Daily briefing: SC seeks suggestions to advocate against gift culture; The Center withdraws the bill on the protection of personal data
In today’s edition: what will happen to the culture of gifts; a “Modi Circuit” in Uttarakhand; the latest on ED’s case against the National Herald; and more
The big story
The The Supreme Court asked for suggestions petitioners and respondents in a plea asking for guidelines against gifts from political parties.
The Indian Express, meanwhile, held talks with key officials from the Union Ministry of Finance, State Finance Ministers, Election Commission of India, Fifteenth Finance Commission, Niti Aayog, Reserve Bank of India and Comptroller and Auditor General and found a consensus on three key issues.
🔴 Center and States have been liberal with grants – support for the poor by a State is called a gift by the Center, and vice versa.
🔴 Existing laws and mandates do not allow ECI, CAG, Niti Aayog and the Finance Commission to intervene
🔴 The Center is wary that any unilateral restrictions imposed on states will allow political leaders to blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not letting them “do good” for the people.
Only in the Express
It is learned that the Union Finance Ministry has communicated with the External Affairs Ministry to explore the possibility of how India can join the Mineral Security Partnershipsaid a senior official The Indian Express. The 11-member US-led group aims to reduce reliance on China for critical mineral supply chains.
Looking to explore Uttarakhand? Coming soon, you’ll be able to follow a trail covering the places visited and activities performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a special episode of survival reality TV show ‘Man vs Wild’, starring Bear Grylls. The idea of a “Modi Circuit” came to see Minister of State for Tourism Satpal Maharaj when he heard about the Game of Thrones tour while visiting Croatia.
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After four years and multiple iterations, the government has withdrawn the bill on the protection of personal data of Parliament. According to sources, the government is targeting the winter session of parliament to introduce new legislation to regulate the online space, including separate data privacy legislation.
In a one-of-a-kind safety awareness to prevent stray kites from falling inside the Red Fort during the prime minister’s address to the nation on August 15, Delhi police have requested the cooperation of 231 regular kites from the walled city to ensure a clear skies for about three hours this morning.
Sources at the ED said the office of Young Indian – a company which had acquired Associated Journals Limited, the publisher of the National Herald newspaper – was temporarily closed because the search could not take place on Tuesday in the absence of a company representative. The Congress party retaliated by saying, “Congress is under siege… This is the worst form of vendetta politics.
Amid US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Shyam Saran is of the opinion, “In a sense, China’s preoccupation with its eastern oceanic flank of the Yellow Sea, the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea is good for India. This diminishes Chinese attention to the Indian Ocean, India’s main security theatre.
During his first visit to Nepal as prime minister in 2014, Modi told the Nepalese parliament that there had been no Indian-led war in which Nepalese blood had not been sacrificed. Seven years later, as the Army prepares to roll out the Agnipath recruiting program, questions arise about its social and economic impact on Nepalfrom where India has so far recruited about 1,400 soldiers into the Gorkha regiment every year (pre-Covid).
Amrita Maan goes into nostalgia mode at the mere mention of the “sacrifice”: raising a child as a single parent, in a tiny government district, waking up early in the morning to drop off her daughter Tulika at school, then walking about 20 km to a police station in Rajouri Garden, where she was assigned. Wednesday, it was all worth it, she says. The 23-year-old finished on the podium at Birmingham Commonwealth Gamesbecoming only the second Indian judoka to win a silver medal at the Games.
Delhi Confidential: In his maiden speech to the Rajya Sabha, appointed member PT Usha mentioned two prime ministers – Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi. “…myself being a girl from the remote Payyoli region of Kerala, a village with no facilities to pursue my sporting dreams, I met and spoke for the first time to the then Prime Minister, the late Indira Priyadarshiniji, which was one of the most precious moments of my life,” Usha said.
🎧 In today’s episode of ‘3 things podcastwe are talking what we know about the Monkeypox outbreak so far, why the Emergency Service is investigating the Gandhi family and the role of dogs in the Indian Army.
Until next time,
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