1. Maratha quota: constitutional bench to hear from January 25
A petition was filed against the Maharashtra Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018.
On hearing the case the Bombay high court held that 16% reservation is not justifiable and ruled that reservation should not exceed 12% in employment and 13% in education as recommended by the State Backward commission.
Against this order, Maharashtra government moves supreme court where the court decided to start hearing from January 25, 2020.
2. Restoration of temples within Qutub Minar
A petition was filed on behalf of Jain deity Tirthankar Lord Rishabh Dev and Hindu deity Lord Vishnu in the Saket court in Delhi to restore alleged temples within the Qutub Minar complex
The petitioner alleged that Hindi and Jain temples were dismantled and destructed by the command of Mughal emperor Qutub-Din-Aibak.
It is noted that the claim was supported by history displayed by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
3. Supreme Court says center has power to make acquisition of any land
In the light of the case Project Director, Project Implementation Unit vs.P.V. Krishnamoorthy, Supreme Court held that Parliament has legislative competence to make a law for acquisition of “any land” for building or construction of a new highway.
The apex court delivered this by referring Entry 13 of List II (State List) and Entry 23 of List I (Central list) of the Seventh Schedule, it was contended that the Central Government had no power to invoke Section 2(2) of the 1956 Act, as it merely enables the Central Government to declare an existing highway to be a national highway.
4. Supreme court dismisses Saritha Nair’s challenge against Hibi Eden
The Kerala high court rejected the election petition of Hibi Eden on the ground of existence of incurable of defects.
On hearing the case , The bench comprising CJI SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian held that mere suspension of the execution of the sentence is not sufficient to take the rigour out of Section 8(3) of Representation of the People Act, 1951.
5. Karnataka High court reserves the order filed by Amnesty International
A petition was filled by the International human rights body, Amnesty international against the communication issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to banks directing them to freeze the accounts held by trust.
On hearing the case, Justice P S Dinesh Kumar, directed the Enforcement Directorate to respond whether it is willing to allow the petitioner to make statutory dues like salaries, tax payments, etc to the tune of Rs 40 lakh per month, from the five bank accounts which have been frozen by ED.
1. Denmark accuses Russian resident of surveillance
A Russian resident living in Denmark has been accused of secret activities for purportedly having given data about Danish energy innovation, the Danish indictment authority said Wednesday.
The suspect, who was not recognized, has been held in pre-preliminary care since the start of July, Denmark’s Prosecution Authority said.
2. Weighty downpours cause floods in pieces of Slovenia, Croatia
On Wednesday, elentless downpour in beach front Slovenia.
This made the Dragonja waterway flood its banks along the outskirt with Croatia, obstructing a critical street in the territory and compelling conclusion of a fringe crossing.
3. UK issues preparatory guidance on Pfizer Covid-19 antibody after two unfavourably susceptible responses
The UK controllers have educated individuals who have a set of experiences regarding “critical” hypersensitive responses to not get the Pfizer-BioNTech immunization against the Covid illness (Covid-19).
The Medicines and Healthcare items Regulatory Agency (MHRA) gave prudent counsel to the National Health Service (NHS) after two medical care staff individuals experienced unfavourably susceptible responses.
4. France reveals draft law to battle Islamist extremist ‘foe’
A draft law pointed toward equipping France against Islamist radicalism was uncovered Wednesday, a measure advanced by President Emmanuel Macron to defeat out what he calls “separatists” sabotaging the country.
Parliament is relied upon to open what is probably going to be an energetic discussion on the draft law in the months ahead.
The measure, long really taking shape and refined until days before its introduction, has experienced different name changes and is presently known by the sensitive title “Supporting Republican Principles.”
5. US Democratic-controlled House affirms guard strategy bill with a rejection confirmation edge
The Democratic-controlled House effectively endorsed a wide-running safeguard strategy bill, challenging a rejection danger from President Donald Trump and setting up a potential standoff with the Republican president in the disappearing days of his organization.
