Protest News Updates: 16 April 2018

 

Protest News Updates is a daily presentation of newspaper clippings that highlight various dissenting voices such as protests, hunger strikes (bhook-hartal), sit-in protests, dharna, hartal and various other forms of protests that took place recently. The main objective of presenting the daily protest updates is to create awareness about the socio-political situation in India and other parts of the world as well as disseminate information on the important role dissenting voices play in a healthy democracy. 

16 April 2018

Trade Union Protests

Special status: State bandh today 16.4.2018 Hindu: National
Ruling Telugu Desam Party to ignore the call
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Voter support for jailed Lula drops in wide open Brazil presidential race: poll 15.4.2018 Reuters: World News
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian voters are abandoning jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as his chances of running in October fade, but they are not transferring their support en masse to other leftist candidates, a Datafolha poll showed on …
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Day-long strike in Singareni put off 15.4.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
Union government to constitute panel on privatisation issue
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Social Movements

Now, a smart bracelet that will automatically detect sexual assault 15.4.2018 DNA: Evolutions
The bracelet will emit a loud beep to rid of the attackers or alert people nearby
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Smart bracelet can sense danger, call for help 15.4.2018 General News
Scientists have developed a smart bracelet that can automatically detect physical or sexual assault, scare off the attacker and call for help. Upon detection that the user is in danger, it is programmed to emit a loud beeping sound and red strobe lights begin to flash in an effort to scare the attacker off and to alert other people who may be nearby. “A major challenge to assault prevention is that, during an assault, victims often do not have an easily accessible way to call for help,” said Ragib Hasan, associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the US. “Whether calling 911 or using an emergency alert app or device, each of these tools requires users to press a button in order to call for help. That is often not possible while a violent act is taking place or if a person is unconscious as a result of the assault,” said Hasan. The Smart Jewelry Bracelet, which is currently a prototype, uses machine learning and a multitude of sensors to analyse a user’s …
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Smart bracelet can sense danger, call for help 15.4.2018 Hindu: Technology
The Smart Jewelry Bracelet, which is currently a prototype, uses machine learning and a multitude of sensors to analyse a user’s movements in order to detect an assault as it is taking place.
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#MyStretMyprotest: This Sunday, Bengaluru to raise voice against Unnao, Kathua rapists 14.4.2018 Zee News : India National
Bengalureans are known to make their voices known each time the moral fabric of society and that of the country at large, is at risk. The Unnao and Kathua rape cases have shook the entire country and Bengalureans are being urged to make their anger known.
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Protest Rally

Jignesh Mevani stopped from addressing Rajasthan rally 15.4.2018 Hindu: National
The Gujarat MLA says detention is in violation of his fundamental rights.
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Congress shifting tactics to win battle of optics 15.4.2018 Hindu: Home
Social media is part of new-age Opposition: senior leader.
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Jignesh Mevani detained at Jaipur airport 15.4.2018 Zee News : India National
After Mevani was stopped at the airport, the Gujarat MLA took to Twitter and explained that he was going there to talk about Indian constitution and Baba Saheb Ambedkar.
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Chennai buzz: Even amid IPL, Defence Expo and PM visit, city sees red over Cauvery issue 14.4.2018 Citizen Matters, Chennai
The cancellation of Chennai as an IPL venue this year, black flags for PM Modi, environmentalists crying foul — discontent is written large across Chennai as we take a quick recap of the week’s most significant news. …

