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Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021

Farmer protests take a violent turn on Republic Day

A young man was seen hoisting a yellow triangular flag on the pole of the Red Fort

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; Tens of thousands of farmers on tractors broke barriers, clashed with police, and entered the city through various points to reach Red Fort on Republic Day. A young man was seen hoisting a yellow triangular flag on the pole of the Red Fort, the centerpiece of the country’s Independence Day celebrations. The flag was the “Nishan Sahib”, a symbol of the Sikh religion that can be seen in every compound of Gurdwara.

  • A farmer, Navdeep Singh Hundal, 26, was killed in fighting in central Delhi. While police claimed he was killed when his tractor overturned, some farmers claimed he was shot and killed by police and launched a sit-in protest.
  • Peasant union leaders, who led the two-month protest at border posts in the nation’s capital to demand the repeal of agricultural laws, repudiated protesters who deviated from the route approved by police.
  • Earlier in the day, a clash erupted between police and protesting farmers after the latter arrived at ITO and attempted to advance towards Delhi in Lutyen, and police responded with a charge of lathi and d use of tear gas projectiles.
Farmers Protest
  • Farmers, who started their march from various border points well ahead of the allotted time for their tractor rally, arrived at ITO in central Delhi despite being banned from doing so by police.
  • Delhi police had authorized a parade of tractors only on selected routes, and on condition that the rally took place after the end of the official Republic Day parade on Rajpath.
  • However, chaos ensued when farmers decided to head to central Delhi in the morning.
  • Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an organization that brings together 41 farmers’ unions, said some “anti-social elements” have infiltrated their peaceful movement.
  • Further they issued a statement canceling the Kisan Republic Day parade with immediate effect and urged all participants to return to their respective venues immediately and added that the movement will continue peacefully and that new steps will be discussed and decided soon.
  • Delhi police have sent notices to 20 other farm leaders for defying terms and conditions agreed to for the tractor rally.
  • DCP (Headquarters) Chimoy Biswal confirmed that notices were sent to peasant leaders who met with police for the protest. In the letter, leaders were asked to explain why no legal action should be taken against them and other members of their organizations.
  • They were told to submit a response within three days. The letter further stated that despite agreeing to mutually agreed terms and conditions for the protest, peasant leaders acted irresponsibly on January 26.
  • Militant elements took to the stage and delivered provocative speeches from the early hours of the day. Meanwhile, the Ghaziabad administration issued an ultimatum to protesting farmers to leave the U.P. Gate by midnight January 28 or he will be forcibly evicted, authorities said.
  • Delhi police have arrested 200 people in connection with the violence at the rally of agricultural tractors on Republic Day, authorities said on Wednesday.
  • Police said they would likely detain and question more people in connection with Tuesday’s violence in the nation’s capital.
  • Tens of thousands of farmers broke barriers Tuesday to storm the nation’s capital and assert their demands. Delhi police have also registered 22 FIRs so far in connection with the violence that has left more than 300 officers injured.
  • More than 35 farmer heads have been appointed to FIR including Rakesh Tikait, Darshan Pal Singh, Rajinder Singh, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Buta Singh Burjgil, Joginder Singh Ugrahan and Yogendra Yadav.
  • Interestingly, Deep Sidhu, the man believed to be behind the incitement to violence in Red Fort on Tuesday, was not named in any FIR.
  • Sidhu was an electoral agent for Sunny Deol, a member of the BJP. He was pictured with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Interior Minister Amit Shah, and was a BJP activist.

Why not four revolving capitals for India? Ask Mamata

Why India should have only one capital – Mamta Banerjee

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked on Saturday why India should have only one capital in Delhi and suggested that there should be four revolving capitals in different parts of the country.

