Prolawctor Daily News Update | 23 October 2020
Prolawctor Daily News Update
In Delhi High Court CPCB submitted report that harsh actions will now be taken against Polluters
- Petition was filed regarding the stubble burning and to stop them immediately.
- CPCB submitted their reports regarding the issue of air pollution and made it clear that all the strict actions have been taken and effect of the same will be seen soon.
Bombay High Court lashes out at REPUBLIC TV
- HC asked to Republic TV that is declaring a person’s arrest is “investigative journalism”
- Bench also questioned on the way of journalism of the channel.
- Questions also arose on the broadcasting of deceased actor’s body
Court will be hearing plea for bail of accused in Palghar mob lynching.
- Special Court of Thane, Maharashtra will hear plea on 3 November.
- Three People were brutally killed in the mob lynching.
- Currently around 128 people are in custody.
- Advocates are now allowed to travel in non-peak hours from local trains.
Maharashtra Govt. gave the permission to advocate to travel in local trains during peak hours.
- During this COVID-19 situation local trains are used only for necessary services staffs, government staff and women.
- Petitions were filed regarding that lawyers should also be considered as necessary service providers.
Thai PM may lift emergency as rival rallies rock nation
- Thailand PM has announced that he might lift up the emergency decree in bid to de-escalate tension
- The emergency decree has failed to supress the protest
Sri Lanka lodges appeal against move to de-list LTTE as terrorist group in UK
- The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was delisted as a proscribed terrorist organisation by Britain’s Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission.
- This decision is now challenged by Sri Lanka
- The commission’s judgement was a result of appeal made by LTTE front organization challenging decision of British Secretary of State for Home Affairs which refused to delist LTTE.
US approves over $1 billion in three weapons systems to Taiwan risking China backlash
- The sale of over a billion weapon systems to Taiwan has been given a greenlight by The State Department.
- China’s foreign ministry a week ago had urged Washington to cancel this sale.
- This has given a rise in tensions between Washington and Beijing
Iran summons envoy over ‘baseless’ US election claims
- Swiss ambassador was summoned by Iran’s foreign ministry over baseless US allegations.
- The allegations were that Tehran has taken actions to influence public opinion ahead of US presidential elections.
- As per the allegations, Iran has used spoofing and circulated videos suggesting fraudulent methods to be used during elections.
Poland abortion: Top court to rule on almost total ban
- The tribunal will decide on the constitutionality of a 1993 law allowing medical termination of pregnancy in cases of foetal defects.
- Abortion in Poland is allowed only in cases of rape or incest, if the mother’s health is at risk, or if the foetus is seriously compromised.
The Maharashtra government took away the ‘general consent’ on CBI case
- The Maharashtra government took back the general consent given by Maharashtra to the CBI to probe cases in the state. The decision implies that the CBI will need the state’s permission to enter its jurisdiction to perform any inquiry, effectively stripping the central agency of its powers to probe cases in Maharashtra.
- Officials said the Maharashtra government’s decision would not impact the CBI enquiry about the Sushant Singh Rajput death case since this search is being conducted on orders of the SC and not under provisions that require a state to give its consent.
- The Maharashtra government saw this as an attempt by the UP government to lay the foundation for the CBI to wade into the ongoing probe by Mumbai police against Republic TV. Leaders of the ruling alliance in Maharashtra had called the CBI registering the case in the TRP scandal as an effort to “dilute” the case against Republic TV.
Kerala Cabinet gave its assent for 10% reservation to ‘general category’ in government jobs
- The cabinet meeting of Kerala decided to amend the Kerala State Subordinate Services Rules to provide 10% reservation in government jobs to economically backward classes in general category. The decision will come into force from the date of the issuance of notification.
- The cabinet decided to combine the deducted salary of government employees and teachers to tackle the Covid pandemic, in their provident fund on April 1, 2021. The government will incur a financial liability of 12,500 crore if it repays the amount immediately.
- The employees can take the amount from their PF account from June 1, 2021. The staff will be given interest at PF rate from the date on which the amount is deposited in PF account.
NOTES ON RIGHT TO EQUALITY UNDER ARTICLE 14 OF THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION
EC notifies the raise in money that could be used on polls
- While a 10% raise in the expenditure limit of election candidates has been directed as a temporary measure to meet increased digital campaign expenses amidst the pandemic, the Election Commission of India is now looking to review the matter more holistically.
- The expenditure limit of amount of an election candidate can legally spend for his election campaign, was last revised in 2014 while the same was done for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in 2018, following the bifurcation .These limitations range from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 28 lakh for assembly elections and from Rs 54 lakh to Rs 70 lakh for Lok Sabha elections.
- The two member committee which has to present its report in four months, is given the task of assessing the alterations in number of electors across states/UTs and its bearing on expenditure and the change in Cost Inflation Index and its bearing on expenditure pattern of candidates in recent elections.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaves the NDA
- The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha that has been asking for a separate Statehood for the Darjeeling hill region and a part of the foothills of West Bengal under the name Gorkha land, has quit the NDA. The party will align with the Trinamool Congress for the upcoming 2021 elections in the State.
- Bimal Gurung’s writ runs large and his re-entry into the hill politics, will change the political dynamics in parts of North Bengal. The Trinamool has not been able to make inroads in the hills, and BJP was almost dependent of Gurung’s mass appeal to draw votes in the region.
CT scan machine has been donated to Covid-19 Centre in Mumbai’s BKC
- A CT scan machine has been given to the Covid-19 Centre in MMRDA in the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai. The CT scan machine will make sure that patients and the machine operators are separated, minimizing the danger of secondary infection.
