The Supreme Court said on Monday that it is ready to go live on camera
while the government mooted a separate TV channel for live-streaming court
A three-judge Bench said that a livestream is only an extension of the
‘open court’ system, where the public can walk in and watch court
proceedings. However, with court proceedings beamed live on air, litigants,
law students and the public can watch them as they happen.
Chief Justice Misra said a livestream would help litigants follow the
proceedings in their case and also assess their lawyers’ performance.
People from far-flung States such as Tamil Nadu and Kerala will not have
to travel all the way to the national capital for a day’s hearing.
Centre to amend visa rules for Indians marrying abroad
The government is changing the visa rules to help Indians who get
married on foreign soil.
According to the visa manual, a tourist visa can be converted into a X2
visa only when a marriage takes place in India and gets registered within
the validity of the present tourist visa.
The Home Minister has directed the MHA [the Ministry of Home Affairs] to
amend the visa rules and streamline the process. This change will facilitate
the conversion of tourist visa into X2 [visa] even when the marriage takes
place on foreign soil.
However, the facility will not be offered to the nationals of Pakistan,
Afghanistan, Sudan and Iraq, and people of Pakistani origin and stateless
Centre directs chemists to display generic medicines
The chemists across the country will have to prominently display generic
medicines — medicines that are off-patent, locally manufactured and much
cheaper than the original formulations they’re based on — in a dedicated
rack in their shops.
The push for generic medicines has been growing since Prime Minister
NarendraModi, last April, said the government was contemplating a law
requiring doctors to prescribe generics.
However, doctors and pharmaceutical associations have mixed opinions.
Several manufacturers of generic drugs do not meet the necessary quality
World’s largest mobile factory up in Noida
The mobile factory , set up on an investment of Rs. 4,915 crore, the
South Korean electronics major plans to make India an export hub, with 50%
of its overall production coming from here in the next three years from the
Speaking at the event, Mr.Modi said the government’s ‘Make in India’
initiative was not just an economic policy measure, but also a commitment of
better ties with friendly nations like South Korea.
He added that 30% of the phones made at the Noida plant would be
Idea-Vodafone merger gets approval from DoT
The telecom ministry on Monday approved the merger of Vodafone India and
Idea Cellular that will create the country’s largest mobile services
operator, an official source said.
The department has asked Idea Cellular to pay Rs. 3,926 crore in cash
for Vodafone’s spectrum and furnish a bank guarantee of Rs. 3,342 crore, the
source further said.
The combined operations of Idea and Vodafone will create the country’s
largest telecom operator worth more than $23 billion (or over Rs. 1.5 lakh
crore), with a 35% market share and a subscriber base of about 430 million.
India and China have reached an agreement to reduce tariffs on Chinese
imports of Indian medicines, particularly cancer drugs, Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesperson HuaChunying said.
Indian drugs are in big demand in China as they are far cheaper than
their western counterparts;the move will further increase cohesion between
indian&chinese firms in the current trade war & protectionist climate
China to face U.S trade war with EU support
China has begun to actively court Europe, as the trade war with
Washington intensifies and the hunt for new supply chains and markets
outside the U.S. accelerates.
China sees Germany as its key partner for transitioning its economy
towards Internet-based “smart manufacturing”. The Made-in-China 2025
strategy is based on Germany’s Industry 4.0 model.
Beijing willaslo host a summit of EU leaders on July 16-17, apparently,
as a stepped up effort to build a coalition to counter U.S. protectionism.
7 new wasp species discovered
An international team of researchers has discovered seven new wasp
species belonging to the genus Clistopyga from Peru, Venezuela and Colombia.
The most notable among them is Clistopygacrassicaudata , named after its
distinctly thickened ovipositor. The ovipositor is a tube-like organ present
in many insects that helps in laying eggs and also in injecting venom.
The biology of these seven new species is really unknown but other
species of this genus, and other genera of Ichneumonidae lay their eggs into
spiders or egg-sacs.
Luis Enrique appointed as Spain coach
Luis Enrique has been appointed Spain's new head coach after putting pen
to paper on on a two-year deal.
The former Barcelona, CeltaVigo and Roma coach succeeds Fernando Hierro,
who had taken interim charge after JulenLopetegui was sacked on the eve of
the FIFA World Cup, having committed his future to Real Madrid.
Enrique won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey trophies and one
Champions League during his three-year spell in charge of Barcelona.