Question hour dropped in the Monsoón session; In the officially published calendar of the next monsoon session of Parliament, effective from September 14, Question hour has been removed. Opposition parties criticized the move, saying the pandemic was being used to undermine democracy and the right of parliamentarians to question the government.
- In addition to the removal of Question hour, private members’ bills will not be addressed in the next monsoon session of Parliament, while zero hour will be restricted, according to notifications issued by parliamentarians.
- All of these changes were introduced as part of the special pandemic measures. Regarding session times, on the first day, the Lok Sabha will have its sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Therefore, from September 15 to October 1, the Lower House will hold its session from 3 p.m. at 19 ‘o clock. Likewise, from the second day, Rajya Sabha will conduct business transactions between 9 am. and 1 p.m.
PUBG among other Chinese apps banned by India
The Union government on Wednesday banned 118 mobile apps, most of them Chinese. The banned apps included popular apps like WeChat Work, Baidu, CamCard, PUBG Mobile, Rise of Kingdoms; Lost Crusade, and Alipay. India is estimated to have around 50 million active PUBG players, with nearly 13 million daily users.
- The Center said the demands were “prejudicial to India’s sovereignty and integrity, India’s defense, state security and public order.”
- Earlier in June, the government banned 59 Chinese apps, ranging from e-commerce to games, social media, browsers, instant messaging and file sharing.
- These included TikTok, Shareit, Mi Video Call, Club Factory, and Cam Scanner. The latest announcement comes at a time of renewed tensions between India and China along the disputed Ladakh border.
CMs from non-BJP states remind Center of “constitutional” obligation to pay TPS dues
Chief ministers of six non-BJP states have written to Center reminding them of their “constitutional” responsibilities in confrontation over Rs Deficit of Rs 2.35 lakh crore in GST compensation and financial relief (from the pandemic) owed to states.
- Mamata Banerjee (Bengal), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala), Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Edappadi K Palaniswami (Tamil Nadu), K Chandrasekhar Rao (Telangana) and Bhupesh Baghel (Chhattisgarh) all rejected the options offered by the Center, which essentially states borrowed money to cover the deficit and reminded the Center that it has a legal obligation to reimburse states for lost revenue during the first five years of the GST regime.
- They said if states borrowed, repayment programs would strain their finances. According to them, the Center could take on this burden and repay the loan by postponing the collection of the GST beyond 2022.
Dushyant Dave writes to CJI to condemn the treatment received upon dismissal of Judge Mishra
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Chief Counsel Dushyant Dave has written to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India (CJI) Sharad A. Bobde expressed his “strong disappointment and condemnation” at the way he was “prevented” from speaking at Judge Arun Mishra’s virtual farewell ceremony on Wednesday.
- Dave has said he will not participate in any function organized by the tribunal until his term as APRIA president ends in December. Dave had recently defended lawyer Prashant Bhushan in a suo motu contempt action.
Dave copied his brief address wishing Judge Mishra good luck in the letter to CJI. He said he may have been barred for fear “he might say something nasty”.
Recounting the series of events, Dave wrote that the court clerk sent him a video link, inviting him to participate. He had accepted the invitation. In his letter, he said he was disconnected on several occasions for “unknown reasons”.
The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 38,41,195 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 67,397.
- The Union Ministry of Health published on Wednesday the SoP on preventive measures to be followed during examinations. The SoP guidelines state that only asymptomatic staff and students can enter the exam room, and only exam centers that are outside of the containment zone can operate.
“Candidates in contention areas who have not been able to take the scheduled exams should have the option of taking the exam by other means or universities / educational institutions should arrange to take the exam at a later date for these students,”the ministry told
The National Investigative Agency (NIA) filed an indictment against five defendants who owed allegiance to the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP) for allegedly “conspiring to use the demonstrations of the law (amendment) against the citizenship (CAA) to incite Muslims to the Indian government. ”The NIA said the defendants, who included two women, incited Muslims” by inventing seditious slogans and graffiti in public places and highlighting the same thing on social and international media. “
Following a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, the State Department of Forestry and Environment decided to apply Section 4 of the Indian Forestry Act of 1927 to around 600 acres of Aarey forest land near the National Park Sanjay Gandhi in the heart of Mumbai. This implies that it will be declared a reserve forest after a hearing.