February 25th-28th, 2021

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LAW, POLICY & GOVERNANCE



Daily snippets

1. Govt. Withdraws order on online science meets

2. Plea seeks simplification of child adoption process

3. U.P. Assembly passes Bill on conversion amid protests

4. Govt. to monitor OTT content

5. London court’s nod for Nirav Modi’s extradition

6. Same-sex marriages will cause havoc, Central govt. tells HC

7. President’s Rule in Puducherry notified

8. SC exploring avenues to offer quick relief to accident victims


NATIONAL NEWS/ INTERVENTIONS



Daily snippets

1. Disengagement a win-win situation, says Army chief

2. India takes on Pak. at Human Rights Council

3. India, Pakistan agree to adhere to 2003 ceasefire

4. Labour rights activist released from jail

5. 23.79 lakh register for free digital library service

6. U.S. welcomes India­Pak. ceasefire agreement

7. Panel seeks more data to clear Sputnik V

8. Vaccines for seniors and 45-plus with comorbidities from March

9. Punjab to amend Prisons Act to boost jail security

10. Winter pollution on the rise

11. INCOIS to go for aerial mapping of ocean floor

12. Pandemic generation and the impacts

13. Second wave of infections

14. Karnataka to move SC against Tamil Nadu's project

15. Odisha's Puri Heritage corridor

16. Tracking the elusive snow leopard in Himachal


INTERNATIONAL NEWS/EVENTS/ PERSONALITIES



Daily snippets

1. U.S. will seek to rejoin UNHRC: Blinken

2. Imran announces $50 mn defence credit line for Lanka

3. ‘Japan­U.S. treaty a product of Cold War’

4. Ghana first country to receive COVAX vaccines

5. France slams ‘repression’ of Uighurs

6. Biden revokes Trump’s immigrant visa ban

7. FB bans Myanmar military accounts

8. Pakistan will remain on FATF ‘greylist’

9. As reserves shrink, Sri Lanka seeks $2.2 billion from China

10. Armenian PM accuses military of coup attempt

11. India cannot abandon us, says Sri Lanka

12. Sri Lanka to allow burial of virus victims

13. Gunmen abduct 317 Nigerian schoolgirls

14. U.S. strikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria kill at least 22

15. Bangladeshis protest death of writer in jail

16. MBS behind ‘capture or kill Khashoggi’ operation


OPINION & ANALYSIS



Commentary : Bail as right

(i). In granting bail for six months to poet Varvara Rao in the Bhima Koregoan case on medical grounds, the Bombay High Court has affirmed the principle that even the stringent provisions of an anti­terrorism law are not invincible before a prisoner’s constitutional rights.

(ii). The court overruled the National Investigation Agency’s objection that bail should not be granted on medical grounds once an undertrial prisoner’s bail application was rejected on merits under UAPA, as long as access to treatment in a government hospital was available. The court looked at Mr. Rao’s plight from the perspective of his right to life under Article 21.

(iii). Bail is routinely denied in most cases under UAPA. It became a watertight embargo since the Supreme Court in 2019 gave a ruling that made it nearly impossible for anyone arrested under UAPA to be released on bail, unless the accused could demonstrate that the charges against them were prima facie untrue. However, a few recent judicial decisions have sought to carve out exceptions. The Supreme Court laid down recently that prolonged incarceration without any possibility of an early completion of trial could be a ground for granting bail.


Analysis : Inhibiting free speech

(i). Background

(ii). What the principles says : Federalism vs Parliamentary privilege


ECONOMICS & FINANCE



Daily snippets

1. Modi on government assets

2. Private banks can handle government business

3. Cabinet approves PLI plan for pharma, IT hardware

4. Proposed 'Bad Banks' move will not hit existing Asset reconstruction companies (ARC)

5. Current inflation target band apt for next five years, says RBI report

6. India 'out of recession', GDP grows 0.4%

7. Coffee output may drop

8. India's import guidelines review with China


SPORTS



Daily snippets

1. Motera stadium named after PM Modi

2. Ankita Raina : The new Indian on the bloc

3. PM Modi inaugurates Khelo India Winter Games

4. Bronze for Indian men's skeet team


SUGGESTED READINGS



1. New social media rules https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/social-media-rules-messaging-platforms-to-trace-first-originator-of-messages-170408

2. The absurdity of the anti-defection law https://www.pressreader.com/india/the-hindu/20210226/281758452013157

3. GOI limitations on International Webinars https://www.livelaw.in/columns/freedom-of-speech-right-to-education-academic-freedom-limitations-international-webinar-170451

4. Making Indian Judiciary more economically responsible https://thewire.in/economy/india-judiciary-economically-responsible-environment

5. Federalism and India's human capital https://www.pressreader.com/india/the-hindu/20210225/281831466454989

6. Explainer : Australian government vs Facebook https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/facebook-australia-law-media-7196280/

7. Who is Nodeep Kaur and why she was arrested https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/who-is-nodeep-kaur-and-why-was-she-arrested/article33790286.ece


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Sources referred to : The Hindu, The Indian Express, Live Law, Bar & Bench

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