PM Modi to deliver keynote speech at High-Level Segment of UN ECOSOC on July 17


PM Modi to deliver keynote speech at High-Level Segment of UN ECOSOC on July 17

United Nations: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually address the UN on Friday at the High-Level Segment of the ECOSOC, his first since India was overwhelmingly elected as a non-permanent member of the powerful Security Council last month.

Modi will deliver the keynote address at the Valedictory of the High-Level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on July 17. India last month was overwhelmingly elected as a non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council on Wednesday for a two-year term.

India, the endorsed candidate from the Asia-Pacific States, won 184 votes out of the 192 ballots cast in the elections for the five non-permanent seats of the Security Council. During the address, Modi will be joined by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will also address the segment.

The theme of this year's High-Level Segment is 'Multilateralism after COVID19: What kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary'. Held on an annual basis, the High-level Segment represents the culmination of the ECOSOC's annual cycle of work and convenes a diverse group of high-level representatives from Government, the private sector, civil society and academia.

"Against the backdrop of a changing international environment and the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, the session will focus on critical forces shaping the course of multilateralism and explore ways to bolster the multilateral agenda through strong multilateral leadership, effective international institutions, a broadening of participation and an enhanced focus on global public goods," the Permanent Mission of India to the UN said in a statement.

The event, being held on the eve of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UN, assumes special significance as it will be the first opportunity for Modi to address the broader UN membership since India overwhelmingly won the Security Council election on June 17.

This year's theme also resonates with India's priority for its Security Council tenure in which New Delhi has called for reformed multilateralism in a post-COVID-19 world. Modi had earlier delivered the keynote address virtually at the 70th anniversary of the ECOSOC in January 2016. India has had a long tradition of close association with the ECOSOC. The inaugural Presidency of the ECOSOC in 1946 was held by Sir Ramaswami Mudaliar of India.

The UN Charter established the ECOSOC in 1945 as one of the six main organs of the United Nations and is mandated to offer direction to, and undertake the coordination of, the economic, social, and cultural activities of the United Nations, with responsibility for advancing international economic and social cooperation and development.




'You walked out on the Congress; how do you expect people to trust you?' Digvijaya Singh slams Pilot, Scindia


'You walked out on the Congress; how do you expect people to trust you?' Digvijaya Singh slams Pilot, Scindia

Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday lashed out at both Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia for leaving the Congress.

Sharing two videos on Twitter that featured the two young former Congress leaders, Singh, who is one of the old guards in the Congress and a mentor of sorts to former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, tweeted, “At the national level, people had high confidence in these two emerging leaders. Now listen to what he is saying and what he is doing.”

 


The video is shot in 2018, as Pilot is heard saying that the BJP has been in power for four years. Pilot and Scindia are sitting together on the show and talking about the work done by the Congress, and it appears that they were campaigning for the party before the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan elections in 2018.

At the time, both Pilot and Scindia had aspired to be chief ministers of their respective states and had felt that their hard work in the party would finally pay off. However, this wasn’t to be, as Kamal Nath was made chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, while Ashok Gehlot was sworn in as Chief Minister of Rajasthan. While Pilot was made deputy Chief Minister, Scindia was not given such a title.

The idea for having the old guard in chief ministerial positions, the Congress felt, was that they would be able to get voters during the 2019 general elections. This turned out to be a damp squib for the Congress, as they lost all 25 seats in Rajasthan and only manage to get one seat out of the 29 seats in the state.

People slowly began noticing dissent within the MP unit of the Congress, when Scindia at the time removed INC from his Twitter bio. While he hasn’t changed the bio as yet, at that time it was a significant change. Then in March this year, on Holi, Scindia switched loyalties, citing that the Congress party had lost its way.

Pilot, meanwhile, showed signs of rebellion. He was critical of the government’s handling of infant mortality at a hospital in Kota two months ago – a move that won him praise on mainstream and social media. Finally, last week he started a coup against the Gehlot government, saying he had the numbers to form a government of his own. While those numbers aren’t enough, as he only has the support of 20 MLAs, his exit from the party is the start of a very interesting period in Indian politics.




