Describing the Commission as a “bureaucratic vessel”, Navroz Dubash of the Centre for Policy Research said in a statement: “The fact that it was created practically overnight, with no discussion and input, does not inspire confidence that it will open the doors to a more fruitful conversation and action across all interests...The Commission is a lost opportunity to explicitly set the ground rules for an air-shed based approach — one that could have been deployed in polluted areas across the country.” … [Read more...] about Centre sets up permanent Commission to tackle air pollution in Delhi territory
National mental health commission
Although its original remit was to recommend the fund-sharing formula between Centre and States from 2020-21 to 2024-25, its term was extended by 11 months and it was requested by the government last year to submit an initial report just for the year 2020-21. … [Read more...] about 15th Finance Commission finalises report, to submit it to President on November 9
Active Covid-19 cases in the country stood at 594,386 on Friday while the infection tally soared to 8,088,851, according to the Union health ministry dashboard. Meanwhile, as many as 3,75,753, cases, including 30,952 active cases and 6,423 deaths, have been recorded in Delhi. … [Read more...] about ‘Consider face masks like Covid-19 vaccine,’ says Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain
"We want the Commission to finish its work; the issue it is investigating is too crucial for its work to be left incomplete," said Advocate Channe. "We also know that now, we have to live with COVID-19. Witnesses will willingly come to depose because now the fear of Covid is disappearing." … [Read more...] about Who cares for Bhima Koregaon Commission?
Sir Syed denounced miracles in Islam that the theologians always took as gospel truths. For instance, Gabriel is considered in Islam to be the archangel who was the messenger of God who brought His revelations verbatim to Prophet Muhammad. Besides, the crossing over of the Red Sea by Moses and the drowning of Pharaoh or Firaun (several verses in Quran describe how the Red Sea was split in two and a dry path emerged as Moses banged the water with his stick on divine inspiration), and an abortive attack on Kaaba by Abraha, a Christian ruler of Yemen, in 570 AD, are generally considered to be miracles. Sir Syed questioned these assumptions and offered a rational interpretation for them. He held that Gabriel had come in human form to bring God’s message to Mary and the divine revelation was a kind of noor (light) that glowed in the heart of the Prophet Muhammad. Similarly, Sir Syed argued that when Moses was crossing the 30 km patch known as Bay of Eden, comprising 30 islands and … [Read more...] about Interview: Shafey Kidwai, author of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Reason, Religion and Nation