Trinamool ministers arrested by CBI in Narada case
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-05-2021; Four political heavyweights, including two ministers from the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) government and a party MP, were arrested Monday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the case of Narada’s case operation and obtained a provisional deposit for the night.
- Senior Ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, TMC MP Madan Mitra and former Minister and former Mayor of the Kolkata Municipal Company who recently left the BJP, Sovan Chatterjee, were collected from their residences in the early hours of the day and taken away the headquarters of the CBI. at the Nizam Palace in South Kolkata.
- All four were presented in a virtual municipal court, where lawyers representing the IWC have requested judicial custody of 14 days. Lawyers representing the arrested members said it was not necessary to keep the defendants in custody since the indictment was filed.
- Defense attorneys also said such interrogation in custody was not necessary during a pandemic. The central investigating body can also appeal to higher courts to challenge the bond.
- The Narada tapes, which were allegedly filmed in 2014, were released to the public in 2016, months before the state went to the assembly polls.
- The alleged videos showed a dozen TMC executives, MPs and ministers accepting cash on vault from a shell company operator.
- In March 2017, the Calcutta High Court ordered CBI to investigate the gangs and the agency filed an FIR against 13 people in April 2017, including the four people arrested today.
- These arrests sparked dramatic developments and protests across the city, and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the CBI office at the Nizam Palace.
- Banerjee was in the CBI office for almost six hours. Some of the attorneys representing those arrested said Banerjee challenged CBI authorities to detain her.
- The TMC called the arrests a “political vendetta” and questioned why BJP leaders Suvendu Adhikari and Mukul Roy, both named to the FIR, had not yet been arrested.
- Mathew Samuel, who performed the injection on behalf of the Narada News portal, also asked why Adhikari, now a BJP deputy and opposition leader, had not been questioned.
- Meanwhile, hundreds of Trinamool Congress supporters gathered outside the CBI office.
- Violence broke out, with TMC supporters throwing stones and bottles at central forces, who resorted to baton charging. TMC supporters remained at the Nizam Palace late into the night and did not leave until after the TMC leaders were released on bail.
1,621 teachers died from Covid-19 during the U.P. panchayat polls, says union
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-05-2021; The number of teachers and staff who died from Covid-19 after being sent to panchayat polling stations and Covid-19 control rooms increased to 1,621, a union of primary teachers in Paris, Uttar Pradesh, said.
- The union also alleged that despite assurances given by the Chief Secretary of State on May 1, the day before the count, that sick teachers and staff would not be invited to vote, those who were absent due to illness days of counting and voting has faced suspension and reduction of wages.
- Uttar Pradesh President Prathmik Shikshak Sangh Dinesh Chandra Sharma said the number of teachers and staff from the primary education department dying on mission during the pandemic has risen to 1,621, and the union has published a list of 1,621 people.
- Furthermore, he added, many teachers and staff with heart disease have died of “stress” and heart attacks.
- Teachers and staff from the basic education department can work from home, but in several districts such as Unnao, Rae Bareli, Lucknow, Basti, Banda and Hardoi they have been assigned to Covid-19 control rooms to the detriment of their safety, he added.
- The union demanded compensation of Rs 1 million from relatives of the staff and teachers who died during the vote. The union also demanded that the government withdraw all punitive measures against teachers and staff absent from the voting station and declare all teachers, including the deceased.
Gaza rockets are part of the resistance, says the Nayantara Sahgal collective led by Arundhati Roy
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-05-2021; The rockets fired by Palestinians against Israel are part of a “resistance” that is supported by international law, said a group of writers and artists led by Arundhati Roy and Nayantara Sahgal.
- In a statement, the collective accused the Israeli government of killing Palestinian children and blamed Israeli settlers for illegally trying to take over Palestinian land.
- Palestinians in Gaza fired rockets at Israel. The rockets did not trigger or define the brutality that followed. The rockets arrived as part of a resistance – supported by international law – to an illegal occupation, indicates the collective’s statement.
- He said Israeli retaliation with “extreme force” killed civilians, including children.
- The collective urged the Egyptian air force to provide a “no-fly zone” over the Gaza Strip and noted the lack of political will in the Arab world to protect Palestinians.
- The group, made up of some of the leading artists, authors and actors, drew attention to the 1960 United Nations General Assembly resolution 1514 which supported a process of decolonization.
At UN, India supports Palestine, but without going into details
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-05-2021; At the United Nations Security Council on Sunday, India, a non-permanent member, reaffirmed its support for Palestine, but made no direct reference to the state of Jerusalem or to future borders between Israel and Palestine.
