22-year-old activist arrested for ‘spreading toolbox’ faces conspiracy charges
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; Delhi Police cyber cell on Saturday arrested 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi of Bangalore after her alleged role in “spreading a toolkit” linked to the farmers’ protests was exposed.
- A senior police officer said that as they tracked the farmers’ toolkit related to the protests, they tracked down Ms Ravi in Bengaluru.
- A police team was dispatched to the scene for further investigation and was collected from his home. Police also seized his laptop and cell phone for further investigation. She was taken to Delhi where she was formally arrested and will be brought before a magistrate.
- Recently, Delhi Police had registered an FIR under section 124A (sedition), 153 (rampant provocation with intent to riot), 153A (fostering enmity between different groups) and 120B (association of criminals) against the people who created and distributed the toolkit.
- In continuation of this case Delhi court has ordered Delhi police to hand climate activist Disha Ravi, 21, a copy of the FIR linked to her arrest for allegedly sharing a “toolkit” on social media about the demonstration of farmers, the court also allowed her to speak with her family.
- In addition to the FIR, the court also ordered the police to provide him with copies of the arrest memorandum and the pre-trial detention document that was posted to request his custody interrogation. The court also allowed him to obtain warm clothes, masks and books.
- Metropolitan Chief Magistrate Pankaj Sharma allowed Ravi to speak with his family members by phone for 15 minutes a day and to meet with his lawyer for 30 minutes a day, while in police custody. The court approved the order on an application filed by Ravi through his lawyer.
- On Sunday, the court sent Ravi into custody for five days after the agency said his custody questioning was necessary to investigate a larger alleged plot against the Indian government and determine his alleged role in the movement.
- Meanwhile, the Delhi Women’s Commission (DCW) on Tuesday issued a notice to Delhi police regarding Ravi’s arrest. With full knowledge of the facts, the women’s panel in its letter to the police investigated the reasons why preventive detention for trafficking was not requested.
Legal Experts Question Terms of Disha Ravi’s Arrest
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; While Delhi police say all rules and procedures were followed in Saturday’s arrest of 22-year-old climate change activist Disha A. Ravi from her residence in Bangalore, several prominent lawyers and jurists have expressed concern about the alleged violation of the rules. and guidelines issued by the Ministry of the Interior and multiple sentences.
- Ravi was arrested on Saturday at her residence in North Bengaluru by Delhi police and immediately flown to the country’s capital, where she was presented to the magistrate on Sunday afternoon.
- A group of lawyers submitted a petition to the Bengaluru police on Monday citing the 2012 MHA guidelines.
- The practice of the police arresting someone out of state, but bringing them back and presenting them to a magistrate in their own jurisdiction is not in accordance with the law, in accordance with MHA guidelines.
- In addition, article 80 of the CrPC establishes that the detained person must be presented to the magistrate within the detention jurisdiction, which must be followed in all cases, in accordance with the guidelines. However, this was not followed up in this case, lawyers say.
- Ravi was reportedly not given the opportunity to seek legal advice and she allegedly presented her own case when she was detained for five days in Delhi on Sunday, another aspect that came under severe criticism.
- As she was ‘arrested’ in Bangalore, she should have been brought before the relevant Bangalore court itself to obtain temporary detention in transit, as she is being transferred from one state to another, but she has not been that way.
- She was also denied the opportunity to seek legal advice and none was provided, in violation of article 22.
- These actions by the Delhi police completely ridiculed the “statutory procedure”.
- By depriving Disha Ravi of her right to life and her freedom, “said a statement from the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms.
New WhatsApp policy: Indians fear privacy, CJI says
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; Indian Chief Justice (CJI) Sharad A. Bobde said Monday that Indians had “serious concerns” about the privacy of Facebook and WhatsApp.
- People have serious concerns about the loss of their privacy. It might be a two or three trillion dollar business, but people value their privacy more. It is our duty to protect people’s privacy, said Chief Justice Bobde, head of a three-judge tribunal, speaking to lawyers featured on social media / instant messaging giants .
- We tell you what we hear and read: people think if A sends a WhatsApp message to B and B to C. The message loop is revealed to Facebook,” CJI told leading advocates Kapil Sibal and Arvind Datar by companies. The two lawyers vehemently denied that it was “disinformation”.
- Chief Justice Bobde said, “Say it under oath. We issue an opinion. Submit a response “.
