Prolawctor Daily News Update| 23 September 2020
Prolawctor Daily News Update
The Bills of National Commissions for Homeopathy and Indian Systems of Medicine get Presidential assent
The President of India Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to National Commission for Homeopathy Bill and National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine Bill, passed by the Parliament last week.
The former Bill will repeal the Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 to set up a National Commission for Homeopathy whereas the latter Bill will repeal the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 to set up a National Commission for Indian System of Medicine.
The Ministry of Home Affairs responds to the questions related to the restoration of 4G network and detention of various political leaders in the UT of J&K
The Ministry of Home Affairs has responded to the unstarred questions related to the still continuing detention of various political leaders under the Public Safety Act, 1978 in J&K since August 5, 2019. Another question which was taken up by the Ministry was the internet shutdown and revival of 4G network in the UT.
These questions were tabled by Congress MP, Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha and were replied by Shri. G. Kishan Reddy, the Minister of Home Affairs.
The Jharkhand HC cancels the appointment of 8,423 government primary school teachers from 13 Scheduled Districts of the State
Following the SC judgment in Chebrolu L. Prasad case where it was held by the SC that 100 per cent reservation of teachers belonging to the Scheduled Tribe category at schools situated in “Scheduled Areas” is constitutionally invalid; the Jharkhand HC quashed the appointments of 8,423 government primary school teachers from 13 Scheduled Districts of the state.
The Court further observed that a policy of 100 per cent reservation in matters of employment violates the very essence of Fundamental Rights.
NIA officers of and above inspector rank vested with the powers to investigate the offences under the NDPS Act, 1985
A notification was released in the Official Gazette giving the powers of an officer-in-charge of a police station to investigate the offences under the ambit of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 to all the National Investigation Agency officers of and above the inspector rank.
The notification released is in accordance to the exercise of the Central Government’s powers under Section 53(1) of the NDPS Act, 1985.
The Calcutta HC modifies its 16th September, 2020 judgment allowing only 6 close kins to attend the funeral of a person died of COVID-19
The 16th September judgment of the Calcutta HC significantly stated that the right to perform the funeral ceremonies of the deceased died of COVID-19 by the family members is inclusively a FR guaranteed under Articles 21 and Article 25 of the Constitution of India.
The Court has made certain changes in its previous judgment by allowing only 6 family members of the deceased died of COVID-19 to attend the funeral, the action further comes in wake of the rising coronavirus cases and to prevent mass spread of the virus.
The Punjab & Haryana HC directs the DGP to ensure proper secrecy and confidentiality of information in cases of raids on illegal miners
The Punjab & Haryana HC observed that in almost all cases of raids on illegal miners under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957 and the Punjab Excise Act, 1914; it is alleged that the offenders fled from the spot at the time of the raid.
The Court therefore directed the Director-General of Police, Punjab to look into the matter seriously and hence maintain “requisite secrecy, co-ordination and communication with the concerned SHO/higher police officers to prevent the escape of offenders in such cases.”
The Telangana HC observed that under Civil Service Rules, an employee can be suspended pertaining to either a pending criminal case or a Departmental Enquiry
The Telangana HC observed that under Civil Service Rules, an employee can be suspended either if a Criminal Case is pending or a Departmental Enquiry is contemplated.
The Court further held that “suspension is not a punishment” and that it is “merely suspending the relationship between the employer and an employee”.
The Rajya Sabha passed 3 Bills to declare some educational institutions as institutes of National Importance
The Rajya Sabha passed 3 Bills declaring the following educational institutions as institutes of National Importance;
- IIT, Surat
- IIT, Bhopal
- IIT, Bhagalpur
- IIT, Agartala
- IIT, Raichur
- National Forensic Sciences University, Gujarat
- Rashtriya Raksha University, Gujarat.
The 3 Bills passed by the Parliament include;
- IITs Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020
- National Forensic Sciences University Bill, 2020
- Rashtriya Raksha University Bill, 2020.
