Pegasus: The issue of Pegasus has raised enough dust over the Union government so much that they have taken a back step and are even avoiding any kind of discussion and debate by terming it issue of national security. From journalists to politicians and opposition parties’ leaders, all of their phones were tapped and their conversations as well as messages were tracked. Why is the Union government headed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) being blamed? Simple Pegasus an Israeli company made it clear that it deals only with governments!
With the Pegasus making it to headlines and grabbing everyone’s attention, moreover the opposition parties led by Congress has been protesting about the snooping done by the government on certain amount of people belonging to various sections. Though the Union government has denied all the charges and refused to do any kind of inquiry into the issue, the Supreme Court has taken up the issue and has given a serious retort against the Union government.
The Supreme Court appointed a committee of experts to inquire into the alleged use of spyware Pegasus for surveillance of Indian citizens. A bench comprising Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli said that every citizen needs protection against privacy violation and mere invocation of ‘national security by State’ does not render the court a ‘mute spectator’.
Finding material that ‘prima facie merits consideration’, the bench declined the Centre’s plea to appoint an expert panel on its own, saying such a course would violate the settled judicial principle against bias. The top court urged its former judge Justice RV Raveendran to oversee the functioning of the three-member panel and sought a report expeditiously from the committee.
Citing national security, the Centre had earlier refused to file a detailed affidavit in the matter. The top court’s order came while hearing a batch of petitions related to reports of alleged snooping by government agencies on eminent citizens, politicians and scribes by using Israeli firm NSO’s spyware Pegasus. Petitioners had urged the apex court to order an independent court-monitored probe into the case.
The court said that the panel will prepare its report expeditiously and posted the matter for hearing after eight weeks.
Some Interesting Questions For Teens!
It is very important to have a discussion with your kid when he/she enters the teenage. Parents should always take time out of their busy life and should spend ample of time with their kids. A parent should ask their kid some funny and interesting questions despite the former knowing the answers. Parents should always ask some questions and should try to listen to their kids’ answers. While asking questions, it is important to ask the questions that will help the kid to become more close to you. Here are some basic and regular questions. Just start a conversation with your kid and try to spend some quality time with them.
What’s on your bucket list?
Share your first childhood memory?
Do you own a book and read it?
Do you like your name, if yes why?
If you want to change your name, which name would you prefer?
Tell me that three words that describe you the best?
What is the food item which you won’t leave at any cost?
What’s something you would never do in life?
Do you prefer morning or night showers?
Who do you admire in your life and why?
Is there any book that you have never read?
Are you an early bird or night owl?
What are your most and least favorite subjects?
What’s the most embarrassing moment from your teen years?
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
What’s the worst thing you ever did as a child?
What does your backpack contain all the time?
WFH Employees: Good news for all those Working from Home
WFH Employees: Work from Home is not all that new phenomenon, it has been there since very long but not at mass scale. There were certain occasions and emergencies when the employees where permitted to work from home. But with the advent of Covid-19 pandemic followed by global lockdown, the companies, especially IT companies started operating completely through WFH methods. Today, over the last one and half year, this has become the norm and is turning out to be much successful.
With the concept likely to stay for longer time, and new threats of virus staring at the world, there is a need for legalising the timing and also providing benefits for people doing WFH. The government of India is preparing to bring a legal framework to protect employees in the new normal of WFH.
According to the sources at Union government, discussions were going on to ascertain ways in which India can regulate WFH, which is expected to become a norm going forward. It is reported that a consultancy firm was being roped in to determine ‘future of work’ in the backdrop of the pandemic and the benefits it brings to all the stakeholders.
Notably, the Union government had in January this year formalized WFH for the services sector through a standing order. This order had allowed employers and employees to mutually decide on the work hours and other service conditions. However, this move was being seen as a token exercise as the services sector, which largely comprises IT and ITeS had already started the following work from home to employees under special conditions.
Now, the government wants to bring a comprehensive formal structure for all sectors. The latest move comes at a time when other countries put in place such frameworks. Recently, Portugal passed a law for the greater protection of employees working away from the company premises.
The government is forming an expert committee to come out with a comprehensive framework for all those involved in WFH. The framework can bring in new guidelines for fixing work hours for employees and payment of additional expenses incurred by them towards electricity and internet usage because of working from home. This framework will define the liability of employers towards employees working from home.
The idea is to provide a legal framework for the new models of work that have emerged during the pandemic, such as work from home or hybrid working to protect employees from the highly infectious Covid-19.
If the Union government come up with a framework and legalise the WFH, it is likely to benefit all the people and will have more productivity for the companies!
Omicron: New variant threat looms large despite India recording lowest Covid cases!
Omicron: India recorded 6,822 new covid-19 cases and 200 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday. This is also the lowest single-day spike in over 18 months. Active cases stand at 95,014, the lowest in 554 days and over 10,000 people recovered on Monday. Due to the rising cases, several states have stepped up vaccination, surveillance and containment measures.
Meanwhile, three more international travellers — two Covid-19 positive and another suspected case — were admitted on Monday to the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Hospital’s special facility for isolating and treating those infected with the new variant Omicron, officials said. “There are a total of 26 people — 19 positive cases and 7 suspected cases — in the facility at present.
Of the three international travellers who arrived today, two have been found Covid-19 positive. All three are Indians and have come from Dubai, France and the UK,” Medical Director Suresh Kumar said. Delhi reported its first case of Omicron on Sunday — a 37-year-old fully vaccinated man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania.
With the first case of Covid cause by the Omicron variant being detected in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the Union government should stop flights coming from countries where the variant has been detected so far. He was reiterating the demand of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has appealed to the Prime Minister on two occasions in the past, asking that flight from these countries be stopped to make sure the new variant does not spread in the country.
At present, passengers from Europe as well as 10 other countries have been tagged as ‘at risk’ by the Indian government. These include South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, and Israel. Passengers arriving from these countries have to mandatorily get tested at the airport and wait for the results.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) today urged the government to announce “additional” doses of Covid vaccine for healthcare, frontline workers, and immune-compromised individuals amid concerns over Omicron, 21 cases of which have been detected in India so far. The doctors’ body said that cases of the latest variant of coronavirus were reported from a number of major states of India, and the tally, which is in double digits, is bound to increase.
The IMA stressed in a press release said, Omicron has proved to be less potent in causing severe infections but definitely five to 10 times more contagious than the Delta variant. Hence, the government and all stakeholders should take proper steps to control the contagion by enhancing immunisation.
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