Explained: Perarivalan’s road to freedom

AG Perarivalan alias Arivu, 50, was only 19 when he was arrested on June 11, 1991. He was accused of having bought two 9-volt ‘Golden Power’ battery cells for Sivarasan, the LTTE man who masterminded the conspiracy to assassin Rajiv Gandhi. The batteries were used in the bomb that killed the former Prime Minister on … Read more

Explained: The content and scope of Article 142, invoked by Supreme Court to release Perarivalan

“State cabinet had taken its decision based on relevant considerations. In exercise of Article 142, it is appropriate to release the convict,” the court said. Article 142 of the Constitution Subsection 1 of Article 142 (“Enforcement of decrees and orders of Supreme Court and orders as to discovery, etc.”) says “the Supreme Court in the … Read more

All 10 Legends and their abilities explained

Apex Legends Mobile is here for Android and iOS after a long wait and it brings the popular battle royale shooting game to many more players. While players who have tried out other battle royale games like BGMI or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will find the shooting aspects of the game very similar, Apex … Read more

Explained: Where coal blocks cases stand

The Supreme Court last week asked the Enforcement Directorate to file by July 15 a status report on the over 50 cases of money laundering it is probing in connection with the coal blocks allocation scam. The directions came in a case where the ED had pleaded that four officers were relieved since their tenure … Read more

Explained: Crop loan targets and why cooperative banks want action against commercial banks over not meeting it

While addressing the media in April, Vidyadhar Anaskar, the administrator of the Maharashtra State Cooperative (MSC) Bank had sought action against scheduled commercial banks for not adhering to the crop loan targets. The veteran cooperative banker has raised this issue multiple times, while pointing out that cooperative banks have outperformed the scheduled commercial counterparts in … Read more

Explained: What Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s US visit means for Pakistan’s relations with the West

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Foreign Minister of Pakistan in the new “unity government” of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, is scheduled Monday to leave on a visit to the United States. It is expected that the visit will repair ties between the two countries, which have been in limbo for over a year, and which reached a … Read more

Explained: How Sikkim became a part of India

It was on May 16, 1975 that Sikkim became 22nd state of the Union of India. While in many modern narratives, the tale of the former kingdom under the Namgyal dynasty acquiring Indian statehood begins in the decades close to the 1970s, the real story, according to experts, can only be understood by tracing the … Read more

Explained: The places of worship act

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear a challenge to the order of a civil court in Varanasi directing a videographic survey of the Maa Shringar Gauri Sthal in the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque complex. The principal contention of the Committee of Management of Anjuman Intezamia Masjid, the organization that has filed the appeal, is … Read more

Explained: Why are forest fires in the hills intensifying this summer

Forest fires continue to scorch several hectares of green cover in the Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. In April, Himachal reported close to 750 forest fires, while Uttarakhand recorded over 1,500 such incidents. On April 30, Uttarakhand to witness 51 large fire incidents — the maximum by any Indian state. While 76 children in Balika Ashram, … Read more

Explained: How wheat is procured in India?

India oi-Prakash KL | Published: Monday, May 16, 2022, 14:45 [IST] New Delhi, May 16: The Center on Sunday directed wheat-producing states and Union Territories (UTs) to continue procurement till May 31. “To ensure that no wheat farmer faces inconvenience, Modi Sarkar extends wheat procurement season till 31 May 2022. We are committed to ensuring … Read more