The center generates an alert in the delta plus variant
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-06-2021; Union Health Ministry has warned states that the delta plus variant, which is currently a variant of concern, has increased transmissibility, stronger binding to lung cell receptors and a possible reduction in the monoclonal antibody response.
- Ordering states to adopt stricter and more specific measures to contain the spread of the virus, the ministry also ordered that a sufficient number of samples from positive individuals be sent to designated laboratories for clinical epidemiological correlations can be established.
“The ministry, in its written submission, advised immediate containment measures that should be implemented in neighborhoods and groups, where the variant has been detected, including crowd prevention and people mixing. They also called for widespread testing, rapid tracing and priority vaccination coverage, ”said a ministry official.
- The ministry wrote to Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, J&K, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh where some districts have this variant.
Delhi oxygen controversy: AIIMS director clarifies that this was only a provisional report
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-06-2021; Amid controversy over a report on Delhi’s oxygen needs presented by a panel appointed and chaired by the Supreme Court, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said on Saturday it was provisional and the needs oxygen were dynamic and changed from day to day.
- In the report, the five-member subgroup led by Guleria said Delhi’s oxygen needs were ‘exaggerated’ four times during the second wave of Covid-19.
- This is an interim report. Oxygen requirements are dynamic and change from day to day. The case is subjudicial, the head of AIIMS told PTI.
- Following the report, the BJP on Friday accused Arvind Kejriwal’s dispensation of “criminal negligence”, while the AAP government in turn accused the Saffron party of “preparing” such a report.
- On Saturday, Kejriwal sought to break out of the controversy and called on everyone to work together to ensure there will not be an oxygen shortage in the next wave of Covid-19.
- Can we work now if your fight for oxygen is over?” Let’s create a system together so that no one is faced with an oxygen shortage in the third wave, Kejriwal said in a Hindi tweet.
Will push for delineation and statehood first, then polls, says Omar Abdullah
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-06-2021; National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah said on Saturday his party would continue to emphasize and push for delineation first, state then and elections later.
“No delimitation-election-state but delimitation-state-election. If you have a choice, go back to the state first. Whenever we have the opportunity and wherever we have the opportunity, we will continue to highlight it, ”said Abdullah, in an interview with some journalists at his residence in Srinagar, after the return of the Abdullahs from Delhi where they met the Prime Minister Modi June 24.
- Referring to the comments of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad during the meeting with the Prime Minister, Abdullah said: “Before the Prime Minister’s speech, Azad expressed the opinion on behalf of all of us and said that this calendar does not is not acceptable to us. “
- Holding his letters to his chest about the participation of the three members of the North Carolina Parliament in the Boundaries Commission, Abdullah said: “Dr. (Farooq Abdullah) Sahib must take a perspective if necessary.
- He added furter, there was no new approach from the Boundary Commission. As the Commission approaches, Dr Sahib will adopt the position. We will convey our position to the Commission.
- He said all members of the Gupkar alliance have made it clear that they “do not accept the decisions of August 5, 2019”.
- We will continue to fight peacefully, constitutionally, legally and politically to overturn the August 5 decision. We don’t want to betray people. If we tell people that we are asking for Modi Sahib’s revocation of August 5, would that be treason? added.
- The former Chief Minister clarified that the fight to restore the special status of J & K is long. “It took 70 years for BJP to fill its schedule. If it takes us 70 weeks or 70 months, or as long as it takes, we will not back down from our mission, ”Abdullah said.
- He said the prime minister listened to the position of the Gupkar alliance members. “We made it clear to him that people are unhappy,” he said.
- Abdullah said that only two leaders, Azad and Muzaffar Hussian Baigh, called Section 370 sub-judiciary and thus were left out of the question during the meeting with the prime minister.
- When the BJP was able to talk about the temple of Ram while he was in court (then), why can’t we talk about section 370? It is a topic of discussion. It was a topic in the DDC polls. We will continue to agitate the issue, ”he said.
