Supreme Court refuses to receive PIL on religious conversions
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-04-2021; The Supreme Court said, people are free to choose their own religion, even as it attacks a “very, very damaging” “public interest” petition claiming a massive religious conversion is underway “by good or bad” across the country instead. A bench run by Judge Rohinton F. Nariman said people have the right, under the Constitution, to profess, practice and spread religion.
“Why shouldn’t someone over 18 choose their religion? What kind of court order petition is this? We will impose high costs on you … Take it away or discuss it and risk the consequences, ”Judge Nariman asked petitioner and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay.
- Judge Nariman reminded Upadhyay of the fundamental right under article 25 of the Constitution to freely profess, practice and propagate religion, subject to public order, morals and health. “Why do you think the word ‘propagate’ exists?” Judge Nariman asked the petitioner.
- Further he said, each person is the final judge of their own choice of religion or who their life partner should be. Courts cannot judge a person’s choice of religion or partner.
- He reminded Upadhyay of the decision of the Constitutional Court which confirmed the inviolability of the right to privacy, equating it with the rights to life, dignity and freedom.
- Upadhyay’s request was denied due to the withdrawal. Your request to address the motion to the Legal Commission or to the Superior Court was not expressly authorized by the Court.
US Navy conducts exercises in Indian Exclusive Economic Zone without prior consent
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-04-2021; In a rare and unusual public statement, the US Navy announced that it had violated India’s maritime policy by conducting an exercise in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The US Navy said its warship conducted Operation Freedom of Navigation (FONOP) in India’s EEZ.
“The US John Paul Jones asserted the rights and freedoms of navigation approximately 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands, in the exclusive economic zone of India, without seeking the prior consent of India, in accordance with international law, ”
“India needs prior consent for military exercises or maneuvers in its exclusive economic zone or continental shelf, a claim inconsistent with international law.”Fleet said in an April 7 statement.
- This FONOP defended the rights, freedoms and legal uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging India’s excessive maritime claims, the statement said.
- The US Department of Defense publishes FONOP reports on each prosecutor showing that the United States has conducted FONOPs regularly in the Indian EEZ, challenging what it calls “excessive maritime claims.”
- From 2007 to 2017, the United States conducted several FONOPs each year to challenge “excessive” Indian maritime claims.
- No FONOP was carried out in 2018 and 2020 and one FONOP in 2019, according to the annual reports.
- So far, the government has not commented on the incident.
Compensation deposit for Indian fishermen killed by Italian Marines, says SC to Center
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-04-2021; On Friday, the Supreme Court ordered the Center to deposit on its account the compensation awarded by Italy for the relatives of two Indian fishermen killed by Italian sailors off the coast of Kerala in February 2012.
- A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said the higher court would pay compensation to the parents of the fishermen.
- They said that a week after the compensation is deposited into his account, the High Court will hear the Center’s request for closure of the case against the Italian Marines.
- At the hearing, Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Center, said relatives of the victims agreed to compensation of Rs 10 million above the ex gratia amount already paid in the case.
- Mehta added that the Kerala government has told the Foreign Minister that it has consulted with the families of the victims and that they have given their written consent to accept compensation.
Britain’s Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dies
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-04-2021; Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth and a leading figure in the British royal family for nearly seven decades, has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday.
- The Duke of Edinburgh, as he was officially called, had been by his wife’s side during her 69-year reign, the longest in British history, during which he had built a reputation for tough, no-nonsense attitude and a propensity to be casual bloopers.
- Greek prince, he married Elizabeth in 1947. He played a key role in modernizing the monarchy after World War II, and behind the walls of Buckingham Palace was a key figure that the queen could trust.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,31,12,933 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 1,69,306.
Stop the export of vaccines, speed up the approval of other vaccines, Rahul tells Prime Minister Modi in a letter: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s conference with senior ministers, Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ask why Covid-19 vaccines were being exported at a time when India is facing shortages of vaccines and asks you to stop all exports of vaccines to better meet local demand.
- Noting that centralization and individualized propaganda are counterproductive, Gandhi also called for more voice from state governments in the procurement and distribution of vaccines and accelerated approval of vaccines other than Covaxin and Covishield.
- The letter ended with seven specific suggestions, which included providing vaccine suppliers with the resources to increase manufacturing capacity, an immediate moratorium on the export of vaccines, “expedited approval of other vaccines to standards and guidelines,” opening vaccination to who needs it , doubling the central allocation for the purchase of vaccines from the current 35 billion rupees and providing direct income support to vulnerable sections of the second wave.
Gehlot writes to Modi to seek at least 30 lakh dose of Covid-19 vaccine for Rajasthan: Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that the stock of coronavirus vaccines in the state will be replenished within the next two days and urged him to immediately provide at least 30 lakh doses. In a letter to the prime minister after a video conference with him on Thursday, Gehlot said the state administered 86,89770 doses through April 7.
2021 Assembly Elections: Lower Turnout in 90% of Seats Compared to 2016
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-04-2021; Compared to the 2016 Assembly election, turnout decreased by 90% of the 530 seats in the four states where the vote for the 2021 ballot took place on April 6.
- Almost 86% of the seats in Tamil Nadu, 95% in Kerala, 90% in Assam and all the seats in Pondicherry recorded a lower turnout than in 2016.
- Despite the drop in numbers, a lower turnout More than 80% was recorded in more than 60% of the seats in Assam and Pondicherry.
- In Tamil Nadu and Kerala, on the other hand, only 17% and 6% of seats registered participation rates above 80%. In Tamil Nadu, in 6% of seats, mainly in urban areas, the turnout was less than 60%.