Mauritius Border Will Reopen Under Strict Measures
- Mauritius will reopen its border on 1 October under strict COVID-19 measures
- People arriving are required to quarantine for 14 days at their costs
- Hotel reservations and ticket bookings will be done online
- The country has reported no local COVID cases has been reported for last 150 days
Italians Voted to Cut the Size of Parliament
- Italians has voted to cut the size of country’s Parliament by one third
- Around 70% people have voted in the favor of reform
- The number of MPs will be reduced from 634 to 400
European Union Summit Postponed for a Week
- The summit has been postponed because EU President Charles Michel has quarantined
- The close collaborator of President has tested positive for corona virus
Corona Virus Downsizes the Award Ceremony of Nobel Peace Prize 2020
- The award ceremony of Nobel Peace Prize which was traditionally to be held at Oslo city hall now will instead be held in city’s university
- Olav Njoelstad is the Director of Norwegian Peace Prize
- The name of the winner of Noble Prize will be announced on 9 October
- The prizes have been presented on the death anniversary of Alfred Nobel since 1901
Violent blast in Lebanon
- Extremely powerful explosion shuddered a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon.
- Hezbollah group members imposed a security barrier around the blast area.
- The cause of blast is not clear.
- Citizens under panic and fear.
Ren Zhiqiang jailed for 8 years
- Ren Zhiqiang, the former real estate mogul to be in prison for 18 years.
- He was charged with corruption.
- Zhiqiang was the influential former property executive and detractor of Xi Jinping.
Tsai Ing-wen visited military base on one of Taiwan’s distant island
- China increased its consular and military pressure on government of Taiwan.
- China claims the island to be part of its territory.
Hydrogen powered zero emission planes to be unveiled by Airbus
- The three concepts are based on different ideas.
- It Tends to achieve zero-emission flights rather than jet fuel
- It would be carrying passengers by the year 2035.
Infuriated by Arab and Israel ties Palestine quits Arab League
- Palestine Authority quits the chairmanship of Arab League sessions.
- Failed to persuade the Arab league to censure member nations breaking ranks and conforming ties with Israel.
Under UDAN scheme for 3 airports in Chattisgarh centre sanctions 108 crores
- UDAN scheme is a part of National Civil Aviation Policy.
- Government allocated 48 crores for Jabalpur, 27 crores for Ambikapur and 33 crores for Bilaspur.
- This will help in up gradation and development.
- UDAN – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik
India and Maldives jointly e- launched direct corgo ferry service
In its median voyage, a vessel with a capacity of 200 TEU and 300 MT of bulk cargo will sail from Tuticorin to Kochi, from where it will proceed to Kulhud Huffushi port in Maldives and then to male port. This service is operated by shipping crop of India.
Parliament nods. Foreign contribution(regulation) amendment act, 2020
- This bill seeks to amend the FCRA, 2010 which regulates the acceptance and utilization of foreign contribution by individuals, association, NGOs and comp. In the nation.
- Bill adds public servants among the list of entities prohibited.
- Bills prohibited transfer of foreign contribution received by any entity in the nation to any other.
Tamil Nadu becomes first state to unveil ethical AI , block chain ,cyber security policies.
Tamil Nadu became the first state in India to come out with policies on AI, block chain, cybersecurity policies. The project will be implemented by establishing the state family data base and block chain backbone infrastructure.
Self-reliant India by NEP – Modi
- Prime Minister Modi says that the New Education Policy, 2020 will create an “Atmanirbhar Bharat” which means self-sufficient country.
- He assured that the New Education Policy will create great exposure of the students in India
- He also added that this policy will make students to learn and write exams without any pressure.
- Institutions in India will account all the credits earned by the students he said.
Government to Lok Shaba | Amendment in the IT rules for Social media platforms
- The Information Technology (IT) rules to be amended in the Social Media platforms like Google and Facebook says the government.
- The rules are to be amended in order to maintain the discipline and responsibility.
- The Electronics and Information Technology minister Sanjay Dhotre said that ministry is working in the amendment procedures and it is be finalized.
