43 ministers take oath after cabinet reshuffle
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-07-2021; The long-awaited reorganization and expansion of the Union Cabinet came to an end today when 43 ministers were sworn in at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. This is the first reorganization of its Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Narendra Modi since taking office for a second term in May 2019.
- The prime minister included Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane and Jyotiraditya Scindia as cabinet ministers, while removing nearly a dozen ministers. Modi’s cabinet now has 78 ministers.
- The new faces of the cabinet include BJP leaders Bhupendra Yadav and Meenakshi Lekhi, Tamil Nadu President BJP L Murugan, John Barla, a prominent voice from North Bengal, and Shoba Karandlaje, BJP vice president in Karnataka. .
- Meanwhile, earlier today, ahead of the cabinet expansion, several ministers, many of them high-level, tendered their resignations to pave the way for new faces.
- The incumbents who have resigned are the Union Minister of Health, Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Minister of Informatics and Law, Ravi Shankar Prasad, and the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar.
- Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thavarchand Gehlot, who has been appointed governor of Karnataka, has also resigned.
- Education Minister Ramesh Pohriyal “Nishank”, under whose leadership the national education policy was published, also ceased to invoke health reasons. Mr Nishank, who tested positive for Covid-19 on April 21, was readmitted to AIIMS in June following post-Covid complications.
- Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers D.V. Sadananda Gowda, has resigned. Labor Minister Santosh Gangwar confirmed that he had also resigned.
- Minister of State for Women’s and Children’s Development Debasree Chaudhuri has also resigned, as have Deputy Ministers Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Ratan Lal Kataria and Raosaheb Danve. Asansol MP and Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Babul Supriya, also resigned.
PTI challenges new IT rules in Delhi High Court
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-07-2021; India’s largest news agency, the Press Trust Of India (PTI), has addressed the Delhi High Court, challenging the information technology (IT) rules of 2021. It said the central government was trying to regulate digital communication media.
- A bench of the Supreme Court of justice D.N. Patel and Justice J.R. Midha sent a notice to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting about the petition.
- The court declared the plea guilty as well as similar motions filed by various online media against the information technology rules of 2021 (guidelines for intermediaries and code of ethics for digital media) on August 20.
- PTI questioned the constitutional validity of the rules, as it seeks to regulate “news and current affairs content publishers”, particularly digital news portals, by imposing “widespread” government oversight and Loosely drafted “code of ethics”.
- The advocacy argued that the TI rules “would mark the start of an era of surveillance and fear, resulting in self-censorship, resulting in a reduction / violation of fundamental rights enshrined in Part III of the Constitution of India. “. The rules were notified on February 25, 2021.
- Furter PTI said the rules allow the government to “virtually dictate the content of digital news portals and directly violate media freedom.”
- They introduce digital portals with “news and current affairs content “as a specific and targeted class which must be subject to the regulation of a far-reaching” code of ethics “, and which are carefully supervised by public officials of the central government.
- The news agency observed that the regulation went beyond the object and scope of the TI Law, since the content to be regulated by the IT Law, as offenses, was limited to sexually explicit material, to child pornography, exposure of private parts of people, terrorism. , etc. be dealt with and tried by ordinary courts.
- The petition distinguished between the media and intermediaries such as social media platforms. Intermediaries have been immune to the consequences of the content hosted by them and therefore may need to be regulated separately, he said.
- PTI, being in business or practicing news and journalism, was not an intermediary, he said. “The petitioner (PTI) does not seek any safe harbor and is not entitled to any safe harbor provision for the content it hosts and publishes and assumes full responsibility for the content it publishes,” it noted.
- As a news and opinion editor, all civil and criminal laws, including those of the Computer Law, were applicable to PTI and it was extremely incorrect to say that the support for digital information was not regulated, he argued.
- Attorneys Wasim Beg and Swarnendu Chatterjee, who represented PTI, said: “The 2021 TI rules have been challenged and must be tested against well-established constitutional principles.”
- The computing law nowhere mentions” digital media “and if the rules promulgated under the law can cover” digital media “to their extent or if the same amount would exceed the scope of the law, it should certainly be clarified and therefore we see a plethora of petitions filed across the country, they added.
Amnesty and Citizen Lab launch online platform to map the use of Pegasus spyware to target activists and journalists
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-07-2021; Forensic Architecture, Amnesty International and Citizen Lab recently launched an online database on the use of Pegasus spyware to document attacks on human rights defenders.