- Attorney General Tushar Mehta, on behalf of the government, said: “It is a nation’s apprehension… Privacy is one of our basic rights. They [WhatsApp and Facebook] cannot compromise our privacy… They cannot tell the difference ”.
- The user would have to give their mandatory consent to share their data with Facebook and their group, according to the policy, the petitioners alleged. The deadline for implementing the policy was initially February 8, but has been extended to May 15.
- Mr Datar said that probably 20 countries around the world are following the General Data Protection Regulation. The accusations of differential treatment of Indians are unfounded.
- There is a different set of rules for Europeans and different for Indians… Even the government has taken a serious note and issued notices to businesses, he said. He urged the court to intervene and ensure that no data is disclosed.
OTT platforms: explain the measures taken, SC tells the government
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; On Tuesday, the Supreme Court was unimpressed by the government’s statement that it is “considering” regulations for over-the-top (OTT) platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.
- Anyone in the world can consider … You declare in an affidavit what you do,” Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde told Supplemental Attorney General K.M. Nataraj, on behalf of the government.
- The court issued an opinion on a guilty plea filed by attorneys Shashank Shekhar Jha and Apurva Arhatia seeking a suitable attorney / institution / association to monitor and manage content from various OTT / streaming and digital media platforms.
- Initially, during the hearing, the court asked the plaintiffs to approach the government with their representation. However, the court later ruled that the government should better submit a written response to the petition.
- The motive argued that there was no autonomous law or body governing digital content to monitor and manage content on OTT platforms made available to the general public without filtering or filtering, he said.
- The lack of legislation governing OTT / streaming platforms becomes evident with each passing day and with each new case brought for these reasons.
- The government faces pressure to fill this void with public and justice regulations; However, the government departments involved have not done anything important to regularize these OTT / streaming platforms, the allegation indicates.
- None of the OTT / streaming platforms, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5 and Hotstar, have signed the self-regulatory code provided by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting since February 2020, he claimed.
- However, last week, the Internet and Mobile Devices Association of India (IAMAI) said that 17 platforms, including Netflix, Disney + Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video, had adopted a “set of tools” for effective implementation of the code.
- Self-regulation introduced in February 2020 The industry body added that it will also establish an “IAMAI Code Secretariat,” made up of representatives of the Code’s signatories and IAMAI.
SC asks the government questions about the felling of trees of a certain species, age
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; President of the Supreme Court of Justice of India (CJI) Sharad A. Bobde asked the government on Thursday if measures could be taken to prevent the felling of trees of a certain species and age, after reviewing their contributions to the ecology, even for infrastructure projects.
- Can anything be done to see if trees of a certain age and type are never felled,” Chief Justice Bobde, represented by Attorney General Tushar Mehta and Additional Attorney General Aishwarya Bhati, addressed the government.
- Chief Justice Bobde said that some tree species can be identified and classified based on their ability to provide oxygen and bind the soil.
- The comments came even as a Supreme Court appointed panel of experts submitted a report that cutting down 300 heritage trees to build five railway bridges in West Bengal would cost India a staggering $ 23,000.50,000.
- The 10-digit figure was obtained by the committee after calculating the products these trees would produce during their 100 years of natural life.
- These include oxygen, micronutrients, compost, and biofertilizers, as well as being valuable parts of the natural environment.
- The committee had said that each year an individual tree was separated from the “product” worth 74,500 yen. Although the report was filed a year ago, the loss figures cited in the report had managed to alarm Judge Bobde’s Bench.
- The CJI had suggested developing a new protocol according to which highway and highway projects should only be allowed after verifying the feasibility of other modes of transport, such as inland waterways and railways.
- In the event that a road project is unavoidable, the value of each tree should “be incorporated into the cost of the project, he said. The court had asked lawyer Prashant Bhushan to draft the protocol in consultation with the government.
Family or clan consent is not required when two adults agree to marry: SC
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; Educated youth are leading the way in reducing tensions between castes and communities in India by opting for intercast marriages, the Supreme Court said in a ruling.
- Younger educated children choose their life partners, which departs from earlier norms in society, where caste and community played an important role.
- This may be the way forward where tensions between castes and communities will be reduced through such mixed marriages, ”said a bench led by Judge Sanjay Kishan Kaul in a recent verdict.
- Judge Kaul subpoenaed BR Ambedkar The Annihilation of the Caste, in which the “Father of the Constitution” said: “I am convinced that the real cure is mixed marriage.
- Blood fusion can only create the feeling of being parents and parents, and unless that The feeling of kinship, of being linked, becomes primordial, the separatist feeling – the feeling of being extraterrestrial – created by the caste will not disappear ”.
