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3 Things
Oct 23, 2020
1105: The Catch Up: 23 October
4 min
The headlines this evening, from The Indian Express.
The Big Story
The Big Story
The Quint
588: CCTVs in Police Stations: A Much Needed SC Ruling to Check Custodial Deaths & Torture?
States have to install cameras with audio recording equipment at interrogation rooms, lock-ups, entries and exits of every police station — that’s what the Supreme Court said in a landmark judgment on 2 December. And not just police stations, but also in offices of central agencies, including the CBI, the National Investigation Agency, the Narcotics Control Bureau and the Enforcement Directorate. The footage recorded using these cameras, the SC bench said, could be requested by courts and the Human Rights Commissions while dealing with complaints against the police relating to custodial torture and custodial deaths. This, the court said was in keeping with Article 21 of the constitution on the fundamental right to protection of life and personal liberty. But will this judgment actually help checking human rights abuses in custody? What does the current data on custodial torture show, and what does this mean for any attempts like this move with the CCTVs? Tune in to The Big Story! Producer and Host: Shorbori Purkayastha Guest: Vikram Singh, Former DGP of UP Editor: Shelly Walia Music: Big Bang Fuzz Listen to The Big Story podcast on: Apple: https://apple.co/2AYdLIl (https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=https%3A%2F%2Fapple.co%2F2AYdLIl&redir_token=G9sQMbbppKv-LEFD29gDyTmPMzt8MTU3MTM4MDU5NkAxNTcxMjk0MTk2&v=xkpX1V6aUFo&event=video_description) Saavn: http://bit.ly/2oix78C (https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F2oix78C&redir_token=G9sQMbbppKv-LEFD29gDyTmPMzt8MTU3MTM4MDU5NkAxNTcxMjk0MTk2&v=xkpX1V6aUFo&event=video_description) Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2ntMV7S (https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F2ntMV7S&redir_token=G9sQMbbppKv-LEFD29gDyTmPMzt8MTU3MTM4MDU5NkAxNTcxMjk0MTk2&v=xkpX1V6aUFo&event=video_description) Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2IyLAUQ (https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=https%3A%2F%2Fspoti.fi%2F2IyLAUQ&redir_token=G9sQMbbppKv-LEFD29gDyTmPMzt8MTU3MTM4MDU5NkAxNTcxMjk0MTk2&v=xkpX1V6aUFo&event=video_description) Deezer: http://bit.ly/2Vrf5Ng (https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F2Vrf5Ng&redir_token=G9sQMbbppKv-LEFD29gDyTmPMzt8MTU3MTM4MDU5NkAxNTcxMjk0MTk2&v=xkpX1V6aUFo&event=video_description)
10 min
1. At an all-party meeting called to discuss the coronavirus situation in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "India's vaccination programme against COVID-19 would begin as soon as a go-ahead from scientists is given, and asserted that frontline healthcare workers, elderly people and those suffering life-threatening symptoms and diseases will be among the first to get the Covid vaccine." He further says, "Our scientists are very confident of succeeding in their endeavour of making COVID-19 vaccine. The world is keeping a watch on the cheapest and safe vaccine. That is why the world is watching India." 2. Telangana's ruling TRS party takes an early lead in the counting of votes in the high-stakes Hyderabad municipal elections, which saw an exceptionally high-voltage and divisive contest. Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM is emerging as second, just ahead of the BJP which mounted an aggressive campaign. According to the leads, the TRS or Telangana Rashtra Samiti of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is ahead in 57 seats, the BJP in 28 and Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM in 30 seats. The BJP got off to a good start with postal ballots, which led to self-congratulatory posts from several BJP leaders. 3. The Reserve Bank of India leaves interest rates unchanged for a third straight meeting as inflation stays stubbornly high, and says the economy is recuperating fast and would return to positive growth in the current quarter itself. The benchmark repurchase rate will be maintained at 4 per cent: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das. The six-member Monetary Policy Committee retains its accommodative stance, signaling its intentions to cut interest rates whenever the situation eases. A spike in consumer prices forced RBI to pause after cutting rates by 115 basis points this year. The central bank, which had previously expected the economy to shrink 9.5 per cent in the year to March, has revised its forecast after a shallower-than-expected decline in the gross domestic product in the July-September quarter. 