Former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation D.R. Kaarthikeyan has called for a special session of Parliament to debate whether India should abolish death penalty or retain it. In a message to the People’s Movement Against Death Penalty (PMADP) headed by the former Supreme Court Judge, V.R. Krishna Iyer, he said the best acceptable and pragmatic solution was for Parliament to take a firm decision unanimously or by an overwhelming majority, reflecting the general mood of the nation. “A special session of Parliament should be convened, where members should be enabled to express their opinion… the members should be given the freedom to exercise their views by voting on the motion, without being constrained by any party whip,” he said. Mr. Kaarthikeyan was the chief of the Special Investigation Team that probed the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. In an apparent reference to the delay in decisions on the mercy petitions of convicts facing death penalty, he said: … [Read more...] about Parliament should debate death penalty, says Kaarthikeyan
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In January 2021, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the 100% strategic sale of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), the corporate entity of Visakhapatnan Steel Plant. Since then, the employees and union members from various political fronts have been staging an agitation, which at one point of time had scaled a good height. Also Read As Vizag Steel Plant agitation nears one year, employees confident of winning the battle But of late, the tempo of the agitation appears to have slowed down, especially at a time when the Union Government had already appointed the legal advisory committee and the transaction advisory committee. It has also recently short-listed three firms from 10 companies who had bid for the appointment of the valuation committee. “It appears that the agitation is losing its steam, and we need to revive it as soon as possible,” feel many of the leaders from various trade unions, who are also part of the Visakha Ukku Parirakshana … [Read more...] about Is the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant agitation losing its steam?
By The Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey — A pro-government Turkish newspaper says Turkey has drawn up a list of 10 demands it will reportedly ask Sweden and Finland to meet before it can approve their NATO membership. The list published by Sabah newspaper on Wednesday calls on the two countries to stop any financial support to groups linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party as well as to Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Ankara views as extensions of the banned group. There are also demands that these countries halt contacts with members of the Syrian Kurdish group. Sabah said Turkey furthermore wants the two countries to “expedite” extradition proceedings for suspects wanted by Turkey on terror charges. The list also includes a demand that Sweden clamps down on what Sabah called a “disinformation” campaign against Turkey led by followers of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara claims was behind a coup attempt in 2016. Many followers of the Gulen movement have fled to Sweden. … [Read more...] about Live updates | Report: Turkey lists Sweden, Finland demands