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Odisha orders fire safety audit of major establishments

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 In the wake of the fire tragedy in Delhi, Odisha DG, Fire Services, Santosh Kumar Upadhyay has ordered a fire safety audit of all vital establishments including hospitals, industries and market complexes across the state, officials said on Saturday.

Upadhyay has issued instructions to all assistant fire officers of the districts, deputy fire officers of all circles and range fire officers of the state to strictly enforce the guidelines of Odisha Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Rules, 2017 and subsequent amendment thereof.

He asked the officials to conduct fire safety audit of installations of different institutions like hotels, lodgings and guest houses, educational buildings above 12 metres, cinema halls, multiplexes, clinical establishment, business or office building above 12 metres, places of congregations like auditorium, convention halls, coaching centres/ hostels, factories and industries, among others.

Upadhyay has also instructed for fire safety audit/ inspections of all district headquarters hospitals (DHHs), collectorates (office of collectors) and high-rise government buildings on priority basis by May 21 where the frequent movement of public occurs.

The fire safety officials were asked to ensure appointment of fire safety supervisors and display of photo copies of fire safety certificates in all such major buildings.

Besides, fire station officers will coordinate with various market committees for community participation towards fire safety and fire prevention in busy market places/ daily markets, said the DG.

Vendors are advised not to use loose or open electrical wiring to avoid short circuit due to overheating.

Further, he advised the fire station officers to liaise with concerned fire safety supervisors of different establishments for safety. In case of any fire related hazard, citizens are advised to dial 112 emergency number.

At least 27 people died in the inferno that broke out in the four-storey building in Delhi’s Mundka on Friday evening, while over two dozen people are missing.

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Supreme Court calls for protecting ‘Shivling’ in Gyanvapi, no bar on namaz

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the area within Gyanvapi mosque where the ‘Shivling’ has been found needs to be protected, but there should be no restriction on Muslims entering the mosque to offer namaz.

A bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and P.S. Narasimha issued the notice on a plea filed by the Committee of Management Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Varanasi, against the Allahabad High Court’s April order, which dismissed a petition challenging a Varanasi court’s order to appoint an advocate as a Court Commissioner to inspect the Gyanvapi Masjid complex.

The top court, which is likely to take up the matter for further hearing later this week, said that the Shivling found inside the mosque during the survey needs to be protected, but the restrictions on Muslims entering the mosque to offer namaz is not correct.

It, however, did not entertain a plea for stay of proceedings before the trial court, which was scheduled to receive the Court Commissioner’s survey report.

Senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, representing the petitioner, contended that the trial court was not correct in ordering sealing of ‘wuzukhana’ – a place for washing hands, feet, and face before offering prayers – where the ‘Shivling’ has been purportedly found.

Citing the Places of Worship Act, he said the status quo has been changed and the wuzukhana has been used for time immemorial.

Ahmadi sought permission for use of the wuzukhana, saying it is usage is essential before namaz.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Uttar Pradesh government, however, said if anyone put his foot on the ‘Shivling’ during wuzu, it would disturb law and order, and urged the top court to seal the area.

After hearing arguments, the top court ordered sealing of the area.

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Sedition law stay: Delhi High Court to hear bail plea of Sharjeel Imam on May 26

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The Delhi High Court will hear on May 26, the bail plea moved by JNU scholar-activist Sharjeel Imam, who has approached the Court for relief following the historic Supreme Court verdict which put on hold the colonial-era penal provision of sedition.

He was seeking an interim bail in the alleged inflammatory speeches delivered by him at Aligarh Muslim University and in the Jamia area of Delhi during the anti-CAA agitation in 2019 and 2020.

His application seeking interim bail in the already pending plea, was posted for May 26 (Thursday) as the bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Rajnish Bhatnagar did not assemble on Tuesday.

In the fresh bail application, he said that since the top court has put sedition (Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code) in abeyance, his case has improved for the grant of bail.

“The appellant has been incarcerated for nearly 28 months since January 28, 2020 whereas the maximum punishment for the offences — not including 124-A IPC– are punishable up to a maximum of 7 years of imprisonment,” the plea read.

JNU scholars and activists Imam, and Umar Khalid are among the nearly a dozen people involved in the alleged larger conspiracy case linked with the Delhi riots 2020, as per the Delhi Police.

Imam and Khalid are facing charges in connection with the inflammatory speeches which are allegedly fuelled, as per the police. The riots broke out in the national capital in February 2020 as clashes between the anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and pro-CAA protesters took a violent turn.

The mayhem, which coincided with the then US President Donald Trump’s maiden trip to India, saw more than 50 people lose their lives and over 700 were injured.

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Gyanvapi mosque survey: Varanasi court removes Ajay Mishra as Advocate Commissioner

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The Varanasi court, hearing the Gyanvapi mosque survey matter, on Tuesday removed Ajay Mishra from the post of Advocate Commissioner, reportedly for leaking information about the video survey to the media.

Vishal Singh has been elevated to the post of Advocate Commissioner.

Meanwhile, the court has granted two days’ time to the advocate commissioner to file the report on the video survey.

In a related development, the Hindu petitioners have filed a new petition in a Varanasi court, seeking demolition of a wall located between the ‘Nandi’ statue and the ‘Shivling’ that they claim to have found during the video survey.

The petitioners said that a wall and debris surrounding the ‘shivling’ should be demolished and a fresh survey should be held to verify the facts. The wall is located on the eastern side of the mosque.

The court has admitted the petition for hearing.

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