Outbreak of the Nanda Devi glacier
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; Part of the Nanda Devi Glacier broke in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, causing an avalanche and flooding in the Alaknanda river system.
- The mid-day flash floods on the Dhauli Ganga, Rishi Ganga and Alaknanda rivers, all intimately linked tributaries of the Ganges, have caused widespread panic and large-scale devastation in high mountain areas.
- Two power projects, NTPC’s Hydel Tapovan-Vishnugad project and Hydel Rishi Ganga project, suffered significant damage, with dozens of workers trapped in tunnels as floodwaters rushed.
- The explosion of the Uttarakhand glacier caused an estimated loss of Rs 1.5 billion on the 480 mw Hydel Tapovan-Vishnugad project of the NTPC and put a question mark on its commissioning scheduled for 2023.
- The project was due to be commissioned in 2023. But now there is a question mark over how long it will take to remove it as thousands of tonnes of silt are found on the project site.
- At the moment, it is difficult to say when we will be able to resume work on the site and when the project will be commissioned. However, the Union Minister ruled out any possibility of abandoning the project.
- Uttarakhand’s flood death toll rose to 81 as five more bodies were recovered, various agencies rushed against the clock to reach around 30 workers trapped in a tunnel at a project site electric and 175 people were still missing.
- Two of the bodies were found in the rubble of the village of Raini, officials from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said, two days after part of the Nanda Devi Glacier may have overflowed, causing avalanche and flooding in the Alaknanda river system.
- Those missing include people working on NTPC’s 480 MW Tapovan-Vishnugad project and 13.2 MW Rishiganga Hydel project and villagers whose neighboring houses were razed.
- Teams from the Army, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Disaster Response Force (SDRF) coordinated their efforts to rescue some 30 people who were working in a tunnel in the Tapovan-Vishnugad project when the waters rushed.
- The workers are trapped in the 12-foot-high and approximately 2.5 km-long Head Race Tunnel (HRT).
- “We will give ₹ 4 lakh in compensation to the families of the dead. Five residents were said to have been washed away by the flash flood. The missing people are around 125; this figure could also be higher,” Chief Minister of Uttarakhand TS Rawat at a press conference on Sunday.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi also approved an ex-gratia of ₹ 2 lakh each from PMNRF for relatives of those who lost their lives due to the tragic avalanche caused by an ice breach in Chamoli, Uttrakhand. Rs 50,000 would be given to seriously injured people.
Chinese military says both sides have started to separate from Pangong Lake
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; The Chinese military said on Wednesday that frontline troops from India and China have started withdrawing from the northern and southern shores of Lake Pangong, where the two sides have been at an impasse for months. publish a statement on development.
- The Chinese Defense Ministry statement said it followed a consensus reached in the latest round of talks between corps commanders on Jan. 24.
- People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Colonel Major Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Defense Ministry, said in a statement issued in Beijing, based on the consensus reached in the ninth round of Commander level talks between China and India.
- Frontline Chinese units and Indian Armed Forces on the southern and northern shores of Lake Pangong began to synchronously disconnect in a planned manner. However, the Indian military has yet to confirm this development.
- In response to the comment by Union Minister of State for State Transport and Roads VK Singh on Sunday, India has transgressed more times than China along the Royal Line of Control (LAC), but the government does not announce it, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, at a press conference today. he described it as “an involuntary confession”.
Parliamentary deliberations: Prime Minister sees “aandolan jeevi” and a new “FDI”
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; Prime Minister Narendra Modi coined two terms on Monday, “aandolan jeevi” (professional protesters) and “foreign destructive ideology” to poke fun at the opposition and some foreign protesters and people who tweeted in support of the current farmer agitation.
- In response to the vote of thanks in the president’s speech at the Rajya Sabha, Modi said that India is not only the largest democracy in the world; she was the “mother of democracy”.
- A new type of FDI had emerged in the country and it was “foreign destructive ideology.” “We need to be more aware to save the country from such an ideology,” he said.
