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Expresso Top National and International Headlines of the Week on 19 May 2024

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Expresso Top National and International Headlines of the Week on 19 May 2024 Transcript

Beginning today’s bulletin with the top national news: Over two months after notifying rules for the Citizenship Amendment Act, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued the first set of citizenship certificates under the law to 14 persons. Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla handed over the certificates to the applicants. The Centre on March 11 notified Rules for The Citizenship Amendment Act, paving the way for the implementation of the controversial law more than four years after it was passed by Parliament in December 2019. It received the President’s assent on December 12, 2019. Soon after the passage of the law, widespread protests broke out across the country.


Next up: The Supreme Court said that the Enforcement Directorate cannot directly arrest a person under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002, once a special court takes cognisance of the complaint but will have to approach the special court if it wants his or her custody. The bench said, quote, “If the ED wants custody of the accused who appears after service of summons for conducting further investigation in the same offence, ED will have to seek custody of the accused by applying to the special court,” Unquote.


The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain the plea of a 20-year-old unmarried woman seeking termination of her over 27-week pregnancy, saying the foetus in the womb also has a fundamental right to live. A bench headed by Justice B R Gavai passed the order while hearing the woman’s plea challenging the Delhi High Court’s May 3 order refusing to allow termination of her pregnancy. The bench, also comprising justices S V N Bhatti and Sandeep Mehta, told her counsel, quote, “We can’t pass any order contrary to the statute. The child in womb also has a fundamental right to live. What do you say about that?,” Unquote.


In news from South: In what comes as a proud moment for Kannadigas and dairy farmers in Karnataka, the Scotland cricket team unveiled its new ICC T20 World Cup jersey with Karnataka Milk Federation’s (KMF) Nandini logo. The Nandini logo is featured in the leading arm of the jersey in both English and Kannada. The jersey was launched in Edinburgh by members of the playing squad. The Nandini brand, which is a household name in Karnataka, is sponsoring Scotland and Ireland teams in the forthcoming T20 World Cup. The tournament is set to begin from June 2 in the West Indies and the USA.


In top international news: Canada on Thursday imposed its first-ever sanctions on what the foreign ministry called “extremist” Israeli settlers in the West Bank and said Ottawa was weighing additional measures to deter settler violence against Palestinians. Canada’s sanctions, which follow similar measures by allies including the United States and Britain, target four individuals accused of engaging directly or indirectly in violence against Palestinians and their property. The sanctions prohibit dealings related to the individuals and render them inadmissible to Canada, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Settler violence in the West Bank is a source of growing concern among Israel’s Western allies.


Hunter Biden’s federal gun case will go to trial next month, a judge said Tuesday, denying a bid by lawyers for the president’s son to delay the prosecution. US District Judge Maryellen Noreika rejected Hunter Biden’s request to push the trial until September, which the defence said was necessary to give the defence time to line up witnesses and go through evidence handed over by prosecutors. President Joe Biden’s son is accused of lying about his drug use in October 2018 on a form to buy a gun that he kept for about 11 days. Hunter Biden, who has pleaded not guilty, has acknowledged struggling with an addiction to crack cocaine during that period in 2018.


In news from Germany: A court on Tuesday convicted one of the best-known figures in the far-right Alternative for Germany party of knowingly using a Nazi slogan in a speech and ordered him to pay a fine. The verdict in Björn Höcke’s trial comes months before a regional election in the eastern state of Thuringia in which he plans to run for the governor’s job. The state court in the eastern city of Halle convicted Höcke of using symbols of a former Nazi organisation. It imposed a fine totalling 13,000 euros (about $14,000). The charge can carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison. Prosecutors had sought a six-month suspended sentence, while defence lawyers argued for acquittal.


Lastly: Dutch nationalist Geert Wilders on Wednesday said a deal had been reached to form what was set to be the most right-wing government in the Netherlands in decades, almost six months after a major election victory. Wilders, who has influenced Dutch immigration policy from the opposition benches since 2006 and is known for his outspoken views on Islam, announced the successful outcome between the four parties. “We have an agreement among negotiators,” Wilders, who had already forfeited the position of prime minister to get the parties to the negotiating table, told journalists in The Hague. Talks had dragged on for months since Wilders’ upset election victory on Nov. 22, with immigration, finances and climate among the key sticking points.

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