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News in Short - 23-June-2021

Gupkar leaders to attend PM’s all-party meeting

Date: 23 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The constituents of Gupkar alliance formed in Jammu & Kashmir for the restoration of the region’s special status confirmed their participation in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s all-party meeting
  • Fourteen leaders have been invited for the meeting, the first such engagement with the Centre since Jammu & Kashmir was stripped of its semi-autonomous status in August 2019.
  • People involved in the initiative said there was only a single-point “agenda” for the meeting which is the early handing over of power to elected representatives and an end to President’s rule.

Government plans to ban flash sales on e-commerce websites

Date: 23 June 2021 Tags: Services
  • To monitor the deep discounts offered on e-commerce websites, the government has proposed changes to the Consumer Protection (e-commerce) Rules 2020, banning all “flash sales”.
  • The ‘conventional’ flash sale has not been banned. Only ‘predatory’ ones will be banned though the proposed rules leave a lot of grey area.
  • Certain e-commerce entities are engaging in limiting consumer choice by indulging in ‘back to back’ or ‘flash’ sales wherein one seller on a platform does not carry any inventory or order fulfilment capability but merely places a ‘flash or back to back’ order with another seller controlled by platform.

DPIIT secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra passes away

Date: 23 June 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Department of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) secretary Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra died of Covid-19 related complications. He was 59.
  • A Gujarat cadre 1986-batch IAS officer, he was appointed to the DPIIT in August 2019. He is the first serving secretary to the Government of India to have succumbed to the disease.
  • Prior to joining DPIIT, Dr Mohapatra had served as the chairman of the Airport Authority of India (AAI). He had earlier been deputed as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres re-elected President

Date: 23 June 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • UN General Assembly appointed Antonio Guterres as the UN Secretary-General for a second term beginning January 1, 2022.
  • The 15-nation Council had held a closed meeting where it adopted by acclamation the resolution that recommended Mr. Guterres’ name to the General Assembly for a second five-year term.
  • India had expressed its support for re-election of Mr. Guterres as UN Chief and welcomed the adoption of the resolution recommending his name.

Indian delegation meets Taliban delegation in Qatar

Date: 23 June 2021 Tags: India & World
  • Indian officials made a “quiet visit” to Doha in order to speak to the Taliban’s political leadership based there. This appears to be the first official confirmation that New Delhi has engaged the Taliban directly.
  • The statement came just days after External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar stopped over in Doha to meet with the Qatari leadership twice in the last two weeks.
  • The Qatar government has hosted the Taliban’s main office in Doha since 2013, and is the organiser of the Intra Afghan Dialogue or Afghan-Taliban.