BJP national president J.P. Nadda will embark on a 120-day nationwide ‘Pravas Karyakram’ to firm up the party on the organisational level with an eye on the upcoming Assembly and 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The focus will be on those regions where the party did not perform well in the last general election.
BJP general secretary Arun Singh said that Nadda will begin the tour from the first week of December (tentatively 5 December) with Uttarakhand being the first state in his itinerary. “BJP president will visit every state, hold virtual meetings with heads of all booth units, the smallest organisational entity in the party, and meet every MP and MLA of the organisation besides its senior leaders including district chiefs, in each state. He will visit some booths to interact with ground workers,” said Singh.
During the travel, Nadda, along with party leaders, will also strategise about strengthening the organisation in Lok Sabha seats and regions where the BJP did not win in the 2019 polls, he added.
In the first half of 2021, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Assam will go to polls and Nadda will review the party’s preparedness for the elections. He will spend three days in big states and two in others as per BJP general secretary.
Singh further said that BJP-ruled states will give a presentation to Nadda on various aspects of their work including implementation of the Central government schemes and how to further raise awareness about them. He will also meet BJP’s allies and hold public programmes and press conferences.
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‘Fraudulent Company’ not defined in Companies Act, 2013: Corporate affairs ministry
New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): The Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs has informed the Parliament that the term ‘Fraudulent Company’ is not defined in the Companies Act, 2013.
“The term ‘Fraudulent Company’ is not defined in the Companies Act, 2013. However, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) through the Registrar of Companies (ROC) CRC at Manesar registers new companies by following due process of law,” read a statement.
This was stated by Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
He further said that in order to simplify the process of registration of new companies, the ministry had taken various steps such as SPICe form was introduced to reduce the procedures, time, and cost required for incorporation of a company to great extent.
Since February 23, 2020, the SPICe form has been replaced by a new generation integrated incorporation form christened SPICe+ web form which offers 10 services by three central government ministries, the Maharashtra state government, and six public and private sector banks, thereby reducing the number of procedures required to start businesses in India. The ministry has been implementing a holistic end-to-end e-governance project named ‘MCA21’ for discharging its statutory functions since March 2006 to bring transparency, speed, and efficiency in the functioning of the government.
Divulging more details, Thakur said, the ministry is aware of the corporate frauds reported in the last five years. Based on the complaints, investigations have been ordered from time to time against the companies which were allegedly involved in fraud and assigned to the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) and Regional Directors (RDs), he said. (ANI)
Supreme Court seeks Centre’s detailed report on environmental regulator committee
New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday sought the Centre’s detailed response on the appointment of an environmental regulator committee in connection with the petition challenging the construction of bridge projects in West Bengal.
In accordance with a petition challenging the construction of bridge projects in West Bengal to protect the trees at the construction site, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde and comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, sought the Centre’s response after hearing the petition filed by the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR).
The ADPR had moved the Supreme Court seeking appropriate directions or orders in relation to the construction of bridge projects in West Bengal and the protection of trees.
The top court said, “The Centre has to file a reply on the appointment of the environmental regulator,” and adjourned the matter.
The apex court, during the course of the hearing, suggested that Ranjeet Singh, who drafted the wildlife protection Act may be included in the committee.
Bobde observed that somebody has to access the heritage (trees) and once you decide to build a road, you (Governments) must tell us and the committee may say, which trees are never to be cut down and which trees may be cut down, and how they are to be valued if they are to be cut down.
The Bobde further said the Committee will lay down a protocol if the tree has to be felled or cut down at the construction site, what will be the value of those trees, and how can trees be taken care of.
The apex court also issued a notice to the Centre on a fresh plea of the lawyer, Prashant Bhushan seeking setting aside of the notification that would be of no need for the environmental clearance for the road project of the length of 100 kilometers there.
It also asked all the parties to exchange names among themselves for setting up the committee on the valuation of trees and setting up of an SOP for such construction in the future, and ensuring the fact that trees have to be taken care of and protected. (ANI)
Aircrew ‘medically unfit’ for flying for 48 hours post Covid-19 vaccination: DGCA
New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): Aircrew will be medically unfit for flying for 48 hours after the Covid-19 vaccination, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India’s aviation watchdog, said on Tuesday in its guidelines for ‘Temporary Unfitness for Flying’.
In the guidelines, the DGCA said Aircrew will be monitored for 30 minutes at the COVID-19 vaccination centre for any anaphylactic or idiosyncratic reaction.
“Aircrew will be “Medically Unfit for Flying for 48 hours after vaccination…If there are no symptoms after 48 hours, the aircrew is fit to resume ‘unrestricted’ flying duties,” the guidelines stated.
“If, after 48 hours, the pilots experience any symptoms,” DGCA said they will be reviewed by the treating physician.
“Such pilots can be declared fit for flying duties provided they are asymptomatic without any medications and a medical cure certificate to this effect to be obtained,” it added.
The guidelines said that if the medical unfitness period of aircrew member post COVID-19 vaccination is more than 14 days, then a special medical examination will be required to ascertain fitness for flying of the aircrew.
