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10 killed as Dalit protests over SC/ST Act rock north India (PHOTOS)

Muhammad Irfan 12:04 AM | 3 Apr, 2018
10 killed as Dalit protests over SC/ST Act rock north India (PHOTOS)
NEW DELHI - Ten people were killed in clashes on Monday as Dalit groups – angered over an alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act – carried out protests across several northern states, even as the Centre moved the Supreme Court seeking a review of its recent judgment in the matter.

The government filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against a March 20 order that banned automatic arrests and registration of criminal cases under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Several ministers, including home minister Rajnath Singh, reiterated the government’s commitment to the well being of SCs and STs.

The turnout and violence took the party by surprise, two BJP leaders, who didn’t wish to be identified, said. “We didn’t anticipate this,” one of them said. The other was concerned that deaths could dents party’s image and have political costs.

The deaths were reported from BJP-ruled states — six in Madhya Pradesh, two in Uttar Pradesh and one in Rajasthan.

“Generally there is six months time to do it, but it would have been better if a review petition was filed earlier,” said Bhagirath Prasad, the party MP from Bhind in Madhya Pradesh. Opposition parties had succeeded in creating a perception against the BJP, he said. Bhind, where two people were killed, saw one of the worst violence of the day.

“When the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party are discussing the alliance, such incidents don’t help us,” said a BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh, requesting anonymity. Arson and clashes were reported from Azamgarh, Agra, Hapur and Meerut in western UP.

Uttar Pradesh, where Dalits make up 22% of the population, sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha. The BJP had won 72 of these seats in 2014.

But its immediate concern will be poll-bound Karnataka, where Dalits accounts for 16% of the population. The southern state votes for a new assembly on May 12.

Madhya Pradesh’s 16% of the population is Dalit and the state votes later this year. So do Rajasthan, where SCs are 17 %, and Chhattisgarh, where 12% of the people are SCs. The Congress is the BJP’s main rival in these states.

Home minister Singh led the government in reaching out to the angry communities. “The government is committed to ensuring the welfare of SCs, STs, and guaranteeing them full protection of the law,” he said, adding it was the responsibility of all parties to ensure that no violence took place.

Social justice minister Thawar Chand Gehlot sent out tweets in response to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter post that said keeping Dalits at the lowest pedestal was in the DNA of the RSS and the BJP.

The Modi government had strengthened laws to curb atrocities against the SCs and STs and had celebrated the 125th birth anniversary of Dalit icon Bhim Rao Ambedkar, he said.

The Congress had exploited the Dalits for political gains while empowerment of the downtrodden was at the core of the BJP’s philosophy, party general secretary Bhupendra Yadav said.

Muhammad Irfan

The writer is a staff member. He has been affiliated with Pakistan's leading English newspapers and worked as News Producer at FM 107.4. Death (as...he believes...life is a station, and death is a longest journey from seen to ...

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 28, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 263.9 266.15
Euro EUR 275.75 278.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 313 316
U.A.E Dirham AED 69.75 70.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 67.25 67.9
Australian Dollar AUD 178.5 180.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 644.19 652.19
Canadian Dollar CAD 187.5 189.70
China Yuan CNY 35.71 36.11
Danish Krone DKK 35.38 35.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 30.94 31.29
Indian Rupee INR 2.97 3.08
Japanese Yen JPY 2.50 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 793.10 802.15
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 57.02 57.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 156.69 158.69
Norwegians Krone NOK 24.46 24.76
Omani Riyal OMR 629.39 637.39
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 66.54 67.24
Singapore Dollar SGD 184.38 186.38
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 23.81
Swiss Franc CHF 263.01 265.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.38 7.53

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs209,600 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,990.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs157,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 178,500.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Karachi PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Islamabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Peshawar PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Quetta PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sialkot PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Attock PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujranwala PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Jehlum PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Multan PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Bahawalpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujrat PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nawabshah PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Chakwal PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Hyderabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nowshehra PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sargodha PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Faisalabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Mirpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220

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