Prolawctor Daily News Update | 8 September 2020

Prolawctor Daily News Update | 8 August 2020

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Prolawctor Daily News Update

National News

Entry of India in Hypersonic Missile Club

On Monday India took a step towards manufacturing advanced hypersonic vehicles as hypersonic technology was successfully tested in New Delhi.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully demonstrated the hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology with the flight test of Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle from APJ Abdul Kalam Launch Complex at Wheeler. DRDO has been appreciated by India’s Defence Minister for achieving this milestone.

He said that this is a landmark achievement towards realising the vision of “Atamnirbhar Bharat”.  India became fourth country to achieve this milestone after Russia, United States and China. The Hypersonic Test Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV)’s test lasted five minutes and was conducted using Agni Missile Booster. Experts said this test means that the DRDO will have the capacity to develop a hypersonic missile with scramjet engine in next five years which can travel with the speed more than two kilometres per second. DRDO chief Satheesh Reddy and his hypersonic missile team led the test.  According to a senior official “The vehicle performed successfully on all the pre-determined parameters including the ability to handle combustion temperatures of over 2500 degrees Celsius as well as air speed,”

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Launched a Portal to Help Eye Donors

To spread awareness in the field of organ donation Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister launched a portal to help eye donors in registration.

This initiative will be helpful in using donor’s eyes on right time and they will be handed to eye bank immediately. People who wish to donate their eyes can register themselves on the portal by providing their basic details like name, residential address, mobile number, e-mail etc. this portal is created by the Tamil Nadu State Blindness Control Society.

According to research around 68 lakh people suffer from coronal blindness. In which majority are children and youngsters. Eye donation make it possible to give vision to such people by corneal transplantation. Chief Minister himself also pledged to donate his eyes and Principal Health Secretory presented him the certificate for this purpose

5 Men Abducted Near India-China Border: Indian Army Contacted PLA

Five hunters belonging to Tagin Community had gone in a forest for hunting in the nacho area of upper Subansiri district near India-China border were allegedly kidnapped by the PLA (people’s Liberation Army) from Sera-7 patrolling area of the army.

Two members of the group somehow managed to escape and reported the matter to Arunachal police who is currently probing the matter. After this incident Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiran Rijiju confirmed that the army in Arunachal Pradesh has approached the Chinese army about alleged abduction of five Indian men on Friday. Rijiju is one the Lok Sabha MPs from Arunachal Pradesh.

He is also Minister of State, Minority Affairs. Rijiju said in a tweet Sunday that the Indian Army had already sent a hotline message to its People’s Liberation Army counterparts at the border point, and is awaiting a response. It was also confirmed by the Indian army that they have made an approach to Chinese military. This is not the first time that such incident took place earlier this year a 21-year-old boy Tongley Sinkam was abducted by the Chinese army at gunpoint from the Asapila sector near Mc-Mohan line.

He was released after 19 days by the PLA. It was confirmed by army sources that there are high tensions running at the eastern sector in Arunachal Pradesh due to which additional troops are deployed at forward locations. On Monday China brushed off the Indian Army’s concern over five missing civilians near India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. According to Zhao Lijian, Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson “China’s position on the eastern section of the China and India boundary and China’s southern Tibet is consistent and clear. We have never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh illegally established on the Chinese territory.”

Mob Beaten up the Murder Accused to Death

Mob lynching is back as a man accused of murder was beaten up to death by mob in the presence of cops on 7 September in morning in a village of Uttar Pradesh. The man was trying to escape after shooting a teacher.

But after spotting the crowd outside the teacher’s house he climbed the terrace, waved the gun and fired it to threaten the villagers. According to a police officer, a police team chased him to the terrace but he escaped and caught by the crowd which lynched him to death. But the video which emerged later showed that the man was in the police custody before the mob grabbed him and attacked him with stones.

Among all Indian states Uttar Pradesh has maximum number of lynching cases according to the latest data but Yogi Government hasn’t come up with a strong law yet.

Draft guidelines for advertisements – an attempt to safeguard the interests of the consumers.

The legislature has come out with a complete arrangement of draft rules on advertising under which ‘disclaimers’ that are not effectively observable by or readable or effectively justifiable to a normal customer will be treated as ‘misleading advertisements’ under the Consumer Protection Act.

The infringement of these rules would be taken note of by and dealt in the Central Consumer Protection Authority.

The draft rules, on which the Consumer Affairs Ministry has sought public comments on are pertinent to organizations whose items or services are promoted, advertisement agencies and endorsers.

