Daily NEWS Summary |15-04-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,42,63,074 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a toll of 1,75,452.
Over 1,700 people tested positive in Kumbh Mela
Daily NEWS Summary |15-04-2021; More than 1,700 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the Haridwar Kumbh Mela area from April 10 to 14, confirming fears that one of the world’s largest religious gatherings is further contributing to the rapid increase in cases of coronavirus.
- Medical staff performed 2,36,751 tests during the five-day period at the mela site. Of these, 1701 have tested positive for the coronavirus.
- The figures include reports of RT-PCR and rapid antigen testing of devotees and seers from different akharas (ascetic groups) during the five-day period across the entire mela site which stretches from Haridwar to Devprayag.
- More reports of RT-PCR tests are expected and the trend shows that the number of people infected at the Kumbh Mela site is likely to rise to 2,000.
- The Kumbh Mela area covers 670 hectares covering parts of Haridwar, Tehri and Dehradun districts including Rishikesh.
- Most of the 48.51 lakh people who attended the last two “royal baths” (shahi snan) held on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya on April 12 and Mesh Sankranti on April 14 were seen openly violating Covid19 precautions, such as the use of face masks and maintain social distancing.
India’s drug regulator will make a decision on applications seeking approval for the emergency restricted use of foreign-produced Covid-19 vaccines within three working days from the filing date, the government said on April 15.
- The Central Standard Medicines Control Organization (CDSCO), which is headed by the Comptroller General of Medicines of India (DCGI), will process registration certificate applications (product and manufacturing site registration at the foreign, in this case the Covid-19 vaccine) and the import license within three working days from the date of approval of the restricted use in emergency situations.
In view of the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), which was scheduled for April 18, has been postponed.
Keep ballot boxes in remaining phases all at once, Mamata tells Election Commission
Daily NEWS Summary |15-04-2021; West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Leader (TMC) Mamata Banerjee urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to consider holding elections for all remaining Assembly constituencies in West Bengal in one day, instead of following the existing schedule with four more phases for takeout.
- So far, the West Bengal Assembly elections have been held for 135 seats, with the remaining 159 seats going to the polls between April 17 and April 29.
- Party insiders said the TMC would raise the issue at a meeting called by the West Bengal electoral director on Friday.
- The EC spokesperson in Delhi said Friday’s meeting was only to call on all political parties to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 protocol issued by the Commission. The EC also clarified that there was “no plan to club the remaining phases”.
- According to figures from the Union Ministry of Health, West Bengal had reported 32,621 active cases of Covid-19 as of Thursday morning. The situation in the state is grim.
- Samserganj Congress candidate in Murshidabad, Rejaul Haque, died Thursday morning in a Kolkata hospital. He had tested positive for Covid-19.
Kejriwal Announces Delhi Weekend Curfew; shopping malls, gyms and spas will be closed
Daily NEWS Summary |15-04-2021; Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a weekend curfew in Delhi on April 15 in an attempt to break the chain of transmission of Covid-19 in the nation’s capital.
- The chief minister said essential services will not be affected during the curfew and electronic passes will be provided to essential service providers and those who have to attend weddings over the weekend as the wedding season is advancing.
- He added that shopping malls, gymnasiums, spas and auditoriums will be closed immediately and cinemas can operate with 30% occupancy.
- Only one weekly market will be authorized to operate per day, per zone.
- In the restaurants, there will be no dining room and only take-out services will be allowed. He added
Umar Khalid gets bail in case of disturbances in Delhi, but will remain in jail
Daily NEWS Summary |15-04-2021; A Delhi court on Thursday granted bail to former JNU student Umar Khalid in a case related to community violence in northeast Delhi in February last year, saying he was not physically present at the crime scene on the date. of the incident, PTI reported.
“The applicant (Khalid) is not visible in any CCTV footage / viral video (s) belonging to the crime scene on the date of the incident. There is no identification of the applicant either through an independent public witness or from any police witness of his presence at the crime scene on the date of the incident, ”added the additional sessions judge Vinod Yadav said in the order.
- The court further said that even the CDR location of the applicant’s mobile phone was not at the crime scene on the date of the incident.
- The applicant has simply been attacked in the matter on the basis of his own disclosure statement, co-defendant Tahir Hussain’s fourth disclosure statement and co-defendant Khalid Saifi’s disclosure statement, he said, adding that none have been made of the applicant pursuant to his disclosure statement.
