The Supreme Court asks the U.P. reconsider the plan to celebrate Kanwar Yatra
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-07-2021; On July 16, the Supreme Court disagreed with the Uttar Pradesh government’s proposal to hold a “symbolic” Kanwar Yatra amid the pandemic for “compelling religious reasons,” saying the fundamental rights of citizens of all religions and their right to life prevailed over religions feelings.
- A bench of Justice Rohinton F. Nariman and B.R. Gavai has given Uttar Pradesh until July 19 to reconsider its proposal and submit an affidavit. If the state does not change its plans, Judge Nariman said the court will “deliver what we have to deliver” on July 19.
“We are first of all of the opinion that this is an issue which concerns us all as Indian citizens and which goes to the very heart of Article 21 (right to life), which occupies a of choice in the chapter on rights in Constitution of India. The health of Indian citizens and the right to life are paramount. All other feelings, even religious ones, are subordinated to this fundamental fundamental right “,ruled the justice Nariman in order.
- The hearing began with Attorney General Tushar Mehta asserting that “the state must not allow the movement”. The senior law enforcement officer explained the logistics of the yatra, its destination and what the participants do, including the collection of Ganga jal (water) in Haridwar and the practice of abhishek in various temples of Shiva. The Center filed a “late” affidavit in the Supreme Court.
- After quickly reading the affidavit, Judge Nariman peremptorily announced: “The state of Uttar Pradesh cannot go on with this, 100%. The Bank refused to authorize a “physical yatra”.
- Senior lawyer C.S. Vaidyanathan from Uttar Pradesh rang the bell saying, “We just want a token yatra.”
- “Past experience shows that a total ban would be inappropriate,” Uttar Pradesh’s senior lawyer argued.
- Vaidyanathan then read the Uttar Pradesh affidavit aloud, explaining that his decision to celebrate the yatra was made after considering “faith and religious sentiments and after consulting with disaster management authorities” .
- He explained that the yatra would be performed with a minimum number of people while maintaining social distancing. “The holy Ganges jal would be available for the abhishek in the nearest temples of Shiva”, he presented.
- Only people who have been vaccinated and passed the RT-PCR tests will be allowed to participate in the yatra. In short, the state government has promised strict measures to deal with the pandemic. However, the court was not impressed.
“Either we deliver the order directly or you [Uttar Pradesh] reconsider the physical yatra. The pandemic affects us all. We fear that a third wave will hit us … We are the citizens of India … Article 21 applies to all of us. Mr Vaidyanathan, please go back and ask your authorities to reconsider the physical yatra… otherwise we will hand over what we have to hand over, ”Judge Nariman addressed to Uttar Pradesh’s senior lawyer.
- Vaidyanathan has agreed to consult with state government authorities and submit an additional affidavit by July 19.
- Meanwhile, Uttarakhand informed the court that it had banned the Kanwar Yatra completely in a June 30 order, given the pandemic.
Over 86% of infections caused by the Delta variant: ICMR
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Daily NEWS Summary | 16-07-2021; The majority, over 86%, of infections after Covid-19 vaccination were caused by the Delta variant, with hospitalization of 9.8% of these cases and mortality observed in 0.4% of cases, according to the results of a study carried out at the national level by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Covid-19 infection.
- A progressive infection is a case of illness in which a vaccinated individual becomes ill with the same disease that the vaccine is intended to prevent.
- For the study “Clinical characterization and genomic analysis of COVID-19 infections during the second wave in different states of India”, ICMR collected 677 clinical samples from people who had been partially or fully vaccinated but who have contracted the infection.
- Samples were collected from 17 states and Union Territories including Maharashtra, Kerala, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Manipur, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
- The study found that a total of 482 cases (71%) were symptomatic with one or more symptoms, while 29% had an asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection.
- “Fever (69%) was the most consistent presentation, followed by body aches, including headache and nausea (56%), cough (45%), sore throat (37%), loss of smell and taste ( 22%), diarrhea (6%), shortness of breath (6%) and 1% had irritation and redness of the eyes, ” he noted.