- Modi spoke of a new generation of protesters, the “aandolan-jeevi”, who could be seen with every commotion. Recently, international pop star Rihanna shared an article about the continuing farmer riots on Twitter, asking why this had not been discussed enough.
- This prompted an unusual response from the government: she issued a press release, saying it was “unfortunate to see interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests and derail them.”
- Samyukta Kisan Morcha, who is leading the farmers’ protests, condemned Prime Minister Narendra’s statements in Parliament about “jeevi andolan”. In a press release, SKM “condemned” Prime Minister Modi’s “insult” to farmers.
PM firmly defends three laws in the agricultural sector
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; Responding to Lok Sabha in the debate on the vote of thanks in the president’s speech at the joint session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi vigorously defended the three contentious farm laws and attacked the opposition for “misleading” them.
- Farmers, claiming that those who mock the House are doing it as a “well-planned strategy” because they are unable to understand that people can see the truth.
- Trying to dispel misgivings about agricultural laws, Modi said that no agricultural “mandi” (market) had closed after the enactment of the three laws and that the MSP had not been closed, but that the MSP did not close after enactment. of the three laws had only increased, which no one can deny.
- Congress left Lok Sabha when Prime Minister Modi explained the government’s position on the three agricultural laws.
- Noting that the kind of investment needed for agriculture is not happening, Modi said that it is necessary to attract investment and modernize agriculture to empower the sector.
Kashmir will soon cease to have representation in the Rajya Sabha
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; With the retirement of four MPs this month, the former state of Jammu and Kashmir, for the first time, will find itself without representation in Rajya Sabha.
- The terms of two PDP deputies, Rajya Sabha, Nazir Ahmed Laway and Mir Mohammed Fayaz, expire on February 10 and 15, respectively, while Azad’s term ends on February 15.
- The mandate of BJP MP Shamsher Singh Manhas on February 10. Since J&K does not have an elected Assembly and elections are suspended, the territory of the Union will remain without a voice in the Upper House of Parliament.
Rajnath Singh confirms withdrawal of LAC troops from Ladakh
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; India and China have reached a disengagement agreement in the Pangong Lake region to end their advanced deployments in a gradual, coordinated and verified manner and this will substantially restore the situation to what it was before the stagnation in China last year, he said. Defense Minister Rajnath. Singh briefed Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
“Four people run this country,” said Rahul Gandhi, in violent attack on government
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; Prime Minister Narendra Modi rules the country with a policy of “hum do hamare do (we two, us two)”, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi told parliament today.
- It alleged that this policy has been evident in all major political decisions of the dispensation, be it demonetization, GST implementation, Covid-19 related lockdown, and most recently, the three agricultural laws.
- Farm laws, he said, will not only bankrupt farmers, they will cut out middlemen and have a “devastating effect” on small businesses and entrepreneurs.
- It will be a “blow” for small and medium enterprises, which will “destroy” the rural economy of India. Gandhi also led his party members and those of the TMC and DMK into a two-minute silence to mourn the deaths of 194 farmers who were killed in the ongoing agricultural unrest.
India is “Internet shutdown” capital of the world, says Anand Sharma
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; Congress leader Anand Sharma today described India as the “Internet shutdown” capital of the world. He attacked the government of Rajya Sabha for the recent round of internet bans aimed at covering up coverage of the unrest by farmers in the border areas of Delhi.
- The country experienced seven internet outages over the New Year, including five at the Delhi-NCR farmers protest site. “India is the biggest democracy in the world.
- But today we have become the Internet shutdown capital of the world, ”Sharma said during the debate on the vote of thanks.
The Super Bowl features a 30-second TV commercial about the farmers protest.
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; This year’s Super Bowl, a championship football game that is also one of the most watched events on American television, featured a 30-second commercial of the ongoing farmer upheaval in India, calling it ” most popular event in history “.
- The announcement was funded by the Sikh community in Fresno, a city in central California, according to a thank-you tweet from Kisan Ekta Morcha, who is the official voice of the protesters. This year’s 30-second Super Bowl spot cost $ 5.5 million, and last year’s championship audience was around 100 million.
