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Supreme Court Stays Proceedings In Gyanvapi Mosque Case; No Hearing Today

Supreme Court Stays Proceedings In Gyanvapi Mosque Case; No Hearing Today

The Varanasi Court was scheduled to start the proceedings on the Gyanvapi Mosque today. However, the Supreme Court stayed the proceedings in lower courts which effectively means that the Varanasi Court will not hear the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque case after the official survey report was submitted. Tomorrow, the Apex Court will be hearing the case. Meanwhile, Court Commissioner Vishal Singh submitted the videography survey report to the Varanasi Court, which has sealed cover over it. As per some sources, the report mentions Hindu engravings, idols and symbols, along with a shivling found inside the Gyanvapi Mosque complex. The Top Court had yesterday directed the Varanasi District Magistrate to secure the shivling claim site without restricting Muslims’ rights and letting them access the Gyanvapi Mosque. For the unversed, the ongoing debate over the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque began after five Hindu women submitted a plea at the Varanasi Court to seek daily worship rights at the Shrinagar Gauri Temple, which is claimed to be located inside the Gyanvapi Mosque complex. The Lower Court then ordered a videography survey to be conducted inside the Mosque premises even after repetitive objections from the Mosque authorities. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 2,364 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.75%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 2,364 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 15,419. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with recording 2,582 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,25,89,841. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.50% and 0.55%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 84.54 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, the country has administered 191.79 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Government Should Launch a Guaranteed Employment Programme For Urban Unemployed Says EAC-PM Report 

A report released by the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) suggested that the central government should launch a guaranteed employment programme for the urban employed. It also recommended the rolling out of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) Scheme to reduce the existing income gaps. Citing the skewed nature of income distribution in India, the report also recommended steps to raise minimum income. The said report is prepared by EAC Chairman Bibek Debroy. “Looking at the difference between the labour force participation rate in rural and urban areas, it is our understanding that the urban equivalent of schemes like MGNREGS that are demand-based and offer guaranteed employment should be introduced so that the surplus labour is rehabilitated,” said the report. It also added: “Most importantly, the Government must allocate more percentage of the expenditure towards social services and the social sector to make the most vulnerable population resilient to sudden shocks and stop their descent into poverty,”

Mediation Bill 2021: Parliamentary Panel To Hold Meeting Today 

Today, a Parliamentary Committee of Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice will be holding a meeting to consider The Mediation Bill, 2021. The bill aims to promote and facilitate mediation, especially institutional mediation. The union government introduced the bill in December 2021 in the Rajya Sabha. The bill was then scheduled for consideration to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice on the demand of the opposition leaders. The bill also sought dispute resolution, commercial or otherwise and enforcement of mediated settlement agreements. The bill’s main purpose is to encourage community mediation and make online mediation a cost-effective process. 

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