Governments must take action to hold NSO Group accountable: WhatsApp CEO
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-07-2021; Following revelations that NSO Group’s ‘Pegasus‘ software could have been used to spy on journalists, politicians and activists around the world, including the holders of 300 Indian phone numbers, WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart asked governments and companies to take action to stop the Israelis. responsible technology company.
India’s list of phone numbers includes those linked to recently appointed Minister of Communications, Information Technology and Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of State Jal Shakti Prahlad Singh Patel, Congressional Leader Rahul Gandhi, Poll strategist Prashant Kishor, former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa, dozens of journalists, as well as ambassadors / high commissioners from various countries, including Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, China, and Saudi Arabia.
In a tweet, Cathcart said: “This is a wake-up call for Internet safety. The mobile phone is the main computer for billions of people. Governments and businesses must do everything they can to make it as safe as possible. Our security and freedom depend on it.
WhatsApp sued the NSO group in 2019, accusing it of using the former’s messaging service to carry out cyber espionage on around 1,400 user accounts, including those of journalists and human rights activists.
Cathcart added that more companies and especially governments need to take action to hold the NSO Group accountable. “Once again, we call for a global moratorium on the use of irresponsible surveillance technology now. It’s about time, “he said.
Meanwhile, Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi, in a taunt directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tweeted: “We know what he read, all on his phone! #Pegasus”.
Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who denounced the surveillance of the United States National Security Agency (NSA), said that the NSO group should bear direct criminal responsibility for the deaths and arrests of people attacked by the digital infection vectors it sells, they have no legitimate use.
Pegasus spyware: Congress wants Amit Shah fired, Modi polled
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-07-2021; Accusant the gouvernement of «trahison» and compromising the national security to propose the problems of the Pegasus spy logistics, the Congress demanded the limiting of the Home Minister Amit Shah and a request for the «role of the Premier Minister» Narendra Modi this issue.
At a press conference in New Delhi, the congress spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala, held Shah responsible for the Pegasus spy problem and said that the party’s first request for him was to remove him from his current position.
He said Congress would bring together all opposition parties on the issue and decide whether to seek a judicial or parliamentary investigation on the matter.
Parliament’s monsoon session is off to a rocky start
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-07-2021; The monsoon session got off to a rocky start on Monday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was unable to introduce his new ministers, as is customary after the reorganization of the first day of Parliament due to opposition protest to the price increase of fuels and farm laws.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said in his 24-year parliamentary career that he had never witnessed such an interruption of the regular presentation of ministers and Congressman Manickam Tagore claimed that the BJP did the same when Manmohan Singh, as Prime Minister, tried to present your ministers to the house.
As soon as the Lok Sabha convened and Modi stood up to speak, members of the opposition protested, holding up posters about rising fuel prices and waving slogans demanding the repeal of the three controversial farm laws. Modi responded by highlighting the diversity of his new Cabinet and the “lack of respect” towards them by members of the opposition.
The session was then adjourned until 2 p.m. And when the uproar did not subside, it was suspended again until 3:30 pm, when the Minister of Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw, read a statement regarding the accusations of espionage on journalists and other public figures made on various national news sites. and international. After the statement, the House rose for the day.
Supreme Court orders release of Manipur activist detained by Facebook posts
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-07-2021; On July 19, the Supreme Court ordered the release of Manipur-based activist Erendro Leichombam, who was detained under national security law for his social media posts allegedly on the effectiveness of cow dung. and urine as remedies for Covid-19 in the context of the death of a BJP leader from the virus.
A bench by D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah, noting that the activist could not be held in prison even overnight, ordered his release before 5 p.m. July 19. The court said his continued detention would violate his fundamental right to life and due process.
Attorney General Tushar Mehta said the government would file a response in the case, but raised no objections otherwise.
Advocate Shadan Farasat of Leichombam’s father, L. Raghumani Singh, said the government is increasingly using pre-trial detention provisions in cases where even ordinary criminal provisions do not apply. Farasat argued that Facebook posts criticized the defense of cow manure and urine as a remedy. He said strict NSA regulations were imposed on the activist to restrict his freedom of speech.
