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Senior Advocate and Former Union Minister Kapil Sibal to speak about "Independence of Judiciary" in an online seminar hosted by Advocate J Ravindran.

Sibal: Through the years the way the judiciary functions has changed. Now the independence of judiciary is a matter of concern for the public at large.
Sibal first talks about Independence qua a Judge, an individual.

Sibal: A Judge needs to look at balancing claims and equity and rule accordingly. Our expectation when we go to a Judge is that he needs to have that balance.
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Senior Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayan making submissions regarding an application, says that on June 10 the GOI had released a list of trains for #migrant which shall be paid for by the migrant workers.
SG: I don’t have a copy of this.

Bench: What application is this? What is your prayer?

Sankaranarayan: I gave you a copy of the application Mr. Solicitor, even an email.

SG: Nice way of speaking. Snapping back like this.
Sankaranarayan says that Migrants are having to pay for the fare of migrant workers.

SG: Who says?

Sankaranarayan: We are working on the ground.

Bench: Our order was very clear. We’ll hear it in July. The day on which it was listed.
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Ingredients for a successful approach in managing pandemic:
1. Value Field experience
2. Utilise knowledge and skills
3. Abundant Precautions in communication
4. Unbiased analysis
5. Use Common sense

#2019nCoV #leadership #coronavirusindia
6. Ethics should be as integral as epidemiological principles in the strategy

7. Ensuring Equity is the goal, not an accessory. Think of vulnerable before thinking of self preservation

2ofN #COVID__19 #pandemic #MigrantWorkers
8. Be open. Do not close doors to Ideas

3ofN #2019nCoV #TheWHO #Asymptomatic
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When @RahulGandhi was asking questions about #RafaleScam and the innumerable inconsistencies, bhakts were busy defending @narendramodi.
That told me how much they cared about corruption.
When people were protesting about #CAA_NRC_NPR , Bhakts were busy defending @AmitShah.
That told me how much they cared about Indian Citizens.
When the #unplannedlockdown was killing people on the roads, Bhakts were busy ridiculing #MigrantWorkers & calling the pictures fake.
That told me how much they cared about the poor.
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THREAD: 1/: I am heartbroken and angry to learn that two migrant workers died of COVID-19 in Ontario in the past week. I have been researching migrant worker health since I began my doctoral research on the topic in 2004.…
2/: Over this period I have witnessed time and time again as migrant workers' health has been considered an afterthought. Living and working in crowded and often hazardous conditions, migrant workers of colour are treated as disposable and replaceable by the Canadian state.
3/: Migrant worker advocates like @j4mw and @MWACCanada have been raising the rights issues of migrant workers for many years and throughout this pandemic, but who is listening?
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SC Bench headed by J. Ashok Bhushan is hearing the suo motu case pertaining to the plight of migrant workers across the country, who have found themselves in dire straits due to the Coronavirus induced lockdown.

Last week, a slew of interim directions were passed by Top Court.
Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta informs the Bench that they have filed their affidavit yesterday.

“We have also answered the query that you incorporated in the last Order.”
SG states that in accordance with guidelines, Indian Railways operated 4228 trains till 3rd June.

SG is now taking the Bench through statistical data - positive stats for number of trains that have operated and number of migrants who have been transported.
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People in India wanting to support #BlackLivesMatter, here's a host of ways to fight against the gross injustice against #GeorgeFlyod and many like him, in a meaningful way.
Police Brutality: Fight police brutality, encounter killings and extra judicial killings which is not a problem we need to go overseas to battle. India has an increasingly disturbing history of its own:…
Fight systematic injustices against minorities in our country: Especially while the nation is ripe with the deaths of #MigrantWorkers caused by the state's willful neglect, students booked for peaceful protests, the state sponsored violence against Muslims & as #KashmirBleeds.
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Well patriarchy/gynocentrism has meant that men have to play the role of protector/provider while women assume role of caretaker.
1) This has led to men protecting - even over their own lives - women & children against any threat/ danger. The dangers could be attack by another1/n
animal, humans, opposing army or any natural calamity.
2) Even today 99% industrial deaths are of men. This is direct consequence of men being exposed to more risks due to their role of providers, doing riskier jobs as sewage workers, miners, soldiers.
3) The advantage in reproduction that, one man can impregnate many women, led to women being protected more than men, for the continuation of species. Patriarchy/Gynocentrism has set up a system that has emphasized on procreation. Even now conservatives abhor abortion.
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#SupremeCourt directs that no fare of either train or bus can be charged from migrant workers. States have to share the fare.

All stranded workers shall be provided food by the concerned state, till their turn for return to native places.

#SupremeCourt orders originating state to provide meal and water at the station. Railways to provide meal and water to migrant workers during journey.

It tells state to oversee the registration of migrant workers and their boarding of train.

