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New Delhi: The Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (Sahmat) on Wednesday expressed solidarity with social activist Teesta Setalvad and said the CBI raid on her house and office was a “shocking instance of misuse of government machinery”.

In a statement, the Sahmat said the “obvious” reason for this was that Setalvad has been at the forefront of the struggle to bring to justice those guilty of the “Gujarat genocide of 2002”.

“It cannot escape notice that persecution of Setalvad is accompanied by a deliberate weakening of the prosecution cases or overnight withdrawals of cases against those who have been accused of heinous crimes,” it said.

The timing of the raid was all the more “suspect as the Zakia Jafri case begins its final hearings on July 27, and the Naroda Patiya appeals are being heard in the Gujarat High Court starting today”.

Sahmat said it was time for all supporters of civil liberty and the rule of law to stand up for Setalvad and her colleagues, and “condemn without reservation the conduct of the Narendra Modi government”.

The CBI on Tuesday searched four premises of Setalvad and her publishing firm in Mumbai in connection with a case of alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) norms and receiving foreign funds without government sanction.

It searched the premises belonging to Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand, Gulam Mohammed Peshimam and the offices of her firm Sabrang Communications and Publishing Pvt. Ltd. (SCPPL) in Mumbai.

On July 8, the CBI registered a case against them in New Delhi, invoking various sections of the Indian Penal Code and FCRA.

(IANS)

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PM Modi Advises Scientists To Use Science to Improve Lives

PM Narendra Modi tells Scientists to use science to improve the lives of citizens

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.

Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.

“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi highlights the importance of ‘Science for Society’. Wikimedia Commons

Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.

“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?

“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.

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Modi also urged scientists to ponder over whether they can invent something which would cut down healthcare cost, and benefit peasants by increasing their income.

“We have to think how use of science can help in easing the lives of the people,” he said. (IANS)