  • The chief minister made the proposal while she was addressing a rally after participating in a road show to mark the 125th birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

“Why shouldn’t Calcutta be the capital of the country? I say this for our contribution to the fight for freedom … Again I will urge the Center for India to have four capitals, one in the south, one in the north , one in the east and northeast … And Sudip-da (Head of Congress from Trinamool to Lok Sabha Sudip Banerjee), should demand that Parliament sessions be held in rotation in each of the four places, ”

said the Mrs. Banerjee.
  • The chief minister said: “We are not a parish, we say it for everyone”, and asked why a capital should not appear to the south in Tamil Nadu, Kerala or Karnataka, to the north in Uttar Pradesh, in Punjab and Rajasthan and also to the eastin Calcutta. .
  • Later that day, while she was attending another event honoring Netaji at the Victoria Memorial with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the chief minister expressed her displeasure at the slogans posted on the site. Among the slogans were cries of “Jai Shri Ram!” “
  • “I think government programs should have dignity. This is not a program organized by a political party … I thank the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Culture for organizing the event here in Kolkata, ”said the Chief Minister.

India to keep ban on Chinese apps, including Tik Tok

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; The government has sent notices to Chinese apps, including Tiktok, that the order to block them will stand.

  • The notice was released by the Department of Electronics and Computing after reviewing responses to blocked apps, according to a source who declined to be identified.
  • Contacted, Tiktok confirmed having received a response from the government. The government had blocked 59 Chinese apps in June and 118 other apps, including the PUBG mobile game, in September 2020.
  • The Ministry of Information Technology had blocked apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Law after find out that the apps were involved in activities which are detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India, the defense of India, the security of the State and public order.

HAL claims that many countries interested in buying Texas planes

Tejas Light Fighter Aircraft

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; Delivery of the Tejas Light Fighter Aircraft (LCA) to the Indian Air Force under a 48,000 yen contract will begin from March 2024 and approximately 16 aircraft will be deployed annually until the total supply of 83 aircraft is completed, President and CEO from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, R. Madhavan, said Sunday.

  • In an interview with PTI, Madhavan also said that several countries have shown great interest in purchasing Tejas aircraft and the first export order is expected to arrive in the next two years.
  • Madhavan said the Tejas Mark 1A jet has higher performance levels than the Chinese JF-17 fighter jet because it has a better engine, radar system and a combination of electronic warfare, as well as an overall technological advantage.
  • On January 13, the Cabinet Security Committee (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the 48,000 crore deal for the purchase of 73 variants of Tejas Mk-1A and 10 LCA training shoes.
  • HAL Tejas Mk-1 to reinforce the Indian Air Force combat prowess.
  • Giving a breakdown of cost elements, Madhavan said that the base price of the aircraft will be around 25,000 crore, while 11,000 crore rupees will be used for ground support equipment and other required infrastructure at the bases and around ₹ 7,000 for basic customs. GST customs duties and exit.
  • The HAL president said the cost of each fighter version of the plane would be 309 crore and 280 crore for the trainer.

India, China hold 9th round of corps commanders talks

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; The ninth round of talks between India and China with the corps commander are underway on Sunday at the Moldo border staff meeting point on the Chinese side off Chushul in eastern Ladakh as the two sides are trying to develop a phase-out plan the nine-month showdown.

  • A defense official said talks started in Moldo at 10 a.m. Officials said a comprehensive disengagement plan had been drawn up, but had been delayed by some specific issues.
  • The two sides will try to resolve the issue in talks, a second official said. This is the reason for the delay in scheduling the ninth round of talks.
  • The eighth round of talks took place on November 6 last year. It must be a comprehensive disengagement plan that begins with all sticking points in eastern Ladakh and then decreases along the royal line of control, the official said, referring to the insistence from China so that discussions focus first on the southern shore of Pangong Tso and then others. areas of friction later.
  • Officials have repeatedly stated that any withdrawal will be gradual and will take time, given the large number of troops and equipment deployed by both sides and also checking China’s compliance on the ground at every step.
  • The talks are guided by the five-point disengagement and de-escalation plan agreed between Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on September 10 last year.

Telangana health worker dies four days after being vaccinated

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; A 45-year-old health worker in Telangana died in the early hours of Sunday, four days after being vaccinated at the New Shayampeta Urban Primary Health Center (UPHC), Warangal Urban.

  • This is the second death of a health worker in Telangana who received the vaccine, the woman received the vaccine on the afternoon of January 19.
  • The district Adverse Events Following Vaccination (AEFI) committee is reviewing the matter. Four days ago, a 42-year-old health worker who received the COVID-19 vaccine at the Kuntala Primary Health Care Center (PHC) in Nirmal district on January 19 was transported dead to a government hospital early Wednesday morning.
  • Citing the preliminary autopsy report on him, senior state health officials said he was suffering from a myocardial infarction.
  • Senior State Department of Health officials said the viscera, bodily fluids, parts of various organs, taken from him were sent to the Central Laboratory of Forensic Sciences (CFSL) and the National Institute. of virology (NIV) -Pune, to know the cause of death.
  • The procedure is followed for any death from AEFI.

