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Daily NEWS Summary: 01.08.2020

Reversing his previous position, Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot said on Saturday that if the Congress high command forgives the rebels, including former Deputy Prime Minister , it would also want them back in the fold.

  • Gehlot had previously used harsh words for Pilot, calling him “nikamma” or unnecessary, at a time when congress leaders were working hard to mend bridges with the rebel camp.
  • Responding to questions from reporters, Gehlot said if the high command forgives dissidents, it will accept them. Gehlot was returning to Jaipur after spending the night at the Suryagarh Resort in Jaisalmer, where the congressman will be staying.

Three former Union ministers, Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor and Milind Deora, came to the defense of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and the UPA-II government following recent comments by MP Rajya Sabha Rajeev Satav during of a virtual meeting of the meeting.

  • At a recent meeting of Rajya Sabha party members with President Sonia Gandhi, when former Union Minister Kapil Sibal said the party needed soul-searching, Satav replied that soul-searching should start from the UPA-2 period, Focusing on the fall of 44 seats in Congress from Lok Sabha in 2014.
  • Satav sees himself as close to Rahul Gandhi and his comments are seen as a symptom of the deep rift between the old guard and young people who have almost paralyzed the party.
  • Tewari, who was Minister of Information and Broadcasting at UPA-2, kicked off the debate on Twitter. “BJP was without electricity for 10 years 2004-14. Not once have they blamed Vajpayee or his government for their problems. Sadly, there are some uninformed people in Congress who prefer to strike at the UPA government led by Dr. Manmohan Singh rather than fight the NDA / BJP. When unity is required, they divide ” he said in a tweet on Saturday.
  • Deora applauded Tewari’s comments. Noting that, on resigning his post in 2014, former Prime Minister Singh had said that “history would be sweeter to me”, he tweeted: “Could he (Singh) imagine that some of his own party would reject his years of service to the nation and trying to destroy its heritage, is that also in its presence?
  • Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor joined too, tweeting: “The ten years of UPA transformation have been twisted and translated into a motivated and malicious narrative. There is much to learn from our defeats and much to do to revive Congress. But not to gamble on the hands of our ideological enemies. “

Senior journalists N. Ram and Arun Shourie and attorney Prashant Bhushan have filed a joint Supreme Court action against a law authorizing criminal contempt for the “incurably vague” reason that a publication may tend to scandalize or diminish the authority of a court.

  • They said the contempt law in question was unconstitutional, rooted in colonialism and had a chilling effect on freedom of speech and expression.
  • His petition concerns the legality of section 2 (c) (i) of the Contempt of Court Act. The article argues that it amounts to criminal contempt if a person publishes, orally or in writing or by any other act, anything “which scandalizes or tends to scandalize or diminishes or tends to diminish the authority of a tribunal”.
  • “The ‘judicial scandal’ is based on colonial assumptions and objects, which have no place in legal orders devoted to democratic constitutionality and the maintenance of an open and solid public sphere,” the petition states.
  • In another development, lawyer Prashant Bhushan approached the Supreme Court to recall the contempt action launched against him via a tweet, claiming it was based on “flawed” petitions listed “illegally” for a court hearing by the secretary general of the Couper.
  • The petition said that the Secretary-General’s action to “unilaterally” list the case before a bank headed by amounted to a “usurpation” of the role of the President of the Supreme Court of India in as “master of the list”.
  • The “flawed” contempt petition was filed by Mahek Maheshwari against Bhushan’s tweet on a photo of on a motorcycle.
  • This and another tweet from Bhushan on the Supreme Court prompted Judge Mishra Bench to initiate suo motu contempt of court action against him on July 22.
  • Two days later, on July 24, the Bench itself resumed hearings in a contempt case in 2009. This case concerned Bhushan’s comments about the in an interview with Tehelka magazine.
  • Bhushan wants both orders to be revoked or, failing that, to be heard when physical hearings resume.

MP Rajya Sabha and former Samajwadi party leader Amar Singh died in Singapore, where he was being treated. Singh, 64, had a kidney transplant in 2011 and did not stay healthy for long.

The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 17.33,580 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 36,982. Noting that things are improving, the Center has decided to authorize the export of locally manufactured ventilators. The decision was made as India continues to maintain a low and gradually declining death rate among patients with Covid-19, which currently stands at 2.15%. “[This] means there are fewer active cases in the ventilators,” the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.

In Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Union Home Secretary Amit Shah on Saturday asking LG Anil Baijal for instructions to clear the city’s hotels and weekly markets. Sisodia’s letter comes a day after Baijal rejected government decision Arvind Kejriwal to allow the reopening of hotels and weekly markets in the nation’s capital, saying the Covid-19 situation remains “fragile” and still threatens it it is “far from over”.

  • Meanwhile, as countries around the world debate reopening schools, a new study has found that children under five with mild to moderate Covid-19 have much higher levels of the new genetic material from the coronavirus in the nose.
  • Compared to older children and adults The findings, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, highlight the possibility that young children transmit the virus as much as other age groups.

Auto sales could finally return to normal. Maruti Suzuki, the country’s largest automaker, which accounts for nearly 50% of the passenger vehicle market, posted a 1% growth in wholesale sales in July. However, India’s second-largest passenger car maker, Hyundai Motor India (HMIL), reported a 2% year-over-year decline in domestic sales compared to the corresponding month last year.

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