Pankhuri Swarnim

Turkey Sanctions the Highly Controversial Social Media Bill

On July 29, the Turkish Parliament ratified a Bill. This Bill seeks to regulate and bring about a change to how social media operates in the country. The Justice and Development (AK) Party and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) support...

U.S. Congress Digs Into Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google; Do They Need New Laws to Control the Big Four Tech Giants?

On July 29, the U.S. Congress pulled up the Four Tech Titans during a high-profile antitrust hearing. Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, and Google's Sundar Pichai. They were interrogated for over five hours by a 15-...

Singaporean Citizen Pleads Guilty to Working as a Chinese Spy in the U.S.

On July 24, Jun Wei Yeo pled guilty to acting as an illegal agent within the United States. Chinese Intelligence had deployed him in the country. Jun Wei Yeo is also known as Dickson Yeo. He is a Singaporean...

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Unconditional Presidential Immunity

In the case of Trump v. Vance, the Supreme Court of the United States that a sitting President is not immune to a criminal investigation. The Supreme Court has ruled against complete presidential immunity. It has allowed a New...

Trump Controversially Revamps NEPA- What Is At Stake?

On July 15, Donald Trump, in Atlanta, announced a "top to bottom overhaul" of the regulations that implement NEPA. Background  The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) gave a notice of proposed rule-making. This was on January 1, 2020. The proposition was...

U.S. Government Finally Retracts the Hostile International-Student Visa Policy

The international students taking online courses would no longer be barred from the United States. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs announced on July 14, at a hearing. Background  On July 6, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a...

The Trump Administration Is Working on a New Executive Order for the U.S. Immigration System

President Donald Trump is working on a new executive order. The idea is to erect a merit-based immigration system in the U.S. The aim is to protect the workers of the United States. The White House announced this a...

Kuwait Has Cleared the Draft Expat Bill, What Could Be Its Dire Consequences?

In the wake of rising Coronavirus cases, India's migrant workers in Kuwait are now being dealt with a disastrous blow.  Kuwait moved the new expat quota bill as the oil prices in the country collapsed. The Gulf nation seeks...

India’s Trade War With China and the GATT Agreement (1947)

"The trade war with China could end up doing more harm to the Indian economy", Arvind Panagariya recently said in an audio interview. China's exports to India are only 3% of their sum total. This 3% makes up for about 15%...

PCA Decides in the Enrica Lexie Case that India Cannot Try Italian Marines

On February 15, 2012, two Indian fishermen were killed off the coast of Kerala. They were aboard the St. Antony. Furthermore, as per India's allegations, two Italian marines killed the Indian fishermen. The former were aboard the Italian-flagged commercial...

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SC: Under-21 Convicts Can Be Given Less Than Minimum Sentence, Resorts To Probation of Offenders Act

The Supreme Court resorted to the Probation of Offenders Act to sidestep the mandate under Section 397 of the Indian Penal Code that mentions a sentence of not less than 7 years to those convicted of armed robbery, to give a chance to two young convicts to reform their lives.
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Environment Protection Act Passed at the Instance of Foreign Powers: NHAI in Karnataka HC

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) claimed in a submission that the Environment Protection Act 1986 was passed not only for the protection of the environment by the parliament but also at the instance of foreign powers. This statement was made while referring to a UN conference and got the NHAI into great trouble in the Karnataka High Court.

Delhi High Court To Implement a Hybrid System Through Virtual and Physical Hearing

On Friday the Delhi High Court said that they have initiated steps to implement a mode wherein hearing can be done by virtual as well as physical mode. The Delhi High Court is aiming to implement the Hybrid mode. It stated that when the particular bench is conducting a virtual hearing the lawyer may opt for this mode after giving prior intimation about the same.

Mercy Plea of Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case To Be Decided in Four Weeks, TN Governor To Supreme Court

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Thursday told the Supreme Court that a decision on the mercy petition of one of the convicts serving a life sentence for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, AG Perarivalan will be taken within four weeks. The petition has been pending with the Governor since December 30, 2015.

Bombay High Court Questions FIR Over Journalist Alleged of Communist Comment on WhatsApp

An FIR lodged against the editor of Marathi newspaper, Rajkumar Chhajed has been questioned by the Bombay High Court. The Maharashtra Police has accused Chhajed of creating a rift between the two communities based on a WhatsApp message.