Prolawctor Daily Current Affairs Insights | 16 December 2020

Prolawctor Daily Current Affairs Update
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Delhi High Court restrains AIIMS nurses from starting strike

  • The Delhi High Court on Tuesday ordered a ban on ongoing strikes seeking clarification on the AIIMS Nurses Union’s pay structure.
  •  This comes after the Union Ministry of Health directed the directors of AIIMS not to disrupt nursing activities due to the coronavirus epidemic. 

Delhi High Court asks DU: Why are students charged for digital degrees?

  • The Delhi University on Monday informed the Delhi High Court that a committee has been constituted to propose fees for issuing digital degree certificates on the recommendation of anyone.
  • Students who have not been given a printed degree are charged Rs 750 and students who have been given a digital degree are charged Rs 1,000.
  • The DU, represented by advocate Mohinder Rupal, told Justice Pratibha Singh that the reason behind charging students for digital degrees is that many people have to be hired for the degree process.
  • He also said that since the timeline is very short, the university is taking these measures, so there will be no need to charge more.

The SC has now asked the states to give Rs 2,000 per month for the education of children (from institutions including their families)

  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed all states to pay Rs 2,000 per month
  • For the education of each child in a child care institution (CCI) and now been the COVID-19 pandemic disease has been restored to his or her family.
  • The apex court also directed the state governments to provide the necessary infrastructure, including books and stationery, for the online classes of the resident children on the recommendation of the District Child Protection Unit.

Global litigation financiers planning to enter India

  • A Unit of Australia’s Omni Bridgeway and US Insurance broker Marsh Inc is looking to reach the Indian market by financing some of the world’s top litigation financiers for the of the legal costs of deduction disputes, officials said.
  • The concept of litigation finances ubiquitous in Austria, the UK, and the financier pay legal fees and the costs of business litigation, arbitration, or other fees for shareholder disputes, and in return receive a share of the prize from the settlement or victory.

US court closes 100 million lawsuits against PM Modi, Amit Shah

  • A US court has rejected a $100 million lawsuit against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah after they failed to appear in court after two hearings by the Kashmir Khalistan Association and two associates.
  • The lawsuit was filed on September 19, 2019, just days before Modi’s event in Houston, Texas.


Pramod Boro sworn in as the CEM of BTC, Assam

  • Pramod Boro is the former president of the All Bodo Students’ Union and the president of the United People’s Party Liberal which tied up with the BJP and Gana Suraksha Party.
  • He led the movement for carving a Bodoland State out of Assam for more than a decade.

JD(U) insisting on having equal number of berths in Bihar

  • The BJP has seven members in Bihar, including its Deputy Chief Ministers Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi, while the JD(U) has five members and the Hindustani Awam Morcha and the Vikasheel Insaan Party one each.
  • BJP sources told The Hindu that since the party had got the maximum number of seats (74) among the NDA constituents, it should get more berths in the Cabinet than the JD(U), which had got only 43 seats.

PM Modi visits Statue of Unity, Gujarat to pay tributes to Sardar Vallabhai Patel on his death anniversary

  • “The path shown by him will always inspire us to protect the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country,” the PM said in a tweet.
  • Patel had passed away in 1950.

Publication of “The Presidential Years” without Abhijit Mukherjee’s written consent

  • Abhijit Mukherjee, former Lok Sabha member and son of former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has demanded to see the manuscript of his father’s final volume of memoir.
  • The book is scheduled to be released in January.

AAP all set to contest elections in 2022 UP’s assembly elections because UP has been held back from progress: Arvind Kejriwal

  • Mr. Kejriwal, who is AAP’s national convener, slammed the political parties in Uttar Pradesh, accusing them of “dirty politics” and “corrupt” politicians.
  • He asserted that the AAP would instil honest intentions, and prove that governance is not restricted by resources.

PM Modi, Amit Shah and Lt. General Kanwaljeet Takes a Sigh of Relief as they Dodge a Lawsuit of $100 millions:-

  • On September 19, 2019, the decision of Parliament’s on removing special privilege of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and converting the state into 2 Union Territory was challenged in the US court.
  • But after the failure of the Representatives of Kashmir Khalistan Referendum Front in appearing at two Scheduled Hearing, the case was Dismissed.

