Prisoners’ meetings with relatives suspended amid Covid surge in Bihar
Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, the Bihar Prisons department on Monday suspended the prisoners’ meeting with their relatives. During the pandemic earlier, family members were allowed to speak to prison inmates through video calls via a system called e-mulaquat for 15 minutes each.
Earlier in March 2020, the Bihar prison department suspended physical meetings. They were resumed on October 28 after hundreds of inmates of the Beur central jail went on a hunger strike.
There were over 66,307 inmates in Bihar prison as of December 31.
Beur jail superintendent Jitendra Kumar said that they have again started virtual meetings between inmates and their relatives/lawyers through mobile video calling and conferencing.
Inspector general (prisons) Manesh Kumar Meena cited the rising Covid-19 cases and added that the physical mulaqats of all inmates have been suspended from Tuesday till January 31. “The situation will be reviewed again on February 1,” he said.
Affirming the Karnataka government's commitment to strict implementation of the proposed "anti-conversion law", state Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Tuesday said it is not against any religion, but religious conversion by force or through inducement has no place under the legislation. Trying to allay the fears of the Christian community, the Minister clarified that there is nothing in the proposed legislation that curtails the constitutionally provided religious rights.
Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring on Tuesday hit out at the Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party government for rushing to the Centre for additional security forces to handle the challenges faced by the state. “We stand vindicated as the state has rushed to the Centre for security assistance to make up for its lack of experience,” he said.
Tomato prices in Karnataka, especially in Bengaluru, have crossed ₹100 per kilogram, forcing many consumers to discard the crop from their shopping list, news agency IANS reported. Malls and independent vegetable shops are pricing tomatoes well above ₹100 per kg. Now, the shortage in supply is skyrocketing prices in the city, which is a domino effect is hitting hotel chains and establishments which sell dishes using tomatoes like sambar or rasam.
The Karnataka State Election Commission on Tuesday told the High Court of Karnataka that the State government had taken away its powers making it unable to hold elections to Zilla Panchayat and Taluk Panchayats as mandated by the Supreme Court. A vacation division bench of the High Court comprising Justice SG Pandit and Justice MG Uma heard the Election Commission's petition today. The EC had challenged this before the High Court.
The Noida authority is set to develop villages with a budget of ₹24 crore. It will repair and construct roads, drains footpaths and green spaces with the allocated fund. Earlier, villagers demanded development at par with city sectors. Following their demand, the Noida authority sanctioned ₹24 crore to be spent on 33 different projects to be completed by November 2022.