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Public Safety Act: Former CM of J&K Omar Abdullah released

On March 24, 2020, Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah was released from detention after 7 months. He was booked under Public Safety Act and was kept under detention since August, 2020.


When the GoI abrogated Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Government had kept several local leaders of the state under detention.

Public Safety Act, 1978

The act is a preventive detention law. Under the act, any person can be taken into custody in order to prevent them from acting harmful against the security of the state. The act applies only to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was introduced by the then Chief Minister Sheikh Abdullah.

The act was passed to stop from smuggling timber. The act is very similar to the National Security Act.

After bifurcation of Jammu Kashmir, the Public Safety Act was one of the very few acts that was retained under Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019.

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad resigns

On February 24, 2020, the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad resigned over political issues.


The 94-year old Mahathir tried to form a coalition. This move would exclude his successor Anwar Ibrahim. This led to a tussle in the party and eventually the leader resigned. However, he will act as an interim PM.

India and Mahathir

Mr Mahathir was known for his comments on India’s Abrogation of Article 370. At the United Nations General Assembly that was held in September 2019, he commented that India “invaded, occupied” Kashmir. Following this, India slowly stopped importing Palm oil from Malaysia. This hit Malaysian Palm oil market greatly.

Alternately, India is to import Palm oil from Bangladesh.


Malaysia is the 19th largest investor of India. There are more than 150,000 Indians living in Malaysia. Following Palm oil, India is to impose curbs over other imports from Malaysia such as micro-processors, telecom products, aluminium ingots, aluminum wire, etc.

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