Petrol will cost 3 cheaper per liter in Tamil Nadu
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-08-2021; DMK government of Tamil Nadu announced a reduction in the effective tax rate for Petro by Rs. 3 per liter on Friday, starting at midnight on August 13.
Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan made the announcement while presenting the revised budget for 2021-2022 to the Assembly here. The decision will result in a loss of revenue of Rs 1,160 million per year to the public treasury.
“Tamil Nadu has 2.63 crore of two-wheelers. It has become the most popular mode of transportation for the working poor. They are deeply feeling the effects of rising gasoline prices. The Chief Minister [M.K. Stalin] deeply feels the pain of the working poor and the middle class, ”Rajan said in his first budget speech and hoped the cut would bring great relief to working-class workers in the state.
Stating that the Union government was solely responsible for the increase in the cost of fuel, Rajan emphasized: “Nowhere is this dilution of the federalist spirit more evident than in the taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel at the pump. The Union’s general gasoline taxes have fallen from 10.39 yen per liter in May 2014 to 32.90 yen per liter today.
The state government also announced a loan exemption in the amount of Rs 2,756 million owed by self-help groups to credit union societies. “The government will develop an appropriate mechanism to inject equity into the credit structure of cooperatives in stages to ensure that the creditworthiness of cooperatives is not affected,” said the finance minister.
Regarding a major program about paying 1,000 yen each month to female heads of households, Rajan said: The objective criteria by which households eligible for this scheme will be identified.
In another announcement to implement a commitment made in its election manifesto, the DMK government increased the period of maternity leave from nine months to 12 months for government employees with fewer than two surviving children from July 1, 2021.
The Lump sum allowance from the Family Security Fund paid to the family of a government employee who dies while on duty will be reduced from ₹ 3 lakh to ₹ 5 lakh, the minister announced.
With the minister’s announcement that the increased cost allocation (AD) to civil servants and retirees will be paid from April 1, 2022, the government has indicated that the AD for them will not be reviewed this year.
“Unlike many other states, Tamil Nadu officials were paid in full and promptly during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic. In many departments, public servants have served selflessly, often putting their lives in danger during this time. I’m sure officials will understand the difficulty the government will face in increasing cost allocation at this time, ”said Rajan, who is also Minister of Human Resource Management.
Taliban approach Kabul, embassies prepare for evacuations
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-08-2021; Taliban seized more major cities on August 13 as they rushed to seize full control of Afghanistan and closed in on Kabul, with the United States and Britain deploying thousands of troops to evacuate their citizens from the capital.
Evacuation orders came as the Taliban seized control of Kandahar, the country’s second-largest city, at the heart of the insurgency, leaving only Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad and parts of other territories in government hands.
The Taliban also captured the capital of Logar province, just 50 km from Kabul, and a local lawmaker said the insurgents had full control of the city of Pul-e-Alam.
Earlier on Friday, officials and residents of Kandahar said government forces had withdrawn en masse to a military installation on the outskirts of the southern city.
“Kandahar is completely conquered. The Mujahideen have come to Martyrs’ Square, ”a Taliban spokesperson tweeted, referring to a monument in the city.
Hours later, the Taliban said they had also taken control of Lashkar Gah, the capital of neighboring Helmand province.
A security source confirmed the fall of the city, saying that the Afghan army and government officials evacuated Lashkar Gah after reaching a local ceasefire agreement with the militants.
The government effectively lost most of the country in an eight-day Taliban bombardment of urban centers that also surprised American supporters in Kabul.
Meanwhile, Washington and London announced plans on August 12 to remove embassy staff and citizens from the capital.
“We are further reducing our civilian footprint in Kabul in light of the evolving security situation,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, noting that the embassy would remain. opened. “It’s not an abandonment. It is not an evacuation. It’s not the wholesale recall. “
The Pentagon said 3,000 US troops would be deployed to Kabul in the next 24 to 48 hours, stressing that they would not be used to launch attacks against the Taliban.
Insurgents seized more than a dozen provincial capitals last week and surrounded the largest city in the north, the traditional anti-Taliban stronghold of Mazar-i-Sharif, which is now one of the few remaining strongholds. .
As the defeat unfolded, three days of meetings between key international players on Afghanistan ended in Qatar without significant progress on August 13.
In a joint statement, the international community, including the United States, Pakistan, the European Union and China, said it would not recognize any government in Afghanistan “imposed by the use of military force.”
