Summary of The Hindu 9th JANUARY 2024

SC quashes release of 11 Convicts in Bilkis Bano case

The Supreme Court on Monday , quashes the decision of remission to 11 Convicts in Bilkis Bano case.

What was the case all about ?

During 2002 Gurjar riots , 11 persons gangaraped Bilkis Bano and murdered her family members including a two month old infant.

The case in 2004 was shifted to Maharashtra following information about coercion to Bilkis Bano.

CBI special judge sentenced 11 of  them for life imprisonment in 2008 .

In August 2022 , Gujrat govt released 11 Convicts according to its remission policy 1992.

Bilkis Bano moved to SC over this  .

What the judgment say .

The court came heavily over BJP govt in acting in favor of these culprits .

The court held that Gujrat was not the right state to pass remission orders as the case was shifted to Maharashtra .

Further ,the court held that the Supreme Court order in 2022 which allowed Gujrat to consider the remission , applications for 11 men under state’s remission policy of 1992 was procured by fraud .

Opposition parties have hailed the SC verdict .

T.N. attracts over ₹6 lakh crore investment

TamilNadu has attracted an impressive investment commitment to the tune of ₹6.64 lakh crore at the conclusion of first global investors meet on Monday .

A total of 631 MoUs were signed at the conclusion of First Global Investor Meet( GIM 2024) , the investment is going to create a total of 27 lakh jobs .

Some of the big ticket investments  are : Tata power ( 70 , 800 ) crore , Adani group ( 42 ,768 crore ) , Sembcorp ( 36 , 238 crore ) , Leap Energy Private Ltd ( 17,400 crore ) and Chennai Petroleum Power Limited ( 17 ,000 crore ).

CM Stalin said that the proposed investment will be across electronics manufacturing , green energy non leather footwear , automobiles and e vehicles , defense and aerospace , data center’s , global Capability center etc .

Stalin assured of  a single window clearance for these projects .

T.N. govt has stated that it has a plan to be 1 trillion dollar economy by 2030 .

India Maldives discuss spat as Israel also joins the controversy

The Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA ) on Monday summoned the Maldivian envoy , however an official statement about the talks by the envoy was not released .

Indian High commissioner in Male was soon met by Maldivian authorities .

Earlier three deputy ministers of Maldives had made disparaging remarks about PM Modi’s visit to Lakshdeweep . MEA had denounced it , while Maldivian govt had suspended the three ministers.

In the middle of diplomatic dialogue , the embassy of Israel stepped into the case and posted Photograph of Lakshdeweep on social media .

Nolan’s Oppenheimer  sweeps golden globes on a bittersweet night for Grehwig’s Barbie

81 st Golden Globe Award was announced on Sunday . The highlights of the award is :

Best Film , Drama – Oppenheimer

Best Actor – Cilian Murphy for Oppenheimer

Best supporting actor – Robert Downey Jr for Oppenheimer

Best Actress – Lily Gladstone for Killers of the flower moon

Best Film : Musical or Comedy ,–Poor Things

Best Drama series – Succession

Oppenheimer won five awards , including best drama , best director for Nolan .

Barbey was nominated under maximum nine sections .

PM suggests roll out of three new criminal laws in UTs , by year end

PM. Narendra Modi discussed the launch of three Criminal laws with DGPs and IGPs in a meeting in Jaipur .

The three Criminal laws will be rolled out out in a phased manner starting with UTs by the end of 2024 . Earlier it was decided to roll out in Chandigarh only by year end.

During the meeting a Cybersecurity session delved into the need of cybers security to protect critical infrastructure from organized crime .

DRDO counter drone system ready , handed over to private firms

The counter drone system of DRDO is ready for production , and was already demosntrated to Armed services and other security agency services , with some orders already placed .

The DRDO is now focussing on high indurance , unmanned aerial vehicle ( UAV ) .

“ The DRDO has developed a comprehensive integrated anti drone system which comprises , detection  Identification and neutralization of a drone  … “ The defense ministry said in a note .

