Following a marathon meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) today, it was decided that Sonia Gandhi will continue as Interim Chairperson until the next session of the All India Congressional Committee), which will take place over the next six months.
- The party also decided that a committee would be formed to assist Gandhi in his work as head of Congress.
- The CWC met virtually to discuss the leadership issue after Gandhi offered to step down and asked the party to find a permanent leader.
- A letter from a group of senior leaders, written about two weeks ago, questioned the operating style of the Congress party and suggested sweeping reforms.
- The letter was leaked to a major newspaper after the party announced the dates for the CWC meeting.
“Congress is a big family and I have nothing against anyone. But everyone, especially senior leaders, should only voice their concerns in the party forum. “in her closing remarks Sonia Gandhi said
DNA bill could be misused for caste-based profiling, says parliamentary group’s draft report
The DNA Technology Regulation (Use and Enforcement) Act 2019 has been under development for 15 years. It offers DNA sampling and profiling of citizens accused of crimes and offers to store their unique genetic information for administrative purposes.
- But the bill contains alarming provisions that could be misused for caste or community profiling, according to a draft report by the parliamentary standing committee on science and technology.
- The committee, chaired by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, met on Monday, but lacking a quorum meant the draft report, which was distributed to committee members, was not finalized.
- The committee, in its preliminary report, noted that DNA profiles can reveal extremely sensitive information about an individual, including ancestry, skin color, behavior, illnesses, health status and vulnerability to diseases.
- The report also highlighted disregard for an individual’s privacy and other safeguards.
SC will look into the “effect” of Bhushan’s additional statement tomorrow
Prominent human rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan told the Supreme Court today that apologizing for his insincere tweets, which were the expression of his true convictions, would amount to “contempt of my conscience and of an institution which I hold in the highest esteem”.
- In an additional affidavit filed on Monday, Bhushan told the court: “My tweets represented this sincere belief that I continue to have.
- The public expression of these beliefs was, I believe, consistent with my highest obligations as a citizen and a loyal official of this court.
- Therefore, an apology for the expression of these beliefs, conditional or unconditional, would not be sincere.”
- A three-judge bench led by Judge Arun Mishra had given Bhushan until August 24 to issue an unconditional apology. The SC will examine the “effect” of Bhushan’s supplementary statement tomorrow.
- In an earlier statement, read to court during the contempt hearing on August 20, Bhushan refused to apologize for his tweet about Chief Justice SA Bobde on a heavy bike and another about the role of the Supreme Court over the past six years.
- He had quoted Mahatma Gandhi as saying that he asked for neither mercy nor magnanimity and that he would gladly accept any punishment the court deemed appropriate.
Vijayan government could face a motion of no confidence
Harassed by corruption allegations and aware of polls by local bodies in November, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan braced himself to face the first motion of no confidence against his four-year government in the Legislative Assembly. Monday. V. D. Satheeshan of Congress brought the motion of censure with the stated purpose of filing an “indictment” against the government in the “people’s court”.
Consider keeping NEET online from next year, SC tells MCI
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to consider providing an online option for taking the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance (NEET) from next year.
“If Joint Entrance Examination [JEE] is allowed online, why not NEET? It is the same National Testing Agency (NTA) conducting both exams. Why can’t you think of something next year… You can think about it,”said Justice L. Nageswara Rao.
- He was addressing MCI counsel Gaurav Sharma during the virtual court hearing. The court, however, refused to order the authorities to set up exam centres abroad or have the NEET held online this year to facilitate candidates abroad. The NEET is fixed for September 13.
- The number of reported coronavirus cases from India stood at 31,49,775 at the time of publishing this news summary, with the death toll at 58,316. India on Sunday reported 57,542 new cases.