NEWS IN BRIEF
Noting that its various directions including ban on sale and manufacture of polluting firecrackers is not being implemented, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said that responsibility has to be fixed for flouting of its direction and suggested that the police commissioner should be held responsible for any violation.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the West Bengal government has made out a case for entertaining its appeal challenging a Calcutta high court order directing CBI and SIT probe into post-poll violence in May after Trinamool Congress, led by Mamata Banerjee, romped home in the assembly elections with a massive mandate.
Come October 1, senior citizens seeking work opportunities will be able to register themselves on a first-of-its-kind dedicated employment exchange portal for the elderly. The ‘Senior Able Citizens for Re-Employment in Dignity (Sacred)’ portal, being steered by the ministry of social justice and empowerment (MoSJ&E), will enable “virtual matching” of employable elderly of 60 years and above with employers who come forward and register on the platform.
Hours before Navjot Singh Sidhu quit from the post of Punjab Congress president, chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday defended his decision to appoint senior advocate A P S Deol as new advocate general (AG) of the state.
The north-eastern states generally have the highest ratio of female workers in managerial positions, with Meghalaya topping the chart with 34.1%, followed by Sikkim and Mizoram, according to the annual bulletin of the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS).
Builders cannot get away by handing over maintenance and administration of a housing society to the residents’ welfare association if the project remains unfinished without all infrastructure and facilities promised to the homebuyers and will need to compensate the RWAs, the Supreme Court said.
Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday announced his resignation as Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president. The cricketer-turned-politician made the announcement on Twitter. The leader said that he has quit from the post as he "can never compromise on Punjab's future" in his letter addressed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Kanhaiya Kumar joins Congress in presence of Rahul Gandhi; Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani extends support
Former Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Tuesday joined the Congress in the presence of Rahul Gandhi at the party's headquarters in the national capital. Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani also came out in support of the Congress ideology but did not join the party formally.
The government on Tuesday extended the ban on scheduled international flights till October 31. However, Vande Bharat Mission and other flights under air bubbles will continue to operate and people eligible as per government norms can fly to and from India on them.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat will embark on a four-day visit to Jammu, beginning September 30. A statement issued in this regard by Jammu Prant Karvahak stated that during his stay Bhagwat will participate in many programmes in the region. He had earlier visited Jammu in 2016.
The calls between US General Mark Milley and his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zuocheng, were first revealed in the book "Peril". The first call was on October 30, four days before the US presidential election, and the second was on January 8, two days after supporters of Trump stormed the US Capitol .
Speaking alongside Austin, General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, cited "a very real possibility" that al-Qaida or the Islamic State group's Afghanistan affiliate could reconstitute in Afghanistan under Taliban rule and present a terrorist threat to the United States in the next 12 to 36 months.
Markets regulator Sebi on Tuesday decided on a framework for the social stock exchange for fund raising by social enterprises. The framework for the Social Stock Exchange (SSE) has been developed on the basis of the recommendations of a working group and technical group constituted by the regulator.
KKR bowlers made optimum use of the slow Sharjah track to restrict Delhi Capitals to 127 for nine. Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine went after Lalit Yadav in the 14th over and also attacked Kagiso Rabada in the 16th over to tilt the game in KKR's favour. The loss would be a nice wake-up call for DC, who remain second in the table with 16 points even as KKR consolidated their fourth spot with 10 points.
The central government on Tuesday extended the nationwide Covid-19 containment measures till October 31 in view of localised spreads of the virus in a few states and the disease continuing to be a public health challenge in the country.
A 19-year-old Pakistani militant belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba was captured alive during an anti-infiltration operation along the Line of Control on Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir in which one ultra was killed and three Indian soldiers sustained injuries, the Army said on Tuesday.
Delhi Capitals bowler R Ashwin and Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan were involved in a heated exchange after the former was dismissed by Tim Southee in the last over of the DC innings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
The Indian diaspora is disappointed to note that the proposed DACA rule does not include documented dreamers. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
India's drug regulator on Tuesday allowed vaccine maker Serum Institute to enrol kids aged 7-11 years for its Covid-19 vaccine trial as the country prepares to protect children from the coronavirus. Serum Institute is already conducting a trial of its Covid-19 vaccine in the 12-17 age group and has presented safety data for an initial 100 participants.
