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Headlines: Supreme Court To Appoint Expert Committee To Probe Over Pegasus Row

Supreme Court To Appoint Expert Committee To Probe Over Pegasus Row

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana pronounced an order regarding the petitions filed by many requesting a probe into the Pegasus matter. The Bench observed that its intention is to set up an expert committee to conduct an investigation over the Pegasus matter. The court said: “We issued notice to the government. We gave ample opportunity to govt to give details of all action taken by it,” “Despite repeated chances they gave a limited affidavit that does not give clarity, If they had clarified they would have reduced the burden on us,” it added. The court also said that the state does not get a free pass every time national security is compromised, and the court will not be a ‘mute spectator’. Observing that the centre vaguely denied all allegations, which is not sufficient, the court said that accusations need to be probed. While appointing an expert committee that will be headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court, the Top Court said that the nature of allegations are such that it violates the fundamental right of Right To Privacy. The Pegasus spyware developed by the NSO group was allegedly used to spy on many Indian politicians, activists, lawyers and journalists. Though the Union Government has categorically denied using any spyware to conduct surveillance, the NSO group has maintained that they only deal with legitimate governments. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 13,451 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.19%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 13,451 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 1,62,661, which is the lowest in 242 days. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with recording 14,021 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries in the country currently stand at 3,35,97,339. The daily and weekly positivity rate stands at 1.03% and 1.22%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 60.32 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 103.53 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

WHO Seeks Clarifications From Bharat Biotech To Conduct Risk-Benefit Assessment

On Tuesday, World Health Organization’s technical advisory sought additional clarifications from Bharat Biotech over its vaccine ‘Covaxin’ before conducting a final risk-benefit assessment for emergency listing. In response to a question by PTI, WHO said: “The TAG met today (26th October 2021) and decided that additional clarifications from the manufacturer are needed to conduct a final EUL risk-benefit assessment for global use of the vaccine,” WHO added: “The TAG expects to receive these clarifications from the manufacturer by the end of this week, and aims to reconvene for the final risk-benefit assessment on Wednesday, 3rd November 2021,” In India, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Oxford University’s Covishield is the most widely used covid-19 vaccines. The WHO has so far approved Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sinopharm and Covishield for emergency use. 

US President Joe Biden Denounces Horrific Violence In Myanmar

On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden, while addressing a virtual ASEAN summit, denounced the military coup and horrific violence in Myanmar. A statement from Biden’s address read that the US president expressed grave concerns about the military coup in Myanmar, calling the country’s military to immediately end the violence and release those who have been unjustly detained. Though the US is not a member of the ASEAN group, US President sees ASEAN as a critical component to push back an aggressive China across Asia. However, US President did not categorically refer to China during the summit. Mr Biden did call ASEAN ‘a lynchpin’ in maintaining the region where every country can compete on a level playing field. The US president also said that the US supports ASEAN’s outlook on the Indo-Pacific region. 

Aryan Khan Case: No Bail; NCB To Probe Allegations Against Sameer Wankhede 

On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court adjourned the bail application hearing of Aryan Khan. The anti-drug agency opposed the bail application of SRK’s son Aryan Khan saying that it could influence the process of investigation. Aryan Khan was represented by former Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi, who said: “There was no recovery, no consumption,” The Senior lawyer stated in the court: “Both (Aryan Khan and Arbaaz Merchant) were invited by the same person. They both landed up together at the cruise terminal. Possession of somebody else cannot be my possession unless there is control and knowledge… What somebody else had in their Shoe is not my concern,” Meanwhile, the Narcotics Control Bureau has ordered a probe against the corruption allegations put on Sameer Wankhede. Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik recently alleged that NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede is actually a Muslim, and his full name is Sameer Dawood Wankhede. Apart from this, Mr Malik has also put allegations on Mr Wankhede for illegally tapping phones. Another NCB witness Prabhakar Sail has said that NCB officials, including Mr Wankhede, has demanded Rs 25 crore to let off Aryan Khan, who has been arrested in Mumbai drug bust case. In the court, the NCB alleged that attempts were being made to derail the investigation. 

Breaking: Katrina Kaif And Vicky Kaushal Planning To Tie The Knot By December?

Both Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal have always been tight-lipped about their relationship. However, their wedding rumours keep on surfacing over the internet. As per a recent report, both Katrina and Vicky are planning to get married by December and are currently prepping up for their wedding ceremony. While there is no official confirmation yet, the report says: “Their wedding outfits are being designed by Sabyasachi. They are currently in the process of choosing fabrics for the same; Katrina has chosen a raw silk number for her ensemble. The wedding will take place in November-December,” Recently, Katrina Kaif praised Vicky Kaushal for his performance in the film Sardar Udham and was also spotted at the film’s screening. On the work front,  While Vicky Kaushal will be next seen in Meghna Gulzar’s Sam Bahadur, Katrina Kaif just returned to Mumbai after filming action sequences for Tiger 3 and also gearing up for Sooryavanshi. 

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