Citing concerns for people who may not afford COVID-19 vaccine, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on January 13 said the vaccine would be free for the people of Delhi. Kejriwal stated earlier he had already requested the Union to provide free vaccines to all as everybody cannot afford it. Moreover, putting down the rumours about the vaccine's inefficacy, he appealed to people to show up for the vaccination.
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Calling the Centre's attitude as "stubborn", the protesting farmers have refused to take part in a committee suggested by the Supreme Court for the issues' resolution. However, they thanked the apex court for halting the implementation of the Centre's three farm laws for the time being. Earlier, the three-judge bench headed by CJI SA Bobde on January 11 had criticized the government and asked to break the impasse by creating a committee.
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The deadlock between farmers and government has been extended further as the eighth round of talks went inconclusive. While the government did not show any sign to revoke the laws, the farmer’s representative asked the leverage of states passing their own laws. Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said government can only consider if farmers give other option than repealing laws. Reportedly, the next round talks have been scheduled to January 15.… read-more
Hearing a plea related to the Tablighi Jamaat event, the Supreme Court on January 7 warned Centre over the probability of similar consequences in the farmers' protest. Fearing the rise of Covid-19 cases, the top court asked the Solicitor General regarding safety provisions against COVID-19 and has directed to submit a report on developments to pacify the protests. Moreover, CJI SA Bobde said, “It is not that everything (pandemic) is over.”… read-more
Asking the Tamil Nadu government to strictly abide by the guidelines, the Home Ministry has sent a letter to the state opposing 100% occupancy of theatres. The letter, citing COVID-19 restrictions extended till January 31, has asked the state to scrap the complete allowance and work on 50% occupancy. Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government had permitted 100% occupancy after requests from various film stars to increase footfall in theatres before… read-more
Amidst increasing COVID-19 cases in Kerala, the Centre has decided to send a high-level expert team to assist the state. Led by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Director Dr SK Singh, the team will monitor the public health interventions of the state’s COVID-19 management. Reportedly, the team will reach Kerala on January 8. Besides, the Health Ministry stated, “Kerala has been reporting very high daily new COVID-19 cases”.
The eighth round talks between farmers' representative and Centre on January 4 has yet again failed to break the impasse. The talks were inconclusive as the farmers' representatives stuck to their demand for repealing the laws, while the government persuaded to discuss the issues. Meanwhile, the farmer unions' representatives, stated that the protest would continue until the laws are revoked. The next meeting is scheduled for January 8.
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Supreme Court's bench lead by Justice Ashok Bhushan on December 15 suggested Attorney General Tushar Mehta of granting a break to doctors working on COVID-19 duties. The bench had expressed their concern about doctors' mental health as they were working for at least eight months. Moreover, the bench opined that long schedule for doctors would be "painful". Abiding the direction, the Attorney General has promised the Apex of offering breaks.… read-more
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Day after the farmer leaders' met with Amit Shah, Centre has mooted a proposal saying that the government is ready to assure MSP in written. The government has acknowledged at least seven proposals of farmers and has agreed to regulate the mandi system. The proposal also included amendments like levying equal taxes for mandis as well as private players. However, farmers have declined the proposal and insisted on revoking laws.
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A separate portal set up by the Centre to deal with COVID-19 irregularities has reportedly received around 40,000 corruption complaints. The corruption cases included fund embezzlements, bribery and harassments by government authorities. However, out of the total 167,000 COVID-related grievances received so far, over 150,000 have been resolved. The grievance were recorded on multi-modal platform PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely… read-more
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