The 335-78 vote for the $731 billion protection measure went ahead Tuesday hours after Trump re-established his danger to reject the bill except if officials brace down via web-based media organizations he asserts were one-sided against him during the political race.
1. Centre gives more storage equipment to states for Covid-19 vaccine
From December 10, Centre provide more storage equipment to states and Union territories.
Pfizer, Serum Institute of India and Bharat Bandh Biotech, asked for authorization for emergency use.
2. Poll results showed that people in Rajasthan, Telangana and Arunachal more likely to vote for BJP
Prakash Javedkar on Wednesday says that people support BJP.
Party has also made gains in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections.
3. Rahul Gandhi says that the new farm reforms should be taken back
It has been 14 days, and farmer leaders still not ready to accept anti-farm laws.
The nation-wide Bharat Bandh held by the farmers on Tuesday, failed to show any signs of resolution.
4. Success of India’s Beauty Pageant MIIQ 2020: display of talent from all walks of life
The success of India’s biggest beauty pageant was marked with the motive of ‘ be confident, be strong and be you’.
Married women from all walks of life were present at the pageant, other countries have also participated in it.
5. HP Government orders Private schools to resolve fee issues: Shimla
Government told schools not to pressurize parents for fees by sending them messages and Emails as warnings.
The meeting was held by the director of higher education with principles of 21 schools.
The schools were asked to show the reliefs made in school fees.
6. Pulwama encounter : Three militants killed, civilian injured
In an encounter in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, three militants were killed on Wednesday.
The militants were trapped during a joint operation launched by the Police, the Army’s 55 RR and the Central Reserve Police Force.
The internet services have been snapped in Pulwama police district.
7. President’s Police Medal presented to 34 CBI officers by NSA
On International Anti-Corruption Day on Wednesday, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval presented President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services to 34 officers of the CBI .
The medals were announced on Republic Day and Independence Day.
8. Supreme Court says, posters not to be affixed outside homes of COVID patient after noting Centre’s guidelines
The Supreme Court on December 9 took note of the Centre’s guidelines and said posters and signages should not be affixed by authorities outside homes of COVID-19 patients in the country.
The apex court, however, added that such posters can be affixed only in specific cases when the competent authority issues specific directions under the Disaster Management act.
9. Sabarimala set to touch 50,000 footfalls
Amidst the fears, the number of pilgrims who have visited the hill shrine this season is inching closer to the 50,000 mark.
To strengthen COVID-19 resistance measures, the Sannidhanam Executive Magistrate C.P. Satyapalan Nair has directed that all people living in and around the location should undergo mandatory antigen testing every 14 days.
10. CNG’s excessive use geared up by IOAGPL
Indian Oil-Adani Gas Pvt Ltd (IOAGPL), implementing City Gas Distribution (CGD) project in the State, is keen on making available the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for the private vehicles, private buses, and the fleet of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation.
The IOAGPL will be investing more than ₹4,500 crore in Kerala over the next four to five years to set up a natural gas pipeline network of 250 km of steel network, more than 2,000 km of MDPE network along with associated facilities to provide CNG to industrial, commercial and domestic units.
1. Vivo has targeted 650 unique stores in India by 2021
Smartphone maker Vivo India on Wednesday announced the opening of its 500th specialty store in India and plans to increase the total number to 650 by 2021.
With these 500 exclusive stores, Vivo’s network of exclusive stores is spread across more than 280 cities in India, including major Category 1, 2, and 3 cities.
2. Samsung announces its new brand vision for the Indian market
India’s largest consumer electronics company, Samsung on Wednesday announced its new brand vision for the Indian market — #PoweringDigitalIndia .
This includes a new local R&D strategy with a special focus on the local start-up community and initiatives in manufacturing.
3. In April-October, open offers of listed companies fell by 39% to Rs 9,000 crore
Listed companies made open offers to public shareholders worth about Rs 9,000 core in the first seven months of the current financial year, down 39 present from the previous year.