Financial Budget Session to Come in January 2021, Winter Holidays for Parliament Members:-

  • In lieu of current situation of coronavirus in the country, especially in Delhi. The Winter Session of Parliament has been called off.
  • The Government is ready to take the budget session in January 2021 at the early as possible.

Rahul Gandhi Alleges Modi government to be the “best friends” with “Corny Capitalists” in his tweet:-

  • Rahul Gandhi in its tweet said, “For Modi Govt: Dissenting students are anti-nationals. Concerned citizen are Urban Naxals. Migrant Laborers are Covid Carriers. Rape victims are nobody. Protesting Farmers are Khalistani and crony capitalists are best friends.”
  • Mr. Gandhi alleges the government for always trying to turn the protests and demand of people into some other social or criminal issue rather than solving it.

Overseas Indians have to Wait More for Using Postal Ballots, as Govt. Needs More Consultation:-

  • Eligible Overseas Indians Voters should also be allowed to give vote in Indian elections; this proposal was made by the election commission to the government.
  • They have proposed to extent the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballet System (ETPBS) facility for overseas voters.
  • The government thinking about the proposal, decided to consult with all stakeholders before the last decision is taken.


Afghanistan: Kabul deputy governor killed in ‘sticky bomb’ attack on car

  • Mahboobullah Mohebi and his secretary both died on Tuesday when a device attached to their car exploded.
  • No group has yet said it was behind the attack.
  • It is the latest in a spate of killings in Afghanistan this month, including that of a government prosecutor who was shot dead while on his way to work.

Boris Johnson to visit India in bid to boots trade ties

  • International travel has been curtailed during his premiership by Covid-19.
  • The UK has said it is hoping to work towards a post-Brexit trade agreement with India after it formally leaves the EU’s trading regime at the end of the year.
  • The two countries have signed partnership agreements in recent years to boost ties in areas including life sciences, IT and the food and drink sectors.

Greenwich Council ordered to keep schools open

  • Greenwich Council had written to head teachers asking all schools to move classes online from Tuesday amid rising Covid-19 cases.
  • On Monday evening, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson ordered the south-east London council to keep schools open.
  • He said: “Using legal powers is a last resort but continuity of education is a national priority.”

Universal credit: ‘I felt guilty claiming benefits for the first time’

  • She had been working as a freelance actor, doing shifts front-of-house in a theatre and also working for an events company to make ends meet. But when lockdown hit, shifts dried up.
  • Rosalyn is now one of the 344,000 young women who are claiming unemployment benefits. the Office for National Statistics, that number more than doubled between March and November – with the second biggest percentage rise among any age group.

Malawi minister approves extradition of Bushiris to SA

  • Malawi’s Homeland Security Minister, Richard Banda, has signed extradition papers for fugitive pastor Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary
  • This follows an extradition request from neighbouring South Africa where the couple is wanted to face charges of money laundering and fraud.


Swiggy, Uber, Zomato none, while Urban Business is most ‘reasonable’ for contract workers in working conditions: study

  • Urban Company noticed that India’s leading unicorn and big internet firms had better work conditions than others.
  • Amazon Transportation Services (ATS), Ola, Big Basket, House joy, were placed at the bottom of Amazon’s logistics operation. The worst for their ‘partners’ were found to be Swiggy, Uber, and Zomato.
  • This year, 11 such platforms from sectors such as domestic and personal care services, logistics, food delivery, and transportation were evaluated.
  • The report focused on five areas of fair platform work, such as Fair Pay, Fair Conditions, Fair Conditions and Fair Platforms.

Facebook says that micromanaging every single post is not the best regulatory strategy to combat hate speech

  • For failing to do enough to curb the threat of fake news and hate speech on its platform, Facebook has often come under fire.
  • The commitment of Facebook to providing its 2.5 billion users with an open, neutral and non-partisan” platform means it could be easier said than done to filter out content.
  • Clegg said there should be no regulatory approach so stringent that it “impedes the way the international economy now relies on”.
  • In the past, Facebook has been criticized for how posts in India are managed. With 400 million users, India is one of the company’s biggest markets.

