Mamata urges Supreme Court to take note suo motu of Pegasus spyware row
Daily NEWS Summary | 21-07-2021; West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to take suo motu notice of the Pegasus spyware row and called on all opposition parties to form a united front against the BJP without delay.
- Banerjee addressed the annual Martyrs’ Day rally in Kolkata, which was broadcast live in several states, including Delhi. (The Martyrs’ Day demonstration on July 21 is an annual gathering organized by the Trinamool Congress to commemorate the 1993 burning of Calcutta.)
- She would travel to New Delhi later this month and would be delighted to attend any meeting of opposition leaders between July 26-29. Banerjee, who is expected to travel to Delhi after two years on July 25, noted that the prime minister urged each opposition party to start working together to make a “front” and not leave things to the last minute.
- The chief minister alleged that his phone had been tapped. He said he put band-aids on his phone because “they [the Center] listen to everything.”
- She spoke in Bengali, Hindi and English during an hour-long speech, said the Center cannot trust anyone, including its own ministers.
Parliamentary panel on information technologies to discuss the Pegasus issue on July 28
Daily NEWS Summary | 21-07-2021; The Information Technology Standing Committee, chaired by Congressional Top Leader Shashi Tharoor, will deliberate on the use of Pegasus spyware against nearly 300 people in India on July 28.
- Officials from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technologies (MEITy), the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Telecommunications were summoned to file on the topic “Security and confidentiality of citizens’ data.”
- The committee has held several rounds of meetings on the subject. It was discussed at two meetings held in November 2019. The panel has yet to present a report as all investigations have been inconclusive. The government has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement in the spying episode targeting activists in 2019.
- The latest revelations show that this is a more serious situation. Whether the government has access to Pegasus or not is the key question, said one of the members.
Pandemic orphans number 1.1 lakh in India, more than 10 lakh worldwide, according to Lancet report
Daily NEWS Summary | 21-07-2021; Up to 1.19 lakhs of children in India have lost their primary caregiver (custodial parent or grandparent) due to Covid-19, placing the country in third place after Mexico (1.4 lakh) and Brazil (1, 3 lakh), according to estimates from a new published study in The Lancet.
- Globally, this figure stood at 11.34 lakh between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.
- Children who lost a mother or father accounted for 10.42 lakh, of which 1.16 lakh were in India.
- The study developed estimates of orphan and caregiver deaths associated with a pandemic using excess mortality and deaths for 21 countries that accounted for 76 • 4% of global deaths between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.
- Then, he used these results to develop extrapolations. . It was conducted by researchers from the COVID-19 response team from the US Centers for Disease Control, Imperial College London, Oxford University, and the World Bank, among others.
- More than 15 lakhs of children around the world have lost at least one family manager or co-resident grandparent. This figure was 1.86 lakh for India.
- There were up to five times more children of deceased fathers than mothers. For example, in India, an estimated 25,500 children have lost their mothers and 90,751 their fathers and 12 children both fathers.
- The study highlights that these children run a greater risk of separation and family institutionalization and recommends investments to strengthen family care, with the help of a surviving guardian or through kinship, placement, family or adoption.
Completely wrong to say that no one died from oxygen shortage: Delhi Health Minister
Daily NEWS Summary | 21-07-2021; Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on July 21 that there had been numerous deaths from oxygen shortages in Delhi and many other places in the country.
- On July 20, the central government informed Rajya Sabha that states and UT had not specifically reported the oxygen deficiency deaths during the second wave of Covid-19.
- But there was an unprecedented increase in the demand for medical oxygen during the second wave and peaked at nearly 9,000 MT against 3,095 MT in the first wave, after which the Center had to intervene to facilitate fair distribution among states, he said.
- Interestingly, Maharashtra’s Health Minister and main Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Rajesh Tope clarified on Wednesday that there had been no record of deaths from oxygen shortages during the two waves of the pandemic.
- However, Tope’s coalition colleague MP Shiv Sena and spokesman Sanjay Raut said people whose loved ones died due to lack of oxygen during the second wave should “translate the Union government in court “.
- State surveillance officer Dr Pradeep Awate told The Hindu that although patients undoubtedly died from lack of oxygen in parts of the country, there was no provision allowing authorities to report deaths in this manner.