- Even as more and more cases challenging religious conversion laws promulgated by various states reach the Supreme Court, Judge Kaul observed in the February 8 decision that “the consent of the family, community or of the clan is not necessary once the two adults agree to make a deal. marriage and that their consent must have the pious primacy ”.
Supreme Court refuses to review Shaheen Bagh protests ordinance
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; The Supreme Court refused to reconsider its ruling that Shaheen Bagh’s protests, by a collective of mothers, children and the elderly, against the Citizenship Amendment Act were inconvenient for travelers.
- The right to demonstrate cannot be at any time and in any place. There may be some spontaneous protests, but in the event of dissent or protracted protest, the occupation of a public place which infringes the rights of others cannot continue, said a bench of three judges led by the Judge Sanjay Kishan Kaul, dismissing the requests for review. .
- The original ruling on October 7 last year declared the protests and roadblocks in the Shaheen Bagh neighborhood of the nation’s capital “unacceptable.”
- The Review Court, which was made up of the same judges who made the original decision, said it found no “apparent error warranting reconsideration” in its verdict. On October 7, the court ruled that protesters should only voice their disagreement in designated areas chosen by the administration.
Nodeep Kaur “Illegal Detention”: Punjab and Haryana HC Send Advisory to Haryana Government
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; The High Court of Punjab and Haryana sent a notification to the Haryana government asking it to explain the complaint against 23-year-old Dalit labor activist Nodeep Kaur.
- The court was fully aware of the allegations of the alleged illegal detention of Kaur, who was arrested on January 12. She was reportedly sexually assaulted while in Haryana police custody.
- Kaur was released on bail Thursday in one of three cases against him. Another case is pending hearing on Monday. Kaur’s arrest sparked international censorship, including that of the niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris, Meena Harris, and UK MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi.
Delhi court acquits Priya Ramani in defamation case against M.J. Akbar; rejects argument that he was a man of “stellar reputation”
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; A Delhi court on Wednesday dismissed former Union Minister M.J. Akbar’s defamation complaint against journalist Priya Ramani for her tweets accusing her of sexual harassment. “Women have the right to present their complaints on any platform they choose and even after decades,” the court said in acquitting Ramani in this case.
- The court also rejected Akbar’s argument that he was a man of stellar reputation.
- At the height of the #MeToo movement in 2018, Ramani accused Akbar of sexual harassment. Following Ramani’s indictment, a dozen former Akbar colleagues have also made various charges against him.
- In response, Akbar filed a criminal defamation complaint against Ramani in October 2018. Akbar claimed that Ramani’s tweet and his article accusing him of sexual harassment were libelous and damaged his reputation. He also said Ramani had not presented any evidence to prove his story.
- However, Ramani has claimed the truth as his defense regarding the allegations of sexual harassment against Akbar. He argued that the criminal case was opened to create a chilling effect on women who spoke about their experiences of sexual harassment by him.
- After the verdict, Ramani said she felt justified on behalf of all the women who have spoken out against sexual harassment in the workplace.
India opens its mapping and geospatial data to general use
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; India’s Ministry of Science and Technology (DST) on Monday opened access to its geospatial data and services, including maps, to all Indian entities saying: “What is available in the world has not need to be regulated “.
- This decision would free up a large amount of data that is currently restricted and not available for free.
- The update represents a major change in the country’s mapping policy, which previously required individuals and businesses to seek approval for the use of mapping data under the Geospatial Information Regulation Act of 2016. .
- Geospatial data includes location information about natural or man-made physical or imaginary features, above or below ground, boundaries, points of interest, natural phenomena, mobility data, weather patterns and landmarks. other statistical information.
- The liberalization of the mapping industry and the democratization of existing data sets will boost national innovation and allow Indian companies to compete in the global mapping ecosystem by taking advantage of modern geospatial technologies,” the ministry said in a statement. .
- This announcement comes at a time when advancements in mapping technology, including aerial vehicles, mobile mapping systems, LIDAR and RADAR sensors, and satellite remote sensing techniques, are driving innovation in e-commerce sectors, logistics and urban transport.
Govt. denies connection between Char Dham project and Uttarakhand disaster
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; On Wednesday, the government denied before the Supreme Court any link between the Char Dham highway expansion project in Uttarakhand and the recent flash floods in the Rishi Ganga Valley, which have claimed many lives and damaged the Tapovan hydroelectric project.
