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Chandigarh district Court issues bailable warrant against Punjab former deputy CM
- Chandigarh High Court bailable warrant against former deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal defamation case.
- president of Akhand Kirtani Jatha file criminal defamation case against Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Supreme court Uttar Pradesh government decision raising cut-off marks of Shiksha Mitras
- Supreme Court rejected the brief filed by UP Shikha Mitra association in connection with the case related to the recruitment of around 69,000 assistant teachers in UP.
- The bench of Supreme Court, in its judgement granted one last chance to Shikha Mitra to complete in respective examination.
Delhi High Court : no chhath puja celebration at public place due to covid-19
- The high court dismissed a plea challenging the order of the Dennis disaster management authority of not following chhath puja celebration at public place outbreak of covid-19 pandemic.
- A divisional bench comprising justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad stated: “if we give permission for such public gathering, it will act as a super spread of covid-19”.
Supreme Court reserves order on Tej Bahadur’s plea against paper to contest against Narendra Modi
- Supreme Court reserves the order on Bahadur’s please challenging Allahabad High Court verdict which had dismissed his election petition against the poll panel’s decision to reject his nominal papers.
- Whether his nomination was rightly or wrongly rejected by the election commission (EC) depends on his eligibility said Supreme Court.
To pave way to legalize abortion, Thailand approved legislations
- To pave the way to legalize abortion in the Southeast Asian nation, the amending of existing laws has been approved by Thailand’s cabinet.
- The change in law is aimed at allowing women to seek and have abortions up to 12 weeks into their pregnancy.
- Termination of pregnancy is not at all allowed by the existing laws, unless woman’s life is at risk or the pregnancy is a result of rape. This was found to be restriction on women’s rights by the cabinet.
- It is expected that by February 12 next year, the changed law will come into effect.
Concerns over violence against women in Pakistan, raised by EU parliamentarians
- Following a brutal motorway rape case in Lahore, concerns regarding cases of violence against women in Pakistan is raised by various Members of European Parliament (MEP).
- The ‘motorway case’, was reported by several media outlets. Here a woman in front of her children was sexually assaulted on the highway in Lahore. An international outcry was caused due to victim-blaming the woman by Lahore capital city police.
- Josep Borrell, the Vice-President of the Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, was asked by the parliamentarians whether he condemned the cases of sexual violence in Pakistan.
China’s rise warned by North American forum
- A handbook (China vs. Democracy: The Greatest Game) for democracies has been issued by North America’s leading strategic and security forum.
- The handbook is for democracies aiming at understanding the challenges posed by China to them. Supporting the inclusion of India in the sixth permanent member of the UN Security Council is also recommended.
- It is also the major topic of discussion at the 2020 edition of Halifax International Security Forum. Feedbacks from about 250 global leaders, form the basis of this handbook.
The US is to withdraw 2,500 troops from both countries i.e. Afghanistan and Iraq:
- The US government on Tuesday announced that the number of American troops stationed in Afghanistan will be cut by half by mid-January.
- By January 15, five days before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the US, the number of American forces in Afghanistan will come down from the current level of 5,000 to 2,500.
- The number of soldiers in Iraq will also be reduced, from the existing 3,000 to 2,500.
Thailand is seeking to rewrite the Constitution:
- Thai lawmakers are voting on possible changes to the country’s constitution and the role of the monarchy.
- The move comes a day after Thailand saw its most violent anti-government protests since July.
- The latest unrest come as lawmakers in the capital were voting on potential changes to Thailand’s constitution.
- The youth-led protest movement is seeking to rewrite the constitution and expel leader turned Prime Minister Pratyuth Chan-Ocha ,as well as reform the role of the monarchy.
- Voting was taking place on Wednesday by the 487 members of parliament and 245 senators.
- It is expected to last several hours. Constitutional changes require a joint vote of both houses and any motions that pass will need second and third votes in at least a month’s time, which was confirmed in a report.
BJP MLA arrested protest march for Palghar lynching
- On Wednesday, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Ram Kadam and his followers have been detained in Khar Police Station when they were planning protest with a view to demand CBI probe in Palghar lynching case in which two monks and driver were beaten till death by a mob based on their suspicion that they were kidnappers.
- MLA Ram Kadam and his supporters were ready to ask for CBI probe with their banners and placards and were planning to light diyas at the place where the monks and driver was lynched.
