Prolawctor Daily Current Affairs Insights | 15 January, 2021

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Farmers’ protests: Bhupinder Singh Mann recuses himself from Supreme Court panel on farm laws

  • Bhupinder Singh Mann, has recused himself from the Supreme Court-instituted 4-member committee of experts formed to study the farm laws and discuss farmers’ apprehensions on the said laws.
  • A former MP and national president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union and chairman of the All India Kisan Coordination Committee.

Markandey Katju writes to PM Modi: Repeal farm laws now, prevent violence on Republic Day

  • Former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeal the four laws in a bid to prevent the violence that might ensue on January 26 in the wake of farmers’ tractor rally.
  • The farmers’ protest against the Centre’s three laws entered the 50th day on Thursday.

Remember Varavara Rao’s age, health, Bombay High Court reminds lawyers

  • The Bombay High Court has asked lawyers appearing in the bail plea of Bhima Koregaon case accused Dr Varavara Rao that they should adopt a humanitarian approach while arguing their case in view of Dr. Rao’s deteriorating health and advanced age.

Amid WhatsApp privacy concerns, the draft Data Protection Bill comes to mind

  • The Data Protection Bill has been in the pipeline for a couple of years and it is a mystery when it will become an Act.
  • Justice BN Srikrishna had led the committee that drafted the Personal Data Protection Bill.
  • An insight into the Bill and an analysis of it based on an interaction with the esteemed judge throws more light on the Bill.

Supreme Court to hear Jamiat, AASU plea against Assam NRC coordinator’s notification on final list

  • The Supreme Court has agreed to consider the petition on behalf of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH) and the All Assam Students Union (AASU).
  • Against the notification issued by the National Register of Citizenship Coordinator of Assam Hitesh Dev Sarma to delete the names of ineligible persons in the final list.


PM Modi Announces to Start the Vaccination Drive from January 16

  • Prime Minister is all set to launch the Covid-19 vaccination program from January 16 says the Union Health Minister.
  • A Digital Platform will also be launched named Co-WIN which will provide a digital platform in order to monitor the distribution and delivery of the vaccine.

Two Cousins Faked their Kidnapping in Delhi

  • Nadeem and Aftaab belongs to Delhi, they’re 22 years old cousins, who got inspired by the web series named Breathe: Into the Shadows and faked their own kidnapping.
  • They faked Nadeem’s kidnapping and asked for Rs. 2 Lakh from their own parents as ransom in order to earn few extra money.

Archie Singh a Transmodel to Reach International Pegeant

  • Miss International Trans 2021 is to be held at Columbia, Miss Archie Singh a 22 year old Transmodel will be representing India in the competition.
  • She entered the modelling career at the young age of 19 years and in 3 years she is already having a short list of achievement which has helped her to land on an International Platform.

Delhi CM Allows Ghaziabad Poultry Market to Reopen

  • Ghaziabad poultry market gets reopened after receiving directions from the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal which was ordered to be closed earlier amid Avian Flu.
  • After testing 100 samples which resulted negative for bird flu as noted by a senior official of Delhi Animal Husbandry Unit, it is confirmed that there is no bird flu in Delhi’s Chicken.

National President of BKU refuses to be in the Committee Appointed by Supreme Court

  • Bhupinder Singh Maan, is a former Rajya Sabha MP and also the National President of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) which is one of the biggest organization to lead the farmer’s protest.
  • The Supreme Court with a motive to resolve the farmer’s bill issue constituted a 4-member committee and included Mr. Bhupinder who refused the proposal.

Polio National Immunisation Day rescheduled to Jan 31

  • Due to countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive to be rolled out.
  • Rescheduled polio vaccination day, known as National Immunisation Day (NID) on January 31.

Farmers’ Unions To Intensify Stir, Protests To Continue Beyond Jan 26: AIKS

  • Farmers’ unions decided to further intensify their protests demanding the repeal of the three agriculture laws.
  • Have refused to attend any meeting with a committee set up by Supreme Court to seek a solution.