- In a related development, Congresswoman Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted: “No Oxygen Deaths: Central Government. The deaths occurred because, in the year of the pandemic, the government increased oxygen exports by about 700% ”.
- She alleged the deaths occurred because the government failed to organize tankers to carry oxygen and ignored advice from the empowered group and a parliamentary committee to increase the supply.
Government is looking for more timeshare data which RTI activist says was provided to it two months ago
Daily NEWS Summary | 21-07-2021; A day after the finance ministry told Rajya Sabha it needed more time to provide data on the sale of election bonds as requested by an MP, RTI activist Kanhaiya Kumar said on Wednesday that details had been provided to him via a response from RTI.
- Trinamool Congressman Santanu Sen had asked for details of the bond sale in Phases 15 and 16, ahead of Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Puducherry, Assam and Kerala from March to May. Sen also asked about the bonds sold since the program began in 2018 and the cost of printing them.
- Kumar, an RTI activist based in Bihar, received a response on May 14 from the SBI, the only bank authorized to sell the bonds, to his investigation.
- The SBI response indicated that bonds worth Rs 695.34 million were sold from April 1 to 10. The SBI had declined to share details of the political parties that collected them and the commission it received from the sales, which were also requested by Sen.
Supreme Court slams Goa and Vedanta’s late review allegations in mining case
Daily NEWS Summary | 21-07-2021; A bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud criticized the Goa and Vedanta government for “preferring” to file their petitions for review against a February 2018 ruling after the retirement of two judges who drafted it.
- A court of Judges Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta, in their judgment of February 7, 2018, overturned 88 mining leases, which were renewed by the BJP government in Goa in 2015 to “benefit private mining tenants”.
- His 102-page decision had followed the “rapacious and unbridled exploitation” of Goa’s fragile ecology by private mining tenants, whose sole motive was to make a profit, for years.
- The verdict noted how these leases were hastily renewed by the state in 2014 with retroactive effect from 2007, just at the very last moment before an amended mining and minerals (development and regulation) law was passed. makes it compulsory to auction leases to extract minerals. like iron. mineral.
- Motions for review are heard by the same court that rendered the original judgment.
- Justice Lokur and Gupta retired on December 30, 2018 and May 6, 2020, respectively.
- The State of Goa preferred its four requests for review in November 2019, following the retirement of Judge Lokur. Vedanta preferred to review his four requests in August 2020, just after Judge Gupta retired.
- Justice Chandrachud and Judge Shah, the second bench review judge, said Goa or Vedanta had not provided any compelling reason to justify their 20-26 month delay in submitting their review petitions.
- Under the 2013 Supreme Court Rules, a review appeal must be filed within 30 days of the ruling. Rejecting the review, the Review Chamber observed that “such a practice must be strongly disapproved of in order to preserve the sanctity of this court’s decision-making. The petitioners learned of the decision of this court ”.
Poor center decisions ‘killed’ 50 lakhs, says Rahul Gandhi
Daily NEWS Summary | 21-07-2021; Former Congress Speaker Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that poor decisions by the Indian government (GoI) had “killed” 50 lakhs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- In a tweet, Gandhi cited a report by the Washington-based center for global development studies, which proposed three different scenarios of “excessive deaths” in India between January 2020 and June 2021.
- The study, written by Abhishek Anand, Justin Sandefur and Arvind Subramanian (former chief economic adviser to the Government of India), projected three different estimates: a conservative estimate of 3.4 million deaths using state civic registration data; another estimate of 4 million deaths using the death rate from infection; and finally a third estimate of 4.9 million deaths based on an analysis of a consumer pyramid household survey.
- Gandhi’s criticism of the government’s handling of the second wave of Covid-19 comes a day after Rajya Sabha debated the issue on Tuesday.
- Participating in the debate, the Deputy Leader of Congress, Anand Sharma, raised the issue of “excessive deaths” and urged the Center to reconcile state figures to compensate those who died from Covid-19.
Covid updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 3.12 50,611 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 4,18,953.
The CBSE (Central Council of Secondary Education) has extended the deadline for schools to finalize the results of class 12 from July 22 to 25. If a school does not complete the moderation process by then, its results will be reported separately, a letter from test proctor Sanyam Bhardwaj said Wednesday. The board also announced that Class 12 exams for private applicants will take place between August 16 and September 15.