The election commission prohibits processions for victory on or after the day of the count
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-04-2021; On April 27, the Election Commission of India (ECI) banned the victory processions after the declaration of the election results of Assam, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, West Bengal and Kerala on May 2, due to the increase of the Covid-19 cases.
- The decision comes a day after the ECI was criticized by the Madras High Court for violations of Covid-19 protocols during the campaign for the five assembly elections.
- The court accused ECI of the second wave of the pandemic in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
- They said that the victory procession will not be allowed after the counting of the votes and that only a maximum of two people will be able to accompany the winning candidate or his authorized representative to receive the certificate of election of the teller.
- ECI issued guidelines for elections during the pandemic in August last year, then reiterated them in the last assembly elections.
SC Says It Can’t Stay A ‘Dumb Bystander’ But Will Not Transfer COVID-Related Cases From HC
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-04-2021; The Supreme Court cannot remain a “silent spectator” in the face of a national calamity.
- However, the Supreme Court will not interfere with the work being done by various higher courts across the country to monitor and administer the handling of the Covid-19 that saved lives amid a second wave of the pandemic, a special bank run by the judge DY. Chandrachud made this clear.
- The bench, which also includes Judges L. Nageswara Rao and S. Ravindra Bhat, sat for most of the day, invading the Center, states and authorities on various aspects of COVID management in a suo moto hearing.
- More than 11 higher courts hear cases related to Covid-19 and issue orders on a daily basis.
- The superior courts are in the best position to assess the realities on the ground in each state and find flexible solutions to the problems that citizens face. There is no need to interfere in the work of the HC , observed the bench.
- The bench asked the Center about its vaccine pricing policy and asked why different manufacturers configure their vaccines differently.
- Judge Bhat asked whether the Center should not invoke a legal regime and institute uniform fees. The bench asked how the vaccines sold in private hospitals are more expensive.
Thoothukudi residents oppose plan to restart sterlite-sealed plant
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-04-2021; A representative sample of Thoothukudi has decided to oppose any move to allow Vedanta’s sealed Sterlite Copper plant to resume operations, including to produce oxygen for medical needs.
- The copper smelting unit at the SIPCOT industrial complex remained idle after it closed in May 2018 following the deaths of 13 anti-Sterlite protesters who were shot dead by police.
- Sterlite Copper CEO Pankaj Kumar has applied to the state government for permission to operate his oxygen plant on his own account at the copper smelting complex to deliver 1,050 tonnes of oxygen per day to hospitals.
- The company also moved to the Supreme Court with its offer.
- On April 22, the central government backed the company, while Tamil Nadu opposed it. The state government had asked the Thoothukudi administration to hold a public hearing on the matter and submit its report on April 23 to allow it to submit an affidavit to the Supreme Court.
- The district administration had invited some people, both for and against the decision to resume oxygen production operations, to the public hearing at the Collectorate. While people protested against the restriction of the number of guests, finally about 50 were allowed to attend the public hearing presided over by the collector K. Senthil Raj.
- Reporters were asked to leave minutes after the start of the hearing, which ended in 30 minutes. The collector did not notify journalists, as he rushed to prepare his report to send to the state government.
- We learned that there were heated discussions between two groups of participants in the public hearing.
- The tax collector and police superintendent S. Jayakumar reassured them.
- Most of the participants opposed the request to resume Sterlite operations.
- They told reporters that there was no shortage of medical oxygen in Tamil Nadu and the factory was to remain closed.
- They feared that the authorization of the operations would lead to a large-scale takeover of Sterlite Copper activities in the future.
Government attacks Australian newspaper for showing Modi in low light
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-04-2021; Faced with a barrage of criticism from various international newspapers for its handling of the coronavirus crisis, the government attacked the Australian newspaper for reproducing an article which poorly portrayed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of “driving the ‘India’ towards a ‘viral apocalypse’.
- In a letter to Australian newspaper editor Christian Dore, the Indian high commissioner in Canberra said the article sought to “undermine” the Modi government for its approach to the pandemic, which the government said had been “Universally acclaimed”.
- It is not clear why the government chose to respond to the Canberra article, given that it had been reproduced from the original Sunday Times, UK article previously, and is one of the many scathing columns written internationally on the government’s response.
- On Monday, the Sydney Morning Herald also ran an article, written by former India High Commissioner and Australian India Institute board member John McCarthy, claiming that Modi’s government is failing to ‘is not distinguished, “allows the Kumbh Mela and moves on. with mass protests as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.
No request for installation of Covid-19 in five-star hotel, according to Delhi High Court
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-04-2021; The Delhi High Court said on Tuesday it had made no request to create Covid-19 facilities for its judges, staff and their families at a five-star hotel.
- Taking cognizance of reports that 100 rooms at the Ashoka Hotel in the national capital had been converted into a COVID health center for Delhi High Court judges at his request, a bench of Judges Vipin Sanghi and Rekha said Palli: “No one was informed.”
- “We have not made such a request to take over the facilities of a five-star hotel,” the bench said, ordering the Delhi government to “take immediate corrective action.”
- In an order issued by the Chanakyapuri subdivision magistrate on April 25, it was stated that the Ashoka Hotel COVID facility would be associated with Primus Hospital.
- The ordinance also stated that the institution was being created at the request of the Delhi High Court.
- Calling the order “incorrect,” the court said the image projected as a result was that the Delhi High Court justices had taken it to their advantage or that the Delhi government had done so to appease the conflict.
- The High Court also disagreed with Senior Counsel Rahul Mehra’s claim that the media have done “wrongdoing”, saying that “the media are not wrong”.
- He said the media only pointed out what was wrong with the order and that it was the SDM order that was wrong.
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-04-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 1,78,26,509 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,99,136.
- The United States will begin sharing its full line of AstraZeneca vaccines once the vaccine passes federal safety reviews, the White House said, and up to 60 million doses are expected to be available for export within months to come up.
- The move significantly expands the action of the Biden administration last month to share about 4 million doses of the vaccine with Mexico and Canada.
- The AstraZeneca vaccine is widely used around the world, but is not yet licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
- The move comes as the White House is growing confident about the delivery of the three administered vaccines in the United States, especially after Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose injection restarted this weekend.
Australia on Tuesday suspended all direct passenger flights from India with immediate effect until May 15 due to the “very significant” increase in Covid-19 cases, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. He said the ban on arrivals from India would be reviewed before May 15.