8 districts of Karnataka to impose 7-day lockdown


8 districts of Karnataka to impose 7-day lockdown

Bengaluru

As Covid-19 cases and deaths are mounting, Karnataka is to lock down 8 districts this week. First to take off was Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru Rural that went into a week-long lockdown at 8 pm on Tuesday.

Dakshina Kannada and Dharwad would go into lockdown for a week beginning Wednesday. Other districts in the line are Yadgir, Raichur, Bidar and Kalaburagi (urban areas) where that dates have not been announced.

The lockdown decision was announced after Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa chaired a high-level meeting with all deputy commissioners and superintendents of police in the state. He gave full powers to the district heads to take a call on implementing a lockdown in their respective districts based on the ground realities.

Soon after, Dakshina Kannada and Dharwad districts announced a lockdown starting.

Apart from the eight districts, other districts are considering announcing a lockdown.

Meanwhile, the state on Tuesday reported 97 Covid deaths, taking the death toll to 842. The state also reported 2,496 new Covid cases, taking the Covid tally to 44,077. Bengaluru alone reported 1,267 new cases and 56 deaths.

Meanwhile, Andhra CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Tuesday announced Rs15,000 for the final rites of those who died of Covid, a decision taken after the Opposition TDP criticised the govt for alleged inhuman handling of bodies.




Meant Jyotiraditya Scindia, not Sachin Pilot: Congress' PL Punia's 'slip of tongue' over Rajasthan Dy CM joining BJP


Meant Jyotiraditya Scindia, not Sachin Pilot: Congress' PL Punia's 'slip of tongue' over Rajasthan Dy CM joining BJP

Minutes after making a statement that "Sachin Pilot is now in BJP", PL Punia, AICC General Secretary In-charge of Chhattisgarh, on Monday tweeted a clarification that it was a "slip of the tongue".

Punia tweeted, "It is clear in the video that question was asked about Scindia Ji and my reply was about Sh Scindia and by slip of tongue I took Sachin Pilots' name instead of Scindia. The mistake is regretted."


Earlier in the day, speaking to ANI, when asked about BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia's tweet claiming Pilot was sidelined in the Congress, Punia had said, "Sachin Pilot is now in BJP. What is the attitude of the BJP towards Congress and everyone knows that. We don't need a certificate from BJP. In Congress, every political leader and worker is respected." A meeting of the Congress Legislature Party is taking place in Jaipur today.

 

While Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has blamed the BJP for attempting to destabilise the State government by poaching MLAs, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has been camping in Delhi to speak to the party leadership regarding the political turmoil in the State.

A controversy broke out in Rajasthan after Special Operation Group (SOG) sent a notice to Pilot to record his statement in the case registered by SOG in the alleged poaching of Congress MLAs in the State.




West Bengal Commission of Child Rights seeks police report after BJP anti-govt campaign shares video enacting rape


West Bengal Commission of Child Rights seeks police report after BJP anti-govt campaign shares video enacting rape

The battle between the BJP and TMC continues to take an ugly turn ahead of the state assembly elections scheduled for 2021. While the BJP has called for action against the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress over the death of one of its MLAs on Monday, the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights has sought a report from the Kolkata police over a video campaign by the BJP that recreates an alleged rape.

On July 9 and 10, the BJP posted three films on its official Twitter handle. The films – less than one minute long – highlight the state’s inaction when it comes to crimes against women. One of the short films portrays two minor

According to a report published in Hindustan Times, the commission has stated that “using minors in such scenes is punishable under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and it also violates Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. The commission has sought a report from the Kolkata Police.”

Senior BJP leader Debendra Nath Ray, was found hanging near his home in Hemtabad area of North Dinajpur district on Monday morning.

Ray had contested and won the Hemtabad assembly segment -- a reserved seat for Scheduled Castes -- on a CPI(M) ticket but had switched over to the BJP last year after the Lok Sabha polls. He, however, did not resign as CPI(M) legislator in the state assembly.

