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Daily NEWS Summary: 28.07.2020

Gehlot recommends the Assembly session for the third time

The Rajasthan Cabinet recommended today, for the third time, to convene a new session of the State Assembly starting July 31. The Cabinet sent a note advising Governor Kalraj Mishra in response to his letter requesting details, although he was scheduled to hold a vote of confidence.

  • The revised Cabinet recommendation also did not specify whether a vote of confidence would be held, but mentioned that the government had a majority in the assembly.
  • Earlier today, cabinet members, led by Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot, deliberated on the governor’s note at Gehlot’s official residence in Jaipur.
  • At the meeting, they said they did not want any confrontation with the governor, who was the “head of the family” and bound by government decisions.
  • So far, the governor has twice deferred the Cabinet’s recommendation to convene the Assembly session, prompting Gehlot to complain that he acted “under pressure” from the central government led by the BJP.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Convicted of Corruption

A Malaysian court convicted former Prime Minister Najib Razak in his first corruption trial for the multimillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB investment fund. The result is widely seen as proof of the rule of law five months after a new government came to power.

  • Malaysia’s Razak party has returned to power as a key player in the new ruling alliance, less than two years after its shocking impeachment in the 2018 election following public anger at the 1MDB scandal.
  • The judge said Razak did not raise reasonable doubts and prosecutors established that Razak had misused the money for his own use.
  • The current trial involved one count of abuse of power, three counts of criminal breach of trust and three counts of money laundering.

Center to “Verify” LG’s Claims About 4G Restoration in Kashmir

The Center today told the Supreme Court that it will verify media reports citing Lt. Governor G.C. Jammu and Kashmir. Murmu said 4G internet should be restored in the valley. The recommendation reported by Murmu caused a stir, as the Center has always told the Supreme Court that the situation in the valley is not conducive to restoring high-speed Internet due to threats from terrorism. He had agreed to review the situation after two months. The court has scheduled the next hearing on the matter for August 7.

  • The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 15,25,125 at the time of publication of this news summary, with a death toll of 34,179.
  • Finally, positive news came from Mumbai, which today recorded its lowest number of positive cases in one day, with 700 new cases. That number comes from 8,776 tests taken on Monday and is the lowest daily total for the city in the past 100 days.
  • Mumbai’s doubling rate is now 68 days and its recovery rate is 73%. Meanwhile, West Bengal announced an extension of the blockade in the containment areas until August 31.
  • US biotech company Moderna and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer on Monday launched late-phase trials of the coronavirus vaccine, Reuters reported.
  • The trials will be conducted on 30,000 people each, and the companies hope to launch the first vaccines by the end of the year.
  • Both candidate vaccines are based on new technology that enables faster development and manufacturing compared to older vaccines.
  • The United States government is funding vaccine development for both companies. Moderna has received close to $ 1 billion (Rs. 7,483 crore) from the federal government. Pfizer has already reached an agreement to sell 100 million doses of its vaccine to the US government.Pfizer’s main vaccine candidate was developed in association with the German biotech company BioNTech.
  • The two companies announced Monday that they will begin a critical global study to evaluate the vaccine candidate, Reuters reported.
  • If the study is successful, companies could submit the vaccine for regulatory approval as early as October, putting them on track to deliver up to 100 million doses by the end of 2020 and 1.3 billion doses’ in late 2021.
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