Prolawctor Daily Current Affairs Insights | 12 December 2020
Prolawctor Daily Current Affairs Insights
Bharatiya Kisan union moves Supreme Court
- A plea was filed by Tiruchi siva, Member of parliament challenging three farm acts that provoked protest across nation.
- The Application challenges the three new Farm Laws – The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020),the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
- It was contended that the act “Will Lead To Farmers Being At The Mercy Of Corporates”.
‘In the name of love jihad’ challenged by Allahabad High Court
- A writ petition has been filed before the Allahabad High Court challenging the constitutional validity of the UP Government’s controversial Ordinance against the love jihad.
- Chief minister even mentioned the single bench judgment of Priyanshi and Kum Shamreen and another v State of UP which observed that religious conversion just for the sake of marriage was invalid.
- It was contended that policing powers over a citizen’s choice of life-partner or religion” and thus, militate against the fundamental rights to individual autonomy, privacy, human dignity and personal liberty guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.
RTI on Prime minister foreign trip
- Right to Information application was filed by Mr. Bharat for seeking information about the Prime Minister Foreign trip. The Central Information commission CIC directed the Air force to disclose the regarding information.
- Against this order, the Air force India moves Supreme court where single bench of Justice Navin Chawla granted interim stay to the Indian Air Force on its petition against an order dated July 8, 2020, directing the CPIO.
- The decision was made on the grounds of the security apparatus of the Prime Minister of India which cannot be brought in public domain for safety and security reasons.
“You cannot expect judiciary to take all the roles” says Supreme court
- A public interest litigation was filled in the apex court which seeks to prohibit money laundering, corruption, benami prohibition etc.
- “Eradicate poverty, clean up the country and all… The Petitioner has done good work, but this is only a publicity interest litigation. The judiciary could not be expected take over all roles and the Constitution did not encompass such a situation”, says Justice Kaul.
- On hearing these prayers, A Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul heard the submissions of Senior Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan and directed the plea to be dismissed as withdrawn, with the liberty to approach the Law Commission seeking recommendations on law reforms.
Supreme Court states breach of judgement would lead to Anarchy
- In 2018, the supreme court held that it is mandatory that there should be a person who have the qualification of district judge , should be appointed as a member of Central Electricity Regulatory Commission [CERC].
- The contempt petition was filled against the non appointment of a law member to the commission.
- Expressing its anguish, the court observed that the ‘Government does not seem to be interested in coming to the aid of the consumers or making the Commission functional, which is not an unusual scenario seeing the functioning of the other Tribunals and Commissions, on account of lack of appointment to deal with this matter’.
No t-shirt, jeans or slippers: dress code set up by Maharashtra government for govt. employees
- A circular issued on December 8 stated that all government employees must wear khadi clothes at least on Fridays to encourage the use of handspun.
- Jeans and t-shirt may mean stress-free wear for some, but they are no longer suitable `office attire’ for government employees in Maharashtra.
- Women employees can wear sarees, salwars/chudidars kurtas, trouser pants and shirts along with dupattas if necessary.
Paddy procurement limit for farmers raised by Bihar govt.
- Amid the protests in Delhi over the new farm legislations, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has increased limit of paddy procurement from 200 quintals to 250 quintals for land-owning farmers.
- He also ensured that farmers registered with the Agriculture Department be automatically deemed eligible for paddy procurement by the Primary Agriculture Credit Society (PACS) at the Minimum Support Price (MSP).
- Officials were asked to ensure adequate storage capacity in all the districts for storing the procured paddy.
- Paddy procurement is expected to be very high this year because of a good harvest in the Bihar.
Two Delhi-based companies booked by CBI for bank fraud
- The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked two Delhi-based companies and their top functionaries in separate cases involving bank loans of over ₹50 crore.
- Two companies are named as Gee Cee Corporation Private Limited and Marketing Times Automobile Private Limited.
