Compensation for Covid-19: SC withdraws the NDMA for “not having fulfilled its duty”
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-06-2021; The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), of which the Prime Minister is president ex officio, for “failing to fulfill its duty” to recommend free aid to the families of those who have lost their loved ones. dear ones to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“The National Authority [NDMA] has not fulfilled its duty,” the Supreme Court said.Daily NEWS Summary | 30-06-2021
- A bench run by Judge Ashok Bhushan gave the NDMA six weeks to define the guidelines for establishing ex gratia for these families. However, the court left it to the “prudence” of the NDMA to set the amount ex gratia.
- PIL petitioners’ lawyer Gaurav Kumar Bansal and Reepak Kansal had demanded payment of 4 lakh each from the families of the Covid-19 dead.
- It is not appropriate for the court to ask the government to pay a particular amount,” the court said.
- The sentence, handed down by judge M.R. Shah from the court, argued that the government could not evade its obligation to pay ex gratia by saying that such payments would involve a huge expense.
- The court referred to Article 12 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 and stated that the term “minimum standards of assistance” mentioned in the provision included ex gratia payment.
- Judge Shah rejected Attorney General Tushar Mehta’s argument that section 12 was simply “commendable” and not binding.
- Instead, the court drew the government’s attention to the word “shall” used in Article 12 and said that this made ex gratia payment to the victims’ families a “mandatory and statutory obligation.”
- In this regard, the court noted that Article 12 (iii) establishes that “the National Authority will recommend guidelines on the minimum standards of relief that will be provided to people affected by a disaster, which will include ex gratia assistance in the event of loss of life.”
- Meanwhile, the court ordered that the death certificates of the Covid-19 patients indicate the “exact cause of death.”
- Regarding the insurance and social security claims of those affected by Covid-19, the court ordered the Union of India to take “appropriate measures” according to the 15th report of the Finance Committee.
Bharat Biotech denies wrongdoing regarding Covaxin’s agreement with Brazil
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-06-2021; On June 30, Covaxin manufacturer Bharat Biotech claimed that it had followed a routine “step-by-step approach” to obtain contracts and regulatory approvals for the supply of the vaccine to Brazil, adding that it had not received any advance payment or provided vaccines to the Department of Health of the South American country.
- Reacting to media reports, including a dated report from Rio de Janeiro in which Reuters quoted Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga announcing the suspension of an Indian vaccine contract for $ 324 million over allegations of wrongdoing related to President Jair Bolsonaro introduced the Hyderabad-based company, the schedule of developments related to its efforts to deliver the vaccine to Brazil.
- Stating that talks with the Brazilian ministry began in November 2020, Bharat Biotech said that a step-by-step approach was followed over the eight months, similar to that seen in other countries where the company has requested approvals. Subsequently, Covaxin received an emergency use authorization in Brazil on June 4.
- On the issue of prices, Bharat Biotech said that it has been clearly established that the price of the vaccine will be between $ 15 and $ 20 per dose for supplies to governments outside of India.
- The price for Brazil was also listed at $ 15 per dose. Furthermore, although advances had been received from several countries at the same prices, with supplies in progress, pending approval, “as of June 29, Bharat Biotech has not received advances or provided vaccines to the Brazilian Ministry of Health,” He mentioned the company.
- Digging deeper into the procurement process in Brazil and other countries, Bharat Biotech said that a common, widely accepted and established approach in the industry has been followed for Covid-19 vaccines and various vaccines for routine immunization.
- The vaccine maker said it has partnered with Brazilian Precisa Medicamentos for help, advice and support with regulatory filings, distribution, insurance and conducting Phase III clinical trials.
- The trials, recently approved by Brazilian health regulator ANVISA, The trials, recently approved by Brazilian health regulator ANVISA, will be conducted with 5,000 participants.
Drones and flying objects banned in J&K Rajouri district
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-06-2021; The Rajouri district administration on Wednesday banned the sale or possession of flying objects, as at least five drone sorties around security facilities in Jammu since Sunday, including the IAF technical airport recently, put agency security in suspense at J&K.
“In the exercise of the powers conferred on me by article 144 of the CrPC, a ban is imposed on the storage, sale, possession, use and transport of any drone or small flying objects, toys in the district, “said Deputy Commissioner Rajesh Kumar Savan on a warrant.
- The ordinance ordered all those in the neighborhood who already own such devices to “drop them off at the local police station against a receipt.” Government agencies that use drones for mapping, surveys and surveillance will notify the local police station and the executive magistrate. “
- He warned against punitive actions against those who violate the order. Rajouri is close to the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pir Panjal valley.
- The move comes two days after two explosions, apparently carried and launched by two drones, rocked the IAF technical airport in Jammu on Sunday.
An American plane involved in the Black Sea incident (Putin)
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-06-2021; Russian President Vladimir Putin said a US reconnaissance plane was operating in sync with a British destroyer during the Black Sea incident last week.
- Moscow said one of its warships fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs on the way to the British destroyer Defender on Wednesday to force it out of an area near the Crimean Peninsula, that Russia annexed in 2014.
- Britain denied this version, insisted on their ship. he was not shot and said he was sailing in Ukrainian waters.
- Speaking on a live marathon broadcast on Wednesday, Putin said the US plane’s apparent mission was to monitor the Russian military’s response to the British destroyer.
- He added that Moscow was aware of the United States’ intentions and reacted accordingly to avoid revealing sensitive data.
- In Wednesday’s incident, Britain insisted the Defender made a routine trip on an internationally recognized lane and was staying in Ukrainian waters near Crimea.
- The UK, like most countries in the world, recognizes Crimea as part of Ukraine despite Russia’s annexation of the peninsula.
- Russia denounced the Defender’s decision as a provocation and warned that next time he could shoot to hit the invading warships if they tried to test Russian military resolve again.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 3,04,06,505 at the time of this report, with the death toll at 3,99,151.
The output of India’s top eight industries rose 16.8% in May 2021, with six sectors recording significant positive growth due to base effects in May 2020, as the country was in the midst of a nationwide lockdown.
- However, the aggregate production of the basic sector in May 2021 was 8% significantly lower than the pre-Covid-May 19, 2019 level, said ICRA chief economist Aditi Nayar, adding that the increasing restrictions at the level production during the month resulted in monthly declines in the production of electricity, cement, refinery products, steel and crude oil.