Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra has again returned, with new questions, Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot’s note requesting an immediate session of the Assembly. It is recalled that the Governor had once objected to a previous recommendation for an Assembly session. Sources in Raj Bhavan have asked the state government to provide clarification on three points: whether legislatures can receive a 21-day notice for the session, the video recording and the live broadcast of the session procedures and social distancing – while the cabinet request is returned. convene a session of the Assembly.
- The new proposal sent to Raj Bhawan had apparently stated that a special discussion on the Covid-19 pandemic would take place during the session, in addition to the presentation of six bills. He did not mention a ground test.
Five Rafale en route to India
Five Rafale fighter jets from the Indian Air Force (IAF) took off from France on Monday morning and will be admitted to the IAF on July 29 arrival. The immediate priority after arrival would be the operationalization of the aircraft, given the urgency of persistent tensions with China at the level of the Royal Control Line (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
- The IAF said the final induction ceremony will take place in the second half of August. “This will add a lot of strength to our air power and our defense readiness. But it is also a powerful symbol of the strategic partnership between India and France” said the Indian ambassador to France, Jawed Ashraf, in a video message.
- While there is no doubt that the deployment of these aircraft will significantly increase the combat capacity of the Indian Air Force, the jury does not yet know to what extent they may affect the outcome of current tensions between LAC and China.
- Meanwhile, almost One month after banning 59 Chinese mobile apps, the Indian government has banned the use of another 47 apps. Confirming the development, an IT ministry official said the recently banned apps were essentially clones of the 59 banned apps last month. The main yardstick for the latest ban was concerns about Indian data going back to the Chinese government.
Step up investments in infrastructure to boost the economy
RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Monday called for more investment in the infrastructure sector to help revive an economy under the impact of a pandemic. In his speech to India Inc. at an event by the Confederation of Indian Industry (IIC), Das said that the public and private sectors have an important role to play in infrastructure development that requires large investments.
- Noting that recent agricultural reforms have opened up new opportunities, the RBI governor said the agricultural sector is emerging as a bright spot. India needs policies for a sustainable increase in agricultural income, he added.
- The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,479,430 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 33,433.
- Another grim milestone has been reached, with the country now reporting more than 50,000 new cases per day.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has virtually launched ‘high-speed’ Covid-19 test facilities in three cities: Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata. “Thanks to the right decisions made at the right time, India is in a much better position than other countries in the fight,” Modi said at the launch. “The new test facilities will give West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh more strength to fight Covid-19.”
- The Supreme Court has given the UGC 48 hours to respond to a series of petitions filed by students contesting its circular on July 6 ordering universities and colleges to complete final exams by September 30 amid the pandemic. The court refused to suspend the circular, but granted an early hearing on July 31.
- J. Persis, daughter of merchant P. Jayaraj and sister of J. Benicks, victims of alleged torture in police custody at Sattankulam in the Thoothukudi district, has been offered a junior assistant position in the Department of Revenue. Prime Minister Edapaddi K. Palaniswami delivered the appointment order to the Secretariat on Monday.
- A group of 131 prominent citizens, including retired judges, former bureaucrats, lawyers and activists, wrote to the Supreme Court asking it to reconsider its decision to start a lawsuit against Prashant Bhushan.