27th October 2020

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Daily NEWS Summary: 16.09.2020

Delhi Riots Case : Police File 20,000-Page Charge Sheet

Almost seven months after community violence swept through the northeastern capital, Delhi Police produced a 20,000-page charge sheet. Fifteen people have reportedly been included in the indictment, a Delhi police officer said Wednesday night.

  • A team from the Delhi Police Special Cell brought the indictment in a Delhi court. A total of 20 people were arrested under the Law on the Prevention of Illegal Activities.
  • A new indictment has reportedly been brought against student leader Umar Khalid, who was arrested on Sunday, and activist Sharjeel Imam.
  • The 15 named defendants are Taahir Hussain, Mohd Parvez Ahmed, Mohd Illyas, Saifi Khalid, Ishrat Jahan, Miran Haider, Safoora Zargar, Asif Iqbal Tanha, Shahdab Ahmed, Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita, Tasleem Ahmed, Salem Malik Khan, Mohd Saleem Ahmed and Athar Khan.
  • A total of 745 witnesses recorded his statement. Civil rights groups criticized the Delhi police for a partial investigation, a charge that the Delhi police denied.

The MSPs will remain: JP Nadda

With his longtime ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) opposing three agriculture-related bills, including the Essential Goods Bill (amendment) adopted on Tuesday At Lok Sabha, BJP Chairman JP Nadda quickly allayed concerns, saying minimum support prices (MSP) would remain in place, despite bills to deregulate the sector.

“The three agricultural bills presented by the Modi government to parliament will boost production and help farmers get better prices for their produce,”

Nadda said in New Delhi on Wednesday.
  • Emphasizing that farmers were at the center of government policies, he said the three agricultural sector bills were forward-thinking and would boost agricultural production.
  • When asked about the MSP, he said it would continue to function. Farmer groups in Punjab and Haryana have protested the bills, which fear deregulating the sector without an adequate safety net for small and marginalized farmers.

Meanwhile, Punjab CM warns of unrest if Agri bills pass

  • Punjab’s Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led a congress delegation on Wednesday to present a memorandum to Governor Badnore, calling for his intervention for non-compliance with the bills related to agriculture by the Center in Parliament.
  • He warned that enactment of the laws would provoke unrest in Punjab, which was already the beneficiary of Pakistan’s concerted efforts to make problems worse.
  • Singh said he told the governor that any measures to change the current purchasing system and that, also in times of national crisis, could worsen social unrest among farmers in the state.
  • “This may not be conducive to peace and development in the region, which faces serious public order problems due to a living international border,” he said.
  • Hoping that the Center would not win the approval of the other two in Parliament, he said that the Center had not considered the interests of farmers and instead positioned itself in favor of corporations.

The CBI court will render a verdict on the Babri Masjid demolition case on September 30

A special IWC court is expected to render its verdict on the Babri mosque demolition case on September 30. All of the accused, including the top leaders of BJP L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti have been invited to attend the court. The 16th century mosque in Ayodhya was demolished by Kar Sevaks on December 6, 1992.

  • The CBI Special Court brought charges of criminal conspiracy in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya against Advani and several others, most of them linked to the Sangh Parivar, in 2017.
  • The Supreme Court had used its extraordinary constitutional powers under section 142 to restore criminal conspiracy charges against Advani and others in 2017, reversing the Allahabad High Court ruling dropping the charges.
  • In 2010, the Allahabad HC had upheld a special CBI court’s decision in 2001 to drop the conspiracy charges against Advani and others.

Vaccine monitoring

Controller General of Drugs of India (DCGI) V.G. Somani has given the Serum Institute of India (SII) permission to resume clinical trials of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine candidate in the country. He revoked the previous order suspending all new recruitment for the phase two and three trials.

  • The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has partnered with leading pharmaceutical companies, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, to conduct clinical trials and distribute its Sputnik V vaccine in India.
  • He intends to deliver 100 million doses of the vaccine to Dr Reddy’s. Deliveries could potentially begin in late 2020, subject to successful trials and registration of the vaccine by the country’s regulatory authorities.
  • The Sputnik V vaccine, according to RDIF, is based on the human adenoviral vector platform. RDIF Executive Director Kirill Dmitriev said the human adenoviral vector platform, which is at the heart of the Russian vaccine, has been tested in more than 250 clinical studies over decades and found to be safe without negative consequences. long-term potential.
  • Dr. Reddy’s Managing Director, G.V. Prasad said the Phase I and II clinical trials of the vaccine have shown promising results. “We will conduct phase III trials in India to meet the requirements of Indian regulators. The Sputnik V vaccine could provide a credible option in our fight against Covid-19 in India. “

The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 50, 97,030 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 83,072. Thirty-five soldiers have died to date from Covid-19, including 32 from the army and three of the Air Force, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. The number of Covid-19 cases in the military, navy and air force are 16,758, 1,365 and 1,716, respectively, the government said in a written response to Lok Sabha.

  • The Delhi High Court suggested on Wednesday that the AAP government increase the capacity of the RT-PCR test to the maximum possible to detect Covid-19 infections, as rapid antigenic tests (RAT) had only 60% of the accuracy.
  • The High Court has asked a committee of experts to convene a meeting on a priority basis to consider how far RT-PCR testing capacity should be increased.
  • Currently, the authorized force is 14,000 per day in Delhi. The High Court has expressed concern over the continued increase in Covid-19 cases, with nearly 4,500 new infections reported on Tuesday.
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