The lawyer said his client’s son spent days in custody in connection with the criminal proceedings against him, followed by a period of preventive detention after bail was granted. The petition calls for the quashing of a May 17 arrest warrant and the grounds for arrest issued by the District Judge for Imphal West District.
The father’s petition argued that the detention violated an April 30 Supreme Court order that prohibited authorities from taking legal action or muzzling voices critical of the government’s handling of COVID.
SC asks Kerala to explain why it relaxed Covid-19 restrictions for Bakrid
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-07-2021; On Monday, the Supreme Court gave the government of Pinarayi Vijayan in Kerala less than 24 hours to explain its reasons for easing Covid-19 restrictions between July 18 and July 20 for the Bakrid celebrations, while noting that any incident which directly affected lives would be considered harshly and lead to “immediate action”.
A bench of Judges Rohinton F. Nariman and BR Gavai asked Kerala to submit its affidavit before the evening and released the case for hearing as the first case on July 20, given “the situation and the celebrations taking place in the State of Kerala “.
Kerala’s attorney, Attorney G. Prakash, said only a few stores had been opened in a controlled manner. The court, meanwhile, closed its suo motu case over Uttar Pradesh’s conduct of Kanwar Yatra after the state announced on Monday that “there would be no Kanwar Yatra at all, it was fully postponed “in 2021.
Senior advocate C.S. Vaidyanathan from Uttar Pradesh said the Kanwar Sanghs have come forward and agreed to postpone the yatra given the current public health situation. “What my lords had planned had a beneficial effect,” Vaidyanathan presented.
Judge Nariman said authorities should know that “any unwanted incident directly affecting life will be seriously considered and immediate action will be taken.”
On Friday, the court, while rejecting Uttar Pradesh’s proposal to hold a “symbolic” Kanwar Yatra in the midst of the pandemic for “compelling religious reasons”, declared that the basic rights of citizens of all religions and their right to life prevailed over religious feelings.
However, on Monday, lead defender Vikas Singh, who appeared by PKD Nambiar, intervened to say that while Uttar Pradesh had shut down the yatra, Kerala had shown a “relaxed” attitude towards due closure restrictions in Bakrid.
“Kerala eased lockdown restrictions on the occasion of Eid the day the PM called for caution … Kerala continued to shed alarming numbers [of COVID cases] even as many more States have improved their situation, ”Nambiar said in his guilty plea.
He said the decision to open the markets was the product of talks between Chief Minister Vijayan and Kerala Vyapari Vyavasaayi Ekopana Samithi. Therefore, no medical advice was sought. Community and political considerations had pushed Kerala to open up.
“The Kerala government is ready to sacrifice the health and lives of innocent citizens during the critical situation. Political interests and causes cannot exceed the basic rights of the citizens of this nation, ”the plea said.
Pakistan accuses India of “using” the FATF for political purposes
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-07-2021; India “uses” the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for political purposes against Pakistan, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said, criticizing Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar for a statement taking credit for holding Pakistan down. Pakistan on the world body’s watch list.
According to a statement by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on Monday, the comments reported by Jaishankar, made to a group of BJP members at a training workshop, “confirmed” Pakistan’s repeated accusation that India had pushed Pakistan to be Greyed out in 2018 for “political” rather than “” “technical reasons”, which continues to this day.
On Sunday, the ANI news agency reported that Jaishankar had addressed members of the ruling party as part of a series of “e-Chintan” workshops on the achievements of Indian foreign policy under the Modi government. According to the report, Pakistan’s gray list for the past three years, including the FATF’s most recent plenary decision to keep Pakistan on its “intensified watch” list, was cited as a result of the efforts.
The FATF plenary announced on June 25 that despite completing 26 of the 27 required tasks, the failure of Pakistan to complete the final task of condemning all the terrorists banned by the UNSC meant that it would not be eliminated for the time being and had presented another list in 6 points of tasks to perform as well.
Covid updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 3,1148,495 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 4,14,235.