- The ad begins with a quote from Martin Luther King: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Images of the parade of farmers’ tractors and their border camps overlap with text denouncing human rights violations against protesters. Punjabi music plays as “No farmers, no food, no future” flashes on the screen.
- Includes a message from Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer. “We want you to know, our brothers and sisters in India, that we are with you,” he said.
- Fresno has a large Sikh population, up to 40,000, according to some local reports. Pop music icon Rihanna’s viral tweet about the protests is also mentioned.
SC panel meets agribusiness for advice on agricultural laws
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; The panel appointed by the Supreme Court to review the three controversial land reform laws met with representatives of 18 agribusinesses on Tuesday as part of its stakeholder consultations.
- He has already met with farmers’ associations and farmer-producer organizations that were broadly in favor of the reforms, but has yet to meet with any of the unions who have been protesting at the Delhi borders for two months and a half, demanding the repeal laws.
- In its sixth round of consultations on Tuesday, the panel met with representatives from Amul, ITC, Suguna Foods and Venkateshwara Hatcheries, as well as industry lobby groups such as IIC and FICCI .
- Other stakeholders who provided input included associations representing seafood exporters, rice processors and exporters, poultry feed manufacturers, grain and pulse traders, cotton factories and traders, and tractor and fertilizer manufacturers.
- Government bodies such as the Food Corporation of India, the Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority and the Marine Products Export Development Authority have also been asked to comment on the laws.
Bhima Koregaon Case: Key Evidence Against Defendants Presented With Malware, According To Digital Forensic Report
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; A report by Arsenal Consulting, a digital forensic analyst from Chelsea, United States, denied the electronic evidence collected by the investigative agency against Rona Wilson, 42, and 15 other people arrested in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, including Surendra.
- Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Shoma. Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Arun Ferriera, Vernon Gonslaves, Sudha Bharadwaj, and P. Varavara Rao.
- Arsenal Consulting, which was commissioned by the American Bar Association to examine the cloned copy of Wilson’s computer hard drive, said a hacker had searched his computer for a 22-month period to lock documents, which took to an investigation that allegedly unraveled a plot by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi “in another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident.”
- Wilson filed a petition in Bombay High Court requesting that the FIR and the indictment against him be vacated in light of this report. Her request explains how a hacker exploited the IP addresses provided by a “Host Sailor” and used proxy servers to plant a “NetWire Trojan.”
- This first put Wilson under surveillance and then remotely via malware, she turned over various files, including incriminating correspondence with other defendants.
- It was this correspondence that was used, first by Pune police and later by the National Investigative Agency (NIA), as evidence against the activists, the petition read.
ED raids NewsClick and its backers in Delhi for money laundering
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; The Compliance Directorate (ED) conducted searches on February 9 of the premises of a Delhi-based information portal and its promoters on charges of alleged money laundering, official sources said.
- They said that the facilities of the NewsClick website and its promoters in Saidullajab in South Delhi and other areas were being searched.
- Steps are being taken to gather additional information to investigate money laundering charges against the news company and its promoters, the sources said. They said the investigation was linked to suspicious foreign funding.
- The homes of some of Newsclick’s top executives were also searched, including head of human resources Amit Chakravarty, editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha and one of the editors, Pranjal.
- Experienced journalists such as Abhisar Sharma, Urmilesh Singh, and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta have been regularly greeted by NewsClick.
- NewsClick is one of the news platforms that for the last three months has been constantly covering farmers’ protests. Also known for his focus on working-class issues, including labor rights issues and issues faced by sanitation workers.
Pope Francis appoints first woman to synod leadership
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; Pope Francis broke with Catholic tradition by appointing a woman undersecretary of the synod of bishops, the first to hold the post of voter in a body that studies the main doctrinal issues.
- The French Nathalie Becquart is one of the two new undersecretaries appointed on February 6 at the synod, where she has been a consultant since 2019.
- This appointment marks the pontiff’s desire “for a greater participation of women in the discernment and decision process.” to do in the church, ”said Cardinal Mario Grech, general secretary of the synod.
