EC announces the schedule for elections to the Assembly; Elections in Bengal will take place in eight phases
Daily NEWS Summary: 26.02.2021| The Election Commission (EC) announced elections to the Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry and West Bengal assemblies, where the elections would be held in eight phases.
- Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said votes in all five elections would be counted on May 2.
- The elections in Assam will take place in three phases, with a vote on March 27, April 1 and April 6.
- Elections in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry would be held in a single phase, with a vote on April 6.
- West Bengal would see elections in eight phases, compared to the seven phases in the last elections.
- Teams of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel had been dispatched to all state and UT elections.
- EC had issued a circular on February 8 for the formation of committees composed of the head of state elections, the nodal state police officer and the state coordinator of the CAPF to develop the security plan and monitor the deployment of forces.
- Two special police observers for West Bengal and two special spending observers for Tamil Nadu had been appointed, taking into account the concerns of both states.
- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today questioned the rationale for the EC’s decision to hold the 2021 Assembly elections in the state in eight phases.
- It is the first time that the elections in West Bengal have been held in eight phases. The first time West Bengal went to the polls with the most phases was in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, when the polls were conducted in seven phases.
- The Chief Minister, who is also president of the Trinamool Congress, said the dates are in line with BJP requirements. She raised strong objections to the elections held in the district of South 24 Parganas in different phases.
- However, welcoming the eight-phase elections, the BJP said it was a shame that West Bengal had to have elections in so many phases and this was due to the history of political violence.
Labor rights activist Nodeep Kaur secures bail
The High Court of Punjab and Haryana on Friday granted labor rights activist Navdeep Kaur bail in a case of attempted murder and riot, among others. Kaur, who was arrested by Haryana police in January and is currently in Karnal prison, said in her bail statement that she was beaten, tortured and “forced to sign blank papers” in a police station.
- Police have denied the allegations. Her bail request added that she was falsely implicated and targeted, as she had managed to gain massive support in the Kundli industrial zone for the ongoing peasant movement against the new agricultural laws of the Center, which was conquered by The direction.
Five congressmen suspended in Himachal
Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatreya was reportedly mistreated by some members of Congress inside the Assembly on Friday, after which five MLAs were suspended for the remainder of the budget session.
- Spokesman Vipin Parmar said Congressman including Opposition Leader Mukesh Agnihotri was suspended by a motion tabled by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Bhardwaj.
- Opposition members tried to arrest the governor outside the President’s chamber as he walked to his parade, accompanied by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Parmar, after addressing the assembly on the day the opening of the budget session. The speaker said the action by members of Congress was against the rules.
SC calls for measures to speed up aid to accident victims
The Supreme Court is considering the creation of a nationwide online mechanism to help road accident victims and their families obtain compensation soon after the accident.
- Bench led by Judge SK Kaul is considering several ways to speed up the compensation process, including creating a nationwide network to transparently pay compensation across states for online filing of police records and documents accident claim in accident claims courts.
- The court’s intervention follows a petition filed by one of India’s largest insurance companies, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company, highlighting the plight of victims who have been waiting for years for their money.
- Bajaj Allianz, based on its “pan-Indian experience” in the insurance industry, said that in many parts of the country, it takes the police months to file an accident report with the claims court.
- The report is the first step in determining compensation under the Motor Vehicle Act. The delay is often due to a chronic shortage of personnel in the police force, unwieldy geography or utter lethargy.
- The law requires the “simultaneous” collection and verification of information about an accident. A delay would destroy crucial and important evidence.
- Furthermore, it could also keep witnesses away from the truth. The company argued that the delay also added to the trauma of the accident and affected the victim’s right to equality and access to justice.
- In its petition, the company said the delay in gathering information about the accident and submitting the report to the court makes it more difficult for insurers to separate the real claims from the false ones. The case was scheduled for hearing on March 16.
The Indian economy enters positive territory and registers a growth of 0.4% in October-December
After contracting for two consecutive quarters, the Indian economy entered positive territory with a growth of 0.4% in the October-December quarter, mainly due to the good performance of the agricultural, services and construction sectors, according to official data.
- Retail and hospitality contracted 7.7% in the third quarter of this fiscal year, as sectors continued to suffer from the coronavirus pandemic.
- According to data published by the National Statistics Office (NSO), the agricultural sector grew by 3.9% and the production of the manufacturing sector increased by 1.6% in the analyzed quarter.
- The construction sector grew 6.2%, while those of electricity, gas, water and other public services grew 7.3%.
“GDP at constant prices (2011-12) in the third quarter of 2020-2021 is estimated at ₹ 36.22 lakh crore, compared to ₹ 36.08 per lakh crore in the third quarter of 2019- 20, a growth of 0.4%.The NSO said
- GDP had grown by 3.3% percent during the corresponding period of 2019-2020.
- The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,10,62,766 at the time of publication of this newsletter, with a death toll of 1,58,191.
- The Interior Ministry (MHA) issued an order on Friday to extend the Covid-19 “surveillance, containment and precaution guidelines” until March 31. He called on states to speed up the vaccination program to break the chain of transmission.