Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti to participate in talks with Prime Minister on June 24
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-06-2021; Key leaders of the Gupkar alliance,, including Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti of the People’s Democratic Party, will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24 in New Delhi.
- It had previously been assumed that the Mufti would appoint Dr Abdullah as the leader of the alliance to attend the meeting. However, sources said she decided to attend the meeting after leaders of the Gupkar alliance convinced her.
- Speaking to the media, Mehbooba Mufti said there was a need to establish peace in the whole region, not just in J&K. The meeting of the Gupkar alliance brought together its five components, including the NC, the PDP, the CPI (M), the Awami National Conference and the J&K Peoples Movement.
- The meeting started at 11 a.m. at the residence of Dr Abdullah in Srinagar. Returning from the statehood, Mufti said it would be like giving away a shoe after cutting his foot.
Oxygen may have saved lives, but not PM’s tears, says Rahul Gandhi
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-06-2021; Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi told in a press conference on Tuesday that 90% of deaths from the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic were “unnecessary” because lives could have been saved if there was oxygen and medication had been available. .
- Publishing a white paper on the Union government’s handling of the pandemic, he said he should now prepare for a third wave by strengthening health infrastructure and vaccinating citizens on the warpath so that the virus does not have the “opportunity” to mutate.
- The white paper suggests creating a Covid-19 compensation fund and commission to find out “what went wrong” in tackling previous waves.
- The purpose of the white paper was not to point the finger at the government, but to help it cope with the third wave by preparing a response plan, he stressed.
- In a subsequent tweet, he said the Indian government “must work on our constructive contributions for the benefit of the country”.
- The white paper, he noted, is the result of extensive discussions with experts and within the structure of the Congress and rests on four main pillars.
- The first pillar was about what was wrong and Congress’s suggestions, particularly that of having a commission to probe the gaps; the second focused on the development of critical infrastructure such as oxygen supply and hospital beds; the third highlighted financial assistance to the poorest families and the last mentioned the creation of a Covid-19 fund to compensate families who have lost their breadwinner.
- The coronavirus was not only a biological phenomenon but also an economic and social phenomenon and that is why economic support must be given both to the poorest people and to small and medium-sized businesses, Gandhi said.
- The Center earns ₹ 4 lakh crore each year from taxes on diesel and gasoline. It is taking money out of the pockets of people who have lost their loved ones. So I don’t understand why it can’t put the money back in their pocket, he said.
Arnab Goswami booked in a TRP manipulation case
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-06-2021; Mumbai police have named Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of Republic TV and owner of ARG Outlier Media, as a defendant in the television rating score manipulation case.
- Goswami was named along with Shivendu Mulekar, COO Priya Mukherjee, and CFO Shiva Sundaram on the 1,800-page indictment sheet.
- On October 8, 2020, Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said that a TRP scam, involving Republic TV, Box Cinema and Fakt Marathi, had been dismantled.
- He said the channels were tampering with the TRPs and were involved in distorting the system used by the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) to rate television channels.
- On March 17, 2021, the Bombay High Court asked why the Mumbai police did not name Goswami as a defendant FIR in this case. The other defendants are Partho Dasgupta, former CEO of BARC, and 14 others.
- They were charged under sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by an official, or by a banker, merchant or agent), 420 (deception and dishonest incitement to deliver goods), 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust ), 465 (punishment for forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 201 (causing evidence of a crime to disappear or giving false information to filter the offender), 204 (destruction of an electronic document or record to avoid submission as evidence) and 212 (accommodation for offenders) of the Indian Penal Code.
Rashtra Manch’s meeting at Sharad Pawar’s residence sees a lukewarm response
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-06-2021; The Rashtra Manch meeting hosted by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar at his New Delhi home turned out to be a wet firecracker as most of the opposition parties missed it and many of them missed it. They sent their second-line leaders.