- The synod is headed by bishops and cardinals who have the right to vote and also includes experts who cannot vote, and the next meeting is scheduled for fall 2022.
- A special synod in the Amazon in 2019 saw 35 women “listeners” invited to the assembly. but none could vote.
- The Argentine-born pope has expressed his desire to reform the synod and give a greater role to women and laity in the Church.
Biden speaks with Xi by phone, highlights concerns over China’s economic practices
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; US President Joe Biden spoke with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Wednesday evening (Washington time), the first call between the two leaders since Biden took office on January 20.
- Biden highlighted concerns about Beijing’s economic practices, its human rights record and “assertive actions in the region” while affirming its priority to preserve a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” the White House said in a lecture of the call.
- However, Xi is said to have said that Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang are internal affairs of China, according to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency. China and the United States should “jointly safeguard peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region”,
- The Biden administration is conducting a review of the Trump administration’s trade policies in China, as well as a review of the impact of Chinese tech companies on U.S. national security.
- The administration is also not moving forward, at least for now, with the Trump administration’s ban on social media app TikTok and its acquisition by a U.S. company, according to reports.
Coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from Chinese lab, WHO team says
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; The coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped on humans from an animal, an expert from the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.
- WHO food safety and animal disease expert Peter Ben Embarek conducted the assessment at the end of a visit to the city of Wuhan in central China, where a team of scientists investigating the possible origins of the coronavirus.
- The first cases were discovered in the city in December 2019. The Wuhan Institute of Virology has collected numerous samples of the virus, which has led to claims that it may have been the cause of the outbreak of the virus. ‘origin by fleeing the virus into the surrounding community.
- China has vigorously rejected this possibility and promoted other theories that the virus may have originated elsewhere. The team is examining various theories about how the disease first ended in humans.
- Along with the institute, the WHO team, which includes experts from 10 countries, visited hospitals, research institutes, a traditional market linked to the epidemic and other sites during their visit.
Biden emphasizes willingness to defend democratic institutions of the day with Modi: White House
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; US President Joe Biden discussed his democratic institutions and standards with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a White House reading on the call between the two leaders.
- While the White House said the two leaders spoke of a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” it also said Biden had emphasized “his desire to defend democratic institutions and norms around the world.”
- He also “noted that a shared commitment to democratic values is the foundation of the US-Indian relationship.” This suggests an additional emphasis on the bilateral relationship, compared to the Trump administration, which had focused on the security aspect, largely driven by China’s growing aggression and assertion.
- The language of reading is important in the context of the farmers’ protest in Delhi as it gained visibility in the United States, with celebrities and members of the US Congress referencing them on social media.
- MEA reading of the call said the two leaders, “India and the United States pointed out. The association is firmly anchored in a shared commitment to democratic values and common strategic interests ”.
More than 6 lakhs of Indians have renounced Indian citizenship in the past five years
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; In the years 2015-2019, up to 6,764,074 Indians renounced Indian citizenship and took up citizenship of other countries, the Lok Sabha Interior Ministry informed today.
- Interestingly, these were also the years when the rise of hyper-nationalism was seen as a major force in national politics and culture.
- A 2018 report from an investment firm reported that India had lost 23,000 dollar millionaires since 2014, ranking at the top of the list of countries that have experienced an exodus of the haves.
Government reversal of the UPSC exams
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; The Union government informed the Supreme Court on Friday that it was “fine” to award UPSC applicants who had exhausted their last chance during the last preliminary examination on October 4, 2020 but are not subject to the age restriction , another test hit this year.
- The move marks a virtual turn from the government’s previous position, when it informed the Supreme Court on January 22 that it would refuse to give applicants, including “last resort” exams, another chance at exams.
- An affidavit filed by her in court a month ago argued that any further attempt or age reduction for some applicants would amount to extending differential treatment.
- This would lead to a “leveling of the rules of the game”. The midshipmen who moved the court had asked for another chance, saying their preparations and performance on the October 4 exam had failed due to the “myriad and inevitable circumstances suffered as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
- The government said the room for maneuver was “once, limited ex gratia” for those who appeared for the 2020 Civil Service Exam as their “last authorized attempt.”
