Gehlot and Pilot agree to forgive and forget, and move on
- After a month of political turmoil, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Congress leader Sachin Pilot met today at the residence of the elder in Jaipur.
- They will attend the Congress Legislative Assembly Party meeting one day before the start of the State Assembly.
- Congress also overturned the suspension of MLA’s Bhanwarlal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh who supported Pilot during the month of crisis.
- But the battle for the survival of the government of Rajasthan may be far from over.
The head of the Ram temple trust who shared the stage with the PM tested positive for Covid-19
Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, head of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das (82), tested positive for Covid-19 at Mathura on Wednesday. Sarvagya Ram Mishra, Mathura District Magistrate, confirmed this, said the Mahant complained of fever and shortness of breath, after which doctors were called and a rapid antigen test was performed.
- The test was positive, Das was one of five people on stage at the opening ceremony in Ayodhya on August 5.
- The others on stage with him were Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, Governor Anandiben Patel and Mohan Bhagwat, head of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Varanasi doctors file massive resignations alleging harassment
More than two dozen doctors in charge of Covid-19 treatment in Varanasi have submitted massive resignations, accusing the administration of harassment after the death of an additional medical director (ACMO) due to the sickness and the bad body were given to his family for the last rites.
- In a request to the district medical director, the medics claimed that the district magistrate threatened to file an FIR against them if they failed to achieve their goals.
- They claimed the administration blamed them on Covid-19 deaths in the district. Doctors also asked under what circumstances ACMO Jung Bahadur Singh had died and whether the administration would be responsible, as even Dr Singh had been threatened with dismissal.
- They speculated whether the death was due to “shock”, CMO V.B. Singh, however, said on Thursday that all of the doctors who quit were working when they withdrew their applications.
- S.K Mathur, medical director of BHU hospital, said a committee was formed to investigate the facts and circumstances which led to the bodies being confused.
- Mathur said Dr Singh died in the early hours of Wednesday while being treated for Covid-19. On the same day, the body of another patient from Ghazipur was taken to the morgue, where it was kept in “similar body bags,” Mathur said.
- The case came to light after the family of the second patient arrived at the cremation ghat and claimed that the body at the stake was not that of his relative.
SC authorizes withdrawal of petition challenging constitutional validity of contempt provision
On Thursday, the Supreme Court allowed veteran journalists N. Ram, Arun Shourie and defense attorney Prashant Bhushan to withdraw their challenging automobile petition the “court scandal” as a ground for contempt, to apply freely to a Superior Court. A three-judge bench headed by Judge Arun Mishra, however, insisted that the applicants could not withdraw the case with the intention of sending it immediately to the Supreme Court later.
- The petitioners’ main lawyer, Rajeev Dhavan, agreed and said they would approach the appropriate forum, namely the relevant High Court. Dhavan said that if the issue represented in the submission request was important, “now is not the time for it.” They would like to introduce it “maybe after two months,” Dhavan said.
- The motion had previously been removed from the list of cases scheduled for a hearing led by Judge D.Y. Chandrachud on August 10 because it was accompanied by a request to stay the contempt cases pending against Bhushan in another court (Judge Mishra).
- This could have made the case virtually sterile, as Judge Mishra’s bench has already ruled to hear the merits of the 2009 contempt case against Bhushan in which “shocking the court” is the main issue.
- This case is based on comments on “judicial corruption” made by Bhushan in an interview with Tehelka magazine. The court included the case for its hearing on August 17.
- Meanwhile, a bench of three judges led by Judge Arun Mishra is scheduled to rule tomorrow in the suo motu contempt case against Bhushan for his tweet about a photo of Chief Justice Sharad A. Bobde riding a bicycle and another on the role of the Supreme Court in the last six years. Bhushan argued that the tweets constituted “criticism” and not contempt.
The death of congressional speaker Rajiv Tyagi sparks a debate in the parties on television
primetime television debates these days are mostly high-decibel topics in which several panelists converse with each other and talk about the moderator.
- The heat of these battles is believed to have had a major impact on the death of Congressman Rajiv Tyagi yesterday, shortly after appearing on a Hindi news channel talk show about the unrest in Bengaluru. Among other things, Tyagi was apparently called a traitor and a “fake Hindu” by another panelist.
- This whole affair has prompted some party leaders to comment on the need for sobriety in such debates.
- Former Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Manish Tewari accused the government of failing to maintain a “minimum of civility, ” and Congress spokesman Jaiveer Shergill wrote to R&B Minister Prakash Javadekar, saying that the Most televised debates “force spokespersons to undergo a slanderous and defamatory process and a vicious environment to feed the monster of sensationalism.”
The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 24,51,394 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 48,071. India recorded nearly 67,000 new cases in 24 hours on Thursday, a new record.
- Pharmaceutical company Zydus Cadila has announced the launch of what it said is the cheapest generic version of remdesivir, an antiviral drug for the treatment of Covid-19 in India. A 100 gram vial of the drug will cost Rs 2,800.
- Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s condition remains unchanged, the Delhi Army Research and Referral Hospital said. “He is deeply comatose with stable vital signs and continues to be ventilated,” the hospital added.
Starting Thursday, US Facebook users who post about voting can start to see an add-on in their posts – tags that direct readers to authoritative information about the upcoming presidential election. In a further step to counter election-related misinformation on its platform, Facebook began adding similar links to posts about in-person and mail-in voting by federal politicians, including US President Donald Trump, in July.
Kim Jong-un has called his relationship with Donald Trump a “fantasy movie,” according to the editors of a new book about the US president that will reveal 25 private letters exchanged between the two leaders.
- The couple’s relationship has been a key driver of recent diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang, moving from mutual insults and threats of war to a declaration of love from Trump.
- According to publisher Simon & Schuster, investigative reporter Bob Woodward was able to secure messages between the two executives for his book “that had not been public before.”
NEET (National Semen Input Eligibility Test) for undergraduate medicine courses cannot be taken online for foreign applicants, the National Testing Agency (NTA) told the Supreme Court. The specialized body, which conducts examinations for higher education courses, said that the Medical Council of India (MCI) has made it clear that NEET is only conducted in paper book form for all applicants.