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Daily NEWS Summary: 23.10.2020

Shivraj Singh Chouhan is the latest to promise free Covid-19 vaccine

Ahead of the 28-seat Assembly by-elections in Madhya Pradesh, and after the BJP promised Bihar residents free vaccination against Covid-19 in its Assembly election manifesto, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the vaccine would be given free to the poor. in your state.

“Control of the Covid-19 pandemic has been largely achieved in Madhya Pradesh, but the permanent cure is a vaccine. The state government has decided that the Covid-19 vaccine will be given free to those who cannot afford it. “

Chouhan said

WHO informed India about coronavirus in early January, RTI investigation reveals

  • The (WHO) had informed India of the new coronavirus circulating in Wuhan, China, already on January 11, and had communicated that its probable start dates were “from December 12 to 29, 2019.” according to the information accessible through the Right to Information Law (RTI).
  • RTI’s response shows that WHO has also “advised against any trade or travel restrictions in China based on the information currently available on this event.”
  • In response to the RTI, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said that Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia in New Delhi, had sent an “alert mail” to the Minister of Health. of the Union, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, on January 11. 2020, on the “new corona virus circulating in Wuhan”.
  • The RTI investigation, presented by Jammu resident Rohit Chaudhary, sought to know “the date when the Indian government first received information about the Covid19 / Coronavirus / Wuhan Virus / China virus.”

“I am writing to alert Your Excellency about the new corona virus circulating in Wuhan, China. As you know, it causes severe pneumonia. So far, a total of fifty-nine (59) cases have been detected in Wuhan City as of January 5 through case finding and retrospective investigations. Today one death has been reported, six of these cases are in serious condition, the remaining 52 cases are stable. The reported start dates are December 12-29, 2019. “

Dr. Singh’s email to the Minister of Health read

Following the detection of the first known case in India on January 30, more than 77 lakh of Covid-19 cases and around 1.17 lakh of deaths have been reported in the country so far. Center imposes stock limits, offers onions at ₹ 26-28 per kg in States, UT

  • The Center has placed limits on onion stocks as price increases have exceeded levels necessary to trigger government intervention under the provisions of the recently amended Essentials Act.
  • The storage limits of 25 tonnes for wholesalers and 2 tonnes for retailers, in effect from today until December 31, will send a strong message that the government will not allow price manipulation to hurt the common consumer, the trade secretary said. Consumer, Leena Nandan.
  • Nationwide, the average retail price was over 55 rupees per kg on October 21. This is only 22% more than last year, when excessive rains also affected crops, damaged onions in warehouses and caused transport disruptions.
  • However, the price is 115% higher than the average of the last five years as of this date. This triggers the “extraordinary price increase” clause in the amended essential goods law, which allows the government to invoke stock limits.
  • Furthermore, in an attempt to lower retail onion prices, which in some places exceed 75 rupees per kg, the Center has asked the EU states and territories to take the vegetable from the central reserve for retail intervention.
  • According to data kept by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, retail onion prices were ₹ 86 / kg in Mumbai, ₹ 83 / kg in Chennai, ₹ 70 / kg in Kolkata and ₹ 55 / kg in Delhi on 22. October.
  • Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Haryana, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have shown interest and are removing a total of 8,000 tonnes of onions from the buffer.
  • The Center offers onions from buffer stocks stored in Nashik, Maharasthra at a purchase price of 26-28 ₹ per kg to states wishing to increase their stocks on their own. For others who want it delivered, the price offered would be ₹ 30 per kg, he added.

Amazon refuses to appear before parliamentary commission

  • E-commerce giant Amazon refused to appear before Parliament’s Joint Committee on the Data Protection Bill on Oct. 28, amounting to a privilege violation, the panel chairman and BJP deputy said on Friday, Meenakshi Lekhi.
  • Lekhi said that “the panel is unanimous in saying that coercive action against the e-commerce company can be suggested to the government.”

“Amazon refused to appear before the panel on October 28 and if no one on behalf of the e-commerce company comes before the panel, that amounts to a violation of privilege,”

they told PTI.
  • Meanwhile, Facebook’s chief policy officer Ankhi Das appeared before the panel on the data security issue on Friday.
  • Representatives of Facebook India received tough questions from panel members, the sources said. During the meeting, one member suggested that the giant should not make inferences from its users’ data to obtain commercial benefits from its advertisers.
  • The panel convened officials from Twitter on October 28 and those from Google and Paytm on October 29.

The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 78.10,500 at the time of this bulletin, with a balance of 1.17,961.

Mumbai police filed a new FIR on Friday against Republic TV editor, host, two journalists and other editors for allegedly instigating “disaffection” among police officers against Commissioner and tarnishing the image of the police in the city. This is the fourth criminal case registered by the Mumbai police against the Republic television station and its employees.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) decided on Friday to keep Pakistan on the “gray list” until the next review of its compliance with the recommendations in February next year. Pakistan now has almost four months to comply with the recommendations, as its performance will now be reviewed at the next Plenary in February 2021.

President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting the entry of qualified foreign workers into the , primarily on H-1B and L1 visas, has resulted in an estimated loss of $ 100 billion for businesses and will have a negative impact. sustainable in US companies, according to a leading US think tank. The executive order signed by Trump on June 22, temporarily banning the issuance of new H-1B and L-1 visas until December 31, had a negative impact on the valuation of Fortune 500 companies at $ 100 billion. dollars, the Brookings Institution said in a report this week.

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