HYDERABAD: The High Court of Andhra Pradesh adjourned the matter of usage of “eWatch” app to 17 February, stating that the app developed bythe SEC can anyway not be used now until the security certificate is obtained, and directed the SEC to reply to the queries raised by the APTS. The PILs in relation to the e-Watch app developed by the SEC was taken up by the High Court on Tuesday. The matter was heard by the 1st court comprising of the Chief Justice and Justice Praveen Kumar.
On behalf of the state government, C. Sumonsubmitted that based on the request made by the SEC to the Andhra Pradesh Technology Services, the APTS has conducted preliminary tests anda report has been sent to the SEC on flaws and the security concerns found in the app. The most glaring security concern was that the Source Code of the Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Department was used in the development of the e-Watch app of the SEC. It was further submitted by Sumon that the SEC has not produced any document to show that the Social Welfare Department had given its permission to use its source code for developing thee-Watch app of the SEC. Further Information in this regard has been sought from the SEC by the APTS. It was further submitted that if the source code has been used without permission, then there is a possibility of a major cyber security threat to the Social Welfare Department.
It was submitted on behalf of the SEC that it is willing to use the services of the e-Vigil app developed by the Election Commission of India if it is allowed to do so. The counsel for the SEC further submitted that the app developed by the state government e-nigha was not working.
The court enquired as to whether the state government has any objection if the app developed by the state is used by the SEC. Sumon informed the court that he has no instructions on the status of the app developed by the state, but the state will not have any objection if the SEC wants to use the app.
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COVID-19 vaccination coverage in India crosses 1.34 crores
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination to healthcare workers and frontline workers crossed 1.34 crores coverage on Friday, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
As per the provisional report issued by the Ministry, till Day-42 of the vaccination drive, the 1.34 crore vaccination doses were registered through 2,78,915 sessions. This includes the first dose for 66.21 lakh healthcare workers, second dose for 20.32 lakh healthcare workers and the first dose for 48.18 lakh frontline workers.
The second dose of COVID-19 vaccination started on February 13, for those beneficiaries who have completed 28 days after receipt of the first dose and vaccination of the frontline workers started on February 2.
Nine states and Union Territories including Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Telangana, Ladakh, Chandigarh, Nagaland, Punjab, and Puducherry have vaccinated less than 60 per cent of the registered healthcare workers.
While 13 states — Chandigarh, Nagaland, Telangana, Mizoram, Punjab, Goa, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Assam, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Meghalaya, and Puducherry — have vaccinated less than 40 per cent of the registered frontline workers, stated the ministry.
On Day-41 of the vaccination drive, around eight lakh vaccine doses were given. Out of which, around four lakh healthcare workers and frontline workers were vaccinated for first dose. India’s active COVID-19 caseload is 1.55 lakh comprising 1.41 per cent of the total positive cases. However, 21 states and Union Territories have less than 1,000 active cases. (ANI)
Khelo India National Winter Games will help in making J-K a sporting hub, says PM Modi
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): The second edition of ‘Khelo India National Winter Games’ which are being organised in Jammu and Kashmir will help in developing a new sporting ecosystem in the Union Territory and help in making it a sporting hub, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
Speaking at the inaugural address of the 2nd edition of the Khelo India National Winter Games, PM Modi said “the ‘Khelo India’ centres of excellence will also promote Jammu and Kashmir tourism.”
“These games happening in Gulmarg show Jammu and Kashmir is ready to reach new heights of peace and development. The experience of ‘Khelo India Winter Games’ will help us move forward with a holistic approach. These winter games in Jammu and Kashmir will help establish a new sporting ecosystem. The ‘Khelo India’ centres of excellence will also promote Jammu and Kashmir’s tourism,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that sports is no longer just a hobby or “time pass” in the country. “In sports, we learn team spirit, look for new ways in defeats and learn to repeat victories. Sports shape the lives and lifestyle of players. It boosts self-confidence,” he stated.
The Prime Minister pointed out that under the new National Education Policy, sports have been given a lot of importance, and the government is opening sports universities in India.
“We have to think about how we can take sports science and management to the school level. It will give our youth more opportunities and increase India’s participation in the sports economy,” PM Modi stated.