- The court rejected the prosecution’s argument that Khalid had been in regular contact / contact with co-defendants Tahir Hussain and Khalid Saifi by mobile phone and said that “prima facie that in no way establishes the alleged criminal conspiracy against the applicant in the case “.
- FIR in the present case was recorded in the statement of Sheriff Sangram Singh, where he stated that on February 24, 2020 at around 2 pm, a large crowd gathered on the road in a town in northeast Delhi and began to throw stones in which he and other policemen were injured.
- Although Khalid has been granted bail in this case, he will remain in jail, as the former JNU student leader is also charged in other cases, including one related to the criminal conspiracy under the strict Activities Act. Illicit.
SC orders CBI to investigate Nambi Narayanan case
Daily NEWS Summary |15-04-2021; Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the CBI to investigate Judge DK’s Jain Committee report on senior Kerala police officials allegedly indicting 1994 space scientist Nambi Narayanan in India.
- A bench led by Judge AM Khanwilkar said the report referred to a “serious matter” that warranted a CBI investigation. This requires a full investigation,Judge Khanwilkar said.
- The Supreme Court prohibited public disclosure of the contents of the report. The Supreme Court copy would be placed in a sealed cover.
- Lawyer Amit Sharma, on behalf of one of the police officers, retired ADGP Siby Mathews, said that although the committee listened to Narayanan, Mathews was not called or had the opportunity to present his case.
- The Center also supported a report presented by a three-member panel chaired by former Supreme Court Justice D.K. Jain.
- The Center had appealed to the Supreme Court, urging it to formally accept the investigative report presented by the Jain Judges Committee and take appropriate action on the suggestions made inside against the “misguided officials”.
- Narayanan, in his petition to the Supreme Court, had indicted Mathews, K.K. Joshwa and S. Vijayan (the latter two retired from senior police stations), as those responsible.
- The Committee was established by the Supreme Court in September 2018 to seek “ways and means to take appropriate action against officials in error”.
Launch of the online census of Assamese Muslims
Daily NEWS Summary |15-04-2021; The Janagosthiya Samannay Parishad, Assam (JSPA) on Thursday launched a portal to conduct the first census of Assamese Muslims to distinguish them from their immigrant, Bengali or Bengali-speaking counterparts.
- The JSPA represents three categories of Assamese Muslims: Goriya who converted from various indigenous groups and tribes, Moriya whose ancestors were brought in by the Ahom kings to make weapons and utensils, and Deshi, who specifically became the Koch-Rajbongshi community.
- The three-month exercise, considered a small-scale version of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), has a cut-off period corresponding to the British annexation of Assam in the early 19th century.
- Muslims of Assam are indigenous, so the Jolaha, converted among tea plantation workers brought from central India by British planters, were excluded from the census.
- Launched in August 2019, the NRC had excluded 19.06 lakh from 3.3 crore applicants for lack of documents establishing them as citizens of India.
- Deadline for the NRC was March 24, 1971, as prescribed by the 1985 Assam Accord for the Detection and Deportation of Aliens or “Illegal Immigrants”.
India and France sign cooperation agreement on Gaganyaan
Daily NEWS Summary |15-04-2021; Indian and French space agencies on Thursday signed a cooperation agreement for the country’s first human space mission, said Gaganyaan, the French space agency CNES.
- The deal was announced during the visit of French Chancellor Jean-Yves Le Drian to the headquarters of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
- ISRO asked CNES to help it prepare for Gaga’s missions and to be its sole European contact in this area.
- The agreement provides for CNES to support the implementation of a scientific experimentation plan on validation missions, the exchange of information on food packaging and the nutrition program and especially use by consumers, Indian astronauts, French medical equipment, consumables and instruments.
- French equipment developed by CNES, tested and still in service on board the International Space Station (ISS), will be made available to Indian crews.
- Thomas Pesquet, who is due to make his second flight to the International Space Station on April 22 for the Alpha mission, had already tested these devices during his first space flight.
- The Gaganyaan Orbital Spacecraft Project was launched in August 2018.
- It was originally planned to send astronauts from Indian soil to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence in 2022.
- However, the mission was delayed in due to the restrictions imposed. due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Inflation based on the wholesale price index (WPI) rose to an 8-year high of 7.39% in March due to higher prices for crude oil and metals.
- Additionally, the low base of March of last year, when the data was calculated with a low response rate due to the national blockade, contributed to a rebound in inflation in March 2021.
- The inflation of the WPI was 4.17% in February and 0.42% in March 2020. This is the third consecutive month of rising inflation according to the IPM.
- This level of MPI was last recorded in October 2012, when inflation was 7.4%.