Republic Day: No foreign head of state as chief guest, first in 55 year

  • Due to prevailing Covid-19 Centre decided against any chief guest for Republic Day event.
  • First time in 55 years not going to have any chief guest for the Republic Day parade.

Budget session to begin from January 29, Union Budget on Feb 1

  • Budget Session will commence on January 29 and the Union Budget will be presented on February 1.
  • Session is likely to conclude by April 8, with a recess of 20 days between February 15 and March 8.

Bangladesh: Fire destroys hundreds of homes in Rohingya refugee camp

  • More than 550 homes sheltering about 3,500 people as well as 150 shops were destroyed in the fire.
  • No serious injuries reported, the cause of fire was not immediately known.


Canada grants asylum to several Hong Kong activists

  • According to a statement posted by the New Hong Kong Cultural Club, this makes Canada the “very first nation” to acknowledge the individuals who claimed refugee status in light of their protest against the law.
  • A few Hong Kong activists who protested the controversial security law forced by Beijing have been granted asylum in Canada, as indicated by a support group.

On return to Russia, Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny may face 3.5 years jail

  • Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is on a national wanted list for purportedly violating the conditions of a suspended prison sentence and risks being imprisoned for three and a half years when he returns to Russia this end of the week.
  • The Kremlin denies involvement in his poisoning, said it has seen no evidence that he was poisoned.
  • Navalny said the original case against him was exaggerated and that he was in Germany at the time being treated as an outpatient for his poisoning so couldn’t report in.

Watchdog hammers French inside ministry for illicit drone patrols amid lockdown

  • French data privacy watchdog CNIL said on Thursday it had denounced the Interior Ministry for the unlawful utilization of robots to ensure individuals were respecting the COVID-19 lockdown.
  • The regulator said in a statement it has issued a call to order against the ministry.
  • CNIL said that to date, no law permits the ministry to use drones with cameras catching pictures on which individuals can be recognized.

Australia calls out Google for ‘experiment’ blocking some news sites

  • Australia asked Google on Thursday to “focus around paying for unique content, not blocking it” after the internet giant said it was running tests that limit access to domestic news content.
  • After media reports said Australian news sites were not appearing in searches, Google confirmed it was running vague tests comparable to news media.

Held responsible for Capitol riot, Donald Trump becomes first US President to be impeached twice

  • President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for the historic 2nd time on January 13, accused of “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol.
  • With the Capitol secured by the National Guard troops all around, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Mr. Trump.


Bird flu : Top hatcheries see 15-25% impact on sales

  • With consumers refusing to bite into chicken from open markets due to the bird flu scare, top hatcheries across India have witnessed a 15-25% impact on sales.
  • “Last week, the impact was greater, to the tune of around 30%,”said B Sounda Rajan, chairman & MD of Coimbatore-based Suguna Holdings, one of the largest poultry companies in India.

Government set to order closure of Scooters India and Bharat Pumps

  • Having failed to find suitors for two ailing public sector companies – Scooters India and Bharat Pumps and Compressors the government is finally set to wind up the two entities headquartered in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Brand name would be sold through a separate transaction.

Aakash edu says founders to stay post Byju’s deal

  • Test prep firm Aakash Educational Services has said it is in talks with online education platform Byju’s for a ‘strong partnership’, indicating it is in the middle of an acquisition deal.
  • Chaudhry family and founders-JC Chaudhry and Aakash Chaudhry — will remain ‘committed’ and ‘continue to run’ Aakash along with its management team.

Paytm invests $100m in wealth management business

  • Paytm is allocating an investment of around $100 million for its digital financial service platform Paytm Money, where one can invest in stocks, mutual funds and other financial products.
  • It allows investments in stocks, direct mutual funds, ETE IPO, NPS, and digital gold that has around six million users presently.