As per the draft rules, a disclaimer ought to be clear, sufficiently conspicuous and readable. The disclaimers used in notices ought to be in same language and font as is the advertisement.

On the off chance that the case is introduced as voice over (VO), at that point the disclaimer ought to be shown in a state of harmony with the VO

Apart from this, a disclaimer must not conceal material facts and information which is imperative in nature.

It also states that the terms “free”, “without charge” or other comparable terms must not be used, if the buyer needs to pay something besides the expense while buying an item or service for conveyance of the equivalent.

On the individuals who support ads, the rules suggest that they should take due consideration to guarantee that all portrayals, cases and correlations that they underwrite or that are made in ads they show up in, are fit for being impartially determined and are equipped for validation.

Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission – An example of Vocal for Local.

Proposed by KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission) and affirmed by the Minister of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission is all set to create employment for the local craftsman making India ‘aatmanirbhar’ in agarbatti creation.

The plan is planned by KVIC on PPP mode where a two-party understanding will be marked among KVIC and the Private Agarbatti maker for the fruitful running of the venture. Under the plan, the programmed machine and powder blending machine will be given by the KVIC to the craftsman through the fruitful private Agarbatti producers. These producers will consent to the arrangement as colleagues. Boosting PM Modi’s vision of vocal for local, KVIC has chosen to acquire just privately made machines by Indian makers which likewise targets empowering nearby creation.

A sponsorship of 25% on the expense of the machines will be given by the KVIC, the remaining 75% will be recouped from the craftsmans in simple portions each month.

The current utilization of incense sticks in the nation is 1490 MT every day, notwithstanding, the nation’s daily production is only 760 MT. This unproportioned demand-supply count will thus be utilised well.

Rise in auto import duty

In a bid to make the country more self-reliant, the government has decided to increase the auto import duty, so as to discourage people from importing it and encourage them to produce everything within the country itself. The same shall be done in a phased manner, aid Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal. This will also help India in securing its position in the global supply chain.

The imports of electronic auto parts, along with steel from china and other Asian countries amounts to $5 billion of total auto parts imports.

The sufferings of the country’s auto sector multiplied manifolds by virtue of the pandemic as the sales went down.

Heavy industries also pitched for a reduction in the GST rate on automobiles.

Everyone’s eagerly waiting to see how this protectionist measure will pan out in the eventual run.

How NEP is trying to make India a knowledge economy?

National Education Policy (NEP) has also said that it will tackle brain drain. It will let eminent international institutions open campuses in India.

It is believed that the said move will ensure a wholesome growth of the youth of the country, both in terms of knowledge and skill formulated.

This move will ensure that quality education with diverse subjects and approaches are introduced to the Indian education system which, sadly, relies a lot on traditional methods of rote learning and the like.

It would be interesting to see how and what policies and rules for such international institutions are, and the regulation of it takes place.

There is a lot of debate surrounding the same, with interesting propositions from both ends.

This is the first time something of this sort is taking place in the education sector.

Sports

U.S Open disqualifies Novak Djokovic: Reason explained.

The world famous Novak Djokovic with the frustration of trailing 5- 6 in the first set, struck a line judge unintentionally. She fell down screaming in the pain. Djokovic was embarrassed and apologised running over her.

This caused a damage leading to his disqualification. The rule book has a excuse for such a behaviour. It also reminds the Serbian behaviour of intentionally causing this kind of behaviour. The consequence of this act leads Djokovic to lose his title and the price amount of $250,000.

With Djokovic on disqualification line, the hero title remains at bait for the upcoming stars like Thiem, Madvedev, etc. Novak avoided the press conference and made a apology statement in social media. He wrote, “This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the lines person and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok. I’m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong. I’m not disclosing her name to respect her privacy. As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being. I apologise to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behaviour. I’m very grateful to my team and family for being my rock support, and my fans for always being there with me. Thank you and I’m so sorry,”, in his Instagram account.

COVID -19 kills the English match – A player tested positive.

In Bristol, Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire was there to play the Bob Willis Trophy match on Sunday. This match was cancelled because a player from Northamptonshire (unnamed) was tested positive for the dread full COVID – 19 virus.

The player isolated himself after he started showing the symptoms. He is not the current player of Northamptonshire. After knowing that the player is tested positive, the Northamptonshire made a statement saying, “In the interests of player welfare, it has been agreed between Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that the Bob Willis Trophy match, currently being played at the Bristol County Ground, has been abandoned” in their website.

They added, “Just before lunch of the first session of play, it came to light that a member of the Northamptonshire playing squad has tested positive for COVID-19”. “Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and the ECB are unified in the belief that player welfare is paramount and that no risks should be taken with the health and safety of the players, officials and administrators involved in this match.”