Vaccinated people can still translate COVID-19, warns UK health official

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; One of England’s top medical officials on Sunday urged the public to continue to follow strict lockdown rules, as any immunity linked to the COVID-19 vaccine takes at least three weeks to kick in. England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam also warned that there was still no clear evidence showing that those vaccinated could not transmit the deadly virus to others.

“Whether someone has been vaccinated or not, it is critical that everyone follow national restrictions and public health advice, as protection takes up to three weeks to take effect and we do not yet know the impact. vaccines on transmission, ”

said Professor Van. -Tam said. His warning comes as the UK recorded another high number of daily deaths from the virus of 1,348 over the weekend, bringing the country’s total to 97,329.
  • It took India just six days to administer one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, a number more than in countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, the Department of Health said on Sunday.
  • The UK took 18 days, while the US took 10 days to reach 1 million, the ministry said. From January 24 to 8 a.m., nearly 16 lakh (15 82 201) beneficiaries have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • In 24 hours, almost 2 lakh (191,609) people were vaccinated in 3,512 sessions. A total of 27,920 sessions have been held so far, the ministry said.
  • “India took just 6 days to deploy a million doses of vaccine. This number is higher than in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • The United Kingdom took 18 days while the United States took 10 days to reach one million, ”the ministry stressed.
  • “Demonstrating the success of the test track treatment technology strategy, India continues on its consistent path of reporting a sustained decrease in the number of new daily cases and a consequent decrease in the number of active cases,” the ministry emphasized.

Indian billionaires increased wealth by 35% during the lockdown

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; Indian billionaires increased their wealth during the lockdown by 35%, to 3 trillion yen. The sharp increase in their wealth since the end of March is enough to give each of the 138 million poorest Indians a check for 94,045 each, according to Oxfam‘s report on the virus of inequality, released on the day of the opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

  • The rise in wealth of the top 11 billionaires during the pandemic could easily support MGNREGS or the Department of Health for the next 10 years, the report says, which also highlights how much Covid-19 has deepened inequality.
  • While the wealthiest escaped the worst impact of the pandemic, the poor have faced unemployment, hunger and death, the report notes.
  • Mukesh Ambani, who became the richest man in India and Asia, was earning Rs 90 million an hour during the pandemic.
  • At the same time, during the shutdown, 24% of the country’s residents earned less than 3,000 a month. Ambani’s rise in wealth alone could keep Rs 40 million of informal workers out of poverty for at least five months, according to the report.
  • Meanwhile, 170,000 people lost their jobs every hour in April 2020, according to the report. The Oxfam report recommended reintroducing the wealth tax and applying a one-time 4% Covid-19 tax on taxable income over 10 lakh to help the economy recover from the lockdown.
  • According to his estimate, the wealth tax of the 954 richest families in the country could increase the equivalent of 1% of GDP.
  • The report also explored the different forms of inequity, particularly in education, gender, and health. These inequalities made the comforts to be able to wash your hands and keep your distance, essential to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus, were not available to the majority of the population.
  • According to the report, only the 6% of the poorest 20% have access to non-shared sources of improved sanitation, compared to 93.4% of the richest 20%.
  • Roughly 59.6% of India’s population lived in one room or less, which meant that the necessary protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19 could not be followed.
  • Calling the coronavirus pandemic the world’s worst public health crisis in a hundred years, the report says it sparked an economic crisis on a scale comparable to that of the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Indian and Chinese troops clashed at Naku La in Sikkim

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; Indian and Chinese troops clashed in Naku La, in northern Sikkim, last week. The fighting left some minor injuries on both sides, we learned.

