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With more than 25 legislators testing positive for coronavirus including Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, after some deliberations the Monsoon Session of the Parliament came to a premature end on 23 September. Even though the Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has touted the passage of 25 laws in 10 days as a sign of 100% productivity, this session has fac…
 
Almost six months after filing an FIR to probe the "large-scale conspiracy" behind the northeast Delhi violence, the Delhi Police has filed a charge sheet against 15 anti-CAA protestors, that runs into 11 volumes, spread across 17,000 pages. Over the past few months, the conspiracy alleged by the police has formed the core of its investigation into…
 
Where does freedom of speech end and hate speech begin? Does self-regulation of media need to be scrutinised and strengthened? The ongoing Sudarshan News case that is centred around its controversial "UPSC Jihad" show has been attracting a lot of media attention. This is no longer just about Suresh Chavhanke's show, with the Supreme Court hearings …
 
Eight opposition MPs in the Rajya Sabha, including the Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’Brien, and AAP's Sanjay Singh and others were suspended for a week for “unruly behaviour” one day after the passage of two controversial agricultural reform bills. The Bills in question, that aim to liberalise the agricultural market, have been triggering massive far…
 
Why are Punjab and Haryana farmers protesting against the central government in defiance of the pandemic restrictions ever since the Parliament’s Monsoon Session began on 14 September? And why did Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Union Minister for Food Processing and a leader of the BJP's long-time ally Shiromani Akali Dal, resign recently? In the centre…
 
If the shutting down of schools affected the accessibility of education, it also affected physical and mental health of students from across various communities. Although there's not been any survey on the mental health crisis among children in the pandemic, from a report published in the journal New Scientist, we at least know that a stunning 115 …
 
Should schools reopen in India or should they not? If they don't reopen now, when will be the right time to get students back to school? As the Ministry of Home Affairs announced a partial re-opening of schools from 21 September saying that students between classes 9-12 will be permitted to go back to school on a voluntary basis its raising these q…
 
In what is being described as UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath "dream project" the government has issued a notification to set up a Special Security Force in Uttar Pradesh that can search and arrest without a warrant or without requiring any orders from the magistrate "as long as they are sure of the crime". At a time when there have been allegati…
 
After interrogating former JNU student and United Against Hate member Umar Khalid for eleven hours on 13 September, the Delhi Police arrested him under UAPA charges post-midnight, for his alleged role in the North East Delhi riots of February 2020. This comes merely two weeks after Khalid had written a letter to the Delhi Police Commissioner SN Sri…
 
As fresh India-China tensions flare up at the border, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi agreed that the current situation in Ladakh is not in the interest of either side. Jaishankar and his counterpart met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, in Moscow, at a luncheon meeting, hosted by …
 
The COVID vaccine race has faced a hurdle, after a participant in the Oxford-AstraZeneca trials developed neurological symptoms, prompting the company to pause the trials voluntarily. Health care news publication Stat reported that the participant was a woman from the and she did receive the vaccine as opposed to a placebo and that her symptoms wer…
 
A day after she was arrested by the NCB on drug charges related to the Sushant Singh Rajput case, actor Rhea Chakraborty was shifted from the NBC office to Mumbai's Byculla Jail, where she will be kept on remand for 14 days. Far from the initial investigations on abetment to suicide or siphoning off funds from Rajput's accounts that had kickstarted…
 
Following a fiery spat with Shiv Sena members where Kangana Ranaut compared Mumbai to PoK and claimed threat to life, the Bollywood actor is all set to join the elite club of Y+ security protectees that includes bigshots like Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, and some union ministers. While the Kangana vs Sena slugfest has been going on for the past…
 
India has not only overtaken Brazil to become the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus infections, but in the past few days, it's also been recording the highest number of daily cases reported by any country since the pandemic began. In fact, as India crossed Brazil's numbers over the weekend, it also surpassed a new high in detect…
 
The Supreme Court's verdict on the much-awaited AGR case that came on 1 September, has gotten experts worrying about Vodafone Idea's survival. With a massive due of Rs 58,000 crores in adjusted gross revenues that is owed to the government, will Vodafone Idea sink or swim? The verdict on AGR for the debt-laden telecom companies including Bharti Air…
 
Millions of Indian gamers are trying to win their last “chicken dinner”, as the hugely popular PUBG now shares the same fate as TikTok. This online multiplayer game that had many Indians hooked, is now banned along with 117 other China-based apps. This is the second time that the Ministry of Information and Technology has banned more China-based ap…
 
The Indo-China border tensions show no signs of ebbing, even months after the military standoff at the Galwan valley that began in June this year. The diplomatic dialogues and consensus between the countries to de-escalate Indian and Chinese troops' engagement at the LAC seem to be stuck in a stalemate, as the action moves from the northern bank of…
 