Political battles should not be fought at “the table in the house”, says Venkaiah Naidu.
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-08-2021; Political battles should not be fought at the “House table,” Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said in an informal interaction two days after the bill was passed on modifying (nationalizing) the general insurance business, 2021 in Rajya Sabha amid fierce protests from the opposition, who also fought with a large contingent of judicial officers deployed to the chamber.
On August 10, as Rajya Sabha begins a discussion on “agricultural problems and solutions”, some members of the opposition, calling for a discussion on the Pegasus cyberattack and the repeal of agricultural laws, rose to the reporters’ table. who are positioned on the right. in front of the chair.
Again on August 11, when the government, despite demands from a united opposition to send the insurance bill to a select committee, pushed for the legislation to be passed, similar scenes were repeated. To prevent members of the opposition from getting on the table, 42 bailiffs were deployed. The bill was adopted amid clashes between members of the opposition and judicial officers.
“Legislatures are for debate and discussion and external political battles should not be fought at the House table,” Naidu said.
He also commented that it is the government’s prerogative to decide which bill is sent to a parliamentary committee. Whenever differences on these issues persist in the House, the House collectively makes a decision and the Presidency cannot force it one way or another, he added.
Naidu said that the opposition and Treasury banks in the House are like his two eyes and they are the same for him. “You can’t have adequate vision if one eye isn’t working properly. For me, the government and the opposition are like my two eyes, ”he said.
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha’s secretariat has prepared a detailed indictment of the events of August 11 that blame the opposition. The opposition, however, complained about the scale of the deployment of security agents inside the chamber, comparing it to a “warlike” situation.
The internal report says additional security guards were dispatched to prevent MPs from damaging the House chair and table. When opposition MPs, according to the report, “failed to break the cordon of security guards (marshals) and their efforts to cause potential damage to the chair / table in the House were in vain, they started to mistreat the security guards (marshal) ”.
The report mentions several members of the opposition for tearing and throwing papers, pushing and pushing the bailiffs. He continues to accuse CPI MP (M) Elamaram Kareem of attempting to strangle a marshal. Elamaram Kareem severely mistreated and strangled a field marshal’s neck and dragged him to break the security cordon, the report said. The marshal in question also lodged a formal complaint.
The report mentions several members of the opposition for tearing and throwing papers, shoving and shoving the bailiffs. He then accuses CPI deputy (M) Elamaram Kareem of trying to strangle a marshal. Elamaram Kareem severely manhandled and strangled the neck of a quarterback and dragged him to break the security cordon, according to the report. The marshal in question also filed a formal complaint.
Naidu said that actions against some members are being considered and a proper opinion will be taken as soon as possible.
However, Kareem wrote to Naidu to demand an investigation into the attack on opposition MPs, including himself within the chamber, on August 11, stating that the complaint against him is “false”.
“The bailiffs adopted a violent way of physically blocking the movement of the opposition deputies using brute force. When I tried to approach the president’s chamber to convince him personally, one of them, whom I can identify by his face, grabbed me and pushed me, ”wrote Kareem. He said they shot him in the chest.
The bailiffs, the MP said, were deployed in large numbers in what was “a well-planned action designed to harm protesting MPs.” Later, he said, the government released a small portion of the day’s CCTV footage to “mislead the public and deliberately cloud the opposition.”
Kareem also asked President Naidu to provide him with the RS TV footage for the day. The livestream didn’t show any of these struggles, keeping the camera focused alone on the treasure banks the entire time.
“I hereby ask you to take strict action against security personnel who physically assaulted opposition MPs. I also urge you to investigate in detail to find out if any foreigners have infiltrated the security personnel, ”he wrote.
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-08-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 3,21,50,112 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 4,530,579.
Bharat Biotech’s intranasal BBV154 vaccine has become the first of its kind to receive regulatory approval for phase 2/3 trials, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology on Friday.
“This is the first Covid-19 hit of its kind to undergo human clinical trials in India. BBV154 is a SARS-CoV-2 intranasal replication-deficient chimpanzee adenovirus vector vaccine. The company owns technology licensed from Washington University in St. Louis, United States, “the statement said.
Vaccine development was supported by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and its PSU, the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), according to the statement.
According to information published by the ministry, the phase 1 clinical trial was conducted in age groups ranging from ≥18 to ≤60 years.