Luxury cars skid, clock lowest sales since 2010

  • The luxury car market in India is shrinking fast, and has even gone below the numbers that touched nearly a decade back.
  • Hit hard by corona woes, economic downturn and high taxes, the sale of highly-aspirational cars from companies such as Mercedes Benz, Audi, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover slipped to an estimated 21,400 units in 2020, a 37% decline over the near 34,000 units sold in 2019.


EPL:  Man United’s title aspirations set for Anfield acid test

  • Belief s growing that Manchester United are on the cusp of reclaiming their place in the English football as the preeminent force.
  • Since Alex Ferguson’s glittering dynasty ended with his retirement in 2013, they are top of the Premier League table for the for the first time.

Gautam Gambhir feels that overworked Jasprit Bumrah should be given a breather during England series

  • Gautam Gambhir believes the Indian team management should take care of its pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah.
  • He feels that Bumrah should be given a break in the upcoming home series against England as it would be unfair to force him to play in all matches starting from February 5 in Chennai.

Due to COVID-19 concerns Aston Villa vs Everton postponed

  • The Premier League stated that the Aston Villa’s home match against Everton has been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak at the Midlands club.
  • After 14 positive cases of coronavirus were reported at the club, Villa’s entire first-team squad and support staff have been in isolation since last week.

Japan minister stated that decision on holding delayed Olympic Games ‘could go either way’

  • A Japanese Cabinet minister stated that the once-delayed Tokyo Olympics may not go ahead this summer as planned as the COVID-19 pandemic rages.
  • Taro Kano stated that the host needs to be ready for anything and the moment the best they can do is prepare for the games but it could go either way.

Gurjit stated that Indian women hockey team working on PC conversion and defence

  • Drag flicker, Gurjit Kaur stated that women hockey team is paying more attention to penalty corner conversion and defence ahead of it clash against formidable Argentina, as it gears up for first International assignment in a year.
  • The eight-match tour by the Indian team will begin against the world number two side on Sunday. 


Army officer develops ‘microcopter’ for tracking terrorists inside Buildings

  • An Indian Army officer has indigenously developed a ‘microcopter’ which can be used by the Army to carry out serveillance inside a building or room in which terrorists are hiding.
  • The ‘microcopter’ has been developed by Lieutenant Colonel GYK Reddy.
  • The trials of the ‘microcopter’ have been successfully carried out by a Para Special Forces battalion in Jammu and Kashmir.

Vietnam emerging as low-cost manufacturing hub in Asia: EIU report

  • Vietnam is emerging as low-cost manufacturing hub in Asia supply chains, beating China and India in certain Indicators, according to Economist Intelligence Unit’s report. 
  • Vietnam scored six out of 10 in FDI policy while India and China scored 5.5 each.
  • India scored 5.5 in foreign trade and exchange controls, while Vietnam scored 7.3 and China 6.4 .

DRDO, Indian Army develop indigenous machine pistol ASMI

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation and the Indian Army have Jointly developed India’s first indigenous machine pistol, ASMI.
  • As per DRDO, it is capable of firing at a distance of 100 metres and will replace the 9mm pistols used by the defence forces.
  • The machine pistol was displayed at the Indian Army’s innovation display event.

Shouldn’t be an iota of doubt about Covaxin’s safety : ICMR scientist

  • ICMR scientist Dr. Samiran panda said, there should not be an iota of apprehension about its safety.
  • The vaccine that India has developed presents to the immune system a wide array of antigens, so the immunity after Vaccination is expected to address the mutants as well.

Bolivia signs deal with India’s Serum Institute for 50L vaccine doses

  • The Bolivian government has signed a contract with Serum Institute of India for the supply of 50 lakh doses of Astra zeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Bolivian President Luis Arce said the first 10 lakh AstraZeneca doses will arrive in Bolivia in April.
  • The Drugs Controller General of India approved the Covishield vaccine for emergency use in India on January 3.

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