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Daily NEWS Summary: 18.01.2021

Farmer protests: Central Delhi and police should decide whether or not to allow tractor rally – SC

Supreme Court said today that central Delhi and police should decide whether farmers protesting can or not to carry out marches of tractors or vehicles on Republic Day in the National Capital. The government cannot ask the court to rule on questions of public order.

  • The government wanted the court to pass a court order to prevent farmers from holding protests to “disrupt” Republic Day celebrations in Delhi.
  • The government said the right to voice disagreement against agricultural laws does not include the right to “defame the nation on a global basis”.

Common Farmer Union Platform Moves Out of Political Scope

The Common Farmer Unions Platform in protest, Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), has dissociated itself from the political scope of one of its key members, Haryana leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni. However, Chaduni will remain for the moment in the union delegation negotiating with the Center.

  • Chaduni had written letters to political parties as part of the ongoing protest against agricultural laws at Delhi’s borders and reportedly met politicians at Delhi’s Constitution Club on Sunday.
  • The SKM had previously decided not to invite political parties to its stadium or rallies, both to avoid government accusations that politics took control of the protest and to recognize that there are a variety of political opinions among the protesters themselves.
  • The protesting unions will meet the central ministers for the 10th round of negotiations tomorrow, at the same time as the committee appointed by the SC holds its first meeting.

WhatsApp transcripts prove that the Modi government carried out airstrikes on Balakot to win the election, says Imran Khan

In a series of tweets today Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said the “fascist” government of the ‘India targeted by Narendra Modi “used the Balakot crisis to achieve national electoral gains”, in reference to the airstrikes carried out on terrorist camps across the Line of Control on February 26, 2019 following the terrorist attack in Pulwama in the one that killed 40 CRPF jawans.

  • Since 2019, Khan and his government have alleged in multiple forums that the Modi government could conduct “false flag” operations to create a pretext for punitive measures against Pakistan.
  • A false flag operation is generally understood as a covert action carried out by a state with the aim of blaming an adversary, be it a state or a non-state actor.
  • Khan tweeted today that transcripts of WhatsApp discussions between Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and Partho Dasupta, former CEO of the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) confirmed his claims.

The creators of the Amazon Prime web series “Tandav” have issued an unconditional apology for hurting religious feelings.

  • In a statement released today, they said: “The Tandav web series is a work of fiction and any resemblance to acts, people and events is purely coincidental.
  • The cast and crew had no intention of offending the feelings of any individual, caste, community, race, religion or religious belief or of insulting or to insult an institution, a political party or a person, living or deceased.
  • The cast and crew of Tandav recognize the concerns people have voiced and unconditionally apologize if they’ve unintentionally hurt someone’s feelings. “
  • Previously, an FIR was filed in Lucknow against the creators for attacking the religious feelings of Hindus and promoting enmity on religious grounds.
  • The political drama series, released on January 15, has Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub in the cast. The FIR was filed at the Hazratganj Police Station under various sections of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) and the Information Technology Act.

Mamata announces she will fight Nandigram Bengal Polls

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that she would run in the 2021 Nandigram Assembly elections in Purba Medinipur district. Banerjee made the announcement at a town hall meeting in Nandigram, almost a month after Trinamool Congress heavyweight (TMC) and former constituency MP Suvendu Adhikari resigned from the party and joined the BJP.

Covid Watch: The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,05,72,426 at the time of this bulletin, with a balance of 1,52,521.

  • In a clarification, Covaxin’s maker, Bharat Biotech, said that people with a history of allergies, fever and bleeding disorders, are taking blood thinners, are immunosuppressed or undergoing treatment should not take the vaccine.
  • A statement posted today on the company’s website said the vaccine is also contraindicated for pregnant / nursing women and people with any other serious health conditions as determined by the vaccinator / supervisor.
  • The statement comes amid reports of slow adoption of the first phase of Covid-19 vaccination in the country that began on January 16.
  • Bharat Biotech has now published a fact sheet detailing possible adverse events. They said: “There is little chance that COVAXIN will cause a serious allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, swelling of the face / throat / rapid heartbeat, a rash all over the body, dizziness and severe pain. Weakness.” The clinical efficacy of Covaxin has not yet been established and is still being investigated in phase III clinical trials.

Vijay Mallya cannot be extradited until a confidential “legal matter” concerning him is resolved, the Center informed the Supreme Court on Monday.

  • The UK declined to provide details on this “matter”, saying it was judicial in nature. He also declined to reveal how long it would take to resolve the issue, while making sure he knew how important the Mallya case was to the Indian government.
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