Release 15 co-accused in Bhima Koragaon pending case trial: UNHR chief
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-07-2021; The 15 co-defendants in the Bhima Koregaon case should be released, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday, expressing concern over the death of the Jesuit priest and tribal activist Stan Swamy, 84, in custody.
- The statement by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which follows similar concerns by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and the Human Rights Chief European Union (EU).
- Bachelet said that it was “disturbed” and “saddened” by the news of Swamy’s death, and called on the Indian government to “ensure that no one is detained for exercising their basic human rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association ”.
“High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet and independent UN experts have repeatedly raised the cases of Father Stan and 15 other human rights defenders associated with the same events with the Indian government over the past three years and demanded his release from pre-trial detention, ”said the statement released by the OHCHR spokesperson.
- The High Commissioner also expressed concern over the use of UAPA in relation to human rights defenders, a law that Father Stan challenged in Indian courts days before his death, the agency said, with special mention of unlawful activities Prevention Act (UAPA), which allows authorities to detain suspects without charging them and courts to detain them without bail.
- In light of the persistent and severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is even more urgent that states, including India, release all those detained without sufficient legal basis, including those detained simply for have expressed critical or dissenting opinions.
- This would be in line with calls from the Indian justice system to decongest the prisons, the OHCHR statement said.
- Several international human rights agencies have expressed concern about Swamy’s death in custody and his treatment in Taloja prison, where he was held despite suffering from the debilitating Parkinson’s disease, and was transferred 29 from hospital just this year.
- His bail hearing was underway on Monday in the Bombay High Court when news of his death by him broke.
The union cabinet being reorganized this week
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-07-2021; The long-awaited reorganization and enlargement of the Union’s Cabinet is likely this week, according to high-level sources.
- The expansion, with 24 slots to fill and several ministries in the hands of a single minister to decouple, has been talking about it for some time. The reorganization will most likely be announced on July 7 or 9.
- Several members of the Union Cabinet, a North Central Indian leader who holds a ministerial post as a political counterpart and a leader from East India, canceled their travel plans and were asked to attend get to Delhi on these dates.
- BJP sources said the cabinet expansion would also affect organizational appointments within the party, as a high-ranking BJP general secretary is expected to secure a cabinet post.
- Government sources have remained largely silent, but said the inductions would take into account the needs of states going to the polls next year, including Uttar Pradesh, where NDA ally Anupriya is likely to be join Patel Apna Dal.
- According to the Constitution, the number of ministers in the Council of Ministers of the Union cannot exceed more than 15% of the total number of parliamentarians in Lok Sabha.
- This leaves the number of ministerial vacancies currently at 24, a considerable number.
- It remains to be seen whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will fill in the blanks all at once or just limit himself to some necessary inclusions like that of Jyotiraditya Scindia, who joined the BJP last year and helped topple the government led by the Madhya Pradesh.
- So far, Scindia and former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who gave way to Himanta Biswa Sarma after their government returned to power in Assam, appear to be the strongest candidates. on the list of inclusions.
Delhi HC gives Twitter two days to set up the complaints officer’s appointment schedule
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-07-2021; On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court gave Twitter two days to set a specific timeline for the appointment of a complaints officer under India’s new information technology rules (Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Code of Ethics) 2021.
- Twitter admitted that it is not currently in compliance with the 2021 IT Rules as it is in the process of appointing its complaints manager and nodal manager.
- Judge Palli asked the Twitter attorney to submit a clear picture of the compliance schedule by July 8, the next court date. “Otherwise [Twitter] is in trouble,” the judge warned.
The CBSE will conduct “surprise” inspections, checking the schools’ readiness of the 10th and 12th grade results to make sure there are no biases.
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-07-2021; Officials of the Central Council of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct surprise inspections of the school committees that prepare the results of grades 10 and 12 of this year, and will inspect the justification document that aims to ensure that the process of determination of the grade objectively.
- CBSE exam proctor Sanyam Bhardwaj has written to all regional offices asking them to complete these inspections by July 12.
- In the letter sent Tuesday, Dr. Bhardwaj asked senior officials from CBSE’s regional offices to visit schools under their jurisdiction as a “top priority” to “verify the work that schools are doing” and ensure that policy tabulation of board results to be “effectively implemented”.
- In order to have real information on the result of the work of the schools, it can be ensured that when the schools are visited, no prior indication is given to the schools and a sudden inspection is carried out, the letter says.
- The official visiting the school can also sign the inspected documents, especially the supporting documents, he added.
- The CBSE tabulation policy for grades 12 gives plenty of scope for academic achievement committees to assign and even review individual student scores to make sure they match historical school performance.
- To reduce the possibility of bias, each panel should include two external members and also record the rationale for all their decisions in a justification document, Dr. Bhardwaj said.
- CBSE officials were asked to take pictures of all the documents they inspected during their surprise visits and include them in a single report to be presented to Dr. Bhardwaj before July 12.
- Schools would be selected for inspection so that all categories of schools – government, private, Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas – were covered, according to the letter.
J&K delimitation Commission
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-07-2021; Kashmir-based political parties and civil society groups have accepted the invitation of the J&K delimitation Commission, headed by Ranjana Prakash Desai, and will meet their members when they visit the valley on Wednesday.
- However, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), led by Mehbooba Mufti, has decided to stay away from the exercise of the Jammu and Kashmir Boundary Commission.
GST collection in June
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-07-2021; Collection of goods and services tax (GST) in June fell to 92,849 crore from 1.02 lakh crore in May, marking the first time in eight months that indirect tax collection fell by below the 1 lakh crore mark. As lockdowns aimed at curbing the second wave of Covid-19 affected economic activity and moderated GST revenues in June, the Finance Ministry said those collections were 2% higher than a year ago and will improve from this month.
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-07-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 3,06,49,421 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 4,03,760.
- India experienced a 13% drop in the average number of new daily Covid-19 cases over the past week, Lav Agarwal, co-director of the Health Ministry said on Tuesday, adding that the “revenge tourism” currently observed at hill stations in India, where failure to adhere to proper Covid behaviors is a dangerous trend.