Current Affairs 19 June

CONGRESS LEADER’S PLEA CHALLENGING POLL THROUGH POSTAL BALLOT FOR RAJYA SABHA, SC REFUSES TO STAY ELECTION

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a petition filed by the Congress Leader in Gujarat Assembly, Paresh Dhanani seeking to quash the Election Commission’s notification for holding biennial RajyaSabha polls through postal ballot. The Court, however, refused to stay the elections for Upper House and fixed the date for hearing Dhahni’s plea after ensuing summer vacation. (PareshDhananivs Election Commission of India) Senior Counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi mentioned the petition, which was filed early this morning, before the Bench of CJI SA Bobde with Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and AS Bopanna when it assembled.

SC DISMISSES PIL SEEKING INDIA TO TAKE CHINA TO ICJ FOR $600 BILLION COMPENSATION FOR USING COVID-19 AS BIO-WEAPON

The Court, however, granted liberty to the petitioner to make a representation before the government with the plea. The SC today dismissed the PIL filed by a Madurai resident praying for a direction to the Indian government to approach ICJ seeking compensation from China over COVID-19 being allegedly used as a bioweapon. The Court, however, granted liberty to the petitioner to make a representation before the government with this plea. (KK Ramesh vs Union of India). The Bench of CJI SA Bobde with Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and AS Bopanna took up the plea for hearing via video conferencing today but refused to entertain the same.

Australia cyber-attacks: PM Morrison warns of ‘sophisticated’ state hack

During a press conference on Friday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Australia’s government and institutions are being targeted by ongoing sophisticated state-based cyber hacks. Though he did not specify which agencies or businesses are believed to be under attack, nor did he detail the exact nature of the attacks. He said that no major personal data breaches had been hacks. Urging businesses to improve their defenses, Mr. Morrison said that his announcement on Friday was intended to raise public awareness. He said that the attacks have happened over many months and are increasing.

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