The Rajasthan High Court accepted a petition by the rebel head of Congress, Sachin Pilot, challenging the Rajasthan president’s decision to disqualify him and 18 other MLA’s. The 19 MLA’s were dispatched by the president on Tuesday after Congress complained that the they had challenged a party whip to attend two meetings of the Congressional Legislative Party.
- As reported by the PTI, his disqualification would reduce the current staff of the State Assembly to 181, reducing the half career to 91, and thus facilitating the maintenance of the majority of Gehlot.
- In a meeting of 200 members, the Congress has 107 deputies and the BJP 72. The petition of the dissident deputies had as objective to challenge the law against desertion consecrated in the tenth annex of the Constitution.
India has signed bilateral agreements with France and the United States that will allow each country’s airlines to operate international flights starting on Friday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said Thursday.
- He added that similar agreements are also being developed with Germany and the United Kingdom. “Until international civil aviation can recover its pre-Covid-19 figures, I think the answer lies in the bilateral air bubbles that will transport a possible number of people but under defined conditions, because the countries still impose entry restrictions, including India,” said the minister during a press conference.
- US airline United Airlines will operate 18 flights between India and the United States from July 17 to 31 and Air France, 28 flights between Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Paris from July 18 to August 1. He added that India plans to conclude such agreements with the United Kingdom soon, under which there will be two flights a day between Delhi and London.
The number of reported coronavirus cases in India crossed the million mark on July 16. The country has also taken another grim step today, with more than 25,000 deaths.
- India has 3,314,146 active Covid-19 cases, about a third of the country’s total, which had increased to 10,011,449 by the time this newsletter was published, with a death toll of 25,582.
- On Thursday, when the country experienced a record increase of 32,695 cases in a single day, the ministry said the recovery rate increased to 50% in mid-June, and thereafter there was a steady increase in recoveries and a decrease in the number of active cases.
The Center informed the Supreme Court that a special committee chaired by the Minister of the Interior, Ajay Kumar Bhalla, had met twice about the need to review the restrictions imposed on 4G internet connections in Jammu and Kashmir, but postponed a decision. on the matter due to the situation” of the terrorist attacks that continued in the valley.
- Attorney General KK Venugopal informed a bank of three judges led by Judge NV Ramana that the committee had requested” new reports “from J&K while agreeing to meet after two months. In an order of May 11, the Supreme Court ordered the Center to form a special committee to review the restoration of 4G services in the valley.
- This committee was to be a powerful committee, distinct from a “review committee Venugopal and Attorney General Tushar Mehta, for the J&K administration, responded to a contempt request from the Forum for Media Professionals (FMP).
- The FMP argued that the Center had contested this SC order by failing to form this committee and should therefore be held responsible for contempt of court.
- When Venugopal and Mehta informed the court that the committee had been formed and met twice, the court emphasized that the details of this committee were not in the public domain.
- Chief attorney Hufeza Ahmadi, representing the petitioners, argued that “the idea was not to form a committee, place orders, and put it in a drawer.”
- The SC’s decision required the committee to review the ban weekly and publish its decision, making it visible to the public. How can we challenge the decision if we don’t realize it? The court gave the Center a week to file its response.
A series of high-level Twitter accounts were hijacked on Wednesday, along with some of the platform’s leading voices, including US presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality star Kim Kardashian, former US President Barack Obama, the billionaires. Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, and rapper Kanye West, among many others, used to request digital currency.
- Twitter said it was a “co-ordinated” attack targeting its employees “with access to internal systems and tools”. It added, in a series of tweets, “We know they [the hackers] used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf.” Twitter was forced to take the extreme step of stopping many verified accounts from tweeting altogether.
The Election Commission has decided not to extend the facility of postal ballot to voters above 65 years of age for the Bihar assembly elections and by-elections due in the near future, in view of logistical and manpower constraints, and Covid-19 safety protocols, the poll body said in a press note today. It had earlier recommended extending optional postal ballot facilities to those above 65 years of age in order to minimise their vulnerability and exposure at polling stations.
England pacer Jofra Archer was on Thursday dropped from the second Test against the West Indies for breaking the team’s bio-security protocols. He will now undergo two Covid-19 tests during a five-day isolation period. The series is being played amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the first Test in Southampton passed off without any incident.