Supreme Court suspends agricultural laws, forms committee over farmers’ objections
The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the implementation of three controversial agricultural laws, calling its order a “victory of fair play”.
- The suspension of its implementation means that the Center cannot, for the moment, take any executive action based on the three laws.
- The court formed an expert committee to hear arrests raised by farmers against the laws. The committee is made up of Bhupinder Singh Mann, agricultural economist Ashok Gulati, Dr Pramod Kumar Joshi (former director of the National Academy of Agricultural Research Management) and Anil Ghanwat of Shetkari Sangathan.
- The committee will report to the tribunal. Interestingly, all of the panel members have a history of supporting farm laws, a fact that sparked outrage among restless farmers.
- In forming the committee, the tribunal was not intimidated by statements released Monday by some farmer organizations refusing to cooperate with its committee.
- Farmer unions protesting the new agricultural marketing laws on Tuesday disapproved of the Supreme Court-appointed committee and said they will not appear before the panel.
- At a press conference at the Singhu border near Delhi, union leaders said members of the committee formed by the High Court were “pro-government”.
CJI does not support resuming physical hearings
Indian Chief Justice Sharad A. Bobde disagreed Tuesday with resuming physical hearings at the Supreme Court, saying the court did not want to be the cause of death from the spread of the coronavirus.
- The bench of three was listening to a suo motu case seeking financial aid for young lawyers struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.
- One of the lawyers had requested a physical hearing in the case. During the hearing, senior lawyer PS Narasimha, as a senior member of the Bar Association, said Bar Councils are ready to guarantee government loans of up to Rs. 3 lakh for them, young lawyers in difficulty.
- But the chief justice said the Law Society and wealthy lawyers should contribute more than they already have. Ways should be found to channel bar funds.
Carlsberg India Investigations Reveal “Possible Irregular Payments”, Child Labor
- Investigation into Alleged Illegal Practices in Carlsberg, India Reveals “Possible Irregular Payments” to Government Officials and Other Regulatory Failures his former auditor said in a document seen by Reuters.
- Reports from another global consulting firm, also seen by Reuters and not previously reported, revealed other shortcomings at Carlsberg India Pvt Ltd in 2018, including child labor.
- The results cast a new shadow over the operations and compliance practices of the Indian joint venture of Danish brewer Carlsberg A / S, which has a 17% share of India’s $ 7 billion beer market.
- Carlsberg’s investigations and a board dispute come amid other challenges; An antitrust investigation last year found Carlsberg India colluded for years with price rivals, though ‘a final decision is pending.
- An Indian subsidiary of the Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) network recently resigned as financial auditor of Carlsberg India after refusing for two consecutive years to give an opinion on the brewer’s finances, amid disputes on the board and internal investigations on local practices, Reuters reported in November.
- Since at least 2019, Carlsberg has been investigating allegations by some former and current employees regarding the promotion of alcohol in no-go areas, bribery and bribery.
Covid Watch: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,04,91,964 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a toll of 1,51,531.
- As part of the sequential rollout, vaccination of approximately 1 crore of healthcare workers will begin on January 16, followed by two front-line crore, then almost 27 crore of people aged 50 and over, and finally those below of this age limit but with comorbidities, said today the Secretary of Health, Rajeev Bhushan.
- The cost of immunizing health workers and frontline workers will be borne by the central government.
- The vaccines will first reach four department stores in Karnal, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai. All states have at least one regional vaccine store statewide. 54.72 lakh doses have already been received as of 4 p.m. today, and 100% of the doses will be received by January 14 in all states and territories in the union.
- Similarly, the Center announced on Tuesday that it had agreed to purchase 55 lakh doses of the Bharat Biotech coronavirus vaccine. Of these, 38.5 lakh doses will be priced at ₹ 295 each.
- Earlier today, Adar Poonawalla, managing director of the Serum Institute of India (SII), said that the company offered a special price of ₹ 200 for the first 10 crore doses of the coronavirus vaccine for India only , to support the common man and health personnel.
President Donald Trump issues an emergency declaration for the nation’s capital amid growing concerns about violence in the run-up to and during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. The statement authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. coordinate with local authorities as necessary. The emergency declaration is in effect from Monday to January 24. It comes five days after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.
Industrial production contracted 1.9% in November, entering negative territory after a gap of two months, mainly due to the poor performance of the manufacturing and mining sectors, official data showed on Tuesday. The manufacturing sector, which constitutes 77.63% of the industrial production index (IIP), registered a contraction of 1.7% in November 2020, according to data published by the National Statistics Office.
The Tamil Nadu government announced Tuesday that the general public will not be able to enter state beaches and some tourist spots in Chengalpattu district between January 15 and 17. Apart from the beaches, including the marina in the state capital, the public would not be allowed to enter the Vandalur Zoo and the Mamallapuram tourist spots, as well as Guindy National Park during those three days. This decision is part of the precautionary measures taken to stop the spread of Covid-19 during the Pongal season, when more steps are expected in these places.