As a result of the National Investigation Agency’s anti-terror raid over 100 were arrested, Supreme Court warns ‘Visual Media’ not spread hate speech, Hijab will promote ‘diversity’ and make ‘culturally sensitive’ said SC, Pune-based Rupee Co-operative Bank Ltd to cease its business as RBI cancels licence, these are the top headlines of the day.
Here Are The Top Headlines Of Today
Over 100 Arrested During NIA’s Anti-Terror Raid
NIA’s latest anti-terror raids have become the part of Top Headlines today, as the provinces linked to PFI or Popular Front of India in multiple states across the country were raided by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), on Thursday, as per Government sources. This was a massive operation against PFI in which NIA conducted raids in ten states which included, “Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.” This rapid operation was carried out against those who are allegedly involved in funding terror, backing the training camps, and brainwashing others to join the extremist groups. Kerala is at the top of the list with 22 arrests, followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka with 20 arrests each, next is Tamil Nadu with 10 arrests, then Assam having 9 arrests and Uttar Pradesh with 8, then Andhra Pradesh with 5, Delhi with 3, Madhya Pradesh having 4, Puducherry 3, and Rajasthan 2.
“The raids are taking place at the homes of national, state and local leaders of PFI. The state committee office is also being raided. We strongly protest the fascist regime’s moves to use agencies to silence dissenting voices,” said PFI.
Supreme Court Extends Guidelines To Visual Media
Next on our Top Headlines is SC’s notice to visual media. The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, reached “visual media” and “chief medium of hate speech”. The highest authority asked the government why it is “standing by as a mute witness when all this is happening”, and seeing it as “a trivial matter”. SC asserted that “hate speech can be in different forms… sort of ridicule a community”, and its spread through the visual media can result in a “devastating effect”.
The bench, which includes Justices K M Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy, questioned the “ Centre to state” whether it’s coming with any appropriate action or law on this subject.
“What… we have in mind, for example, when you conduct an interview, what is important is laying down the methodology. Now the methodology would be: What is the role of the anchor? If the anchor is going to take the lion’s share of the time of the debate, if the question of the anchor is so long, finally the time which is given to the person who is answering is so short. And even in that short period, he is run down, he is made into some kind of a rogue”, said Justice Joseph.
“You have to be fair to everyone. So that is what we are interested in saying, apart from the contours of hate speech till it is defined appropriately by the competent legislature”, added.
“Political parties will come and go. But the nation will endure. The press is a very important institution. Without an independent and free press, no nation can go forward. It’s absolutely important that we have true freedom. The government should actually come forward, not to take an adversarial stand but to assist. To say that you have put in place an institution which will be abided by all. What is the problem? Why should the Government of India have a problem with that?” and questioned, “why do you take it such a trivial matter”.
SC Said “Hijab Will Promote Diversity And Cultural Sensitivity”
Supreme allows girl students to wear hijab in education institutes, saying “One can also say, this is an opportunity of being exposed to diversity. We have students from all cultures, religions…look at the diversity of the country, be culturally sensitive towards them”.
When R Venkataramani, senior advocate, asserted that he wants a school free from all kinds of distractions, the court replied that it’s a matter of perspective.
“How will you prepare the students when they go out of school? When they face the world, they will face the great diversity of the country…diversity in culture, diversity in dress, diversity in cuisine. So, this can also be an opportunity to prepare them. It can be an opportunity to inculcate some values. That can also be a perspective”, the court said.
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Pune-based Rupee Co-operative Bank Ltd Shutting Down Business
Our last Top Headlines for today is, Pune-based Rupee Co-operative Bank Ltd is shutting down and will cease all its banking operations with effect from September 22, 2022. This is happening six weeks after the Reserve Bank of India cancelled its licence. It was on August 10 when the bank cancelled the licence of Rupee Co-operative Bank Ltd due to not having “adequate capital and earning prospects” But RBI asserted, “that in compliance to an order of the High Court of Bombay, its direction will become effective after six weeks i.e, from August 10 onwards”, mentioned zee news.