- The denial, before a court headed by Judge Rohinton Nariman, came from the government in response to a communication from the Chairman of the High Level Committee (HPC), Ravi Chopra, linking the tragedy to the Char Dham project. The court asked the government to submit a response within two weeks.
- The 899 km long Char Dham Highway project connects the four shrines of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath in the Garhwal Himalayas.
- The project is under Supreme Court scrutiny after an NGO, Citizens for Green Doon, raised environmental concerns about logging and damage to the fragile Himalayan ecology by expanding existing mountain roads.
- The high-level committee was formed to be the eyes and ears of the Supreme Court on the project. However, he has not been unanimous in his views.
- In January, the government had supported a majority view within the committee in favor of the need to extend service roads from the Himalayas to the border with Indochina to facilitate the movement of troops.
- The Ministry of Defense, in an affidavit to the court, said it was regrettable that three of the members of the CHP gave a minority opinion to reconsider a circular of December 15, 2020 from the Ministry of Roads and Transport and Highways, which set the width of the pavement. of secondary roads at seven meters with a paved shoulder that extends 1.5 meters on each side.
- The minority view had said that the December 15 circular should be rethought given its “long-term impacts on the fragile Himalayan terrain and its sensitive ecosystem.”
37 dead, many missing after a bus crashed into a canal in MP’s Sidhi district
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; At least 37 people, including 16 women, have died after the bus they were riding in fell from a bridge into a canal near Patna village in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district on the morning of February 16, he said. a senior official, adding that search operations continue.
- After initially recovering 18 bodies, rescuers have recovered another 19 bodies so far, Rewa Commissioner Rajesh Jain said. At first glance, 44 passengers were riding the bus at the time of the accident, which occurred around 8:30 a.m.
I forgave my father’s killers, says Rahul Gandhi
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; Congressional leader Rahul Gandhi said Wednesday that the murder of his father Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 caused him tremendous pain, but that he harbored no anger or hatred towards those responsible.
- During an interaction the congressman had with students at a state university for women in Pondicherry, he was asked: “Your father has been killed by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of the United States). Tamil Eelam). How do you feel about these people? and he responded by saying that violence cannot take anything away.
- I have no anger or hatred towards anyone. Of course I lost my father and it was a very difficult time for me, ”he said, adding that it was similar to being heartbroken. “I felt tremendous pain, but I don’t feel hatred or anger. I’m sorry, ”he said to applause.
- Gandhi interacted with students from the Bharatidasan Government College for Women in Puducheery.
Amazon used covert strategy to bypass Indian regulators, Reuters report says
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; Amazon favored big sellers on its Indian platform and used them to circumvent rules designed to protect small retailers in the country from being crushed by e-commerce giants, according to internal documents seen by Reuters.
- Documents reveal that for years Amazon has granted preferential treatment to a small group of sellers on its Indian platform, publicly distorted its ties to sellers, and used them to circumvent increasingly stringent regulatory restrictions in India, “Reuters reports.
- Indian traders, both traditional and smaller online sellers, have long claimed that Amazon’s platform greatly benefits a small number of big sellers and that the US giant is indulging in predatory pricing that has crushed Amazon legions of retailers.
- Amazon rejects this – it claims to comply with Indian law, which states that an e-commerce platform can only match sellers with buyers for a fee, unlike in the United States, where Amazon can act as an intermediary. and sell products directly to customers.
- The company also claims that it has a transparent online marketplace and treats all sellers equally. Internal Amazon documents contradict these claims, revealing how the e-commerce giant has helped a small number of sellers thrive, offering them discounted prices and helping them secure special deals with big tech makers like Apple Inc.
- They also show that the company has exercised inventory control over some of the biggest sellers on Amazon.in, although it has publicly stated that all sellers operate independently on its platform.
- The documents reviewed by Reuters were dated between 2012 and 2019. They included draft meeting notes, PowerPoint slides, business reports and emails. One of the notes contains a candid assessment of Modi’s “straightforward” style of thinking, calling him “not an intellectual”.
He did not cede any territory as a result of the agreement with China: Govt.
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; India said on Friday that it had not ceded any territory following the agreement reached with China for the withdrawal of troops from the Lake Pangong areas in eastern Ladakh.
- Hours after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi alleged that the government had “ceded” Indian territory to the Chinese, the Defense Ministry issued a firm statement, claiming that the effective safeguard of the national interest and the territory of the country in the eastern sector of Ladakh because the government had full confidence in the capabilities of the armed forces.
