IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses CorruptionViolence Singh, who was also known as “Nirbhik,” sustained burns to more than 90% of his body when three men entered his home on 27 November, doused him with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that is highly flammable, and then set fire to him and his home. to go further Reporter Rakesh Singh’s home was badly damaged by the fire, as can be seen in this clip (right) from a video filmed the next day (photos: NDTV – Prabhat Khabar). News “It is nonetheless shocking that this tragedy took place after the reporter formally notified the judicial authorities about the death threats being made against him. It is high time for the Uttar Pradesh government to start debating the adoption of a law on journalists’ safety, like the one that already exists in Maharashtra state, for example.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that a newspaper reporter was burned alive in his home in a village in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state after covering alleged local corruption and after telling the local authorities he was being threatened. All those involved in the murder must be brought to justice, RSF said. One of the three men, Keshwanand Mishra, is local village chief Sushila Devi’s son. In an article published in the newspaper, Singh had accused Devi of corruption in connection with local infrastructure projects, including the installation of solar panels, “This is the price for reporting the truth” Rakesh Singh said on his death bed while being filmed by a colleague. A reporter for the Hindi-language daily Rashtriya Swaroop, Singh died in a hospital in Lucknow, the state capital, on 28 November, the day after being set on fire in his home in Balrampur, a village 160 km east of Lucknow. IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses CorruptionViolence Organisation Singh is the second journalist to be murdered in Uttar Pradesh this year. The first was Shubham Tripathi, who was killed by three shots to the head in Unnao, a suburb of Lucknow, in June after investigating organized crime activities linked to illegal sand mining. The Newslaundry website quotes a colleague of Singh’s as saying, on condition of anonymity, that Singh had told Balrampur’s district magistrate that he feared for his life, but the authorities took no action. Help by sharing this information News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Follow the news on India India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 “We hail the rapid progress that has been made in the police investigation and we call for all those involved in this appalling murder, both perpetrators and instigators, to be brought to justice as required by the law,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Receive email alerts June 10, 2021 Find out more According to the police, the three assailants had been harassing Singh prior to the attack, telling him to stop publishing anything negative about Devi, who is about to run for reelection. Arrested three days after the fire, the three men confessed to the murder and have been jailed, the police say. December 8, 2020 Indian newspaper reporter burned alive after exposing corruption According to RSF’s barometer, Singh is the fourth journalist to be murdered this year in India in connection with their journalism. Two were killed last month. One was Isravel Moses, a Tamil reporter who was hacked to death in the southeastern city of Chennai after been identified as a journalist to members of the local underworld. The other was Parag Bhuyan, who was deliberately mown down by a speeding car in the northeastern state of Assam, probably because of his coverage of local criminal activity.India is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. March 3, 2021 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Shocking
Top StoriesPlea In SC Challenges Validity Of Government Order Directing 100% Payment Of Wages During Lockdown By Commercial Establishments [Read Petition] Sanya Talwar18 April 2020 2:22 AMShare This – xA petition has been initiated in the Supreme Court for quashing of Government Order (GO) dated March 29 and March 31, 2020 to the extent of the direction to pay full salary to staff, contract workers, casual workers and other workers during the period of lockdown, even though factories are not operational.”…challenging the constitutional validity of Government Order dated March 29, 2020,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA petition has been initiated in the Supreme Court for quashing of Government Order (GO) dated March 29 and March 31, 2020 to the extent of the direction to pay full salary to staff, contract workers, casual workers and other workers during the period of lockdown, even though factories are not operational.”