SC gives telecom operators 10 years to pay AGR fees
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court gave telecom (telecom) operators a 10-year term to pay their adjusted gross income (AGR) fees to the government. The government had previously suggested a 20-year formula for telecom operators to make installment payments.
- An October 2019 court ruling on the AGR issue originally wanted telecommunications companies to make the payment in three months. But the Center intervened, saying it would create a huge financial crisis in the telecommunications sector.
- The court said that 15 or 20 years was not a reasonable period. On Tuesday, a bank led by Judge Arun Mishra said there would be no reassessment of the fees.
- The first installments of 10% must be paid before March 31, 2021. Presidents and CEOs of telecommunications companies must sign pledges to follow the court decision.
- AGR dues must be paid in annual installments from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2031. Any non-compliance would result in contempt proceedings.
- The Bank had stated categorically that it would not tolerate “for a second” any attempt to reassess AGR fees, which are currently Rs. Rs 1.6 million lakh. He disagreed with the suggestion of the telecommunications companies to allow at least 15 or 20 years to pay the charges.
Allahabad HC orders release of Dr Kafeel Khan, quashes NSA charges
- Allahabad High Court ordered the immediate release of Dr Kafeel Khan, who has been in prison since January 29 for a speech he gave in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on December 12, 2019 during the Anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Law (CAA) protests.
- The court said the prosecution failed to produce corroborating evidence showing Khan’s speech encouraged hatred or violence.
- Making damning remarks against the Aligarh District Magistrate for doing a “selective reading” of Khan’s speech, the tribunal, composed of Chief Justice Govind Marhur and Judge Saumitra Dayal Singh, said: “In the absence any element which indicates that the detainee continued to act in a manner prejudicial to public order from December 12, 2019 to February 13, 2020, or that he had committed any other act or subsequently having had this effect, ‘preventive detention order cannot be maintained.
- “The warrant further stated that Khan’s prolonged detention was unlawful.” The February 13, 2020 arrest warrant approved by District Magistrate Aligarh and confirmed by the state of Uttar Pradesh, is also canceled. makes it illegal to extend the period of detention of Dr Kafeel Khan. ”
- Congresswoman Priyanka Gandhi, who wrote to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya in July Nath, calling for justice for Khan, a welcomed the court order.
“The loan moratoriums can be extended for two years” the Center told SC
- Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Center and the RBI, informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the moratoriums on loans introduced at the closing of the Covid-19 could be “extendable to two years”.
- Appearing in a court headed by Judge Ashok Bhushan, Mehta was questioned about the extension of the moratorium, which was due to expire on August 31.
- “It is extended … It is extendable to two years,” Mehta presented. He later clarified that his presentation meant that the moratorium was “likely to be extended” according to an RBI circular.
- During the hearing, Mehta said various sectors were under pressure. “We are in the process of identifying the sectors in difficulty to vary the profits according to the impact of the blow they received. We are doing everything we can to resolve the issue, ”Mehta said. He urged the Supreme Court not to take a contradictory position on the issue.
“China will not be the first to escalate,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday that Beijing “will not be the first to complicate or worsen the situation.” of the Royal Line of Control (ALC) in Ladakh. Speaking after a speech in France, where he is on an official visit, Wang said that because “the border between China and India has not yet been demarcated, there will always be problems like this”
- Referring to recent events at the border, he said, “What I want to tell you is that China has always been committed to maintaining stability in the border areas between China and India. We will not be the first to complicate or aggravate the situation.
- On the other hand, on the same day, the Chinese Foreign Ministry accused India of “breaking the previous consensus” and called on India to “immediately withdraw its troops” in statements issued in Beijing and New Delhi, calling into question India’s account of the latest tensions.
- The Indian military said on Monday that on the night of August 29, the PLA violated previous agreements and carried out “provocative” military moves to change the status quo, and that India had taken appropriate measures to prevent them. movements.
Congress intensifies attack on GDP contraction: India’s economic collapse began with demonetization in November 2016, former Congress Speaker Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday.
“GDP -23.9. The destruction of the country’s economy began with demonetization. Since then, the government has introduced bad policies one after another, ”he tweeted.
Echoing it, Congress President Jairam Ramesh tweeted the “timeline” of the slide. “1. Demonetization and failed GST killed growth. 2. Tax cuts put money in the hands of businesses rather than people. Consumption has collapsed. 3. An unplanned foreclosure led to a collapse total economy. When will the government wake up instead of taking cover? “
Former Union Finance Minister P. Chidamabaram praised the stance taken by several states regarding GST compensation and said the Center should bear the burden of additional loans.
In a series of tweets, Chidambaram called the options “false.” He said: “Congratulations to the finance ministers of Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, West Bengal, Telangana and Delhi for rejecting the false twin options offered by the central government to close the GST compensation gap. . As far as I know, Rajasthan and Puducherry also rejected both options. Glad Tamil Nadu also rejected both options. “
Delhi HC Bail Pinjra Tod Member Devangana Kalita In Case Of Riot: On Tuesday, Delhi High Court granted bail to Pinjra Tod activist Devangana Kalita, arrested in riot case from north-east of Delhi, noting that the police have not produced documentation showing that he is speaking hate speech. However, he will remain in prison, as he managed to obtain bail in only three of the four cases brought against him, and Delhi police have invoked sections of the strict anti-terrorism law – Illegal Activity (Prevention) Act – in a separate case against him. The bond given to Kalita is linked to an FIR registered on February 26, 2020, which is being investigated by the Crime Directorate. She is currently facing four different FIRs in relation to the anti-citizenship (amendment) (CAA) protests in Jafrabad, the riots in northeast Delhi and the violence in Amidaganj during a protest against the new law. about citizenship last year. In issuing his warrant, Judge Suresh Kumar Kait highlighted that people located in the same way as Kalita had not been arrested by the investigating agency while she was still in detention. Kalita was arrested for the first time on May 23, along with Natasha Narwal, a JNU student, in connection with an FIR registered on February 24 after the protest sit-in at the Jaffrabad metro station against CAA.
- The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 37,59,989 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 66,451.
- The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the target of a 2015 massacre by Islamist gunmen, said on Tuesday that it was republishing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, to mark the start of this week’s trial against suspected accomplices of the assailants. “We will never go to bed. We will never give up, “wrote its director Laurent” Riss “Sourisseau in an editorial that would accompany the cartoons reissued in their latest edition.