Assembly elections: voting ends in Tamil Nadu with 65.11% participation at 7 p.m., Pondicherry records 78%
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-04-2021; The elections for the 234 seats in the Tamil Nadu Assembly ended today and the state registered a participation rate of 71.79% at 7 p.m. In neighboring Pondicherry, which is expected to elect its 15th Legislative Assembly in 30 constituencies, the voting rate accelerated during the day to end at an overall turnout of around 78%.
- Kerala posted a turnout of 73.40% at 6 p.m., and the high percentage of the vote was interpreted by all parties to be beneficial.
- The Congress-led UDF claimed it indicated an appetite for change, while the IPC (M)-led LDF said it was a seal of approval for its past five years in power.
- The third phase of the polls in West Bengal and Assam today recorded voting percentages of 84.21% and 82.28%, respectively.
- A total of 475 Assembly constituencies in four states and one Union territory were polled today.
President appoints N.V. Ramana as CJI on April 24
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-04-2021; President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Judge NV Ramana as Chief Justice of India on Tuesday effective April 24. CJI Chief Sharad A. Bobde recommended Justice Ramana, the Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India, to be appointed India’s 48th President in a letter to the Ministry of Law and Justice on the 24th March.
- With this, both the Supreme Court and the government followed the seniority rule followed in the appointment of CJIs.
- Judge Ramana will serve as CJI until August 26, 2022.
- He was appointed Supreme Court Justice on February 17, 2014 while serving as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delhi.
- Judge Ramana was born into a farming family on August 27, 1957 in the village of Ponnavaram in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.
Bharti Airtel sells spectrum worth £ 1,497 crore to Reliance Jio
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-04-2021; Bharti Airtel said on Tuesday it had signed an agreement with Reliance Jio Infocomm to transfer the “right to use” part of its 800 MHz spectrum in three circles to the firm headed by Mukesh Ambani.
- As a result of this agreement, Bharti Airtel will receive consideration of 1,037.6 crore from Reliance Jio for the proposed transfer.
- In addition, Reliance Jio will assume future spectrum-related liabilities of Rs 459 crore, Bharti Airtel said in a statement.
- Under this agreement, which is subject to legal approvals, Reliance Jio will acquire the right to use the spectrum in the 800 MHz band in the circles of Andhra Pradesh (3.75 MHz), Delhi (1.25 MHz ) and Mumbai (2.50 MHz) through trade.
- In a separate statement, Reliance Jio said that it will now have 2X15MHz of spectrum in the 800 MHz band in the Mumbai circle and 2X10MHz of spectrum in the 800MHz band in the Andhra Pradesh and Delhi circles, thus further consolidating its spectral imprint in these circles.
- Trade agreement complies with the guidelines on spectrum trading issued by the Ministry of Telecommunications and is subject to the necessary regulatory and statutory approvals.
- The added value for the right to use this spectrum is ₹ 1,497 crore, including the present value of the associated deferred payment liability of ₹ 459 crore, subject to any transaction related adjustments.
- Reliance Jio was the highest bidder in the telecommunications department’s recent spectrum auction, acquiring 488.35 MHz of spectrum for ₹ 57,122.65 crore.
- Most of Reliance Jio’s auction payments will be for spectrum in the 800 MHz band (₹ 34,491 crore). Reliance Jio was followed by Bharti Airtel, which offered 355.45 MHz of spectrum for ₹ 18,698.75.
Russia does not believe in “systems of military alliances”, says Chancellor Lavrov on Quad issue
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-04-2021; A solution to the Afghan civil war should balance Afghan ethnic and religious groups and no group should be excluded from the final settlement of the war, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday after holding bilateral talks with his Indian counterpart, Dr S. Jaishankar.
- Lavrov said India and Russia are working for stability and connectivity in Asia-Pacific and urged that no “security alliance” emerge in Asia.
- The Taliban movement is part of Afghan society. The Afghan settlement decision must provide for the participation of all political, ethnic and religious groups in the country.
- Otherwise, the solution will not be stable. This decision must be based on the balance of ethnic, political and religious interests, including in legislative bodies, Lavrov said.
- In addition to the Afghan situation, the main item on the agenda of Tuesday’s talks was the handover of the Russian S400 missile defense system and the threat of US sanctions that handover could entail.
- Although the ministers said the “specific” issue had not been raised during the discussion, diplomatic sources confirmed that “all issues” had been discussed.
- Significantly, India’s Quad membership appeared in the talks, according to Lavrov.
- Responding to a question, Lavrov indirectly took up the Quad and said that he had heard of an “Asian NATO” and a “Middle East NATO” and argued that Russia does not believe in military alliance systems.
Vaccines are given according to ‘need’, not ‘want’, says Center
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-04-2021; While several circles have called for the age limit for vaccination against Covid-19 to be relaxed due to the increase in cases, the Center said on Tuesday that the objective was to protect the most vulnerable, and that the idea was not to “manage the vaccine to those who want it but to those who need it,” PTI reported.
- At a weekly press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said many people wonder why the government does not open vaccination to all people over 18 years of age.
- NITI Aayog (Health) Fellow Dr. V K Paul said history must be viewed scientifically.
- So far, no one who has researched vaccines has shown that given on this scale it leads to herd immunity, adding that it has not yet been scientifically proven.
- Paul said the priority groups were chosen on the basis of vulnerability to mortality.
- On the other hand, the Indian Medical Association wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to suggest that vaccination be allowed to all people over 18 years of age.
- Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray have also written to Modi calling for a lowering of the age limit for vaccination.
- Kejriwal urged him to relax standards for opening vaccination centers and lift the age requirement to get vaccinated, reiterating that the Delhi government can vaccinate everyone in the city within three months if the Center grants the necessary permits.
- Thackeray sued the Prime Minister to allow people over 25 to receive Covid-19 injections, which he says will protect young people from the rapid spread of the coronavirus as they leave their homes to gain his life.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,27,13,188 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 1,67,190.
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-04-2021; Faced with the increase in Covid-19 cases in Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal government imposed a seven-hour night curfew with immediate effect on Tuesday, but exempted people from certain professions.
- The decision was made after the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the city. DDMA’s order for the 10 p.m. curfew at 5 a.m. will continue until April 30.
- Traveling during curfew hours will need a paper or electronic copy of an electronic pass which can be obtained from the Delhi government website.
- Those exempt from the night curfew include pregnant women, patients, people who travel to and from airports, train stations and state bus terminals with presentation of tickets.
- Officials related to the operation of diplomatic offices, and those who hold constitutional positions in production valid identity card, among others.
Chhattisgarh Health Minister Reports Irregular Vaccine Supply
Daily NEWS Summary | 06-04-2021; With a record rise in Covid-19 cases in Chhattisgarh and the Union Ministry of Health also ignoring the state for failing to control the spread of the virus, State Health Minister TS Singh Deo responded today, saying that the supply of vaccine was spotty as supplies nearly ran out on Monday.
- Deo said that with cases spiraling, a partial closure in affected districts cannot be ruled out.
- The state reported the most 7,302 Covid-19 cases in one day and 44 deaths on Monday.
- Durg district in Chhattisgarh is the last of the top ten districts with the most active cases.
- Health Ministry said the death toll in the state is also cause for concern.