RR’s all-rounder may miss the first session of IPL

 The all-rounder of the Rajasthan Royals, Ben Strokes seems to miss the first session of the IPL this season. As IPL starts on September 19 this year, Strokes seemed to be struck in the New Zealand taking care of his father. He is considered as the all-round player of the Rajasthan Royals. He was brought to RR for Rs 12.5 crore by the team. He completed his 14 days quarantine after reaching New Zealand. He will be spending some quality time with his father. He would not able to attend the first session of the IPL. Ben Strokes is the all-rounder and was a key to the team. The team will wait enthusiastically for him to return to the upcoming session. He played 67 test matches and 26 T20 internationals. Recently, He won the match against the West Indies single handed.

Grant of recognition to National federation, IOA and Sports ministry approaches SC.

  On the order of prohibition of the ministry to take the decision regarding the grant of recognition to national federation by the Delhi high court, the sports ministry and the Indian Olympic Association decided to challenge against this on the Supreme Court.

Advocate Rahul Mehra filed a petition in 2010 which pertains to this matter. The performance of the duties of the Indian Olympic Association has been ensured by the directions as to this petition.

In February, without consulting the courts, the ministry taking decisions on the National Sports federations are being barred by the Delhi High Court. This resulted in the withdrawal of the recognition granted to 57 National Sport federations (NSF) hampered in various administrations.

The sports ministry source held, “We are filing a Special Leave Petition in a day or two. We are challenging the Delhi High Court order (which has told ministry) not to take any decision relating to sports federations without informing it.”

The president Narinder Batra and Secretary Rajeev Mehta of the Indian Olympic Association also held a statement saying that the body will approach the Supreme Court as it as a party to the case.

The High Court was requested to change the order and allow at least the grant recognition to NSF’s by the ministry on August 07. The ministry asked the age and tenure period of office bearers of NSF’s by sending the questionnaire. On August 21 a total 56 NSF’s response has been recorded. However the matter postponed to September 18.

Business

The raging pandemic in India should ‘Alarm’ the contracted GDP , says Rajan

Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has said that India’s GDP contraction of23.9% should “Alarm” all of us. “The pandemic is still raging in India, so discretionary spending, especially on high contact services like restaurants, and associated employment, will stay low until the virus is contained,” he wrote on LinkedIn. “Government-provided relief becomes all the more important,” he added that government should have a well thought-out plan to deal with the coming financial distress.

By setting future debt reduction targets through legislation and committing to honest and transparent fiscal members under an independent watchdog fiscal council, India could borrow more, Rajan said. “The current period of market buoyancy already looks like missed opportunity”, he further added.

Chinese chipmaker SMIC’s shares fall as Trump considers adding firm in blacklist.

Shares of Chinese chipmaker SMIC (Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp)’s Hong Kong listing fell around 15.2% after a US Defence Department official said the Trump administration is considering blacklisting it. This was its lowest since June 16. SMIC’s   Shanghai-listed shares fell as much as 11%. The blacklisting threat comes at a times of a trade standoff between the US and China.

SBI moots VRS to optimise costs, about 30,000 employees eligible.

India’s largest public sector lender, State Bank of India has reportedly planned a Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) under which about 30,190 employees are eligible. The scheme will open on December 1 till February end and thus the applications will be accepted during the set period.

A total of 11,565 officers and 18,625 staff members will be eligible for the scheme. The proposed ‘Second Innings Tap VRS-2020’ will be opened to all permanent officers and staff who have put in 25 years of service or completed 55 years of age on the cut-off-date.

Ahead of amalgamation of SBI’s five associates with it in 2017, the merging subsidiaries had announced VRS for their employees.

Thus, when the country is in the grip of covid-19 pandemic it reflects anti-worker attitude of management, National Organisation of Bank Workers Vice President Ashwani Rana said.

TATA Steel Production back at 100% capacity: says TV Narendran.

TATA Steel MD and CEO TV Narendran said that the steelmaker is back at 100% capacity, after the Covid-19 lockdown forced a 50% cutback in April. “We are seeing revival in demand in the July-September quarter led by good monsoon and the rural economy”, he said. TATA Steel is now less dependent on exports since the April-June quarter, he said and further added that it disrupted the Supply chain and impacted the demands as well as production.

However, with the relaxation of lockdown norms, the company ramped up its production in a phased manner. Hence, over the last few years, we have grown organically and inorganically in India he said.

Series sends legal notice to social video apps, demands Copyright infringement.

