Daily NEWS Summary: 22.02.2021; Pondicherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, tendered his resignation to Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Monday after it became clear that he had lost the confidence of the House.
- A confidence motion presented by Narayanasamy to the Assembly was not put to the vote. However, spokesman V.P. Sivakolandhu announced he was defeated after the chief minister, questioning the voting rights of the three appointed members, led a strike by ruling congress-DMK lawmakers.
- The opposition MLA’s at No.14 of All India N.R. Congress (7), AIADMK (4) and BJP (3 candidates) were in the House when the president delivered his ruling.
- The resignations of half a dozen lawmakers, five from Congress, including two ministers, and one from the DMK, in recent weeks and the disqualification of a congress lawmaker last year had reduced the government to a minority.
- The size of the House had been reduced to 26 from 33 as the opposition outnumbered the ruling alliance: Congress (9 including the president), DMK (2) and Independent(1).
- Shortly after the House convened at 10 a.m., following the Lieutenant Governor’s instructions to the government to demonstrate its majority, Narayanasamy tabled a confidence motion and spoke for about an hour about the obstacles they faced, downtown and former Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, over the years.
- As soon as he finished his speech, Government Whip R.K.R. Anantharaman asked the president for clarification on the voting rights of three lawmakers appointed by the BJP.
- When the opposition started arguing with the ruling party members, Narayanasamy and the ruling party members left. Narayanasamy then went to Raj Nivas to hand in his resignation to the lieutenant governor.
- Speaking to reporters after resigning, Narayanasamy said they stepped down because the governor failed to clarify his request on the voting rights of three appointed lawmakers.
- The Chief Minister said that the President did not agree with “our opinion” that only the deputies elected by the people have the right to vote.
IMA “shocked” by Patanjali’s statement on Coronil; demands an explanation from Harsh Vardhan
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday expressed shock and dismay at what it described as a “blatant WHO certification lie” for Patanjali’s Coronil tablet, which the company says may be used to fight Covid. He also demanded an explanation from Health Minister Harsh Vardhan about his attendance at the event where Coronil was launched last week.
- The Association’s two-page note comes after the World Health Organization clarified that it “has not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional drug for the treatment of Covid-19.”
- Last Friday, Ramdev launched the product in the presence of Vardhan and Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
- The IMA said it was surprised to see the “blatant lie” of the certification of a “secret drug” distributed in the presence of the Minister of Health, who is also a doctor. The country “needs an explanation” from him.
“How appropriate and rational is it to launch such false projections in front of the whole country?”
As the country’s health minister, how justified is the launch of a falsely manufactured, unscientific product?
How ethical is it to promote the product in an unethical, incorrect and false manner across the country?
As a modern doctor of medicine, how ethical is it to promote the unscientific product? “.
He said if Coronil was effective, why was the government spending 35 billion rupees on vaccination?The IMA asked the Minister of Health,
The AYUSH Ministry previously stated that Coronil can only be sold as an immunity booster and not as a cure.
Varavara Rao receives 6-month medical bond
Mumbai High Court granted medical bail to Varavara Rao, 82, in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, saying: “With all humility and humane considerations, we are of the opinion that this is an appropriate case to allow repair. “
- A bench from S.S. Shinde and Manish Pitale said: “We believe that with the condition of the subtest (Rao) it would be inappropriate to dismiss him.
- “The contractor must be released on bail for a period of six months and orders that he must remain under the jurisdiction of the special court of the National Investigative Agency (NIA),” the court said.
- Lead attorney Anand Grover had previously urged the court to release Rao on medical bond so that he could stand trial. Among other ailments, Rao suffers from a neurological illness and will be in a position to stand trial if he is with his family, Grover had argued.
RIL-Future Agreement: NCLT May Continue To Proceed, But Cannot Approve Final Order, Says SC
On Monday, the Supreme Court authorized National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) proceedings in relation to the Rs. The 24,713 million rupee deal between Future Group and Reliance Industries will continue, but ordered the court to refrain from issuing a “final sanction order of the regime.”
- The e-commerce company Amazon, which opposes the multi-crore deal, had recently moved the NCLT against Future Group’s demand to hold a meeting of its shareholders or creditors to approve the deal with Reliance.
- On Monday, a Supreme Court headed by Justice Rohinton Nariman also issued a notice regarding a petition filed by Amazon, to suspend enforcement of a February 8 Delhi High Court order reversing a pre-Future hearing.
- Group to maintain the “status quo” in the sale of its business assets to Reliance Industries. In its order, the judiciary, while notifying Future Retail and other parties that Amazon contested as defendants, said it would have two weeks to present its meter, while Amazon had one week to file its response thereafter. The case would be reviewed after three weeks.
“In the meantime, NCLT proceedings will be allowed to continue, but they will not end with a final sanction order for the project,”the Supreme Court ordered.
- In its petition challenging the Feb. 8 Superior Court order, Amazon, represented by lead counsel Gopal Subramanium, said the order was “ex-facie arbitrary and illegal.” It was adopted by a bank in the High Court division following an appeal from Future Retail Limited (FRL).
Boeing recommendation to ground the 777s so as not to affect India: source from the Ministry of Civil Aviation
Boeing’s recommendation to ground more than 120 of its 777 series of aircraft with engines similar to the one that failed on a United Airlines plane in Denver, USA, would have no impact on India because the 777s operating in the country had no Pratt and Whitney PW4000 engines, a source with the Civil Aviation Ministry said Monday.
- After the Denver incident, Boeing recommended grounding the planes pending inspections. Shortly after takeoff, an engine on the plane carrying 231 passengers and 10 crew from Denver to Honolulu had failed.
- However, no one was injured during the emergency landing. While United Airlines has decided to temporarily ground 24 Boeing 777s, the United States Federal Aviation Administration has issued a directive for the immediate inspection of aircraft equipped with the same type of engine.
- Also in Japan, two air operators were ordered to suspend operation of the 777s using Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, according to reports.
China expresses its support for India to host the BRICS summit in 2021
On February 22, China expressed its support for India’s organization of this year’s BRICS summit and said it will work with New Delhi to strengthen cooperation among the five-member group from emerging economies. India has assumed the presidency of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) for 2021 and is expected to hold the summit this year. On February 19, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar launched India’s BRICS 2021 website at the BRICS Secretariat at Sushma Swaraj Bhawan in New Delhi. When asked about India’s accession to the BRICS presidency this year, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin Beijing supported New Delhi in organizing the summit. However, he did not say whether Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the summit, which will be held later this year.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,10,14,821 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a balance of 1,57,864.