I-T Department raids facilities linked to Anurag Kashyap, Tapsee Pannu and Vikas Bahl
Daily NEWS Summary||03–03-2021; The Income Tax Department today registered around two dozen locations linked to certain Bollywood figures in Mumbai.
- The raids were carried out at the facilities of director Anurag Kashyap, actor Taapsee Pannu and producer Vikas Bahl.
- This investigation, as part of a tax evasion investigation against Phantom Films and conducted at 30 locations in Mumbai and Pune, also included Reliance Entertainment Group CEO Shibhasish Sarkar and some management company executives, celebrities and talents from KWAN.
- The raids started in the morning and continued into the evening.
- The action is part of an investigation against the production company, dissolved in 2018, and its then promoters Kashyap, director and producer Vikramaditya Motwane, producer Vikas Bahl and producer and distributor Madhu Mantena.
- Sources in the tax department said that some interrelated transactions between the entities sought are under the department’s scanner.
- The raids, are aimed at gathering more evidence to deepen the tax evasion allegations against him.
- Film commercial transactions conducted under the Phantom Films banner are also under review.
- Kashyap and Pannu, who worked together on the 2018 film “Manmarziyaan” and are now collaborating on the upcoming film “Dobaara,”.
- They are known to be candid about their views on a variety of topics.
- Earlier this month, in what was seen as a biased critique of the government’s response to tweets by foreign celebrities, including singer Rihanna, about the farmers’ protest.
- Kashyap visited JNU and Shaheen Bagh during protests against the CAA last year and is known to be just as outspoken on a variety of topics.
US Democracy Watchdog Downgrades India from “Free” to “Partially Free”
Daily NEWS Summary||03–03-2021; US human rights regulator Freedom House accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of “leading India toward authoritarianism” with a “thwarted blockade,”
- A Muslim scapegoat and crackdown on critics, and downgraded the status India from “free” to “partially Free ”in their annual report.
- India’s freedom score, calculated using indicators of political rights and civil liberties, has dropped four points to 67 this year, putting the country back in the “Partially Free” category.
- In a year in which social media censorship was hotly debated and the government shut down internet connectivity at the Delhi borders following protests by farmers.
- India’s internet freedom score dropped to just 51.
- Freedom House, which is funded largely by grants from the US government, has been following the course of democracy since 1941.
- The report tracked a deterioration in political rights and civil liberties since Modi became prime minister in 2014, adding that the decline only accelerated after his re-election in 2019.
- They noted that judicial independence was also put to the test, citing the case of a Delhi High Court judge who was transferred immediately after reprimanding the police for failing to take action during riots in the capital that killed more than 50 people.
- Uttar Pradesh law prohibiting forced religious conversion through interfaith marriage was also cited as a matter of concern.
Caught in “sex for favors” scandal, Karnataka Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi resigns
Daily NEWS Summary||03–03-2021; Karnataka’s Senior and Medium Irrigation Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi submitted his resignation from the cabinet on Wednesday, a day after allegations emerged that he sought sexual favors from a woman in exchange for a government position.
- An activist reportedly handed over to Bengaluru police on Wednesday a CD containing recordings of his intimate moments with the woman.
- Jarkiholi sent his resignation letter to Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and said that he would resign his position to save the party from shame and that he should be reinstated once his innocence is proven.
- He described the allegations as far from being true.
- Jarkiholi led the team of 17 MPs from opposition parties that moved from Congress to the BJP, ultimately leading to the fall of the Congress-JD (S) coalition government and the formation of the BJP government.
- In addition to the party he resigned from, a large number of former BJP fighters were also uncomfortable with Jarkiholi’s instantaneous political growth.
Daily NEWS Summary||03–03-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,11,54,692 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1, 58,822.
Bharat Biotech Says Covaxin Showed 81% Efficacy in Phase 3 Clinical Trials
- The Indian-made Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, has shown intermediate clinical efficacy of 81% in its Phase 3 clinical trial, vaccine maker Bharat Biotech said.
- Covaxin has demonstrated a trend for high clinical efficacy against Covid-19, as well as significant immunogenicity against rapidly emerging variants, said CMD Krishna Ella.
- A statement from Bharat Biotech, which developed the vaccine in collaboration with the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), 25,800 participants between the ages of 18 and 98 had participated in the phase 3 study. It included 2 433 people over 60 years old. and 4,500 with co-morbidities.
- The first interim analysis is based on 43 cases, of which 36 cases of Covid-19 were observed in the placebo group against seven cases observed in the Covaxin group, resulting in a point estimate of the effectiveness of the vaccine. 80.6%.
- The interim analysis included a preliminary review of the safety database, which showed that serious and serious medically assisted adverse events occurred at low levels and were balanced between the vaccine and placebo groups.
- Such analysis from the National Institute of Virology indicates that the antibodies induced by the vaccine can neutralize variant strains from the United Kingdom and other heterologous strains.
- Noting that the vaccine has shown temporary efficacy in preventing Covid-19 in people without previous infection after the second dose, the company said the 25,800 participants all received either a vaccine or a placebo in a ratio of 1: 1.
- Clinical trials will continue until completion analysis in 130 confirmed cases in order to collect more data and assess the effectiveness of Covaxin on additional endpoints in the secondary study.
School closures caused by Covid-19 affected 25 CR children in India: UNICEF study
Daily NEWS Summary||03–03-2021; The closure of 1.5 million schools due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting closures in 2020 affected 247 million children enrolled in primary and secondary schools in India, according to a UNICEF report .
- Globally, schools for more than 168 million children have been completely closed for almost a year, Report said.
- The report says online education is not an option for everyone, as only one in four children have access to digital devices and internet connectivity.
- Before Covid-19, only a quarter of households (24%) in India had access to the internet and there was a large gap between rural and urban areas and between genders.
- He also said that to date in India only eight states / unions have opened all classes from class 1 to class 12; 11 states reopened grades 6-12 and 15 states only opened grades 9-12.
- Three states have reopened the Anganwadi centers and the youngest children are deprived of basic fundamental learning.
Express your dissent against the government. does not amount to sedition: Supreme Court
Daily NEWS Summary||03–03-2021; The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that voicing its disagreement with the government does not amount to sedition, while rejecting a request to “terminate” Dr Farooq Abdullah’s Lok Sabha membership and save it for sedition.
- A bench headed by Judge Sanjay Kishan Kaul has rejected a petition filed by Rajat Sharma accusing Dr Abdullah, president of the National Conference of Jammu and Kashmir, of asserting that “in Kashmir.
- Article 370 of the Constitution will be restored with help from China ” a speech on September 24. Sharma argued that Article 370 was removed from the Constitution by a majority in Parliament.