No progress in talks between the Center and the agricultural unions
The ninth round of talks between the Center and the farmers’ unions on Friday failed to break the deadlock in demand to repeal three controversial land reform laws.
- Its main achievement has been to establish that these face-to-face dialogues will continue, in parallel with the processing of the commission appointed by the Supreme Court on the same subject.
- In fact, the date for the 10th round of talks was set for January 19, the same day that the court-appointed group is likely to hold its first meeting.
- The protesting agricultural unions refused to participate in the work of the court-appointed committee, but feared that the Center would use the court order as an excuse to end the direct bargaining process. However, it has now been agreed that this process will continue.
- A solution may emerge from the Center’s discussions with farmers, as well as the deliberations of the court-appointed panel, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told reporters after the meeting.
- He stressed that the Center is fully committed to the order of the Supreme Court and that it will present its point of view to the committee appointed by the court when invited to do so.
- He admitted that the unions wanted to continue their own dialogue only with the government, but emphasized that the court was the supreme authority in the country and that his panel would also work in the interests of the well-being of farmers.
- Tomar expressed hope that the talks will “reach a milestone” on January 19. On Friday, the unions again refused to consider the Center’s proposals for legislative amendments or for a clause-by-clause discussion by a smaller group.
- Towards the end of the talks, he asked the unions what exactly it would take for the protests to be canceled. Previously, farmers’ unions also raised complaints of intimidation and harassment by the government against their movement and its supporters.
- The Haryana government filed FIR against the protesters there, while the National Intelligence Agency, which is under the Union Ministry of the Interior, questioned Punjabi shippers who provide logistical support to shippers. said Rakesh Tikait, who heads a faction of the Bharatiya Kisan Union.
- For their part, the unions have made it clear that their movement has nothing to do with the Sikhs for Justice organization, which makes inflammatory statements.
The Supreme Court will hear the case of the farmers ‘protests on Monday
The Supreme Court should hear the case of the farmers’ protests on Monday amid media reports that one of the four members of its expert committee, put into effect on January 12 to negotiate between the government and farmers, he recused himself.
The January 18 list of cases shows that the court must issue orders / instructions on a government petition to prohibit protesters from organizing tractor marches to “disrupt” the celebrations of Republic Day on January 26. magistrates seated on Monday.
The court, although still chaired by the Chief Justice of India, Sharad A. Bobde, would have Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Vineet Saran as junior judges.
The court, on January 12, when it suspended the implementation of the three agricultural laws and formed the committee, had Judges A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian accompanying the CJI.
It remains to be seen whether the court would take note on Monday of the impeachment of Bhupinder Singh Mann, national chairman of the coordinating committee of the Bhartiya Kisan Union and All India Kisan, of the expert group.
The committee is supposed to start its work in 10 days and present a report in two months. However, the stated purpose of Monday’s hearing is to address the Center’s apprehension about protesters disrupting Republic Day ceremonies.
Leaked WhatsApp conversations between Arnab Goswami and former CEO of BARC
Transcripts of WhatsApp conversations between Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and Partho Dasgupta, former CEO of the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), who were part of a Additional charge sheet filed by Mumbai Police in the TRP Settlement Case, were leaked today and trended on social media.
- Transcripts of WhatsApp messages intercepted through Dasgupta’s phone, which span over 1,000 pages, show numerous instances where he asks Goswami to contact the government on his behalf.
- In such a case, on April 4, 2019, just days before the general election, Dasgupta asked Goswami to block the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s (TRAI) proposal to make BARC’s display data public. to just supply them to the channels.
- Dasgupta tells Goswami that if the data is made public, many channels could be blocked by multiple system operators (MSOs) and local cable operators (LCOs).
- Given this, Goswami assures him that when the BJP government returns to power after the 2019 election, the TRAI will have no teeth. He also asks Dasgupta to send him points on how these reforms could politically harm the government.
- The transcript also makes repeated reference to a seemingly powerful individual, “AS”, with Goswami claiming to have a close relationship with him.
- The initials were not written anywhere in the transcript. There are also numerous examples in the transcripts showing Goswami bragging about his proximity to PMO and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, detailing his visits to Delhi to meet with various ministers.
- There is another case where it says “all the ministers are with us”. Goswami also complains that other news channels are getting better marks than his, and Dasgupta assures him that steps will be taken to clean the data.
Indian scientists divided over approval of Covaxin
As 3,000 sites across India set to vaccinate 300 million high-risk people, starting with healthcare workers as of January 16, scientists and doctors divided over the restricted use approval granted to Biotech’s Bharat Covaxin, a Covid-19 vaccine, based in Hyderabad.
- In a Jan. 14 tweet, the Department of Health said Covishield and Covaxin, approved for restricted use by the Indian regulator, were safe.
- The Department of Health released a statement by four dozen scientists and doctors in India who “collectively ensure” the safety of the two vaccines.
- After Gagandeep Kang, professor of microbiology at CMC Vellore, said she would not take Covaxin in the absence of efficacy data, 12 other scientists, including Partha P. Majumder of the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Kalyani , issued a statement requesting efficacy data. before vaccination. Recognize the promising safety and immunogenicity data of Covaxin
Covid Watch: Figures and Developments: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1.05,42,180 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1.52,130.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women have so far not participated in any clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine and are not expected to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time, the Department of Health warned in its note on precautions and contraindications for vaccines. He added that specific vaccine contraindications may apply as new information becomes available. Meanwhile, the total number of people testing positive for the Covid-19 strain in the UK was 114 on Friday, the Department of Health said.