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Mumbai: Meat will be available in Mumbai on Thursday. The High Court ruling came today after they put a ban on hold which triggered a political controversy and fanned a debate on social media.

Mumbai’s Shiv Sena-dominated civic body reduced the ban imposed for Jain fasting festival of Paryushana from four days to only one (September 17).

Sena opposed the ban by openly slamming its ally BJP as the latter wanted the slaughter and sale of meat to be restricted for eight days and not just four days.

On Monday, the court acted upon a mutton traders’ petition. The traders had challenged the ban last week.
In court proceedings last week, the judges criticized the ban in ‘progressive Mumbai’. “There is a progressive look to Mumbai but such steps are regressive. We understand the sentiment part. But purchase or no purchase is an independent choice,” the court affirmed.

The ban was introduced in 1994 by the then Congress government during the Jain fast. 10 years later, the two-day ban was extended to four days but it had never really been implemented until a recent order from the civic body.

“All these years you only banned slaughter not sale. How can you take this decision at the 11th hour?” the court asked officials.

The Maharashtra government also had to face tough questions about the ban logic. “When you are talking of Ahimsa, how come fish, sea food and eggs are not banned?” the judges asked.

“Fish die the moment they are out of water. So there is no slaughter involved,” was the government’s baffling response.

“We have to change our attitude in view of globalisation,” said the judges, who had yesterday commented that ‘an eight-day straight ban can’t be a formula. Mumbai is a modern city.”

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Over 83% trust Modi govt will handle COVID-19 crisis well

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The Narendra Modi-led central government is leaving no stone unturned in fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

As the Narendra Modi-led central government is leaving no stone unturned in fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, 83.5 per cent people from various states “trust in government” in handling the crisis.

The findings came out in the IANS-CVoter exclusive tracker on COVID-19 Wave 2 survey conducted during last seven days among 18 plus adults nationwide. The findings and projections are based on Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI).

Replying to a question “I think Indian government is handling the coronavirus well”, 83.5 per cent people agreed that they trust in government’s steps being taken in fight against the deadly disease, and 9.4 per cent expressed their disagreement. The survey was conducted on March 26 and 27. Of the 83.5 per cent who showed their trust in government, 66.4 per cent strongly agree with the opinion and 17.1 agree with the view.

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A similar survey on the same question done on March 17 and 18 showed that 83.6 per cent people expressed their trust in government in fight against the pandemic which so far has claimed 29 lives and over 1,000 conformed cases. A total of 13.7 per cent people expressed their disagreement.

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83.5 per cent people from various states trust the Modi government in handling the COVID-19 crisis. Wikimedia Commons

As per the tracker, the data is weighted to the known demographic profile of the states. Sometimes the table figures do not sum to 100 due to the effects of rounding, it says. “Our final data file has socio-economic profile within plus 1 per cent of the demographic profile of the state. We believe this will give the closest possible trends.”

The Tracking Pol fieldwork covers random probability samples during the last seven days from the release date and that the sample spread is across all assembly segments across all states. This survey covers all states in India and was conducted in 10 languages as part of our routine OmniBus, it says.

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“This is a thorough random probability sample; and we are ensuring a proper representative analysis by statistical weighing of the data to make it representative of the local population as per the latest census and or other available demographic benchmarks.”

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The data clarified that it strictly follows the WAPOR code of conduct (World Association of Public Opinion Research) for our ethical and transparent scientific practices and have incorporated the PCI (Press Council of India ) guidelines as our SOP (Standard Operating Procedures). (IANS)