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News in Short - 11-August-2021

Supreme court refuses to halt CCI investigation against Amazon and Flipkart

Date: 11 August 2021 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The probe ordered by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) against e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart for alleged violation of provisions of the Competition Act, 2002, will go on, as the Supreme Court refused to interfere with a Karnataka High Court order.
  • The Benchfound no reason to interfere with the HC order but gave the firms four more weeks to reply to the inquiry.
  • The CCI had in January 2020 asked its Director General to hold an investigation and complete it in 60 days after a complaint by Delhi Trader’s body.
  • The traders’ body alleged that most of these preferred sellers are affiliated with or controlled by Flipkart or Amazon, either directly or indirectly.

Ujjwala 2.0 scheme launched

Date: 11 August 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the second phase of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).
  • Known as Ujjwala 2.0, phase 2 of the scheme kicked off in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh, with PM Modi inaugurating it virtually.
  • Ujjwala 1.0 was launched on May 1, 2016, by PM Modi in Ballia, also in Uttar Pradesh. In the first phase, 80 million LPG connections were provided to beneficiaries, seven months before the March 2020 deadline.

South Africa grants patent to Artificial intelligence system

Date: 11 August 2021 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • The patent application listing DABUS as the inventor was filed in patent offices around the world, including the US, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. But only South Africa granted the patent.
  • DABUS (which stands for device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified sentience) is an AI system created by Stephen Thaler, a pioneer in the field of AI and programming. The system simulates human brainstorming and creates new inventions.
  • South Africa's decision has received widespread backlash from intellectual property experts. Some have labelled it a mistake, or an oversight by the patent office.

Tata coffee to source from Koraput tribals

Date: 11 August 2021 Tags: Agriculture
  • Tata Coffee, one of India’s largest coffee producers, is set to buy coffee beans grown by tribals in Odisha’s Koraput district.
  • The new purchase deal involving Tata Coffee is likely to give confidence to tribal coffee growers for continuing their beverage plantation.
  • Coffee is grown in the Laxmipur, Kashipur, Dasmantpur, Nandpur, Lamtaput, Koraput, Potangi and Nandpur blocks in Koraput.
  • The beverage crop was introduced about 90 years ago in Koraput, situated in Eastern Ghats hill ranges at a height of 2,000-3,000 ft above sea level.

Twitter compliant with new IT rules

Date: 11 August 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Centre told the Delhi High Court that Twitter was in compliance with the new Information Technology Rules by appointing a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), Resident Grievance Officer (RGO) and Nodal Contact Person on permanent basis.
  • The high court had earlier expressed displeasure over Twitter Inc for appointing a contingent worker as CCO and had noted the microblogging platform was non-compliant with the new IT Rules.
  • The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 seek to regulate dissemination and publication of content in cyberspace, including social media platforms, and were notified in February by the central government.