As WhatsApp goes to court against the new IT rules, the government says they are only meant to track messages related to “very serious crimes.”
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-05-2021; WhatsApp has moved the Delhi High Court against India’s new, tougher IT rules that require instant messaging platforms to help identify the “sender” of messages. The petition challenging the constitutional validity of the standards, which will come into effect on May 26, was presented on May 25.
“Requiring messaging apps to ‘follow’ chats is tantamount to asking us to keep a fingerprint of every message sent on WhatsApp, which would break end-to-end encryption and fundamentally violate people’s right to privacy” ,said a spokesperson for WhatsApp.
- The spokesperson added that the messaging platform has consistently partnered with civil society and experts around the world to oppose demands that would violate the privacy of its users.
- Meanwhile, the government said it respects the right to privacy and that the requirement to trace the origin of reported messages under the new TI rules relates to the prevention and investigation of “very serious breaches.” »Linked to Indian sovereignty or public order.
- In a statement, the IT ministry called WhatsApp’s last-minute challenge to the interim guidelines a failed attempt to prevent the standards from taking effect.
- The UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are demanding that social media companies allow lawful interception, he said, adding: “What India is asking for is far less than some of the other countries have demanded”. “Therefore, WhatsApp’s attempt to present India’s Interim Guidelines as contrary to the right to privacy is incorrect,” the official statement said.
Government Summons National Security For Denying RTI Request In Twitter Notice
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-05-2021; The Union government has cited national security concerns for denying a right to information request requesting details from last month’s notice sent to Twitter asking it to block certain tweets. It said that his notification was empowered by a legal provision that allowed information to be blocked if it affected the sovereignty, defense, foreign affairs or public order of the country.
- In response to an April 23 advisory from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Twitter blocked around 50 tweets about the Modi government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, including tweets from a Bengal minister.
- Kanhaiya Kumar, a Bihar-based RTI activist, submitted an RTI request three days later, questioning the legal provisions under which tweets were blocked.
- In its response on Wednesday, MeitY said that section 69A of the Information Technology Act of 2009 empowers the government to block public access to information in the interests of sovereignty, integrity, defense, security, friendly relations with foreign states and the public order of the country. or to prevent incitement to the commission of any crime reported in connection with the foregoing.
- Kumar requested a copy of the notice sent to Twitter and requested details on Twitter identifiers, specific tweets, and the total number of posts for which action was requested through the notice sent to Twitter.
- He requested a copy of all correspondence between Twitter and the government on this matter, a copy of the action report submitted by Twitter in response to the notification, and a copy of all case notes related to the matter.
- In addition, she requested information on whether a similar notice had been sent ordering the blocking of posts to other social media platforms.
- MeitY declined to provide information in response to these questions, claiming that, like Section 69A of the Information Technology Act and its issues “are related to national security, sovereignty and integrity,” it noted the provisions of Article 8 (1) (a) of the RTI law.
- This clause authorizes the exemption of “information the disclosure of which damages the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, the strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, the relations with a foreign State or which gives rise to the incitement of a crime”.
- The response of the ministère intervening all the messages that Twitter continues to defer the notice of the Center to retire is a “manipulative” label of the tweets of the leaders of the BJP referring to a pretend “boîte à outils du Congrès” on the management of the pandemie for government.
IMA sues Baba Ramdev for ₹ 1,000 crore for derogatory comments on allopathy
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-05-2021; Indian Medical Association (IMA) handed a disparaging notice to Baba Ramdev for making derogatory remarks against allopathy and allopathic doctors, and asked for an apology within 15 days, otherwise, It said that ‘ it will demand compensation of ₹ 1000 crore from the yoga guru.
- The six-page opinion delivered on behalf of IMA (Uttarakhand) Secretary Ajay Khanna by his lawyer Neeraj Pandey describes Ramdev’s comments as damaging to the reputation and image of allopathy and the nearly 2,000 practitioners who are part of the association.
- Qualifying the yoga guru’s comments as a “criminal act” under Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code, the notice required a written apology from him within 15 days of receipt, or he will be required to do so Compensation of ₹ 1,000 crore at the rate of $ 50 lakh per IMA member.
- Further it asked Ramdev to make a music video that contradicts all of his bogus and defamatory claims, and run it on all social media platforms where he uploaded his previous video clip leveling the allegations.
- He also asked the yoga guru to remove from all platforms a “misleading” advertisement that endorses the “Coronil kit”, a product of his company, as an effective drug for Covid-19, failing which an FIR and a criminal case against him by the IMA.
In a longer period, U.P. villagers who received Covishield in the first dose were vaccinated with Covaxin in the second dose
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-05-2021; Twenty residents of Siddharthnagar district in eastern Uttar Pradesh received the Covishield vaccine in the first dose and Covaxin in the second. The incident occurred during a vaccination campaign at a primary health center in the Barhni block.
- Ramsurat, a resident of Audahi Kala village, said he received Covishield on April 1. However, she received an injection of Covaxin for her second dose on May 14. “They haven’t checked anything. The ASHA [worker] was standing elsewhere, ”he told reporters. Ramsurat said he now feared possible side effects.
- While 18 people were from his village, the other two were from another village.
- A probe is in progress. Medical director Siddharthnagar Sandeep Chaudhary said clarification was sought from officials on the ground after an investigation was carried out. Measures will be taken accordingly.
- “This is a mistake because the Indian government does not have guidelines by which a cocktail [of vaccines] can be administered,” the CMO said.
- Although he said the 20 people had no problems, he was monitoring the problem.
Farmers organize protests across country, reiterate demands to repeal three farm laws
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-05-2021; Farmers staged protests across the country that burned effigies of the Narendra Modi government and hoisted black flags to mark the six-month protest at the Delhi borders demanding the withdrawal of the three agricultural laws and the guarantee of the minimum price of support (MSP).
- Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a coalition of hundreds of farmers’ unions, had called for a “black day” to be observed on May 26 across the country to mark the six-month farmer protest. Twelve opposition parties released a statement in support of the call on Sunday.
- Led by All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) National President Ashok Dhawale, several group leaders staged a “black flag” rally and burned the government image of the Bharatiya Janata party led by Modi in New Delhi.
- Among others, AIKS General Secretary Hannan Mollah and Finance Secretary Father Krishan Prasad were also present at the rally.
- Farmers, including women, also carried black flags, raised slogans and burned effigies of the Modi government at the Singhu and Ghazipur borders in Delhi.
The ignorant fanatics in power destroy Lakshadweep, says Rahul; Resignation of 8 local BJP leaders
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-05-2021; Congress leader Rahul Gandhi backed the people of Lakshadweep on Wednesday when he accused “ignorant ruling fanatics” of destroying the islands, PTI reported.
- His statement came a day after Congress demanded the immediate impeachment of Lakshadweep administrator Praful Patel, saying he was not only destroying the peace and culture of the islands, but also “harassing” the people by imposing arbitrary restrictions.
- Meanwhile, at least eight leaders of Lakshadweep‘s BJP unit quit the party to protest Pa’s arbitrary actions. The BJP’s Lakshadweep unit wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 20 expressing their complaints against Patel.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 2,73,07,826 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 3,13,382.