Ministries asked by NHRC to take steps to prevent trafficking
- The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday said it had issued an advisory to the government on measures to be taken to prevent human trafficking in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The NHRC said the vulnerable were falling prey to traffickers due to the “limited access to shelters and support structures for life and livelihood”.
- The Commission added that the Women and Child Development Ministry had reportedly received 27 lakh distress calls from March till August and had intervened in 1.92 lakh cases, of which at least 32,700 were related to trafficking, child marriage, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, forced begging and cyber crimes.
Sero- survey showed, 24.19% of Punjab’s population has been infected by COVID-19
- A total of 24.19% of Punjab’s population has been infected by COVID-19, according to the second sero-survey conducted in 12 districts of the State.
- Hussan Lal, State Health Secretary, informed a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh that a total of 4,678 participants were interviewed and their blood samples collected.
- Of these, 1,201 tested IgG reactive, of which only 4.03% were symptomatic and 95.9% were asymptomatic.
21% Emissions intensity achieved by India
- Javedkar, says, that throughout the years and reduction of 35% Emissions has been achieved.
- The union environment minister Prakash Javedkar, announced the memorandum of association on Thursday.
Decision pending on exams, says education minister
- Ramesh pokhriyal said, that the exam and its dates are yet to be decided for classes 10th and 12th.
- It is informed that the decision would be announced after consulting all stakeholders.
Delhi-based companies caught for fraud
- The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has caught two companies from Delhi in case of fraud.
- The companies has done fraud of more than 50 crore rupees.
USFDA authorises Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it authorized the use of Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.
The first inoculations expected within days, marking a turning point in the United States where the pandemic has killed more than 2,92,000 people.
Legendary South Korean director Kim Ki-duk dies in Latvia
- South Korean director Kim Ki-duk, who won the top award at the Venice Film Festival in 2012.
- The Baltic News Service cited Latvia-based Russian documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky, president of an international documentary film festival in Riga as saying Kim died after falling ill with Covid-19.
- His age was 59.
China authorities detain Bloomberg news assistant
- U.S financial news service Bloomberg said on Friday that Chinese authorities have detained one of its Beijing-based news assistants.
- The authorities said they suspicion of endangering national security.
World carbon dioxide emissions drop 7% in pandemic-hit 2020
- A locked-down pandemic struck world cut its carbon dioxide emissions this year by 7%, the biggest drop ever.
- Scientists say this drop is mainly because people are staying home, travelling less by car and plane.
- The drop was from 40.1 billion US tons to 37 billion US tons.
BSE launches e-agriculture spot market platform
- BSE (formerly known as Bombay Stock Exchange) launches an electronic spot platform for agricultural commodities through a subsidiary of BSE Investment Limited.
- BSE E-Agricultural Markets Limited (BEM) will act as a national market, institutional, electronic, transparent commodity spot trading platform to create a single market for the PM, the BSE said on Friday.
Shares of Voltas Ltd fell 0.85% percent after the Nifty fell
- Voltas NSE-1.15% Ltd. Shares of 0.85 percent down at Rs.807.4, on Friday morning around 1: 4 9. The BSE Sensex rose by 187.25 points to 46147.13.
- As many as 24,442 shares traded at a total value of Rs 1.98 crore.
The most popular stock in India, Adani Green Energy, has lesser-known FPIs
- MUMBAI: The world’s most expensive stock – in terms of traditional parameters of price and value of income – is an Indian clean energy company listed just two years ago.
- At the close of trading on Thursday, Adani Green Energy NSE has a net worth of Rs 2,600 crore, up 0.46% from Rs 1,62 lakh crore.
Apple Paul employees are expected to work from home by June 2021, said CEO Tim Cook
- Apple Paul Inc. employees are expected to continue working from home until June next year. According to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., stated that “it looks like most of the team will not return before June 2020.”
