23 June, 2021


In case you missed it: News and newsmakers from India over the past week


Rajya Sabha passed a bill to raise the ­upper limit for abortions from 20 weeks to 24 weeks for “special categories of women”, including rape survivors, victims of incest, minors and the differently-abled. The Medical Termination of Pregnancy ­(Amendment) Bill, 2020, was passed by voice vote. Lok Sabha approved the bill a year ago.

A central team has warned that Maharashtra is at the “beginning” of a second COVID-19 wave, prompting the Centre to tell the state to focus on strict containment strategies. India recorded over 20,000 cases for the sixth consecutive day on March 16. Three new Covid ­variants, from the UK, South Africa and Brazil, have been reported in India.

An assistant police inspector, Sachin Waze, was arrested in the case related to an explosive-laden SUV found near...

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