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SC unhappy with poll body’s action on hate speech violations amid Mayawati-Adityanath issue

The top court has decided to examine the contention that the poll panel has limited legal powers to deal with hate speech in election campaigns.
A man walks past the Reserve Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai | Shashank Parade/ PTI

RBI will issue new circular on stressed assets without ‘undue delay’: Shaktikanta Das

Two days after Supreme Court quashed RBI’s 12 February circular, governor Shaktikanta Das says ruling doesn’t question central bank’s powers.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is displayed inside the central bank building in Mumbai

Supreme Court quashes RBI circular on company insolvency

The circular issued on 12 February 2018 said that lenders have to provide a resolution plan within 180 days for large accounts of Rs 2,000 crore and above.
CBI officers, who came to question Kolkata Police chief in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam, were detained by the police in Kolkata | PTI

Supreme Court agrees to hear CBI plea against Vodafone & Airtel in Saradha chit fund case

CBI claimed that Vodafone and Airtel were not providing full call detail records of the accused in the scam despite repeated requests.
Election officials demonstrate the functioning of EVM and VVPAT for the local voters | PTI

Present method of counting VVPAT slips most suitable, Election Commission tells Supreme Court

The existing system of random counting of the VVPAT slips from one polling booth per assembly segment is the most suitable, said the election panel.

Supreme Court upholds life term to owner of Sarvana restaurants in murder case

P. Rajagopal and 8 others were sentenced to life imprisonment for conspiracy and killing an employee in October 2001.
Election officials demonstrate the functioning of EVM and VVPAT for the local voters | PTI

Supreme Court wants more random physical verification of VVPAT slips in elections

The top court also told the Election Commission that no institution should insulate itself from improvement, including the judiciary.
Hangman's noose

Convicts of gruesome crimes deserve punishment, not death

There is little evidence to prove that countries which have abolished the death penalty have a greater incidence of crime than those that have retained it.
A view of logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) | Aniruddha Chowhdury/Mint via Getty Images

SC appoints mediator to resolve BCCI’s pending disputes, says ‘game must go on’

The Supreme Court restricted other courts in India from entertaining any pleas pertaining to the BCCI until the mediator P.S. Narasimha submits his report on the disputes.
Supreme Court of India | Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Supreme Court stays its order to evict 11.8 lakh illegal forest dwellers

The bench also directed state govts to file an affidavit giving details about the process.

On Camera

A view of Parliament building, New Delhi | Bloomberg News

Study shows Indian politicians are spending less and less time in legislative assemblies

Politicians in India are expected to help their voters in practical matters by negotiating with the local administrative bureaucracy, attending local social functions, and networking with influential people.
tiktok app

Google, Apple stop TikTok downloads: Is HC order quashing small town India’s creative joy?

Google and Apple have blocked downloads of the video-sharing app TikTok in India in compliance with the Madras High Court order.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.