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News in Short - 27-March-2021

Actress Jessica Walter dies

Date: 27 March 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Jessica Walter, best known for her role in Arrested Development, passed away in her New York home. She was 80.
  • Jessica Walter made her Broadway debut in 1963’s Photo Finish and featured in the TV series Love of Life from 1962 to 1965.
  • She was also lauded for her performances in John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix and Sidney Lumet’s The Group, both of which released in 1966.
  • Jessica Walter won an Emmy in 1975 for the series Amy Prentiss. The actress was also known for her voice work in the animated series Archer.
  • Jessica Walter’s most recent film appearances included The Mimic and Undercover Grandpa. She also lent her voice to the animated Harley Quinn series and appeared in certain episodes of American Housewife and Good Girls.

Renowned author Anil Dharker passes away

Date: 27 March 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Noted journalist and author Anil Dharker, founder of Mumbai International Literature Festival and Literature Live! Has passed away.
  • He had been a columnist and writer, an architect, a member of the advisory committee of the film censor board and more.
  • Dharker was the editor of several publications including Mid-Day and The Independent and played a vital role in opening the Akashwani Auditorium in south Mumbai as an art movie theatre.
  • His columns appeared in leading publications both in India and abroad. He was the author of The Romance of Salt.

SC refuses to put stay on issue of electoral bonds

Date: 27 March 2021 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The Supreme Court has declined to stop the fresh sale of electoral bonds from April 1 till it decides on the validity of the instrument used for donating money to political parties.
  • A bench held that the electoral bonds were being issued periodically after a consultation with the Election Commission of India and that there was no change in circumstances that required it to put brakes on the sale at this juncture.
  • The court order came on an interim application moved by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which requested that the court restrain the sale of these bonds ahead of the assembly elections in four states and a Union Territory.

SC sets aside NCLAT order on restoring Cyrus Mistry

Date: 27 March 2021 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The Supreme Court has set aside a National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) decision to re-instate minority shareholder Cyrus Mistry as its chairman.
  • The apex court by ruling in favour of the Tatas have acknowledged their argument that NCLAT judgment effectively amounted to vesting the control of the company with minority (Shapoorji Pallonji group).
  • The NCLAT decision had served a blow to corporate democracy and rights of the board of directors, Tata Sons had argued in its appeal.
  • A majority of board of directors at Tata Sons had voted for Mr. Mistry’s replacement as chairman on October 24, 2016 after losing confidence in him.
  • He was again removed as the director of Tata Sons on February 6, 2017 following the procedure that applied to corporate appointments.

Hamnet wins book critic’s award for fiction

Date: 27 March 2021 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Maggie O'Farrell's “Hamnet,” an imagined take on the death of Shakespeare's son from the bubonic plague, has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction.
  • Hamnet was Shakespeare's only son, and scholars have long speculated about his influence on “Hamlet,” which Shakespeare worked on in the years following Hamnet's death.
  • Tom Zoellner’s “Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire” won for nonfiction, and Amy Stanley's “Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World” was the winner in biography.