- Rashtra Manch is an action group founded by Yashwant Sinha in January 2018 when he was not part of any political party. He is currently a member of the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
- The NCP made an effort to explain that Pawar was only playing the role of host and not organizing the meeting. He also explained that there had been no deliberate exclusion from Congress. Apart from Congress, DMK, RJD and BSP also did not send representatives.
Insistence on physicals for class 12 is ‘irrational’, says Supreme Court
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-06-2021; The Union of India question of “ who is to blame if a student dies ” has seen the Supreme Court dismiss insistent pleas from some parents that the Covid-19 table is in free fall and that the systems of internal assessment for Class 12 students CBSE and ICSE should be in favor of physical exams.
- A court of judges A.M. Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari on Tuesday endorsed the Union principle that “every student’s life is precious.” Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, on behalf of the Union, said: “? It is not safe or prudent to have written tests ”.
- The court asked Andhra Pradesh, which intends to conduct the State Council reviews but postponed the final decision until July, to state its position in an affidavit by Wednesday. “If there is a single death, we will hold the state responsible,” he warned.
- Kerala had submitted an affidavit opting for the Class 11 exams. The court said it would issue orders on the state choice. The court ruled that the insistence on physical examinations was “irrational.” Judge Maheshwari said students cannot be left in the dark about their health and future.
UNESCO will lower the status of the Great Barrier Reef; Australia accuses political interference
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-06-2021; The Great Barrier Reef should be added to a list of “endangered” World Heritage sites, a UN committee recommended on Tuesday, prompting an angry reaction from Australia, which said it was surprised by the move and blamed for political interference.
- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization committee, which reports to UNESCO, said the world’s largest coral reef system should be added to the list due to the impact of climate change.
- Australia has fought for years to keep the Great Barrier Reef, a major tourist attraction supporting thousands of jobs, not on the “endangered” list.
- In 2015, UNESCO noted that the outlook for the reef was poor, but kept the status of the site unchanged. Since then, scientists say it has suffered three major coral bleaching events due to strong sea heat waves.
- Australian Environment Minister Sussan Ley said Canberra has been given assurances that the UN will not make any recommendations on the reef until July.
- Ley said she and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne spoke overnight with UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
- However, environmental groups rejected Australia’s claim that the recommendation was political.
NCLT Approves Jet Airways Renewal Plan
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-06-2021; The Bench of Mumbai’s National Company Law Court (NCLT,) on Tuesday approved the resolution plan of Kalrock Capital and businessman Murari Lal Jalan for the reactivation of Jet Airways. The bankruptcy court gave the consortium 90 days to apply for slots at the airport.
- Although the government, in its affidavit, previously said that Jet Airways could not claim a right to the slots it previously owned, the court urged that the matter be dealt with by the Department of Civil Aviation and the General Directorate of Civil Aviation.
- The offer from the consortium of Kalrock Capital and Murari Lal Jalan was approved by the Creditors Committee last October.
- As part of the resolution plan, the successful bidder has proposed a total cash flow of 1375 crore for the reactivation of the business.
- The reactivation plan provides for the start of operations with 30 aircraft within six months of the plan being approved by NCLT.
- In October 2020, the airline’s Creditors Committee (CoC) approved the resolution plan submitted by the UK consortium of Kalrock Capital and UAE-based businessman Murari Lal Jalan.
- Jet Airways has been the subject of an Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) resolution process for two years, and its affairs are managed by resolution professional Ashish Chhawchharia.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 3,00,06,982 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 3,89,812.
Although a record 8.8 million vaccines were administered on June 21, only 46% of beneficiaries were women. This “gender imbalance” must be corrected in the coming days, said National Empowered Group on Vaccination Chairman V.K. Paul.
- “Where this imbalance exists, it must be corrected and we must make it easier for women to access vaccines and that is a lesson for the future,” Dr Paul said at a press conference on Tuesday.
- According to the 2011 census, there are 943 women per 1,000 men in India, with a more skewed ratio in some states than in others.