The three services have placed 23 orders for this technology . Under ToT ( transfer of Technology ) these have been handed over to private companies including , BEL , Adani , and Larson and Toubro  .The technology is capable of countering attacks , soft kills and hard kills of all types of drones including Micro drones which is being developed by DRDO.

TAPAS In Advanced stage

The. DRDO said that Tapas , medium Altitude Long Altitude ( MALE ) , UAV developed for the intelligence , surveillance , Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance , application is in advanced stage of developmental trials .

Viksit Bharat Yatra aims to help reach schemes to all beneficiaries

PM Modi interacted with the beneficiaries of Viksit Bharat  Sankalp Yatra ( VBSY ) , ,PM Modi on Monday said that the main of Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra ( VBSY ) was govt schemes to reach all beneficiaries .

VBSY completed 50 days on yesterday . PM Narendra Modi said that over 12 lakh applications for Ujjwala scheme was received since the start of the Yatra , health Checkup of 2 crore people has been carried out including 1 crore TB and 22 lakh sicke cell check up .

GIFT city is set to host 10th Gujrat Global Investment summit from tomorrow

 

‘EC failed to give substantive response to the concerns over EVMs ‘ : Jairam Ramesh

World

Back in Power Hasina says the election was free and fair

Sheikh Hasina won Bangladesh polls fifth time . She won 223 seats out of total 300 in recently held elections . She addressed nation first time after election results came out .

She termed ‘Bangladesh National Party ‘ a ‘terrorist organization ‘.

UN rights chief ‘ Volker turk ‘ on Monday said the govt to “ ensure that  human rights of all Bangladeshis are fully taken Into account “ .

The chief opposition party BNP had boycotted the elections.

PM Modi on congratulated Sheikh Hasina on a phone call .

Israeli attack kills top Hezbollah commander

Israel killed a top commander of Lebanon’s Hezbollah Wissam Hassan Tawil .

On Monday Hezbollah announced the killing for the first time .

Security sources said that Tawil “ had a leading role in managing Hezbollah’s operation in South“ .

US secretary of state is on fourth visit of the region . He will later meet Saudi Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in the desert city of Al Ula .

Earlier he visited UAE’s  President Sheikh Muhamad Bin Zayed Al Nahayem.

Pope calls for Universal ban on surrogate parenting

Pope Francis on Monday called for Global ban on Parenting via surrogacy , calling the practice “ deplorable “  and a grave violation of the dignity of woman and child .

Pope Francis told this in “ state of the world “ address . He called for ban on surrogacy universally .

Italy the country which surrounds Vatican City has already banned surrogacy .

 

China is a “  valued ally and integral collaborator “ says , Maldives Muizzue .

Maldivian President Mohammad Muizzue  arrived in China on his first state visit , on Monday . He praised Beijing as a “ valued ally and integral collaborator “ , of the Indian Ocean islands.

Mr Muizzue is on five day visit to China  , he will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and will hold official talks and sign key agreements to enhance trade, professional development and socioeconomic cooperation , the Maldivian President’s office said in a statement .

Mr. Muizzue will also attend the “ Invest Maldives “ forum in the South eastern city of Fuzhou .

French PM resigns as Macron seeks to relaunch Presidency

French PM Elisabeth Borne resigned on Monday as President Macron prepared to unveil a long awaited cabinet reshuffle to give new momentum to the final three years of his presidency .

Education Minister Gabriela Attalbhas emerged as the favorite to succeed  Ms Borne .

In France the President is supreme . Prime Minister is appointed by the President , PM is the head of bureaucracy .

Science

South Korea Superconductivity claim revived with new data

Last year , a material dubbed LK 99 had hugged limelight after South Korean researched claimed it could be a room temperature superconductor , soon after independent researchers found problem in mixed data and claim by researchers .

What is new ?

A group of scientist affiliated with research institutes of China and Japan has  found signs of Superconductivity  in the same material LK 99 .

What is the Meissiener effect ?

The sign in question is called Messigner effect ,It is one of the few. ‘ effects ‘ certain materials exhibit when they are able to conduct  electric current without any resistance .

 

The researchers told that they observed the Meissiener effect  in copper substituted lead apatite.

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