- When appearing in court directed by Judge A.M. Khanwilkar in a virtual hearing, Additional Attorney General S.V. Raju read a memo saying that candidates with room for maneuver should not be subject to the age restriction.
- The memorandum notes that applicants whose number of attempts has not been exhausted cannot make use of this one relaxation.
- The Chamber has asked the government to circulate the note.
- This easing for candidates, and to the extent prescribed, will only be a one-time easing and will only apply to the appearance at CSE-2021 and will not be considered a precedent.
- The easing will not create vested interests of any kind, or any other presumed rights based on parity or otherwise, in favor of any other group / category of applicants at any time in the future, the note reads.
Have full confidence in justice: Faruqui
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; Comedian Munawar Faruqui, who was released from prison after 35 days for allegedly hurting religious sentiments, has said that he has full confidence in justice and hopes that justice will be served.
- Faruqui was released from Indore Central Prison on Saturday night after prison officials verified the Supreme Court bail order on the website of him, a prison official.
- Arrested for allegedly hurting religious feelings, Mr. Faruqui had been in prison since January 1. The Supreme Court granted him provisional bail on Friday after the Madhya Pradesh High Court rejected his request for bail on January 28.
- The Supreme Court also suspended the production order issued against Mr. Faruqui by a court in Prayagraj as part of an FIR filed there.
- However, he was not released on Saturday night until an Indore chief magistrate called prison authorities and asked them to check the Supreme Court website for the execution order.
- Supreme Court granted bail to comedian Munawar Faruqui on Friday in a case registered by Madhya Pradesh police for attacking religious sentiments.
- Interestingly, the police had argued that he was arrested because he was about to make a joke that allegedly offended religious sentiments. In a brief hearing, the three-judge panel, led by Judge Rohinton Fali Nariman, also suspended a production order issued by the Uttar Pradesh government against Faruqui in a separate case based on the same facts.
- Noting that the accusations against him were vague, Judge Nariman said the police did not follow the legal procedure prescribed by article 41 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) before arresting the comedian.
- Justice Nariman noted that the Supreme Court, in a scathing decision in Arnesh Kumar against the state of Bihar in 2014, warned state governments and their police not to deprive personal liberty without following due process of law. The arrest is not a harassment tool, the court warned.
- “Tell us, Mr. Kirpal, if the police followed Article 41 before arresting you,” Judge Nariman asked Faruqui’s lawyer.
- “No, my lord … not at all,” Irpal replied.
- “So that’s all it takes to post bail,” Judge Nariman said, before immediately sending a notice to Madhya Pradesh police explaining his actions.
- “The article 41 procedure was not followed, although the Supreme Court had emphasized it in the Arnesh Kumar judgment of 2014,” Judge Nariman observed, before granting Faruqui a “provisional bond.”
- On January 28, the Madhya Pradesh HC had refused to post bail, forcing the actor to appeal to a higher court.
- In Arnesh Kumar, the Supreme Court considered how “arrest brings humiliation, restricts freedom and leaves scars forever.” Police had not learned their lesson or lost their colonial image despite decades of independence, the court observed.
Judge SC hails PM as a “popular, dynamic and visionary leader”
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; Supreme Court Justice Mr. R. Shah described Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday as “our most popular, beloved, dynamic and visionary leader,” PTI reported.
- Judge Shah’s eulogy of the prime minister came during a Diamond Jubilee performance of the Gujarat High Court. He was proud that the Gujarat High Court had never crossed the “Lakshman Rekha” (limits of power / code of conduct) and had always done justice, he said.
- Last year, Judge Arun Mishra‘s eulogy of Prime Minister Modi at an event drew attention.
- Judge Mishra, now a retired SC judge, had described Modi as a “visionary of international renown.” In his speech on Saturday, Judge Shah also said that the Gujarat High Court was his “karmbhoomi”, where he practiced as a lawyer for 22 years and was a judge for 14 years.
