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India inflicted heavy losses on Chinese troops in the Galwan clash, Rajnath told parliament

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh admitted on Tuesday that the ongoing clash with China in Ladakh was different from those in the past and claimed that the troops Indians inflicted heavy losses on the Chinese in the June 15 clash in the Galwan Valley, which left 20 Indians dead.

“So far, the Chinese side has mobilized a large number of troops and weapons throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region and in the deep areas. There are several friction areas in eastern Ladakh, including Gogra, Kongka La, and the northern and southern shores of Lake Pangong. In response to China’s actions, our armed forces have also carried out appropriate counter-deployments in these areas to ensure that India’s security interests are fully protected, ”

Singh al Lok Sabha said.
  • China’s troop build-up was contrary to the 1993 and 1996 agreements. Respect for and strict observance of LAC was the basis for peace and tranquility in the border areas and this was explicitly recognized in the agreements, he said.
  • “Although our armed forces scrupulously comply, it has not been returned by the Chinese side.

” Chinese actions on June 15 in Galwan and attempts to reverse the status quo on the southern shore of the lake on August 29-30 “reflect contempt for our various bilateral agreements,”

he said.

SC Maintains Broadcasting of Sudarshan TV Show

The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended broadcasting of “Bindas Bol”, a show broadcast by Sudarshan news channel, until further notice.

  • Court noted that the objective of the program, on the face of it, was to vilify the Muslim community and accuse it of trying to infiltrate the public administration surreptitiously.

“The episodes aired so far show the nature and purpose of the show. Pending new court orders, Sudarshan News is exempt from making other broadcasts on this subject under another name as well, ”

said a three-judge panel headed by Judge D.Y. Chandrachud ordered.
  • The court added that it was “insidious” to use the freedom of the press to press “rabid” charges and mount an attack on a minority religious community.
  • The court heard a statement alleging that the program was making community comments about the entry of members of the Muslim community into the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
  • Nothing of which the presenter used the expression “jihad UPSC”, said the court, “The construction of a stable democratic society and respect for constitutional rights and duties is based on the coexistence of communities … India is a melting pot of civilizations, cultures and values ​​… Any attempt to defame a community must be viewed with disgust. “
  • The court indicated that it was obliged to guarantee compliance with the programming code set out in the 1995 law on cable television networks (regulation). Judge Chandrachud said: “As the Supreme Court of the nation, we cannot allow you to say that Muslims are infiltrating the civil service.”
  • Referring to the content of the program, the court said it would not tolerate the channel trying to show that Jamia Millia’s students were part of a group trying to infiltrate the public administration.
  • How angry can you get? Targeting a community to appear on the civil service exam? These insidious accusations have put a question mark on the UPSC examinations themselves. Can these programs be allowed in a free society? The court asked.
  • Lead defender Anoop Chaudhari, of petitioner Firoz Iqbal Khan, said the program was “openly communal” and had become a “focal point” for hate speech. It was a nine-part show and only the first parts were completed.
  • Senior defender Shyam Divan, who appears on the channel, said he was told it was an investigation in the interest of the public and national security. He agreed to submit a detailed response before September 17, the next hearing date.

Opposition to table resolution against farm ordinances

Opposition members in Lok Sabha plan to present a resolution against two farm marketing reform ordinances passed during the shutdown on Wednesday, after which Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will propose that the two bills replace these ordinances be adopted. Parliamentarians of Congress, Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena, Revolutionary Socialist Party and both Communist Parties will present a resolution that the House disapproves of the promulgated Agricultural Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance 2020 by the President on June 5.

  • The government says the legislation will promote transparent and barrier-free trade, with more options and the achievement of remunerative prices for farmers.
  • Opposition MPs will also propose a resolution against the 2020 Farmers’ Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Guarantee and Agricultural Services Ordinance, which is replaced by the bill of the same name.
  • The legislation aims to facilitate contract farming agreements between primary producers and agribusinesses, processors, wholesalers, exporters or large retailers.

Facebook India CEO does not appear before Delhi Assembly panel

  • Facebook India Vice Chairman and CEO Ajit Mohan did not appear before the Delhi Peace and Harmony Committee on Tuesday ‘Delhi Assembly.
  • The committee, which is investigating Facebook’s alleged role in the Delhi riots in February, had summoned him by notice.
  • The chairman of the committee, Raghav Chadha, said on Tuesday that Facebook officials in India had “objected” to the advice sent by the committee.
  • “To refuse to appear before the committee is in contempt of the Delhi Legislature.
  • His refusal to appear before the committee is an attempt to cover up crucial facts about Facebook’s role in the February 2020 community violence in Delhi.
  • It shows that Facebook has something to hide. It shows that Facebook is running away from this committee and that the allegations about Facebook’s role in the Delhi riots may not be completely unfounded, ”Chadha said.
  • The committee is investigating Facebook’s alleged “deliberate and intentional” inaction to include “hateful content.
  • ” On August 31, the committee said that at first glance it appeared that Facebook had played a role in the riots in Delhi and should be treated as a co-accused.
  • Last week, the committee sent out a notice asking Mohan to appear before the committee on Tuesday.

