Dalits to rally for Bahujan Lokpal Bill
Dalits, backward castes and minorities came together against Team Anna’s Jan Lokpal Bill on Wednesday.
They held a rally from India Gate that grid-locked peak hour traffic, proposing a Bahujan Lokpal Bill.
“We will draft the Bahujan Lokpal Bill within two to three days and submit it to the Parliamentary standing committee,” Udit Raj, chairman of the All-India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations, said.
“We want our representative in the lokpal committee as and when it is formed.”
“We neither support Team Anna’s draft nor the government’s draft of the Lokpal Bill,” he said. “While the former will make the lokpal authoritarian, the government draft is very weak.”
Confederation member Indira Athawale said, “This civil society (Team Anna) comprises people opposing reservation. Moreover, they want to create a lokpal that would be over and above the Constitution.”
Delhi reported 874 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, up from 628 infections recorded on Monday, showed data released by the state government. According to the Delhi government's daily bulletin, 16,866 tests were conducted on Tuesday as compared to 7,793 on Monday, leading to a decline in positivity rate from 8.06% to 5.18%. On Monday, three people died of Covid, and on Saturday, the government recorded six deaths.
The Delhi Police on Tuesday sounded an alert and increased the number of personnel stationed across Delhi, especially in areas populated by both Hindus and Muslims, in the wake of two men killing a tailor in Rajasthan's Udaipur over his social media post supporting suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma. A few policemen and a resident were injured during the clashes, and several properties were damaged.
Officials of Indira Gandhi International Airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited said they began trials of a full-body scanner at Teminal 2 from Tuesday in line with directives issued by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security. Each scanner is expected cost around ₹4 crore, including annual maintenance, the official said. By using these body scanners, officials said they can reduce the number of random pat-downs and strip searches, thereby speeding up security checks.
Eminent citizens and scholars on Tuesday condemned the murder of a Hindu tailor by two Muslim men in Rajasthan's Udaipur, and appealed to everyone to maintain calm even as the tourist city remained tense after protests in the wake of the hate crime. The two killers, Mohammad Riyaz Akhtari and Ghous Mohammad, hacked Kanhaiya Lal, 47, to death, capturing the act on their phones, and later issuing a threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It was another unbearably hot and humid day in the capital, with Delhi's heat index or the 'real feel' of temperature on Tuesday being recorded at 53 degrees as high humidity levels combined with maximum temperature of 40-44 degrees across the city worsened the sultry conditions prevailing in the Capital. The wet-bulb temperature in Delhi also rose to 33.7 degrees, the highest so far this year, after hitting 32.11 degrees on Monday.