T-series had issued notices to several social video platforms including Bolo Indya, Mitron, Taka Tak, Roposo,Triller and Josh, for copyright violations and warned the against using the work of the company.  The Super Cassettes Industries Pvt. Ltd. -T-series has asked each of these short-video platforms to pay around Rs 3.5 crore in damage. The demand for new video-based social media apps rose in the country after the government banned popular Chinese apps Tiktok, Helo, Likee, Bigo Live etc. It also asked them to render accounts of all revenues illegally earned from copyrighted content.

Whereas, the music and entertainment company said most of the major global internet giants such as Facebook, Amazon, etc and top mobile application owners such as Amazon Prime, Amazon music, Gaana, Saavn, Wynk, Spotify, etc, have already taken licences from T-series for use of its copyrighted content.

Vodafone Idea rebranded as ‘Vi’ :

After the two telcom giants merged in 2018, announced the launch of a new unified brand.Vodafone Idea on Monday said that it is rebranding itself, and Vodafone and Idea brands are now “Vi”.

Since the merger of Vodafone and Idea Cellular, the company has focussed on “integrating the two large networks, our people and processes”, Vodafone Idea managing director CEO Ravinder Takkar said. The rebranding initiative by the company comes amid intense competition in the country’s highly-indebted telecom sector.

They would love a credible partner to help them on this journey. Vi’s positioning is built around this promise and will focus on meeting the customer needs to help them thrive,” he added. 

The name Vi is much more than an abbreviation of Vodafone and Idea. Vi, read as ‘we’ reflects the collective nature of Indian society, the company said. Vodafone Plc’s Indian arm had merged with Idea Cellular in August 2018.

However, both Vodafone and Idea had maintained two separate brand identities till date. The integration of two brands is a culmination of the largest telecom integration in the world,” Vodafone Idea said.Vodafone Idea is attempting to keep its businesses afloat in India after the Supreme Court, last week, gave telecom companies 10 years to pay adjusted gross revenue dues (AGR) dues.On Friday, Vodafone Idea had declared its intention to raise fresh capital of up to ₹ 25,000 crore to pay off the hefty dues owed to the government. It plans to raise up to ₹ 15,000 crore through debentures and an equal amount by issuing shares and warrants.

Blue-chip NSW Nifty 50 index down 0.04% at 11,330.35 :

Indian shares were subdued on Monday, as broader Asian markets were on the defensive after a continued Wall Street selloff in technology stocks, while investors awaited an announcement from debt-laden Vodafone Idea Ltd later in the day.

The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index was down 0.04% at 11,330.35, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex fell 0.02% to 38,333.02 as of 9:28 am. Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.3% and China’s blue-chip index slipped 0.2% on concerns of high valuations after Wall Street closed lower on Friday as a selloff continued in technology stocks.

In Mumbai, Vodafone Idea rose as much as 10%. The company has scheduled a media announcement at 0630 GMT later in the day.

On Friday, the carrier said it would raise up to 250 billion rupees ($3.41 billion) in fresh funds as it tries to pay off hefty dues it owes to the government. The Nifty auto index was up 0.57%. India’s commerce minister said on Friday the country is open to raising duties on auto imports to boost local production.

Reduction in MCLR By Bank Of Maharashtra for select tenors : 

State-run Bank of Maharashtra has slashed its marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) by up to 10 basis points for select tenors effective Monday. Its peer Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) also said it will cut its MCLR by 10 basis points (bps) across all tenors effective September 10.Bank of Maharashtra has reduced its one-year and six-month MCLR to 7.30 per cent (from 7.40 per cent) and 7.25 per cent (from 7.30 per cent) respectively, it said in a release. For overnight, one-month and three-month tenors, the Pune-based lender’s MCLRs have been revised to 6.80 per cent, 7 per cent and 7.20 per cent respectively.

Identification of 26 Covid Affected Sectors for Debt Resolution by KV Kamath Panel.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Monday that it had broadly accepted recommendations made by a committee on loans restructuring for COVID-19-affected businesses.

The RBI-appointed panel, under eminent banker KV Kamath, recommended five financial ratios for 26 sectors – including aviation, construction, power, real estate and automobiles – which could be taken into account by banks while finalising their resolution plans for borrowers.

The development comes at a time when the central bank has warned that bad loans in the country’s banking system can soar to at least 12.5 per cent by March 2021, from 8.5 per cent at the end of March this year, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite Covid fears, it’s anchors aweigh for domestic cruise liners:

With the unlock guidelines allowing leisure travel across the country, it’s anchors aweigh for domestic cruise liners, such as Angriya and Jalesh, albeit with caution.Domestic cruise liners wait for a smooth sail. “There are enquiries coming in, mainly for sailing in November. The plan is to have our first voyage by the end of November,” Captain Nitin Dhond, managing director of Angriya Cruises, told Business Standard. Cruise season in India typically runs from October to May. Cruise is a relatively young leisure travel segment, with the current one being just the fourth season for domestic cruise .