  • “It is clarified that there was a minor confrontation in the Naku La area of ​​northern Sikkim on January 20, 2021 and the same was resolved by local commanders in accordance with established protocols,” the army said in a press release.
  • The clash occurred when troops from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tried to break into Indian territory, a defense source said.
  • There were some minor injuries on both sides, but the situation was resolved and is under control, the source said.
  • The confrontation occurred amid high alert and a massive deployment of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on both sides since the start of the confrontation.
  • Given that it is the height of winter and the temperatures are extremely low, the situation has been largely calm as the two sides have concentrated as diplomatic and military talks continue to reach an agreement for the disconnection and de-escalation.

Beant Singh assassination: SC gives to government two weeks to decide on the petition for pardon

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; The government told the Supreme Court on Monday that a pardon decision by Balwant Singh Rajoana, sentenced to 26 years in prison for the murder of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, would now have “repercussions”.

  • Appearing before a tribunal chaired by Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde, Central Attorney General Tushar Mehta, he requested three weeks.
  • The court finally gave the government two weeks. Balwant Singh’s plea for presidential leniency has remained in limbo despite the government’s decision over a year ago, in 2019, to spare his life in commemoration of the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
  • In a petition to the Supreme Court from his prison cell, Balwant Singh said his repeated appeals to the government on the fate of the pardon petition were met with silence. He called the delay “inexplicable”. The petition for pardon was filed in 2012.

Supreme Court rejects transfer request against U.P. anti-conversion law

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected the Uttar Pradesh government’s request to transfer to court all petitions filed in the Allahabad High Court challenging the new law criminalizing interfaith marriages, Live Law reported.

  • A court led by Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde opposed the request, saying no constitutional court should be taken lightly.
  • The Allahabad High Court postponed the final hearing of the appeal filed against the Uttar Pradesh Illegal Conversion of Religion Prohibition Ordinance, 2020 until February 2, citing the petition filed by the government led by Yogi Adityanath to transfer the Supreme Court case.
  • On Monday, the state government said a request to transfer the petition was pending in superior court. Reports said the SC refused to accept the guilty plea and said it would not intervene in the case.
  • An HC court of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Judge Siddhartha Varma has registered the case for February 2. The court listens to a group of PILs who question the constitutional validity of the order.

India’s heritage and military might on display at Rajpath

72nd Republic Day Parade

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; India celebrated its 72nd Republic Day across the country on Tuesday, albeit calmly, due to the pandemic.

  • Delhi police have advised people to watch the live broadcast of the Republic Day parade at home due to Covid-19 protocols. Guests who attended the parade on Rajpath were required to comply with the Covid-19 advisory which included temperature control, use of disinfectant, a face mask and social distancing.
  • This time there were no main guests at the Republic Day parade. In addition, the route of the marching contingent ended at the Gateway of India C-Hexagon instead of the Red Fort.
  • The parade culminated with a single Rafale flying at a speed of 900 km / h. This year also marked the first time that the new Rafale fighter jet unveiled on Indian Republic Day flew over while conducting “Brahmastra” training alone and participated in “Eklavya” training with four other fighter jets.
  • Announcement of the Padma Awards for 2021; the late Colonel Santosh Babu conferred Maha Vir Chakra
  • The late singer-songwriter S.P. Balasubramaniam, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan have received India’s second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan.
  • On the annual national list, singer K.S Chithra, former spokesperson for Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, and Nripendra Misra, former chief secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are among the 10 recipients of Padma Bhushan. The Padma Bhushan will be awarded posthumously to former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, and Shiite Cleric Kalbe Sadiq.
Colonel B Santhosh Babu

Colonel B Santhosh Babu, commander of the 16th Bihar Regiment, who was in Galwan as part of Operation Snow Leopard, and was killed along with 19 others in the violent clash with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (APL) in June of the year.

  • He was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC), the country’s second highest honor for bravery in wartime. Five other personnel deployed to Galwan received the Vir Chakra, four of them posthumously. The Vir Chakra is the third most valuable prize in times of war.
  • More than 900 police officers and central armed police (CAPF) received medals, including 207 medals of bravery, on the eve of Republic Day.
  • Deputy Inspector Mohan Lal of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who was killed in the suicide bombing in Pulwama on February 14, 2019, was posthumously awarded the Presidential Police Medal for Courage (PPMG).
  • None of the 21 members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) who faced Chinese aggression and thwarted raids in various areas in eastern Ladakh last year between April and May received any medals this year.
  • The ITBP recommended bravery medals for all 21 staff members in August last year.