Act of god or not, even though India was expected to see a considerable economic slowdown, the contraction of the GDP by 24 percent in the first quarter of the current financial year is coming off as quite a shocker. All thanks to this, India once the world's fastest-growing major economy, now seems to be headed for its first full-year contraction …
 
The Supreme Court ordered lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan to pay a Re 1 fine as punishment for contempt of court by 15 September, failing to do which, he could be facing three months in jail along with a three-year ban from practicing. At a press conference after the verdict, Bhushan announced that he proposed to submit to the order as he would to…
 
It has been 75 days since actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s unfortunate demise on 14 June. In those 75 days, in a swift administration of media justice, his partner and actor Rhea Chakraborty has been accused of murdering the actor and also found guilty of it. In between the accusation and conviction by a special bench of the media’s court comprising al…
 
In the backdrop of another incident of police shooting of an African-American citizen, a deadly protest against police brutality that left two dead in Wisconsin and an extremely dangerous hurricane Laura striking Louisiana, the Republican party has been holding its National Convention ahead of the 2020 US Elections. Unlike the Democrats who went ah…
 
Life should move on, said the Supreme Court almost 10 days back as it dismissed petitions to postpone the JEE Main and NEET UG entrance exams. But there's no end to demands from students and parents to not conduct the exams on the scheduled dates in September. Joining them now are politicians from across parties – from Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi…
 
After a three-hour long hearing, the Supreme Court reserved its order on sentencing in the contempt case related to lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan's two tweets criticising the judiciary. The same bench led by Justice Arun Mishra had convicted Bhushan earlier on 14 August but not specified the penalty for this charge. On 20 August, they had given …
 
The lingering Congress leadership crisis has taken the centre stage once again as the Interim Chief Sonia Gandhi offered to resign from her post, urging her party members to look for a replacement. This political drama unfolded in the Congress Working Committee meeting, on 24th August, a day after over 23 senior leaders demand for a ‘revival’ in th…
 
The minimum age of marriage has always been a contentious topic of debate in India. Currently, as we know, the legal minimum age stands at 18 for women and 21 for men but since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on his Independence Day speech that the Centre had set up a committee to review and reconsider the minimum age of marriage for women, …
 
After being held guilty of contempt, lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan was told that if he rethinks the statements that he's made against the judiciary in his tweets, then the Supreme Court would consider whether to be lenient with penalties or not. The bench led by Justice Arun Mishra which had held Prashant Bhushan guilty earlier on 14 August, had…
 
After playing supporting characters, Joe Biden is finally the protagonist as he officially secured the Democratic nomination as their 2020 presidential candidate on 18 August, tallying votes by party delegates from 50 states and 7 national territories in what was the first virtual national party roll-call vote. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the …
 
Is Facebook simply a bystander in global politics or is it actively meddling in politics? Thanks to a report by the Wall Street Journal that was published on 14 August, there are some serious questions about Facebook’s “impartiality” when it comes to hate speeches by BJP members. The report alleges that Ankhi Das, Facebook’s top public policy execu…
 
MS Dhoni ended one of the most illustrious and successful cricket careers of our generation. “Pal do pal meri hasti hai, pal do pal meri jawani hai,” recites Amitabh Bachchan in the song Dhoni has chosen to bid us farewell with, nearly 400 days since we saw him walk back to the pavilion, wearing the Indian jersey, at the ICC World Cup semi-final. B…
 
Over the last year Jamia Millia Islamia University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Aligarh Muslim University have been in the news more than they would’ve perhaps liked to. The three universities, battered by police action, media attacks and a perception battle, today stand officially among three of the best Central universities in all of India. T…
 
Bengaluru is still recovering from the bloody violence that rocked the city on the night of 11 August. Three people were killed after the police opened fire at a violent mob in East Bengaluru on Tuesday night. Police said it resorted to firing after the mob went on a rampage, attacking a police station and an MLA’s residence. The next day, the char…
 
Biden-Harris 2020 is now official. In the early hours of Wednesday, 12 August, Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden announced California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate for the upcoming US Presidential elections on 3 November. Kamala who? Why does this name ring a bell? 55-year-old Kamala Harris was born in California to an Indian mo…
 
Sachin Pilot is back in the Congress party fold. Pilot’s short lived rebellion, which took shape on 11 July, concluded with a tweet at 1am on 11 August. In his tweet he thanked Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, as well as Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for “noting & addressing our grievances.” Earlier on Monday, Pilot had met former …
 
At around 7:40 PM on 7 August, Air-India Express flight IX-1344 with 190 passengers on board from Dubai to Kozhikode skidded off the runway of Karipur International Airport, Kerala. Soon after, visuals of the wreckage filled television and social media. The mangled remains of an aircraft split in two as it continued to rain . A chaotic scene ensued…
 