The Stand-up India scheme of PM Modi nears 1 lakh loan penalties; up almost 8 percent in FY21 so far

  • Stand-up India has sanctioned 98,454 loan applications so far for PM Modi’s scheme to encourage entrepreneurship and self-employment. From 91,319 applications sanctioned as of March 10, 2020, this is 7.8 per cent up.
  • There are currently 305 lenders in the scheme and over 1.46 lakh bank branches linked to it. The extension of the scheme to 2025 was announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

BPCL to consider purchasing a share in Bintang refinery in Oman Oil

  • The BPCL board would also consider combining itself with Bharat Gas Resources Ltd (BGRL).
  • BPCL has an interest of 63.68 percent in Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd (BORL).
  • A proposal for in-principle’ approval will be considered on 17 December by the company board.
  • This would amount to the acquisition of OQ S.A.O.C. of 88.8 crore equity shares.


Australia still the number one Test side, ahead of NZ on decimal points,clarifies ICC

  • The ICC has clarified that Australia are still the number one Test team, adding that they are ahead of New Zealand on decimal points.
  • This comes after their official website showed both Australia and New Zealand having 116 rating points.

Latest rankings for Test batsmen announced, 3 Indians in top 10

  • New Zealand captain Kane Williamson dropped one place to be ranked third, while Team India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane jumped one place to enter into the top 10.
  • Rahane (tenth), Cheteshwar Pujara (seventh) and Virat Kohli (second) are the three Indians in the top 10.

Pele, Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo part of Ballon d’Or Dream Team

  • France Football announced the Ballon d’Or Dream 11 which included Pele, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Xavi, Lothar Matthaus, Pele and Maradona complete the midfield.
  • Russia’s Lev Yashin was named the goalkeeper.

Fans not allowed for football matches in London again due to COVID-19 spike

  • Football fans will be missing out on watching matches at stadiums in London because of Tier 3 of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Around 2 weeks ago, up to 2,000 fans were being allowed into football matches for the first time since March.

NZ inflict innings defeat on Windies, clinch series 2-0

  • New Zealand defeated West Indies by an innings and 12 runs in second Test to register a 2-0 whitewash in the two-match Test series.
  • With this, NZ jumped to the third spot on the World Test Championship points table, with 62.5% points earned.


New study state injury to axon can stop neuron growth

  • A recent study led by researchers from the University of California – San Diego, has claimed that injury to axons can lead to severe neurodegenerative conditions like glaucoma and Alzheimer and also suggested ways to protect it for encouraging neuron growth.
  • Researchers know that this injury could result in neuronal impairment and cell death.
  • They have also discovered that inhibiting an enzyme called Dual Leucine zipper Kinase (DLK) appears to robustly protect neurons in a wide range of neurodegenerative disease models, and axonal regeneration.

SC has permitted qualified AYUSH doctors to prescribe immunity boosters for Covid patients

  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that qualified AYUSH doctors can prescribe government-approved tablets or mixtures as immunity boosters for Covid-19 patients as per the directions in the March 6 order of the Ministry.
  • The order of the apex court was passed on an appeal filed against the August 21 decision of the Kerala High Court holding that AYUSH doctors shall not prescribe tablets or mixtures as cures for Covid-19, but only as immunity boosters.
  • The Kerala High Court had ordered that alternative medicine such as homoeopathy, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and naturopathy be used to enhance immunity to resist the disease.

More US government agencies have been hacked, stated SolarWinds Orion

  • A growing number of US government agencies have been targeted in a sophisticated hack. 
  • The US Treasury and departments of homeland security, state, defence and commerce were attacked
  • The UK’s intelligence agency GCHQ is currently monitoring the situation and has described the compromises as “serious events”. 
  • Many suspect the Russian government is responsible for the attack, but it denied the claims as “baseless”.

New rules under EU Digital Service Act to be brought in for tech giants

  • The European Union is set to unveil new rules it says will “overhaul” the digital market, including how tech giants operate. 
  • They are expected to be the biggest revision in 20 years, focusing on competition and making platforms responsible for hosted content.
  • One key part of the legislation is expected to address the dominance of big players such as Google and Facebook – which tend to be US-based.

Scientists set to investigate frozen giant, A68a iceberg

  • The 3,900-sq-km behemoth is currently drifting offshore of the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia where it threatens to run aground. 
  • If that happens it could make life extremely difficult for the wildlife haven’s penguins and seals as they go about foraging for fish and krill.
  • They’ll use robotic underwater vehicles and sampling instruments to see how the frozen mass is influencing its environment.

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