COVID- 19 Status to be reviewed by PM Modi in 7 States/UTs through a virtual meet :
- PM Narendra Modi through a virtual meet with the Ministers of 7 States/UTs will be reviewing the status & preparedness of disease response and management.
- The active cases in these 7 States/UTs are more than 63% – Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab; 65.5% of total confirmed cases and 77% of total deaths are there.
- States were supported to ramp up the healthcare & medical infrastructure while on the other hand; clinical management capacities of doctors manning ICUs had been upgraded through e-ICU tele-consultation exercise.
Congress attack govt. over farm bills; Rahul Gandhi accused Modi govt. of working for benefit of corporate
Congress attacked Modi govt. over the farm bills issue where Rahul Gandhi accused government for working for development of crony capitalists at the cost of farmers where corporate were benefitted & the interest of farmers was harmed. But Centre had declared that bills would be beneficial for farmers & helpful to increase their income.
Asserting that thousands of markets will give freedom to farmers, it was asked if government’s intention was to guarantee MSP & why there is no clause in bills which stipulate that price shall not be less than MSP for that produce.
It was announced by congress that a massive people’s movement which includes protest marches, agitations & collecting 2 crore signatures of farmers for memorandum against legislations to be submitted to President Ram Nath Kovind.
UGC approved guidelines for the new academic calendar for fresh batch of both undergraduate & postgraduate programmes
In the view of COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has accepted the report of Committee & approved UGC guidelines on Academic Calendar for first year under-graduate and post-graduate students of Universities for session 2020-21.
The academic session for the fresher’s / fresh batch will commence from 1 November with curtailed holidays & classes will run 6 days a week to compensate for the time which is lost due to pandemic.
Delays have caused cancelling of admissions and students being migrated. Education Ministry administered that for avoiding financial hardships that are being faced by parents due to this pandemic and economic recession, there will be a full refund of fees made in such cases.
India has started import of crude oil
Crude oil imports in August fell about 23.4% from a year earlier to 15.15 million tonnes, or 3.58 million barrels per day.
Fuel demand from world’s third largest oil importer and consumer also rolled down in August. Refined product imports grew by 1.5% year-on-year to 3.25 million tonnes, but slipped 18.77% to 45.7 million tonnes in July.
Rising cases of COVID-19 in India have resulted in a significant reduction in domestic demand, resulting in continued exports from the country.
Tata Sons has offered to buy out the stake of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group
On Tuesday, a Tata Sons lawyer informed the top court of the offer to purchase the stake owned by the Shapoorji Pallonji Group to raise capital.
Tata Sons has offered to buy out the stake of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group in the holding company to help it raise capital to pay its debt.
The Supreme Court restrained the Shapoorji Pallonji Group from pledging shares of Tata Sons till October 28.
Djokovic’s record win
Top seeded Novak Djokovic won record 36th ATP Masters Open. He overcame the sluggish start against Diego Schwartzman by 7-5, 6-3. It was his 5th Rome masters title.
Halep finally won after failed attempts
Simona Halep who is ranked no. 2 won the women’s Rome masters title. She had earlier reached the finals but failed to win. She defeated Karolina Pliskova who retired hurt.
First major for DeChambeau
Bryson DeChambeau wins his first major title. He won the 120th US open. He became the only player since 1955 to win with only sub-par score in the final round.
Tadej Pogacar won the Tour De France
Pogacar became the second youngest winner in the history of Tour De France to win it. He won it on his debut which makes him the 12th man to do so. He is only 21years 365 days old.
World Rhino Day
22nd September celebrated as World Rhino Day. It was first observed on 22nd September 2010 and started in Mid-2011 with an email. It was first announced by the WWF-South Africa. This day is celebrated for five species of rhino encompassing both African and Asian rhino species.
International Day of Sign Languages
International Day of Sign Languages is celebrated on 23rd September 2020 along with International Week of the Deaf. The use of sign languages is encouraged by local, national and global leaders in partnership with national associations of deaf people as well as other deaf-led organizations in each country.