#SupremeCourt also directs that the migrant workers found walking on the roads, should immediately be taken to shelter homes and provided with food and other facilities.

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How did the unplanned lockdown damage India ? #Thread

Intl flights imported the Chinese virus but tubelight was busy organising Trump election rally and purchasing MLAs in Madhya Pradesh.

Most intl flights land in Mumbai & Delhi. While the virus made inroads, India celebrated thaali festival followed by four hour notice lockdown. Net effect, virus spread in dense urban areas.
Delhi marginally benefitted from the chaotic exodus of migrants in the initial days. Lack of money, jobs and expenses to meet made lives of migrants miserable and they moved on foot.
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#SupremeCourt hearing of the suo motu matter on #MigrantWorkers commences.

Sr adv Kapil Sibal, Indira Jaising, Sanjay Parikh, Anand Grover and Colin Gonsalves appear for Medha Patkar and as intervenes in the matter.

SG Tushar Mehta represents the Central Govt.
Indira Jaising and Colin Gonsalves press for certain directions today itself, citing 'urgency' of the matter.

#SupremeCourt asks them not to speak simultaneously. "If all of you speak at the same time, we won't understand anything."

SG: We are immensely grateful that this court has taken cognisance. Centre and states are willing to show all steps taken. Some isolated incidents have taken place but they are shown repeatedly. We have filed a preliminary report on steps taken.

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SC is hearing its Suo Motu case pertaining to the problems & miseries of #MigrantLabourers who are stranded in different parts of the country due to the #lockdown

Titled "In Re: Problems & Miseries of Migrant Workers" , Top Court had taken cognisance of the issue on May 26.
Additionally, Activist Medha Patekar plea praying for the provision of creating "uniform platform ticketing system" for migrants traveling via trains is being heard.

The plea also asks for basic necessities and financial schemes to equip #migrants post #lockdown.

Senior Advocates Kapil Sibal, Indira Jaising, Sanjay Parikh, Colin Gonsalves appear on screen. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also before the bench to apprise the Court.

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How the Supreme Court and the High Courts have dealt with worst migrant crisis faced by the nation

#MigrantWorkers #MigrantsCrisis…
Mahua Moitra v. Union of India [Dismissed on April 13]

When the #SupemeCourt took cognizance of a letter written by Lok Sabha MP, it seemed like a ray of hope.

..However, the hope was short lived, as the Court dismissed the petition on April 13, without giving any reasons.
Harsh Mander v. Union of India [Disposed of on April 21]

This petition sought directions to the Central and state governments to ensure payments of wages/minimum wages to all the migrant workers.

“If they are being provided meals, then why do they need money for meals?” - SC
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Breaking: Finally Supreme Court takes suo motu cognizance of the problems and miseries of migrant labourers who are stranded in different parts of the country
The newspaper reports and the media reports have been
continuously showing the unfortuanate and miserable conditions of #MigrantWorkers migrant labourers walking on-foot and cycles from long distances: SC
They have also been complaining of not being provided food and water by the administration at places where they were stranded or in the way i.e. highways from which they proceeded on-foot, cycles or other modes of transport.
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ઘણા ના મન માં કુતુહલ હસે કે ૨૦૧૪-૧૫ વખતે થયેલા કાયદા સુધારા ને અત્યારે ફરી ચીતરવાનો શું મતલબ? અંધારી બાજુ જાણવાની એટલા માટે જરૂર કે જે દશા રાજસ્થાન ના શ્રમિકો ની થય એજ દિશા માં બાકીના રાજ્યો પણ આગેકૂચ કરી રહ્યા છે. અને રાજસ્થાન ના એ કાયદા સુધારણા મોડેલ ને અપનાવી રહ્યા છે.

૨૦૧૪-૧૫ માં બીજેપી સરકાર દ્વારા ઔદ્યોગિક વિકાસ ના નામે કરાયેલા સુધારા પાછળ નું મજૂર વર્ગ ના હક નું હનન ઘણુંજ ચૂપકીદી થી છૂપાવવા માં આવ્યું હતું. જે કાયદા સાથે ચેડાં થયા એ આ મુજબ હતા (ઔદ્યોગિક વિવાદ ધારો ૧૯૪૭, કરારી મજદૂર ધારો ૧૯૭૦, કારખાના ધારો ૧૯૪૮, એપ્રંટીસ ધારો ૧૯૬૧)

🔺૩૦૦ થી ઓછા મજૂરો ને સરકાર ની પૂર્વ મંજૂરી વિના છટણી કરી શકાય.(પહેલા મર્યાદા ૧૦૦ હતી)
🔺 માલિક સામે અદાલત માં કેસ દાખલ કરવા માટે સરકાર ની મંજૂરી આવશ્યક.
🔺 મંડળ ના નિર્માણ માટે ન્યુનતમ સંખ્યાબળ ૧૫% થી વધારી ૩૦%.
🔺કરારી મજદૂર ધારો ૫૦ કામદાર ની સંખ્યા સુધી લાગુ નહિ.

