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Daily NEWS Summary: 20.10.2020

Punjab adopts its own three agricultural laws

The Punjab Legislature today unanimously adopted three bills to repeal the three new agricultural laws in the Center. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said the bills to be introduced will form the basis of the state’s looming legal battle and therefore need to be carefully considered before they are introduced.

  • The draft resolution expresses the Assembly’s deep regret for “the ruthless and reckless attitude of the Government of India in addressing the concerns of the farming community about the recent agricultural legislation adopted by them”.
  • Bills passed by the Assembly include the Farmers’ Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Guarantee and Agricultural Services (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment), Bill 2020, Agricultural Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment Bill) 2020 and Essential Products Bill (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) 2020.
  • Introducing the bills earlier, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh called the basic laws “anti-farmer”.
  • Earlier, when the work of the extraordinary session of the House of Representatives began, the Chief Minister introduced a draft resolution rejecting the Central Farm Laws and the 2020 Electricity (Amendment) Bill, and brought forward demanded their removal.
  • The draft resolution calls for the cancellation of agricultural laws and the electricity bill, as well as the promulgation of a “new ordinance which makes the acquisition of food grains at the minimum subsistence price a legal right of farmers”.
  • He also calls for continued “acquisitions by the Indian government through the FCI and other similar agencies”.

“These three pieces of legislation, along with the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020, clearly run counter to the interests of farmers and landless workers, and the proven agricultural marketing system not only in Punjab but also in the original green revolution regions of Punjab, Haryana and western UP, ”

he said, adding that the Indian government had clearly enacted trade legislation and not agricultural legislation.

Don’t let your guard down until there’s a shot: PM Modi

In his seventh address to the nation since March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on people not to reduce coronavirus precautions during the holiday season.

  • He observed that even though the coronavirus situation in India is better than in other countries, people should not think that normalcy has returned.
  • Noting that the government is doing everything it can to ensure that the Covid-19 vaccine, every time it is released, reaches all Indians, he said anyone who is reckless and travels without a mask should take action. danger. herself, children and the elderly.
  • He also called on the media and people on social media to raise awareness of the need to follow Covid-19 guidelines.

Election Commission Increases Voting Expense Limit for Candidates

The voting expense limit for candidates running in and Assembly elections has been increased by 10%, as recommended by the Election Commission that candidates are allowed to spend more on campaigns given the difficulties they may have. before due to the Covid-19 borders.

  • The increased spending limit will help candidates contest Bihar Assembly votes, as well as secondary elections, to a Lok Sabha and 59 Assembly seats. More than a month ago, the Election Commission recommended a 10% increase in spending for all elections that will take place during the .
  • The increase was recommended taking into account the difficulties candidates might face in the campaign amid the restrictions imposed, including those related to holding protests amid the pandemic.
  • The notification issued by the Ministry of Legal Affairs on Monday evening said the maximum expense a candidate can incur while campaigning for a seat in Lok Sabha is Rs 77 lakh. So far it cost 70 lakh. For mounting campaigns, it went from Rs.  28 lakh to Rs. 30.8 lakh.

The landlocked state depends on Assam and other states for all items in general, and consumer goods in particular. This triggered a rise in prices in Manipur from Tuesday. A spokesperson for the construction agencies reportedly told some reporters who had reached the damaged bridges that the overloaded trucks were responsible for the breakdown of the bridges. The truck drivers, however, denied the allegation.

  • The All Manipur Transporter, Drivers and Motor Workers’ union said officials deployed along NH 37 were enforcing legal weights and no trucks were allowed to carry cargo more than approved weights.
  • Drivers said the Makru, Barak and Irung bridges had been in poor condition for decades. One activist said governments from different parties were busy passing the buck to the company undertaking road and bridge repairs.

US Department of Justice to File Landmark Antitrust Case Against Google

  • The US Department of Justice is expected to take legal action on Tuesday, alleging Google abused its online dominance in online search to stifle competition and harm consumers.
  • The litigation marks the government’s most important act to protect competition since its groundbreaking action against Microsoft more than 20 years ago.
  • The lawsuit could be an opening salute ahead of other major government antitrust actions, given ongoing investigations of big tech companies, including , Amazon and Facebook, to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Lawmakers and consumer advocates have long accused Google, whose parent company Alphabet Inc. has a market value of just over $ 1 trillion, of abusing its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and increase its profits.
  • The case is set to go to federal court in Washington, DC, and will allege, among other things, that Google is using billions of dollars collected from advertisers for payphone makers to make sure Google is the search engine for. default on browsers.
  • Trump has often criticized Google, recycling the Conservatives’ baseless claims that the search giant is biased against the Tories and suppresses their views, interferes with the , and prefers to work with the Chinese military rather than the Pentagon.
  • A recent report from a House Subcommittee, following a year-long investigation into market dominance of Big Tech, concluded that Google has monopoly power in the search market.
  • He said the company had established its position in several markets through acquisitions and the acquisition of successful technologies developed by other companies, buying around 260 companies in 20 years.

The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 76,40,661 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,15,858.

  • Warning that Covid-19 infection can recur without sustained caution, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Balram Bhargava said on Tuesday that any negligence could lead to reinfection.
  • Bhargava added that the government is also closely monitoring the interim results of the Solidarity trial, which appeared to indicate that the remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir / ritonavir and interferon regimens appeared to have little or no effect on 28-day mortality or on the evolution of Covid in the hospital. -19 among hospitalized patients.
  • The Solidarity Trial is an international clinical trial launched by the World Health Organization to compare untested treatment options for Covid-19.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) ruled that the environmental clearance (EC) granted to the Kaleshwaram Elevator Irrigation Project (KLIP) had been granted ex post facto, after the completion of substantial works, by the Ministry of ‘Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF & CC) violation of the law’.

  • They also observed that liability must be fixed and corrective action must be taken. To this end, he requested the MoEF & CC to set up a seven-member expert committee to examine the matter in the light of the observations made in the present case.

Analysis of the affidavits submitted by candidates for the first phase of the assembly elections in Bihar found that 31% of candidates in the fray reported criminal charges against them, the Reform Association said. democratic ().

  • The report, released Tuesday by ADR, analyzed 1,064 candidates out of 1,066 in the first phase of the elections and found that 328 had declared pending criminal cases.
  • Of all their candidates in the first phase, the RJD and the BJP had 73% and 72% respectively of candidates with criminal proceedings against them.
  • Of all the candidates analyzed, 23% reported serious criminal prosecutions against themselves, including rape, murder, assault and kidnapping.
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