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Daily NEWS Summary: 11.01.2021

SC says it intends to stay agricultural laws

The Supreme Court said on Monday that it intends to suspend the implementation of controversial farm laws while proposing to form an independent committee chaired by a former chief justice of India to “amicably resolve” the confrontation between the protesting farmers and the Union government.

  • A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad A. Bobde highlighted their “disappointment” with the way the Center handled the farmers’ protest, including the series of failed talks, declares “in rebellion,” the suicides among protesters and the sight of elderly farmers, women and children suffering from the cold amid the pandemic, even as Republic Day approaches.
  • Meanwhile, the Center filed an urgent affidavit saying that a misconception is spreading that the government did not hold discussions or consultations with any committee before the agricultural laws were passed.
  • The Agriculture Ministry said it was an “idea false “widespread by protesters and that most farming communities were happy with the laws.
  • In another development, Delhi police, in a separate intervention before the Supreme Court, sought an injunction against any tractor protest. rs by farmers on Republic Day.

PM-KISAN payments worth Rs. 1,364 crore went to 20 lakh from “wrong” beneficiaries – RTI Info

PM-KISAN payments worth 1,364 crore were wrongly made over 20 lakh by ineligible beneficiaries and farmers paying taxes on the rent, according to information provided by the Ministry of Agriculture in response to an RTI request from activist Venkatesh Nayak. There are 11 crore recipients registered under the program.

  • Punjab tops the list of states where unearned payments have been made, accounting for 23% of people who received money inappropriately.
  • Maharashtra and Assam have also seen a large number of these payments.
  • PM-KISAN is the Centre’s flagship program to provide income support worth Rs. 6000 per year to peasant families. When it was launched just before the 2019 general election, it was intended to cover only small and marginal farmers who owned less than two hectares of farmland.
  • Later in the year, large farmers were included in the program when the government removed the land area criteria. However, some exclusions persisted.
  • If a member of a farming family paid income tax, he received a monthly pension of over Rs. 10,000 people, holding constitutional office or being active or retired civil servants, were not eligible for the scheme.
  • Professionals and institutional owners were also excluded. As of July 2020, 20.5 lakh of people who should have been excluded received payments from PM-Kisan in error.
  • According to the response of the Ministry of Agriculture to the RTI survey, 56% of these unworthy belonged to the category of “income tax recipients”, while the rest belonged to the category of “non-eligible farmers”.
  • However, 72% of the payment amount went to income tax recipients, indicating that this category continued to receive money for multiple installments before their ineligible status was discovered and removed the database of beneficiaries of the scheme. Punjab (23%), Maharashtra (17%) and Assam (14%) accounted for more than half of recipients of incorrect payments, followed by Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh with 8% each.

Avian influenza outbreak confirmed so far in 10 states

Central government said on Monday that avian influenza has been confirmed in 10 states so far and has emphasized increased surveillance around water bodies , live bird markets, zoos and poultry farms.

  • “As of January 11, 2021, bird flu has been confirmed in 10 states across the country,” the Department of Livestock and Dairy Products said in a statement.
  • The outbreak was confirmed in seven states – Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh – on January 10.
  • On Monday, bird flu was also confirmed in Delhi, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra. States were urged to raise public awareness and prevent the spread of disinformation.
  • Trump Could Be Impeached Again: The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on Monday on a resolution asking Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, a statute under which President Donald Trump can be removed from office for incapacity.
  • It comes days after Trump supporters attacked the Capitol building. If Pence does not invoke the statute, the House will consider removing Trump from office, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats Sunday night (US time).
  • Given Pence’s apparent reluctance to invoke the 25th Amendment, it is highly likely that the House will seek to impeach Trump this week.
  • There are 10 days left in Trump’s term, and if he is impeached, he will be the first president to be indicted twice. If he is found guilty in the Senate, Trump could be barred from running again in the future.

The third round between India and Australia ends in a draw

Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin beat all night on the 5th to win a memorable draw against Australia in the third round in Sydney on Monday. Vihari (23 of 161) and Ashwin (39 of 128), who met in the 89th of the second round from India, have won more than 42 times.

  • India finished 334 of five in 131 overs. Vihari, who was limping for much of his innings with a hamstring injury, and Ashwin held off the Australians with a rescue effort from a marathon match.
  • The series is still tied 1-1 heading into the fourth and final round, starting at Gabba in Brisbane on January 15.

Covid Watch: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,04,76,734 at the time of this newsletter, with a balance of 1,51,339.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the two already approved Covid-19 vaccines manufactured in India were more cost-effective than any other in the world and had been developed according to the country’s needs.
  • Interacting with key ministers from every state to discuss the vaccine launch, Modi also said that aside from the two vaccines already approved, four more are in the works.
  • Representatives of the public are not between the three crown warriors and front-line workers who must get vaccinated first, Modi said.
  • In a first phase, starting on January 16, the cost of vaccinating these three million people would be borne by the central government, he added.
  • Meanwhile, the government has placed a purchase order with the Serum Institute of India (SII) for 11 million doses of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, each costing 210 rupees, including GST.
  • India’s drug regulator approved Bharat Biotech’s locally developed Covishield and Covaxin, for limited emergency use in the country.
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