- In a July 3 statement, Amnesty said that the interactive platform – Digital Violence: How the NSO Group Enables State Terrorism – showed the links between Pegasus spyware ‘digital violence’ and the real world was harming lawyers, activists and other figures from civil society. . expensive.
- Amnesty to declare that the NSO group, which manufactures the intelligence software, is a “major player in the shadow surveillance society” and that Pegasus had been used in the events of the “most insidious digital attacks” against the militants of human rights in the world.
- The spyware allowed an attacker to gain full access to a person’s phone, including contacts, calls, camera and messages, she said.
- The platform, available at digitalviolence.org, lists spyware “targets” in India, which include activists Bela Bhatia and Anand Teltumbde.
- In 2020, Amnesty and Citizen Lab revealed that spyware had been used on nine human rights defenders who were indicted in the Bhima Koregaon case.
Calcutta High Court Judge Refuses to Hear Mamata’s Electoral Petition
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-07-2021; Calcutta High Court Judge Kaushik Chanda rescued himself from hearing an election petition from West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee regarding the Nandigram poll results.
- The case will now be assigned to a new judiciary. The chief minister filed the petition in June, citing irregularities in the scrutiny process of the Nandigram Assembly elections held in 2021.
- This case was heard by Judge Chanda. Ms. Banerjee had urged the judge to refrain from hearing the motion on the grounds that the judge had ties to the BJP.
- During the hearing, Ms. Banerjee’s lawyer, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, referred to numerous cases in which Judge Chanda had represented the BJP as a lawyer.
- Judge Chanda, however, imposed a cost of 5 lakh on Ms. Banerjee for defaming the judge’s image. Several leaders of the Trinamool Congress had made public statements alleging that Judge Chanda had ties to the BJP. The sum of 5 lakhs will be reserved for the welfare of Covid-19 victims.
- Ms. Banerjee lost to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in the Nandigram poll by a narrow margin of 1,956 votes.
Compensation issues delay donating US vaccine doses to India
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-07-2021; More than a month after the United States announced the donation of 80 million doses of American-made Covid-19 vaccines to dozens of countries, including India, to which Vice President Kamala Harris called Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convey the decision, vaccines are being held because of regulatory compensation issues, Indian and US officials have confirmed.
- Officials say the demand by American companies, including Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson, for indemnity or liability waivers has yet to be resolved for commercial distribution.
- Which is also blocking donations from the United States since June 3, the United States has already distributed 40 million doses to about 12 countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh.
- The MEA declined to comment on the matter and directed the investigations to the Department of Health.
- Health Secretary Bharat Bhushan said “specific compensation arrangements are still under discussion,” noting that not only US vaccine donations are on hold for now, but also that a cloud of doubt hangs over it delivery of the Moderna vaccine.
- Whch has already received Emergency Authorization for Use (United States) in India. The first delivery of Moderna vaccine was due to arrive this week.
- Last month, the United States announced the distribution of 80 million doses of vaccines made in the United States as part of its “Global COVID-19 Response and Recovery Framework.” Countries that have received donations from the United States so far are South Korea, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Taiwan, Honduras, Colombia, Pakistan, Peru, Ecuador, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Other countries like Sri Lanka received the first batch of five million expected doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines funded by the World Bank, while the Maldives had already received Pfizer vaccines through the international COVAX alliance.
Legendary actor Dilip Kumar dies at 98 after prolonged illness
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-07-2021: Dilip Kumar, the decades-long legend of Indian cinema, died in a Mumbai hospital on Wednesday after a long illness, his family and the doctors treating him said. He was 98 years old.
- The actor, known to generations of moviegoers as the “King of Tragedy” for his portrayal of the intense and spellbinding romanticism in classics like Mughal-e-Azam and Devdas, had been admitted to the Hinduja Hospital, a non- Covid-19 installation in Khar, since last Tuesday.
- The veteran of Hindi cinema, the latest addition to the Golden Troika with Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand, was admitted to hospital last month after shortness of breath.
- He was then diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion, an accumulation of excess fluid between the layers of the pleura outside the lungs, and underwent a successful pleural aspiration procedure. He was released after only five days to be readmitted to the hospital.
- Kumar, born Yousuf Khan and often known as the Hero of Nehruvian, made his first film, Jwar Bhata, in 1944 and his last, Qila, in 1998, 54 years later. The five-decade career included Mughal-e-Azam, Devdas, Naya Daur and Ram Aur Shyam, and later, when he graduated from character roles, Shakti and Karma.
Covid Updates: The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 3,07,05,083 at the time of this report, with a death toll of 4,05,003.