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RS adjourned till 2 p.m.


The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 p.m. on Tuesday after the opposition demanded the revocation of suspension of 12 MPs from the House.

Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue following a protest.

Kharge, floor leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and other Opposition MPs protested in support of the suspended MPs in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament House.

The suspended MPs are Syed Naseer Hussain, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, Ripun Bora and Rajmani Patel of the Congress; Priyanka Chaturvedi, Anil Desai of the Shiv Sena; Elamaram Kareem of the CPI-M, Binoy Viswam of the CPI; and Dola Sen and Shanta Chhetri of the Trinamool Congress.




Protests over suspension of Opp members continues in RS; House fails to take up discussion on price rise


Deputy Chairman Harivansh told the Opposition members to leave the well of the House and take up the discussion which was sought by the senior Opposition leaders.

The Rajya Sabha was today adjourned repeatedly and failed to take up a listed discussion on price-rise as Opposition members insisted that suspension of 12 of their colleagues must be revoked before taking up any substantive business.

The House could neither take up the Zero Hour nor the Question Hour as the Opposition members kept shouting slogans.

The Opposition members stormed into the well of the House and many of them carried placards to demand revocation of the suspensions.

When the time for the short duration discussion on price-rise came after lunch, Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said the suspended members should be allowed to come in as they also wanted to speak on price-rise.

Deputy Chairman Harivansh told the Opposition members to leave the well of the House and take up the discussion which was sought by the senior Opposition leaders. He adjourned the House till 3 pm.

Vice-Chairman Sasmit Patra who was in the Chair later called the Opposition members, who had given the notice for the discussion, one by one. But they declined to speak unless the suspended members were back in the House.

Leader of the House Piyush Goyal said the nation was watching the conduct of the members. He said the discussion could not be initiated when members were in the well of the House.

The House was adjourned till 4 pm, then, when Home Minister Amit Shah came and gave his statement on Nagaland Army firing incident amidst continuous shouting by the Opposition.

The Deputy Chairman said the Opposition could seek clarifications but adjourned the proceedings for the day as there was no let-up in the slogan shouting by the Opposition.




FS in Bangladesh ahead of President’s visit


During his visit, Shringla will call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen apart from holding delegation-level talks with his counterpart. He will also meet Bangladesh Minister for Road Transport and Bridges and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla left here today on a two-day visit to Bangladesh during which he will also do the groundwork for President Ram Nath Kovind’s trip to the neighbouring country later this month.

He was received by his Bangladesh counterpart Masud Bin Momen at the Dhaka Airport on his arrival.

During his visit, Shringla will call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen apart from holding delegation-level talks with his counterpart. He will also meet Bangladesh Minister for Road Transport and Bridges and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader.

The visit comes a day after India and Bangladesh celebrated the ‘Maitri Diwas’, marking 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries

India’s relationship with Bangladesh is one of the strongest pillars of its “Neighbourhood First Policy”.

Shringla’s visit will provide an opportunity to the two countries to review the wide-ranging cooperation between them. He will also discuss the details of President Kovind’s visit from 15-17 December.

Earlier on Monday, Shringla stated that both countries share a strong commitment to counter destabilising forces that aid terrorism and radicalisation in the world. He also said the ’Maitri Diwas’ marks the trust that people of both countries share with each other.




SC restrains Mumbai police from filing charge sheet against Param Bir Singh


The top court observed that prima facie is of the view that the probe against Singh should be done by another agency and not by the state police.

The Supreme Court on Monday restrained the Maharashtra Police from filing charge sheets in all the FIRs registered against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Vir Singh but allowed the investigation to proceed.

The top court observed that prima facie is of the view that the probe against Singh should be done by another agency and not by the state police.

A bench headed by Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M M Sundresh sought CBI’s view in connection with taking up the investigation in the FIRs registered by the Maharashtra Police against Singh over allegations of misconduct and corruption.

Senior advocate Puneet Bali, representing Singh, contended that the Maharashtra government and the DGP have filed responses, but the CBI is yet to file a response.

The bench asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that could the CBI take up this matter as it is already looking into the other aspects?

In a written response, the Maharashtra government has told the top court that there is no need for a CBI probe into the cases as these are service matters and Singh is also not a whistleblower.

The top court directed the state police to continue its probe but restrained it from filing a charge sheet in the matter.

The bench said: “Since the petitioner has joined the investigation, let the probe continue but no challan is issued.”

It also directed the CBI to file its affidavit within a week and scheduled the matter for further hearing on January 11.

The top court had earlier granted protection from arrest to Singh which will continue.