In a big victory for security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, one Pakistani terrorist was killed by the Indian Army in an anti-terror operation in Uri sector on Tuesday morning. Out of the two terrorists holed up in the region, one of them surrendered before the forces, sources said. The operation was carried out by Pulwama police and troops of 50 Rashtriya Rifles, the Kashmir Zone Police said in a tweet.
LIC is currently undergoing a valuation exercise for an IPO that could be India's biggest ever as the government seeks to raise around 900 billion Indian rupees by selling 5%-10% stake in the company by the end of the fiscal year that runs through March. The move to hire a CFO follows a decision to re-designate LIC’s top job to chief executive officer from chairman earlier this year.
The Congress high command managed to remove one of its strongest regional satraps from the post of chief minister, but it has not been able to begin with the new cabinet on a clean slate. Unlike BJP’s move to replace the entire cabinet in Gujarat along with the chief minister to shrug off anti-incumbency, Congress has retained almost two-third of the old cabinet in Punjab.
India on Tuesday reported 18,795 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest daily count in 201 days. With this, the country's overall Covid-19 tally has reached 3,36,97,581 cases, according to the health ministry’s updated data. Meanwhile, the number of active Covid-19 cases in the country has declined to 2,92,206.
Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga said the emergency will end on Thursday and virus restrictions will be eased gradually "in order to resume daily lives despite the presence of the virus." He said the government will create more temporary Covid-19 treatment facilities and continue vaccinations to prepare for any future resurgence.
Pakistan's planning minister says the government will begin a drive to vaccinate children aged 12 or above to protect them from coronavirus. The announcement on Tuesday by Asad Umar comes amid a steady decline in fatalities from coronavirus across the country. Currently Pakistan is offering free jabs to teens and adults.
Greece will buy three frigates from France as part of a deeper "strategic partnership" between the two countries to defend their shared interests in the Mediterranean, French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. The deal marks "an audacious first step towards European strategic autonomy", Macron said at a signing ceremony with Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Elysee Palace.
The Election Commission of India on Tuesday announced by-polls for three parliamentary and 30 assembly seats across 15 states and Union territories (UTs) in the country. Parliamentary by-polls were announced on Dadra and Nagar Haveli seat in Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu; Khandwa seat in Madhya Pradesh; and Mandi seat in Himachal Pradesh.
Nepal's friendship with both neighbours, India and China, remains of “paramount importance” in the conduct of its foreign policy, the country's new foreign minister Narayan Khadka has said at the high-level 76th United Nations General Assembly. Khadka said that Nepal's worldview is shaped by its adherence to the principle of ‘amity with all and enmity with none'.
US officials have identified Pakistan as a base of operations or target for numerous armed and non state terrorist groups, some of which have existed since 1980s, Congressional Research Service said in a report. The report said that these groups can be categorised into five types - globally-oriented, Afghanistan oriented, India & Kashmir-oriented, domestically oriented and Sectarian.
The nine sectors which the survey focussed on included manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, education, health, accomodation and restaurant, IT/BPO and financial services. The IT/BPO sector logged 152% growth, followed by health (77%), financial services (48%), education (39%), manufacturing (22%), transport (68%) and construction (42%) during this period compared to 2013-14 economic census.
PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched 35 crop varieties with special traits -- developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) -- to address the twin challenges of climate change and malnutrition. The new crop varieties were dedicated to the nation through a video conference organised at all ICAR institutes, state and central agricultural universities and Krishi Vighyan Kendra.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to entertain two pleas seeking directions for adequate medical facilities to non-Covid-19 patients during the second wave of pandemic and registration for Covid vaccine by a toll-free number. A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said that petitions have become infructuous due to changed circumstances.
The Taliban banned barbershops in a southern Afghanistan province from shaving or trimming beards, claiming their edict is in line with Shariah or Islamic law. The order in Helmand province was issued Monday by the provincial Taliban government's vice and virtue department to barbers in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital.
