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1.SC won’t stay note ban cases in HC though govt.claims success.

he Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the cases in High Courts against the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur said the petitions in the various High Courts highlighted the different inconveniences across the country. “Maybe some relief can be had by these people.”

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2.Apex court slams Centre over Lokpal.

For a government which “seems to be always interested in cleansing the system,” the Centre has been uncharacteristically “dragging its feet” on the appointment of anti-corruption ombudsman, Lokpal, to usher in probity in public life, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday. read more

3.Himalayan projects face flood risk.

Potential hydro power projects in the Himalayan region would need to factor in chances of increased floods from the formation of new lakes and the expansion of existing ones due to melting glaciers, says an analysis of Himalayan glaciers and their possible future impact on livelihoods in States adjoining the region. The results are part of a modelling study by Swiss researchers on the impact of climate change in the Himalayas.  read more

4.Close out the war on corruption.

The Modi government has set the cat among pigeons by demonetising two high-value currency notes. I am alive to the criticism that this ‘surgery’ could have been undertaken with greater finesse and after sustained preparation. There seems to be some merit in the argument, even after factoring for the need to keep the entire operation under wraps so as to protect its confidentiality.   read more

1. We will act on Lokpal if you won't, SC tells govt

The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that it could very well act on its own if the government and Parliament fail to pass an amendment to the 2013 law which would allow the selection of the Lokpal chairperson and members. read more

2. Lack of LoP no hurdle for Lokpal: SC

The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that it could very well act on its own if the government and Parliament fail to pass an amendment to the 2013 law which would allow the selection of the Lokpal chairperson and members.  read more

3. No copyright over our judgments, says apex court.

For long, a couple of firms had a virtual monopoly over printing judgments of the Supreme Court in book format and selling it to advocates, institutions and others. So much so that one of them claimed copyright over the manner in which it edited and published the judgments.  read more

4. A life of dignity: New mental health care law is imminent and it will help fill a yawning treatment gap

India Outperforms China, Other Major Economies | Q4 Growth At 7.9%  read more

5.Govt keeps fisc deficit tad lower than target.

The National Mental Health Survey 2016 published by NIMHANS recently showed that 13.7% of Indians are likely to have a mental illness during their lifetime. The survey also highlighted the huge treatment gap for mental illness ranging from 28-83%. Treatment gap refers to the proportion of people who need treatment for a mental illness but do not get it. Stigma, discrimination and violation of rights are everyday occurrences for persons with mental illness and their families.  read more

1.Bold move but wrong target.

It’s the season of metaphors, be it to describe the attack on terrorist camps or on black money. When the rot is deep, you need a drastic surgery to remove the cancer. The surprise announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that high value notes would cease to be legal tender immediately, was also described as a surgical attack on black money.  read more

2.The only lesson from Pakistan.

On November 2, many Pakistani dailies carried names and pictures of eight Indian High Commission officials, alleging they were spies. The fact that this was “reiterated without any corroboration by Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs is against the Vienna Convention and also violates the norms of established diplomatic practice”, asserted external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in a written reply in the Parliament Wednesday, adding: “The allegations against Indian offi cials represent an afterthought on the part of Government of Pakistan.”  read more

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