…challenging the constitutional validity of Government Order dated March 29, 2020, being N0.40-3/2020-DMI( A) issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, under section 10(2XI) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 only to limited extent of additional measure in clause iii, being “All the employers, be it in the industry or in the shops and commercial establishments, shall make payment of wages of their workers, at their work places, on the due date, without any deduction, for the period their establishments are under closure during lockdown period. “The petitioner, Nagreeka Exports Limited is engaged in manufacture and export of cotton yarns, fabric & textiles and has contended that as there is no revenue generation during the period of lockdown, it has become impossible for the petitioner to pay approximately 1400 workmen and 150 employees.”Petitioner needs to incur approximately Rs. 1.75 Crores. But these directions has caused constellation to a large number of employers in the country, despite their best intentions for and efforts towards, supporting their employees during this period of crises” the petition reads.The petitioner highlights the hardships faced by factory owners and states that even though he had paid wages in full for the month of March 2020, even though operations were completely shut down during the last week of part, it is “virtually impossible” for the petitioner to continue to bear the cost of the salary of its employees.While emphasising on the urgency of the issue, the petitioner states that non-compliance of the G.O. has serious implications on him and that he bound to face penal consequences for the same, as contemplated under Disaster Management Act, 2005.The petitioner goes on to question the reasonability of the directions given by the Government and contends “whether intelligent care and deliberation” were given to the G.O.’s.Further, the petitioner, inter alia, puts forth important questions of law such as whether the Government of India and Maharashtra is empowered to issue directions to private establishments to pay 100% wages under Disaster Management Act 2005 and whether the compulsory payment of wages to all workers, without deductions is feasible.In this backdrop, the petitioner has contended the constitutional validity of the Government orders vis-à-vis Articles 14 & 19 of the Constitution.”It is a well settled law that to satisfy the constitutional test of permissibility, two conditions must be satisfied, namely (i) that the classification is founded on an intelligible differentia which distinguishes persons or things that are grouped together from others left out of the group , and (ii) that such differentia has a rational relation to the object sought to be achieved.” the petition states.Therefore, the petitioner seeks directions for payment of wages at “50% of the basic pay plus DA to its workers/employees (without payment of PF and ESIC contributor as the same is not wages) as this will give more money in the hands of workmen.”The petition has been filed by Advocate-on-Record Krishan Kumar.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Dirt Road Boys Basketball League Scores. (1-8)6th Grade Bulldogs @ East Central High School Fieldhouse.Batesville 49, Jac-Cen-Del 29Batesville 37, East Central 32The 6th graders (8-2) are in action next on Sunday, January 15th at Jac-Cen-Del High School at 2:00 vs. Greensburg and at Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School at 4:00 vs. South Decatur.5th Grade Bulldogs @ Union County High School. Batesville 35, Richmond 24In a rematch of last year’s Dirt Road Championship, the young Bulldogs jumped out early on the defending champs with aggressive defense. After a time out with four minutes to play in the first half and the score tied at 12, the team settled down with solid ball handling to close the half with a four point lead it never relinquished. The youngsters forced the Red Devils into only 19% shooting for the contest and out-rebounded the squad 31-21. Leading the for the Bulldogs was Chris Lewis with 11 points, Gus prickle with 9 and Sam Johnson with 8. Jack Grunkemeyer was a horse on the boards with 8, while Lewis and Prickle each had 7 caroms. Prickle also was solid leading the offense with 3 assists.Batesville 25, Northeastern 14The youngsters continued their solid defense and hustle in game two on the day, holding the Knights of Northeastern to 23% shooting and out-rebounding the opponent 31-15 in a game that was never in question. Grunkemeyer led the team in scoring with 9. Brendan Heiser and Prickel each tallied 4. Grunkemeyer cleaned up the glass with another 8 rebounds, while Landon Oldham was solid with 7 boards. Grunkemeyer and Prickel each had two assists.The 5th graders (9-1) are in action next Sunday, January 15th at South Decatur High School at 2:00 vs. Greensburg 1 and at 4:00 vs. Rising Sun.4th Grade Bulldogs @ Batesville Primary School. Batesville 28, Rushville 4Cade Kaiser led the squad with 7, Jacob Stenger tallied 5, and Will Jaisle and Carson Schneider each had 4.Batesville 39, Waldron 9Cade Kaiser paced the team with 11, Jacob Stenger added 8 and Carson Laker 6. The 4th graders (7-3) are in action next on Sunday, January 15th at Centerville High School at 2:00 vs. Northeastern and at 4:00 vs. New Castle.3rd Grade Bulldogs @ South Decatur High School. Batesville 34, South Decatur 11Batesville 38, Rising Sun 6The 3rd graders (10-0) are in action next on Sunday, January 15th at Milan High School at 1:00 vs. Rushville and at 2:00 vs. Greensburg.2nd Grade Bulldogs @ Milan Elementary. Batesville 20, North Decatur 7Batesville 23, East Central 21The 2nd graders (4-2) are in action next on Sunday, January 15th at Milan Elementary at 1:00 vs. Jac-Cen-Del and at 1:50 vs. Milan.Good luck to all teams! Go Bulldogs!!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.