Legal

SC Urges States to File Better Affidavits to Ensure Elderly Safety

The Supreme Court’s Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, MR Shah, and R Subhash Reddy, directed the states to file better affidavits which would be sufficient to determine whether the elderly were receiving adequate care during the pandemic.

This was stated by the SC Bench during the hearing of the petition filed by Senior Advocate and former Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Ashwani Kumar who sought sufficient facilities for the elderly given the current circumstances.

The petitioner submitted that the reports published by the states were insufficient and a more detailed report regarding the measures taken is required. Incidents wherein the elderly did not receive adequate care were also cited.

After hearing this the Court opined, “India is a big country. Every Individual case cannot be entertained under Article 32. States should take care of such cases.”

SC urged the states to file better affidavits that would be in accordance with its order passed on 4th August. The order directed that senior citizens who were lodged in institutions would be provided with masks, sanitisers and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits.

In addition to the earlier hearing wherein the Bench directed the government to provide elderly individuals who lived alone with the essential goods and services, SC further directed that owing to the pandemic, old age people should be regularly paid pension if they were eligible and should also be provided with essential goods including medicines, masks, and sanitisers by the respective states.

Rajasthan High Court Urges State Government to Revise Working Prisoner Wages

In accordance to Rule 31 of the Rajasthan Prison Rules, 1951, the Rajasthan High Court has declared that the wages of the prisoners working for the last five years require revision and if not fulfilled, it would result in the violation of the provisions and the guidelines prescribed by the apex Court.

Rule 31(1) mandates that prisoners who volunteer to labour are entitled to wages paid by the government after the expenses have been deducted based on the work done by the prisoner. Rule 31(3) states that seventy-five percent of the amount payable to the prisoner is given to them and the rest is paid to the victims or their legal heirs.

The state government was urged to revise the wages of the prisoners by the Division Bench in this case, composed of Justices Sangeeta Lodha and Rameshwar Vyas. This revision was to be in harmony with the SC decision in the case of State of Gujarat and Another v. High Court of Gujarat relating to the provisions laid down under the aforementioned Rule 31.

A committee is also be constituted in the span of two weeks for the purpose of evaluation of wages that is to be paid to the prisoners and to making recommendations to the state government that will be taken into consideration while deciding the same.

Furthermore, the state government is directed to file a compliance report within the period of three months.

PWD Candidate Guidelines for NLAT 2020 Published

The instructions for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) writing the National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT) for the current year (2020-21) has been relayed by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bengaluru.

In addition to the grant of fifteen extra minutes of writing time for PWD candidates for both UG and PG tests, the instructions include certain guidelines for scribes writing the exam.

 A scribe is someone who writes the PWD candidates’ answers on their behalf. The instructions regarding availing the services of a scribe are as follows:

  • PWD candidates with the disabilities of visual impairment, cerebral palsy, and locomotor disability
  • PWD candidates can avail the services of a scribe if they have other benchmark disabilities, provided they submit the required medical certificates
  • PWD candidates are required to choose their scribe and subsequently submit a Letter of Undertaking
  • If the PWD candidate wishes to engage a Scribe, the necessary fields under the ‘Reservation Tab’ must be filled and the appropriate documents must be uploaded on the Admissions Portal of the university.

The required educational qualifications of an eligible Scribe have been explicitly laid down in the notification.

MoFHW Seek Ban on Disinfection Tunnels; Do Not Recommend Spraying Disinfectant

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoFHW) stated that it has not advised or issued guidelines regarding the establishment of disinfection tunnels in public places and has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court regarding the same.

The Ministry has highlighted the guidelines and procedures issued by it which addresses the procedure of disinfecting public places including workspaces.

The Ministry’s committee, comprising of experts, stated explicitly that spraying people with disinfectant chemicals is not recommended and does more bad than good.

Furthermore, after viewing media reports regarding the usage of disinfectant tunnels, the Ministry held a meeting with its technical committee and subsequently an advisory was issued stating the spraying of disinfectant was inadvisable as not only does it not kill the virus that has already entered the body of an infected person, it also is harmful to the skin. Spraying of disinfectant in open spaces is primarily of no benefit since dirt, as well as porous surfaces such as sidewalks and roads, render the disinfectant ineffective.

