News you may have missed: November 15, 2021
PM Modi divides ministers into 8 groups to improve governance
The Modi Government's 77 ministers have been divided into 8 groups to develop technology-based resources, recruit young professionals, seek suggestions from retiring officials and other similar initiatives to be adopted in the offices of all ministers for project monitoring, bringing more transparency and improving the efficiency of the government.
Source: The Indian Express
India allows foreign visitors into the country after almost 2 years
India will allow quarantine-free entry for vaccinated tourists from 99 reciprocating countries, as it reopens borders after nearly 2 years, as vaccination rates rise and infection levels remain low. The visitors are only required to monitor their health for 14 days after arrival.
Source: Bloomberg Quint
Stubble burning contributes only 10% to Delhi’s air pollution
On Monday, the Supreme Court said that the hue and cry over farmers' stubble burning is without factual basis. The verdict came after the Central Government submitted that the stubble burning contributed to less than 10% of the air pollution in Delhi. Based on the affidavits submitted by the Centre, the primary culprits of pollution are industries, power, vehicular traffic and construction.
Source: Live Law
Maharashtra violence: Curfew in Amravati extended to 4 towns
After a mob hurled stones at shops during a bandh organized by local BJP workers in protest, a curfew was clamped on Saturday in Amravati city for 4 days, and internet services were shut down. The bandh was in protest against the rallies organized by Muslim organizations the day before to condemn the violence in Tripura during which stone pelting was reported.
Source: India Today
Thailand protests as monarchy reform calls get overruled
Demonstrators took to the streets of Bangkok on November 14, 2021 to voice their disapproval and anger sparked by a recent Constitutional Court ruling that said calls for reforms of the monarchy are a veiled attempt to overthrow the institution. They marched to the German embassy to message Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who is currently in Germany on a lavish trip.
Surat prohibits not-fully vaccinated people from public spaces
The municipal corporation of Surat has announced that people who have not yet taken their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will not be allowed to enter public spaces such as gardens, zoos, science centers etc., starting November 15, 2021. Apart from this, such people will be barred from boarding the city BRTS buses as well.
Source: Hindustan Times
Railways PRS to remain shut for 6 hours for 7 days
The Railways Passenger Reservation System (PRS) will shut down its PRS Services - ticket reservation, current booking, cancellation, enquiry services etc., for 6 hours during the lean business hours. This activity will be performed for 7 days, starting from the intervening night of November 14 and 15 to November 20 and 21. However, all other services will continue uninterrupted.
TMC moves statutory resolution to extend the tenure of ED, CBI chiefs
The TMC on Monday moved statutory resolutions in the Rajya Sabha, disapproving the ordinances by the government, to extend the tenure of CBI and ED chiefs. The TMC objected to the ordinances route for the extension of the terms questioning the government's urgency when the winter session of Parliament was only 2 weeks away.
Source: The Indian Express
2 journalists reporting on Tripura violence arrested for fake news
2 women journalists, Samriddhi Sakunia and Swarna Jha, who had written about the recent communal incidents in Tripura, were arrested on Monday by the Tripura police. The journalists posted that a mosque was burnt and a copy of the Quran was damaged. A press release issued by the office of the Tripura police chief claimed that the posts were not actual and promoted a sense of hatred. They were later granted bail today.