Centre drop order on wages after Supreme Court ruling
The Union Home Ministry has dropped a crucial order that required all
employers — shops, industry and commercial establishments — to pay wages to
workers for the period the units were shut during lockdown.
The order that has now been dropped also called for action against
landlords who forced students and migrant workers to vacate the premises
during the lockdown.
Several companies had moved the Supreme Court against the order last
week and the apex court asked the government to not take any coercive
Since the lockdown was first imposed on March 24, the Centre invoked
provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, which is binding on all
District magistrates and Superintendents of Police are personally liable
for the implementation of the orders issued under the DM Act.
Clause III of the March 29 order said, “all the employers, be it in the
industry or in the shops and commercial establishments, shall make payment
of wages of their workers, at their workplaces, on the due date, without any
deduction, for the period their establishments are under closure during the
It also said, “wherever the workers, including the migrants are living
in rented accommodation, the landlords of those properties shall not demand
payment of rent for a period of one month. If any landlord is forcing
labourers and students to vacate the premises, they will be liable for
action under the Act.”
ADR study finds party funding from unknown sources
More than half of the income of 23 regional parties whose annual audit
and contribution reports were analysed came from unknown sources in 2018-19,
a report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Monday
The report initially considered 52 recognised
Centre allocates 40000 cr for employment generation in rural India
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman yesterday unveiled the fifth and
final tranche of financial stimulus and policy measures to help build a
self-reliant India under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Campaign.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Tuesday in his address to the nation
announced a special economic package equivalent to 10 per cent of India’s
GDP, amounting to 20 lakh crore rupees.
Addressing a media briefing in New Delhi, Finance Minister outlined
structural reforms with focus on seven areas of MNREGA, Health and
Education, Business during Covid, Decriminalisation of Company Act, Ease of
doing business, Policy related to Public Sector Units, State government and
resources related to it.
Under the MNREGA scheme, an additional 40 thousand crore rupees will be
allocated for employment generation in the rural parts of the country. She
said, this will help to generate nearly 300 crore person days to provide
relief to the migrant workers.
HRD ministry claims online digital education platforms to reach remotest
areas of country
Union Minister for Human Resources and Development Ramesh Pokhriyal
Nishank has said that One nation, One Digital Platform and One Class, One
Channel will ensure reach of quality education to farthest corners of the
He said, the initiatives will boost the access and equity in
Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today participated in the 73rd World
Health Assembly through video conference and highlighted the timely, graded
and proactive measures taken by India towards COVID management. He said
India undertook the COVID-19 challenge with the highest level of political
The Minister said India took all necessary steps well in time, including
surveillance at points of entry, evacuation of nationals stranded overseas,
massive community surveillance through robust disease surveillance network,
and strengthening of health infrastructure.
Dr Harsh Vardhan urged upon all Governments, industry and philanthropy
to prioritise the long term and pool their resources, to ensure everyone
He said India is playing a key role in fostering bilateral and regional
partnerships. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, India has
supplied essential medicines to 123 nations as an expression of solidarity.
India backs EU resolution at WHO for probing corona crisis
India has backed a European Union resolution seeking a probe into the
response of World Health Organization during the Corona virus crisis around
It calls for an impartial, independent and
Odisha tribals allege destruction of forest biodiversity
Tribals of Pidadamaha village in Daringbadi block of Odisha’s Kandhamal
district have alleged that without the consent of their gram sabha, Forest
Department officials were trying to destroy the biodiversity of traditional
community forest near their village.
About 90 tribal families living in Pidadamaha protect the community
forest near their village. The forest has been providing livelihood to these
tribals as it contains fruit-bearing trees as well as several other forest
According to ‘Jungle Adhikar Committee’ of the village, in the recent
past officials from the Brahmanigaon forest range arrived in their village
to press them to support commercial plantation in the community forest.
Inhabitants of Pidadamaha alleged that the Forest Department has not
taken permission of the local gram sabha for the same. They have written to
the authorities concerned in Kandhamal district on the issue.
According to them, the department is planning to plant trees that will
destroy the biodiversity of the forest near their village, affecting their
Green Nobel Prize winner and environmental activist Prafulla Samantara
has taken up the issue. Mr. Samantara has written to the Governor seeking
his intervention. Mr. Samantara said as per his information, the officials
have already cut several trees in the forest affecting its biodiversity.
“Forceful commercial plantation without approval of the local gram sabha
is against the Forest Rights Act, 2006. It is undemocratic unconstitutional
action in a scheduled area,” he said.
ICC panel recommends ban on use of saliva for shining ball
The ICC’s Cricket Committee has recommended the prohibition of the use
of saliva to shine the ball to mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19 when the
However, the committee has not barred the use of sweat. It has not
allowed any external polishing material.
The committee, chaired by former India captain and coach Anil Kumble,
has also proposed that local umpires be appointed for matches in the short
term to deal with international travel restrictions during the pandemic. It
has also recommended an increase in reviews per innings through DRS for