Rajasthan could become second state to reject agricultural laws
Rajasthan is likely to become the second state ruled by Congress after the Punjab to formally reject central agricultural laws, which are opposed by large sectors of farmers across the country.
- A special session of the State Assembly will be convened shortly to discuss the impact of the contentious laws on farmers.
- Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Wednesday that a draft amendment would be submitted to the Assembly to overturn the enforceability of central legislations and that a resolution would be passed against the Centre’s position on the issue of the welfare of the people farmers.
- The Council of Ministers took the decision to convene the session of the Assembly at its meeting held here.
- The Council of Ministers emphasized a mandatory provision for the purchase of agricultural products at minimum support prices. He noted that removing the cap on agricultural stocks under normal circumstances under the Essentials Law after the implementation of the new agricultural laws would lead to increased marketing and black grabbing.
BJP main leader Eknath Khadse resigns from party and joins NCP on Friday
- BJP leader Eknath Khadse has resigned from all party positions. He also resigned from his post as a leading member of the party. He is likely to join the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday. “Eknath Khadse informed us that he had resigned from all BJP positions.
- Khadse had been unhappy in the BJP for more than two years. He was invited to resign from a ministerial post in the previous state government led by the BJP over allegations of corruption.
- Despite an investigation, the allegations have yet to be proven. He had also requested that the report of the inquiry committee be made public, but the then chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, did not accept his request.
- He also claimed that although no opposition leader has brought charges against him, a CM from his own party has registered false cases against him. His daughter-in-law Raksha Khadse is a BJP MP for Raver in Jalgaon district.
- Khadse’s decision to leave the BJP is seen as a blow to the party. Since he is the highest party leader in northern Maharashtra, his departure could trigger further changes within the BJP.
- On Monday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said Khadse was previously the leader of the opposition and played a very important role in building the BJP in the state.
Meanwhile, in Calcutta another change
Three years after going into hiding, Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) founder Bimal Gurung made a public appearance in Calcutta today and announced that he had severed all ties with the BJP. Laying an olive branch to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Gurung said the BJP had done nothing for the Darjeeling Hills.
- “I want to see Mamata Banerjee as Chief Minister for the third time in 2021,” Gurung said, adding that she wanted to ally with Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the 2021 Assembly polls to “give an adequate response to the BJP “.
- Gurung has been a BJP ally and member of the NDA for more than a decade. He has supported BJP candidates who have challenged Darjeeling Lok Sabha’s post in the past, including the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
- The development, which may have serious ramifications for West Bengal politics, especially in the Darjeeling Hills, comes days after the Union Home Office held a meeting to discuss regional issues in the territorial administration of Gorkhaland. (GTA).
Air pollution linked to 1.16,000 child deaths in India in 2019: report
- Particulate pollution outdoors and at home contributed to the deaths of more than 1.16,000 Indian babies during their first month of life in 2019, according to the State of Global Air 2020 report from the Health Effects Institute based in the USA.
- More than half of these deaths were associated with PM2.5 outdoors and others with the use of solid fuels such as charcoal, firewood and animal dung for cooking.
- Long-term exposure to outdoor and home air pollution has contributed to over 1.67 million deaths per year due to stroke, heart attack, diabetes, lung cancer, lung disease chronic diseases and neonatal diseases in India in 2019.
- For younger babies, most deaths were linked to complications from low birth weight and premature birth. In general, air pollution is now the biggest risk factor for death among all health risks, according to the report.
The study highlights the ongoing challenge of high outdoor air pollution, with South Asian countries including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal among the top 10 most exposed to the atmospheric pollution. PM2.5 in 2019. All of these countries have experienced an increase in PM2.5 outdoors levels between 2010 and 2019.
ICMR Approves New Low-Cost Testing Method Developed at IIT-Kharagpur
- A new method of diagnosing the coronavirus, using a low-cost portable unit developed by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, has been approved by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
- The approval came after tests with patient samples showed a slightly lower level of accuracy than standard RT-PCR or at a fraction of the cost.
- The machine costs less than Rs. 5,000 to manufacture and the test kits would cost around Rs. 500 each, researchers from IIT-Kharagpur told reporters on Wednesday.
- After extracting the viral RNA, the testing process took about an hour.
- The IIT was in talks with commercial manufacturers and startups and expected the government to subsidize the cost of the test kits as well, they said.
EC reiterates Covid-19 standards for campaigning after parties break rules: The Election Commission (EC) reiterated its guidelines for campaigning during the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday after finding out that political parties and political parties Candidates had been lax in maintaining crowd discipline during the current election.
- While the campaign is underway for the Bihar Assembly elections and ballots in all states, the EC has written to all state parties and recognized citizens to reiterate its previous advice on social distancing, wearing masks. and other Covid security measures.
- The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday made minor changes to its ordinance passed on Monday allowing more organizers to enter the Durga Puja pandals. But he argued that pandals would remain without entry areas and that visitors would not be allowed in.
- Hearing a motion for review, a division bench made up of Justices Sanjib Banerjee and Arijit Banerjee said that “dhakis” (traditional drummers) may be allowed, but only in the no-entry outside area and not in the zone. in the pandal zone. “Dhakis” will have to wear masks and maintain standards of physical distancing, the court said.
- For the smaller Durga Puja pandals that are less than 300 square meters, 30 organizers are now allowed inside, while the larger ones can have up to 60 names on the list of allowed organizers inside. In the order released on Monday, the numbers were 15 and 25 for the smaller and larger pandals, respectively.
- The court added that the cards with the names of organizers or residents who will be able to enter the pandals must be hung at 8 a.m. every day and that all people (who are allowed to enter). it must not be present inside the pandal at the same time. For larger Durga Pujas 45 people can be present inside the pandal and for smaller ones 25 people can be present at any time.
The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 76.98702 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1.16,622.
- The Union cabinet today approved the payment of a bonus to around 30.67 lakh of central government employees for 2019-2020, a move it hopes will boost spending and boost the economy saving before the holidays.
- The total cost to the Treasury will be Rs. 3,737 crore. The money will be returned in a single payment before Vijaya Dashami.
- The Union Cabinet also approved the passage of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act 1989, which was amended by the Home Office (MHA) last week.
- The amendment paves the way for the establishment of District Development Councils (DDCs) in the Union Territory (UT). The members of the DDC will be elected directly by the people. The law was amended and notified by the MHA on October 17.