Post-election violence in West Bengal: NCW learns of suo motu attacks on women
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-05-2021; A team from the National Commission for Women (NCW) led by its president, Rekha Sharma, will travel to West Bengal to investigate attacks on women during post-election violence in the state.
- A statement released by NCW said it learned of the suo motu attacks after videos of women beaten in Nandigram were shared on Twitter.
- On May 3, BJP leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Sambit Patra shared videos of the party’s office in Nandigram being looted, as well as of female party supporters physically assaulted.
- The Commission also wrote to DGP West Bengal to investigate the cases of violence and arrest the accused.
- Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar on Tuesday and expressed deep distress over reports of post-election violence in the state.
- Several political parties, including the BJP, the CPI (M) and the Congress, alleged that their cadres were attacked by victorious members of the Trinamool Congress.
India will invest £ 530 million, including £ 240 million from the Serum Institute, and will create 6,500 jobs in the UK under the Modi-Johnson deal
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-05-2021; Britain has finalized £ 1 billion in new trade and investment with India, creating more than 6,500 jobs in the UK. The deal was signed Tuesday at a virtual summit between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
- The investments are part of an Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP), which will set the ambition to double the value of trade between the UK and India by 2030 and declare a common intention to start working towards’ a free trade agreement (FTA).
- The trade and investment package presented by Britain contains more than £ 533 million in new Indian investments in the UK, covering areas such as healthcare and technology.
- This includes a £ 240 million investment by the Serum Institute of India in the UK in its vaccine business and a new sales office in the country, which is expected to generate new business worth more than $ 1 billion.
- Serum’s investment will support clinical trials, research and development, and ‘eventually’ vaccine manufacturing, to help the UK and the world beat the coronavirus pandemic and other deadly diseases, Downing Street said.
- UK companies have also signed new export deals with India worth more than £ 446 million, which are expected to create more than 400 UK jobs.
- Johnson spoke with Indian business leaders from companies like Infosys and HCL last week, and large software companies are among the Indian companies listed in a series of investment deals, which are expected to create 1,000 jobs each in the United Kingdom.
- Others on the list include biotech company Global Gene Corp, TVS Motors, and Goila Butter Chicken.
Foreign aid for Covid-19 went mainly to central hospitals
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-05-2021; About 40 lakh of items, including medicines, oxygen cylinders and masks received as part of foreign aid, have been distributed to 86 institutions and hospitals, most of them run by the central government in 31 states and Union territories, according to a press release issued by the Union health Ministry.
- In the midst of the second wave of Covid-19, with more than 3 lakh of cases reported daily, India, for the first time in 17 years, decided to accept foreign aid.
- Emergency aid from various countries continued to arrive in the country. Seven tankers with 20 metric tons of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) arrived at the port of Mundra in Gujarat from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is the first shipment of LMOs to India, according to the Foreign Ministry.
- In a joint UK effort with the Indian Air Force (IAF), an IAF transport aircraft transported 450 oxygen cylinders to Chennai.
- While the fifth in a series of medical equipment shipments , including 545 oxygen concentrators, arrived from the United States a shipment from Kuwait arrived in India with 282 oxygen cylinders, 60 oxygen concentrators, ventilators and other medical supplies.
- Of Delhi’s eight hospitals, six that have received aid from foreign countries are run by the central government.
- Delhi is one of the states hardest hit by oxygen shortages, with the central government and the Delhi government led by the Aam Aadmi party vying for the allocation of oxygen.
- The allocation of oxygen is centrally controlled by a group of authorized officers.
- Lady Hardinge Medical College, Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and National Institute of Tuberculosis and lung diseases in Delhi have received foreign aid, the ministry said.
- Two other hospitals in Delhi and a hospital run by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in Noida have also received such assistance.
- The 24 categories of items that have been received from foreign countries include BiPAP machines, oxygen concentrators and cylinders, PSA oxygen plants, pulse oximeters, drugs such as Flaviparivir and Remdesivir, PPE suits, the N-95 masks and gowns.
Both SP and BJP claim victory at the U.P. panchayat elections
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-05-2021; Samajwadi party Chief Akhilesh Yadav said on Tuesday the party had been the “first preference” of voters at the panchayat ballot box in Uttar Pradesh, counting for it since May 2.