Addressing the young sportsperson participating in the games, the Prime Minister said, “When you show your talent at Khelo India National Winter Games, remember that you are not just a part of a sport, but you are also a brand ambassador of self-reliant India. The world evaluates India with the ground you work on.” (ANI)
Coal scam case: CBI conducts raids at multiple properties of businessman in Kolkata
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], February 26 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has conducted raids at multiple properties of a businessman in Kolkata in connection with the coal scam case, said sources.
Many bureaucrats and politicians allegedly received bribes through this businessman, said CBI sources.
Earlier CBI quizzed Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife and sister-in-law in connection with an ongoing coal scam.
Without naming, Abhishek had accused the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP)-led central government of exploitation of power. (ANI)
Activist Nodeep Kaur granted bail by Punjab and Haryana High Court
Chandigarh (Haryana) [India], February 26 (ANI): Activist Nodeep Kaur, a 23-year-old member of the Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan from Punjab, was granted bail by Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday.
Nodeep Kaur was arrested on January 12 after she had participated in the farmer’s protests at Kundli in Haryana.
On February 11, Punjab Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister Aruna Chaudhary had urged the National Women Commission (NCW) to immediate intervene for releasing Kaur, whose medical examination conducted after her arrest revealed injuries on her body and private parts.
“Manohar Lal Khattar led-BJP government in Haryana has been trying to annihilate farmers’ agitation from day one. Under its threatening theatrics, and at the behest of the Union government, the Haryana government forcibly picked up Nodeep Kaur and other labourers, who were peacefully protesting,” Chaudhary had said in an official release.
“Kaur has been charged under section 307 (attempt to murder) and extortion, which is not acceptable at all,” she added.
Chaudhary appealed to the NCW that the Punjab government, through Punjab State Women’s Commission, would lend legal assistance to Nodeep Kaur and the Haryana government should be directed to arrange a meeting of the Punjab State Women’s Commission’s delegation with the labour rights activist.
She also said that the allegations of outraging the modesty of Punjabi trade unionist Nodeep Kaur in police custody as per her family members and not even granting bail after several weeks, was a horrifying moment for the entire womanhood. (ANI)
Rahul Gandhi is neutral, sees India as one: Robert Vadra on his ‘North-South’ remark
Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], February 26 (ANI): Reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s ‘North-South’ remark, Robert Vadra, businessman and son-in-law of Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi, on Friday and said that Rahul is neutral and sees India as one.
Speaking to ANI, Vadra said, “Rahul Gandhi hasn’t said anything to hurt anyone. He is neutral and sees India as one. Rahul loves people of Uttar Pradesh, Amethi, Gujarat.”
While addressing a public rally in Thiruvananthapuram earlier this week, Rahul said, “For the first 15 years, I was an MP in the North. I got used to a different type of politics. For me, coming to Kerala was refreshing as suddenly I found that people are interested in issues and not just superficially but going into detail in issues.”
Several leaders, including Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, BJP president JP Nadda and Union Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Thakur slammed the Wayanad MP for his statements and have accused him of creating a ‘north-south’ divide.
Meanwhile, Vadra also welcomed the decision by a United Kingdom court ordering the extradition of fugitive diamond dealer Nirav Modi.
“The law of the country is doing its work, I am happy very much,” he said.
Notably, the UK court had ordered Modi to be extradited to India to stand trial after dismissing arguments of his “mental health concerns,” saying they are not unusual in a man in his circumstances.
Later, Vadra also raised concern over protesting farmers and said the government should listen to people and their opinion. (ANI)
ED raids multiple locations in West Bengal in connection with coal scam, cattle smuggling
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], February 26 (ANI): Enforcement Directorate (ED) has conducted raids in various location of West Bengal on Friday including Kolkata’s Princep Street and adjacent areas in connection with its ongoing probe into an illegal coal mining case, according to sources.
The ED is investigating the money laundering aspect in connection with the coal mining case, they said.
Earlier ED had conducted a raid in the house of the close aide of Anup Majhi alias Lala’s, who is said to be the mastermind of coal mine cases.
On the other hand, CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) has been also conducting another raid separately in various places including Asansol over the coal scam issue.
CBI earlier also had issued Look Out Notice against Anup Majhi who is said to be involved in the said coal mining case but he is still absconding since November last year. (ANI)
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