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April 17th 2021 | UPSC Current Affairs | The Hindu Simplified.

U.K. nod for extradition of Nirav Modi in Punjab National Bank case

· The Secretary of State for the U.K.’s Home Department, Priti Patel, has cleared Mr. Nirav Modi’s extradition.

· “Unless there is an appeal, a requested person must be extradited within 28 days of the Secretary of State’s decision to order extradition (subject to any appeal)”


Nagaland tribe declines to pay ‘taxes’ to extremists

· A Nagaland tribe has declined to pay “taxes” to several extremist groups in the State unless they unite for the greater cause of the Nagas.

· “no unity, no tax” declaration by the Konyak community in the State’s Mon district is believed to be a move to provide fiscal relief to the people by ending multiple taxation.


Kerala High Court quashes FIRs against Enforcement Directorate official’s

· Police could not register FIRs for the offence under Section 193 of the Indian Penal Code (fabrication of false evidence) against the ED officials in view of the prohibition under Section 195(1)(b) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).


SC order in ISRO espionage case has kindled Maldivian woman’s hope for justice

· Supreme Court order asking the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to look into the D.K. Jain Commission report on the Kerala Police framing space scientists in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) espionage case has rekindled hopes of justice for Fousiya Hasan, Maldivian woman who was imprisoned in Kerala for three years in the case


The Kaladan Project is the gateway to Southeast Asia

· The Assam Rifles faces the twin challenges of checking smuggling and preventing illegal crossings into Mizoram even while overseeing the much­ delayed and ambitious Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project. Dinakar Peri reports on the paramilitary force

· The project has three legs - a 539­km sea stretch from Kolkata to Sittwe in Myanmar, an inland waterway on the Kaladan river from Sittwe to Paletwa extending to 150 km, and the 110­km land route from Paletwa in Myanmar up to Zorinpui in Mizoram.

· There is also another 88­km road stretch from Zorinpui to Lawngtlai in Mizoram


Must ensure democracy prevails in Afghanistan

· U.S. pull­out a big step, says External Affairs Minister Jaishankar Suhasini Haidar

· India’s role, including in the construction of the Afghan parliament, the Salma Dam and road networks, was a “positive” one unlike other neighbours, in a pointed reference to Pakistan’s support


Researchers propose method to treat blood clots after jabs

· Heparin can induce a condition where the platelet number dips and blood clots form. This is known as heparin­ induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).

· After vaccination, the vaccinated person develops specific antibodies which can bind to the platelets or thrombocytes and activate them to form clots which could eventually block the blood vessel (thrombosis).

· There is an accompanying decrease in the free platelets (thrombocytopenia).


U.S. President is hosting Japanese leader in White House

U.S. President Joe Biden will host Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House- the first foreign leader visit for a presidency that began at the height of the COVID­19 pandemic.

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