Union home minister Amit Shah
on Saturday greeted all teachers, saying they have been playing an unparalleled role in shaping the nation by selflessly guiding millions of souls.
“Tributes to an iconic thinker and
, former President Dr
on his Jayanti,” he tweeted.
Tributes to an iconic thinker and erudite scholar, former President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his Jayanti.O… https://t.co/xZ1pueLHSz
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) 1599269673000
“On #TeachersDay, Greetings to the entire teaching fraternity who has been playing an unparalleled role in shaping the nation by selflessly guiding millions of souls,” Shah said.
Teachers’ Day is observed to mark the birth anniversary of the country’s second president S Radhakrishnan.
Congress did what it said: Rahul Gandhi on Madhya Pradesh farm loan waiver
NEW DELHI: The Congress did what it said, while the BJP makes only false promises, Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday, taking a dig at the MP government’s reported statement in the assembly that farmers in 51 districts benefited from the farm loan waiver scheme of the Kamal Nath dispensation.
In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi also shared a media report on the Madhya Pradesh government stating in assembly in reply to a question that farm loans were waived in 51 districts under the previous Kamal Nath dispensation.
“Congress — Did what it said. BJP — Only false promises,” the Congress leader said.
Kamal Nath on Tuesday said the Madhya Pradesh government’s “confession” in the legislative assembly was that 26.95 lakh farmers in 51 districts were benefited from the previous Congress-led dispensation’s farm loan waiver.
Programme code violation by TV channel, have issued show-cause notice, Centre tells SC
NEW DELHI: The Centre informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it has prima facie found violation of programme code by Sudarshan TV‘s ‘Bindas Bol‘ show and has issued a notice to the channel.
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and K M Joseph was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that Sudarshan TV has to give reply to the show-cause notice by September 28, failing which an ex parte decision will be taken.
The four-page notice has sought a written submission from the channel regarding violation of programme code and why action should not be taken against it, Mehta said during the brief hearing.
The detailed notice under Cable Television Network Act, 1995 has been issued today itself, showing facts that are, according to the government, prima facie not in accordance with the programme code, he said.
Mehta suggested that hearing of the matter be adjourned till the channel’s reply.
The bench observed that if the case wasn’t heard, all episodes would have been aired by now.
It adjourned the hearing for October 5 saying the Centre shall file a report regarding the outcome of the decision taken.
The bench said the order passed on September 15 injuncting the telecast of remaining episodes of the programme will continue till then.
At the outset, the top court asked intervenors to file written submissions if any.
On September 21, the top court had pondered over the nature and extent of its order regulating ‘Bindas Bol’ programme on alleged infiltration of Muslims in bureaucracy saying it did not want to “curtail” freedom of speech as the programme has “public interest” involved on issues of “foreign funding” and “reservation”.
The apex court, which has already imposed the pre-telecast ban on episodes of ‘UPSC Jehad’ on a plea raising grievances against it on grounds including hate speech, was irked over the fact that the channel, in his affidavit, has named one English news Channel for running two shows on Hindu terror earlier.
“Why have you said about the programmes (of the English news channel)? Who asked about your opinion about the programmes,” it had said.
Lawyer Vishnu Shankar Jain, appearing for Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke, had said that his affidavit contained reference of the English Channel and their programmes on Hindu terror as he was asked earlier as to why the ‘UPSC Jehad’ episodes have “shown Muslim men in skull caps and wearing greens”.
The bench then said: “Does this mean that every time, the judges asked questions you will shoot your mouth with your views? If that is the case then judges will stop asking questions. You are not supposed to file affidavits on all the questions which judges ask. Judges ask questions to elicit a better response.”
On being told by the petitioners that the episodes have violated the programme code under cable TV rules, the top court pondered over the extent of control and curb which can be imposed by it through its orders.
“This programme (‘Bindas Bol’) has public interest involved on (issues of) foreign funding or on reservation. If we are to issue injunction (stay) then what kind of injunction will be like, whether it should be a blanket injunction. There is also public interest involved with it,” the bench had observed.
The top court had observed that constitutional values, human dignity are needed to be protected but the court cannot “become the enforcers of programme code”.
The channel had urged the apex court to lift the stay on the telecast of the remaining six episodes of the controversial programme, saying the channel would abide by laws.
Earlier, the top court had questioned Sudarshan TV over its programme asking whether media can be allowed to “target whole set of communities”.
It had asked the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the National Broadcasters Association to give suggestions for strengthening the “self-regulating mechanism” of NBA for electronic media.
Sikkim cut off as major landslide hits National Highway 10
GANGTOK: A major landslide, triggered by heavy rain, on the National Highway 10 cut off Sikkim from the rest of the country on Wednesday morning, officials said.
The landslide happened at the 29 Mile area in West Bengal, they said.
The NH-10, which is considered the lifeline for the people of Sikkim, is maintained by the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) and the PWD of West Bengal, they added.
Officials at the site said that it will take at least a day or two to clear the debris completely.
The road can be cleared for one way traffic by evening which is possible if the rain subsides, they said.
Drivers ferrying essential commodities to Sikkim from Siliguri are stuck at the spot.
Travelling on this highway during heavy rains is dangerous as there are many trouble spots along it, officials said.
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