- However, the BJP claimed on Monday evening that it was ahead of other parties and that candidates linked to it had won 918 seats for members of the zilla panchayat, while in 557 others they had a decisive advantage.
- Parties do not issue their symbols for the three-tier panchayat polls, but indicate which candidates they support in the election of zilla panchayat.
- The SP did not mention the precise number of candidates supported by it who won. However, party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary claimed that the BJP received a shock in Gorakhpur and Varanasi, the political territory of Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, respectively.
- The SP was also very successful in Lucknow, he said, adding that the BJP “stuff” hadn’t worked even in Prayagraj, Etawah and Azamgarh.
- The State Election Commission said Monday evening that 2.32 members of lakh gram panchayat, 38,317 gram of panchayat pradhans, 55,925 kshetra panchayat members and 181 members of Zilla Panchayat had been elected so far.
Bill and Melinda Gates announce the end of the marriage
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-05-2021; Bill and Melinda Gates have said they will divorce but will continue to work together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest charitable foundations in the world.
- In identical tweets, the Microsoft co-founder and his wife said they made the decision to end their 27-year marriage.
- Bill Gates was previously the richest person in the world and his fortune is estimated at over $ 100 billion. How the couple ends up establishing their assets and any impact on the foundation will be closely watched.
- The Gates were married in 1994 in Hawaii. They met after joining Microsoft as a product manager in 1987.
- The Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the world’s most influential private foundation, with a donation valued at nearly $ 50 billion.
- It focuses on education in the United States and issues of health and develop.
Twitter permanently suspends Kangana Ranaut’s account
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-05-2021; On Tuesday, Twitter permanently suspended actor Kangana Ranaut‘s account following a series of controversial tweets about the situation in West Bengal, prompting strong reactions on social media.
- Kangana is still active on his Instagram account, where he shared a video about how the violence in West Bengal left her “in trouble” and “beyond words” and called it “the death of democracy.”
- She posted the video stating that it was an important message to our government about the violence in Bengal.
HC asks the Center why it should not be despised for not delivering oxygen to Delhi as ordered
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-05-2021; The Delhi High Court on Tuesday ordered the Center to show why contempt proceedings should not be brought against it for failing to comply with the order to provide oxygen to Delhi for the treatment of Covid-19 patients, PTI reported.
- A court of judges Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli also rejected the Center’s argument that Delhi was not entitled to 700 metric tons of medical oxygen given the existing medical infrastructure.
- The High Court ordered two senior central government officials to appear before it on Wednesday to respond to the notification. He said the detailed Supreme Court order of April 30 told the central government to deliver 700 tons of oxygen per day to Delhi, not just 490 tons.
- Further added that the Supreme Court had already ordered and now the Supreme Court also says that the Center will have to immediately deliver 700 tons of oxygen per day to Delhi, by any means.
BCCI suspends 2021 IPL after players test positive for Covid-19
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-05-2021; The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended indefinitely, according to IPL President Brijesh Patel. BCCI was forced to answer the call because at least four computers were affected by Covid-19.
- Earlier today, Sunrisers Hyderabad goalkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals leg thrower Amit Mishra were diagnosed with Covid-19 infection.
- Several members of the biosecurity bubbles from the two franchises confirmed to The Hindu that Saha and Mishra had tested positive for Covid-19.
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-05-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2,04,14,886 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 2,23,398.
- In light of the increase in Covid-19 cases, the Bihar government announced on Tuesday a shutdown from May 5-15, with guidelines that all offices, educational institutions, religious sites and commercial establishments will be closed except for the essential services.
- Patna High Court, which on Monday criticized the government for its inability to control the Covid-19 situation and said “impose a shutdown or the court will order it,” observed Tuesday that “at least one order had been honored.”
The telecommunications department on Tuesday approved requests from telcos Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and MTNL, to conduct 5G testing, but none of them will use technologies from Chinese entities, PTI reported.
- The list of telecommunications equipment manufacturers approved for testing includes technologies developed locally by Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, C-DOT and Reliance Jio.
- This means that Chinese equipment manufacturers will not be part of the 5G trials. Initially, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea submitted proposals for testing using Huawei’s Chinese technology.
- Subsequently, they submitted applications in which the tracks will be made without technologies from Chinese suppliers.