Beginning of the construction of the Ayodhya Mosque.

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; Official construction of the Dhannipur Mosque project began on Republic Day with the display of the tricolor, the singing of the national anthem, and the planting of seedlings of various trees, including tamarind, mango, neem and guava in the land of five acres in Dhannipur.

  • The plot was awarded by the government of Uttar Pradesh on instructions from the Supreme Court in the trial for the title of Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi. The structure’s soil analysis procedure has also been started.
  • Members of the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF), which oversees the construction, gathered at the site at 8:30 a.m.
  • After a brief Republic Day ceremony, held in the presence of police officers, IICF Chief Administrator Zufar Faruqi planted the first shrub, a tamarind, to mark the symbolic and discreet start of the project on the third of the plot, it will develop as a green spot.
  • The project would consist of three parts: a modern design mosque and a roof with solar panels; a multi-specialty hospital with 200 beds and a community kitchen; and an Indo-Islamic Cultural Research Center, consisting of a library, an underground museum, and a publishing house.
  • The project is estimated at around 100-110 million rupees, which would be raised through charity but without any door-to-door fundraising, Hussain said.

Biden overturns Trump’s H-1B decision for spouses

Joe Biden reimposed a ban on travelers from Europe and Brazil

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; A week after his inauguration, United States President Joe Biden withdrew a Trump-era rule that revoked work authorization for H1 visa holders, who are spouses of people on H-1B work visas, including most highly skilled Indian women.

  • The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues an H-4 visa to the immediate family members (spouse and children under the age of 21) of H-1B visa holders, the majority of whom are professionals of the IT from India.
  • The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers in skilled occupations requiring academic or technical experience.
  • Tech companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees from countries like India and China every year.
  • The H1 visa is normally issued to those who have already started the process of seeking legal permanent resident status based on employment in the United States.
  • The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced on Monday that the rule entitled “Removal of dependent spouses H-4 from the category of foreigners eligible for work authorization “was being withdrawn.
  • The spouses of Indian professionals holding H-1B visas, mostly women, are the main beneficiaries of the Obama-era rule that issued work authorization cards.
  • Reversing the policy of his predecessor Donald Trump, US President Joe Biden reimposed a ban on travelers from Europe and Brazil on Monday. The White House has also banned South African travelers from entering the United States due to the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus in that country.

16 opposition parties to boycott President’s joint speech in Parliament

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; The leaders of 16 opposition parties, in a joint statement on Thursday, announced their decision to boycott President Ram Nath Kovind’s speech at a joint session of Parliament on Friday on the “anti-democratic” attitude of the Union government towards farmers. .

  • The budget session will start on Friday and President Kovind will address the first session of both Houses this year.
  • But opposition leaders set the tone for a heated session by announcing their decision to skip the presidential speech on the Center’s refusal to repeal the three farm laws and its handling of the farmers’ unrest.
  • These leaders also asserted that “an impartial investigation will reveal the harmful role of the central government in the orchestration of these events”.

“The Prime Minister and the BJP government remain arrogant, inflexible and undemocratic in their response. Shocked by this insensitivity of the government, we, the following opposition political parties, reaffirming the collective demand for the repeal of anti-peasant laws and in solidarity with the Indian peasants, decided to boycott the president’s speech to both chambers of the Parliament on Friday January 29, 2021 ”,

we read in the joint declaration, signed by the senior leaders of the opposition.
  • Signatories include representatives from Congress, PCN, Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena, National Conference, DMK, Samajwadi Party, RJD, CPI and CPI-M.
  • The BSP, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, YSR Congress, Biju Janata Dal and AAP did not sign the joint declaration despite the fact that some of them protested against the agricultural laws when they passed through parliament last September.
  • Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi called on opposition leaders to drop the proposed boycott of President Ram Nath Kovind’s joint speech.

Stopping hate on TV as essential as police throw barricades to prevent riots: Supreme Court

Representational image of Media

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; The Supreme Court said Thursday that ending hate on television was as essential to public order as arming the police with lathis and erecting barricades to prevent the spread of violence and unrest.