The top court was hearing a plea filed by Singh against the September 16 judgement of the Bombay High Court, which dismissed his writ petition challenging the two inquiries ordered by the state home ministry for allegedly violating service rules and corruption charges as non-maintainable.




India reports 8,306 new Covid cases, 211 deaths


With the addition of the new fatalities, the nationwide death toll has climbed to 4,73,537.

In the past 24 hours, India registered 8,306 new coronavirus cases and 211 deaths, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in its latest update on Monday.

With the addition of the new fatalities, the nationwide death toll has climbed to 4,73,537.

The recovery of 8,834 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally to 3,40,69,608. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.35 per cent, the highest since March 2020.

India’s active caseload presently stands at 98,416 and active cases account for 0.28 per cent of the country’s total positive Cases, which is also the lowest since March 2020.

Also in the same period, a total of 8,86,263 tests were conducted across the country, taking the cumulative total to 64.82 crores.

Meanwhile, the weekly positivity rate at 0.78 per cent has remained less than 1 per cent for the last 22 days now.

The daily positivity rate stands at 0.94 per cent, which has also remained below 2 per cent for the last 63 days and less than 3 per cent for 98 consecutive days now.

With the administration of 24,55,911 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid inoculation coverage has reached 127.93 crores as of Monday morning.

This has been achieved through 1,32,86,429 sessions.

More than 21 crore balance and unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, according to the Health Ministry.




Sharp rise in the number of single-day Covid-19 cases


There were no deaths of Covid-19 patients during the past 24 hours and 15 such recovered cases were discharged by various hospitals of the city.

The city on Sunday detected 63 fresh Covid-19 cases out of 55,711 tests conducted for the purpose, according to the Delhi government’s latest health bulletin. This showed a sharp increase in the number of single-day cases of the virus as only 51 such infections were recorded on Saturday and 54 on Friday. As a result, the positivity rate rose to 0.11 per cent from 0.08 per cent yesterday.

There were no deaths of Covid-19 patients during the past 24 hours and 15 such recovered cases were discharged by various hospitals of the city. The number of active cases stood at 370.

The patients being treated under the home isolation system numbered 144.

The health bulletin informed that the total number of hospital beds available for coronavirus patients was 8,969, but only 163 beds were found to be occupied by infected persons.

A total of 1,65,236 persons were jabbed during the last 24 hours and 62,567 of them were administered their first vaccine dose. The total number of Delhiites fully vaccinated so far was 91,64,291.




NIA files supplementary chargesheet against Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen operative


An NIA official said that their charge sheet will bring home the guilt of the accused, adding the charge sheet has a lot of evidence against the accused.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a supplementary charge sheet against Mohammed Nakeem Khan, an operative of the terror outfit. Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM), an official said on Sunday.

The agency has mentioned the recovery of arms and ammunition, explosives, and heroin from him. The charge sheet was filed on Saturday

An investigation by NIA has unearthed the conspiracy hatched by Nakeem Khan along with other charge-sheeted accused and handlers of TuM / JKGF who were operating from across the border and had facilitated the transportation of arms and ammunition, explosives, and narcotics from Line of Control, Balakot, to interior areas of Poonch.

The NIA had earlier filed two charge sheets against seven accused in June and in October, this year.

An NIA official said that their charge sheet will bring home the guilt of the accused, adding the charge sheet has a lot of evidence against the accused.

Further investigation is underway.




India vaccinates half of its active population: Mansukh Mandaviya


India on Sunday saw a steep spike of daily deaths as Bihar reconciled a total of 2426 deaths in its database and Kerala cleared the backlog of 263 deaths.

With 8895 Covid-19 new cases reported during the past 24 hours, India on Sunday saw a steep spike of daily deaths as Bihar reconciled a total of 2426 deaths in its database and Kerala cleared the backlog of 263 deaths.

As per the Union Health Ministry data, as many as 2,796 deaths were added to the Covid-19 death toll on Sunday reaching 4,73,326 since the outbreak of the pandemic.

This is for the second time in less than six months that the Bihar government revised its Covid-19 death toll and added a backlog of deaths. During a similar exercise on June 9, the state government had added 3,931 more deaths to its tally.

Meanwhile, the Government claimed that over 50 % of the eligible population was fully vaccinated. “It is a moment of great Pride as over 50 5 of the eligible population are now fully vaccinated. We will win the battle against Covid-19 together,” tweeted Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

Health Ministry stated that with the administration of 1,04,18,707 vaccine doses in the past 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 127.61 Cr (1,27,61,83,065) through 1,32,44,514 sessions. The availability of vaccines is also not a problem. “More than 21.13 Cr (21,13,99,456) balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered,” the Ministry stated.

