Rajya Sabha passes the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill
The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020, was passed by the Rajya Sabha, which extends the time limit for abortions.
The bill aims to make changes to the 1971 Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. It increases the upper gestation limit for special categories of women from 20 to 24 weeks, but does not define which category. The bill allows states to define the categories in MTP rule amendments, which include rape survivors, incest victims, and other vulnerable women such as differently-abled women and minors.[i]
Birla says ‘No parliament should discuss laws passed by the parliaments of other Countries’
Following the British parliament’s discussion of Indian farmers’ protest, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla told the president of the international body of legislatures that no parliament could address laws enacted by other nations’ legislatures or issues affecting their sovereignty. Birla made these remarks during a meeting with President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Duarte Pacheco, who paid him a visit at Parliament House.[ii]
SC looks into new SOP for hybrid physical trials in cases
The Supreme Court said its seven-judge commission, which is considering reopening the court, should listen to bar representatives to address disputes about the proposed standard operating procedure (SOP) for the commencement of hybrid proceedings.[iii]
PM’s Principal Advisor resigns
P K Sinha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s principal advisor, has resigned. In September 2019, Sinha, a former IAS officer from the 1977 batch, was appointed Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister.
As per the order of appointment, his tenure as Principal Advisor was to run simultaneously with Prime Minister Modi’s term or until further notice, whichever came first.[iv]
Kenya pulls out of the maritime border case with Somalia
Few hours before the planned simulated hearing before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, Kenya’s government announced that it had withdrawn from the maritime border case with Somalia.[v]
Sri Lanka says, ‘Burkha Ban is just a Proposal’
Following outcry ahead of a critical United Nations vote on human rights in the island country, Sri Lanka said a call to ban the wearing of the burkha was “merely a suggestion.” On national security grounds, Minister for Public Security Sarath Weerasekera said earlier that the full face covering worn by certain Muslim women would be “definitely” banned.[vi]
[ii] ‘No parliament should discuss internal issues of other nations’, The Hindu, (17 March, 2021), 10.
[iii] ‘SC Directs Bar Members Be Heard By Judges’ Panel On New SOP For Hybrid Hearing’, Republic World, (16 March, 2021), <https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/general-news/sc-directs-bar-members-be-heard-by-judges-panel-on-new-sop-for-hybrid-hearing.html> accessed 17 March, 2021.
[iv] ‘PM Modi’s principal advisor P K Sinha resigns: Sources’, Times of India, (17 March, 2021), 01.
[v] Rogers Andagalu, ‘Kenya withdraws from ICJ maritime border case with Somalia’, Jurist, (16 March, 2021), <https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/03/kenya-withdraws-from-icj-maritime-border-case-with-somalia/> accessed 17 March, 2021.
[vi] Waruna Karunatilake, ‘Burqa ban just a ‘proposal’, Sri Lanka says after criticism from allies’, Reuters, (16 March, 2021), < https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-islam-idUSKBN2B81T2> accessed 17 March, 2021.
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