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Kerala CM urges PM to repeal new cattle slaughter policy to save lives, livelihoods of millions
IndiaTomorrow.net, Thiruvananthapuram, May 27: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeal the new cattle trade and slaughter rules "so that the lives and livelihoods of millions of our fellow countrymen can be protected."   In a letter to the PM, Vijayan said that "People of all faiths consume meat in our country, not just the minorities," and it is the "primary source of protein for millions of poor and ordinary people in this country, particularly the Dalits." "Such restrictions being imposed on the eve of Ramzan, would certainly appear to certain communities of our country as a direct attack on them," he further said.   The restrictions will also affect the leather industry and consequently 2.5 million people of the industry.   "Once the prohibition comes into effect, it will not only deprive them of adequate nutrition, but also prevent the availability of raw m...




CPI-M slams government over ban on selling animals for slaughter
New Delhi, May 27: The CPI-M on Saturday termed the Environment Ministry's ban of sale of cattle for slaughter an attempt to provide a "legal cover" to its communal agenda, and demanded the notification's withdrawal."The notification of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change that bans sale of cattle for slaughter is an atrocious attempt by the Modi government to give legal cover for its wholly communal and divisive agenda to impose a diet code on the country," the Communist Party of India-Marxist politburo said in a statement.It said that the decision will destroy the livelihood of crores of farmers involved in animal husbandry, eliminate traditional cattle fairs, and put an unfair burden on farmers to care for useless cattle."This further burdens the farmers who are increasingly resorting to distress suicides due to escalating input costs. It will also impact on the leather industry and the meat export industry affecting the livelihood of lakh...




Palestinian prisoners end hunger strike after 40 days
According to Israeli prison authorities, 1,578 Palestinian prisoners out of the nearly 6,500 serving sentences in Israeli prisons were involved in the hunger strike that began 40 days ago Ramallah, May 27: Over 800 Palestinians jailed in Israeli prisons ended a 40-day hunger strike on Saturday after reaching an agreement over their demands.The suspension of the hunger strike was agreed to by a committee consisting of several prisoners, including the leader of the strike and Fatah member Marwan Barghouti, which negotiated with Israeli prison authorities during the last 20 hours, head of the Palestinian Prisoners Club Qadura Fares told Efe news.At around 5 a.m., after negotiations and a lot of pressure in the Ashkelon prison, Barghouti and his team agreed to end the strike, Akram Al-Ayasa, spokesman for the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, said.The Israeli prison service reported in a statement that the end of the strike was achieved through an agreement between I...




CBI lodges FIR in NET answer-sheet scam
New Delhi, May 27: The CBI has registered a case against senior CBSE official Antriksh Johri and some other government officials for allegedly hiring a private firm to scan the answer-sheets of 7.94 lakh in this year's National Eligibility Test (NET), an official said on Friday.The agency's move comes after the private firm failed to complete the scanning of answer-sheets of the UGC-NET exam held on January 22 this year at around 500 centres in 90 cities, the official said, adding the FIR was registered three days ago.He said that the firm, Venus Digital, was paid over Rs 1 crore for the job.Johri, who is Director, IT, at the Central Board of Secondary Education), some unidentified officials of the board and Kapil Soorma, representative of Venus Digital Service situated in West Delhi's Patel Nagar and Karol Bagh areas, were booked for alleged corruption, criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct.Sources said that the Central Bureu of Investigation (CBI) has also collected documents f...




Four neighbours held for murder, gang rape in UP's Jewar
New Delhi, May 27: A day after a scrap dealer was killed and four women of his family raped by a gang of armed men near Jewar, the Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday held the family's four neighbours and were probing personal enmity/robbery as the crime's motive."The Special Task Force (STF) apprehended four persons today (Friday) morning for killing a scrap dealer and gang-raping his mother, wife, sister, and sister-in-law, two km from Jewar on the Yamuna Expressway on Thursday," an STF official told IANS.He identified three of the arrested as Hazi, Munna, and Wahim. The fourth person is yet to be identified. They are being questioned by the STF officials.The arrests were made on the basis of statements given by the women, who underwent medical examination after they claimed gang rape, he said."We are interrogating the arrested persons named by the women. We are working on personal enmity motive since the family members have changed statements. Prima facie, robbery appears ...




