Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat resigned
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-03-2021; Today’s breaking NEWS, , Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat resigned.
- The crisis over his continuation came after the party’s national leadership sent two central observers to the state after repeated complaints about Rawat’s style of functioning.
- Further reporting on the crisis, Central observers, former Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Rajya Sabha MP Dushyant Gautam, pointed to serious shortcomings in Rawat’s management of the party and government.
- Then Rawat was summoned to Delhi on March 8 and received marching orders from him.
- Consequently a party meeting of the BJP legislature is scheduled for March 10 for electing a new leader.
- Favorites for the position are State Education Minister Dhan Singh Rawat, MP Ajay Bhatt and Satpal Maharaj.
- Rawat is replaced a year before next year’s poll, amid fears that his reported non-compliance could cost the party dearly.
More than 72% increase in the number of UAPA cases registered in 2019, the majority of arrests in U.P.
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-03-2021; There was an increase of more than 72% in the number of people detained under the UAPA counter-terrorism law (Illegal Activities [Prevention] Law) in 2019 compared to 2015, according to data provided by the Ministry of the Home Affairs (MHA) in Lok Sabha.
- No fewer than 1,948 people were arrested under the UAPA in 2019, in 1,226 cases recorded across the country.
- These cases registered in the years 2015-2018 amounted to 897, 922, 901 and 1182, and the number of detainees was respectively 1128, 999, 1554 and 1421.
- In 2019, the highest number of such cases was recorded in Manipur (306), while the highest number of UAPA arrests was made in Uttar Pradesh (498).
- According to the UAPA, obtaining a bond is rare, and the investigating agency has up to 180 days to file a charge sheet.
- Previously, a government response in Lok Sabha showed that only 2.2% of the cases registered under the UAPA in 2016-2019 resulted in convictions.
Delhi HC publishes notice on petition against new IT rules to regulate online news portals
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-03-2021; The Delhi High Court on Tuesday requested a response from the Center to a petition challenging the new IT rules (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Code of Ethics for Digital Media), 2021, saying it sought to regulate online news portals by imposing oversight government and a flexible drafting “Code of ethics ”.
- A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Judge Jasmeet Singh issued opinions to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) and the Department of Information and Broadcasting on the statement submitted by the Foundation for Independent Journalism, a trust that owns the digital news portal, The wire.
- The petition argued that the new IT rules published on February 25, 2021 were “patently illegal” in trying to control and regulate digital news outlets when the parent law nowhere provided for such a mandate.
- Further they said the new information technology rules had “profound and serious harm to digital media” and destroyed their rights.
- Other petitioners in the case include M.K. Venu, founding director and editor of The Wire, and Dhanya Rajendran, founder and editor of The News Minute.
- The allegation said that the 2021 IT rules introduced two separate sets of regulations: one, due diligence standards to be followed by ‘intermediaries’ and two, the ‘code of ethics’ must be followed by ‘publishers’, as well as a three-tier compliance mechanism.
- While “intermediaries” were recognized and regulated by TI law, the allegation indicated that the new ITrules established a separate “code of ethics ” for the two types of publishers: content publishers, current affairs, and news, and online. content publishers content.
Parliament’s session: the two houses are again blocked by the rise in fuel prices
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-03-2021; For the second day in a row today, both houses of parliament failed to function, with relentless protests from opposition members after their demand for a debate on the frequent rise in fuel prices was rejected.
- Rajya Sabha saw two adjournments before the House adjourned for the day at 2:10 p.m.
- Tuesday was the first session of both Houses of Parliament according to pre-Covid-19 schedules and seating arrangements, with members sitting in their respective rooms rather than scattered around the rooms of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
Covaxin Phase 2 Trials Show Safe and Induce Immune Response, Lancet Study Finds
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-03-2021; Covaxin, India’s first indigenous vaccine against Covid-19, is safe and induces an immune response without serious side effects, according to interim results from phase 2 trials published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
- The study authors noted that the results of phase 2 did not assess the efficacy of the vaccine codenamed BBV152.
- Developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, the vaccine has been cleared for emergency use in clinical trial mode by the Indian government.
- The latest study comes a week after Bharat Biotech announced that the vaccine had shown 81% effectiveness in the third phase of clinical trials, the results of which have yet to be released.
- The Phase 2 trial to assess the immunogenicity and safety of BBV152 vaccine was conducted in healthy adults and adolescents aged 12 to 65 years at nine hospitals in nine states in India.
GoM report highlights draconian government stance, publishers Guild says
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-032021; The Editors Guild of India (EGI) said on Tuesday that recent revelations on a Group of Ministers (GoM) report on the government’s media strategy were an example of its “increasingly draconian attitude” towards any critical.
No foreign spectators at Tokyo Olympics due to Covid-19 issues
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-032021; Japan has decided to host the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer without foreign spectators due to Japanese public concerns over Covid-19.
- The government concluded that it would not be possible to host fans from overseas given public concern over the coronavirus and the detection of more contagious variants in many countries.
- The Games are scheduled from July 23 to August 8.
- Most Japanese don’t want international visitors to attend the Games, fearing that a massive influx of visitors could lead to a resurgence of infections, a Yomiuri newspaper survey showed.
- The poll showed that 77% of those polled were against the participation of foreign fans, compared to 18% in favor.
Prime Minister Modi inaugurates “Maitri Setu” between India and Bangladesh
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-032021; Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday virtually opened the India-Bangladesh Friendship Bridge (Maitri Setu) over the Feni River at Sabroom in southern Tripura.
- He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for eight other infrastructure projects worth a total of Rs.3,518 million.
- In a video message, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the inauguration of the 1.9 km “Maitri Setu” would mark a new chapter in relations between the two neighbors.
- The bridge, which was first erected ten years ago, would greatly benefit northeast India in terms of trade as it would connect the port of Chittagong just 100 km from Agartala.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,12,47,650 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with the death toll at 1,59,354.