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PM Modi Is Ready To Reconsider Sedition Law Says Union Law Minister

PM Modi Is Ready To Reconsider Sedition Law, Says Union Law Minister

On Monday, the central government told the Supreme Court that it is ready to re-examine and reconsider the Sedition Law provisions in the country. Taking a departure from its last week’s stance, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said that it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s instructions to re-evaluate the necessity of the colonial law. Mr Rijiju added that PM Modi also urged to remove the obsolete law. The union government told the Top Court that repealing old laws is an ongoing process and that it has already reviewed and revoked 1500 laws since 2014-15. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 2,288 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.74%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 2,288 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 19,637. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases with recording 3,044 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have now reached to 4,25,63,949. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.47% and 0.79%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 84.15 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 190.50 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Cyclone Asani: Heavy Rainfall And Strong Winds In West Bengal, Odisha And Andhra Pradesh

On Tuesday, the Indian Meteorological Department predicted that strong winds and heavy rainfall are likely to occur in three states, including West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, due to Cyclone Asani. It also added that Cyclone Asani might take a recurve. “It is very likely to move nearly northwestwards till May 10 night and reach Westcentral Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh coast and adjoining Odisha coast. Thereafter, it is very likely to recurve north-northeastwards and move towards Northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts. It is likely to weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours,” said the weather department. For May 11, the IMD has predicted light to moderate rainfall in a few places and heavy to very heavy rainfall in coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha. 

Punjab CM Seeks Investigation Report On The Mohali Blast

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said that investigation has already begun into the Mohali blast. According to sources, the Punjab CM has called for a meeting at his residence today to seek an investigation report and what course of action has been taken so far. Taking to Twitter, Mr Mann wrote: “Police is investigating the blast in Mohali. Whoever tried to spoil the atmosphere of our Punjab will not be spared,” On Monday night, a minor blast took place outside the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Mohali. The Mohali Police said: “A minor explosion was reported at the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in sector 77, SAS Nagar, at around 7:45 pm. No damage has been reported. Senior Officers are on the spot, and an investigation is being done,” The Mohali Police also added that the possibility of the blast being a terrorist attack cannot be ruled out entirely and that the matter is being investigated. 

Sri Lanka Economic Crisis: PM Mahindra Rajapaksa’s Residence Set On Fire By Protestors

As per reports, a residence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahindra Rajapaksa situated in the northern city of Kurunagala was set on fire by protestors. The incident was reported a few hours after the 76-year-old Sri Lankan PM announced his resignation amid the island nation’s worst-ever economic crisis in decades. The announcement resulted in a raging agitation against the Lankan government, and severe clashes were reported between pro-anti-government protestors in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. Last week, Finance Minister Ali Sabry said that Sri Lanka is hit hard by the covid-19 pandemic, tax cuts and rising oil prices and is left with as little as $50 million of useable Foreign Reserves. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan government has asked the International Monetary Fund for an immediate bailout from the crisis situation and will begin a virtual summit with IMF officials on Monday.

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