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At Vasai. The migrant workers supposed to get on the shramik train are called here. But thousands who have not recieved an SMS also turn up, hoping to get through.
This is the photograph of those who would NOT be able to make it to the train.
There are several workers who registered for the train but left when they found an alternative mode of transport. So to fill up the seats of those workers already left, authorities allow workers without registration to get in on first-come-first-serve basis.
Satish Yadav arrived at the ground at midnight. He spent the night here with his wife and two kids. One of them is only 5. She has only eaten biscuits since morning. They gave up their rented house, and are now hoping to get on the train.
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Women migrants are the ones struggling at the front line & yet they have been invisiblised in the stories & narratives that have come out,& in state & civil society response.

Please share links to reports/stories, if any, focussing on women & the gendered impact on Migrants.
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Bjp s ugly anti people face is completely exposed. The Bjp seems absolutely desperate to make the poor Migrants suffer and die due to hunger, heat, fatigue and accidents without caring to make things easy for them.
History will never forgive Bjp for this
From @nsitharaman to @myogiadityanath to @narendramodi to @ChouhanShivraj to @BSYBJP all have not just ignored the plight of #MigrantWorkers but also created ugly barriers to prevent @INCIndia and mocked @RahulGandhi & @priyankagandhi from helping The poor

When it comes to Gujarat, Bjp, as claimed by Them, can send 28 luxury busses to bring back their migrants and tourists.

When it comes to NRIs,rich foreign Indians,govt can bring them back using chartered flights.

Only the poor #MigrantWorkers have No luck
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1000s of #Migrants from Bihar who gathered at #BandraStation today to board Shramik train were lathicharged by police. They told me “We’re waiting for our chance since May 6, after doing registration. In absence of food & wages, all we want is family. Are we asking for too much?”
Some of them are tailors, some painters, some used to do construction jobs. They tried going back to their jobs but contractors didn’t take them back as they aren’t required right now due to lockdown. Mostly of these workers told me “Haven’t had 2 square meals from last 2 months”
Mostly of these #MigrantWorkers hail from Bihar. They told me “We have been waiting to go back home since May5, even after doing registration & medical test. Everyday we’re sent back from the station. We don’t have any money now, families haven’t eaten two square meals for weeks”
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#Media and #Covid_19
"Ban media for 3 months and things will fall into place".
"Media only shows negativity."

Two lines from an intense discussion on #Media and #Covid_19 in my middle-upper-middle-class colony whastapp group.

These are not new sentiments, but reinforced now.
This 'sentiment' is also talked about by news managers. "Let's show good news, no one wants bad news."

Everyone then tries to do some good news corner or segment in a newspaper or channel, which eventually fades away in a few weeks.

Point is: who are these people who think
a) it's ok to ban media
b) media 'spreads negativity'

Here is what I suspect: they are largely ppl like in my colony WA group. Financially+socially secure, middle-aged and most importantly who believe that the Modi govt has been divined to bring India back to its days of glory.
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Warning: Please mute this feed today if you cannot handle reality.

#MigrantLivesMatter Stories of an India that most of us don't want to admit it exists.

600 workers denied an exit from Bangalore today. No guarantees of when they'll reach home. (1/n)

with @clifroz Image
Group of construction workers thrown out by their employer. House owner increased rent, didn't return advance. They are cycling to Motihari, Bihar from Bengaluru (2/n) #MigrantLivesMatter Image
They have tried everything possible, train, vehicle, Seva Sindhu. Now cycling home from Bangalore to Bihar. They had few packets of dry noodles & empty water bottles for company. #MigrantLivesMatter
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Heart breaking videos from last few days. A thread 💔 if you don't cry after watching these, you are not human! (1/n)
(2/n) 💔
(3/n) 💔
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52606Cr given via #DBT to 41Cr #JanDhan holders

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#MakeInIndia&Upgradation of Industrial Infra,a success&more will be done to #Decongest economy

3376 SEZs&IndustrialParks with 5 lakhhectares,to be ranked& mapped,in terms of readiness for competition
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So first thing this morning our Supervisor calls me to say that from our team of 60+ 3 left on Saturday via cycles for their village in Bihar.
This, despite salaries, an advance for any untoward requirement plus a supply of dry rations.
Reason: 5 men who worked from 9 am-9 pm on most days had now been cooped for 40 days in a claustrophobic small rented quarter.
After taking turns to cook their meals, wash their clothes they had absolutely nothing to do except except stare at the ceiling or check their phones.
On 4th May, when the reopening of the factory still seemed remote, they had run the idea of leaving for their homes to the Supervisor who had managed to dissuade them, then.
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