- Modi issued a commemorative stamp on the performance. He also praised the country’s justice system and said that he had done well in his duty to protect the rights of the people and defend individual freedom.
Consensual sex between minors is a “legal gray area,” explains Bombay HC, which grants bail to a teenage girl convicted of rape.
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; The Bombay High Court recently released a 19-year-old on bail and suspended his 10-year sentence for raping his young cousin.
- In September 2017, the minor was living with her paternal uncle.
- She reportedly told a friend that her cousin had touched her inappropriately and that she had a stomach ache. The friend told the teacher that she asked the same question of the victim, and she told the teacher that she had been sexually harassed by her cousin and suffered penetration assault.
- The ordeal was then described to the school principal, after which an FIR was registered against the child under Sections 376 (2) (n) and 354 of the Indian Penal Code, as well as Sections 3, 4 , 5 and 6 of POCSO. At the end of the trial, he was sentenced to ten years of criminal imprisonment.
- However, Justice S.S. Shinde noted that, “In this case the facts are distinctive in that the victim is the appellant’s first cousin. At the relevant time, she was 15 years old and the appellant 19.
- They were both students and lived in a house. The fact that the victim retracted [retracted] his statement under article 164 – recording of confessions and statements of the Code of Criminal Procedure cannot be ignored.
- Even her mother was hostile to prosecution. The doctor’s opinions that the victim had been sexually assaulted were the subject of the Forensic Science Laboratory report and were not obtained until the end of the trial.
- The court suspended his sentence and recorded: “The victim stated that his statement to the police and the recounting of the statement under section 164 were at the request of the teacher.
- Therefore, in the process by which a stay of sentence is sought, this Court cannot ignore the “evidence of the victim” and “her mother”.
- In granting bail to young people, the Court said: “I am aware that the adoption of the POCSO was an important and progressive step in guaranteeing the rights of children and advancing the cause of child protection.against sexual abuse. The letter and spirit of the law, which defines a child as anyone under the age of 18, is to protect children from sexual abuse. I am also aware that consensual sex between minors is in a legal gray area because the consent given by the minor is not considered valid consent in the eyes of the law.
After oils, FSSAI limits trans fats in food
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) changed its rules to place a limit on trans fatty acids (TFAs) in food products, just weeks after tightening standards for oils and fats.
“Food products in which edible oils and fats are used as an ingredient must not contain industrial trans fatty acids more than 2% by mass of the total oils / fats present in the product, as of January 1, 2022”,according to the revised regulations recently notified and made public on Friday.
- In December, it capped TFAs in oils and fats at 3% by 2021 and 2% by 2022 from current levels of 5%.
- The two percent limit is seen as the elimination of trans fatty acids, which we will achieve by 2022. We are happy to say that we will meet this target one year ahead of the WHO deadline. We have held eight meetings with industry stakeholders and they are on board to implement the rules, ”said FSSAI Executive Director Arun Singhal.
- Trans fatty acids are found in baked, fried, and processed foods, as well as adulterated ghee, which solidifies at room temperature.
- They are the most harmful form of fat, clogging arteries and causing high blood pressure, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular disease.
One Nation, One Ombudsman : RBI to Integrate the Consumer Complaint System
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; The RBI announced today that it will integrate consumer complaint resolution under a single ombudsman from the three regimes currently in operation. Currently, there are ombudsman programs dedicated to resolving consumer complaints at banks, non-bank financial companies, and digital transactions, respectively.
- This decision is aimed at facilitating the complaints process by allowing customers of banks, NBFCs and non-bank issuers of prepaid instruments to register their complaints as part of the integrated system, with a centralized benchmark, he said.
- The RBI aims to implement the integrated electronic ombudsman program in June 2021, he said. Das said that protecting financial consumers has gained a high political priority in all jurisdictions and that the RBI has taken a number of initiatives in this direction.
- RBI had implemented the Complaints Management System (CMS) portal as a comprehensive solution for the resolution of out-of-court disputes regarding customer complaints that were not satisfactorily resolved by regulated entities.
