Anna Hazare is to sit on protest for two-day agitation against the new land acquisition act on February 23 and 24. This agitation has received support from thousands of activists and farmers, including the Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathna (SSS), which is part of the mega alliance government in Maharashtra.
Over 56,000 cases across the country were today disposed of by the third National Lok Adalat which also saw disbursal of 265 crore Rs as claims towards final settlement in bank recovery and cheques bounce cases. According to National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in New Delhi,several banks, financial institutions and others participated in the Lok Adalat which was organised nationwide and arrived at final settlements of over 265 crore Rs.The Lok Adalat was today organised under the patronage of Chief Justice of India H L Dattu and the leadership of Supreme Court Judge Justice T S Thakur throughout the country except in Assam and Uttar Pradesh. The Lok Adalat was organised in all courts at all levels from the taluk courts to the districts courts, high courts and the Supreme Court.
Malaysia’s Premier is under mounting scrutiny for cracking down on opponents, troubles in a strategic development fund and questions over his family assets, with even ruling-party conservatives questioning his leadership. Prime Minister Najib Razak took the helm of the multi ethnic country’s long-ruling regime in 2009, promising to soothe racial tensions and bolster democracy. But Wan Saiful Wan Jan, head of Malaysian think-tank IDEAS, says that Mr Najib is under fire from progressives for abandoning such pledges.
Malaysia also drew international criticism after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was jailed for five years last week on a sodomy conviction widely considered as politically motivated.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned Indonesia of tough diplomatic response to executions of two of its citizens by it. He said that millions of Australians are sickened in view of their imminent execution. No date has been set for the killing of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, but Indonesia has said that governments with citizens on death row have been invited to talks at the foreign ministry tomorrow.
The two Australians are facing execution by firing squad as early as this week, as ring leaders of the so-called Bali Nine group, trafficking heroin from Indonesia’s island of Bali into Australia. While all hope appears to be lost, Abbott put pressure on Jakarta for the second day in a row.