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Odisha Parties Intensify Protests Over Probe In Teacher’s Murder – dot newz




As Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik continues to remain silent over the kidnap and murder of a lady teacher allegedly by the president of her school’s managing committee, political parties – Left, right and centre – are mounting pressure on him to dismiss Minister of State for Home DS Mishra for his alleged patronage to the prime accused in the case.

While the BJP and Congress activists have been protesting since the prime accused escaped from police custody in Bolangir district on October 17 before being re-captured two days later, Left parties such as the CPI, CPI(M) and the CPI(ML) – on Saturday jointly staged a demonstration at Bhubaneswar demanding a high court-monitored probe into the murder case.

The BJP’s women’s wing organised a symbolic funeral procession on the streets of Bhubaneswar claiming that “Law has died” in Odisha.

The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) accused the saffron party of indulging in “cheap politics” over a murder case in which the prime accused has been arrested.

“We are demanding that a high court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the incident. As the minister has not yet tendered his resignation, the chief minister should act immediately and sack him,” CPI Leader Ramkrushna Panda said.

If the BJD government wants atrocities against women to stop, Mr Patnaik who also holds the Home portfolio has to take stern action against those who are influential persons, he said.

The Left parties also demanded that the state government pay financial assistance of Rs one crore to the lady teacher’s family.

The 24-year-old lady teacher of a private school in Kalahandi district went missing on October 8 and her half-burnt decomposed body was exhumed from the playground of the school where she worked on October 19. The police have so far arrested two persons including the prime accused who, according to DIG (Northern Range) Deepak Kumar, has confessed to the crime.

It is alleged that the prime accused had a grudge against the teacher as she was aware of his two extra-marital affairs and had warned that she would expose him.

Intensifying its agitation, the BJP’s Mahila Morcha on Saturday claimed that “Law has died” in the state and sought to carry its “body” in a symbolic funeral procession from the party”s headquarters at Sri Ram Mandir Chhak to Naveen Niwas, the residence of the chief minister, around three kilometres away.

However, the police stopped them near Sishu Bhavan Chhak, around two kilometres from the party office, where they broke barricades and scuffled with the security personnel. Several women BJP leaders also courted arrest.

“The chief minister often says that law will take its own course. We ask him, how can justice come when the minister of state for home himself is involved in the case,” said Pravati Parida, a senior woman BJP leader.

A report from Kahanadi said the activists of the BJP’s youth wing gheraoed the office of the superintendent of police as part of its agitation demanding dismissal of Mr Mishra over his alleged links with the prime accused.

The Mayurbhanj district unit of the saffron party has given a notice to the collector for holding a peaceful 12-hour bandh on October 25. The party has already observed 12-hour bandhs in Bolangir and Kalahandi districts.

The ruling BJD termed the BJP’s agitation as politically motivated.

“The BJP’s has been doing sub-standard politics, it lacks minimum dignity,” a BJD spokesperson said.

The state Congress claimed that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is shielding the minister and he is in two minds over taking action against Mishra.

“He (Patnaik) did not allow DS Mishra to share dais with him at an official meeting in Mayurbhanj district on Friday. It is evident that the CM does not want to be seen alongside DS Mishra. We demand that the minister concerned be brought under the purview of the investigation,” Congress spokesperson SP Nayak told reporters.

The issue continued to dominate the state’s political scene since the prime accused escaped from Titlagarh police barrack when there was power disruption in the town on the night of October 17. He was kept there in detention in connection with “abduction” of the teacher. Opposition parties have been alleging that he managed to flee because of his political influence. He was recaptured on October 19.

Altogether two persons were arrested in connection with the kidnap and murder of the woman who was a resident of Bolangir district and worked in that school in Kalahandi district.

The police have also placed four of its men under suspension on charge of dereliction of duty in connection with the case.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the State Commission for Women Minati Behera on Saturday visited the house of the teacher and assured her family members that justice will be done.

The victim”s parents demanded capital punishment for the prime accused and stringent action against the persons involved in the kidnap and murder of their daughter.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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India Is No.1 Food Supplier To Arab Nations After 15 Years – dot newz




The Arab world is among Brazil’s most important trade partners.

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India surpassed Brazil in food exports to the League of Arab States for the first time in 15 years as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted trade flows in 2020, according to data provided by the Arab-Brazil Chamber of Commerce to Reuters on Tuesday.