CJI Says Former SC Judge’s Letter on ‘Trial Times’ Has Become a Roadmap for His Term
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-06-2021; Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said that a letter from a former Supreme Court Justice on appointing him as Supreme Justice, urging him to act boldly in “these days of trials”, has been turned into the sheet route of his mandate.
- I believe that this message is indeed the roadmap of my journey as Chief Justice of India. I will cherish this message forever, Chief Justice Ramana said of the letter from former Supreme Court Justice R.V. Ravenendran.
- The Chief Justice spoke on Saturday at the virtual launch of Anomalies in Law and Justice, a book written by Justice Raveendran.
- Chief Justice Ramana read Judge Raveendran’s letter, which read: “These are difficult days. Difficult days. Trial days. Being a superior judge requires courage to act, commitment to the cause of justice, concern for the common man, tact to try and obtain the cooperation of fellow judges, in addition to the qualities expected of a judge. You have them all in abundance. Let the Almighty lead you to a determined, meaningful and successful mandate ”.
- Chief Justice Ramana spoke of Justice Raveendran’s rise to the highest court with a modest record, with “no family ancestry in the profession.” CJI is also a first generation attorney.
- Chief Justice Ramana built on Justice Raveendran’s legacy in the Supreme Court.
- He never tried, nor did he try, to project himself as the savior of the judicial process. He remained humble and believed that the position he held did not exist for him … He believed in the saying, as Lord Denning said, “that the best judge is the one who is least known and seen in the media.”
Activists seek an additional 50 working days under MGNREGA
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-06-2021; More than 2 lakhs of rural households have already completed their 100 days of guaranteed employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the first three months of the fiscal year, according to the program’s database.
- This figure is higher than that observed at the same time last year, indicating a demand for labor even higher than the record levels of 2020-2021.
- Given the high rates of rural job losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic, activists from NREGA Sangharsh Morcha wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, requesting that an additional 50 work days be provided as part of the program, with funds allocated of the disaster management budget.
- The MGNREGA program guarantees 100 days of unskilled employment for each rural household each year and has proven to be a lifesaver for migrant workers and families affected by the Covid-19 shutdown last summer.
- In recognition of the disaster, the Center has increased funding for MGNREGA by Rs 40 billion for 2020-2021. However, funding has returned to pre-COVID levels this year, with the Center arguing that there has been no lockdown at the national level and that there have been lower levels of reverse migration.
- However, the MGNREGA database shows that this year’s demand could be even higher than last year.
- As of June 26, 2.17 lakhs of rural households had already reached their 100-day quota and will no longer be able to seek work with MGNREGA this year.
- Last year, in the first week of July, 1.4 lakh households had reached their 100-day quota in the first quarter. (In early April 2020, most MGNREGA sites were closed across the country, resulting in low levels of labor.)
- Throughout 2020-2021, an unprecedented 72 lakh households completed 100 days of work. If the trend from the first quarter continues, this year will see an even greater number of unemployed families under the scheme.
Daily NEWS Summary | 26-06-2021; Thousands of farmers who commemorated the seventh anniversary of their agitation against three farm reform laws marched to Raj Bhavans on Saturday. They presented a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind through the governors, alleging an “undeclared emergency” in the country.
- As June 26 is also the date a state of emergency was declared in 1975, agricultural unions under the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) banner observed the day as Kheti Bachao, Loktantra Bachao Diwas (Save Agriculture Day, Save the Democracy).
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday he had urged Pope Francis to come to Canada to apologize for the church-run boarding schools where hundreds of anonymous graves were found, and said Canadians were “horrified and ashamed” a long-standing policy of forcing indigenous children to attend these schools.
- Indigenous leaders said this week that 600 or more remains were discovered at the Marieval Indian Residential School, which operated from 1899 to 1997 in the province of Saskatchewan.
- Last month, around 215 remains were reported from a similar school in British Columbia.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 3,02 28,619 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 3,95,709.