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‘We Know What To Do’ Says India’s UN Ambassador To Dutch Envoy Over Russia-Ukraine Matter

‘We Know What To Do’ Says India’s UN Ambassador To Dutch Envoy Over Russia-Ukraine Matter

After the Ambassador of the Netherlands to the UK, Karel Van Oosterom, said that India should not have abstained from voting on Ukraine in the United Nations General Assembly, India’s permanent representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti, said: “Kindly don’t patronise us, Ambassador. We know what to do,” The international community has been disappointed with India for not publicly condemning Russia over its action on Ukraine. Since January 2022, India has consistently chosen to abstain on procedural votes and draft resolutions in the United Nations Security Council, the UNGA and the Human Rights Council. Recently, the External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar defended India’s stance on the Russia-Ukraine matter by saying that it still supports the call for an immediate cessation of the Russia-Ukraine war and believes that a decision can be made with diplomatic and peaceful talks. India has maintained its stance in the UNSC by saying that the focus should be on cessation of hostilities and on urgent humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. Apart from India, 34 other countries had abstained from the resolution, which was taken by the General Assembly to reaffirm its commitment to the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 3,545 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.74%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 3,545 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 19,688. Meanwhile, the daily recoveries have outnumbered active covid-19 cases by a slight margin. In the previous 24 hours, 3,549 recoveries were recorded, taking the total recovery tally to 4,25,51,248. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.76% and 0.79%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 83.98 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 189.81 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

The J and K Delimitation Commission Notifies New Boundaries, and Number of Assembly Constituencies

On Thursday, the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission notified new boundaries and a number of assembly constituencies, leading the way for the first-ever Assembly Elections in the Union Territory that was carved out in 2019. The Delimitation Commission said that it has made some recommendations to the centre, including nominating at least two Kashmiri migrants who would have the same powers as nominated members of the Puducherry Assembly. It has also asked the central government to consider giving some representation to people displaced from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. In the new assembly, there would be a total of 90 seats, 47 in Kashmir and 43 in Jammu. Out of the 90 seats, 9 seats have been reserved for Scheduled Tribes and 7 seats for Scheduled Castes. The official statement from the Commission read: “There are five Parliamentary Constituencies in the region. The Delimitation Commission has seen Jammu & Kashmir as a single entity for purposes of the Delimitation. Therefore, one of the parliamentary constituencies has been carved out, combining the Anantnag region in the Valley and Rajouri and Poonch of Jammu region. By this reorganisation, each Parliamentary constituency will have an equal number of 18 Assembly Constituencies each,” The Delimitation Commission was chaired by Justice (retired) Ranjana Prakash Desai and included Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and J&K State Election Commissioner K.K Sharma. The Delimitation was carried out based on the 2011 census of the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir.

User Has No Fundamental Right To Invoke Free Speech Says Meta Platforms Inc To Delhi High Court 

In response to a writ petition, the social media giant Meta Platforms Inc – the parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, filed an affidavit. In its affidavit, the parent company told the Delhi High Court that the rights mentioned in the Indian Constitution under Article 19 (Free Speech) cannot be invoked against it since it is a private entity and does not discharge any public function. “Petitioner’s attempt to have this Hon’ble Court invoke its writ jurisdiction is particularly inappropriate as the relationship between Petitioner and Meta arises from a private contract, and the alleged dispute at issue is a contractual one, and Article 19 rights cannot be invoked against a private entity such as Meta,” read the affidavit. “Petitioner’s attempt to assert Article 19 rights against Meta, a private entity, is improper, contrary to law, and ought to be denied…Meta is not discharging a public function that would make it amenable to this Hon’ble Court’s writ jurisdiction under Article 226,” it added. The High Court is yet to give its statement on the matter.

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