Biden emphasizes willingness to defend democratic institutions on duty with Modi: White House
US President Joe Biden discussed his democratic institutions and standards with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a White House reading on the call between the two leaders. While the White House said the two leaders spoke of a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” it also said that Biden was emphasizing “his desire for him to uphold democratic institutions and standards around the world.”
- He also “noted that a common commitment to democratic values is the foundation of the relationship between the United States and India. This suggests an additional importance in the bilateral relationship, compared to the Trump administration, which had focused on the security aspect, largely motivated by China’s increasing aggression and assertiveness.
- The language of the reading is significant in the context of the farmers’ protest around Delhi, as it has gained visibility in the United States, with celebrities and members of Congress referring to it on social media.
- The MEA reading of the call said the two leaders, ”India-US noted. the association is firmly anchored in a shared commitment to democratic values and common strategic interests ”.
ED raids NewsClick and its promoters in Delhi for money laundering
The Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) searched on 9 February the premises of a Delhi-based news portal and its promoters on money laundering charges, they said official sources.
- They said the installations of the website, NewsClick, and its promoters in Saidullajab in South Delhi and other areas were being searched.
- Steps are being taken to gather additional information to investigate money laundering charges against the news company and its backers, the sources said. They said the investigation was linked to suspicious foreign funds.
- The homes of some of Newsclick’s top executives were also searched, including HR Director Amit Chakravarty, editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha, and one of the editor-in-chief Pranjal. Experienced journalists such as Abhisar Sharma, Urmilesh Singh, and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta have been regularly greeted by NewsClick.
- NewsClick is one of the news platforms that for the past three months has been relentless in its limited coverage of farmers’ protests. He is known for his focus on working-class issues, including labor rights, and the issues faced by sanitation workers.
Flood in Uttarakhand: death toll is 31, 175 still missing
The death toll from the Uttarakhand flood has risen to 31, and another five bodies have been recovered, authorities said Tuesday as multiple agencies rushed against the clock to reach about 30 workers trapped in a tunnel at a project site. electricity and 175 people were still missing.
- Two of the bodies were found in the rubble of the village of Raini, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials said, two days after part of the Nanda Devi glacier likely burst its shores and triggered an avalanche and flooding in the Alaknanda river system.
- The state’s emergency operations center said five bodies were found in the morning, bringing the death toll to 31, and an estimated 175 people are still missing.
- As the hours inexorably tick by, fears about missing persons have intensified since the disaster on Sunday morning, according to officials who have stepped up efforts to locate survivors.
- Among those missing are those working on NTPC’s 480 MW Tapovan-Vishnugad project and 13.2 MW Rishiganga Hydel project and villagers whose nearby houses were razed.
- Teams from the Army, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the National Disaster Intervention Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) coordinated efforts to rescue some 30 people working in a tunnel in the Tapovan- Project Vishnugad when the waters ran. The workers are trapped in the 12-foot-high and approximately 2.5 km long “Head Race Tunnel” (HRT). Coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab, WHO team says: Coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped to humans than an animal, a World Health expert said Tuesday.
WHO food safety and animal disease expert Peter Ben Embarek conducted the assessment following a visit to Wuhan, a city in central China, where a team of scientists are studying the origins possible coronavirus. The first cases were discovered in the city in December 2019.
- The Wuhan Institute of Virology collected numerous samples of the virus, which led to claims that it could have caused the original outbreak by disclosing the virus to the surrounding community.
- China has vigorously rejected this possibility and promoted other theories that the virus may have originated elsewhere. The team is considering various theories on how the disease first ended in humans.
- In collaboration with the institute, the WHO team, which includes experts from 10 countries, visited hospitals, research institutes, a traditional market linked to the epidemic and other sites during their visit.
The Prime Minister took part in the farewell speech by opposition leader Azad and three other members of Jammu and Kashmir
Nazir Ahmad Laway, Shamsher Singh Manhas, Mir Mohammad Fayaz, whose tenure in the upper house affects at its end.
- Modi said it would be difficult for anyone to take Azad’s place because he cared not only about his political affiliation, but the country and the House as well.
- With the retirement of four MPs this month, the former state of Jammu and Kashmir, for the first time, will be left without representation to Rajya Sabha.
- The terms of two PDP Rajya Sabha deputies, Nazir Ahmed Laway and Mir Mohammed Fayaz, expire on February 10 and 15 respectively, while Azad’s term ends on February 15. The tenure of MP BJP Shamsher Singh Manhas on February 10.
- As J&K does not yet have an elected assembly and the elections are suspended, Union territory will remain voiceless in the Upper House of Parliament.
More than 6 lakh of Indians have renounced Indian citizenship in the past five years
In the years 2015-2019, up to 6,76,074 Indians renounced Indian citizenship and took up citizenship of other countries, Lok Sabha informed today. Interestingly, these were also the years when the rise of hyper-nationalism was seen as a major force in national politics and culture.
- A 2018 report from an investment firm reported that India had lost $ 23,000 million since 2014, ranking at the top of the list of countries that have seen an exodus of wealthy people.
Covid Watch: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,08,47,807 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a toll of 1,56,555.