Government personnel should not be appointed as election commissioner, Supreme Court says
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-03-2021; On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that independent people, not government employees, should be appointed as commissioners. A bench run by Judge Rohinton F. Nariman, in a ruling, said that giving government employees an additional position as election commissioners was a parody of the Constitution.
- The Bench ruled that people who hold public office cannot be appointed electoral commissioners and ordered states to comply with the constitutional system of independent and fair operation of electoral commissions.
- The independence of the panels could not be compromised. The court said it was disturbing to see government employees running election commissions as additional work.
- The ruling follows an appeal against an order from the Bombay High Court, which annulled the electoral notice issued by the Goa State Electoral Commission in the municipalities of Margao, Mapusa, Mormugao, Sanguem and Quepem.
Quads are a force for global good – Prime Minister Modi
“We are united by our democratic values and our commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific,”Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the first Quad Summit on March 12. technologies, makes Quad a force for global good, ”he said, adding that Quad will be a pillar of stability in the region.
“I see this positive vision as an extension of the Indian Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam philosophy, which sees the world as one family.”Invoking the Indian philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, the prime minister said
In his comments, United States President Joe Biden announced the launch of a partnership to boost vaccine manufacturing. Biden also described Quad as a new mechanism to strengthen cooperation and increase mutual ambition in the fight against accelerating climate change.
- Known as the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue,” representatives from the four member countries have met periodically since its inception in 2007.
- The four countries plan to create a series of working groups that will focus on climate change; Critical and emerging technologies, including the development of technology standards and standards; and jointly develop some of the critical technologies of the future.
Trinamool sends memorandum to ECI on Nandigram Mamata incident
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-03-2021; A six-member delegation from Trinamool Congress (TMC) submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday regarding the alleged attack on the party President and West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
- The memo cited various comments made by BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the run-up to Wednesday’s incident in Nandigram. Calling it a “deep-seated plot”, he alleged that the “attack” was “premeditated.”
- The party demanded an “immediate, thorough and impartial investigation” into the incident. To underscore its claim that the alleged attack was pre-planned, the party, in the memo, listed eight cases.
- Among them, he said that two days before the incident, on March 8, according to the TMC, BJP state chairman Dilip Ghosh featured a cartoon of Banerjee, showing that she would be beaten in Nandigram.
- The removal of the state police chief executive was also part of this conspiracy, he said. On March 9, a day before the incident, without consulting the state government, he said, the DGP was removed by ICE.
SC asks for a response from the government to the declaration of the law on places of worship
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-03-2021; On Friday, the Supreme Court asked the government to respond to a plea challenging a special law enacted in 1991 by the Congress government that freezes the status of places of worship as it stood on August 15, 1947.
- Bench led by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, Sharad A. Bobde, issued notice to Union Ministries of Home, Law and Culture regarding a statement by attorney Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay against various provisions of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991.
- The petition said that the articles of the law which dealt with the prohibition of legal actions were contrary to the principles of secularism.
- “Articles 2, 3 and 4 infringe not only the right to pray, practice and propagate religion (article 25), the right to administer, administer and administer places of worship-pilgrimage (article 26 ), the right to preserve culture (Article 29), but they are also contrary to the duty of the State to protect historic places (Article 49) and to preserve religious cultural heritage (Article 51A) ”.
Covid Updates: The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,13,31,416 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,59,839.
Novavax Inc coronavirus vaccine was 96% effective in preventing cases caused by the original version of the coronavirus in an advanced UK trial, as company said on Thursday, taking it one step closer to regulatory approval.
- There were no cases of serious illness or death among those who received the vaccine. The vaccine was also around 86% effective in protecting against the most contagious variant of the virus which was first discovered and is now widespread in the UK.
- It was around 90% effective overall, combining data from those infected. With both versions of the coronavirus. Novavax has a license agreement with the Serum Institute of India for the commercialization of its vaccine.