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News in Short - 20-June-2020

Supreme court refuses to stay Central Vista project

Date: 20 June 2020 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The Supreme Court refused to stay the ground work for the Central Vista project even as the Centre said there was no overreaching of the court process.
  • The petition reminded that Article 49 of the Constitution provided for protection of monuments and places and objects of national importance.
  • The petition argued that the proposed change in land usage of Central Vista, the historical boulevard of approximately 3.5 km from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, and further to the National Stadium, is a symbol of India’s historic past, nationhood and vibrant democracy.

Supreme court stays Puri Rath Yatra

Date: 20 June 2020 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • Supreme Court of India has stayed annual Rath Yatra at Puri's Jagannath Temple in Odisha which was scheduled from June 23. The apex court said that 'Lord Jagannath won't forgive us if we allow this year's Rath Yatra'.
  • The SC bench headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde commented that such huge gathering can't take place during pandemic.The bench noted that in the interest of public health and safety of citizens, the Rath Yatra festival cannot be allowed this year.
  • The observation from the top court came on a plea by an NGO seeking direction to stay the holding of the Rath Yatra festival, which spans for 10-12 days, and involves the gathering of lakhs of devotees from across the world.

Congress moves No confidence motion against Manipur government

Date: 20 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Congress has moved a no-confidence motion against the Biren Singh-led government Manipur a day after nine legislators withdrew support from the government.
  • If the government fails to survive, the BJP will lose the north-eastern state where it formed a government in 2017 despite the Congress emerging as the largest single party in the election.
  • The no-confidence motion was moved after the Manipur unit of the National People's Party or NPP formed an alliance with the Congress.
  • The new alliance, called the Secular Progressive Front or SPF, also has the support of one Trinamool Congress and one Independent MLA.

Chinese use heavy machinery to disturb flow of water in Galwan Valley

Date: 20 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • After brutal violence of June 15 in the Galwan Valley, China has been using bulldozers to disturb the flow of Galwan river into northeast Ladakh.
  • Reports show Chinese bulldozers in operation on their side of the LAC. The report also states that Chinese efforts to block or disturb the flow of the Galwan river in Northeast Ladakh, less than a kilometer from the site of the deadly clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers.
  • The face-off was the biggest confrontation between the two militaries after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La when India lost around 80 soldiers while over 300 Chinese army personnel were killed in the face-off.

Malayalam director Sachy passes away

Date: 20 June 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Malayalam writer-director KR Sachidanandan, popularly known in the industry as Sachy, passed away in Thrissur.
  • Sachy started off as a writer in the Malayalam film industry, and then moved on to direction, debuting as a director in 2015 with the Prithviraj-starrer Anarkali.
  • However, he shot to fame with the Prithviraj and Biju Menon-starrer AyyappanumKoshiyum, which was released in February this year.