Rahul Gandhi, CPI (M) renews JPC’s inquiries into Rafale deal
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-07-2021; A day after Congress demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) investigation into the Rafale deal, their Leader Rahul Gandhi published an online poll on July 4 asking why the Modi government was not prepared for it.
- Among the options Gandhi offered to the question were guilty conscience, saving friends, JPC does not want Rajya Sabha siege, and all of the above. Gandhi has long alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal and made it a major electoral issue in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which Congress gravely lost.
- French judge appointed to lead “very sensitive” judicial inquiry into allegations of “corruption” and “favoritism” in connection with 59 billion rupee Rafale fighter jet deal with India , reported the French investigation site Mediapart.
- Congress called for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) investigation into the Rafale deal, alleging corruption in the purchase of fighter jets, and said such an investigation was the only way forward to uncover the truth. The main opposition party had also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should order the investigation and clarify the deal.
- CPI (M) also reiterated the request for an investigation by the JPC. The highest body of the CPI (M) debated the issue at its meeting on Saturday.
- They noted that the French prosecution had ordered an investigation by a French judge into the 2016 agreement following a decision by its financial branch. Judicial information was officially opened on the Intergovernmental Agreement on June 14.
- The statement noted the exposure of official documents from a French investigation site which would show that Rafale maker Dassault Aviation reached an agreement with Anil Ambani’s Reliance group on March 26, 2015, 15 days before the announcement of the new agreement by the Prime Minister.
- Modi, which excluded the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. He also condemned the Defense Essential Services Ordinance of 2021, saying it aimed to ban “legitimate protests” at explosive ordnance factories against “naked loot of national property.”
After Rajouri, drones and unmanned vehicles are now banned in Srinagar
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-07-2021; On July 4, the administration of Jammu and Kashmir banned the use and possession of drones and other drones in the capital Srinagar, a week after two members of the Indian Air Force were injured in two explosions caused by drones at the technical airport in Jammu.
- Published under Article 144 of the Cr.PC, it stipulates that access to decentralized airspace should be regulated given the recent episodes of misuse of drones which pose a threat to the security infrastructure, as reported by the media and other reliable sources.
- People who already had drone cameras in their possession were ordered to report to the local police station. Srinagar has become the second district in Jammu and Kashmir to ban the use and possession of drones. Previously, the Rajouri administration had banned it following the attack on Jammu.
To demonstrate every day in front of Parliament during the monsoon session: Samyukt Kisan Morcha
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-07-2021; A group of around 200 farmers will protest the three central agricultural laws in front of parliament every day during the monsoon session, Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) announced on Sunday.
- The body which brings together more than 40 farmers’ unions declared at a press conference that two days before the start of the session, a “chetavani patra” (warning letter) will be given to all parliamentarians of the opposition to protest against the laws in the House.
- SKM also called for a nationwide protest on July 8 against rising prices for gasoline, diesel and LPG cylinders. He asked people to get out and park their vehicles on national and national roads before 10 a.m. at 12
Pushkar Singh Dhami sworn in as Uttarakhand’s new CM
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-07-2021; Pushkar Singh Dhami was sworn in as the 11th chief minister of Uttarakhand, with an 11-member cabinet, in Dehradun on Sunday.
- The oath of office was taken to Dhami and his ministers by Governor Baby Rani Maurya during a simple reception held on Raj Bhawan’s lawn in the presence of a crowd of MPs and members of Parliament from the ruling BJP and senior government officials.
- No new faces have been included in Dhami’s cabinet, which remains as it was under his predecessor Tirath Singh Rawat. The only difference is that this time all the ministers have ministerial rank.
- The ministers sworn in on Sunday are Satpal Maharaj, Harak Singh Rawat, Bansidhar Bhagat, Yashpal Arya, Bishan Singh Chufal, Subodh Uniyal, Arvind Pandey, Ganesh Joshi, Dhan Singh Rawat, Rekha Arya and Yatishwaranand. Rekha Arya, Dhan Singh Rawat and Yatishwaranand, who were ministers of state in Tirath Rawat’s cabinet, were elevated to cabinet rank.
- Earlier today, Dhami met Satpal Maharaj at his residence with a bouquet of flowers amid reports that the top leader and some other Saffron Party MPs had been sulking since Saturday because they were unhappy with his election as the party’s new leader in Uttarakhand.
- Dhami later said that there was no resentment anywhere. All those who were said to be unhappy with the party high command over the election of the new prime minister were present at the swearing-in ceremony and were sworn in as ministers.
- At age 45, Dhami became the youngest prime minister of Uttarakhand. Dhami, a two-time MP for Khatima in Udham Singh Nagar district, replaces Tirath Singh Rawat, who resigned on Friday.
- Dhami is considered close to the governor of Maharashtra and former Uttarakhand chief minister, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who is his political mentor. Dhami takes the reins of power at a time when Uttarakhand has a few months before the assembly elections, to be held early next year.
- Dhami is a promising young Thakur leader from the Kumaon region who began his political career with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in 1990. He was a Special Service Officer (OSD) under his political mentor Koshyari when the latter was chief minister of Uttarakhand.
- He was also Uttarakhand President Yuva Morcha of the BJP from 2002 to 2008. An attempt by the Saffron Party to find the right caste and regional balance before next year’s Assembly elections is evident in his election of Dhami as the new Chie Minister.
- As the BJP head of state Madan Kaushik is a Brahmin from the Garhwal region, having a Thakur chief of Kumaon as prime minister is a smart move to attract two large sections of the electorate in both regions of Hill State.
Daily NEWS Summary | 04-07-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 3,05,70,217 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 4,02,343.
- The second ongoing wave of COVID featured a lower average age of patients, a higher percentage of hospitalizations despite fewer comorbidities, and patients with more frequent shortness of breath, according to a new government study, “Clinical Profile of Hospitalized Patients by COVID-19 in the first and second waves of the pandemic: information from an observational study based on an Indian registry ”.
- Recently published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, the study was conducted jointly by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), using data collected as part of the National Covid-19 Clinical Registry (NCRC).
- Doctors and researchers across the country have expressed concern that the study found that a higher percentage of younger patients were more affected in Wave 2 and, worse still, mortality increased for all age groups except the youngest 20 years.
- According to the study, hospital mortality increased 3.1% during the second wave. Additionally, a higher proportion of patients complained of shortness of breath, developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and required oxygen support and ventilators during the second wave.
- Sanjeev Dutta, HOD and Senior Pediatric Consultant, QRG Health City, Faridabad, speaking about the study looking at the characteristics of the first wave (April 2020 to January 2021) and the second wave (which started around February-March 2021).