MoFHW goes on to state that in addition to the aforementioned, it has also not issued any statement regarding the effectiveness of the use of UV lights on humans for the detecting the virus or killing the same.

Video apps served notice by T-Series for copyright infringement:

Many video apps platform like Bolo indya, Mitron app, MX player’s takataj, triller and Josh,snack video(a Chinese app) has been issued legal notice by T-Series for the copyright infringement and further has been warned against using their music and work in any form on their platforms. T-Series also asked them to pay fine of 3.5 crore rupees.

T-Series under the notice has also asked each of the videos app platforms to pay rs. 3.5 crores in damages for copyrights infringement and render accounts of all revenues illegally earned.

Spicejet share transfer dispute with its former owner:

On 7 September the Delhi High court has directed the spicejet Ltd to deposit Rs. 243 crores within six weeks to its registrar general. This is in connection with the dispute over share transfer with Kalanithi Maran and KAL Airways. Failure to do so would allow Maran to approach the court to seek status quo on the company’s shareholding.

Harper Collins approach Delhi HC against the restraining publication order by district court on Asaram’s rape case book:

District court (patiala house) ordered restraining the publication of a book on Asaram Bapu rape case titled Gunning for the Godman: The true story behind Asaram Bapu’s conviction.  Challenging this order Harper Collins moved to the Delhi High court.

The company is being represented by obhn & Associates.

Delhi Courts have been reported COVID-19 positive cases:

The 10 new COVID-19 positive cases are found in Delhi Courts. The cases include five from Saket Court, one each from karkarduma and Rouse Avenue Court and three from Delhi HC.

The Rouse Avenue Court , District and Session Court Judge Sujata kohli issued a circular in which stated that the judge Who has tested positive and the ones who came into their contact should take necessary precautions.

Three employees were working under different judges were found positive for COVID-19 in Delhi HC . Although, they have mild symptoms and quarantined themselves.

SC allows SLP against Madras HC’s acquittal of accused:

SC has granted special leave petition against the Madras HC’s acquittal of accused of killing his daughter’s husband in the honour killing case. The SLP was from Tamil Nadu government.

The case considered a dalit man Shankar, who fell in love with non-dalit girl kausalya. They married against their parents.

 When they were walking near udumalpet bus stand, three members of the gang were brutally attacked on them. While Shankar was died on the spot and kausalya had got minor injuries. The Tirupur district session court held that six people including Kausalya’s father Chinnasamy, convicted for murdering Shankar on December 12, 2017, but had acquitted Kausalya’s mother and two others.

The Madras HC in June had quashed the trial court’s order for awarding death sentence to the five accused. The court had given them life imprisonment for a minimum of 25 years without any right to remission. The court was also acquitted Kausalya’s father Chinnaswamy from charges against him.

The lower court’s order of conviction was challenged before the HC.  The investigation officer filed another appeal against acquittal of Kausalya’s mother and two others from the case.

Calcutta HC takes Suo Moto Cognizance of unnatural death of wildlife in North Bengal:

Calcutta HC has taken Suo Moto Cognizance of unnatural wildlife death of elephant, bisons, reptiles, birds and amphibians etc in North Bengal region.

A division bench of CJ Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Subhasis dasgupta was deciding to take action on safety matters of the jungle habitat.

The court directed the Chief Wildlife Warden of West Bengal to place a short report within a period of two weeks on the situation of critically important and facing serious challenges in wildlife management.

The bench stated that they were prepared to look into the wildlife management situation in the Buxa Tiger Reserve and Jaldapara National Park in Alipurduar district, Gorumara National Park, Binnaguri in Jalpaiguri district.

The court has made Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of West Bengal respondents in this matter.

Allahabad HC appeals to public to wear mask and maintain social distance :

A division bench of Justices Siddharth Verma and Ajit Kumar on a PIL to improve the condition of the quarantine centres and hospitals.

The Allahabad HC appealed to lawyers to wear masks in the court premises and also to the common man to not leave the house without wearing masks and follow the rules of social distancing to avoid corona infection.

The bar association has been asked to make rules for this.

The court said that there is a possibility of Corona virus can spread rapidly since unlock 4 has been implemented. The government has implemented Unlock 4 to bring the economy back on the track.

International

On Indonesia’s aceh beach almost 300 Rohingya found

Officials said, in Indonesia’s Aceh province almost 300 Rohingya Muslims were found on Monday September 07, after months at sea.