Hungerstrike

Four elephants killed by speeding train in Odisha 16.4.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
Four elephants including one tusker were killed after being run over by a speeding train in Odisha’s Jharsuguda district during the early hours of M
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Kejriwal vows to amend law to ensure safety of minors 16.4.2018 Hindu: News
Appeals to Delhi High Court for infrastructure
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Special status: State bandh today 16.4.2018 Hindu: National
Ruling Telugu Desam Party to ignore the call
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Will “Ensure” Death Penalty For Rapists Of Minors, Says Arvind Kejriwal 16.4.2018 NDTV News – Cities
Amid the outcry over Kathua and Unnao rape cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said his government would amend the law to secure death penalty for the rapists of minor girls.
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DCW chief fasts for 3rd day against doctors advice 15.4.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Demanding the death penalty for rapists, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal continued her indefinite hunger strike for the third day on Sunday despite warnings from doctors.
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Pravin Togadia targets PM, says Modi govt has helped Pakistan supporters 15.4.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Pravin Togadia targets PM, says Modi govt has helped Pakistan supporters
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Togadia targets Modi after quitting VHP 15.4.2018 General News
A day after quitting the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in wake of his nominee losing an organisational poll, firebrand leader Pravin Togadia today launched a vicious attack against the Modi government at the Centre. Togadia, who has decided to undertake an indefinite fast from Tuesday, said his “disenchantment” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi began right after the 2002 post-Godhra riots. “I am not in the VHP anymore…. I will continue to work for the welfare of Hindus. From Tuesday, I will go on an indefinite fast in Ahmedabad for fulfilling the longstanding demands of the Hindus,” he had said yesterday after former Himachal Pradesh governor V S Kokje defeated his nominee Raghav Reddy in an election in Gurgaon for the post of VHP International president. Togadia, who returned here last night, met his supporters and top VHP functionaries in Gujarat today to finalise his plans for the fast at the state VHP headquarters. “I got disenchanted with this government in the last four years. .
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Kejriwal demands death penalty for rape of minors 15.4.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday demanded death penalty for those raping minors and also blasted the BJP for defending its MLA accused of raping a teenager in Uttar Pradesh.
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Kejriwal vows to amend law to ensure death penalty for minors’ rapists 15.4.2018 General News
Amid the outcry over Kathua and Unnao rape cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said his government would amend the law to secure death penalty for the rapists of minor girls. While vowing to take the legislative measure during the next assembly session, Kejriwal also said he would also set up fast-track courts to complete the trial of the cases of crime against women in six months. The chief minister, however, lamented that like Delhi government, its Vidhan Sabha too was “just a quarter of an assembly” as all bills passed by it required the Centre’s approval. Kejriwal also launched a sharp attack on the BJP over the Unnao and Kathua rape cases, saying a dangerous message was being relayed that if the accused belonged to the party ruling at the Centre, the entire machinery would step in to shield him. “In the last three years, the legislations which were passed and forwarded to the Centre, none of them have been approved. We will forward even these amendments to the …
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DCW chief’s hunger strike enters third day 15.4.2018 General News
An indefinite hunger strike by Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal entered the third day on Sunday in support of death penalty for rapists.
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DCW chief’s fast enters Day 3, two more minors raped 15.4.2018 All News-IANS Stories
An indefinite hunger strike by Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal demanding death penalty for rapists entered the third day here on Sunday even as two more minors were raped across the country.
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Andhra CM Naidu to fast on April 20 to ‘fight against Centre, PM Modi’ 15.4.2018 Business Standard: News Now
Andhra CM also accused the prime minister of the washout of the Parliament
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India Unites In Protests Against Kathua, Unnao Rapes 15.4.2018 NDTV News – Latest
Massive protests have been planned today in cities across India, including in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore after massive outrage over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.
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Countrywide Protests Begin Over Kathua, Unnao Rape Cases: 10 Facts 15.4.2018 NDTV News – Latest
Candle-light marches are being held in half a -dozen cities including Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, Goa, Bhopal and across Kerala as public outrage over a spate of rape and murder of children spiral….
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Andhra CM to observe day-long fast against Centre on his birthday 15.4.2018 General News
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will observe a day-long hunger strike here on his birthday, April 20, in protest against the Centre’s non-cooperation towards the state.During an event to mark Ambedkar Jayanti in Guntur district, the Chief Minister unveiled the designs of ‘Ambedkar Smriti Van’ to be built in Amravati spreading over 20 acres with a cost of Rs. 100 crores.While addressing the gathering, he announced that he will sit on fast on his birthday i.e., April 20 as part of his fight over the Central government demanding to fulfil assurances made in Rajya Sabha including Special Category Status and provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.The Chief Minister made it clear that he will not compromise on securing interests of the state. The Chief Minister said that a huge public meeting will be organised in Tirupati on April 30 with the theme ‘Let us save the state from betrayal and conspiracies’.He appealed to the people of Andhra Pradesh to give the TDP …
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Day 2: Swati Maliwal continues hunger strike against rapes at Rajghat 15.4.2018 DNA: Top News
Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal continued her hunger strike for the second consecutive day demanding death penalty for rapists of minor girls within six months and strict law on crime against women on Saturday. The commission head was joined by scores of women from Delhi and other parts of the country. Maliwal had launched an indefinite hunger strike at Rajghat on Friday in the wake of rape cases of Unnao and Kathua. She had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday regarding the same issue. “I will not break my anshan until Prime Minister doesn’t insure country for a better system for the safety of our daughters,” she said. Later on Friday evening, PM Modi had called the incidents as a “shame” for the country and asserted that the guilty would not be spared, and daughters will get justice. In Kathua, an eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakerwal community had gone missing from near her house on January 10 and a week later, her body was found in the same area. …
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Pravin Togadia says forced to quit Vishwa Hindu Parishad, announces fast 15.4.2018 DNA: Top News
Pravin Togadia, the face of Vishwa Hindu Parishad since several years, claimed on Saturday that he was compelled to quit the outfit by “people high on power”, but insisted that he would continue to fight for the rights of Hindus. Togadia, who was connected with VHP since 32 years, and was international president since long, quit VHP after the saffron outfit witnessed its first elections in 52 years. He said the elections were held with the purpose to see him out of VHP. “I was in VHP. Today, I am not its part. I am ending my 32-year-yatra in VHP. I have not left VHP. I have been compelled to leave. Those high on power have crushed truth and religion in an attempt to muzzle Hindus’ voice,” Togadia told reporters. The firebrand leader, the original ‘Hindu Hriday Samrat’ before Narendra Modi’s emergence on the political scene in the early 2000s, questioned what his crime was, and said that he had only raised Hindus’ voice in last 32 years. Responding to questions, Togadia said that he was being pressurised …

 

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