Cancellation of Rs 3 million ration cards serious – Supreme Court
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-03-2021; The Supreme Court said that it was a “very serious” question whether the Center had actually canceled around three million rupees of ration cards, including those for tribes and the poor, just because they could not biometrically link in Aadhaar.
- A bench run by the Chief Justice of India, Sharad A. Bobde, asked the Center to respond to a claim made in a petition by Koili Devi, represented by lead attorney Colin Gonsalves, that such cancellations had resulted in deaths from famine across the country.
- Koili Devi’s 11-year-old daughter Santhoshi Kumari reportedly starved to death in Jharkhand in 2017.
- She said the family’s ration card was cancelled due to having no connection to Aadhaar.
- Further she called for an independent investigation into the starvation deaths, the restoration of canceled ration cards, and compensation for the death of her daughter.
- The Hunger Watch report on the Right to Food 2020 campaign described the hunger situation in India as “dire”. India is ranked 94th out of 107 countries in the 2020 Global Hunger Index and is in the “severe hunger category”.
Must act quickly to stop second ‘spike’ of Covid-19 cases, PM tells CM
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-03-2021; Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed concern about an increase in Covid-19 cases in parts of the country and called for “swift and decisive” action to control the “emerging second peak.”
- In a virtual interaction with top ministers of state on the situation of the pandemic and the ongoing vaccination campaign, PM said that in states such as Maharashtra, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, the number of Covid-19 increased,
- While almost 70 districts of the country increased, seen an increase in positivity rate of over 150% lately.
- Further, Modi also spoke out against the waste of vaccines. The average waste of the Covid-19 vaccine in India is 6.5%, while Telangana and Andhra Pradesh recorded a waste of 17.6% and 11.6% respectively.
Antilia bomb threat: Maharashtra police chief relocated
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-03-2021; Under criticism for the “mismanagement” of the bomb threat in front of Mukesh Ambani’s residence, the Maharashtra government transferred Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.
- IPS Senior Officer Hemant Nagrale, charged with the additional responsibility of the Director General of the Maharashtra Police (DGP), will be the new Mumbai Police Commissioner and will replace Singh, who has been assigned to the state National Guard.
- This step is considered as a result of speculation in the media about Singh’s handling of the Sachin Vaze episode.
- Vaze is under investigation by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) in a case involving the recovery of a van with explosives near Ambani’s home in Mumbai.
- Vaze, arrested in the case on March 13 for his alleged role in the crime, was until recently attached to the city’s Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU).
Peace with Pakistan will give India direct access to Central Asia, says Imran Khan
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-03-2021; Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that India would benefit economically from peace with his country as it would allow New Delhi direct access to the resource-rich region of Central Asia through Pakistani territory.
- During the keynote speech at the launch of the two-day security dialogue in Islamabad, Khan added that his government, after coming to power in 2018, had done everything possible to improve ties with India and that India should correspond.
- India said last month that it wanted normal neighborhood relations with Pakistan in an environment free from terror, hostility and violence. India said that Pakistan should create an environment free from terror and hostility.
- India also told Pakistan that “talks and terror” cannot go hand in hand and called on Islamabad to take demonstrable action against the terrorist groups responsible for launching various attacks against India.
- Khan has spent a lot of time discussing the issue of peace in the region, including peace between Pakistan and India.
- Central Asia, in the modern context, typically includes five resource-rich countries: Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Pilot killed in MiG-21 plane crash
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-03-2021; An IAF group captain was killed on Wednesday morning when a MiG-21 Bison fighter jet crashed while taking off on a combat training mission from an air base in central India .
“The IAF lost group captain A. Gupta in the tragic accident. The IAF expresses its condolences and strongly supports the members of the family, ”a statement said.
- The incident happened at 10:50 a.m., it became known, investigating court was tasked with determining the cause of the accident. The MiG-21 Bison is the only MiG-21 variant in service and is being phased out.
Georgia massage parlor shootings kill 8; suspect caught
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-03-2021; Shooting at two massage parlors in Atlanta and one in the suburbs on Tuesday night left eight people dead, many of whom are women of Asian descent, as authorities said. A 21-year-old man suspected of the shooting was taken into custody in southwest Georgia hours later after a chase.
- The attacks began around 5 p.m. when five people were shot dead in the Youngs Asian massage parlor at a shopping mall near a rural area in Acworth, about 50 miles north of Atlanta. Two people died at the scene and three were taken to a hospital where two of them also died.
- At approximately 5:50 p.m., Atlanta Buckhead Police, responding to a call to an ongoing robbery, found three women dead from apparent gunshot wounds at Gold Spa.
- While at the scene, they learned that a call reported a shooting at another spa across the street, Aromatherapy Spa, and found a woman who appeared to have been gunned down inside.
- The murders took place amid a recent wave of attacks on Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,14,71,579 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,61,680.
- Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu continue to report high numbers of daily Covid-19 cases, accounting for 71.1% of the 28,903 new infections,
- And 83.91% of new cases are from Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
- As a result of this, Maharashtra alone accounts for 61.8% of new daily cases, with 17,864 cases.
- secondly, Kerala followed with 1,970, while Punjab reported 1,463 new cases, Kerala has reported a steady downward trend for the past month.
- The total number of active cases in India reached 2.34 lakh (2,34,406), or 2.05% of the total infections.