Weekly Page : April 13th – April 20th, 2021

The week that went by!

Hope you are holding up well and taking all the precautions



Daily snippets

1. Gyanvapi Masjid: HC moved against lower court’s order

2. Delhi HC rejects plea to relax age criterion for vaccine

3. SC calls for details on migrant children’s welfare

4. State obliged to facilitate access to education, says Supreme Court

5. FASTag does not violate right to free movement: Centre

6. Shoma Sen files plea in HC to quash sanction to prosecute under UAPA

7. ISRO case: SC asks CBI to look into panel report

8. Centre to push judges’ appointments

9. Shun vaccine nationalism, say scientists

10. Girls face more pressure during pandemic: study

11. NIA declares ₹7 lakh bounty on Hidma

12. Request for withdrawal of advisory on J&K reporting

13. Regulate groundwater use in cricket fields

14. Copyright war

15. The battles of a space dreamer

16. Explain basis for approving policies, Delhi HC asks insurance body

17. Those dealing in narcotics key in causing deaths: SC


Daily snippets

1. WhatsApp: CCI defends nod for probe

2. Nagaland’s version of NRC triggers concern

3. Sushil Chandra takes over as CEC

4. Delhi govt. will seek priority vaccination for journalists

5. India, Russia committed to S­400 deal: envoy

6. ‘Quad navies enjoy high degree of interoperability’

7. India, Australia must stand together: Morrison

8. ‘China tried to change status quo’

9. Crossword community loses a giant

10. Centre plans to import medical oxygen

11. ‘Lift ban on export of vaccine raw material

12. Bat with sticky discs found in Meghalaya

13. Amid high demand, Railways to run ‘Oxygen Express’ trains

14. Vande Bharat becomes one of top civilian evacuations

15. EU Council approves conclusions on Indo-­Pacific strategy

16. Vaccines for all above 18 from May 1st

17. Second wave is not more lethal, says ICMR

18. Adults and defenses against cybercrimes

19. Centre to fast track approvals of more vaccines

20. Forecast of a healthy monsoon

21. Maharashtra and oxygen management

22. Kumbh and COVID

23. National Task Force to combat air pollution

24. Last two rhinos translocated under IRV 2020

25. Panel to list indigenous inhabitants in Nagaland

26. The Great Indian Bustard

27. UK nod for extradition of Nirav Modi

28. IMD forecasts a normal monsoon

29. Aditya-L1 and ARIES


Daily snippets

1. U.S. to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

2. WHO urges halt on sale of live wild mammals in markets

3. Hong Kong to amend poll laws in ‘favour’ of pro-Beijing camp

4. Egypt presses for $900 million compensation, seizes megaship

5. Reuters gets its first woman editor in chief

6. ‘NATO to exit Afghanistan along with U.S.’

7. 60% enrichment in response to Israel’s terrorism, says Iran

8. Pak. to ban radical Islamist party

9. Denmark drops AstraZeneca vaccine

10. Sri Lanka bans IS, 10 other extremist groups

11. U.S. imposes new sanctions on Russia

12. France asks citizens to temporarily leave Pak

13. U.S. climate envoy Kerry in first China visit

14. Russia bans FBI chief, other U.S. officials as tensions soar

15. ‘Biden, Suga may announce next in person Quad summit’

16. Iran says it has started enriching uranium to 60%

17. U.S. says Russia was given Trump campaign poll data

18. SC confirms annulment of Lula convictions

19. U.S., China agree to cooperate with urgency on climate crisis

20. Myanmar shadow govt. wants invite for ASEAN crisis talks

21. Czechs to discuss ‘Russian link’ to 2014 blast with EU

22. Sikhs call for gun reforms in U.S.

23. NASA Mars helicopter makes first flight on another planet

24. Cuba gets new leader as Raul Castro retires

25. Greens name Baerbock as candidate to succeed Merkel

26. Saudi activist wins top Europe rights award

27. France ‘enabled’ 1994 Rwanda genocide: report

28. Probe China over Xinjiang crimes

29. India and the regional trade pacts

30. US refugee situation

32. Profile : Victory for Guillermo Lasso in Ecuador

33. SpaceX to partner with NASA


Commentary : BIMSTEC needs to reinvent itself

(i). Background

(ii). The foreign ministers virtual conference on April 1.

