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Hold Talks With JNU Representatives: Home Minister Tells Delhi LG

HM Amit Shah also ordered an inquiry by a senior police officer into the violence that broke out last evening.



NEW DELHI: Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal this morning and asked him to call representatives from Jawaharlal Nehru University for discussions following violence at university premises.

HM Shah had yesterday spoken to Delhi Police Commissioner about the situation at JNU and ordered an inquiry by a senior police officer into the violence that broke out last evening.

The Home Minister’s office said that the inquiry will be carried out by a joint commissioner of Police level officer. Home Ministry has also sought a report from the Delhi Police about the situation prevailing in the institution and the steps taken to restore peace.

The Registrar and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of JNU met LG Baijal this morning and apprised him of the situation.

Human Resource Development Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has condemned the incidents of violence inside the Campus and said it is unfortunate and a matter of serious concern. He has appealed to the students to maintain calm and peace on the campus and maintain the dignity of the university.

Meanwhile, JNU Administration has said that it feels pain and anguish for the students who have sustained injuries in this violence. It said JNU is known for peaceful and democratic protests. JNU Administration further said that any form of violence on the campus will not be tolerated. It said the violators of University rules who are trying to disrupt the peaceful academic atmosphere of the campus will not be spared. JNU administration has appealed to all the stakeholders of the University to maintain peace in the campus and not to get provoked by any misinformation.

DCP Southwest Devender Arya said police has registered FIR in the case. Police conducted flag march in the university campus and the situation is normal.

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief Swati Maliwal issued a notice to Delhi Police today in connection with the violence at JNU the day before. In the notice, Maliwal has sought details of the FIR registered in the case and reasons for not responding to violence immediately.

BJP in a tweet has strongly condemned the violence in the JNU campus. It said that this is a desperate attempt by forces of anarchy, who are determined to use students as cannon fodder, create unrest to shore up their shrinking political footprint. The party has said that Universities should remain places of learning and education.

Congress has said it is shameful that violence in the university broke out under the watch of the government, JNU administration and Delhi police.

Clashes broke out between two groups of students at JNU last evening. Medical of 35 students have been completed in both AIIMS trauma centre and Safdarjung hospital.

Meanwhile, JNU has sent a detailed report of violence on campus, and sequence of events to the HRD Ministry.

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‘Achche Din’ For You As ‘Consumer Protection Act, 2019’ Comes Into Force

The Act provides for punishment for manufacture or sale of adulterant/spurious goods.



NEW DELHI: The Consumer Protection Act, 2019 came into force yesterday. Briefing the media about the new law through a video conference in New Delhi yesterday, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that this new Act will empower consumers and help them in protecting their rights through its various notified Rules and provisions.

He said the Act includes the establishment of the Central Consumer Protection Authority, CCPA to promote, protect and enforce the rights of consumers.

The CCPA will be empowered to conduct investigations into violations of consumer rights and institute complaints or prosecution, order a recall of unsafe goods and services, order discontinuance of unfair trade practices and misleading advertisements, impose penalties on manufacturers or endorsers or publishers of misleading advertisements.

Paswan said that the rules for the prevention of unfair trade practice by e-commerce platforms will also be covered under this Act. The gazette notification for establishment of the Central Consumer Protection Authority and rules for prevention of unfair trade practice in e-commerce are under publication.


The new Act provides for simplifying the consumer dispute adjudication process in the consumer commissions, which include, among others,  empowerment of the State and District Commissions to review their own orders, enabling a consumer to file complaints electronically and file complaints in consumer Commissions that have jurisdiction over the place of his residence, videoconferencing for hearing and deemed admissibility of complaints if the question of admissibility is not decided within the specified period of 21 days.

The Minister said an Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanism of Mediation has been provided in the new Act.  This will simplify the adjudication process.

A complaint will be referred by a Consumer Commission for mediation, wherever scope for early settlement exists and parties agree for it.

The mediation will be held in the Mediation Cells to be established under the aegis of the Consumer Commissions.  There will be no appeal against settlement through mediation.

The Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission Rules, there will be no fee for filing cases up to Rs. 5 lakh.

There are provisions for filing complaints electronically, credit of amount due to unidentifiable consumers to the Consumer Welfare Fund (CWF).  The State Commissions will furnish information to Central Government on a quarterly basis on vacancies, disposal, the pendency of cases and other matters.

The New Act also introduces the concept of product liability and brings within its scope, the product manufacturer, product service provider and product seller, for any claim for compensation.

The Act provides for punishment by a competent court for manufacture or sale of adulterant/spurious goods.

The court may, in case of a first conviction, suspend any licence issued to the person for a period of up to two years, and in case of second or subsequent conviction, cancel the licence.

Under this new Act, besides general rules, there are Central Consumer Protection Council Rules, Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission Rules, Appointment of President & Members in State/District Commission Rules, Mediation Rules, Model Rules and E-Commerce Rules and Consumer Commission Procedure Regulations, Mediation Regulations and Administrative control over State Commission & District Commission Regulations.

Paswan said that the Central Consumer Protection Council Rules are provided for constitution of the Central Consumer Protection Council, an advisory body on consumer issues, headed by the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution with the Minister of State as Vice Chairperson and 34 other members from different fields.

