Centre decides to retract order on the ban of sale of cattle for slaughter

The central government has decided to retract its plan on banning the sale of cattle for slaughter in all animal markets. A government official remarked that a file was sent to the Ministry of Law notifying them of the decision taken to withdraw the notification on the ban due to several issues. They have decided to revisit and revise the notification in due course, the time-frame of which is still under discussion.

 When the notification initially came out earlier this year it was met with widespread criticism and backlash. The government was condemned for attempting to impose a ban based on ideology. In the aftermath of this, there were several reports of violence and assault by cow-protection groups across the country which made matters worse for the move taken. Farmers vehemently opposed the decision stating that they did not have direct access to slaughterhouses.

 After this outcry, the Ministry took the decision to take the opinion of various states on the subject. According to Indian Express, they sent out letters with a copy of the notification, informing states that amendments would be made based on their feedback. Animal rights activists and traders were also consulted. Towards the end of May the Madras High court passed an interim stay on the notification and the Supreme Court extended this stay to the entire country in the month of July.

Sources: Indian Express, Financial Express

Chhattisgarh government passes order to ban firecrackers in 6 cities

The government of Chhattisgarh has passed an order to ban the use of firecrackers across 6 cities in the state from December 1st to January 31st. The decision was made keeping in mind the upcoming wedding season. The Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board has stated that this ban would recur every year during the same time period to keep a check on the rising pollution in the state.

According to the Business Standard, the 6 cities that fall under the ban include Raipur, Bilaspur, Bhilai, Durg, Raigarh and Korba. The decision to implement the ban was taken under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act of 1981 by the state government. Aman Singh, the Principal Secretary of the Environment Board, stated that the decision to ban firecrackers was taken because the pollution levels in the winters rise due to the direction of the winds. He also mentioned that there would be a “zero tolerance policy” against pollution and that all the citizens must work towards it.

This main catalyst for the implementation of this ban was the orders of the Chief Minister Raman Singh and the PWD minister Rajesh Munat to keep the pollution level under control in the state.

 Sources: Business Standard, Zee News India

Ban Over Internet Calls Lifted in Saudi Arabia

 

The ban that Saudi Arabia had imposed on call applications has been removed. The lift over the ban will be effected from Wednesday onwards. The nation has banned Whatsaap and Skype and other similar apps as they did not comply with their “regulations.” These apps fall under the Voice over Internet Protocol ( VoIP), which the ministry of communications has finally made available to the conservative country.

Since 2011, the restrictions over the internet have increased. In 2013 the Saudi government even explained the reason for the ban stating that they wished to protect their society from negative aspects that harm public interest. They also justified the ban saying it would boost the economical conditions of the state. Reportedly, resident of Saudi Arabia found a way around the ban by using a virtual private network (VPN). But the calls faced connectivity issues often.
Saudi’s three major telecom companies will expectantly take a hit, because of the volume of international calls that are made by a population of 12 million foreigners living there. Saudi Arabia is famous for having blocked several websites and its online censorship- not just pornographic sites but also several other sites that are not supportive of Israel or their country. This is in accordance with the strategy of the crown prince, Mohmmed Bin Salman to breathe some fresh air into all sectors of the economy.
Source: BBC, Telegraph

BCCI remains firm with S. Sreesanth lifetime ban

Citing that the Kerela High Court’s decision was contrary to the present rules of the organisation, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has filed an appeal against the lifting the lifetime the ban on former-bowler S Sreesanth. According to ANI, this came after Kerala High Court’s judgment on August 7 as the board was unhappy with the HC’s motion and seeks to reprimand the judgment.

In an affidavit in the beginning of 2017, the BCCI had stated that the standard proof required under a penal statute was much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry. This implies that the accused may be free of the criminal charges (following the evidence)  however, but can be apprehended if the internal disciplinary rules of an organisation are violated.

The court’s response to the affidavit was stated in the current motion which lifts the ban. It said that BCCI failed to acknowledge the evidence as a whole. It pointed that only empty allegations that were made by the plaintiff could only submit confessions of the accused, which the defended said were forced out of him.

Sreesanth was accused of spot-fixing during the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) along with two other teammates of the same club. Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan still face a permanent career ban whereas Sreesanth was acquitted in 2015.

Sources: Indian Express & Times of India

 

Sri Lanka Cricket bans Chimara Silva on charges of match fixing

Sri Lanka cricket (SLC) has banned former batsman Chamara Silva from any cricket related activities for a period of two years. These activities range from playing, coaching to administrating. He was accused of violating the spirit of the game during a domestic match, which was probed for match fixing.

A probe had been initiated by the Sri Lanka Cricket as to whether match fixing was done during a match between neighboring clubs Pandadura Cricket Club vs Kalutara Physical Culture Club. The announcement came after an enquiry into the events of the third day of the match, when 24 wickets fell in one day and in 12 overs.

Along with Silva who was captain of Panadura, Manoj Deshapriya who led Kalutara Club has been banned too. The remaining players and their coaches have been banned for a period of two years and have to pay a fine of Rs. 50,000 each.

The complaint was registered by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the enquiry took seven months to finish. The SLC has already announced the selection of a new panel with Graeme Labrooy as the head.

News Source: Hindustan Times, Indian Express

Image Source: India Today

Tunisian President Wants Ban Over Marriage of Muslim Women with Non-Muslims to be lifted

On the occasion of National Women’s Day, Tunisian President Beji Caed Essibsi called upon the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice to remove the ban over Muslim women marrying Non- Muslims. The President vocally suggested changes to be made to their Publication 73 in the Constitution to remove the restriction. The President made clear that according to the sixth chapter of the Constitution there should be complete freedom of belief practiced in the country.

Publication 73 was written by the Ministry of Justice in the year 1973 and prevented local Tunisian women from entering wedlock with any foreigners. It was noted that the religion and faith of the man must be recognized by the mufti presiding over the marriage. With a step forward in the right direction, Essibsi expressed that this law was an obstacle for women in the way of making a free choice regarding their partners. When the amendment is made and the law is passed, Tunisia will be the first Muslim nation that allows its women to marry outside of their faith, in history.
The President reassured in his speech that Islam is not a hindrance in the way of democratic living and progress. He stated that he looked forward to seeing equality between men and women in the nation.
News Source- Egyptian Streets

Eight-year ban on Priyanka Panwar in doping scandal

Priyanka Panwar – the 29-year-old, Asian Games gold medalist, has been slapped with a ban of over Eight years by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) after her samples tested positive for a banned performance enhancing drug named mephentermine. The NADA disciplinary panel has found her guilty of doping the second time, earlier she faced a provisional suspension of two years and returned to the action.

Panwar, along with Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur and MR Poovamma won the 4*400m relay gold in Asian Games in Incheon touched a new record of 3:28:68s. She along with five other athletes had tested positive for anabolic steroids in the tests conducted by NADA in Patiala in 2011.

Last year, in July 2016, she again failed a test for a banned stimulant during a national inter-state athletics championship hosted in Hyderabad resulting in her second provisional suspension. The action had been taken from the last year’s result and the 8 year ban will be counted from the day her provisional suspension began. This ban has put a virtual end to her career. If sources are to believed, another seasoned athlete, Arjun has also been tested positive for testosterone. The verdict will be announced after hearing his case. According to the reports of  NADA, 40 athletes have been tested positive for doping this year and these number creates an alarming concern for Indian sports scenario.

SOURCES: ANI and Times Of India