Concerned about “intimidation tactics” and the threat to the freedom of expression of its users, says Twitter
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-05-2021; Microblogging platform Twitter said on May 27 that it plans to promote changes to fundamental elements of India’s new IT rules that prevent free and open public conversation, while expressing concern about “‘intimidation’ tactics. used by Delhi police against him recently in Congress Toolkit.
- A spokesperson said that Twitter is currently concerned about recent events involving its employees in India and the possible threat to its users’ freedom of expression.
- According to Twitter, he is particularly concerned about the requirement to criminally detain an individual (the compliance officer) for platform content, the proactive monitoring requirements and the general authority to seek information about his clients.
- He believes that this represents a dangerous overshoot which is incompatible with open and democratic principles.
- The company also said the Department of Electronics and Informatics is expected to publish standard operating protocols on procedural aspects of compliance for public comment.
- According to Twitter, it recently received a notice of violation and has retained some of the content identified in the blocking order under its “Content Retained by Country” policy.
- Twitter argues that content escalation constitutes legitimate free speech. However, he was forced to decline in response to a notice of violation due to the limited scope of the law under Section 69A, which grants limited space for an intermediary to defend content.
- Failure to do so results in high-risk criminal consequences for Twitter employees.
Twitter uncooperative, Delhi police say
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-05-2021; In response to the Twitter statement, Delhi police said on Thursday that the microblogging site was neither police nor judicial and refused to cooperate with law enforcement calling the statement released by Twitter “false,” police said Twitter was trying to “judge the truth”.
- Delhi Police said the website claims to have a material information base “which it” not only “investigated” but came to a “conclusion” “and that it should share this information with law enforcement.
- Delhi Police called Twitter’s behavior “obscuring, distracting and biased,” adding that “there is one simple thing Twitter refuses to do. That is to say, to cooperate with the police and disclose information to the judicial authority. What’s wrong with that “.
- According to the police, they recorded a preliminary investigation based on a complaint from the representative of the Indian National Congress. “Therefore, Twitter Inc.’s efforts to describe this as an FIR filed at the request of the Indian government are totally and completely incorrect,” the statement read.
States responsible for vaccine shortage, demand release of government, but say nothing about delay in vaccine procurement
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-05-2021; India’s senior advisor on Covid-19, Dr V.K. Paul said states had forced the Center to expand vaccine availability despite knowing it was not properly prepared. The Center has recently been heavily criticized for declining immunization rates, mainly due to vaccine shortages, when the need at the moment is rapid immunization of populations at risk.
- Dr. Paul, president of the National Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration, in a press release Thursday said that the vaccine supply, which was administered by the Center from January to April, was “well managed” but not up to date.
- The Center did all the “heavy lifting,” which included funding vaccine manufacturers, accelerating approvals, increasing production, and introducing foreign vaccines to India.
- “The vaccine purchased by the Center is provided in its entirety to states so that it can be administered free of charge to people. All of this is known to the United States.
- The Government of India has confined itself to allowing states to attempt to procure vaccines on their own, in response to their explicit requests.
- The States knew very well the production capacity of the country and what are the difficulties to obtain vaccines directly abroad ”, specifies its note, which was distributed by the GDP (Press Information Office) in the form of a “Myths Vs Facts” questionnaire. .
- “States, which had not even achieved good coverage of health workers and frontline workers in three months, wanted to start the immunization process and wanted more decentralization. Health is a matter of state, and the policy of liberalizing vaccines has been the result of relentless demands by states to empower states.
- The fact that the global tenders have gone unsuccessful only reaffirms what we have been telling states from day one: that vaccines are scarce around the world and not easy to obtain. in the short term, ”the note says.
- However, the memo did not answer the question, posed by many critics of its immunization policy, about why it delayed placing vaccine orders until January 2021,
Withdraw New Rules In Lakshadweep, Rahul Urges Prime Minister
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-05-2021; Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to step in and withdraw the new orders and regulations introduced by Lakshadweep administrator Praful Khoda Patel.
