09-July-2016

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1.SC ends impunity for armed forces in disturbed areas.

Every death caused by the armed forces in a disturbed area, whether the victim is a dreaded criminal or a militant or a terrorist or an insurgent, should be thoroughly enquired into, the Supreme Court held on Friday read more

2.To be equal before the law.

On June 30, following a seminal vote, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolutioncreating a post of an independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity read more

3.India,South Africa vows to deepen ties in key sectors.

Ratcheting up their traditional ties, India and South Africa on Friday agreed to deepen engagement in key areas of defence production, manufacturing, mining and minerals while vowing to cooperate “actively” in combating terrorism and dealing with issues at multilateral fora. read more

4.India,U.K to start free trade talks.

A fortnight after Britain voted to exit the European Union (EU), U.K. Business Secretary Sajid Javid on Friday held talks with Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the possibility of inking a separate U.K.-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA). read more

5.Centre may invest more PF money in equities.

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has earned 7.45 per cent returns from its equity investments since August last year due to an uptick in the capital market, Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said. read more

6.Sugar output may drop by over 7 percent in 2016-17: ISMA

India’s sugar production could decline by over 7 per cent to 23.26 million tonnes next marketing year starting October on a likely drop in sugarcane output due to poor rains in Maharasthra and Karnataka. read more

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1.SC takes first step towards scrapping AFSPA in Manipur.

The Supreme Court on Friday boosted the demand for withdrawing the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Manipur as it dismissed the Centre’s stand that application of the law, which buffers the Army against prosecution, was necessary to help the forces deal with the war like situation in the state arising from insurgency read more

2.Apex court want to give NHRC some teeth.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said it did not augur well for a democracy like India to have a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) which was helpless to redress human rights violations as states seldom implemented its recommendations. read more

3.India seeks deeper ties with S.Africa in defence sector.

Showcasing India as an attractive destination for defence production, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday sought deeper collaboration in the sector with South Africa, a major arms exporter, even as he thanked it for supporting India’s bid for membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.  read more

4.Tejas: The fighter aircraft born of 32 years labour.

Subsonic fighter planes built during the mid-1940s to mid-1950s are classified as first generation fighters. These planes had a basic avionic system (electronic systems used on aircraft) with no radar or self-protection system. read more

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1.Army can’t use excessive force in Manipur: SC

NEW DELHI:In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court on Friday directed a probe into the alleged fake encounter killings in Manipur stating that the use of “excessive or retaliatory force” by the armed forces or police was not permissible in disturbed areas under the draconian AFSPA.  read more

2.Time to review laws on cruelty to animals.

The video of a soon-to-be doctor in Chennai tossing a puppy from a terrace went viral earlier this week, spawning outrage and horror across the nation. However, in a rare instance of outrage being channelled positively, netizens helped activists and the police track down the offenders and even locate and treat the puppy that had miraculously survived the drop read more

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