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Amit Shah Engages in Talks with Meitei and Kuki Leaders in Violence-Hit Manipur, Urges Restoration of Peace

Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Manipur on Monday to establish direct contact with the people and address the aftermath of the violent clashes between the Meitei and Kuki communities that lasted nearly a month.



Amit Shah Engages in Talks with Meitei and Kuki Leaders in Violence-Hit Manipur, Urges Restoration of Peace
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Guwahati: Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Manipur on Monday to establish direct contact with the people and address the aftermath of the violent clashes between the Meitei and Kuki communities that lasted nearly a month. In his efforts to restore peace, Shah met with leaders of various civil society organizations and intellectuals from both communities, urging them to work towards reconciliation.

During a meeting with Chief Minister N Biren Singh and the state cabinet on Sunday night, it was decided that families who lost loved ones in the violence would receive an ex gratia amount of Rs 10 lakh (1 million rupees) and a government job for each affected family.

On Tuesday, Shah first met with leaders of Meitei women groups, student unions, intellectuals, and various civil society organizations. Later, he visited the hill district of Churachandpur and held similar meetings with leaders from the Kuki community.

Ginza Vualzong, a leader of the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum who attended the meeting with Shah, expressed the demand for “total separation” from Manipur and the imposition of President’s rule due to the collapse of law and order. Vualzong stated that they presented an 11-point charter of demands, including the identification of deceased tribal bodies in the Imphal valley for proper burial, relief and rehabilitation of displaced individuals, and enhanced security for the tribal population.

According to Vualzong, Kuki leaders emphasized the involvement of Meitei radical groups, alleging collusion with the government machinery during the violence. They called for legal actions against these radical groups, claiming their connection to the chief minister and Lok Sabha member Leishemba Sanajaoba. Pictorial evidence was reportedly submitted to the home minister.

Shah requested 15 days’ time to establish peace committees aimed at restoring harmony, stating that without peace, political talks would not be possible. He assured them of a judicial inquiry and mentioned that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is looking into some cases. Action against all those involved in the killings was promised by Shah, according to Vualzong.

Meitei leaders demanded measures to protect Manipur’s territorial and administrative integrity, as well as the immediate termination of the Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement with Kuki insurgent groups allegedly involved in the violence.

In a joint memorandum submitted to Shah, five civil society organizations called for immediate and effective counter-terrorism measures to eradicate both SoO and non-SoO narco-terrorist aggressors, with the aim of restoring peace and normalcy. They also urged the protection of the lives and properties of Meitei villagers in the foothills of the Imphal valley and hill areas.

The organizations additionally requested the replacement of the Assam Rifles, currently stationed on the Myanmar border, with forces such as the Border Security Force. They also emphasized the need for immediate compensation and rehabilitation of the affected families from both communities.

The meetings between Amit Shah and the various stakeholders in Manipur reflect the government’s commitment to addressing the grievances arising from the recent clashes and working towards restoring peace and stability in the region.


Tamil Nadu to Host 1,000 Daily Fever Camps, Intensifies Mosquito Control

The Tamil Nadu health department has compiled lists for villages and cities, instructing districts to implement disease-prevention measures accordingly.



Tamil Nadu to Host 1,000 Daily Fever Camps, Intensifies Mosquito Control
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In response to the growing threat of mosquito-borne diseases, the government of Tamil Nadu has taken decisive measures to safeguard public health. Starting this Sunday, the state will establish 1,000 fever clinics daily to address this pressing concern.

To combat the mosquito menace, the government is intensifying its mosquito control initiatives. These efforts include increased fogging operations, the recruitment of additional workers for mosquito control tasks, and a heightened focus on eliminating mosquito breeding grounds.

In addition to these actions, the Tamil Nadu government is launching comprehensive awareness campaigns aimed at educating the public about the risks associated with mosquito-borne diseases.

According to reports in The Hindu, the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Tamil Nadu has issued guidelines specifying that fever clinics should be established in areas with either three or more cases of fever with cough or confirmed positive cases of diseases such as dengue, leptospirosis, scrub typhus, and seasonal flu. Furthermore, the government has initiated door-to-door campaigns to identify and isolate such cases.

The Tamil Nadu health department has undertaken meticulous planning, compiling lists of affected villages and cities to facilitate targeted disease prevention efforts. Officials have affirmed their dedication to eradicating mosquitoes, raising awareness, identifying fever cases, and promptly implementing preventive measures where needed.

Health Minister Ma Subramanian disclosed that over 23,000 temporary workers have been enlisted across the state to support mosquito control operations. Moreover, government hospitals have been directed to maintain ample supplies of life-saving drugs, blood test kits, blood components, and the necessary blood reserves for treating various diseases.

