GN Staff | July 20, 2015
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday asked Police Commissioner BS Bassi to provide details regarding crime against women in the national capital."We asked Bassi to give us details on the number of FIRs registered on the basis of complaints by women and FIRs not registered by police," Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain told the media.Kejriwal also asked Bassi to make public names of inspectors who were being repeatedly made heads of police stations in the city and inspectors who were ignored for such postings. Kejriwal also demanded from the police chief a list of constables with mobile numbers "so that policing in the city can be improved", sources said.
Labour law changes after consultation with trade unions
Facing stiff resistance from trade unions on labour reforms, prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday said changes in the laws will be carried out through consensus and in consultation with them. Inaugurating the 46th Indian Labour Conference, he said “changes in the labour laws will be made with the concurrence of the unions and the consultation process will continue”. The government has set up a high-level inter-ministerial committee under Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to hold discussions with the unions on issues concerning labour. The committee held its first meeting on Sunday during which a host of labour related issues were discussed.
Meanwhile, trade union leader G Sanjeeva Reddy said that Jaitley has assured trade unions that they will discuss their 12 point demands in depth. "In the next meeting three things will be discussed. The demands related to The minimum wage of Rs 15,000, bonus and contractual workers to get at par with regular workers for the same work," he said.
Gold prices slide to 5-year lows
International gold prices are down 6.53% year-to-date, while Indian gold prices are down 6.65% as international gold prices continued to slide for the sixth consecutive session and tumbled to a five-year low. International gold prices fell to $1,072.35 per troy ounce, the lowest in five years. Meanwhile, the dollar strengthened on strong expectations that the US Federal Reserve will hike interest rates later this year.
Sensex falls ahead of parliament session
The benchmark BSE Sensex on Monday fell marginally by 43 points to 28,420.12 as investors adopted a cautious stance ahead of parliament session and earnings from blue-chips stocks. Key bills, Goods and Service Tax (GST) bill and the land acquisition bill, are expected to be presented during the monsoon session, which starts from on Tuesday. The 50-issue Nifty settled 6.40 points, or 0.07%, lower at 8,603.45.
Rahul Gandhi to visit Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu this week
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is visiting Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu this week (from July 23) as part of his outreach programme. The visit is significant as this is the first time he is visiting bifurcated Andhra Pradesh, and the party is struggling to keep its house in order in Tamil Nadu due to internal bickering as the state is slated to go for polls soon.
Vyapam scam whistleblower Anand Rai transferred
Vyapam scam whistleblower and government doctor Anand Rai will move court against his transfer. It came days after he lodged a complaint with the CBI against senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Vikram Verma. Rai has been transferred from Indore to Verma's Dhar district. Rai has alleged that Verma had got his daughter pursuing MBBS in Santosh Medical College at Ghaziabad, transferred to Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal. Rai, who was on deputation at the health department's training institute in Indore, was transferred on Sunday. However, unfazed by the transfer, Rai said that he is going to to challenge his transfer.
Meanwhile, the supreme court today allowed SIT and Special Task Force of Madhya Police to file charge sheets in Vyapam scam cases till matters are transferred to the CBI.
SC forms panel to probe ex-CBI chief Ranjit Sinha
The Supreme Court on Monday set up a SIT under ex-CBI officer ML Sharma to probe former CBI director Ranjit Sinha. The apex court had earlier sought Sharma's consent to head the probe. Ranjit Sinha, when he was CBI director, had allegedly met people accused in the 2G and coal scandals at his official residence without the presence of investigating officers.
Struggling with rationing and prioritising available supplies amid the acute Covid-19 vaccine shortage, the BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) has floated a global tender for supply of 1 crore doses, even as it has announced a walk-in vaccination campaign next week for select categories of citizens.
Expressing regret that despite being the largest producer of vaccines in the world things have fallen apart in India, Ashok Seth, a Padma Bhushan awardee and chairman of Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, has said that the focus needs to be on percentage and not the number of population vaccinated.
In Maharashtra, the epicentre of India’s devastating second wave, several NGOs and civil society organisations have been at work to combat the pandemic – by spreading awareness about precautions, by helping the slum-dwellers book appointment for vaccine, by providing meals to the marginalised a
The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed the landmark of 17 crore on Monday as the Phase 3 of the nationwide vaccination drive expands further. India is the fastest country to administer 17 crore Covid vaccine doses – China took 119 days and USA 115 days
India is battling the second wave of Covid-19 and infections are spreading into the interiors of the country, says Dr Anurag Bhadouria, National Spokesperson, Samajwadi Party. It is precipitated by the elections in five states, the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar and also panchayat elections in many states, he says
The CoWIN system, the overarching digital platform for citizens seeking appointment for the Covid-19 vaccine, is introducing a new four-digit security code” in the application from Saturday to minimise a peculiar error and subsequent inconvenience to citizens. “It has been notic