- In the letter, written Wednesday and published by Congress on Thursday, Gandhi alleges that the new regulations and ordinances threaten the archipelago’s heritage.
- The congress leader said the Administrator unilaterally proposed sweeping changes without consulting elected officials or Lakshadweep residents protesting the “arbitrary” actions.
- Further he added the proposed rule in the draft panchayat regulations to disqualify members with more than two children was “blatantly undemocratic.”
- Furthermore, proposed changes to regulations such as the Prevention of Antisocial Activities (PASA) Regulation, the Lakshadweep Animal Conservation Regulation and the lifting of restrictions on the sale of alcohol constitute a deliberate attack on the culture and religion of the local community.
- The attempt to sever ties with the port of Beypore hits close historical and cultural ties with Kerala, ”added Gandhi, a member of Kerala’s Lok Sabha.
- The congressman also said the administration demolished structures used by fishermen, laid off workers hired in various government departments, and “relaxed quarantine standards,” prompting a spike in Covid-19 cases.
- Claiming that “draconian” regulations had been introduced to criminalize dissent and undermine grassroots democracy on the pretext of developing and maintaining law and order.
- Gandhi’s letter to Modi read: “I ask you to intervene in this matter. and make sure the aforementioned Orders are withdrawn. The people of Lakshadweep deserve a vision of development that respects their way of life and reflects their aspirations. “
- Meanwhile, Lakshdweep BJP leader Mohammad Kasim also joined the protests against Patel.
Tarun Tejpal case: HC orders the court to remove everything that reveals the identity of a woman
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-05-2021; Referring to the Goa court ruling that acquitted journalist Tarun Tejpal, the Bombay High Court ordered the court judge on Thursday to erase the survivor’s email ID and the names of her husband and mother from the ruling before download it from the court’s website.
- Attorney General Tushar Mehta appeared before a single SC Gupte bank by videoconference and said that the trial in the sexual assault and rape case was due on May 19, which was postponed to May 21 when it was only revealed that Tejpal had been acquitted.
- The state of Goa immediately appealed to the High Court to challenge the acquittal. He went on to say that a physical copy of the judgment was not available until May 25.
- He pointed to the paragraphs in which the survivor’s email ID, the names of her partner, now her husband, and her mother were revealed.
- He therefore urged the Superior Court to instruct the trial court to remove any details that may reveal the identity of the survivor before uploading the sentence to the court’s website.
- In its order, the HC stated: “in view of the law that prohibits the disclosure of the identity of the victim, the session court is responsible for drafting the email identity of the prosecutor (victim), her husband and the name of his mom.”
- The court said it would postpone the case to be heard once the holidays were over and the ordinary court would have started on June 7.
- However, Mehta asked the court to hear the case before that, saying: “The system expects the case law to be sensitive. We owe it to our daughters. The court accepted and published the case for a hearing on June 2.
- On May 21, Special Judge Kshama Joshi of the Mapusa District and Session Court in Goa acquitted Tejpal of all charges of rape by a person at a checkpoint, rape by a person in a position of authority , assault with the intent to scandalize modesty, assault with the intention of stripping and sexual harassment.
Seven non-BJP states seek compensation for TPS losses
Daily NEWS Summary | 27-05-2021; Seven states governed by Congress and other opposition parties have called on the Center to compensate for state tax losses under the provisions of the Central Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act as soon as possible and to increase the ceiling on additional debt to 5% of Gross. State of the national product.
- Finance ministers from non-BJP-governed states raised the demands in a virtual meeting hosted by Rajasthan’s Housing and Urban Development Minister Shanti Dhariwal ahead of the GST council meeting scheduled for May 28. States have also requested exemption from all taxes on purchased goods. to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Dhariwal, who represents the government of Rajasthan on the GST Council, said Thursday that finance ministers from all states would “join” in these issues and effectively address them with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. , At the GST Council meeting.
Covid Updates : The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 2,74,73,787 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 3,17,028.