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New Delhi: Uttarakhand BJP legislator Ganesh Joshi, who brutally thrashed and injured a police horse, is a “danger to society” and he must be sacked both from the legislature and the party, prominent global animal rights group PETA said on Tuesday.
“He must be disqualified from his post because any person who beat up a horse is not far from doing the same with people and is a danger to society. The party must not retain him,” PETA chief executive Poorva Joshipura said.
In a bizarre display of cruelty, Joshi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Mussoorie, attacked and severely injured Shaktimaan, a white horse with Uttarakhand Police, during a protest against the Harish Rawat government in Dehradun on Monday.
The horse was left bleeding and the vets attending it said its leg will have to be amputated. The severe attack led to widespread public outrage.
The PETA chief urged Uttarakhand Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal to “immediately expel Joshi from the Vidhan Sabha on the grounds of extreme and criminal misconduct”.
“To ensure the maximum safety of animals, a strict action needs to be taken,” Poorva said.
She also urged BJP president Amit Shah to expel Joshi from the party. “This is a party which is supposed to stand for everyone, including animals. How can it tolerate the bleeding of a horse?”
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is expected to demonstrate respect for the country’s animal protection laws and basic decency of publicly condemning his party colleague,” the PETA official said.
“We are calling upon police to make sure he is punished to the maximum extent of the law,” an angry Poorva said.
On the social media, people, including animal rights activists, Bollywood celebrities and prominent political leaders, slammed Joshi and sought his sack from the party and the legislature.
B-town’s leading lady Sonam Kapoor termed Joshi’s act “inhuman”. “This is disgusting inhuman behaviour. (Chief Minister) Harish Rawat I hope you deal with this man!” a disappointed Sonam said.
Bollywood actress Minissha Lamba also spelt the same view and said: “What fault was it of the police horse? Yolked by man into service.. Beaten by man for his service..”
Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha slammed Joshi for his action and said: “That white horse is such a metaphor for the common man. Power rides it and anarchy incapacitates it.”
Model-actor Rajneesh Duggall said: “What a shame.. Ganesh Joshi deserves to be punished.. Whatever ur agenda, y drag an animal into it..”
The horse had been working with Uttarakhand Police for a decade but the injury may well end its career. An FIR has been lodged against Joshi, who denied the charge of attack on the horse, well captured on videos, and said that the government was trying to “shift focus from the core issues” of the state. (IANS) (Image Courtesy: peta.org)
Hackers have stolen crypto tokens worth $120 million from Blockchain-based decentralised finance (DeFi) platform BadgerDAO. Several crypto wallets were drained before the platform could stop the cyber attack. In a tweet, Badger said it has received reports of unauthorised withdrawals of user funds. "As Badger engineers investigate this, all smart contracts have been paused to prevent further withdrawals. Our investigation is ongoing and we will release further information as soon as possible," the company said late on Thursday.
According to the blockchain security and data analytics Peckshield, the various tokens stolen in the attack are worth about $120 million, reports The Verge. According to reports, someone inserted a malicious script in the user interface (UI) of their website. Badger has retained data forensics experts Chainalysis to explore the full scale of the incident and authorities in both the US and Canada have been informed. "Badger is cooperating fully with external investigations as well as proceeding with its own," it said. DeFi is a collective term for financial products and services that are open, decentralised and accessible to anyone. DeFi products open up financial services to anyone with an internet connection and they are largely owned and maintained by their users. While the attack didn't reveal specific flaws within Blockchain tech itself, it managed to exploit the older "web 2.0" technology that most users need to use to perform transactions, according to reports. (IANS/ MBI)
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A total of 120 top Bollywood and other celebrities are expected to attend the wedding of film stars Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal which is scheduled on December 9 in Rajasthan, said Rajendra Kishan, the District Collector (DC) of Sawai Madhopur district of the state on Friday. The District Collector told mediapersons: "These 120 guests shall follow all COVID-19 protocols and fully vaccinated guests will get entry in the much-hyped celebrity wedding."
Kishan said that the organisers have been asked to strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols. Also, those who are not vaccinated, will not be allowed without the negative RT-PCR test report, he added. "We have been informed by organisers that a total of 120 guests are invited to the wedding and the events will take place between December 7 to December 10," he added.
Earlier at 10.30 a.m., Kishan called a meeting which was attended by administrative, police and forest department officials, hotel and event managers to ensure adequate arrangements for crowd control, smooth regulation of traffic, and law and order situation amid the VIP movement. The wedding venue Fort Barwara, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, is situated in the panchayat samiti Chauth Ka Barwara. The venue is around 22 km away from Sawai Madhopur and is around 174 km from Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur district is famous for the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve and as per reports, the guests are likely to be taken for a tiger safari. (IANS/ MBI)
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The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), which confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron variant in Bengaluru on Thursday, is continuously monitoring the situation in four cities - Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Pune. The NCBS is a part of a consortium of national laboratories performing genomic surveillance across four city clusters. The consortium was established four months ago with support from The Rockefeller Foundation's Pandemic Prevention Institute, and is led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad.
Dr Rakesh Mishra at the CCMB said on Friday that the consortium is continuously monitoring the situation in all the four cities and has upscaled its efforts to sequence as many samples as possible Apart from the CCMB and the NCBS, the consortium includes CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology - IGIB in New Delhi and the Pune Knowledge Cluster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune.
The first case of the Omicron variant was detected in South Africa and reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. | Unsplash
The consortium is focused on upscaling genomic surveillance as part of national efforts led by the INSACOG - Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium - to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The consortium intensified its sequencing efforts after the World Health Organisation announced Omicron as a Variant of Concern. Such an intensified effort enabled the Bengaluru team at the NCBS, a member laboratory of INSACOG, in collaboration with Strand Life Sciences and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to detect, rapidly sequence and verify the existence of the omicron variant in samples from two Covid-19 infected individuals.
They hope this will aid in a rapid response to contain the spread of variants of concern. Prof Satyajit Mayor from the NCBS conveyed the information to local and national authorities, and the Indian government released a statement on December 2, all within four days of receiving the samples. Both SARS-CoV-2 genomes have also been uploaded to the global repository for SARS-CoV-2 sequences, GISAID, so that they can be publicly available to the scientific community, the NCBS said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Hyderabad, New Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Situation, NCBS, Omicron)