CPI (M) removes high-level ministers from office
Daily NEWS Summary | 18-05-2021; The state committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday removed high-level ministers K.K. Shylaja, Kadakampally Surendran and A.C. Moideen of the next cabinet of Pinarayi Vijayan. Instead, he named Shylaja as the party’s whip at the next assembly.
- Shylaja’s non-inclusion in the Cabinet is a surprise to many. The Health Minister had presented himself as the face of Kerala’s fight against the Nipah virus and later the Covid-19.
- Shylaja won with a decisive majority of 60,000 votes from Mattannur to Kannur. She told a news channel that the party’s decision was paramount.
- This was a collective recommendation in line with the CPI (M) line to pivot government responsibilities.
- Unsurprisingly, the CPI (M) appointed Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan as head of the legislative party and, therefore, as chief designate minister.
- Party has included two female lawmakers in the new cabinet. They are the former mayor of Thrissur R. Bindu and Veena George.
- Bindu is the wife of the Acting Secretary of State of the CPI (M), A. Vijayaraghavan. The party nominated Mr B. Rajesh as a candidate for the role of spokesperson.
- The president of the Federation of Young Democrats of India and Vijayan’s son-in-law, Mohammed Riyaz, would get a cabinet post.
- Presidential candidate M.B. Rajesh told reporters that the party paved the way for a new group of party leaders to gain legislative and administrative experience.
- The new cabinet, a mix of youth and experience, also reflected Kerala’s social integration, a party spokesperson said.
- The CPI (M) had marked a generational change by removing from the election arena many high-level ministers, including Finance Minister Thomas Isaac, Industry Minister EP Jayarajan and Minister of Works public G. Sudhakaran.
- Vijayan also indicated that this would be his last term as chief minister.
- The central leadership of the CPI (M) refrained from criticizing the decision to remove K.K. Shylaja from Cabinet, putting accountability in place at the state committee.
Morally and socially unacceptable Live-in relationships, according to Punjab & Haryana HC
Daily NEWS Summary | 18-05-2021; The High Court of Punjab and Haryana has ruled that cohabitation relationships are morally and socially unacceptable, an observation that runs counter to the position of the Supreme Court which recognizes them, PTI reported.
- The Superior Court made this observation by rejecting a petition filed by a couple on the run seeking protection. In their petition, Gulza Kumari (19) and Gurwinder Singh (22) said they were living together and intended to be married soon.
- They learned that Kumari’s parents posed a danger to their lives.
- In his May 11 order, Judge HS Madaan said: “In fact, the petitioners in the petition filing this petition are asking for the seal of approval of their relationship as a couple, which is morally and socially unacceptable and not the protection order. in the petition can be approved. “
- “The petition is therefore dismissed,” his order said.
- According to the petitioners’ lawyer, J S Thakur, Singh and Kumari lived together in Tarn Taran district. The parents of Ludhiana’s wife did not approve of their relationship.
- The couple were unable to marry as Kumari’s documents, which contain details of his age, were in the possession of his family, Thakur added.
The Supreme Court has taken a different view on the matter in the past.
Daily NEWS Summary | 18-05-2021; A bench of three Supreme Court judges ruled in May 2018 that an adult couple had the right to live together even without marriage. He made this clear when he said that a 20-year-old woman from Kerala, whose marriage had been called off, could choose who she wanted to live with.
- The higher court had ruled that cohabitation relationships were now even recognized by the legislator and had found a place under the provisions of the 2005 law on the protection of women against domestic violence.
Manipur reporter booked after saying cow urine and manure couldn’t cure Covid-19
Daily NEWS Summary | 18-05-2021; Imphal Police reserved journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem and political activist Erendro Leichombam under the National Security Act of 1980 for their Facebook posts allegedly ridiculing the death of BJP state president S. Tikendra Singh.
- The duo were arrested on May 13 after the BJP leader succumbed to Covid-19. Referring to his death, both had said that cow urine and dung were not cures for the viral infection.
- His arrest was based on a complaint filed by Manipur General Secretary BJP P. Premananda Meetei and Vice President Usham Deban Singh.
- An order issued by Imphal West District Magistrate Th. Kirankumar said on Monday that Wangkhem “will be detained under section 3 (2) of the 1980 National Security Act, until further information orders be issued upon his release on bail “.
- The reporter and Leichombam were then registered with the NSA, Imphal West Police Commissioner L. Meghachandra Singh said.
- On Monday, the chief judicial magistrate of the district posted a bond to the duo for the execution of a personal recognition bond of ₹ 50,000 each with “a bond of a similar amount” on condition that they do not repeat a “Similar offense in the future”.
Now prepare a Covid-19 strategy for children, warns Rahul Gandhi
Daily NEWS Summary | 18-05-2021; Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday urged the Narendra Modi government to prepare a Covid-19 protocol for children as they need protection now.
- Although the total number of Covid-19 cases has stabilized, and the number of cases has decreased in recent days, experts are warning of a new third wave that could affect children.
- The congressman, who warned of a Covid-19 tsunami as early as February last year, also warned of a third wave due to the slow pace and steady decline in the number of vaccines due to vaccine shortages.
- “The disastrous vaccination strategy of the Indian government will ensure a devastating third wave. Can’t say enough: India needs a proper vaccine strategy! Gandhi had said last Saturday.
Daily NEWS Summary | 18-05-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2,53,96,581 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 2,80,753.
- So far, less than 2% of India’s total population has been affected by Covid-19 and 98% of the population remains susceptible or vulnerable to the infection, the government said Tuesday.
- The government said a continued decline in active cases had been observed over the past 15 days. From 17.13% of the total cases reported on May 3, it fell to 13.3%, he added.
- The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday extended the deadline for schools to submit Class X exam results until June 30, citing the Covid-19 pandemic.
- On May 1, the CBSE notified a class X grade tabulation policy based on an internal evaluation of the schools, and the deadline for submitting grades is June 5.
- The CBSE had said in the notification that it would report the results before June 20. On Tuesday, however, the Council extended the deadline for the submission of grades by schools to June 30, “given the situation of the pandemic, the closure in the states and the safety of teachers and other school personnel.