However, BJP West Bengal claimed that he was "killed and then hung". "Body of Shri Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad, a reserved seat, in Uttar Dinajpur, was found hanging like this in Bindal, near his village home. People are of the clear opinion that he was first killed and then hung. His crime? He joined the BJP in 2019," BJP Bengal's tweet read.

Even, BJP chief JP Nadda said that suspected heinous killing of Debendra Nath Ray is extremely shocking and deplorable. "The suspected heinous killing of Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad in West Bengal, is extremely shocking and deplorable. This speaks of the Gunda Raj & failure of law and order in the Mamta govt. People will not forgive such a govt in the future. We strongly condemn this," Nadda tweeted.




BJP thwarts attempt for PAC review of PM CARES Fund, coronavirus response: Report


BJP thwarts attempt for PAC review of PM CARES Fund, coronavirus response: Report

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which scrutinises key reports by the auditor general, failed to arrive at a consensus on Friday on examining the government's response to coronavirus pandemic or PM CARES fund which is set up to tackle the crisis.

Friday's meeting of the 22-member Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chaired by leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was attended by 17 out of the total 20 members. Its two seats are vacant.

According to a report by NDTV, members of the PAC, in which BJP enjoys majority, thwarted Chowdhury's attempt to select the PM CARES Fund for examination saying its amount was not sanctioned by the parliament and therefore it cannot be taken up by the committee.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, chairman of the committee, who is also the leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha, appealed to members to think of the nation and act with their conscience.

Some opposition leaders claimed that the reason for denying the scrutiny of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government's response is because the BJP is afraid of a closer look into the PM CARES fund which is not under the audit of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), reported NDTV.

Meanwhile, the PAC has decided to examine various subjects with special focus being given to the CAG report number 5 of 2017, a performance audit of the Sino-India Border Roads, and CAG report number 13 of 2019 which is on the provisioning and procurement of high altitude-clothing, equipment, ration and housing for soldiers.

As per the papers circulated among the members of the committee on Friday, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on border roads is the top most subject for examination by the committee during the year, reported PTI.




WB Governor continues his tirade against Mamata govt; asks IAS officers to be 'politically neutral', 'accountable', 'transparent'


WB Governor continues his tirade against Mamata govt; asks IAS officers to be 'politically neutral', 'accountable', 'transparent'

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday continued his tirade against Mamata Banerjee government and asked IAS and IPS officers to be politically neutral, accountable and transparent.

In a series of tweets, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar wrote: "IAS and IPS @MamataOfficial MUST observe ALL INDIA SERVICES (CONDUCT) RULES, 1968 that mandate: political neutrality; accountability and transparency; commit himself to and uphold the supremacy of the Constitution and democratic values."


He said that IAS and IPS officers should "refrain from doing anything which is or may be contrary to any law, rules, regulations and established practices." West Bengal Governor asked officers to maintain discipline in the discharge of their duties and be liable to implement the lawful orders duly communicated to him. "Perform and discharge his duties with the highest degree of professionalism and dedication to the best of his abilities," he added.


Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said that he was worried about rampant disregard and violations by the Mamata Banerjee government. "As Governor worried at rampant disregard and violations @MamataOfficial. Let there be no doubt, every such infraction will attract due accountability," he said.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday said he has held "informal talks" with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the problems faced by the students of higher education institues in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and stressed that efforts are being made to address their concerns.

Asserting that welfare of students will always be his top priority, Dhankhar, who is also the chancellor of state universities, said the higher education secretary will visit him during the day to hold a discussion on the matter.

"I have held informal talks with the CM on the problems faced by the students... After my meeting with the vice chancellors of different state universities on July 15, we will jointly take up the matter with the UGC. Students are very close to my heart," he tweeted.




Tamil Nadu crime: Three, including son of former SBI employee, arrested for running duplicate bank branch


Tamil Nadu crime: Three, including son of former SBI employee, arrested for running duplicate bank branch

On Friday, three people, including son of former SBI employee, were arrested by the Tamil Nadu police for running a duplicate branch of State Bank of India (SBI).

