India, Pakistan agree to stop firing across LoC
Daily NEWS Summary-25.02.2021; India and Pakistan said agreed to strictly adhere to all agreements and ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and all other areas from February 24 to 25 midnight.
- This was agreed by the directors general of military operations (DGMOs) of the two countries during discussions over the established hotline.
- The two sides reviewed the situation throughout the LoC and in all other sectors in a free, frank and cordial atmosphere.
- The two sides reiterated that the existing mechanisms for telephone contact and meetings of flag at the border will be used to resolve any unforeseen situation or misunderstandings.
- With a sharp increase in shootings in the LoC and other regions by both sides in recent years, this agreement again commits the two countries to upholding the 2003 ceasefire agreement.
- According to information provided by the government to Parliament, there was the year latest 5,133 cases of ceasefire violations (CFV) throughout the LOC, resulting in 46.
- There were 299 ceasefire violations as of January 28 of this year and one fatality was reported on February 1.
- This is the first long-published contact between India and Pakistan. The last meeting between the Prime Ministers of the two countries was on Christmas Day 2015, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Lahore.
Government announces new rules on social media
With the stated intention of preventing the misuse of social media, the Union government on Thursday announced new rules that require platforms such as WhatsApp to help the government identify the “sender” of certain messages containing illegal information, within the time required by social networks. platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to remove this content within 36 hours of notification.
- In accordance with the Information Technology Rules of 2021 (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Code of Ethics for Digital Media), social media platforms will also need to provide information, including information related to identity verification, to legally authorized agencies within 72 hours.
- WhatsApp had around 53 million users in India, YouTube around 48 million users, Facebook around 41 million users, and around 1.75 million people used Twitter.
- The rules, the draft of which was published in 2018, come shortly after a dispute between the government and Twitter over the removal of certain content related to ongoing farmer protests.
- The government has also been at odds with WhatsApp for more than two years on the issue of tracking who wrote the messages.
- The Facebook-owned company has in the past refused to comply with the government’s request to trace the origin of a bogus post, saying the move would undermine the platform’s privacy.
- Rules released Thursday established that intermediaries who provide services primarily in the form of messaging would allow the identification of the first author of the information in their computing resource, as required by a court order or an order approved under article 69 of the TI Act of the competent authority.
Nirav Modi could be extradited, according to UK court rules
Wanted diamond trader Nirav Modi lost his fight against extradition to India on Thursday when a British judge ruled he could be fired to face fraud and money laundering charges in the Punjab National Bank of scam case estimated at $ 2 billion.
- The 49-year-old appeared by video link from Wandsworth Prison in south-west London as District Judge Samuel Goozee handed down his sentence at Westminster Magistrates Court in London.
- The Magistrate’s decision will be sent back to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel for approval, with the possibility of appeal to the High Court on both sides.
- Nirav Modi was arrested on an extradition warrant on March 19, 2019, and appeared by videoconference from Wandsworth Prison for a series of court hearings in the extradition case.
- His multiple bail attempts were repeatedly rejected, both at the magistrate and High Court level, as he was seen as a flight risk.
- It is the subject of two criminal proceedings, with the CBI case related to a large-scale fraud in PNB for fraudulently obtaining letters of commitment (LoU) or loan contracts, and the case of the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) related to money laundering of the proceeds of this fraud.
- He also faces two other charges of “extracting evidence” and intimidation of witnesses or “criminal intimidation to cause death”, which were added to the CBI case.
Google urged to compensate Indian newspapers for their content
The Newspaper Society of India (INS) has urged Google India, to compensate print publishers for the use of the news because it is proprietary content generated by them.
- In a letter to Google India National Director Sanjay Gupta on Wednesday, INS President L. Adimoolam put forward various proposals to Google.
- Highlighting the discussions between the INS digital committee and the Google team over the past six months, he clarifIed the strategic and collaborative opportunities between news publishers and Google.
- Highlighting some of the concerns, that the print media industry has invested heavily in journalism, which is the heart of news operations. Indian publishers have delivered quality journalism with credible information that Google crawlers have shared with their readers.
- While print editors have dispatched a number of journalists to the field to ensure credible information is covered, publisher-generated content that appears on Google is non-paid. Google should pay publishers for the use of news generated by print media publishers.
- Google should also consider increasing the publisher’s ad revenue share to 85% and ensuring greater transparency in its revenue reporting.
- In the digital space, publishers only have a small slice, as Google takes a giant slice of ad spend.
- The INS also asked Google to give more weight to editorial content from registered news publishers to deal with fake news.
- This is because Google has obtained content from untrustworthy sites and has helped spread fake news.
- Google recently agreed to pay publishers in France, the EU, and Australia.
- The INS urged Google to view the proposals favorably, as a vibrant print medium is the backbone of any democracy.
Covid updates:The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,10,52,858 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1, 85,496.
- People with comorbidities will need a medical certificate to benefit from the Covid-19 vaccine during the second phase of the vaccination campaign.
- The second phase of vaccination should begin on March 1 for both people over 60 years of age and those over 45 years of age who suffer from comorbidities.
- The vaccines will be available at the vaccination sites of public and private hospitals.
- According to N.K. Arora, head of the operational research group of the Covid-19 working group, , the cost of the vaccine and delivery (administration of the vaccine) to private hospitals will be announced in a day or two.
- The vaccines will be provided free of charge at government vaccination centers.
- Comorbidities will include hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney and lung disease, cancers, and those taking immunosuppressants etc.
- Self-registration in CoWIN will be required for people with comorbidities over 45 years of age.
- This will help to know how many have been vaccinated and will also help inform recipients when the second dose is scheduled.
- It is unclear whether the government will raise the names of those over 60 based on the voter roll.
- By registering with CoWIN, the applicant will be notified of the government and private hospitals closest to her place of residence.
- The applicant can choose whether they want to go to a government vaccination center or a private hospital, CoWIN will be open for self-registration from March 1.
The Biden administration took another step Thursday to undo the legacy of the Trump administration’s immigration policy by repealing Donald Trump’s suspension of new immigrant visas that had been in effect since late April last year. Trump had extended the order until March 31.
- The now revoked order (Proclamation 10014) had suspended some immigrants and non-immigrants from entering the United States, apparently for reasons of protecting the United States labor market in the wake of Covid-19.