Nearly one-fourth of beneficiaries under the PM Kisan scheme, launched last year and which was utilised during the lockdown to offer relief to agriculturists, are women, a surprising revelation that indicates that they are also land-holders as is required to receive benefits of the direct transfers from the central government.
The two-day All India Presiding Officers’ Conference, which concluded here in Gujarat on Thursday, passed several important resolutions, including one urging the government to set up a body, comprising the President, Lok Sabha Speaker and Chief Justice of India, to oversee the constitutional balance between the legislature, executive and judiciary.
For the second consecutive day on Friday, Punjab farmers marched through Haryana, breaking barricades as they faced water cannons and tear gas at various border points in many districts across the state.
A Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court has dismissed a PIL petition, requesting the court to direct the Uttar Pradesh government and its education authorities that “Bhagavad Gita” be taught as one of the subjects to students of all classes in the overall interest of society.
Concrete slabs, concertina wire, trucks filled with sand and edgy policemen firing teargas rounds kept the huge throng of agitating farmers stalled at Singhu border on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway till late in the afternoon on Friday. By the time the administration finally relented and offered the Nirankari Samagam grounds at Burari in north Delhi to their leaders, resentment against police action and the fear of being corralled and grounded virtually on the outskirts of Delhi made the protesters opt for spending the night at the barricades.
Commander Nishant Singh, a naval MiG-29K pilot operating from aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, had sought permission from his commanding officer to drop «a nuclear bomb on himself» and «willingly sacrifice himself in absolute peacetime» to enter the «graveyard spiral of matrimony» just seven months ago.
At least 32 Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) systems, estimated at Rs 1,063 crore, are in various stages of deployment by union ministries, central agencies and several state governments, including Telangana and Gujarat, according to an ongoing study by digital rights advocacy group, Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF). IFF sourced the information by filing 31 RTIs with several government departments.
The Supreme Court on Friday expressed deep disappointment with state governments for not taking concrete measures against the spread of coronavirus in the country and said “the situation in the last three weeks has gone from bad to worse”.
BJP has picked Sushil Modi for Rajya Sabha by-elections from Bihar. Modi's election to the Upper House is all but certain as the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance has a majority in the state assembly. Election to the seat is due for December 14 if the rival alliance led by the RJD decides to contest.
The Supreme Court on Friday said states have to rise “above the politics” and harsh measures were required to be taken to contain the surge of Covid-19 as things have gone from “bad to worse”.The apex court also said there are policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures (SoP) for Covid-19 management in the country but there is lack of implementation by the authorities and no concrete steps have been taken to deal with the issue.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar arrived in Seychelles after his two-day visit to UAE on November 25-26. It was the second leg of his six-day three-nation tour to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Seychelles, which began on Tuesday.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who faces one of the most challenging elections of her polical carrer, on Friday suffered another setback as senior Trinamool Congress leader Suvendu Adhikari resigned as the state's transport minister.
India's Covid-19 tally of cases climbed to 93.09 lakh with 43,082 new cases in a day, while 87,18,517 people have recuperated so far pushing the national recovery rate to 93.64 per cent on Friday, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
An Indian Navy aircraft - MiG-29K - operating at sea crashed around 5pm on Thursday evening. While one pilot managed to eject safely, a search operation is under way to find the second. A probe has been ordered into the incident, according to an official statement.