The Arab world is among Brazil’s most important trade partners, but its distance from those markets took its toll as the pandemic rattled global logistics.

Brazil accounted for 8.15% of the total agribusiness products imported by the 22 League members last year, whereas India captured 8.25% of that trade, ending Brazil’s 15-year advantage, the data showed.

Despite remaining competitive “from the farm gate in,” Brazil lost ground to India and other exporters such as Turkey, the United States, France and Argentina amid a disruption of traditional shipping routes.

Brazilian shipments to Saudi Arabia that once took 30 days could now take up to 60 days, according to the Chamber, whereas India’s geographic advantages allow it to ship fruits, vegetables, sugar, grains and meat in as little as week.

Brazil’s agricultural exports to the Arab League rose just 1.4% by value to $8.17 billion last year. Between January and October this year, sales totaled $6.78 billion, up 5.5%, as logistics problems subsided, Chamber data showed.

China’s push to boost its own food inventories during the pandemic also diverted some of Brazil’s trade with the Arabs, leading countries such as Saudi Arabia to step up promotion of domestic food production, while seeking alternative suppliers.

“It’s a turning point. The Saudis are still big buyers, but they are also net re-exporters of food,” the Chamber said in a statement.

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“BJP Development? Coconut Breaks A Road Open!” Akhilesh Yadav Sneers – dot newz





Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, ally Jayant Choudhary at his side, berated Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the BJP on multiple issues today — including development, which the ruling party placed front and centre of the coming election. “What infrastructure has the BJP created,” he questioned, citing a recent headline from Bijnore that has raised many a chuckle in the state.

“The older tradition was — hit the coconut on the road and the coconut breaks. The new tradition they have started is hit the coconut on ground and the ground must break,” he told NDTV, speaking on the sidelines of a rally in Mathura attended by thousands.

Suchi Mausam Chaudhary, the BJP MLA from Bijnor Sadar, was left furious earlier this month at the traditional inauguration when bits of a 7-km road, renovated at a cost of Rs 1.16 crore, came off when struck by a coconut.

Challengers to the BJP government which came to power in the state with a sweeping mandate, the two leaders made a prediction. “Looking at anger among the people, BJP can even lose 400 seats. They will be wiped out in the western UP,” Akhilesh Yadav said.

Their sharpest barbs were reserved for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

In his address, Mr Yadav had spoken of the BJP “misrule” in terms of jobs, education development and farmers’ issues. Asked about his remark that the “Baba (Yogi Adityanath) just sits in Gorakhpur and rings a bell (while all this is happennig),” and how it would be received by the state’s Hindu voters, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary spoke up.

“Adityanath is not a symbol of Hindu unity, he can be questioned,” Mr Chaudhary said. “This is not an issue about Hindu pride but issues like unemployment. Adityanath said he will give 70 lakh jobs. Today, their own posters say they have given only four lakh jobs,” he added.

Akhilesh Yadav had other questions. “The Chief Minister should answer whether the man sitting in the jeep that mowed down farmers (in Lakhimpur Kheri) was the Union Home Minister’s son or not… Yogi must answer how many cases were against him that he removed himself after becoming the Chief Minister,” he added.

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Women’s Commission Seeks Report On BJP Leader’s Remark About Mumbai Mayor – dot newz




Kishori Pednekar is the current Mayor of Mumbai. (File)

The Maharashtra State Commission for Women has asked the Mumbai police commissioner to submit a factual report about an alleged objectionable remark passed by BJP leader Ashish Shelar about mayor Kishori Pednekar in connection with the recent cylinder blast in Worli.

Taking to Twitter, the Commission’s chairperson Rupali Chakankar said “insulting” comments made about women by responsible public representatives “will not be tolerated”.

The Commission has, therefore, taken a “serious” note of the comment and asked the Mumbai police chief to submit a factual report in this connection, Ms Chakankar tweeted on Monday night.

In her letter to the police commissioner, Ms Chakankar claimed, “Shelar’s comment ”the Mumbai Mayor visited (those injured in the blast) after 72 hours of the incident, where were you (the mayor) sleeping for these many hours?” is being broadcast in the news media”.

“So, a factual report should be submitted in this connection as per section 12(2) and 12(3) of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women Act, 1993,” she said.

Three members of a family died after a gas cylinder exploded in their home in a chawl in Worli area of central Mumbai.

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