India’s testing capacity across the country also continues to expand. A total of 12,26,064 tests were conducted on Saturday with total tests conducted so far crossing 64.72 Cr figure, the Ministry stated.

The Ministry stated the Weekly Positivity Rate touched 0.80%–less than 1% for the last 21 days. Similarly, the Daily Positivity rate was at 0.73%, which indicates that the Covid situation is improving in the country.

Even India’s Active Caseload stands at 99,155 and active cases constitute 0.29% of the country’s total Positive Cases, which is the lowest since the outbreak of the pandemic.




K’taka CM Bommai to chair high-level meeting on Omicron


“The meeting would discuss the measures to prevent the spread of new variants of Covid and the strategies to control it. The issue would be discussed with experts of the union government as well. Action would be taken to formulate new guidelines,”

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will chair a high-level committee meeting with experts and senior officers on Friday afternoon in the wake of detection of the country’s first case of Omicron virus in Bengaluru.

“The meeting would discuss the measures to prevent the spread of new variants of Covid and the strategies to control it. The issue would be discussed with experts of the union government as well. Action would be taken to formulate new guidelines,” Bommai said.

Health Minister K. Sudhakar has also scheduled several meetings on Friday morning, to discuss the situation in the state, ahead of the high level meeting.

He will also holding a meeting with the Managing Director of Bharat Biotech at 12 p.m.

The officials and heads of eight government departments, nodal officers and experts are attending the meeting to discuss the new situation in the state and also to formulate regulations, precautionary measures and steps to contain the infection of the new strain.

Health Minister, Revenue Minister, Principal Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner, BBMP Chief Commissioner, Commissioner of Health department, Chief Secretary Revenue Department (Disaster Management), Secretary Medical Education Department, Commissioner, Commercial Taxes Department and designated Covid-19 nodal officer for Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, Commissioner Health department, Dr Arundhati Chandrashekar, Mission Director for National Health Mission (NHM) and Director for Medical Education department have been invited to the meeting.

Meanwhile, health department officials have heaved a sigh of relief after genome sequencing test results of nursing students affected with Covid-19, came out negative.




Over 160 FIRs lodged, 50 arrested under Op Masoom against child pornography


According to the official, NCMEC was established in 1984 by the United Nations Congress. The organisation has tied up with social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and others. They scroll and crawl the contents of the social media platforms.

Delhi Police have registered over 160 cases in different police stations and arrested more than 50 people during its special drive against the child pornography under Operation Masoom, officials said Friday.

The operation Masoom (Mitigation of Adolescent Sexually Offensive Online Material) was launched by Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit of the Delhi Police and all the districts played an instrumental role in curbing the menace of child pornography.

“This exercise is a classic example of interdepartmental and inter agency co-ordination,” the official said.

The details of the violations pertaining to child pornographic material is received at IFSO through National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), which has MOU with National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

According to the official, NCMEC was established in 1984 by the United Nations Congress. The organisation has tied up with social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and others. They scroll and crawl the contents of the social media platforms. Whenever, they come across any content found violating the privacy/obscene material regarding children, the same is red flagged. They procure the IP address details of the user who had uploaded the obscene content.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between NCRB (National Crime Record Bureau) and the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Under this MoU, NCMEC is providing CyberTipline complaints about sexually offensive content against children to NCRB which is being shared or uploaded on various social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, etc, he said.

For this, NCMEC works in close coordination with these social media platforms as well as the public at large. These complaints, along with details of the person sharing or uploading such sexually offensive contents is forwarded by NCMEC to NCRB which, then, shares the same with state nodal agencies.

Cyber Crime Unit (IFSO), Special Cell, is the nodal agency in Delhi for the same. At IFSO Unit, the details received from NCRB are analysed for the purpose of identification of any organised nexus. The IFSO unit had analysed all the inputs and identified the suspects, the official added.

Thereafter, the information was disseminated with the concerned to take further necessary legal action.

A team was constituted to segregate the Cyber Tiplines provided by NCMEC, on the basis of jurisdiction of districts and police stations. The information was shared with the concerned police stations and districts for the registration of cases and during the drive more than 160 cases were registered.

In the past also, IFSO Unit had initiated a drive against the child pornography and operation MASOOM (Mitigation of Adolescent Sexually Offensive Online Material) was initiated, in which inputs were taken from NCMEC-NCRB and many persons were arrested, the official said.





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