India this week: Top 10 National News Of This Week

by Shatakshi Gupta
  • The Central Government has issued an advisory to avoid advertisements promoting online betting. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has warned print, electronic and digital media to refrain from showing betting advertisements. The ministry has also shared this information from its Twitter handle. This warning has been issued in the public interest after several cases of advertisements of online betting websites and platforms were found in print, electronic, social and online media.  Online advertising intermediaries and publishers as well as online and social media have been advised not to display such advertisements in the country.
  • In the National Herald case, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has appeared before the Enforcement Directorate. In this case, Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have been summoned by the ED, but Sonia Gandhi is currently COVID positive and admitted to the hospital. Congress has linked the appearance of Rahul Gandhi in front of the ED with the show of strength. Congress alleges that senior leaders of the party are being unnecessarily harassed by the incumbent government at the Center in this matter.
  • Sharp shooter Santosh Jadhav from Pune, Maharashtra has been arrested in the Punjabi singer Sidhu Musewala murder case. He was caught from Kutch in Gujarat along with fellow Navnath Suryavanshi. The Pune Police team got this success. Both have been taken on remand till June 20. Santosh Jadhav is a henchman of the infamous gangster Arun Gawli gang. Santosh Jadhav and Navnath Suryavanshi were told by the Delhi Police to be involved in the killing of Moosewala.
  • After the statement of Nupur Sharma against prophet Mohammed, demonstrations have taken violent form in many parts of the country. Former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma has been summoned by the Mumbai Police. A police case was registered on the complaint of Raza Academy. Nupur is accused of making controversial statements on Prophet Muhammad. Violence erupted after Friday prayers against the alleged controversial remarks on the Prophet. In three states of the country, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal, people took to the streets and stone pelting took place at many places. In 8 cities of Uttar Pradesh, Prayagraj, Moradabad, Saharanpur, Firozabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Hathras, Aligarh, Jalaun, people created a ruckus.
  • Michigan, USA based IT Services and IT Consulting company Information Data Systems (IDS) has unveiled Bharat Blockchain Network (BBN) Polyversity (Educational Metaverse).  Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Ministry of Education, took the initiative in the presence of All India Council for Technical Education officials at an event organized at AICTE Auditorium in New Delhi. Polyversity is India’s largest educational metaverse, with over 100 academic partners setting up virtual campuses to make education more accessible, immersive and meaningful. Land parcels will be allotted to academic partners in the polyversity.

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  • Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur said that the Union Cabinet has authorized an increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for several Kharif crops for the year 2022-23. The MSP of Kharif crops for the crop year 2022-23 will now increase. For the 2022-23 crop year, the MSP for normal grade paddy has been increased to 2,040 per quintal from 1,940 last year. The support price for ‘A’ quality paddy has been increased from Rs 1,960 to Rs 2,060 per quintal.
  • Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar announced that the election to elect the next President of India would be held on 18 July and the results would be declared on 21 July.  President Ram Nath Kovind’s term ends on July 24. In 2017, Ram Nath Kovind got more than 65 percent of the votes. The Electoral College for the Presidential election consists of 776 MPs and 4033 MLAs, totaling 4809 MLAs.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a special series of coins which are also ‘blind friendly’.  The coins of Rs 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 will have the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) design. They are not commemorative coins and will be part of circulation.  This new series of coins will remind people of the goal of Amrit Kaal and will inspire people to work towards the development of the country.
  • Home Minister, Amit Shah inaugurated the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) complex in Bengaluru. According to Home Minister Amit Shah, the Narendra Modi government has had a zero tolerance attitude towards terrorism from the very beginning. According to him, legal and security authorities need automatic, secure and quick access to data collected from reliable sources. The government has entrusted NATGRID with the task of setting up and operating a state-of-the-art and innovative information technology infrastructure for receiving data from data collection agencies. The central government will soon create a national database to track hawala transactions, terrorist funding, counterfeit cash, narcotics and bomb threats, illegal arms smuggling and other terrorist operations.
  • The six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) led by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das unanimously voted to increase the repo rate by 50 basis points to 4.90 per cent. The Monetary Policy Committee has increased the repo rate to deal with the increased inflation. Fixed deposit facility and marginal standing facility rates were also increased by 50 basis points.  The Fixed Deposit Facility rate now stands at 4.65 percent and the Marginal Standing Facility Rate is now 5.15 percent.