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SC says: Delhi Police will decide to enter farmers in Delhi.

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The Supreme Court on Monday told the Centre that it is for the Delhi Police to decide whether to allow farmers to enter Delhi or not. The top court stressed that it is the Delhi Police who have the authority over the issue and not the Supreme Court.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said “we have not taken charge of the matter except one issue…apparently our intervention has been grossly misunderstood. We are not going to tell you about your powers.”

The observation from the top court came after the Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said the Centre is seeking restraint orders against farmers from entering Delhi as court has taken charge of the matter.

The Chief Justice said it is not for the court to decide how many farmers should be allowed in the city and the nature of conditions to be imposed on them.

The top court insisted that Delhi Police are the only authority to decide it and not the court.

Advocate A.P. Singh counsel for Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lokshakti) submitted that farmers were willing to hold peaceful protest at Ram Lila Maidan.

The Chief Justice replied: “Who should be allowed and who not, and number of people will be dealt by the police. We cannot be first authority to deal with it.”

The Delhi Police have moved the top court seeking direction to restrain farmer unions from conducting tractor rally as a method to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations.

The AG insisted before the top court to issue directions to restrain farmers from disrupting the Republic Day parade, the Chief Justice replied “Does the Union of India want the Supreme Court to tell that you have powers under the Delhi Police Act.”

The top court will conduct further hearing on the matter on Wednesday.

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Social media company Facebook has banned Myanmar’s military from using the platform with immediate effect amid the ongoing conflict following a military coup in Myanmar. This means that Myanmar’s army will no longer be able to use Facebook and Instagram. The social media company said in a blog post that the ban became necessary due to other incidents, including violence, since the coup. The company said that it felt that allowing Myanmar’s military to use Facebook and Instagram was fatal.

The country’s army fell to power on February 1, overthrowing the government of the National League for Democracy (NLD). Several top leaders including the country’s supreme leader Aung San Suu Kyi were detained. Since then, a round of protests has continued throughout the country.

The army has been talking of rigging in the November 8 election. In this, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won a big victory.  At least three protesters and a policeman have died in rallies in violence. Facebook said it would ban military-related advertising on its platforms. Myanmar’s Chief of the Defense Service Min Ong Henning has already been banned by Twitter and Facebook. The US has also banned them. They have been banned due to human rights violations. The US and many Western countries have appealed to Myanmar’s military government to cease violence and release political prisoners.

The US has already announced additional sanctions against Myanmar’s military rulers. The US has said that the Myanmar army should relinquish power and restore the democratically elected government.  Also said that he stands with the people of Myanmar as well as the supporters who are in favor of restoring the government ousted in the country.

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