- Defense Minister Rajnath Singh told parliament on Thursday that under the deal, China would withdraw troops east of Finger 8 zones on the north shore of Lake Pangong, while Indian personnel would rely on on its permanent base in Dhan Singh Thapa Post near Finger 3 in the area.
- India has not ceded any territory as a result of the agreement. On the contrary, it strengthened adherence to and respect for the CLA and prevented any unilateral change in the status quo, he said.
- The ministry also claimed that the permanent posts on both sides on the north shore of Pangong Tso are old and well established.
- On the Indian side, this is Dhan Singh Thapa Post near Finger 3 and on the Chinese side, east of Finger 8,” the Defense Ministry said, adding that the current agreement provides for the shutdown the deployment advanced by the two parties and the continuation of the deployment in these permanent locations.
Third quadruple ministerial meeting to discuss regional and global issues
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; Chancellor S. Jaishankar will join his counterparts from the United States, Japan and Australia on February 18 (later in the evening) as part of the Quad coalition to deliberate on ways to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in the context of of Chinese growth. assertiveness in the region. This is the first such meeting since the election of US President Joe Biden.
- The Foreign Ministry (MEA) said the ministers will exchange views on regional and global issues, especially practical areas of cooperation to maintain a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
- The third India-Australia-Japan-United States ministerial meeting will be held on February 18 with the participation of the respective foreign ministers, MEA said in a short statement.
- Developments in the Indo-Pacific region after China’s growing military muscle building have become a major topic of discussion among major world powers.
- United States preferred to make Quad a security architecture to verify China’s growing assertiveness. The MEA said the meeting will be an opportunity to continue the useful exchange of views from their last meeting in Tokyo last October.
LG asks Puducherry CM to demonstrate the majority in the Assembly on February 22
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; The congressional government in Pondicherry will face a showdown on Monday, the newly appointed Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan said today, citing the opposition’s position that the ruling party no longer enjoys a majority.
- Just months before the elections, the state government lost its slim majority after four recent resignations, although Chief Minister V Narayanasamy denies this. He insists that two of these resignations have not yet been accepted.
- Soundararajan, who was sworn in as lieutenant governor Thursday after Kiran Bedi’s sudden impeachment trial, said a test was needed to determine whether the congressional government had a majority. The vote will take place on Monday at 5:00 p.m.
- A statement said the deputy governor told Narayanasamy that the assembly would meet for a “single agenda on whether the government of the outgoing prime minister continues to enjoy the confidence of the House.”
- Of the 30 deputies elected to the assembly, Congress had 15 members and, together with all three and an independent member of the DMK, it just passed the 16 mark.
- After the resignations, the government and the opposition are at 14. Congress has 10 members, which leaves the government below the majority, which has dropped to 15 with the strength of the assembly at 28.
Prime Minister proposes special visa plan for medical staff at Covid workshop with nine countries
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested on Thursday that neighboring countries should consider creating a special visa regime for doctors and nurses, so that they can move quickly in the region in the event of a health emergency, at the request of the host country.
- Modi was leading a workshop on “Managing COVID-19: Experience, Good Practices and the Way Forward” with nine neighboring countries, including Pakistan.
- India hosted the virtual secretary-level meeting, chaired by Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.
- The prime minister said civil aviation ministries could coordinate a regional air ambulance agreement for medical emergencies and countries could come together to create a regional platform to collect, compile and study data on the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines among populations.
J&K will regain statehood at the right time, says Amit Shah
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; Interior Minister Amit Shah told Lok Sabha on Saturday that the government will restore full statehood to Jammu and Kashmir at the appropriate time, and said Narendra Modi’s government has done more for it.
- Union territory since the reading of Article 370 in August 2019 than those who have ruled it for generations. Shah was responding to a discussion on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill 2021 in Lok Sabha.
- He also criticized some members of the opposition for claiming the bill denies the region’s hopes of regaining statehood.
- The J&K Reorganization (Amendment) Bill seeks to merge J&K’s All India services framework with the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territory (AGMUT) framework.
Modi launches five projects in Kerala
Weekly NEWS Summary | 12-18 Feb 2021; Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched five projects in Kerala that he said would boost the country’s growth trajectory.
- Mr Modi, who arrived in Kochi on Sunday afternoon dedicated to the nation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited’s (BPCL) propylene-derived petrochemical project, launched the Ro-Ro ships that will operate between Bolghatty and Willingdon Island and inaugurated the international cruise Sagarika.