- The southern, western, eastern and north-western regions reported mainly progressive infection mainly from Delta and then from the Kappa variant. Alpha was predominant behind reinfection in the northern region, he said.
- Although it is not a study on the effect of vaccines, it was observed that among the 677 patients, 604 received Covishield, 71 received Covaxin and two received Sinopharm from China.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 3,10,58,841 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 4,13,022.
Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui assassinated in Afghanistan’s Kandahar
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-07-2021; Famous Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed in a clash on Thursday night between Afghan special forces and Taliban attackers. Tolo News, one of Kabul’s main news channels, reported that Siddiqui, who worked for the Reuters news agency, covered the clashes between the two parties in Kandahar in recent days and that he was killed in the Spin Boldak district, which it has a controversial international border. mail. between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in a message of condolence, expressed his solidarity with the media and said that his government was determined to defend freedom of expression.
- Reuters reported that Siddiqui was in the main market for Spin Boldak when he was caught in the crossfire. Tolo News reported that a senior Afghan special forces commander, Sediq Karzai, was also killed in the incident. The Indian journalist was part of the Afghan security forces.
- Siddiqui was traveling in an armored Humvee with Afghan soldiers and had shared videos in recent days showing the vehicle being repeatedly attacked.
- In his last report from Kandahar on 13 July under very difficult circumstances, Siddiqui had recounted the experience of Afghan commandos who carried out a raid to save a kidnapped policeman.
- Siddiqui was known for his compassionate photographic coverage of current events in South Asia. In recent years, his photographs of Rohingya refugees displaced by the Burmese army from Rakhine province have drawn global attention to the plight of the displaced community currently living in camps in Bangladesh. The photographs of the Rohinyga refugees have won a Pulitzer Prize.
- Earlier this year, he used innovative methods like drones to capture the scale of the second wave of Covid-19 in India. Photographs of him showing funeral pyres burning in open spaces drew global attention to the tragedy India faced in March-May 2021.
10,000 “jihadist” fighters entered Afghanistan from Pakistan, according to Ashraf Ghani
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-07-2021; Pakistan has not severed ties with terrorist groups, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a harsh indictment against the neighboring country as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan sat a few meters on the stage during the conference on connectivity in Central and South Asia held in Tashkent on Friday.
- Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, who also attended the conference, addressed the issues of transit trade in his speech alluding to Pakistan. He said that economic development and prosperity “go hand in hand” with peace and security.
- In a forceful speech, Ghani said that more than 10,000 “jihadist” fighters had entered Afghanistan last month, according to intelligence reports, while the Pakistani government had failed to convince the Taliban to participate “seriously” in the peace talks. .
The consortium led by SBI achieves 792.11 cr. through the sale of Kingfisher Airlines shares in the Mallya affair
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-07-2021; On Friday, the consortium led by the State Bank of India earned 792.11 crore yen by selling shares of Kingfisher Airlines in the Vijay Mallya case. The enforcement department (ED) had transferred the shares to the consortium.
- In cases involving Mallya, diamond dealer Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, the ED has so far transferred assets worth ₹ 12,762.25 crore to public sector banks. The defendants caused them a total loss of Rs 22,585.83 million.
- To date, assets representing 58% of the total loss have been returned to banks or confiscated for the benefit of the central government. ED seized or seized assets worth Rs 18,217.27 million in these cases under the Money Laundering Act.
- In Mallya’s case, the consortium had recovered $ 7,181.50 crore by liquidating assets transferred to lenders by ED.
- “A few days ago, ED delivered assets worth Rs 3,728.64 million to the SBI-led consortium, including shares worth Rs 3,644.74 million, a draft demand for 54.33 million rupees and real estate valued at about 29.57 crore rupees, “said a senior management official.
The Enforcement Directorate has provisionally seized assets worth Rs 4.20 crore linked to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and others in a money laundering case. The agency had previously summoned him three times to record his statement, but did not join the investigation in person. The attached assets are owned by Deshmukh’s wife, Aarti Deshmukh, and Premier Port Links Private Limited. They include a residential apartment in the Worli district of Mumbai and 25 plots of land worth Rs 2.67 million on paper, located in Raigarh, Maharashtra.