According to the latest monthly report of SEBI, between April and October this fiscal (2020-21), companies have made a total of 30 open offers for shares worth Rs 8,973 core.
4. Hatsun Agro Products trades ex-dates for a 1: 3 bonus; Stocks rose 14 percent
Shares of Hatsun Agro Product rallied 14 percent to Rs 889 on the BSE on Wednesday.
The stock of the packaged foods company today turned ex-date for bonus issue in the ratio of 1:3 i.e., one new bonus equity share for every three shares held by the shareholders on the record date i.e., December 10, 2020.
5. Facebook’s new five-dimensional growth strategy for India
Facebook’s strategy for India rests on five pillars. One, push Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram as the top platforms to enable users to connect and explore.
Mohan terms it as “enabling the agenda of expression”.
1. Ben Stokes’ father Ged Stokes passed away aged 65 years after year-long battle with brain cancer.
Ged Stokes, former New Zealand rugby league international and father of English all-rounder Ben-Stokes, has passed away aged 65 after a year-long battle with brain cancer.
Ged’s former rugby league club Workington Town announced the news.
2. 14 out of 15 cricketers part of India’s 2003 World Cup squad have retired
After the wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel announced retirement, Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is the only member of the 2003 World Cup squad who is still an active cricketer.
Harbhajan had pulled out of IPL 2020 due to personal reasons.
3. Parthiv Patel retires from all forms of cricket at 35 after 18-years career, shares note
Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket aged 35 years, ending his 18-year long playing career.
Parthiv had made his international debut aged 17 and went on to represent India in 65 international matches.
4. Pandya hands over his Man of the Series trophy to Nataraja, says ‘You deserve it’
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya gave away his Man of the Series trophy to fast bowler T Natarajan after the T20I series against Australia concluded today.
Pandya posted on Instagram and wrote, “Natarjan, you were outstanding. You deserve Man of the Series from my side Bhai.”
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, MEDICINE AND DEFENCE
1. Vaccine Covid-19: Allergy alert about new jab
Shortly after getting the fresh jab, NHS staff had a reaction, had care, and are now well. They are understood to have a much milder anaphylactoid reaction than anaphylactoid reaction.
Both NHS staff have a history of extreme allergies and bring adrenaline pens with them around. Both people are recuperating well.
Reactions like this are rare, but with other vaccines, like the annual flu jab, they do occur. Similar reactions were not seen for this drug in the clinical trials.
2. Climate change: High-carbon habits will need to be cut by the global elite’
To prevent dangerous warming, the richest would need to quickly reduce their CO2 footprints.
Because of the pandemic, the UN Environment Programme says carbon emissions will have dropped by about 7 percent this year. But by 2050, this will only minimize warming by 0.01C.
The global top 10 percent of income earners use around 45 percent of all the energy consumed for land transport.
3. NIA charge-sheets 16 foreign-based persons under anti-terror legislation for pro-Khalistan operations
The charge sheet was filed under different provisions of the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act and the Indian Penal Code.
The defendants included Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Hardeep Pannun,
The probe in the case showed that Sikhs for Justice is a frontal. organization of Khalistan terrorist outfits, a secessionist outfit floating in the garb of the ‘human rights advocacy group.’
Many social media accounts have been launched on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, WhatsApp and YouTube as part of this campaign.
These are used for “propagating sedition”.
4. Ladakh standoff: China gives ‘five differing explanations
During an online collaborative session organized by the Australian think tank Lowy Institute, Jaishankar made these remarks. His remarks came against backdrop of the over seven-month-long military standoff between India and China.
During an online collaborative session organized by the Australian think tank Lowy Institute, Jaishankar provided the comments. His remarks came against backdrop of the over seven-month-long military standoff between India and China.
5. Govt approves PM WANI framework to unleash the revolution in Wi-Fi
The government has approved a framework for the proliferation of public Wi-Fi networks through PM WANI scheme.
For the PDOs, no license, no registration, and no fee will apply, Prasad said.
The laying of undersea submarine optical fibre cables has also been authorised by the Cabinet.