- He also laid the foundation stone for the reconstruction of South Coal Berth, in the port of Cochin, as well as the inauguration of the Marine Engineering Training Institute, the only maritime training institute in India that operates within a shipyard and has extensive training facilities for apprentices. on various ships under construction or under repair.
On Monday, the Supreme Court granted journalist Siddique Kappan, accused of sedition and held in a Uttar Pradesh prison since October, five days to visit his critically ill mother in Kerala.
- They would escort him under the armed guard of the Uttar Pradesh police. The court banned Kappan from giving interviews, including on social media.
- You may not meet any member of the public except your family members, doctors or others related to your mother’s health. He would be in prison again at the end of the fifth day.
Some cases of the more infectious South African and Brazilian strains of the coronavirus have been detected in India and people from those countries could undergo more aggressive testing, the government said on Tuesday.
- The South African strain of the coronavirus has been detected in four people in the country and the Brazilian variant has been seen in one, according to the leading medical body of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
- All five have been quarantined.
- There are 187 cases of the British strain in India, according to the ICMR, and all of their contacts have been isolated and tested.
India is now back in contention for the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) after a 317 point victory over England in the second round in Chennai.
- They beat England by a measly 164 on the fourth day. England was chasing an impossible goal of 482. This is India’s biggest victory over tourists in terms of racing.
- India has now reached second place in the WTC standings and needs to at least win one more and draw another in the four-game series to advance to the final in June.
The Supreme Court has registered a suo motu criminal contempt case against journalist Rajdeep Sardesai for his August 2020 tweets in which he criticized justice.
- The case was registered despite the earlier refusal of Attorney General K.K. Venugopal to consent to the opening of a contempt process against Sardesai.
The ruling Congress won six of the seven municipal corporations (MCs) in Punjab’s municipal elections, the results of which were announced on February 17, authorities said. Congress won in Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Abohar, Batala, and Pathankot.
- The result for the seventh company was expected later today. The scrutiny of the votes of another company will take place on February 18.
- The outcome of the elections, held in the context of farmers’ agitation against the BJP-led government in the Center, has given a boost to Congress, which also hopes to win the parliamentary elections scheduled for early next year.
- The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP failed to win in the municipal corporation elections.
Chris Morris surpassed Yuvraj Singh to become the most expensive purchase in IPL auction history on Friday, with the Rajasthan Royals paying Rs 16.25 million for the South African SUV in Chennai.
- Morris’s big payday came after another versatile and perennial underperformer, Australian Glenn Maxwell, once again managed to attract a winning bid of 14.25 crore from Royal Challengers Bangalore. Morris, who came in with a base price of 75 lakh, generated offers from four teams before it escalated into a battle between the Royals and the Kings of Punjab.
- Royals eventually sealed it with a record bid, making Morris the most expensive purchase at the auction, beating Yuvraj Singh, who was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 16 million in 2015.
India’s industrial production rose 1% in December, according to official data released on Friday. According to data from the Industrial Production Index (PII), the production of the manufacturing sector increased by 1.6% in December 2020.
- Mining production decreased by 4.8%, while electricity production increased by 5.1% in December 2020. The IIP had increased by 0.4%. % in December. 2019.
- Industrial production has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic since March last year, when the IIP contracted 18.7% during the month.
Japan officially approved its first COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday and said it would begin nationwide vaccinations in days, but months behind the United States and many other countries.
- Japan’s Health Ministry said it approved the vaccine co-developed and supplied by Pfizer Inc.The announcement comes after a government panel confirmed Friday that final results of clinical trials in Japan showed the vaccine had a efficiency similar to overseas testing.
- Many countries began vaccinating their citizens late last year, and Pfizer’s vaccine has been in use elsewhere since December.
Congressman and former Defense Minister AK Antony alleged on Sunday that the disconnection in the Galwan Valley and Lake Pangong Tso regions and the creation of a buffer zone was a “transfer” of rights from India .
- At a press conference, he also said that at a time when India faced multiple border challenges and a situation of war on two fronts, the increase in the defense budget this year is thin and insignificant and amounted to “betrayal”. from the country.
- The government had categorically claimed on Friday that India had not “ceded” any territory following the separation agreement with China in the Lake Pangong regions in eastern Ladakh.
- Antony said he was sad that Narendra Modi’s government was not prioritizing national security properly at a time when China was growing belligerent and Pakistan continued to promote terrorism.