Union cabinet recommends President’s Rule in Pondicherry
Daily NEWS Summary: 24.02.2021; The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to impose the President’s rule in Pondicherry. The assembly will be dissolved with the President’s permission, as Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said at a press conference.
- Pondicherry ex Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, who headed the Congress government, resigned on February 22 ahead of the confidence vote after his ministry was reduced to a minority following a series of resignations of the MLAs for his party and a DMK legislator in recent days.
- The mandate of the current assembly expires in two months and no opposition party was prepared to claim.
- The president officially accepted Narayanasamy resignation, along with his Council of Ministers, on February 23.
The Sardar Patel stadium in Motera is renamed Narendra Modi
The world’s largest cricket stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad, was renamed Narendra Modi Stadium on Wednesday. It was inaugurated on Wednesday by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind in the presence of Union Interior Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani and others.
- The inauguration took place hours before the start of the third day-night event between India and England, the first international match at the new venue.
- The stadium is part of the giant Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel sports enclave, which will have the largest cricket stadium in the world, a natatorium (indoor swimming pool), athletics and athletics facilities, a hockey and tennis stadium, sports lanes and arenas, velodrome / skating area and outdoor courts.
- The facility spans 200 acres on the bank of the Sabarmati River, northeast of Ahmedabad.
- The renovated Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, created by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream project.
- The old 49,000-seat stadium was known as Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium, Motera. The new stadium has a capacity of 1,10,000 seats.
Uttar Pradesh Assembly Passes Religious Conversion Bill
Amid opposition protests, the Uttar Pradesh Legislature on Wednesday approved by oral vote a bill aimed at curbing religious conversions through fraudulent or inappropriate means, including marriage.
- Uttar Pradesh’s Prohibition of Illegal Religious Conversion Bill 2021 aims to replace the ordinance promulgated in November last year, which provides for prison terms of up to 10 years and a fine maximum of Rs. 50,000 for offenders.
- The bill was passed in the House even as Aradhana Misra, leader of the Legislative Party in Congress, and Lalji Verma, leader of the BSP in the assembly, protested.
- Under the bill, a marriage will be declared “null and void” if the conversion is solely for that purpose, and those who wish to change their religion after marriage must file an application with the district judge.
- The bill mainly provides that no person should convert, directly or indirectly, from one religion to another through the use or practice of false statements, force, undue influence, coercion, seduction or by any fraudulent means or by marriage, or by any person inducing, convincing or conspiring such conversion.
- The onus of proving that the conversion was not carried out by force will rest with the person accused of the act and the convert, he said.
Supreme Court rejects another chance for UPSC candidates
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to give another chance to candidates for the Union Civil Service Commission (UPSC) whose last attempt to pass the Civil Services Exam was thwarted by restrictions from the pandemic Covid-19 in October of last year.
- The government had opposed giving candidates another chance, saying that relaxing the age or number of attempts would trigger an endless cycle of requests for similar relief, with each candidate asking for an extra chance.
- The law enforcement officer argued that the hardships during the pandemic were felt evenly by everyone.
- The hearings in the case had been a roller-coaster ride, with the government initially denying room for maneuver and then, at the gentle urging of the court, offering to give the last attempts another chance until they failed, hadn’t crossed the age barrier.
- On February 5, the government party said it was “acceptable” to grant “ex gratia, ad hoc and limited relief” to UPSC candidates who had taken the Civil Service Exam-2020 as their “last authorized attempt.”
- However, the matter took a different turn when the midshipmen also sought a loosening of age, leading the government to return to its original position.
Nepalese Prime Minister Oli is in no mood to resign and ready to face Parliament: official
Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will not immediately step down and implement the Supreme Court’s verdict against him as he faces Parliament that will meet in two weeks, an official representing the prime minister said on February 24. troubles.
- In a landmark decision, a five-member constitutional chamber headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher reversed on February 23 the “unconstitutional” decision of the Oli government to dissolve the 275 members of the Lower House of Parliament.
- The court also ordered the government to convene the House session within the next 13 days.
- Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 after President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the chamber and announced new elections on April 30 and May 10 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amid a power struggle within of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal.
- Oli’s press adviser Surya Thapa said the Prime Minister, who turned 69 this week, intends to implement the Supreme Court’s verdict after facing parliament that will meet in two weeks.
Covid update: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,10,44,865 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 1,85,483.
COVID-19 Vaccine for Seniors Starting March 1
People over 60 and over 45 with comorbidities will receive the COVID-19 vaccine from March 1, the Union government announced on Wednesday.
- After a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that 10 million people would be vaccinated in this category and the vaccine would be given free of charge in 10,000 government centers and more than 20,000 private centers.
- The Center would purchase doses and ship them to all states for government medical facilities.
- For those who had completed 28 days after receiving the first dose, the second dose began on February 13. Vaccination of frontline workers began on February 2.
Anjali Bhardwaj, an Indian social activist working on transparency and accountability issues, is one of 12 “brave” people nominated by the Biden administration for the recently instituted International Anti-Corruption Champions Award.
- According to the State Department, Bharadwaj, 48, has been an active member of the right to information movement in India for more than two decades.