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Daily NEWS Summary | 15-03-2021

More than half of OBC positions and more than 40% of SC / ST teacher positions in central institutions unfilled

Daily NEWS Summary | 15-03-2021; There are only nine professors from tribal communities listed in the 42 central universities, according to data presented to Lok Sabha on Monday. In India’s 20 management institutes, only five of the science and technology positions have been filled.

  • In a written response to a question from three congressmen about the vacancies for reserved positions in all central educational institutions, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank told Lok Sabha that more than half of the positions reserved for OBC and approximately 40% of those reserved for scheduled castes and tribes are empty.
  • The situation is particularly acute in elite IIMs, where more than 60% of the positions reserved for SC and OBC are vacant, while 80% of the positions reserved for S&T have not been filled.
  • This means that of the 24 positions reserved for S&T, only five have been filled. For Indian Institutes of Technology, data was provided for non-university positions only. The IITs and IIMs have been pushing for a waiver of these faculty fee requirements.
  • Nishank’s answer to another question from Congressman N. Uttam Kumar Reddy showed that at central universities vacancies are highest at the faculty level.
  • Of the 709 assistant professor positions reserved for S&T in the 42 universities, more than 500 have been filled. However, with regard to professors, only nine positions have been filled out of the 137 reserved for TS candidates.
  • This means that 93% of these positions remain vacant. Less than 1% of the 1,062 professors at the central university come from S&T communities.
  • Similarly, 64% of the 2,206 assistant professor positions reserved for OBCs were filled at central universities. However, less than 5% of the 378 teacher positions reserved for OBCs have been filled.
  • According to data presented at Lok Sabha on Monday, there are now 6,074 openings at the 42 universities, of which 75% are in reserved categories.

MHA offers Bill to make L-G a must-have wink for the entire Delhi government

Daily NEWS Summary | 15-03-2021; The Ministry of the Home Affairs (MHA) introduced the Delhi National Capital Territory Bill (Amendment) 2021 at Lok Sabha on Monday. The bill proposes that “government” in the National Capital Territory of Delhi means the Deputy Governor of Delhi.

  • The bill grants discretionary powers to the Delhi L-G even in areas where the Delhi Legislative Assembly is empowered to legislate.
  • Additionally, the bill also seeks to ensure that the L-G “necessarily has the opportunity” to give its opinion before any decision made by the Council of Ministers (or the Delhi Cabinet) is implemented.
  • Among other things, the bill seeks to amend article 33 of the law that empowers the Delhi Assembly to establish rules for the conduct of its business by inserting the clause that it must not be inconsistent with the rules of procedure, further the conduct of the affairs of the House of the People.
  • The amendment says that the Legislative Assembly shall not establish any rule that allows itself or its committees to examine matters of the daily administration of the capital or to carry out investigations in relation to administrative decisions and such rules taken before the beginning of the law.
  • It is null, legal experts felt that this particular amendment raised a question mark about the Delhi Assembly’s ongoing investigation into the February 2020 riots in Delhi.  

Batla House Shoot: Delhi court sentences Ariz Khan to death for killing inspector

Daily NEWS Summary | 15-03-2021; A Delhi court on Monday handed down the death sentence to Ariz Khan for the murder of police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma in the 2008 Batla House case. Extraordinarily session judge Sandeep Yadav also imposed a total fine of ₹ 11 lakh against Ariz in this case.

  • The court said that 10 lakh should be handed over immediately to members of Sharma’s family.
  • Police are demanding the death penalty for Ariz, allegedly associated with the Indian terrorist group Mujahideen, claiming it was not just any murder, but rather a law enforcement officer advocating for justice.
  • Additional Attorney General A.T. Ansari, who appeared before police, said the case attracts an exemplary sentence, which is capital punishment.
  • Attorney M.S. Khan, who appeared in Ariz, opposed the death penalty and said the incident was not premeditated.
  • The court said on March 8 that it was duly proven that Ariz Khan and his associates had caused the murder of a police officer.
  • Inspector Sharma of the special cell was killed during the 2008 meeting at Batla House in Jamia Nagar in South Delhi.
  • The lower court sentenced Indian mujahideen terrorist Shahzad Ahmed in July 2013 to life imprisonment in connection with the case.
  • His appeal against the verdict is pending in the superior court. Ariz Khan had fled the scene and was found guilty. He was arrested on February 14, 2018 and went on trial.

NCB moves Supreme Court against Bombay HC order granting bail to Rhea Chakraborty

Daily NEWS Summary | 15-03-2021; The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has filed a petition with the Supreme Court to challenge the Bombay High Court order granting bail to actress Rhea Chakraborty, arrested on drug-related charges in the case of the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

  • A bench of Supreme Court President S.A. Bobde and Judges A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian will hear the guilty plea on March 18.
  • On October 7 last year, the Mumbai High Court granted the actress bail and ordered her to post a personal bond of 1 lakh.
  • However, he had rejected the bail statement of his brother Showik Chakraborty, who is also accused in the case, and of an alleged drug trafficker Abdel Basit Parihar.
  • Rhea, her brother and the other defendants were arrested in September last year by the BCN as part of their investigation into the drug angle linked to the Rajput death case.
  • Earlier this month, on a nearly 12,000-page indictment sheet containing statements from more than 200 witnesses, the NCB named 33 people, including Chakraborty and Showik.
  • The actress has been accused of being “an active member of a drug union” and of financing the narcotics used by Sushant Singh Rajput.

Covid Update: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,13,82,720 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,61,390.

  • India recorded 26,291 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday. This is the largest single-day increase in nearly three months, and Maharashtra recorded the highest one-day high of 16,620 new coronavirus cases on Sunday.
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