Poet-Activist Varavara Rao will be shifted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai
- In response to a plea made by wife, Bombay High Court stated that Activist Varavara Rao who was arrested in Bhima – Koregaon case would be shifted to Nanavati hospital from Taloja Jail.
- Senior Lawyer Indira Jaising on his behalf argued that he has suffered head injuries while he was in JJ Hospital for Coronavirus. She also said that he is completely bed ridden, has no medical assistance and has been in same catheter since three months.
Post Brexit British firms approaches India for customs works
- There has been numerous jobs opportunities for Indian citizen’s post-Brexit as United Kingdom companies are approaching several countries with a view to get cheap overseas labour for completing their post-Brexit customs work.
- Expecting increase in demand of services, Britain aims to find ways to be ready for the bureaucracy wave that would hit whenever the commerce between U.K. and its trading partner will subject them to paperwork.
800 beds rail coaches to Delhi for treatment of Coronavirus by Home Ministry
- In a decision of high level meeting headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, 45 doctors and 160 paramedics from the paramilitary force are set to arrive in Delhi for Covid duty. Additionally, the railways will also provide 800 beds coaches to Delhi to use them as isolation and care facility.
- Further, Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also stated that Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has decided to add 250 more ICU beds in the existing one thus creating 35 BIPAP beds.
ADR Report : Criminal cases against 7 more leaders in Nitish cabinet
- 8 out of 14 leaders in Nitish cabinet have criminal cases registered against them.
- Among those among those 8, 6 declared with serious criminal cases against them.
- However, new Bihar Education Minister Mewalal Chaudhary remains under the charges of corruption.
- “An absconding accused in corruption case has been made education minister”, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav tweeted.
Delhi : Tractor Yatra took out by Congress leaders to counter Farm Laws
- The ‘kisan Adhikar tractor Yatra’ started from Kanjhawla in North West Delhi and later stopped by police at Qutubgarh.
- Delhi Congress President said, “The anti-farm Bill passed by parliament will hurt and weaken peasants in the country”.
- Peasants apprehended that, the new laws will destroy the agriculture product market committee and allow third party to arm twist them.
- But, according to the Government Agri laws will benefit the farmers and usher in new technology in farming.
Ladakh : Indian Army completes establishment of Modern Habitat for Jawans
- “In order to ensure operational efficiency of troops deployed in winters, Indian Army has completed establishment of habitat facilities all troops deployed in the sector”, the Army said.
- The region experience temperature dipping to minus 40° Celsius
- “The additional state-of-the arts habitats with integrated arrangements for electricity, water, heating facilities, health & hygiene have been recently created to accommodate the troops”, the Army added.
‘Marathi belongs to us too’, Yediyurappa responds to Ajit Pawar’s statement
- CM Yediyurappa has retaliated by a controversial statement issued by Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar.
- Yediyurappa said, “Marathi speaking people are just like Kannadigas. They too belong to us. Maharashtra Development Authority has been formed for their development. Statement is just to trigger unwanted controversy”.
- Yediyurappa also urges Pawar not to make such statements.
Supply of mining equipment L&T bags order from Tata Steel
- Larsen & Toubro on Wednesday said it has bagged one of its major orders from Tata Steel to supply 46 units of mining equipment.
- The scope of order for L&T’s construction and mining equipment business includes supply of equipment and full maintenance contract for 60,000 hours of equipment operation.
- Twenty six of these 46 units will be deployed at Tata Steel’s iron ore mines at Joda, Noamundi and Khondbond in Odisha, while 20 units of Komatsu 100-ton dump trucks will be deployed at the steel firm’s West Bokaro coal mines in Jharkhand.
To buy government stake in BPCL , Vedanta puts in expression of interest
- Vedanta puts in expression of interest to buy government stake in BPCL.
- Vedanta says expression of interest for buying govt’s nearly 53% stake in BPCL is exploratory in nature.
- The government on Monday received ‘multiple’ bids for buying out its stake in India’s second-biggest fuel retailer.
- The government had at the close of bidding stated that “multiple” EoIs had been received. It, however, did not reveal the identity of the bidders.
Walmart: Monthly active users for Flipkart, PhonePe at ‘all-time high’
- Flipkart and payment app PhonePe have seen a strong quarter on the back of ‘Big Billion Days’ sale.
- In India, Flipkart and PhonePe have seen a strong quarter, with monthly active users (MAUs) being on an all-time high for the platforms,” said Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Walmart Inc on an earnings call.
