As much as 67% of donations to national parties in 2018-19
came from “unknown sources,” an increase from 53% in the previous financial
year, said a report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms on
The ADR analysed the income tax returns and donation statements
submitted to the Election Commission by the BJP, the Congress, the Trinamool,
the Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the
Nationalist Congress Party and the BahujanSamaj Party.
The BSP declared zero voluntary contributions, the report
said.The total income of the parties was ₹3,749.37 crore, of which ₹951.66 crore
was from known donors.Electoral bonds accounted for 78% of the ₹2,512.98-crore
income from unknown sources.
While parties are required to give details of all donations
above ₹20,000, donations under ₹20,000 and those through electoral bonds remain
anonymous.Of the total income from unknown sources, 64% went to the BJP and 29%
to the Congress.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday said it has
received ₹48,856 crore worth of bids in the fourth long-term reverse repo
operation (LTROs) conducted for an amount of ₹25,000crore with a three-year
tenor.The RBI received 37 bids in the LTRO with a reversal date on March 7,
“The total bids that were received amounted to ₹48,856 crore,
implying a bid-to-cover ratio (i.e., the amount of bids received relative to the
notified amount) of 2,” the RBI said in a release. The RBI allotted an amount of
₹25,021 crore with a pro-rata allotment percentage of 51.18%.
Last week, the apex bank received ₹1.719 lakh crore in the LTRO
conducted for an amount of ₹25,000 crore with a three-year tenor.
The RBI conducted two LTROs with three-year and one-year tenors
for ₹25,000 crore each on February 17 and February 24, respectively.It will also
conduct LTROs of ₹25,000 crore each on March 30 and March 31.
India has finally shared two whole genome sequence data of
the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) with the Global Initiative on Sharing All
Influenza Data (GISAID).
The two sequences were shared by the Pune-based National
Institute of Virology. This news comes after The Hindu reported on March 4 that
India has not shared any genome sequence data with the GISAID.
In a tweet on March 6 evening, Newstrain said it has “updated”
the database with “two SARS-CoV-2 sequences from Kerala sampled at the end of
January”. It added: “These sequences do not link very closely to other sequences
in the tree.”
The three adults in Kerala who were found to be infected with
the novel virus had returned from Wuhan. The first COVID-19 patient in India, a
medical student who had returned from Wuhan, was laboratory confirmed by NIV on
January 30. Two more adults from Kerala were laboratory confirmed by NIV within
a couple of days.
So far, 26 countries, including India, have shared 178
SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences with the GISAID. At 70, China has shared the highest
number of sequences.
The other countries that have shared higher number of sequences
are the U.S. (22), Australia and Japan (10 each), and Singapore and South Korea
(eight each). Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia have also shared one sequence each.