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News in Short - 17-April-2021

France outlaws sexual intercourse with children aged less than 15 years

Date: 17 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The French parliament has adopted legislation that characterises sex with a child under the age of 15 as rape and punishable by up to 20 years in jail.
  • While the age of consent was previously 15, prosecutors in France used to be required to prove sex was non-consensual to obtain a rape conviction.
  • There had been concerns from some lawmakers that an age of consent below which sex automatically constituted rape might criminalise a consensual sexual relationship between a minor and a person only a few years older.

New Zealand bans live cow exports

Date: 17 April 2021 Tags: World Economy
  • New Zealand has announced it is banning the export of live cows and other farm animals by sea due to welfare concerns.
  • The ban would take up to two years to be fully enforced to give those who had invested in the business a chance to transition out.
  • The country temporarily suspended such exports last year after a ship carrying 5,800 cattle that was bound for China sank in stormy weather near Japan, killing crew members and the animals.
  • The value of the nation’s live animal exports last year was NZ$ 261 million ($184 million), a three-fold increase from the previous year.

US imposes new sanctions on Russia

Date: 17 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The United States has announced sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation of Kremlin’s U.S. election interference, a massive cyberattack and other hostile activity.
  • The latest tension comes amid worries both in the U.S. and its European allies over Russia’s recent troop build up on the border of Ukraine.
  • The imprisonment of Alexei Navalny, who is effectively the last open political opponent to Mr. Putin, has further spiked concerns in the West.

Supreme court asks CBI to look into Jain panel report on ISRO spying case

Date: 17 April 2021 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The Supreme Court has ordered the CBI to look into the Justice D.K. Jain Committee report on senior Kerala police officials who allegedly framed space scientist Nambi Narayanan in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) espionage case of 1994.
  • The Supreme Court barred the public circulation of the contents of the report. The Supreme Court copy would be placed in a sealed cover.
  • The Centre has also put its weight behind a report filed by a three-member Committee chaired by former Supreme Court judge Justice D.K. Jain.
  • The police investigators had accused him of passing on documents and drawings of the Vikas engine technology, cryogenic engine technology and the PSLV flight data/drawings to Pakistan.

Former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha passes away

Date: 17 April 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Ranjit Sinha passed away in Delhi at the age of 68 due to Covid-19-related complications.
  • Sinha was an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1974 batch and also headed the premier anti-corruption agency from 2012 till 2014.
  • In April 2017, CBI filed a case against him in under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly influencing the probe in the coal scam case. The case is yet to be concluded.
  • Prior to joining CBI, he also served as the Director General of Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF).