The Essential Defense Services Bill was introduced in the LokSabha
Essentially, the Essential Defence Services Bill is aimed at preventing the staff of the government-owned ordnance factories from going on a strike.
Around 70,000 people work with the 41 ordnance factories around the country.
The Bill introduced mentioned that that it is meant to “provide for the maintenance of essential defence services so as to secure the security of nation and the life and property of public at large and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto”.
But in its objectives, the government has stated: “Indian Ordnance Factories is the oldest and largest industrial setup which functions under the Department of Defence Production of the Ministry of Defence.
The ordnance factories form an integrated base for indigenous production of defence hardware and equipment, with the primary objective of self-reliance in equipping the armed forces with state of the art battlefield equipment.”
US pledges $100 million in emergency aid for Afghan refugees
US president Joe Biden authorised up to $100 million from an emergency fund to meet "unexpected urgent" refugee needs stemming from the situation in Afghanistan, including for Afghan special immigration visa applicants, the White House said.
Biden also authorised the release of $200 million in services and articles from the inventories of US government agencies to meet the same needs, the White House said.
The United States is preparing to begin evacuating thousands of Afghan applicants for special immigration visas (SIVs) who risk retaliation from Taliban insurgents because they worked for the US government.
The first batch of evacuees and their families is expected to be flown before the end of the month to Fort Lee, a US military base in Virginia, where they will wait for the final processing of their visa applications.
About 2,500 Afghans could be brought to the facility, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Richmond, the Pentagon said .
The Biden administration is reviewing other US facilities in the United States and overseas where SIV applicants and their families could be accommodated.
HC refuses to halt CCI probe against Amazon, Flipkart
The Karnataka high court (HC) on Friday quashed separate petitions by Amazon India and Flipkart against the investigation by antitrust Competition Commission of India (CCI) into alleged anti-competitive practices.
“The appeals are devoid of merit, and deserve to be dismissed,” said a two-judge bench of Justices Satish Chandra Sharma and NatarajRangaswamy.
A single-judge bench at the Karnataka HC on June 11 had dismissed a writ petition by the two e-commerce giants challenging the CCI probe into their business practices, ordered in January 2020.
The following week, the companies filed separate with a division bench at the Karnataka HC, challenging the earlier decision, and arguing that the case wasn’t heard on merit.
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IIT-K launches Center for Technology Innovation to find cyber security solutions for anti-drone technologies
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) launched the first technology innovation hub to find cyber security solutions for anti-drones technologies, intrusion detection system, block-chain and cyber physical system. As many as 13 start-ups and 25 research and development principal investigators were selected after a rigorous application process.
“The presence of cutting- edge technology in cyber security is accompanied by an increasing need to protect digital assets and deploy solutions for the common public as well as government and industry,” said a statement issued by IIT-K.
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, secretary, department of Science and Technology, Government of India, “ “The Government is committed to bring India to a leadership position in cyber security. IIT Kanpur’s C3i hub will focus on safeguarding cyberspace including critical infrastructure.”
Olympics: Mirabai Chanu created history
It will be to remember for the rest of her life. MirabaiChanu wrote her name in the annals of the country's sporting history by becoming the first Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic silver medal.
She is the second Indian woman to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting, since KarnamMalleswari's bronze in the Sydney Games in 2000.