Banda Sakti Subdistrict Military Commander Roni Mahendra said: The group arrived at Ujong Blang beach from one boat and were reported by local residents. Officials arrived and found that the Rohingya had dispersed into three groups after landing,

Rohingya were persuaded. the local residents were asked to help until they gathered again

181 women, 100 men and 14 children were given shelter and received help from local residents, police, military and health providers.

Officers are still waiting for further instruction from their supervisors

the Rohingya had survived about seven months at sea in desperate conditions, with some needing medical treatment. About 330 Rohingya are understood to have embarked on the journey in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh in February, said the director for Asia and the Pacific for UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, Indrika Ratwatte.

Over 30 are estimated to have died enrooted. The group tried repeatedly to disembark over more than 200 days at sea but were not permitted to land.

Due to a military crackdown, and many live in densely crowded refugee camps in Bangladesh, Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Buddhist-majority

Rohingya refugees are still willing to risk everything in search of safety, Said Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid

The central government of Indonesia must now ensure those disembarked get the protection they are entitled to, including food, shelter, and essential health services -– including protection from COVID-19. They should assist the local government in handling the refugees, Indonesian authorities to coordinate with other countries in the region to search for and rescue Rohingya at sea, urged Hamid.

State emergency declared in California; gender reveal party blamed for wildfire Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in five counties late Sunday.

The proclamation includes the cities of Fresno, Madera and Mariposa, San Bernardino County and San Diego County as fires have burned tens of thousands of acres, destroyed buildings and forced thousands of people to leave their homes.

Officials blamed a gender reveal party for one of several wildfires raging in the US state of California.

The El Dorado blaze was caused by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used during a baby’s gender reveal party; said The California Fire Department (Cal Fire)

The fire began on Saturday morning at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, about 72 miles (115km) east of Los Angeles.

At least 46,000 acres have been burned by the creek fire.

More than 200 people were airlifted to safety over the weekend after becoming trapped by a fire at a popular camping area in San Bernardino County.

The weekend brought both record high heat and record acres scorched.

Tens of thousands of acres have been burned by the three fires. According to the Cal OES The fire have also destroyed homes and caused thousands of residents to evacuate.

At least 10 heat records were slashed this weekend, according to an alert from national weather services. Multiple wildfires continue to burn across the state.

Al Qaeda attacked Somali special forces soldiers

Three Somali Special Forces were killed and a U.S. officer was severely injured in a car bomb outside the force’s base in the south of the country.

 Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab quoted they were behind the attack and put the number of dead at 20.

(Al-Qaeda, Arabic al-Qaida (“the Base”), broad-based militant Islamist organization founded by Osama bin Laden in the late 1980s.)

Ayman al-Zawahiri who has been married at least four times runs Al Qaeda now.

In Jana Cabdalle village, some 60 km (37 miles) from the port city of Kismayu, which is also Jubbaland region’s capital, a Somali soldier was found wounded in the attack.
Two Danab’s soldier of (special) forces died and two others were wounded. A U.S. officer was severely injured and wounded. One of the wounded Danab force soldiers had subsequently died. The suicide car bomb exploded outside the Special Forces base. Al Shabaab said it had killed U.S. personnel.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, its military operation spokesman, said in a statement-

“We attacked U.S. and Somali forces called Danab in Jana Cabdalle village with a suicide car bomb. We killed four U.S. officers, and 16 Somali forces which they trained,”

The Government and Al Shabaab often give different numbers of casualties. Al Shabaab is fighting to establish its own rule based on its own harsh interpretation of Islam i.e. Sharia law.

Sri Lanka assessing environment damage from oil tanker fire

Scientists are ordered to determine whether a three-day fire on a giant oil tanker off its coast damaged the marine environment by the government of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

On Sunday, Ships and helicopters from Sri Lanka and neighbouring India extinguished the fire on the MT New Diamond carrying nearly 2 million barrels of crude oil. The fire killed one Filipino crew member and injured another.

Although the main fire has been extinguished, occasional small-scale fires are taking place from time to time. Firefighters have doused them as they continue spraying water to cool the ship, Said Indika de Silva (Navy spokesman).

Terney Pradeep, The general manager of Sri Lanka’s Marine Environment Protection Authority, said the scientists from state agencies and universities will prepare a risk assessment, including the potential for an oil leak. The authority plans to take legal action over the fire.

Attorney General Dappula de Livera directed officials to prepare cost and environmental damage assessments.

With its engines shut down, the tanker drifted to within 20 nautical miles (37 kilometres) of Sri Lanka’s eastern coast on Friday before a tugboat towed it farther out to sea.

