12-05-2017

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1. SC not to examine validity of polygamy.

Arguing for Shayara Bano, a woman who was treated cruelly and later divorced by her husband by means of triple talaq, senior advocate A.S. Chadha and advocate Balaji Srinivasan submitted how “Muslim men have an unqualified, untrammeled, unguided, untested and absolute right” to dissolve marriage by simply uttering ‘talaq, talaq, talaq’.  read more

2.Govt.regulator gives nod for GM mustard.

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), India’s apex regulator for genetically modified seeds, on Thursday cleared GM mustard for environmental release and use in farmer fields. read more

3.Dalits,Adivasis,Muslims worst off: Report.

Dalits, Adivasis and Muslims continue to be the worst-hit communities in terms of exclusion from access to public goods, according to the 2016 Indian Exclusion Report (IXR) released by the Centre for Equity Studies (CES) in New Delhi on Wednesday.  read more

4.New technology and old religion.

The Oracle has spoken. His vision will soon become your personal gadget. In the latest F8 annual global developer conference last month, the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, announced his vision of new technologies..  read more

5.TB timelines.

Nearly two months after the Health Ministry set the ambitious target of working towards elimination of tuberculosis by 2025, a study published in The Lancet indicates that India’s TB crisis is set to snowball by 2040 when one in 10 cases could be drug-resistant — both multidrug-resistant TB (or MDR-TB, resistant to more than one of the first-line drugs) and extensively drug-resistant TB (or XDR-TB, also resistant to fluoroquinolones and at least one of the second-line injectable drugs).  read more

6.What’s in a generic name?

The Medical Council of India (MCI) issued a circular on April 21 drawing attention to clause 1.5 of its regulations regarding the professional conduct of doctors.  read more

7.Should we do away with capital punishment?

At its very core, the argument against death penalty comes down to the manner in which we understand crime and those who commit crimes.  read more

8.No quick-fix solution to end plagiarism.

Concerns over academic dishonesty and plagiarism have risen in the digital age.  read more

9.PM gets warm welcome in Colombo.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Colombo on Thursday evening on a two-day visit to participate in the UN Vesak Day celebrations, amid elaborate security arrangements.  read more

10. Boost for defence manufacturers.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday held consultations with representatives of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CII) on the proposed Strategic Partnership (SP) model meant to promote the private sector in defence manufacturing.  read more

11.Voluntary unemployment rising: Debroy.

While the lack of sufficient job creation could lead to resentment due to people’s high aspirations, Niti Aayog member Bibek Debroy on Thursday flagged a dramatic rise in voluntary unemployment across the country.  read more

12.Centre to release new series of IIP,WPI data.

A new series of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and Wholesale Price Index (WPI) will be released Friday in a bid to bring greater accuracy and improved synchronisation among such data sets, in turn leading to better policies..  read more

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1. Mustard set to be India's 1st GM food, gets regulator nod

India is one step away from commercial production of its first GM food crop with the central biotech regulator on Thursday granting a long awaited clearance for the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard that will now be considered for final approval by the Centre.  read more

2. SC: Lens only on triple talaq, not on other issues

The Supreme Court on Thursday began the first-ever judicial exercise to test the legality of a Muslim personal law provision, but restricted itself to examining the validity of triple talaq mode of divorce, ruling out scrutiny of nikah halala and polygamy.  read more

3.Wahhabism, Meet Han-ism

With Beijing elevating the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative’s political visibility through a heads of government summit this week, India needs to craft a sharper policy position.  read more

4. Aim And Shoot

Remove this condition, it will be tantamount to a doctor prescribing medicines in the absence of adequate diagnostics.It is in this context that the Narendra Modi government’s decision this week to create a task force on jobs data under Niti Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya should be seen.  read more

5. SC: Lens only on triple talaq, not on other issues

The Supreme Court on Thursday began the first-ever judicial exercise to test the legality of a Muslim personal law provision, but restricted itself to examining the validity of triple talaq mode of divorce, ruling out scrutiny of nikah halala and polygamy .  read more

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1.Will only decide on triple talaq not polygamy: SC

A five-judge constitution bench began hearing on Thursday whether the practice of triple talaq is fundamental to Islam.  read more

2.GM mustard comes closer to kitchens.
3.China’s unusual assessment.

China should be wary of Indian competition.’ No, that is not some cocky, Indian politician or businessman talking, but an “Expert Assessment” editorial in Global Times, the Chinese media house known for its strident and at times sanctimonious anti-India editorial tirade, particularly during the Dalai Lama’s recent visit to Arunachal..read more

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