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Daily NEWS Summary: 18.08.2020

PM-CARES funds do not need to be credited to NDRF-SC

Supreme Court today ruled that money received in PM-CARES fund does not need to be credited to National Fund Disaster Assistance Response (NDRF) to combat the Covid19 pandemic. A three-judge bench led by Judge Ashok Bhushan said that “PM-CARES is completely different from the NDRF”.

  • On the other hand, the court ruled that “there is no legal prohibition for individuals to make voluntary contributions to the NDRF” under section 46 (1) (b) of the 2005 law on disaster management. Judge Bhushan, found no reason to change the national disaster management plan. “The plan is sufficient,” Judge Bhushan said. There was no need for a new plan in light of the Covid-19 experience.
  • The decision was in response to a PIL filed by the Center for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), represented by lead counsel Dushyant Dave and attorney Prashant Bhushan.
  • The government considered PM-CARES to be a “public charitable trust” to which “anyone can contribute”. It is a “misconception” that contributions received by a public trust like PM-CARES can be transferred to a legal fund like the NDRF, something the government confirmed in the Supreme Court.

Congress files formal complaint with Facebook

On Tuesday, Congress filed a formal complaint with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the “bias” of the social media company and called for a “full and impartial investigation on operations and practices. of Facebook India.”

  • On the other hand, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted,“ We ​​cannot allow any manipulation of our hard-won democracy through prejudice, fake news and hate speech. @WSJ said, Facebook’s involvement in selling hateful and false information should be questioned by all Indians.”
  • Party (Organization) Secretary General KC Venugopal wrote to Zuckerberg on behalf of the party, citing The Wall Street Journal, which claimed that Facebook officials in India gave the ruling BJP “favorable treatment on election-related matters.”

Dream 11 Wins IPL Title Sponsorship Rights

Dream11, a fantasy sports app, has secured title sponsorship rights for the 2020 edition of IPL for Rs. 222 crore. Brijesh Patel, chairman of IPL, confirmed that Dream11 was finalized after “evaluating the three bids that were submitted within the time frame today”. The other two bidders were the online learning platforms Unacademy (170 million rupees) and Byju’s (201 million rupees).

  • Eligible entities that had submitted their Expression of Interest (EoI) were invited to submit bids by email online between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday.
  • The Tata Group, despite filing the EoI document last week, has pulled out of the race. Interestingly, Dream11, which has partnered with BCCI and IPL for a few years, also owns a minority investment in Chinese company Tencent Holdings.
  • BCCI was forced to invite EoIs for IPL title sponsorship rights after Vivo India pulled out just six weeks before the tournament started. The Vivo India deal was valued at Rs. 440 crore per year. If you are not familiar with Dream11 and fantasy sports in general, you can read a quick profile that we have here.

Ashok Lavasa resigns from his post as election commissioner

Election commissioner Ashok Lavasa has tendered his resignation to the president, asking to be relieved by August 31. His appointment as vice-president of the Asian Development Bank was announced in July, and therefore his resignation. was expected.

  • Lavasa, a retired IAS officer from the group from 1980, was appointed electoral commissioner in 2018 and was in the running to become the commissioner general of elections when CEC Sunil Arora retires in April 2021.
  • However, the ADB The Manila-based company announced in July that Lavasa had been appointed vice president of private sector and public-private partnerships. Lavasa’s departure from the Election Commission now means EC Sushil Chandra is next in line for the CEC position.

The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 27.52,727 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 52,865. Union Home Minister Amit Shah was admitted to the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on Monday evening. Shah, who had contracted the coronavirus, tested negative on August 14.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said India has begun negotiations with 13 more countries to establish air bubble arrangements for international flight services. The countries include Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Bahrain, Israel, Kenya, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

Khel Ratna: Rohit Sharma, Vinesh Phogat, Manika Batra, M Thangavelu recommended:

  • Cricketer Rohit Sharma and woman wrestler Vinesh Phogat were among the four athletes recommended for this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country’s highest sporting honour. Paddler Manika Batra and Rio Paralympic gold-winning high jumper Mariappan Thangavelu were the other two sportspersons recommended for the prestigious award by a 12-member selection committee of the Sports Ministry.

Pakistan’s drug watchdog has approved the phase-III clinical trial of a Covid-19 vaccine developed in collaboration with a Chinese company, a media report said on Tuesday.

According to a statement from the National Institute of Health (NIH), it has obtained “formal approval” from the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) for phase-III clinical trial of a vaccine developed by CanSinoBio, a Chinese biopharma major, and Beijing Institute of Biotechnology China (BIB).

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