Meanwhile, 10 British and Dutch professionals, including rescue operation specialists, disaster evaluators and legal consultants, reached the scene and were waiting to board the tanker to begin the mission of salvaging the ship. The experts were sent by New Shipping Ltd., the commercial owner of the New Diamond in Athens, Greece.

The tanker had 23 crew members, 18 Filipinos and 5 Greeks. 21 crew members left the tanker uninjured as the fire burned.

The fire began in an engine room boiler but did not spread to the t tanker’s oil storage area and no leak has been reported. Sri Lankan officials had warned of possible massive environmental damage if the ship leaks or explodes.

The tanker was transporting crude oil from the port of Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait to the state-owned Indian Oil Corp. which has a refinery (the Indian port of Pradip).

Maria Kalesnikava kidnapped

Maria Kaleshnikava, 38, Belarusian musician and politician, who is a member of the presidium of the transitional council formed during the 2020 Belarusian protest in opposition to the rule of Alexander Lukashenko, major ally of opposition leader Svetlana tikhanovskaya  abducted on 7 September 2020.

In early September 2020, she announced the formation of a new party “Razam” which would operate independently of the transitional council.

Near the Belarusian National Arts Museum, a masked men put Kalesnikava in the minibus and  drove away.

“I came forward and hear the sound of a phone falling on pavement, some stamping; I turned around and saw how people in civilian clothes and masks push Maria in this minibus, her phone flies off; one of these people picks this phone up, jumps into the minibus and they left,” a witness said. (The witness was a bystander)

The opposition’s press team said, Kolesnikova as well as her staffer members Ivan Kravtsov and Anton Rodnenkov are still out of touch and that the opposition’s lawyers are looking for them.

Brexit trade talks plunged into crisis after Britain’s warning to the EU of overriding the divorce deal

In one of the most startling turns of the 4-year Brexit saga, Britain has set a deadline of October 13 to strike a free-trade deal with the EU, and if none is agreed, both sides should “accept that and move on”, PM Boris Johnson said; as a result of new legislation being planned by Britain that will override key parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement- a step that, if implemented, could threaten a treaty signed in January and stoke tension in Northern Ireland.

UNICEF will be leading the procurement and supply of Covid-19 vaccines :

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s largest single vaccine buyer, procuring more than 2 billion doses of various vaccines annually for routine immunization and outbreak response on behalf of nearly 100 countries. The UNICEF, in collaboration with the Revolving Fund of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), will lead efforts to procure and supply doses of Covid-19 vaccines on behalf of the COVAX Global Vaccines facility for 92 low and lower middle-income countries.

Xi’s adoption of an ultra-nationalist agenda to cement his position :

Chinese President Xi Jinping is looking to further strengthen his position by doubling down on an ultra-nationalist agenda, indefinite one-man rule and ideological conformity. It is further rumored that the Chinese President might declare himself as “Chairman Xi” soon. Coupled with increasing vehemence of the Xi administration, China is locked in conflict and confrontation from Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong, South China Sea and Taiwan. China is well placed ahead of other major economies as it is recovering at a faster rate after being affected by the coronavirus and according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), 1.2 per cent of growth is predicted for this year and above 5 per cent annually. Recently, Xi instructed his party cadres in Tibet to build an “impregnable fortress” to guard against “splitism” and ensure frontier security and furthermore called on subjugating Tibetan Buddhism to socialist principles in a hard-line approach towards the ethnic minorities. 

China all set to increase military exercises along its northeast and eastern coast :

As a result of rising regional tension, China will hold further military exercises along its northeast and eastern coast, among which the first set of exercises will take place in the Bohai Sea, off the northeastern port of Qinhuangdao, according to the Maritime Safety Administration. Last month, China had announced 4 separate exercises, from the Bohai Sea to the East and Yellow Seas and down to the disputed South China Sea. China has also held frequent military activities near Chinese-claimed Taiwan.

Typhoon heads to South Korea after battering southern Japan :

The second powerful typhoon is all set to head towards South Korea after damaging buildings, causing blackouts in nearly half a million homes and injuring 20 people on southern Japanese islands. Haishen is the second typhoon to take a similar path through southern Japan and the Korean Peninsula, in less than two weeks. Typhoon Maysak injured dozens of people and damaged homes and other buildings last week.

30 people arrested by HK Police as a result of protests against election delay :

The Hong Kong Police arrested about 30 people who were protesting against the government’s decision to postpone elections for Hong Kong’s legislature. The elections were to be held on Sunday but Chief Executive Carrie Lam on July 31 postponed them for one year. The ruling Communist Party’s decision to impose the law in May prompted complaints it was violating the autonomy promised to the territory when it was returned to China in 1997.

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