NCB makes further arrests in Sushant Singh Rajput case

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested two more people in connection with the angle of drug acquisition in the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, an official said on Tuesday.

  • The investigative agency had previously detained 16 people, including Rajput’s girlfriend and actress Rhea Chakraborty, in connection with the case.
  • On Monday, the OCN arrested Suryadeep Malhotra, a school friend of brother Showik Chakraborty of Rhea Chakraborty from Mumbai. A Chris Costa was also arrested by the NCB in Goa on Saturday.
  • He was then taken to Mumbai and arrested after questioning, the official said.
  • In total, so far, 18 people have been arrested by the NCB, which is investigating the drug angle in the case of the Rajput’s death.

Youtube tests new Tik Tok rival in India

YouTube began testing a TikTok rival in India on Monday, saying it will refine its short video format and launch it in more countries in the coming months.

  • YouTube Shorts debuted as TikTok seeks partnership with Oracle in hopes of preventing President Donald Trump from shutting it down in the United States US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed an offer from Oracle on operations on Monday.
  • TikTok, after the parent company of the video-sharing app, ByteDance, rejected a Microsoft proposal. However, it is not clear whether the company would make it to the Washington regulators meeting.
  • “Shorts is a new short video experience for creators and artists who want to shoot short, eye-catching videos using just their cellphones,” Chris Jaffe, YouTube vice president of product management, said in an article by blog.
  • “Over the next few days in India, we’ll be releasing a first beta of Shorts with a handful of new authoring tools to test that.”
  • YouTube Shorts videos are limited to 15 seconds, according to the Google-owned platform used by some 2 billion people worldwide. YouTube Shorts videos are limited to 15 seconds, according to the Google-owned platform used by some 2 billion people worldwide.

The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 5,009,036 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 82,150. The Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan flat-rate insurance plan for healthcare workers battling Covid-19 has now been extended by 180 days.

  • The program was announced on March 30 for 90 days and lasted 90 days, until September 25.
  • The central sector program provides 50 lakh of insurance coverage to health care providers who may have to come into direct contact with Covid-19 patients and who are therefore at risk of infection.

Toyota won’t grow in India, says message they’re getting is ‘We don’t want you’

Toyota Motor Corp. won’t grow further in India due to high tax regime in the country, says one Bloomberg report, citing Shekar Viswanathan, vice president of Toyota’s local unit, Toyota Kirloskar Motor.

  • The government keeps taxes on cars and motorcycles so high that businesses are struggling to grow.
  • The high taxes also put car ownership beyond the reach of many consumers, meaning factories sit idle and no jobs are created, he says.
  • “The message we get, after coming here and investing the money, is that we don’t want it,” Viswanathan said in an interview.
  • In the absence of reforms, “we will not leave India, but we will not develop.”
  • The news is a blow to the Narendra Modi government, which is trying to attract foreign investment to India by promising a “business friendly” environment.
  • Scientists detect possible signs of alien life in clouds of Venus – Scientists said Monday they detected a gas called phosphine in acidic clouds of Venus, indicating that microbes may be living in Earth’s inhospitable neighbor .
  • The researchers did not discover any real life form, but pointed out that on Earth, phosphine is produced by bacteria that thrive in oxygen-deprived environments. The international scientific team first detected phosphine using the James Clerk Maxwell telescope in Hawaii and confirmed it using a radio telescope in Chile.
  • “I was very surprised, actually surprised,” said astronomer Jane Greaves of Cardiff University in Wales, lead author of the research published in the journal Nature Astronomy.
  • The existence of extraterrestrial life has long been a central problem in science. Researchers used probes and telescopes to search for “biosignatures,” indirect signs of life, on other planets and moons in our solar system and beyond.
  • “With what we currently know about Venus, the most plausible explanation for phosphine, as fantastic as it sounds, is life,” said Clara Sousa-Silva, molecular astrophysicist and co-author of the study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • The Airplane Bill 2020 (Amendment), which was approved by the Lok Sabha on March 17, was approved today by the Rajya Sabha by voice vote.
  • The legislation gives statutory powers to three aviation regulators: the general directorate of civil aviation, the civil aviation safety office and the aircraft accident investigation office, and increases the fine for breaches of Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 1 crore in order to improve aircraft safety.
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