Day: September 6, 2019

Bihar Assembly monsoon session begins amid uproar over AES

first_imgPatna: Bihar Assembly’s monsoon session began on Friday with the Opposition protesting outside the Vidhan Sabha over the death of more than 175 children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the state and demanded the resignation of state Health Minister Mangal Pandey. The Opposition MLAs also protested against the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us MLAs from the Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) gathered outside the Vidhan Sabha since morning holding huge posters and placards. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislator Bhai Virendra demanded Pandey’s resignation saying he was insensitive to the criticality of the situation. CPI-ML protesters said the Health Minister was more keen to find out the cricket score of the India-Pakistan match than acting to prevent the spread of AES.last_img read more

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MLA reviews arrangements for Ganesh Chaturthi in Tirupati

first_imgTirupati: City MLA Bhumana Karunakar Reddy has reviewed the arrangements for forthcoming Vinayaka Chaturthi festival here on Saturday. He participated in a high-level meeting with TUDA, MCT, police and other concerned department officials. He directed the officials to make necessary arrangements for Ganesh immersion which will take place in September first week. In the meeting, the MLA released the eco-Ganesh campaign posters along with TUDA Chairman Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy, Tirupati Urban SP KKN Anburajan, RDO Kanaka Narasa Reddy and others.last_img read more

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Myanmar filmmaker jailed for one year after criticising

first_imgYANGON: A Myanmar filmmaker was sentenced to a year in prison on Thursday for criticising the military, as free expression advocates warned of “grave threats” to those who challenge the powerful armed forces. Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, an activist and founder of human rights film festivals, was detained in April following a Facebook post in which he slammed the 2008 military-drafted constitution. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The charter is deeply unpopular in Myanmar as it gifts the armed services three-quarters of parliamentary seats and control of three ministries despite an ostensible transition to civilian rule. He was sentenced under a law that criminalises incitement by publishing statements causing “fear or alarm” to the public. “I wasn’t surprised because I expected what was coming,” Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi told reporters as he was led from the Insein courthouse in Yangon. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The ruling will take into account time served since his arrest. The free expression group Article 19 said the case was further evidence of the “grave threats faced by those who criticise the Myanmar military”. “The conviction…demonstrates the extreme vulnerability of outspoken activists and artists in contemporary Myanmar,” said Matthew Bugher, head of Article 19’s Asia programme. Advertise With Us Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi was one of a number of activists arrested in recent months in cases that flew under the radar after the high-profile release from jail of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in May. He was sentenced in the same place where the two reporters were convicted in 2018 of violating state secrets after revealing a massacre of Rohingya Muslims. They were freed by presidential pardon after spending more than 500 days in jail. The Reuters case further damaged the legacy of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has gone from icon to pariah for failing to stand up for the persecuted Rohingya. Myanmar is ranked 138 out of 180 countries for press freedom by Reporters Without Borders.last_img read more

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