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Daily News Digest:03 August 2021

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA HAS AUTHORISED TWO NEW STRATEGIC OIL RESERVES

In line with the second phase of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) program, the government has approved the establishment of 2 underground trading and strategic bases in Chandikhol (4 MMT) and Padur (2.5 MMT) with total energy storage of 6.5 MMT on the PPP model.

PAKISTAN HAS FINALIZED A BILL TO GIVE NEW STATUS TO GILGIT-BALTISTAN

Pakistani authorities have finalized a law to grant a temporary provincial position in Gilgit-Baltistan. At the request, the Gilgit-Baltistan Supreme Court of Appeal (SAC) may be dissolved and the regional electoral commission may be affiliated with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Gilgit Baltistan shares the local border with Kashmir living in Pakistan.

100TH ANNIVERSARY OF MADRAS LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

The President of India addressed the 100th anniversary of the Madras Legislative Council on 2 August 2021.

The Tamil Nadu Legislative Council was the upper house of the former legislature of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It came into existence as the Madras Legislative Council, the first provincial legislature of the Madras Presidency. Originally created as an advisory body in 1861, by the British colonial government. It was enacted by the First Amendment Act of India of 1861, enacted in the British parliament after the Indian Revolution of 1857.

WORLD LUNG CANCER DAY

Every year, on August 1, World Lung Cancer Day is celebrated. It is intended to raise awareness of the causes and treatment of lung cancer and to highlight the issues of insufficient funding for disease research.

REVIEW OF THE OFFICE OF THE CONTROLLER GENERAL OF PATENTS, DESIGNS & TRADEMARKS (CGPDTM)

The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry has reviewed the operation of the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks in Mumbai. Shri Piyush Goyal, the Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs and Textile, expressed satisfaction with the changes introduced in the testing and granting of patents, construction, copyright and trademarks, saying that ‘ease of doing business’ would go a long way in holding India as a hub for innovation.

The Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks (CGPDTM) Office is located in Mumbai. It operates under the auspices of the Department of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), the Department of Trade and Industry.

SECTION 66A OF THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACT

The Centre has said that the Ministries of Information and Technology and the Department of Home Affairs had done their best to disseminate information on the Supreme Court decision in Shreya Singhal's Section 66A case. Apart from this, most cases are registered under this section. 

Section 66A prescribes the penalty for sending “offensive” messages via a computer or other communication devices such as a cell phone or tablet.

EUROPEAN UNION FINED AMAZON

At Amazon.com Inc., the European Union has fined $ 886.6 million or 746 million euros. This penalty is levied for processing personal information in violation of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

ASSAM-MIZORAM BORDER CLASH

The two states, Assam and Mizoram, share a 164.6-mile (164.6 km) flexible border and the dispute has been going on for decades.

Mizoram claims that the land belongs to him based on a proclamation of 1875, derived from the Bengal Eastern Border Management Act of 1873. Assam claims the land belongs to him based on a 1933 proclamation bordering the Lushai Mountains, Mizoram, formerly known as Manipur province.

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