About 39% of companies have given open-source talent more salary increases than other business areas, shows the latest jobs report from The Linux Foundation. Hiring open source talent is a high priority for 97% of hiring managers surveyed in 2021, and they are more likely than ever to look for open source professionals who hold certifications.
The Army continues with its strong combat posture along the entire frontier with China, which includes high-volume artillery firepower ranging from the older 105mm field guns, Bofors and rocket systems to the spanking new M-777 ultra-light howitzers. It is also trial-evaluating if the new K-9 Vajra self-propelled tracked guns can be deployed in high-altitude regions.
Pakistan has seen 35 attacks that left at least 52 civilians dead in August, the highest since February 2017. Most of the violence has been attributed to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, an offshoot of the Afghan terrorist group. With the Taliban in control of Afghanistan, there are concerns in Islamabad that a spillover in terror activities could affect investments, including China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
The Supreme Court on Monday accused the National Medical Council, National Board of Examinations and the health ministry of “playing football” with the lives of young doctors aspiring to do their specialisation by changing the pattern of questions for the NEET-Super Speciality Examination more than a month after notifying the exam date.
PM Modi on Monday launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, envisaged as a complete digital health ecosystem with a ‘health ID’ for every citizen, digitised personal health records, as well as a registry of doctors and health facilities across the country.
India on Monday called for stepped up attention from the international community to check illicit proliferation of nuclear weapons. Addressing the UNSC meeting on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, foreign secretary HV Shringla said, “There is a need for the international community to pay closer attention to the illicit proliferation of networks of nuclear weapons, their delivery systems and relevant technologies.”
Desperate motorists queued up at fuel pumps across Britain, draining tanks, fraying tempers and prompting calls for the government to use emergency powers to give priority access to healthcare and other essential workers. The government says a lack of tanker drivers to deliver fuel and unprecedented demand is behind the crisis.
Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Trevor Bayliss said a struggling David Warner was dropped from the playing squad against Rajasthan Royals to give the youngsters in the side a chance as they are already out of contention for a play-off berth in the Indian Premier League.
More than 90% of clicks on advertisements that passed through Australia's "ad tech" supply chain went through at least one Google-owned service in 2020, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said. The regulator said it wanted special powers to address the imbalance of advertiser access to consumer data.
Issuing guidelines for sexual harassment at workplace cases, the Bombay high court has directed that henceforth all such matters will be heard in-camera or in the judge’s chambers and not in open court, and the orders are not to be uploaded on the official website. The HC has also barred the media from publishing the proceedings without court permission.
Vedant Mohan was the only player in the elite field of 14 boys, aged 10 and under, who had travelled to Croatia’s resort town of Umag without a coach. But the young Indian tennis player made light of his torn shoes to leave all but one of the competition behind, finishing runner-up in the Champions Bowl World Finals.
The latest in a series of US satellites that has recorded human and natural impacts on Earth's surface for decades was launched into orbit from California on Monday to ensure continued observations in the era of climate change. Landsat 9 was carried into space aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that lifted off from foggy Vandenberg Space Force Base at 11.12am.
Farm groups in Punjab, which have been at the forefront of the struggle against the Central farm laws, brought the state to near standstill on Monday as the Bharat bandh paralysed rail and road traffic, and business establishments were shut. While the impact was less severe in Haryana, the western part of UP saw some toll plazas being blocked and trains cancelled due to protests on tracks.
Days after its attack on Infosys, RSS-affiliate magazine Panchjanya, in its latest issue, has carried a cover story on Amazon, likening the online retail giant to East India Company and accusing it of corrupt practices.
The Supreme Court on Monday said forcible unnatural sex with wife by husband is a heinous offence, especially as it had led her to die by suicide, and refused bail to the man who has been in custody for more than two years on charges of dowry harassment, domestic violence and rape.
The market valuation of Reliance Industries Limited went past the Rs 16 lakh crore mark at close of trade on Monday. The market heavyweight gained 1.70 per cent to close at Rs 2,525.20 on the BSE. During the day, it jumped 1.85 per cent to its record high of Rs 2,529.