- Cook briefed employees at the Virtual Town Hall meeting about the company’s outline, on Thursday, according to a report in Bloomberg.
Airbnb’s valuation in the largest U.S. IPO in 2020 went beyond 100 billion
- Shares of Airbnb Company made their debut in the stock market on Thursday.
- A great year to evaluate and stockpile investment technology for a 10 billion home rental firm in the largest U.S. initial public offering (IPO) of 2020.
Pak Captain Babar Azam’s ex-classmate, who accused him of rape, alleges murder attempt
- Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s ex-classmate, who accused the cricketer of sexually and financially abusing her for 10 years, has filed a police complaint alleging a murder attempt.
- She claimed armed men open fired at her vehicle.
Dravid had already kept in 73 ODIs: More reveals why MSD was picked in Team India
- Former BCCI selector Kiran More has revealed the circumstances in which MS Dhoni was picked for Team India for the first time.
- Kiran More revealed that they selected Dhoni to give Rahul Dravid some respite.
Parthiv Patel joins Mumbai Indians as a talent scout a day after retirement
- Parthiv Patel, the former India and Gujarat wicketkeeper joined IPL defending champions Mumbai Indians as a talent scout.
- Parthiv, who featured in 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and two T20Is for India, had announced his retirement, ending his 18 year playing career.
Green ruled out of practice match after being hit on head while bowling
- Australia all-rounder Cameron Green has been substituted out of the second practice match between India A and Australia A with a concussion after being hit on the head while bowling.
- The 21-year old was likely to debut against India in the first Test, starting December 17.
Bumrah smashes 1st ever fifty of his career, video of guard of honour goes viral
- Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah today smashed the first-ever fifty of his playing career.
- The 27-year old hit an unbeaten 55 off 57 deliveries in a practice match against Australia A.
- Prior to this, his highest score was 42 not out, which he had scored in a List A match.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, MEDICINE AND TECHNOLOGY
At the Indo-Nepal border, tracker dogs were forced into operation to search illegal crossovers from Nepal
- The Sashastra Seema Bal has pressed tracker dogs into service at the Indo-Nepal border to check attempts by anti-social elements to cross over illegally.
- SSB patrolling teams were told to notify villagers in the border areas if they observed any illegal entry from Nepal into Indian territory.
- In the nearby border villages of Jhoola Ghat, Gethigara, Simpani, Taleswar, Kharktari.
Start-up initiative of the Defence Ministry takes wing; drones, ammunition project established
- The Defense Ministry’s initiative to promote start-ups to bring creative solutions to military problems has taken hold, with crucial projects, including a swarm drone system and smart loitering bombs, listed this year for production and induction into forces.
- Given the current threat on the eastern frontier, both ventures, identified after a challenge in which start-ups and technology companies around the nation participated, are crucial.
It’s difficult to prove ‘: Why Facebook antitrust cases face obstacles
- Lawmakers and public interest groups applauded Facebook’s decision to split up.
- Lawmakers call Facebook’s acquisitions of nascent rivals “anti-competitive” Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., calls the lawsuits “a necessity”
- Prosecutors must show Facebook bought Instagram and WhatsApp to kill off the competition.
- They must also argue that consumers and the social media market would have been better off without the mergers.
Covid: Trials to test the combination of vaccines for Oxford and Sputnik
- Mixing two similar vaccines could lead to a stronger human immune response. Research to be performed in Russia would include over-18s.
- The majority of individuals who took part in the study were younger than 55.
- Data indicates that it can decrease Covid’s spread and protect against disease and death.
- The jab for emergency use is being considered by regulators.
Climate change: 700 years of wind history documented in the mud of the island
- Westerly wind strength and latitude are closely related to temperature.
- If the atmosphere warms, the wind will possibly intensify and travel poleward.
- Proof was collected in mud at the bottom of a small lake in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean on Marion Island.
- The location of their core belt is linked to the capacity of drought and wildfire on southern land masses.