(iii). Hurdles

(iv). Way ahead

Story : Navigation with permission

(i). Background

(ii). Understanding the law

(iii). The way ahead

Commentary : Exiting Afghanistan

(i). Background

(ii). Implications of the pullout

Commentary : A multipolarity : Japan, Iran, Turkey and India are well set to shape the emerging world order

(i). Background

(ii). The US game

(iii). Four Middle Powers

Commentary : It’s time to enact a Siras Act

(i). Background

(ii). The global precedents

(iii). How India fares

Story : Implementing green contracts

(i). Green contracting and cutting emissions

(ii). Adherence to contracts

Analysis : Ordinance route, and promulgation of ordinances

(i). Background

(ii). What the law says

Commentary : Ken-Betwa project

(i). Background

(ii). Environmental concerns

Story : India and Russia look for a reset

(i). Background

(ii). Russia’s changing foreign policy goalposts

(iii). Significance of Russia-China co-operation and way forward

Analysis : Cuba after the Castros

(i). Background

(ii). Castros legacy

(iii). Cuba’s current state

Commentary : Demise of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB)

(i). Background

(ii). The board's turbulent life

(iii). Missed Opportunity

Analysis : The second wave commentary

(i). What the data says

(ii). Comparison of the two waves

Story : COVID-19 vaccines and blood clots

(i). Background

(ii). What are the adverse effects

(iii). Data on the phenomenon

(iv). Risk vs Benefit principle


Daily snippets

1. Lockdowns to shave $1.25 bn a week

2. India's public debt levels

3. Blue collar jobs hiring on the rise

4. Making India a hardware manufacturing hub

5. CITIBank to exit retail banking in India, China

6. Flipkart to acquire Cleartrip

7. RBI sets up authority to review regulations

8. US treasury keeps India on currency watchlist

9. India imports sugar to Indonesia and Afghanistan

10. Production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for ACs, LED lights


Daily snippets

1. Asian Weightlifting Championships

2. Balbir Singh Jr passes away

3. India Open to be held in-camera

4. Medals in double-digit expected at Tokyo Olympics

5. India's Payas Jain is World No. 2 in Under-17

6. Virat Kohli named Wisden's ODI player of 2010s

7. Koneru Humpy eyes classical world crown

8. No cancellation of Olympic games

9. Olympian Ahmed Hussain passes away

10. Inclusion of cricket in Olympics


1. Indian scholars and content seizure https://www.thequint.com/voices/opinion/supreme-court-petition-indian-academics-scholars-content-seizure-right-to-privacy-bhima-koregaon-case-indian-constitution

2. Dr Ambedkar's concept of constitutional morality https://www.livelaw.in/columns/contemporary-relevance-of-dr-ambedkars-concept-of-constitutional-morality-172570

3. Case for non-compete clauses https://www.barandbench.com/columns/the-case-for-non-compete-clauses

4. Right to privacy and death https://www.barandbench.com/news/litigation/madras-high-court-dismisses-plea-jayalalitha-biopic-thalaivi-queen

5. Women, domestic responsibilities and Judiciary's patriarchy https://thewire.in/women/women-domestic-responsibilities-and-indian-judiciarys-grand-patriarchy

6. Private vehicle and public space https://www.livelaw.in/know-the-law/is-your-private-vehicle-a-public-place-law-has-different-answers-172717

7. Appointment of High Court Judges https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/supreme-court-lays-down-time-line-for-appointment-of-high-court-judges-172852

8. Uploading photos on porn sites https://thewire.in/law/uploading-photos-lifted-from-social-media-to-porn-sites-without-consent-an-offence-delhi-hc

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