The vaccination drive for persons above 60 years and those above 45 with comorbidities is already going on. (ANI)
UP’s Lalitpur to have airport soon, says Yogi Adityanath
Lalitpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 9 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday announced that an airport will be constructed in Uttar Pradesh’s Lalitpur.
“An airport will be constructed in Lalitpur. Now, wherever you want to go from here, you will be able to visit in a short time,” Adityanath said.
He added that a medical college will also be constructed soon in the district.
The Chief Minister was speaking at the launch of ‘Bandai Dam’ in Lalitpur today. (ANI)
Delhi HC directs DGCA to ensure strict compliance of its COVID-19 guidelines
By Sushil Batra
New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) authorities to accord adequate publicity to its guidelines in order to ensure strict compliance.
A single-judge bench of Justice C Harishankar directed that the DGCA would ensure circulations of these guidelines to all airlines, for strict compliance therewith. Periodical review of the situation should be undertaken, to ensure that no laxity creeps into the system, he said in his direction.
The court also directed that DGCA, the ministry of civil aviation, and the ministry of home affairs, as well as all airlines operating in the domestic sector, should take all steps in order to ensure that these guidelines are complied with. In case the airlines repeatedly fail to ensure compliance with the said guidelines, penal action will be initiated in accordance with the law, the court said.
The high court took the suo moto cognisance after noting an alarming situation on March 5, where people were traveling from Kolkata to Delhi on an Air India flight without wearing a mask.
“To the perception of the court, such a situation, in the present scenario, when the country is seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases after they had shown signs of ebbing, is completely unconscionable.”
The court further said that passengers in a flight are in a closed air-conditioned environment, and, even if one of the passengers suffers from COVID-19, the effect on other passengers could be cataclysmic. “It is a matter of common knowledge that being. Within arm’s length distance of a COVID carrier, even if he is asymptomatic and is merely speaking, is more than sufficient to transmit the virus.”
“It is the duty of each of us to contribute towards this end. Pointing fingers at the central and state governments, who have formidable tasks to deal with, and are doing all they can, is of no use whatsoever. Each of us, as members of a conscious and conscientious citizenry, is required to be sensitive and sensitized in equal measure, and to strain every sinew to keep the pandemic at bay. If the citizenry becomes complacent, no government, howsoever activated and alive to the situation, can help,” said the bench.
“It was noticed that, though all the passengers had worn masks, many passengers had worn the masks below their chin and were exhibiting a stubborn reluctance to wear their masks properly. This behavior was seen not only in the bus transporting the passengers from the airport to the flight but also within the flight itself. It was only on repeated entreaties made by me (Justice C Harishankar) to the offending passengers that they condescended to wear their masks properly,” it added. (ANI)
Toolkit case: Delhi court extends interim protection from arrest till March 15 to Muluk, Jacob
New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): A Delhi court on Tuesday extended the interim protection from arrest to Shantanu Muluk and Nikita Jacob till March 15 in the ‘toolkit’ document case related to the farmers’ protest.
Additional Sessions Judge in the Patiala House court Dharmender Rana also directed the Delhi Police not to take coercive action against both the accused till March 15, the next date fixed for hearing.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police filed the reply on the anticipatory bail plea of Muluk and Jacob.
During the hearing, Muluk’s defence counsel Vrinda Grover sought an adjournment in the case on the ground that she needs time to go through the document filed by the Delhi Police.
Jacob’s defence lawyer and senior counsel Rebecca John and Grover further urged the court to extend the interim protection from arrest to their client.
Muluk and Jacob are having interim protection granted by the Bombay High Court.
A Non Bailable Warrant was issued against Muluk by a Delhi court and thereafter, he had moved to the Bombay High Court for transit bail and the same was granted to him on February 16.
After being granted the transit bail, Shantanu had reached Delhi on February 19 and upon receiving summons on the same day, joined the investigation on February 22. He has cooperated with the investigation and has handed over all his devices, namely, laptop, iPad, and phone to the police, although no seizure memo was prepared, Muluk said in his bail plea.
Muluk also submitted that he would abide by every condition imposed by the court.
The bail application also said that Muluk is not a political person and he has no religious or political goals apart from exhibiting sympathy for farmers. The applicant believes in peaceful protest and condemns any and all violence whatsoever. He has been concerned about the environment and that is the only reason he has been working with the extinction rebellion movement, stated his bail application.
The applicant got to know that some ‘toolkit’ has been shared with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg only after he was informed about the same by others, the bail petition said.
Muluk is a suspect in the ongoing ‘toolkit’ document case related to the farmers’ protest.
Muluk had joined co-accused 21-year-old “climate activist” Disha Ravi at the Delhi Police Cyber Cell office in the national capital for further probe in the ongoing case.
A Delhi court had earlier granted bail to Disha Ravi.
The 21-year-old activist was arrested from Bengaluru in connection with the formulation and dissemination of the ‘toolkit’ document, in the ongoing farmers’ protest. She was one of the editors of the ‘toolkit’ document.
On February 3, Thunberg had shared this ‘toolkit’ in a tweet, which she later deleted. She had also extended support to the protest by farmer unions on the borders of Delhi against the new farm laws.
Farmers have been protesting on different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The implementation of the three laws was, in January, put on hold by the Supreme Court. (ANI)
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