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Daily NEWS summary: 24.05.2020

Huge divisions on restructuring of UN Security Council, China said

China said on Thursday there were “huge divisions” and lack of consensus to push forward stalled Security Council reforms United Nations (UNSC), a The next day, the G4 group – India, Brazil, Japan and Germany – called for a quick push for text-based negotiations.

  • The G4 meeting took place during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which is happening virtually this year due to the pandemic.
  • Foreign ministers from the four countries seeking reform of the UNSC and the body’s permanent members met virtually on Wednesday and expressed frustration at repeated attempts to block the reform process.
  • In a statement, they reiterated their support for the membership of each member of the UNSC “given the capacity and willingness to assume important responsibilities in the maintenance of international peace and security”.
  • India, which begins a two-year term as one of the 10 non-permanent members of the UNSC in January, is fighting for an increase in the number of permanent and non-permanent members of the Security Council.
  • On Thursday, however, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin suggested that China’s position that the reform process cannot move quickly is unlikely to change.

“We believe that the reforms should increase the representation and voice of developing countries and allow more small and medium-sized countries to join the Security Council and participate in decision-making,”

Wang said in response to a question about the G4 statement
  • “We believe that the reform of the Security Council is an important issue that concerns long-term development and all the immediate interests of its members. There have been huge divisions on this issue and there is no general consensus on how to reform, ”he said.

Harley-Davidson decides to leave India; lay off 70 employees

Harley-Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle major, has announced its decision to suspend sales and manufacturing in India, as part of its restructuring plan in the event of a pandemic.

  • On September 24, 2020, the company shared information with its employees on additional restructuring measures related to the set of shares referred to as “The Rewire”.
  • In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Harley-Davidson Inc said the action in India will include a reduction in the associated workforce by about 70 employees. An official declaration of Indian unity is expected.

The CBSE will report its results before October 10

On Thursday, the CBSE declared before the Supreme Court that it will declare the results of the compartment examination for class 12 no later than October 10.

  • The UGC informed a court of Judges A.M. Khanwilkar and Sanjeev Khanna that their admissions process will end on October 31, giving students enough time to apply for admission to the university amid the pandemic.
  • The court closed the case and expressed its gratitude to both the CBSE and the UGC.
  • On September 22, the Supreme Court asked the two academic bodies to coordinate and time the reporting of compartmentalized exam results before the start of the university admissions process. The last review of the compartments is scheduled for September 30.

“The last date to complete the University admission process is October 31 and the last admission date to fill any remaining vacancies will be November 30, 2020. In addition, the guidelines provide for provisional admissions if necessary. (with relevant documents exams are accepted until 12/31/2020), ”

UGC said in an affidavit
  • The court insisted during the hearings that the academic future of nearly two lakhs of tested students should not be ruined by the extraordinary circumstances created by the pandemic.

Supreme Court told jailed activist Sudha Bharadwaj he had a ‘good case on the merits’

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked activist and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj, who has been languishing in prison for two years in the case. Bhima Koregaon, why are you looking for a medical link reasons when she had “such a good deal on the merits”.

  • “Why isn’t your client asking for the bond on the bottom?” U.U. Lalit asked lawyer Vrinda Grover, who appeared for Bharadwaj.
  • “You have such a good case on the merits, why are you asking for medical bail,” Judge Ajay Rastogi also asked Grover.
  • Bharadwaj agreed to withdraw the current request for bail for medical conditions. She had requested bail due to concerns about his heart condition.
  • Grover argued that his client’s comorbidities also made her vulnerable to Covid-19 infection, but Judge Lalit asked Grover to explain more about the case against his client.
  • Grover then painted a detailed picture of how his client has been a renowned attorney, recognized worldwide for his work.

“Rail roko” in Punjab against agricultural bills

Several farmers in parts of Punjab launched a three-day unrest on the “rail roko” on Thursday, under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Samiti, against the three bills of the Union government over the agricultural sector.

  • Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan), who had supported the unrest, blocked the railway lines in Sangrur and Barnal, while members of Samiti blocked the road in Amritsar and Ferozpur.
  • “The‘ roko rail ’ will continue until September 26 in the first phase. And if our demands are not met, we will intensify the agitation.
  • We will also support the so-called “Bharat bandh” launched by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), “said Sarvan Singh Pandher, President of Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Samiti.
  • Singh, who called the bills a poorly drafted decision by the Center, said the new laws were completely against farmers and that their implementation would eventually lead to exploitation at the hands of big business. “This will also lead to the end of the minimum support price regime,” he added.

Dean Jones dead: Former Australian drummer Dean Jones died of cardiac arrest at a Mumbai hotel, IPL Star Sports broadcasters said. Jones, 59, was in Mumbai with the Star Sports commentary team for the IPL.

  • Jones played 52 events and 164 ODI for Australia and was part of the 1987 World Cup winning team. “It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mr. Dean Mervyn Jones AM. He died of sudden cardiac arrest, “Star Sports said in a news release.

The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 57.27,995 at the time of this newsletter, with a death toll of 91,189.

  • Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today that the national capital has already witnessed the second wave of Covid-19 and has now passed the milestone. The sudden daily increase in cases to 4,000, which occurred earlier this month, was the second wave of the disease, Kejriwal said.
  • The state of health of the singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam has deteriorated in the last 24 hours and is “extremely critical”, according to a health bulletin released today. Balasubrahmanyam was hospitalized in August after testing positive for Covid-19. MGM Healthcare, where he was hospitalized, said he remains on ECMO (a machine that pumps and oxygenates a patient’s blood outside the body) and other survival measures.
  • The 51st Indian International Film Festival (IFFI) to be held in Goa from November 20-28, 2020 has been postponed from January 16-24, 2021. The decision is made less than a month after the Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant’s statement that the film festival will continue as usual. The festival will take place in a hybrid format. In accordance with the regulations formulated by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
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