Government has engaged in democratic process to complete delineation exercise: Modi tells J&K leaders
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-06-2021; Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when meeting with 14 leaders of eight major political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, said his government is committed to the democratic process and called for cooperation to complete the seat demarcation exercise of the Assembly in the Union territory which would lead to elections and a possible state.
- Government sources said that in his speech to political leaders of J&K, Prime Minister Modi said “Dilli ki doori kam honi chahiye aur Dil ki door bhi” (The distance from Delhi, seat of central power, and the distance between hearts should be removed) to convey the spirit in which the meeting was called.
- Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who led the congress delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on Thursday, said he filed five requests including the restoration of full status and the holding of elections.
- Azad told reporters after the meeting, which lasted more than three hours, that in the new bill, the government should protect land rights and guarantee jobs for residents.
- Other requests from the Congress delegation, which included the head of the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, and the former chief deputy minister, Tara Chand, also raised the question of the return of the Kashmir pundits in the valley and the release of all political detainees.
- However, it did not specifically mention the restoration of J & K’s special status under Article 370 or the status quo ante.
- Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference told the PTI after the meeting that his party will continue to challenge through legal and constitutional means the repeal of the special status of J&K under Article 370 of the Constitution.
- There is a loss of confidence that needs to be restored immediately and for that, to begin with, the Center must work to restore Jammu and Kashmir to its complete state, said Abdullah, member of Lok Sabha.
- I communicated to the Prime Minister that statehood means returning even to the executives of the IAS and IPS of Jammu and Kashmir. The state must be in its totality, he said.
Class 12 results: SC asks state councils to notify their own internal assessment plans of final grades within 10 days
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-06-2021; The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered state councils to notify their respective internal assessment programs for the final marks of grade 12 students within the next 10 days and ordered them to report the results by July 31.
- A bench of judges A.M. Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari refused to accept a request that a “uniform plan” of evaluation be made applicable to all school boards in the country.
- The court declared that each council, whether it was the CBSE, the ICSE or the state councils, was “autonomous and independent”. They could formulate their own plans after consulting with experts.
- However, the Court clarified that allowing the Councils to form their own independent regimes did not prevent the Court from judicially reviewing their accuracy and validity when the opportunity arose.
- By ordering state councils to report their results by July 31, the court has ensured that students across the country have a level playing field when it comes to university admissions and other higher education opportunities.
- Previously, the CBSE and ICSE had agreed in the Supreme Court to announce the results of the internal assessment of their grade 12 students by July 31.
- During the hearing, Judge Khanwilkar said orally that the University Scholarships Commission (UGC) should announce an admission deadline to encourage school boards to report Class 12 results on time.
- There should be no cause for uncertainty, Judge Maheshwari noted. Most states have canceled their Class 12 exams due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
why the DRDO had not issued licenses to as many reputable laboratories as possible – Madras High Court
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-06-2021; Judges N. Kirubakaran and TV Thamilselvi wanted to know why the DRDO had not issued licenses to as many reputable laboratories as possible to increase the production of the oral powder that has been approved for use as an adjunct in the treatment of moderate to moderate covid-19 patients.
- The judges said it was imperative for the government to boost production, especially when lakhs died in the first two waves of the pandemic and the threat of the third wave loomed large.
- They have asked a permanent lawyer from the central government to verify the response of the Ministry of Defense, DRDO and the Union Ministry of Health before Friday.
- The interim instruction was issued following a request for public interest litigation filed by D. Saravanan, a private sector employee based in Chennai.
- According to the petitioner, the DRDO Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) had developed the 2-DG oral powder and obtained an emergency use authorization from the Comptroller General of Medicines of India.
- Surprisingly though, the license to make the drug had only been granted to Dr. Reddy’s lab, who planned to sell it for 990 yen per sachet containing 2.34 g of oral powder.
- Fearing such a monopoly would bode ill, as thousands of lives would be lost due to the pandemic, the litigant insisted that several pharmaceutical companies be licensed.
- His attorney, T. Sundaravadanam, insisted that DRDO should not only share technical knowledge about the drug with various pharmaceutical companies, but also ensure that it was sold at an affordable price.
Rahul Gandhi Appears in Surat Court in Defamation Case
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-06-2021; Congress leader Rahul Gandhi appeared in Surat district court on Thursday to record his testimony in a defamation lawsuit filed by a Gujarat lawmaker, and denied making defamatory comments about people bearing the surname “Modi.”
- The complaint was filed by Surat BJP MLA Purnesh Modi about Gandhi’s alleged comment on the last name “Modi”.
- In his statement to Surat Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) AN Dave, Gandhi denied making defamatory comments about people with the last name Modi during a rally in Kolar, Karnataka ahead of the 2019 elections. To Lok Sabha.
- When the magistrate asked Gandhi if he said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave 30 million rupees to an industrialist, Gandhi told the court that, as a national leader, he continues to raise issues of corruption and unemployment in his speeches in the interest of of the nation, and it is your right to do so.
- When asked by the court if he said that everyone with the last name Modi were thieves, Gandhi claimed that he never said those words.
- Furthermore, to most of the remaining questions related to the evidence and witness statements in the case, Gandhi said “I don’t know.”
- After filing the deposition, the magistrate held the case for the next hearing on July 12.
- Previously, Rahul Gandhi appeared in court in October 2019 and pleaded not guilty to his comment.
- Lawmaker Purnesh Modi filed a lawsuit against Gandhi in April 2019 under Articles 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code, which deal with defamation.
- A week ago, CJM Dave ordered Gandhi to remain present on June 24 to record his statement in the case. In his complaint, the MLA alleged that Gandhi defamed the entire Modi community by saying “How come all thieves have Modi as their common last name?” Responding to a survey in 2019.
The best test team must be decided in at least three games: Kohli after losing the WTC final
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-06-2021; Echoing the views of head coach Ravi Shastri, Indian captain Virat Kohli said that the best test team in the world should be determined by a best-of-three final and not a single one as in the inaugural edition.
- India managed to bounce back to win the series against Australia and England, but failed to do so with the World Test Championship final, a one-off match against New Zealand that ended in an eight-wicket loss to Kohli’s men on Wednesday.
- Kohli believes that a multi-match final would also capture the essence of test cricket much better than a single match.
Covid Updates: The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 3, 01, 25,667 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 3,93,225.
Reliance Industries Ltd announced Thursday that Saudi Aramco Chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan will join the Indian conglomerate’s board of directors.
- The addition of Al-Rumayyan to our board of directors also marks the start of Reliance’s internationalization, Chairman Mukesh Ambani told shareholders on Thursday.
- Trained at Harvard, Al-Rumayyan (51) will replace Yogendra P Trivedi (92) who has expressed his desire to retire, Ambani said.
- Reliance had announced the sale of a 20% stake in its oil-chemicals business for $ 15 billion in 2019 to Aramco, the world’s largest exporter of oil.
- However, the deal was stalled after oil prices and demand fell last year due to the pandemic.