Torture of Muslim prisoners in Bhopal jail: NHRC orders high-level probe
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 27: After "thoughtful consideration" of the allegations levelled by family members of some of the 21 Muslim prisoners lodged in the Bhopal central jail, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has ordered constitution of a high-level team for spot investigation into the alleged physical torture and solitary confinement of the under-trial prisoners.   Nine family members including four women had visited the NHRC headquarters here on Thursday and made long presentation before NHRC member Justice D. Murugesan. They were accompanied by some civil rights including Kavita Srivastava and Madhuri Krishnaswami from People's Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL).   The family members of the prisoners, mostly in 30s and imprisoned in the Bhopal jail for last three and half years, told the NHRC that these prisoners have been tortured and harassed after the Bhopal encounter of Oct 2016. They also accused the jail authorities of doing religio...




Saharanpur borders sealed ahead of Rahul Gandhi's visit
Lucknow, May 27: Even as Uttar Pradesh authorities kept a close watch, Saharanpur borders were ordered to be sealed on Saturday to prevent Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi from visiting survivors of the caste violence that has hit the district.The Congress leader had started for his proposed visit from New Delhi to the district despite denial of permission by state authorities, police said.Senior civil and police officials, including Deputy Inspector General (Security) Vijay Bhushan were camping on the Uttar Pradesh-Haryana border at Sarsava to intercept Gandhi's motorcade.On Friday, the Uttar Pradesh government denied permission to Gandhi to visit the villages where caste conflicts since May 5 have left at least two dead and over two dozen others injured, until the situation returns to normal."We are committed to ensure peace and harmony in the region and will not allow any political leader to visit the places that have been singed by caste clashes over the past few days,&quo...




Manslaughter continues in name of cow, cattle slaughter becomes illegal: Kerala CM
"Central Govt. has proved who runs them. Cattle slaughter becomes illegal at a time when manslaughter happens in the name of cow," Kerala CM said   IndiaTomorrow.net, Thiruvananthapuram, May 27: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has strongly reacted on the Narendra Modi government's new rules about cattle slaughter, saying it is an attack on the poor, Dalits and farmers.   "With effective ban on cattle slaughter, food consumption of millions (will be) affected. (It is a) clear attack on our plurality, the essence of India," tweeted the CM.   The Union Ministry of Environment on Friday issued new rules regulating sale and purchase at cattle markets across the country. The government has banned sale of cattle including buffalo (whose consumption is not banned even in states where cow slaughter is banned) for purpose of slaughtering.   Reacting over it, the Kerala CM said: "New livestock regulation law will rob lakhs of jobs, cr...




Centre modifies rules, bans sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at markets
To ensure the rules are implemented, undertakings will have to be taken in the market by 'District Animal Market Monitoring Committee' (at district level) and 'Animal Market Committee' at local levelNew Delhi, May 26: The Union Environment Ministry on Friday modified the animal cruelty rules, making it mandatory to ensure the cattle are not bought or sold with a purpose of slaughtering.As the ministry notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules-2017, it asserted that the aim is to regulate animal market and prevent cruelty.To ensure the rules are implemented, undertakings will have to be taken in the market by 'District Animal Market Monitoring Committee' (at district level) and 'Animal Market Committee' at local level."When someone comes to sell a cattle and someone is purchasing it, they have to give an undertaking that it is not for the slaughter purpose and the member secretary of the market has to take an undertaking and ensure from ...




Four Sikh men assaulted in Rajasthan, Minority panel seeks report from police
The video surfaced on Thursday shows four men lying on the ground and being abused and beaten up by a mob IndiaTomorrow.net, Jaipur, May 26: As the video of Sikh men being beaten up in a village of Ajmer went viral on social media, the Rajasthan Minority Commission has sought a "factual report" from the state police in ten days.   The video surfaced on Thursday shows four men lying on the ground and being abused and beaten up by a mob. The Sikh men are said to be from Alwar district.   As per media reports, the incident took place in Chainpura village on 24th April when the Sewadars of a Gurudwara in Alwar went to the village for donations. The villagers, who allegedly thrashed them, claimed that they had molested a woman.   "Our primary inquiry revealed that the sewadars were arrested under section 151 (preventive detention) of the criminal of the Criminal Procedure Code on a complaint from the Chainpura Sarpanch. They were released later,...