“Controlling certain types of information that lead people to violence and disturbances is a matter of public order. Preventing it is as powerful as building barricades. It is as important to prevent incitement as it is to provide lathis to the police, ”

said Indian Chief Justice Sharad A. Bobde, head of a three-judge panel, addressing Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Center.
  • The CJI said the government-controlled court did not want to restrict freedom of expression on television.
  • People can take any tone on television as long as they do not incite violence, hatred, community riots. We are only interested in those who instigate and incite violence and riots.” They are situations that cause loss of life and property. That is what concerns us, said Chief Justice Bobde.

Supreme Court suspends POCSO order from Bombay High Court

Representational image : Child abuse

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021;The Supreme Court stayed a controversial Bombay High Court verdict, which acquitted a man convicted of assault under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) on the grounds that he had groped his victim. of his clothes and that he had no “skin”. . skin contact between them.

  • On Wednesday, a court headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde immediately took note after Attorney General KK Venugopal made a special mention in court, saying the High Court ruling would seat a “very dangerous precedent” and would cripple the POCSO’s intention to punish sex offenders.
  • On January 19, a single judge at the Nagpur High Court in Mumbai caused a stir after acquitting a man under the POCSO law and ruling that an act against a minor would amount to fondling or sexual assault only if there was “skin on skin.” Contact.
  • The Superior Court determined that merely touching or squeezing a child’s clothed body did not constitute sexual assault.
  • Venugopal said that in the future, due to the order, a defendant could claim his innocence under the POCSO alleging that the child he assaulted was clothed and that there was no “direct skin-to-skin physical contact” between them.
  • The Chamber issued a notice to the defendant and the state of Maharashtra after registering a case based on Venugopal’s mention.

Another POCSO fiasco in front of the Bombay High Court

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; The Nagpur High Court in Bombay ruled that a man who takes the hand of a minor and unzips her pants does not fall within the scope of “sexual assault” or “aggravated sexual assault”. the law on the protection of minors against sexual offenses (POCSO).

  • The sighting was made by a single judge from the Pushpa Ganediwala Justice Bank on January 15 while approving an order on an appeal filed by a 50-year-old man challenging a Sessions court order convicting him of sexual assault and five-year old girl sexual abuse.
  • The convict, Libnus Kujur, was sentenced in October 2020 under Articles 354-A (1) (i) (scandalous modesty) and 448 (burglary) of the IPC, and Articles 8 (sexual assault), 10 ( serious sexual assault) and 12 (sexual harassment) of the POCSO law. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
  • In her sentence, Judge Ganediwala stressed that although the prosecution established that the accused entered the victim’s house with the intention of insulting her modesty or sexually harassing her, she was not able to prove the charge of “sexual assault” or “sexual assault”.
  • This decision recalls another verdict, rendered on January 19, also by a single judge, Nagpur Bench of the High Court of Bombay. He had acquitted a man charged under the POCSO Act, who ruled that mere touching or squeezing the body of a clothed child, without “skin-to-skin contact”, did not amount to sexual assault.
  • The Supreme Court subsequently suspended this verdict.

New Zealand and Vietnam lead the Covid-19 performance index; India 86 out of 98 countries

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; New Zealand and Vietnam were ranked as the best performing countries in their response to the pandemic, according to a Covid-19 “performance index” prepared by the Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank, which sought to assess the impact of geography, political systems and economic development in the evaluation of results.

  • The index, which was based on six different indicators including confirmed cases, deaths per million people and the extent of testing, sought to “measure the relative performance of countries” and assessed 98 countries within 36 weeks of their publication.
  • India ranked 86th out of 98 countries, while the United States ranked 94th and Brazil at the bottom of the index. New Zealand and Vietnam top the list, followed by Taiwan, Thailand and Cyprus in the top five.
  • Sri Lanka was the best performing country in South Asia, ranking 10th, while the Maldives were 25th, Pakistan 69th, Nepal 70th and Bangladesh 84th

In Brief

Weekly NEWS Summary | 22-28 Jan 2021; Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is expected to deliver the first batch of three Indigenous Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs) to the military and air force by March 31, a defense official said.

  • They are one of 15 LCH Limited Series Production (LSP) helicopters approved by the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC). “HAL has received the letter of intent from the army and air force.
  • Once the order is placed, it will deliver the remaining 12 LSP helicopters in the next fiscal year, ”the source said.

