44% of MPs who changed parties joined the BJP: ADR report
Daily NEWS Summary| 11-03-2021; Analysis of MPs who switched parties and contested the 2016-2020 elections found that the BJP was the biggest winner, while Congress represented the largest number of MPs who left one party to join another, revealed a report released today by Associate for Democratic Reforms (ADR).
- The ADR report analyzed the electoral affidavits of 443 parliamentarians who changed parties and again contested the polls over the past five years.
- Of the 405 MPs in all states who resigned and changed parties, 42% were from Congress, according to the report, while the BJP lagged far behind with 4.4%.
- In contrast, the BJP was the party chosen by 44.9% of repeat offenders, followed by Congress with 9.4%.
- The report noted that the defection of MPs was the cause of the fall of governments in the recent past in Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Goa, Arunachal Pradesh and Karnataka.
- Of the 12 Lok Sabha members who switched parties, five were from BJP. In Rajya Sabha, of the 17 who resigned, seven were from Congress, according to the report.
- Average assets of MPs and returning MPs increased by 39%.
- The ADR report said that the most plausible cause of the defections was the connection between money and force, the lack of working laws in the party, and the lack of honest leaders, among others.
Photo of Prime Minister removed from vaccination certificates in voting states
Daily NEWS Summary| 11-03-2021; Ministry of Health informed the Electoral Commission (EC) on Tuesday that the “necessary filters” had been added to the Co-WIN software in the four voting states and one territory of the Union, removing the photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Covid -19 vaccination certificates issued to beneficiaries in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Kerala.
- A few days back on March 5, EC had written to the ministry to reiterate its standing instructions on the use of photographs of political leaders in government advertisements during elections.
- The EC had addressed the issue after the Trinamool Congress complained that the photo of the Prime Minister on the certificates while the model code of conduct for the current elections was in effect was a violation of EC rules.
Mamata hopes to return “to his dominion in the next two or three days.”
Daily NEWS Summary| 11-03-2021; A day after her hospitalization with injuries sustained in Nandigram, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee posted a video from the hospital on Thursday urging her supporters to exercise restraint.
- She expressed the hope that she would return to field in the next two or three days and that the events would not affect her political meetings.
- The Trinamool Congress had to cancel the publication of her manifesto and the management was not sure what would happen to the events scheduled in the districts.
- Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress alleged today in a letter to the Electoral Commission (EC) that the impeachment of the state DGP at the “request of the BJP” had put the Chief minister in danger.
- The “attack” on Banrejee, the party said, was a “deep-rooted conspiracy”.
- On Tuesday, the EC ordered the dismissal of West Bengal Police Director General Virendra, following an unfavorable report from his special observers stationed at the polling station.
China’s new five-year plan outlines the promotion of key strategic projects
Daily NEWS Summary| 11-03-2021; China officially approved the outline of its fourteenth five-year plan (2021-2025) on Thursday, which highlights a number of key strategic projects to be pursued as a priority, including the first dam in Tibet in lower Yarlung Zangbo or Brahmaputra, a Sichuan-Tibet railway line near the Indian border, and a push for self-sufficiency in emerging industries such as artificial intelligence (AI).
- The draft five-year plan (FYP) and goals for the year 2035 were adopted by the National People’s Congress, the ceremonial legislature, at the close of its six-day annual session.
- Among the key projects is the construction of a hydroelectric base in the lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo, which refers to the sections of the river in Tibet just before it entered India in Arunachal Pradesh.
- While four dams have been approved in the upper and middle sections, this is the first project in the lower section of the river.
- In the past, India has raised concerns about the previously announced four dams in the upper and middle sections, the first of which, at Zangmu, was put into operation in 2015.
Appeal calls for SC intervention for the release of over 150 Rohingya refugees ‘detained’ in Jammu
Daily NEWS Summary| 11-03-2021; A request was filed with the Supreme Court on Thursday calling for urgent intervention to release and protect more than 150 Rohingya refugees allegedly “detained” in Jammu.
- The request was made by a member of the Rohingya community, Mohammad Salimullah, represented by advocates Prashant Bhushan and Cheryl’Souza.
- Salimullah is already a Supreme Court petitioner against the deportation of refugees who had fled religious persecution and violence in his native Burma.
- In India, no law has yet been passed that specifically refers to refugees.
- Thus, Rohingya refugees were often beaten along with the illegal immigrant class expelled by the government under the Aliens Act of 1946 and the Order of Foreigners of 1948.
- This was combined with the discrimination against the Rohingya by the government, as they were largely Muslim refugees.
- However, legally a refugee is a special category of immigrant and cannot be beaten with an illegal immigrant.
- India was required to adhere to the principle of non-refoulement under customary international law, as requested.
- The principle of non-refoulement, or of not sending refugees to a place where they are in danger, is a rule of customary international law.
‘We are not racist,’ Prince William said after Meghan and Harry’s interview
Daily NEWS Summary| 11-03-2021; Prince William said on Thursday that British royalty was not racist after Meghan, the wife of his younger brother Harry, said an anonymous family member asked how much their son Archie’s skin could be dark.
- The revelation came during an explosive revealing interview Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, gave to Oprah Winfrey and which aired on Sunday, plunging the British monarchy into its biggest crisis since the death of the princess Diana, the mother of William and Harry in 1997.
- During a visit to a school in east London, William said he had not spoken to Harry since the interview aired just over three days ago.
“I haven’t spoken to him yet, but I will,”Prince William, 38, said.
“We are not a racist family”.Asked by a journalist if the royal family was racist, Prince William replied
- On the two-hour show, Meghan also said royalty ignored her pleas for help when she felt suicidal, while Harry said her father, heir to the throne, Prince Charles, had it. let down and felt trapped.
- On Tuesday, Buckingham Palace released a statement on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, the grandmother of the princes, in which it said the family were saddened by the challenge the couple had faced in recent years.
- The statement added that race issues were of concern and would be taken very seriously, but noted that “some memories may vary.”
Covid Update: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 1,13,05,425 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,59,731.
- India’s native Covid-19 vaccine, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, has been withdrawn from clinical trial mode and is now cleared for emergency use alongside the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covishield, developed by Serum Institute of India, NITI Aayog, (Health) member VK Paul said at a health ministry press conference on Thursday.
- At the same time, Danish and Norwegian health officials said on Thursday they had suspended use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine injections after reports of blood clots in some of them who had been vaccinated , Reuters reported.
- The move comes after Austria stopped using a batch of AstraZeneca injections while investigating a death from bleeding disorders and illness from pulmonary embolism.