Your Daily Wrap: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Europe visit, new case against Mehul Choksi, and more
◾ Last month, the Ministry of Health announced that the third “precautionary” dose of Covid-19 vaccines would be available for all people over the age of 18, from April 10. Now, nearly a month later, the Supreme Court in a landmark decision Monday says that no individual can be compelled to be vaccinated. Defending an individual’s right to bodily integrity and to refuse treatment, the court said that “no individual may be compelled to undergo vaccination”, but added that “in the interests of protection of community health, the government is empowered to regulate matters of public health concern by imposing certain limits.
◾ Two days after his release from prison in Assam, independent MP Jignesh Mevani on Monday attacked the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that the complaints against him were part of a ‘pre-planned conspiracy’ to “destroy and defame” him ahead of the elections in Gujarat. “Some Godse bhakts who sit in the Prime Minister’s Office were behind my arrest,” he said.
◾ As parts of the country are reeling from intense heat waves, the meteorological department said a respite is expected soon. According to the IMD, maximum temperatures in northwestern India are expected to drop by three to four degrees Celsius and remain so until Friday. Also, there are chances of thunderstorms and rain over Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, ‘Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and all southern states until Friday.
◾ As part of his trip to three European countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on Monday. This is Prime Minister Modi’s first meeting with Scholz after replacing Angela Merkel as German Chancellor in December 2021.
The visit comes amid the Russian-Ukrainian war, and the two leaders reviewed the full range of bilateral relations, including boosting trade as well as cultural ties. PM Modi is due to visit Denmark on Tuesday and France on Wednesday. Click here for our full coverage of his visits.
◾ The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a complaint against fugitive diamond trader Mehul Choksi and his company Gitanjali Gems Ltd and four others for allegedly causing an unjustified loss of Rs 22.06 crore to the Industrial Finance Corporation of India. Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are accused of fraud of Rs 13,600 crore at the Punjab National Bank. Both Choksi and Modi left India in January 2018, just before the scam came to light.
◾ Far from politics and geopolitics, a story to devour, this Eid, from the narrow streets of Hauz Rani – a place that tells stories of history, a place that was home to those who once sought shelter, a place that is the melting point of many cultures.
◾ Kashmiri IAS officer Shah Faesal, who resigned from the bureaucracy in 2019, has been reinstated in the services. With his return to IAS, the political party he founded with great “hope and promise” – Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) – exists virtually only on paperjust like his promise of “hawa badlegi (change will come)”.
◾ Days after saying no to Congress last week, a political strategist Prashant Kishor hinted that he would float his own political party. In what is seen as a step in this direction, began meeting with members of civil society and launched Jan Suraj, a campaign to gather feedback on good governance.
◾ At least 40 people aboard a SpiceJet flight from Mumbai to Durgapur in West Bengal on Sunday were injured, 12 of them seriously injured, after the airline’s Boeing 737-800 plane encountered severe turbulence during its flight descent. When did the incident happen, what happens when a flight encounters turbulence, and are turbulence incidents dangerous? We explain
◾ The RBI’s “Money and Finance Report” released last week states that “India is set to overcome Covid-19 losses in 2034-35”. Although this statement alone has caught everyone’s attention, perhaps even more relevant is what the report says on the state of India’s economic growth as the pandemic approaches. of Covid. In ExplainSpeaking, see 11 RBI charts that explain India’s economic past, present and future.