18-02-2017

the hindu
1.There’s no concept of National Song, says SC.

Bench refuses to intervene in plea to frame policy

Orally noting that “there is no concept of National Song”, the Supreme Court has refused to intervene in a petition seeking a direction to the government to frame a national policy to promote and propagate the ‘National Song’, along with the National Anthem and the National Flag.

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2.Uniform norms for brain death certification soon, says NOTTO.

‘Need standard operating protocols to address grey areas’

The National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation has begun the process of framing uniform guidelines on brain death certification to be followed by doctors across the country.

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3.Working on the ISRO principle.

Its successes demonstrate that it is possible to create high-performing public sector organisations

Rarely is an agency of the government of India associated with the development of cutting-edge technology and global standards in execution.

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4.Governor not ‘duty-bound’ by popular will, says SC.

2001 judgment empowers him to use discretion

As Tamil Nadu politics witnessed a churn, the State’s Governor has come under intense scrutiny for not inviting AIADMK interim general secretary V.K. Sasikala to form the government despite the fact that her faction commanded a majority in the Legislative Assembly.

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1. National anthem to be must in schools? SC to examine matter.

After making it compulsory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening of any film, the Supreme Court decided on Friday to examine whether singing or playing of the anthem should be made mandatory in schools to inculcate a sense of patriotism among students.   read more

2. Plan ready to list profit-making PSUs
First Set Of Public Offers Of State-Run Companies Expected Around Diwali
The government on Friday said all public sector companies that have been earning profit for three years should be listed and put in place a detailed timeline to unlock value in state-run firms.

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3.Extreme climate increasing level of toxin in crops:study.

A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that crops such as wheat and maize are generating more potential toxins as a reaction to protect themselves from extreme weather.  read more

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1.Why a war on science is welcome.

This interesting heading caught my attention in a recent issue of  Time magazine: ‘ How a war on science could hurt US’.  read more

2.SC won’t hear plea to make national song must in schools.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear a plea which sought to make singing of the national song mandatory in schools.  read more

3.How are the super continents born?

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