The government’s current focus revolves around combating diseases like dengue, diarrhea, typhoid, and fever. In the state capital of Chennai, Minister Subramanian revealed that a formidable workforce comprising 318 medical officers, 635 nurses, 954 permanent mosquito control workers, and 2,324 contract workers is diligently working to contain these diseases and curtail the spread of mosquitoes.

The minister also detailed the impressive inventory of equipment available in Chennai, including 424 sprayers, 120 power sprayers, 300 battery-operated sprayers, 324 hand fumigation machines, one small fumigation machine, and 68 vehicle-mounted fumigation machines, all geared towards combatting the mosquito population. These comprehensive efforts reflect the Tamil Nadu government’s commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of its citizens in the face of mosquito-borne diseases.

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Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker’s Tragic Death

Biker fatally beaten in confrontation after motorcycle accident, succumbing to injuries.



Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker's Tragic Death
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Jaipur, Rajasthan: Communal tensions flared up in the Ramganj area and its vicinity in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Saturday, stemming from a tragic incident involving a motorcycle collision that led to a man’s demise.

According to the police, the unfortunate incident occurred at the Subhash Chowk locality in Jaipur. It was reported that after a collision between two motorcycles, a group of men allegedly assaulted one of the riders, resulting in his untimely death.

Late on Friday night, the collision transpired within the Subhash Chowk area, whereupon a group of men accompanying one of the motorcycle riders reportedly subjected the other rider, identified as Iqbal, to a brutal assault. Iqbal sustained severe injuries and was promptly rushed to the SMS Hospital. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical treatment.

In the aftermath of this distressing incident, numerous shops in the predominantly Muslim-populated areas have been shuttered. Family members of the deceased, along with local residents, have congregated and are now demanding justice and punitive action against those responsible for the attack, as reported by PTI.

To quell the escalating tensions, additional police forces have been deployed in the region, and concerted efforts are underway to defuse the volatile situation, according to statements from the police to PTI.

A purported video of the incident has surfaced on social media platforms, although its authenticity cannot be independently verified at this time.

In a significant development, six individuals have been apprehended in connection with the case. Additionally, authorities have announced compensatory measures for the family of the deceased, as reported by India Today. The publication quoted the Jaipur Administration as stating, “A compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with employment opportunities and a dairy booth, has been announced for Iqbal’s family. According to police sources, six individuals have been detained in connection with the case.”

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Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son’s Execution

People who didn’t aid the raped, injured, and naked 12-year-old girl may face child sex abuse law charges, A senior officer of the state police said.



Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son's Execution
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Ujjain: The father of the man arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl in Ujjain on Friday has called for his son to receive the death penalty. Meanwhile, the local bar association has appealed to lawyers not to defend the accused in court. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, was discovered walking on the city streets in a wounded condition, desperately seeking assistance from passersby who unfortunately turned her away.

The injured girl is currently receiving treatment at the Government Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar Women’s Hospital in Indore, where she underwent a major surgical procedure on Wednesday. A senior state police official has indicated that individuals who failed to assist the young girl when she went from door to door seeking help after the assault, which left her naked and bleeding, could potentially face charges under child sexual abuse laws. Such individuals may be charged under the POCSO Act for failing to report or register the commission of a crime, according to an NDTV report.

Bharat Soni, an auto-rickshaw driver, was taken into custody in connection with the case on Thursday. His father expressed his deep shame over the incident, stating, “It is a disgraceful act. I have not visited the hospital to see him, nor will I go to the police station or court. My son has committed a crime, and he should face the ultimate punishment, which is hanging,” as he conveyed his sentiments to reporters. It should be noted that Soni sustained injuries while allegedly attempting to flee during the investigation, according to the police’s statement on Thursday.

The Congress party has criticized the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, where assembly elections are scheduled by year-end. Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate alleged that the state’s law-and-order situation had significantly deteriorated under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“In Madhya Pradesh, being a Dalit, tribal, or woman has seemingly become a crime. The state ranks highest in cases of minor rape. During Chouhan’s 18-year tenure, there have been 58,000 reported rape cases and 68,000 reported kidnapping cases. Yet, the country’s prime minister, home minister, and all BJP leaders remain conspicuously silent,” Shrinate conveyed to reporters in Delhi.

The distressing incident, captured by a CCTV camera, depicts the 12-year-old girl, partially undressed and bleeding following the assault, desperately seeking assistance from neighbors who callously refused her aid. Furthermore, in a shocking display of heartlessness, one individual can be seen shooing her away as she approaches him for help.

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