MORNING NEWS AUDITORIAL | 9th August, 2019

Good Morning

Friday, hope all is well. Just a gentle reminder that it is the 5th th day of lockdown for Kashmiris.


STORIES FROM SRINAGAR  

 

 

Streets in Srinagar are desolate. Authorities have imposed section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) – prohibiting the assembly of four or more people. The restrictions are sterner than a curfew. Some updates collected from Indian news sites.

In Srinagar, street fights were witnessed in a few areas. Stone pelting took place in the city’s uptown Rambagh locality on Monday evening at the hour of change of deployment of government troopers.

A teenager died when, according to locals, forces pursued a group of boys. One of them jumped into the river Jhelum to get away. He drowned.

Amid the lockdown, Srinagar is also facing a municipal crisis with public garbage bins spilling and spots littered with waste. At many places, carcasses of dogs were strewn about as municipal workers were unable to move around due to restrictions.

Patients in need of emergency medical aid were finding it difficult to reach hospitals, as they strived to convince the troopers to let them through.

Many complained that they were running out of stored essentials. People are facing a shortage of milk, fresh vegetables, baby food and medicines.

Due to the communication blockade and restriction of movement, rural Kashmir remains cut off from Srinagar. Not much is known about how villages have responded to the ‘big news’. Some are not aware at all, as newspaper delivery has become difficult.

 

 

FIRST HEEL, THEN BOOTS AND NOW PROMISES TO HEAL

But all is well, Modiji has spoken to the nation. Yesterday at 8 pm PM Modi took to Television to address the nation. Of course, it seemed like he was addressing Kashmiris, But truth be told, the real audience was the rest of India who has now completely rationalised the authoritarian rule , but there he was making promises to Kashmiris which he will surely follow through on like Vikas, Beti Bachao, Make In India, Swachh Bharat, and many more successful schemes.

If Scheming had a Nobel Prize equivalent, Modiji or Amit Shah would definitely be its key contender, but definitely not Rajnath Kadi Ninda Singh, now Defense Minister, an Advani in making, who tried to at least get a little bit credit for the division fo Jammu & Kashmir.

 

RAJNATH SINGH’S FOMO

 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday suggested that the groundwork for revoking constitutional provisions according special status to Jammu and Kashmir was initiated during the previous government, and asserted that the armed forces are fully prepared to deal with any security challenges on the western front.

 

DON OF A NEW AGE

But coming back to PM Modi’s address to India about Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi justified the withdrawal of the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir through Article 370 and said that the move will “liberate” the people of the region and bring them closer to the rest of the country. He also assured the people of the region that the situation will normalise soon, and hinted at the possibility of Jammu and Kashmir regaining statehood under more conducive conditions. “A new age has dawned on Jammu and Kashmir,” he declared.

As for Friday prayers and the Eid prayers, well, PM has promised to do something about it. But prayers can be dangerous, so lets see what happens there.

 

FLOODS: KOCHI AIRPORT SHUT, STATUES WASH OFF IN ANDHRA AND RESCUE BOAT CAPSIZES IN MAHARASHTRA KILLING 9

 

And moving from PM Modi raining promises to Kashmiris, we head to rains that are creating havoc across Kerala, Maharasthra and Karnataka. Before we give you latest updated on that, Mahabaleshwar has received an average of around 250 mm of rainfall every day over the last eight days, putting it in the running for the record of the wettest place on earth, Mawsynram in Meghalaya’s Cherrapunji is considered to be the wettest place on earth. Cherapunji has held the record as the wettest land-based location on Earth,

And now the flood updates. Flight operations at Cochin International Airport have been suspended till 3 pm on Sunday as floodwaters inundate the apron area (parking area). Kerala State Disaster Management Authority evacuated 22,165 people and moved them to 315 camps across the state in view of the heavy rains. Meanwhile, the Pinarayi Vijayan government has declared a holiday for schools across the state.

Statues of animals have washed away to the sea because of heavy rains in Andhra Pradesh. At least nine people drowned and four went missing after a boat engaged in rescue work overturned near Brahmanal village in Palus tehsil of Sangli in Maharashtra.

 

PLANES FOR REBEL MLAs, NO HELICOPTER FOR FLOOD-HIT PEOPLE? JDS’ TURN TO MOCK BJP

 

Meanwhile, The JD(S) on Thursday hit out at the BJP government in Karnataka on the issue of tackling the flood situation, alleging it could not deploy helicopters to evacuate affected people but had arranged special planes to ferry rebel MLAs to Mumbai. Those who arranged the stay of rebel MLAs in the five-star hotel in Mumbai could not set up even the rice starch centres for the poor people, the party led by former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda alleged.

“Do you get sadistic pleasure by seeing lakhs of people in distress? Is this why you toppled a perfectly functioning govt? To see people suffer? Shame on you!” the JDS said.

 

CBI SAYS SENGAR & ACCOMPLICES FRAMED RAPE VICTIMS FATHER, NO ENGINEERING FAULT AT CRASH SITE SAYS PROBE REPORT

Speaking of Shame, Continuing its arguments to frame charges against expelled UP BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the CBI on Thursday told a Delhi court that the accused, along with his brother, even assaulted the father of the minor he had raped.

Narrating the family’s ordeal, the CBI told the District Judge Dharmesh Sharma that the MLA and his “accomplices” colluded with local police to frame the rape victim’s father of possessing a country-made pistol and four live cartridges. No engineering fault has been detected on the stretch of road at Rae Bareli’s Gurubakshganj area where the Unnao rape survivor’s car crash had occurred, the Central Road Research Institute probe report, submitted to CBI, has revealed, exclusively shared with TOI.

 

 

RS 100 FOR SELFIE WITH VAIKO IS MDMK’S ANSWER TO RAISING PARTY FUND

And before we head to International news, a bit about Vaiko and his latest crowdfunding idea.

The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Thursday also appealed to its cadres not to felicitate the leader with shawl and instead provide funds to the party. The cash crunch is hanging so bad that those desiring to click photographs and selfies with Vaiko, Rajya Sabha member, will be asked to remit a minimum donation of Rs. 100 to the party.

 

ITALY GOVERNMENT: SALVINI CALLS FOR SNAP ELECTION

And on to International news, Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s League party, has called for a snap election, saying differences with coalition partners cannot be mended.

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGE: TURBULENT FLIGHTS AHEAD

And a bit about Climate change, The climate crisis could be making transatlantic flights bumpier, according to research into the impact of global heating on the jet stream. The latest study Prof Paul Williams of the University of Reading, the lead author of the research.

looked at the change in wind speed with height, known as vertical shear. “The higher up you go, the windier it gets,” he said. According to his findings, large changes in wind speeds with height can result in a breakdown or disruption of layers of air. The amount of severe turbulence in the atmosphere could double or triple by the period 2050-2080. We are staring into a bumpy future, no doubt about that.

 

#GREENSHIRTGUY IS THE INTERNET HERO

And that is all for this week. If there was one highlight that I missed, it was, of course, the GreenShirtGuy. The Internet’s New Posterboy for Laughing at Trump Supporters who were donning their ‘Make America Great Again’ hats and advocating for the departure of ‘illegal immigrants. Alex Kack, the Green Shirt Guy, did what ought to be done with every bigot on earth, laugh your head off to their face. The footage is now a meme.

 


Have a wonderful weekend ahead and if you get a moment, think about those Kashmiris who are jailed in their own homes.

 

Until Monday, good bye from takeapart.in

 

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