Twitter is holding back some accounts after the government. commands, says in a blog that it will not block media accounts
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; Twitter said in a blog post Wednesday that it retained “some” of the accounts the Indian government ordered it to block for allegedly spreading disinformation about the farmers’ protest. However, they added that action had only been taken against selected accounts, as Twitter did not believe that the government’s orders were “consistent with Indian law.”
- Twitter has received several separate blocking orders from the Indian government’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act,the company said in a blog. Of these, two were emergency blocking orders that we temporarily complied with, but subsequently restored access to the content in a way that we believed was in accordance with Indian law.
- Twitter said that since the government sent it a notice of non-compliance, it wanted to clarify the steps it had taken to censor harmful content. The platform had unblocked 250 accounts by tweeting with a supposedly objectionable hashtag on February 1, just hours after they were held.
Government Responds to Twitter Blog About Koo
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; Amid the ongoing struggle between the government and Twitter, Union ministers and ministries have created accounts on Koo, an Indian alternative to Twitter.
- Union Minister Piyush Goyal, for example, announced on Twitter on Tuesday: “I am now in Koo. Connect with me on this Indian microblogging platform for exciting and exclusive updates in real time. Let’s share our thoughts and ideas about Koo.
- Today, in response to the Twitter blog post, the government said in a post on Koo: “At the request of Twitter seeking to meet with the government, the IT secretary had to interact with senior management on Twitter.
- In this regard, a blog post published before this engagement is unusual. Govt. will share your answer soon.
Weekly NEWS Summary | 05-11 Feb 2021; More than 18 months after being phased out following the repeal of J & K’s special status, 4G broadband internet services are being restored in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior government official said today. “4G mobile internet services are being restored across J&K,” tweeted Rohit Kansal, spokesperson for the Jammu and Kashmir administration. Services are expected to resume from midnight Friday.
The RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has decided to keep the key liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) repurchase rate unchanged at 4.0%. As a result, the LAF repo rate remains unchanged at 3.35% and the Permanent Marginal Facility (MSF) rate and discount rate at 4.25%.
- The MPC has also decided to maintain the accommodative stance for as long as necessary, at least in the current fiscal year and into the next fiscal year, to reactivate growth and mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the economy.
The country’s aircraft components sector is expected to double from Rs 30 billion today to Rs 60 billion in 2024, according to Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
- On Aero India’s last day today, Singh said government efforts to reduce defense imports by at least $ 2 billion by 2022 would be sustained. “We have signed 128 memoranda of understanding (MoU) and 19 technology transfers (ToT).
- In addition, of the 45 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) participating in Aero India, 21 have received orders worth Rs 203 million. It’s a great achievement, ”he said.
In its latest report, the Democracy Watch Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said 12,924 election bonds worth 6,534 crore were sold between March 2018 and January 2021.
- It also found that of the 28 ministers whose declared assets were analyzed, 26 (93%) were Crorepatis, while their net worth, on average, was Rs 4.46 million.
Significantly, the ADR report indicated that 2,301 or 97.50% of groups registered to receive donations were unrecognized parties. In addition, contribution reports for only 78 of the 2,301 registered unrecognized parties (3.39%) were available in the public domain for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
While the government is expected to announce a regulatory code for OTT platforms soon, the Internet and Mobile Association of India announced on Thursday the adoption of a “toolbox” by 17 players, including Netflix, Disney + Hotstar and Amazon Prime .
- As of Feb. 10, the purpose of the toolkit, the industry body said, was to help achieve effective self-regulatory goals as envisioned in the Code, and to respond to comments received from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on conflict of interest issues and prohibited content.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court refused to consider a request by a group of lawyers to reconsider the validity of section 124A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code.
- A bench led by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India (CJI), Sharad A. Bobde, said lawyers failed to show any specific cause of action that led them to file an appeal to the the Supreme Court in accordance with Article 32 of the Constitution.
The Supreme Court has suspended a Delhi High Court ruling ordering public and private schools to provide devices and internet packages to students in economically weaker sections (EWS) for online courses started during the Covid shutdown. 19.