The Council, which has a three-year tenure, will have Minister-in-charge of consumer affairs from two States from each region- North, South, East, West, and NER. There is also provision for having working groups from amongst the members for specific tasks.

In his concluding remarks, Shri Paswan said that in earlier Consumer Protection Act, 1986a single-point access to justice was given, which is also time-consuming.

The new act has been introduced after many amendments to provide protection to buyers not only from traditional sellers but also from the new e-commerce retailers/platforms. He said that this Act will prove a significant tool in protecting consumer rights in the country.

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“Sachin Pilot Nikamma Hai, Nakaara Hai… Kuchh Kaam Nahin Kar Raha Hai”: Ashok Gehlot

CM Gehlot alleged that Pilot along with the BJP had been conspiring for the last six months to topple his government.



JAIPUR (Rajasthan): Days after Sachin Pilot and his rebel camp declared an open rebellion against Ashok Gehlot, the Rajasthan chief minister described his former deputy as a “worthless” person and alleged that he backstabbed Congress by conspiring with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to dislodge his party’s government in the state. He also said that never in the history of the Congress has a party chief indulged in toppling his own government.

“Rajasthan is the only state in the country where no demands were raised from any quarter to change the Pradesh Congress Committee president in the last seven years. We knew that no work is happening. We knew he is nikamma and nakaara (useless). We still didn’t question him keeping the party interest in mind,” said Gehlot to the media.

The chief minister alleged that Pilot along with the BJP had been conspiring for the last six months to topple his government.

“Nobody believed me when I used to say that a conspiracy is being hatched to topple the government. I am not here to sell vegetables, I am the chief minister,” Gehlot said.

Ashok Gehlot’s no holds bar personal attack at Sachin Pilot did not end here as he added, “Masoom Chehra, Hindi-English Mey Command. Media ko impress Kar Rakha tha Pure Country Ke Andar. Bahot Mehnat Kari Rajasthan ke Andar government, Girane Ki.”  [He managed to impress national media with an innocent face backed by his command over English and Hindi language.]

“People of Rajasthan know his contribution to the state. I never questioned him [Sachin Pilot] and his actions for the larger interest of the party,” Gehlot told reporters in Jaipur.

Earlier in the day, the Rajasthan High Court began hearing on the writ petition filed by rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident party MLAs from Rajasthan, challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the state Assembly speaker. The petition was taken up by a bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta on Friday and arguments were heard.

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China Has Departed From Mutual Understandings In Respect Of The LAC: MEA

India slams China for violating peace agreements, deploying a large number of troops along LAC in Ladakh.



NEW DELHI: External Affairs Ministry today said the Chinese side has been deploying a large number of troops and armaments along the LAC since early May.

Briefing media virtually this evening, Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, this is not in accordance with the provisions of various bilateral agreements, especially the key 1993 Agreement on the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Areas.

He stated that the Indian side had to undertake counter deployments and the resulting tension has thereafter expressed itself.  The spokesperson said that in early May, the Chinese side had taken action to hinder India’s normal, traditional patrolling pattern in the Galwan Valley area.

The resulting face-off was addressed by the ground commanders as per the provisions of the bilateral agreements and protocols.

In mid-May, the Chinese side sought to change the status quo in other areas of the Western Sector. India had registered protest on the Chinese actions through both the Diplomatic and Military channels and made it clear that any such change was unacceptable.

Subsequently, the Senior Commanders met on 6th June and agreed on a process for de-escalation and disengagement along the LAC that involved reciprocal actions. Both sides had agreed to respect and abide by the LAC and not undertake any activity to alter the status quo.

Mr Srivastava said the Chinese side departed from these understandings in respect of the LAC in the Galwan Valley area and sought to erect structures just across the LAC. When this attempt was foiled, Chinese troops took violent actions on 15th June that directly resulted in casualties. He said both sides remain deployed in large numbers in the region thereafter, while military and diplomatic contacts are continuing.

The spokesperson said respecting and strictly observing the Line of Actual Control is the basis for peace and tranquillity in the border areas and explicitly recognized so in the 1993 and subsequent agreements.

He said Indian troops are fully familiar with the alignment of the LAC in all sectors of the India-China border areas and abide scrupulously by it. They have been patrolling all along the LAC, including in the Galwan Valley, for a long time.

He said all infrastructure built by the Indian side has always been on its own side of the LAC.

He stressed that the Indian side has never undertaken any actions across the LAC and has never attempted to unilaterally change the status quo.

The spokesperson said that however, that has not been reciprocated by the Chinese side and that from time to time has led to face-offs.

He said the deployment of a large body of troops and changes in behaviour has also been aggravated by unjustified and untenable claims. He pointed out that the recent shift in the Chinese position on the Galwan Valley is one example.

Srivastava said the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas is the basis of India China bilateral relationship. He said it is imperative that the established mechanisms are used by both parties to address the current situation.

He said India expects the Chinese side to ensure the expeditious restoration of peace and tranquillity in the border areas. He added that a continuation of the current situation would only vitiate the atmosphere for the development of the relationship.

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