- Flipkart’s subsidiary PhonePe is working towards turning profitable by 2022, and going public by 2023, Mint first reported on 22 April.
Sensex jumps 227 pts to end above 44,000-mark for 1st time; Nifty tops 12,900
- Equity benchmark Sensex tumbled 171 points on Wednesday, tracking losses in index heavyweights HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Infosys amid weak cues from Asian peers.
- After slumping 430.09 points during the day, the 30-share BSE index recovered some lost ground and ended 171.43 points or 0.45 per cent lower at 38,193.92.
- SBI was the top loser in the Sensex pack.
- Tata Steel, Reliance Industries, IndusInd Bank, Sun Pharma and Asian Paints were among the gainers.
Reviewing investment in Indian business by AirAsia Group
- Indicating possible exit, Malaysia’s AirAsia Group Berhad on Tuesday said it is reviewing its investment in low-cost carrier AirAsia India, which has been ‘draining cash’ and causing much financial stress.
- AirAsia India — a joint venture between AirAsia Investment Ltd and Tata Sons that started operations more than six years ago — has been facing headwinds for quite some time.
- AirAsia Group expressed confidence of returning stronger, more robust and faster than many competitors in this new world of travel.
ICC, CGF disclose Qualifying process for women’s cricket event in 2022 CWG
- Six highest placed teams in the ICC rankings will get a direct qualification in the 2022 commonwealth games women’s T20 championship.
- Women’s cricket will be a part of the commonwealth games for the first time.
- Commonwealth games 2022 to is going to take place in England from April 1 in Edgbaston.
- India’s women’s team is currently placed third in the ICC standings behind England.
- The remaining one place will be allocated to the winner of the commonwealth games qualifier.
England to visit Pakistan next October first time since 2005
- England cricket team will play 2 T20 International in Karachi next October since 2005.
- Michael Vaughan was the captain when England last toured Pakistan for three test matches and 5 one day international.
- The PCB expects England short tour will showcase Pakistan ability to host other international matches within its boundary.
FIFA to host it’s under 17 women’s World Cup in India in 2022
- Earlier the under 17 women’s World Cup was going to be held in 2021 due to Covid pandemic.
- Now, the FIFA has postponed and shifted the women’s world cup in 2022.
- The decision was taken by the bureau of the FIFA council.
- FIFA cancelled both the women’s under 17 World Cup under 20 World Cup which were scheduled to be held in India in Costa Rica.
- FIFA specifically focused on the safety measures of all the players which will be a part of this world Cup.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, MEDICINE AND DEFENCE
Indian navy now plan to buy 2 Landing platform docks instead of 4, Hit by budget crunch
- Navy is working on a fresh request for proposal with new specs, two months after the defence ministry cancelled the 2013 RFP to buy 4 Landing Platform Docks.
- Defence sources told ThePrint that the Navy is working on drafting a fresh ‘Request for Proposal’ (RFP) with new specifications for the LPDs, and discussions are on to reduce the number to two.
- The defence ministry in September withdrew the earlier RFP for procuring four LPDs.
Taiwan Grounds All F-16 Fighter Jets For Checks After One Goes Missing
- The decision removes around 150 planes from Taiwan’s skies, leaving the democratic island relying on an even more limited fleet to warn off Chinese jets that have been buzzing it at an unprecedented rate in recent months.
- Taiwan has grounded all of its F16 fighter jets for safety checks.
- The decision removes around 150 planes from Taiwan’s skies.
- Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by China.
Report: Huawei 5G Ban in Sweden Faces Flak From Ericsson CEO Borje Ekholm
- PTS earlier this month halted 5G spectrum auctions.
- Huawei has denied being a national security risk.
- Huawei has appealed against the decision to exclude it from 5G networks.
- Ekholm said it was important to have open markets and free competition.
Patent for a MagSafe Cooling Case Surfaces, Apple’s MagSafe Duo Charger Doesn’t Support Full 15W Charging for iPhone 12
- Apple has updated the product description of the MagSafe Duo Charger on its website to clearly show that it doesn’t support up to 15W wireless charging. MagSafe Duo Charger can deliver up to 14W charging with a 27W adapter.
- The regular MagSafe Charger, however, provides 15W charging.
- Apple’s patent suggests new MagSafe case may boost iPhone performance.