behind bars.

As farmer protests sweep north India and put the Narendra Modi government under pressure, on February 13, Delhi Police arrived at Ravi’s Bengaluru home and arrested her in the case related to a “toolkit-a term activists use for a campaign information document– that Thunberg tweeted in support of India’s protesting farmers on February 4.

The toolkit stated its aim was “to enable anyone unfamiliar with the ongoing farmers protests in India to better understand the situation and make decisions on how to support the farmers based on their own analysis”.

But pro-government social media handles claimed it was evidence of a global conspiracy against India. The Delhi Police lodged a First Information Report against its unnamed creators, booking them for the offences of sedition, promoting hatred amongst communities and criminal conspiracy.

Ravi is the first person to be arrested in the case. Delhi Police claimed Ravi was the “key conspirator” in the formulation and dissemination of the toolkit. “She worked closely with them [the creators of the toolkit] to draft the document,” the police said on Twitter. “In this process, they all collaborated with pro Khalistani Poetic Justice Foundation to spread disaffection against the Indian State.” The government has claimed the protests are funded by Khalistani or separatist Sikh groups.

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