Pak. Detains 100 Indian fishermen
A day after the Coast Guard detained nine Pakistani nationals and seized a fishing boat, more than 100 Indian fishermen were apprehended and 18 fishing trawlers seized by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) off the Jakhau coast in Gujarat. The Coast Guard had apprehended a boat and nine crew – all fishermen from Pakistan – off the Gujarat coast on 24 March 2017. The Indian fishermen were apprehended along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in international waters on 25 March 2017.
India eyes Dhruv’s foreign market
India is in discussions with Sri Lanka and several Southeast Asian nations for the supply of Dhruv. The HAL Dhruv is a utility helicopter developed and manufactured by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. It is powered by Shakti engine jointly developed by DRDO and Turbomeca of France. This initiative is a part of efforts to enhance defence cooperation and boost exports with friendly countries.
Rivers as living beings
In a recent judgment, the Uttarakhand High Court declared the rivers Yamuna and Ganga as legal or juridical persons, enjoying all the rights, duties and liabilities of a living person. Indian courts have granted this status to temple deities, religious books, corporations etc. but it is for the first time that an element of the natural environment has been declared a legal person. It is not just the two rivers, but all their tributaries, streams every natural water body flowing continuously or intermittently off these rivers will enjoy this status.
Oppo India employee tears national flag, dumps Indian Tricolor in dustbin; protest erupts; FIR registered
Chinese electronics manufacturer Oppo India faced flak after its employee allegedly disrespected national flag. According to initial reports, protest erupted on Tuesday outside Oppo India’s Noida office after an employee allegedly tore the national flag and dumped it in a dustbin. The Oppo India is facing severe criticism on social media with people asking Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to take strict action against the Chinese company. Police registered a case for showing disrespect to the national flag, based on a complaint filed by the company employees against the Chinese national who is a production manager in the company.
Air India cancels Gaikwad’s Mumbai-Delhi ticket again
A day after a heated debate in Parliament over the flying ban imposed on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad by top domestic carriers after he allegedly assaulted an Air India staffer, the national carrier today cancelled his ticket that he had booked for Wednesday. Gaikwad had booked a ticket from Mumbai to Delhi for 8 am Air India flight which was today cancelled by the airline. Shiv Sena had raised the issue of a flying ban on Gaikwad in Parliament yesterday and demanded the revocation of ban by major airlines but failed to get a positive response from the government which justified the action by the airlines.
Why lawyers go on strike
Kavi sammelan, shraadh, heavy rains, moral support to social activists, earthquake in Nepal and a bomb blast in a Pakistan school have been reasons for lawyers to strike in the past five years. The Law Commission of India headed by former Supreme Court judge, Justice B.S. Chauhan, quotes these reasons in its 266th report released to the Centre. The Commission recommended the government to tighten the Advocates Act of 1961 and has suggested an Amendment Bill. The High Courts also sent the Commission the number of working days the judiciary, especially the subordinate courts, lost to advocates’ strikes between 2011 and 2016. For example, in Tamil Nadu, subordinate courts work 220 days a year. Between 2011-2016, Kancheepuram courts were affected by lawyers’ strikes for 687 days (137.4 days a year) due to lawyers’ strikes. Uttar Pradesh was the worst affected by lawyers’ strikes between 2011 and 2016.