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Wednesday, June 24 2020


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I am very grateful to the high court. Her arrest and detention was a travesty. A rather graceless and absurd case was made out by the status report filed in opposition to her plea for bail. Indeed, the state had opposed her bail all through, and in these dreadful COVID days, she has remained in detention for over two months on an untenable  case.

That’s Safoora Zargar’s lawyer thanking the court after his client was released on bail on humanitarian grounds. She is 23 weeks pregnant. The 27-year-old research scholar from JNU was arrested on various charges including a conspiracy to incite violence. Earlier, a judge denied her bail saying “there is prima facie evidence to show that there was a conspiracy to at least block the roads (chakka jam).” Mint has more on the “curious” decision to release her on humanitarian grounds. Illustration: Parth Savla

the big story

New Delhi takes aim at ‘Made in China’

The TLDR: The government backed off from taking on China’s military, but it seems determined to attack its wallet. The latest move requires all products on the government procurement platform to declare what percentage of their components are imported, and from where. This may be the first step towards imposing a similar requirement on products listed on Amazon, Flipkart and elsewhere. 

 

Point to note: The order does not specifically target China, but there is no doubt that this is a message aimed at Beijing.

 

This is it? That’s all we’re doing?

Nope, it is the latest in a series of China-focused rules.

 

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