- At the end of his speech of more than 4 minutes to the Security Council, TS Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to the UN, said: “In conclusion, India reiterates its strong support for the just cause Palestinian Authority and its unwavering commitment to the two-state solution.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted on Sunday the national flags of 25 countries, from the United States to Albania, saying they “resolutely support Israel and uphold our right to self-defense.” The flag of India was not one of them.
- Ambassador Tirumurti’s statement highlighted two things.
- One of them said that “the violence started in East Jerusalem a week ago”, referring to clashes in the Al-Aqsa compound and in the East Jerusalem neighborhood.
- This means that India does not see the Hamas rocket fire on May 10, which followed the assault by Israeli forces on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning, as a trigger for the conflict.
- India also urged both sides to “refrain from attempting to unilaterally change the existing status quo, including in and around East Jerusalem.”
- Here, it is Israel that is trying to unilaterally change the status quo by evacuating Palestinian families and deploying troops to the Al-Aqsa compound.
- India said “the historic status quo in the holy places of Jerusalem, including Haram esh-Sharif / Temple Mount, must be respected.”
- So, without naming any country, India has in effect called for an end to the eviction process and the reestablishment of the status quo ante at the Al Aqsa complex.
Petition in SC to stop the action against those who question the Center’s vaccination policy
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-05-2021; A petition has been filed with the Supreme Court to order the Delhi Police Commissioner to stop the FIR registration against people who have expressed disagreement with the Center’s vaccination policy and the management of Covid-19 by posting posters and brochures in places public.
- Lawyer Pradeep Kumar Yadav said that freedom of expression is constitutionally guaranteed. In the Shreya Singhal ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that sharing information on social media does not constitute a crime within the meaning of the Information Technology Act.
- The petitioner referred to the fact that the Supreme Court, upon hearing the suo motu case on the management of Covid-19, specifically told the state authorities not to initiate criminal proceedings against people seeking medical help or expressing their complaints regarding the management of Covid-19 on social media.
- The petition mentioned the “arrest” of more than 20 people in Delhi in connection with posters against the Prime Minister on vaccination policy.
Minimal Risk of Developing Blood Clots After Covishield vaccination, Says Department of Health
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-05-2021; Post-Immunization Adverse Event (AEFI) data in India showed that there was a minimal but defined risk of thromboembolic events after the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine (known as Covishield in India).
- A statement issued Monday by the Department of Health noted that the reporting rate for these events in India is around 0.61 / million doses, which is well below the four cases / million reported by the Regulatory Authority of UK Medical and Healthcare (MHRA).
- Germany has reported 10 events per million doses.
- No potential thromboembolic events have been reported after the administration of the Covaxin vaccine.
- Cases of bleeding and clotting after Covid-19 vaccination in India are small and in line with the expected number of diagnoses of these conditions in the country, noted a report presented by the AEFI national committee to the Ministry of Health.
- Since the launch of the vaccination campaign, more than 23,000 adverse events have been reported through the Co-WIN platform in 684 of the 753 districts of the country.
- Of these, only 700 cases (9.3 cases / million doses administered) were reported as severe and severe in nature.
- The AEFI committee has completed a comprehensive review of 498 serious and serious events, of which 26 cases have been reported as potentially thromboembolic (a clot that forms in a blood vessel that could also rupture and be carried through the bloodstream.
TN skips the virtual meeting with the Minister of Education
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-05-2021; Representatives of the Tamil Nadu school education department chose not to participate in the virtual meeting held on Monday for the secretaries of state for education.
- Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had announced that he would attend the meeting virtually and outlined the goals as reviewing the Covid-19 situation, online education, and working around National Education Policy (NEP).
- The meeting had requested the participation of the only secretary of education, and not of the ministers of state of education.
- In a letter to the Union Minister on Sunday, School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi said it would only be appropriate if the Minister of the Education Ministry participated with ministry officials in such a high-level meeting.
- He further said that he was willing to participate and share his views on the implementation of the NEP. The DMK strongly opposed national education policy when it was launched in 2020 and demanded its withdrawal.
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-05-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2,51,11,469 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 2,76,186.
- The first batch of the complementary COVID therapy drug, 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG), developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL), Hyderabad, has been launched today for emergency use.
- Defense Minister Rajnath Singh officially handed over the medicine to Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
- Bihar lost the largest number of doctors due to the second wave of Covid-19 (69) followed by Uttar Pradesh (34) and Delhi (27).
- According to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) toll, there were 244 deaths in the second wave, and the youngest doctor to die was Dr Anas Mijahid, 25, from Delhi. While last year we lost almost 730 physicians across India, this year in a short time we have lost 244 physicians, ”said IMA President J.A. Jayalal.