Weekly News Roundup – October 2, 2019


Thousands Protested Outside UNGA in New York During Narendra Modi’s Speech

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Thousands of South Asians and concerned North Americans staged a rally in front of the UN headquarters as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the UN General Assembly of the United Nations on Friday. Those who gathered said they had come to oppose what they described as an undeclared Emergency in India, the “military occupation” of Kashmir, the lynchings of Dalits and Muslims, ongoing violence against women, the violation of the rights of workers, farmers, adivasis and minorities. Mobilised by a range of South Asian community organisations, they came from the US’s northeastern corridor around New York and from further afield, participants told The Wire. Though they were from diverse political affiliations and persuasions, they carried banners broadly opposing the violation of rights in India.…

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Two Yrs After Suspension & 9 Months Behind Bars, Dr Kafeel Khan Gets Clean Chit in 2017 Gorakhpur Hospital Tragedy

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Two years after getting suspended from Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and spending almost nine months in prison, an inquiry into pediatrician Dr Kafeel Khan has absolved him of the charges of corruption, medical negligence and not performing his duty to his fullest on the day over 60 children lost their lives at the hospital due to shortage of oxygen. The report was handed over to him on Thursday by BRD officials. It states that Dr Kafeel was not the nodal officer of the encephalitis ward when the incident occurred and that despite being on leave, he did to the best of his abilities to save lives by arranging 500 jumbo oxygen cylinders in his personal capacity.…

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Muslim Man Beaten Up By Cow Terrorists In Rajasthan’s Alwar

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Two years after dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was lynched to death by a terrorist mob in Alwar district of Rajasthan, another Muslim man Munfed Khan was brutally beaten by a mob in the Shahjahanpur area of the same district on Monday. Munfed was travelling with 7 cows in a vehicle when he was caught by a mob at Phusa-Ki-Dhani area of Shahjahanpur area.…Munfed was rescued from the crowd by the police, who then admitted him with multiple fractures at the government hospital in Shahjahanpur. His condition is reportedly critical. The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) said that this was a case of “attempted mob lynching”, in which the victim picked up by the cow vigilantes was criminalised and beaten up.…

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