Vijay Mallya has asked the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, “another way” to stay in the United Kingdom, has confirmed the lawyer for the liquor magnate who represents him in bankruptcy proceedings before the High Court of London in a remote hearing on January 22.

  • A businessman, whose legal challenge to the Indian government’s extradition request was rejected in the UK Supreme Court last year, remains in the UK on bail until Ms Patel approves the extradition order to India on charges of fraud and money laundering linked to the defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
  • So far, the UK Home Office has only confirmed that there are pending legal proceedings before the extradition order can be executed.
  • This had sparked much speculation that Mallya had applied for asylum in the UK, the details of which are not confirmed or denied by the UK Home Office while an application is pending.

Veteran radio and television host Larry King died Saturday at the age of 87. An official statement on his Twitter said that he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

  • The statement did not mention how he died, but reports earlier this month indicated that King had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • A longtime national radio host, from 1985 to 2010 he was a late night contestant on CNN, where he won numerous honors, including two Peabody Awards.
  • His Larry King Live on CNN, which ran from 1985 to 2010, made him a household name. In 2011, he received a lifetime achievement award from him, one after announcing his retirement.
  • According to the Associated Press, King has conducted approximately 50,000 live interviews. In 1995, he reached a Middle East peace summit with PLO President Yasser Arafat, King Hussein of Jordan, and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
  • He has welcomed everyone from the Dalai Lama to Elizabeth Taylor, from Mikhail Gorbachev to Barack Obama, from Bill Gates to Lady Gaga.

The dissident faction of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ expelled Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli from all party members on Sunday, according to media reports.

  • The decision was made at the Standing Committee meeting of the faction led by former Prime Ministers Prachanda and Madhav Kumar of Nepal after Oli did not provide an explanation for his recent decisions, as demanded by party leaders, the Himalayan Times reported.
  • The faction led by Prachanda deposited a letter at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar. Previously, the splinter group had removed Mr. Oli as party chairman.

Eleven miners, trapped underground for two weeks after an explosion at a gold mine in eastern China’s Shandong province, were rescued, media reported on January 24.

  • On the 11th, the state news agency Xinhua reported. The first miner was rescued from the mine in the morning. The worker, who appears to be in extremely weak condition, was rushed to hospital for treatment.
  • Currently, 633 people and 407 teams are on the scene for relief operations.

Tata Consultancy Services overtook Reliance Industries Ltd. on January 25 to become the country’s most valuable company by market capitalization.

During the afternoon, the market valuation of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) was 12 45 341.44 crore, while that of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) was ₹ 12 42,593.78 crore on BSE. RIL shares fell 4.84% to 1,950.30 on BSE after its gains did not encourage investors.

In contrast, TCS gained 1.26% to hit its one-year high of $ 3,345.25. The market capitalization of companies changes daily with the evolution of the price of their shares.

After serving a four-year sentence in a disproportionate asset case, AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala has been officially released from Parappana Agrahara central prison in Bengaluru.

  • Prison authorities announced her release on Wednesday at Victoria Hospital, where she is being treated for Covid-19. As the prison escort was withdrawn, more than 100 Bengaluru City Police were deployed in and around Victoria Hospital for security reasons, transforming the service from Covid- 19 in a fortress.

Following his confirmation in the Senate, new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was taken administrative oath at the State Department on Tuesday, after which he spoke by phone with his counterparts in Japan, South Korea, Canada. and Mexico.

  • Blinken is expected to monitor America’s new engagement with the world through multilateral forums. It will also seek to strengthen multilateral relations and move away from the transactional “America First” emphasis that characterized the Trump administration’s foreign policy.

The government said Thursday that a fifth of the country’s districts had not reported new cases for a week. Meanwhile, the Covid-19 vaccination campaign has covered 2.4 million people.

  • “India has managed to contain the pandemic,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, noting that less than 12,000 cases have been reported in the past 24 hours. He said 146 out of 718 districts in India had had no new cases for a week and 18 districts for two weeks. “India has flattened its Covid-19 chart,” added Dr Vardhan.
  • With infections falling, the government said that from February 1 it would lift restrictions on the use of public swimming pools, allow cinemas and cinemas to have more than 50% of their capacity and allow all kinds of facilities to operate exhibition halls.
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