According to a report by the Business Standard, among the three people, one was the son of former SBI bank employees. The duplicate branch, located at Tamil Nadu's Panruti area, came under lens when an SBI customer noticed it and informed his Branch manager. The matter was later escalated to the Zonal office, which informed that only two branches of SBI are running in Panruti, and there was no third branch opened in the area.

The SBI officials who visited the duplicate branch were surprised to see the entire set up which exactly looked like a bank branch. The SBI officials immediately filed a complaint and three people were arrested.

As per the report, the police arrested three people including the mastermind, an unemployed youth whose parents were former bank employees. The other two who were arrested by the police, include a person who runs the printing press from where all the receipts, challans were printed. While the other person printed rubber stamps.

Earlier in 2018, the police in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia city arrested a man or running a fake branch of the Karnataka Bank, reported The Economic Times. Officers recovered Rs 1.37 lakh in cash, which Aafaq Ahmed had collected by opening savings and fixed deposits accounts for local residents.

 
 
 



'This is how idiots turn shame into victory': Twitter trolls Sudhir Chaudhary after Nepal bans all Indian news channels


'This is how idiots turn shame into victory': Twitter trolls Sudhir Chaudhary after Nepal bans all Indian news channels

Nepal on Thursday stopped the transmission of all Indian private news channels except Doordarshan, accusing them of airing reports hurting the country's national sentiment.

"We have stopped the distribution of all Indian news channels except Doordarshan," Dinesh Subedi, the chairman of Multi-System Operator (MSO), foreign channel distributor, told reporters in Kathmandu.

"We have halted distribution of India's private news channels as they have aired news reports hurting Nepal's national sentiment," he added.

The development comes after some Indian channels aired reports critical of Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and his government. However, the Nepal government did not officially announce halting the telecast of the Indian news channels.

Minister for Finance, Information and Communication Yuvraj Khatiwada also condemned some of the reports aired by the Indian news channels.

"Nepal government condemns such acts," Khatiwada said while responding to a question on the issue during a press meet on Thursday. "The government will seek political and legal ways against such an objectionable act," he added.

Meanwhile, Zee News' Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary said that the neighbouring country was scared of the news anchors of India. "The army was not needed", he added in Hindi.

— Sudhir Chaudhary (@sudhirchaudhary) July 9, 2020
Twitter users trolled the Daily News and Analysis (DNA) host. "This is how idiots turn shame into victory," a Twitter user said. "It’s because of people like you our friends in Nepal have started hating some of us ! You are the most ignorant and jingoistic human ( can’t call u a journalist ) I have seen in years," said another.

Here are a few Twitter reactions:

 

 


(With PTI inputs)




Coronavirus in Indore: With rise in COVID-19 cases, district administration to ban visit to city's tourist spots


Coronavirus in Indore: With rise in COVID-19 cases, district administration to ban visit to city's tourist spots

People will not be allowed to visit tourist places around Indore, as large crowds were seen gathering despite the coronavirus outbreak and calls for social distancing. There will be a ban on visiting places like Patalpani, Kalakund and Choral.

Official orders will be issued by Indore collector Manish Singh regarding the same.

On Thursday, the rate of COVID-19 positive patients rose to 3.01 per cent with 44 out of 1,461 samples testing positive taking the number of cases in Indore to 5,087.

No death took place on Thursday but department officials added three more deaths of April which were not included earlier taking toll to 258.

“These deaths were not reported earlier as patient died as suspected case of COVID-19 and their report was found positive after death. Some of the deaths were not informed by private hospitals,” Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Pravin Jadia said.

According to the bulletin released by CMHO, 98, 943 samples had been tested till Thursday night and 5,087 were positive. As many as 1,399 samples tested negative on Thursday.

As many as 883 patients are under treatment in various hospitals of the city. Total 3,946 patients have been discharged so far.




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