- The cabin has different entry and exit points for staff and patients to ensure that no physical contact is being made, in order to minimize the chance of secondary infections.
- Only 16 seconds for lung screening, advanced low dose protocols and the emergency patient scan mode, the machine is made to serve healthcare professionals and patients with fast and quick results.
Mangalore University forms Carbon-14 dating facility
- The Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Radioactivity (CARER) at Mangalore University has formed a facility for Carbon-14 dating of archaeological artefacts or material of biogenic origin based on Liquid Scintillation Counting technique.
- Carbon-14 dating is a process for determining the age of an object containing organic material by applying and utilizing the properties of radiocarbon, a radioactive isotope of carbon.
- A team of scientists led by Karunakara N., a professor and coordinator, CARER, in collaboration with BARC has patterned and graded a batch method for the thermal combustion of the samples by tube furnace system for Carbon-14 measurements. The spin-off application of this method is its application for concluding and to be certain of the age of the material up to 30,000 years old.
Stocks drop, Raghuram Rajan warns against import substitution, FIIs hike stake in Reliance Industries to 25.2%, and more
- Former Reserve Bank governor cautioned against import substitution under the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative of the government, saying the country has gone down this route earlier but could not succeed.
Government revises base year for Consumer Price Index-IW from 2001 to 2016
- The Union government revised the base year for computing Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) CPI-IW from the present 2001 to 2016 after a gap of 15 years.
- As per the norm, base year of price index numbers should be revised at frequent intervals generally not exceeding 10 years to reflect the changes that take place in the consumption pattern of consumers.
- The CPI-IW is used primarily for measuring the Dearness Allowance (DA) payable to workers in the organised sector including PSUs, banks and insurance companies, besides government employees. It also provides inputs to government in macro policy planning.
- Unveiling the report on base revision of Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) to 2016=100 from existing 2001=100, Union Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said the base revision will be done every five years in future.
A new TV and AC manufacturing factory to come up in Gujarat’s Mehsana
- A Bengaluru-based QThree Techpark has joined hands with a Gujarat-based local manufacturing company ABAJ group to set up a TV and air-conditioning manufacturing facility near Mehsana in Gujarat.
- The facility, spread across 13 acres, will be outfitted with robotic technology and machinery to meet a demand of 25 lakh LED TVs and 6 lakh air conditioners annually.
- Both parties will invest ₹1,000 crore in three years to set up the plant that will provide jobs to 4,500 people once it’s operational.
- Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupan performed a virtual ground-breaking ceremony for a techpark, which will be operational in next two years.
India recorded export growth of 4% in Sept
- Export growth declined in India in the third quarter of 2020 relative to the same quarter last year but picked up pace in September, according to a global trade update by the UN.
- The UNCTAD’s new global trade update said that global trade recorded a 5 percent drop in the third quarter of 2020 compared with the same period last year.
- This marks an improvement on the 19 percent year-on-year plunge recorded in the second quarter, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) expects the frail recovery to continue in the fourth quarter.
- India’s export growth saw a decline of 6.1 percent in the third quarter of 2020 as compared to third quarter of last year.
- However India recorded export growth of four percent in September, it said. Depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves in the winter months, the UN trade and development body expects the value of global trade to contract by 7 percent to 9 percent with respect to 2019.
2020 World Junior Badminton Championship cancelled
- 2020 World Junior Badminton Championship which was scheduled to be held in May was postponed in the month of October again rescheduling it to January 2021 was finally held to be cancelled.
- The Championship was to be held in New Zealand but was called off due to pandemic.
- New Zealand had further proposed the idea to stage the championship of 2024 before BWF which it accepted.
- Novak World’s No. 1 Tennis player today states that he wishes to beat Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer in the race of slam titles in the next year’s Australian Open.
- Novak lost to Rafael in French Open men’s singles this year.
- Novak is 2000 points ahead of Rafael in ATP rankings.
- Liverpool defeats Ajax by 1-0; their victory earned them a salute by Klopp and also proved that they can cope without Virgil Van Dijk.
- Bayren Munich defeated Atletico Madrid by 4-0; Coman along with Goretzka and Corentin played well.
- Ireland Women’s cricket team announced today that it will play limited overs series in the month of November.
- The team will play three T20s and two 50-overs matches at La Manga Club in Spain against Scotland.
- A 15 member squad for the series was announced.
DEFENCE, SCIENCE AND MEDICINE NEWS.
NAG anti-tank successful trail.
- On Thursday, NAG anti-tank final trail is successful, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation and now to be induced in the Indian Army.
- The test was done is the field of Pokhran firing ranges in Rajasthan.
After 6 months NASA astronauts returned to Earth.
- On Thursday Astronauts from NASA Chris Cassidy, Russian Cosmonauts Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin, after spending 196 days in the space returned to Earth.
- The trio departed from the station at 7:32 p.m. EDT and landed at 10:54 p.m. in DZhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.
Reinfection of COVID-19 possible: Indian council of Medical research.
- As the antibodies of COVID-19 infection starts depleting, there will be the chances to get infected again by COVID-19.
- The General of the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) informed on Tuesday.
International COVID-19 update
- 41.05 million Cases reported worldwide.
- 1,137,971 deaths till now.
- 30,967,352 COVID-19 cases recovered.
NASA’s new discovery about Moon.
- NASA will announce new discovery about Moon on Monday, October 26th.
- Announcement is going to be at 12 p.m. EDT through media teleconference, live streaming on agency’s official website.