To August, a new month and thankfully, we start this off with some positivity that was missing in the news yesterday. Firstly, Good morning to the Class 11 student Muniba Kidwai and secondly to Zomato CEO, Deepinder Goyal, while one schooled UP Police, the other schooled not just bigots in their houses, but also Indian corporates or MNCs in India which was almost diagnosed of a degenerative spine.
RARE SPINE SPOTTED
By now you may have already heard or read about the rare taste of tolerance and the spine when it served up an exemplary lesson on the idea of India, telling a customer who had demanded his delivery agent be changed because he was a “Muslim fellow” that the company is proud of the country’s diversity and “not sorry to lose any business that comes in the way of our values”.
Food has no religion, it is a religion replied the app to the bigoted Amit Shukla, who goes by the handle @NaMo_SARKAAR, claims RSS links and is followed on Twitter by Union minister Piyush Goyal.
Lunching, not Lynching, is the way to go.
WHEN A CLASS 11 STUDENT SCHOOLED UP POLICE
And the way to go was also to Muniba Kidwai. Under national scrutiny over its poor handling of a teen rape survivor’s case against a BJP lawmaker, the Uttar Pradesh police on Wednesday delivered a lecture to students about women’s safety only to end up being schooled by Class 11 student, Muniba Kidwai, inspired perhaps by Additional Superintendent of Police S Gautam, who had just spoken at length about the right to raise one’s voice and protest when she rose up and said,
“You said we should raise our voice and protest. We know a teen was raped by a BJP leader,” she began and went on to talk about the car crash. “Everyone knows it was no accident. The truck number plate was painted black…It is one thing to protest when an ordinary person is involved, but what when the person is someone powerful? We know no action will be taken if we protest and even if action is taken, it will be of no use. The girl is in a critical state…If we protest, how will you ensure justice? How will you guarantee my safety? What’s the guarantee nothing will happen to me?”
‘UNFORTUNATE’ THAT DIDN’T RECEIVE LETTER OF UNNAO RAPE SURVIVOR’S KIN ALLEGING THREAT, SAYS CJI GOGOI
It is 1st August 2019 and that one question, What is the guarantee nothing will happen to me? Is a question that probably every girl and every minority in the country is asking and the state, the government and its institutes are really not in a shape to answer this.
Unfortunate is what Chief Justice of India says about the letter by the Unnao rape victim’s family that didn’t reach him earlier.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday took judicial cognisance of the Unnao rape case and fixed the matter for hearing on Thursday along with a report from the Secretary-General of the top court.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi expressed his displeasure at the fact that a letter written by the victim’s family on July 12 was not placed before him by the court registry.
O’BRIEN WONDERS WHETHER GOVERNMENT IS DELIVERING PIZZAS OF PASSING LEGISLATION
And from that, we turn to some serious questions, and it so happens that it is about bills and delivery. Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien wondered on Wednesday if Parliament was “delivering pizzas or passing legislation” as he continued his attack on the government over the speed with which bills have been passed this session.
On Tuesday, the Trinamool Congress MP had said the way the bills were being passed amounted to a “mockery of Parliament” and was the government’s way of “smothering” the Opposition.
O’Brien also attached a chart purportedly showing the contrast in numbers — during 2004-2009, 60 per cent of the total bills by Parliament were scrutinised, during 2009-2014, this went up to 71 per cent, from 2014-2019 the number came down to 26 per cent. In the present Lok Sabha, of the 18 bills passed, only one underwent scrutiny, bringing the number down to 5 per cent, he claimed.
THE MOTOR VEHICLE AMENDMENT ACT IS STRONG ON ROAD SAFETY
And while we are on bills, here is the one you should know about. The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a bill to tighten road traffic regulations such as the issuance of driving licence and imposed stricter penalties for violations in an attempt to improve road safety.
Once the bill becomes a law, the new vehicles will be registered at the dealers level and it will eventually remove buyers’ interface with the registration authorities.
The bill includes penalties in the range of Rs. 1,000-2,000 for speeding.
Driving without insurance will be punishable with Rs. 2,000 fine, while driving without helmets will attract Rs. 1,000 penalty and 3-month suspension of licence.
Also, the guardian/owner will be deemed guilty in case of road offence by juveniles, while registration of the vehicle will be cancelled.
Nitin Gadkari said the legislation will instil fear of law in people who violate traffic rules as an intelligent traffic system will monitor traffic offences.
526 TEETH REMOVED FROM A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD MAKING IT FIRST EVER DOCUMENTED CASE IN THE WORLD
And moving from the teeth of this bill to the 526 teeth that were extracted from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy in a rare surgery performed at Chennai’s Saveetha Dental College and Hospital.
“We opened up the jaw after administering general anaesthesia and saw a bag/sack inside it. The sack, weighing about 200 grams, was carefully removed and was later found to contain 526 teeth — small, medium and big sized,” professor Senthilnathan said while adding, “It was reminiscent of pearls in an oyster,” the doctors said.
According to the doctors, this is the first-ever case documented in the world in which an individual has been found to have so many minute teeth.
‘NO EFFECT ON ME’ SAYS IRAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER HITS BACK AFTER US SLAPS SANCTIONS ON HIM
The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, effectively slamming the door on the country’s top diplomat.
However, Zarif doesn’t seem too concerned with President Trump’s newest sanctions as he posted a sarcastic tweet on Thursday morning asserting that the US move will have “no effect” on neither him nor his family given that he does not possess any “property or interests outside of Iran. Thank you for considering me such a huge threat to your agenda.”
CHINESE METAL TYCOON CHARGED FOR $1.8 BILLION TARIFF SCAM IN US
And while we are on news about the US, The Chinese billionaire founder of metals giant Zhongwang has been indicted in the United States for his alleged role in an elaborate scheme to avoid paying $1.8 billion in tariffs on aluminium shipped to the US.
The indictment came as the United States on Wednesday resumed trade talks with China that had collapsed in May.
WOODSTOCK 50 MUSIC FESTIVAL OFFICIALLY CANCELLED WEEKS BEFORE EVENT
And before we say our goodbye for the day, well time to say goodbye also to The troubled Woodstock 50th anniversary music festival planned for August that was officially cancelled on Wednesday, with organizers blaming a series of “unforeseen setbacks”.
Sometimes, it is good to not reinvent the old. Let the old stay where it lived in the past. On that note, wishing you all the health, productivity and that fleeting thing called happiness for the day and the month ahead. Until tomorrow, goodbye from takeapart.in