A consignment of 740 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that has been lying in a Chennai customs warehouse for around five years is raising some red flags just days after Beirut's catastrophic blast. On 4 August, an estimated 2,750-tonnes of ammonium nitrate, that had been stored reportedly for over six years in a port warehouse in Beirut, without the prop…
 
While most of India fixated on the Ram Mandir foundation-laying ceremony in Uttar Pradesh, on 5 August, in Kashmir it was a quiet day with a curfew and deserted streets. Last year on this day Article 370 was revoked, stripping Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy, and bifurcating the erstwhile state into union territories — Ladakh and Jammu Kashmir. T…
 
The foundation has been officially laid for the construction of a Ram temple, 28 years after the Babri Masjid was demolished. And all eyes were on Ayodhya, on 5th August, as the Ram Mandir trust conducted the bhoomi poojan or the foundation-laying ceremony, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and around 170 other spiritual and political…
 
Can a bona fide critical opinion about the country's highest court amount to contempt of court? How should the Supreme Court react to criticisms against itself? Is it time to revisit the contempt of courts clause? Does it go against the freedom of speech under Article 19 of the Constitution? The Supreme Court's suo moto contempt petition against ad…
 
One year of continuous curbs and restrictions, one year of deprivation of 4G internet services, one year of being left behind the rest of India. On 5 August, 2020, it'll be one year since the unilateral decision to abrogate Article 370 in Kashmir stripped it of its statehood. While the centre had assured that the decision would bring an economic bo…
 
Indian education is going to see some sweeping changes being made to its current structure thanks to the New Education Policy or the NEP 2020. For schools, the NEP aims to move away from the idea of rote learning and high stakes board exams and focus more on an experiential and skill based learning. For higher education it’s almost a comprehensive …
 
Along with renaming the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) as the Ministry of Education, the Union government unveiled the new education policy 2020. The announcements are plenty –– Mphil is scrapped, four year undergraduate programme is back, vocational training is mandated in schools, teaching in mother tongue or regional languages is …
 
Almost twenty years after the discussion on procuring Rafale jets had first begun, the much awaited first batch of Rafale fighter jets is finally here in India. The jets flew out from the Merignac air base in the French port city of Bordeaux, took a one pit stop at the Al Dhafra air base in the United Arab Emirates after covering a distance of near…
 
With a relatively low number of case growth in July, Delhi's COVID data is finally starting to reflect a declining trend. After recording at least 2,000 new cases almost everyday in June, the number of fresh cases in the capital dipped below the 1,000th mark in July, the lowest being 613 new cases on 26th June which was a 62 day low! Compared to th…
 
How can social and physical isolation impact our mental healths? As mental health experts have warned from the start of the pandemic, a lack of communication with friends and family, losing social ties, physical distancing, isolation — all the new norms of surviving today – is coming at a huge psychological cost. In India where conversations on men…
 
While Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teen activist, has been celebrated worldwide for her bold movement on climate change, in India an anti-terrorism law was "erroneously" used against students to shut down an online movement on the environment. The website for the India arm of Fridays For Future or FFF which is the international environmental movement …
 
Should we be looking at heath conditions or the gravity of offense for prisoners seeking interim bail on health grounds in view of the pandemic? Questions on whether it's right or wrong to keep vulnerable undertrial prisoners in jail have come up with the case of 79-year-old Telugu poet Varavara Rao who's been imprisoned since the last two years ov…
 
Exams have become a source of anxiety, stress and confusion for final year college students in India. Weeks after #StudentsLivesMatter trended on Twitter, over 30 students from across the country including a COVID+ student moved the Supreme Court against the guidelines by the University Grants Commission (UGC) that mandated the conducting of the fi…
 
As the coronavirus infections shoot up to 14.6 million worldwide, we finally have some hopeful news on vaccines! COVID-19 vaccine trials by Oxford University in the UK, by CanSino in China, BioNTech from Germany, and several others have shown positive results in their clinical trials. More than 150 countries India included are in a hunt to find a v…
 
Intense water-logging, a sinkhole, one dead and several rendered homeless — that sums up this Sunday in the national capital Delhi after several parts of the city received mild to heavy rainfall over the weekend. While the monsoons brought about a much needed respite from the high summer temperatures and air pollution, within a few hours of the rai…
 
Almost five and a half months after India reported its first case of coronavirus from Kerala on 30th January, the country has now crossed a dreaded milestone. India reported more than a million COVID-19 infections on 16 July, that have cost 25,000 lives so far, including that of doctors and health workers. This also came with the biggest single-day…
 
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