4. Forty farmer leaders are holding a meeting at one of the Delhi-Haryana borders to discuss follow-up actions after Thursday's meeting with the government failed to end the deadlock over the contentious new farm laws. The farmer representatives stuck to their demand for the repeal of the laws and even refused lunch, tea and water offered to them during almost seven-hour-long meeting in central Delhi. The third round of meeting with the centre will be held tomorrow. Farmer leaders have also given a call for a nation-wide protest tomorrow. The protest — the biggest by farmers in years — has entered the ninth day. 5. A week after a new ordinance by the Uttar Pradesh government to stop unlawful conversion became law, the police in state capital Lucknow stops a wedding ceremony between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man, citing the ordinance. The wedding was supposed to take place on Wednesday in Lucknow's Para area. But minutes before ceremonies were to begin, a police team reaches the venue and asks both parties to accompany them to the local police station. At the police station, both sides are asked to first seek clearance for the marriage from the Lucknow District Magistrate, according to the police. 6. Ranjitsinh Disale, a primary teacher from Maharashtra's Solapur, wins USD 1-million Global Teacher Prize 2020. He says teaching was all about giving, and adds that he would like to work for students "across the borders" as he believes that the world was his classroom.
5 min
Bangalore International Centre
73. Vaccines Ahead
Medical Scientist Dr Gagandeep Kang returns to BIC Talks and speaks to host Pavan Srinath about the latest news on COVID-19 vaccines, and the road ahead for public vaccination for all Indians. It is extraordinary to see not one, but three COVID-19 vaccine candidates announce successful interim results in November. This happened within 10 months of isolating the virus, SARS-CoV-2. Dr Kang shares how these vaccine efficacy trials are designed, how we need to be careful in interpreting the results, and how we can think about the safety of any new vaccine. She shares a few answers to COVID-19 related questions that we did not have answers to until recently. She also discusses how vaccine trials in India ought to be conducted, and the challenges that lie ahead for public vaccination programmes. Dr Gagandeep Kang is Professor of Microbiology at the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Division of Gastrointestinal Sciences at the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore. Dr Kang is a key contributor to the understanding of diarrhoeal diseases, rotavirus epidemiology and vaccinology in India. She is a 2016 Infosys Prize laureate and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2019. She is also the Vice Chair for the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI). In case you missed it, Dr Kang was earlier on Episodes 8 and 18 of BIC Talks to discuss vaccine and drug development against COVID-19. She also has an upcoming co-authored book, Till We Win: India’s Fight Against The Covid-19 Pandemic. BIC Talks is brought to you by the Bangalore International Centre. Visit the BIC website for show notes, links and more information about the guest.
46 min
Yuddha - The Indian Military History Podcast
Yuddha - The Indian Military History Podcast
IVM Podcasts - Indus Vox
Yuddha Season Finale: Cities of Victory: The Deccan Military Revolution and the Fall of Vijayanagara (feat. Srinivas Reddy)
In our Season 1 finale, we look at the saga of how an unlikely coalition of warring sultanates came to destroy the might of Vijayanagara. We begin with the Battle of Raichur in 1520, in which Vijayanagara's Krishna Deva Raya inflicted a humiliating defeat on the Bijapur sultanate. Over the half-century after Raichur, Bijapur and the other sultanates would learn bitter lessons, creating an unparalleled military revolution that blended the best of European and Indian innovations. On 23 January 1565, they would meet the armies of Vijayanagara in the climactic Battle of Talikota, one of the most epochal encounters in Indian history. YUDDHA is made possible thanks to the support of the Takshashila Institution and the Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation. Sources and citations for YUDDHA episodes are available at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/ You can follow Anirudh Kanisetti on his twitter handle @AKanisetti and on his Instagram handle @aniryuddha. You can follow Aditya Ramanathan on his twitter handle @adityascripts and on his Instagram handle @adityaramanathan . You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
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