28-04-2017

the hindu
1.No barrier to naming lokpal: SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday found the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act of 2013 an “eminently workable piece of legislation”, which provides for the appointment of Lokpal Chairperson and members even in the absence of a recognised Leader of Opposition (LoP).  read more

2.Judicial Performance index proposed.

The NITI Aayog has proposed the introduction of a judicial performance index to reduce delays and the outsourcing of non-core functions of the police to private agencies or other government departments, in a bid to fix justice system that is in ‘dire need of reform. read more

3.Learning to run twice as fast.

It is no mean achievement that the daunting fiscal deficit target of 3.5% of GDP for the past year was met. Beyond the 3.2% fiscal deficit target for the current year, the government has accepted a 3% target thereafter.  read more

4.We need to question ourselves.

I wonder if Harbhajan Singh knows the English proverb ‘a case of the pot calling the kettle black’.  read more

5.In four doses.

Beginning next year, the World Health Organisation will begin pilot tests of the injectable malaria vaccine RTS,S (or Mosquirix) on 750,000 children aged 5-17 months in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi.  read more

6.Are we a nation of Pseudo-secularists?

To answer this question, we first need to understand the meaning and context of the term ‘pseudo-secular’. It is a term propounded by the ideologues of Hindu communalism to delegitimise and deny the genuineness of secularism.  read more

7.India’s Population story.

Evidence from India’s last Census in 2011, confirmed by data from the recent National Family Health Survey 2017 (NFHS-4), shows that fertility in India is fast approaching replacement levels.  read more

8.’UID-PAN linking a faustian Bargain’

Lashing out at the move to link Aadhaar to the permanent account number and filing of income tax returns, senior advocate Shyam Divan told the Supreme Court on Thursday that the Constitution was not a charter of servitude.  read more

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1. Can't stall Lokpal appointment: SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday pushed for early appointment of Lokpal, rejecting the Centre’s argument that the process for appointment of the ombudsman mandated to check corruption in high places had been delayed because of the absence of a leader of opposition who, under the existing law, ought to be part of the selection committee,  read more

2. Working on regulatory regime on data protection: Centre

Pending possible scrutiny of WhatsApp’s new privacy policy on the touchstone of right to privacy, Facebook, which owns the popular messaging platform, told the Supreme Court that those feeling aggrieved could quit WhatsApp.  read more

3.Insurgency Challenge

In yet another attack on an army camp in Jammu & Kashmir, two jawans and an officer have been killed and at least five other soldiers injured in a pre-dawn fidayeen strike by terrorists in Kupwara district.  read more

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1.Govt to come out with regulatory regime for data protection.

The Central government on Thursday assured the Supreme Court that it is firm on protecting an individual’s freedom of choice and is working on a regime for data protection for every person.  read more

2.Modi flags off 1st flight under UDAN Scheme.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday flagged off the first flight under the Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme aimed at boosting regional connectivity with low-cost flights. read more

3.No justification to suspend lokpal Act for amendments,says SC.

There is no justification to keep the enforcement of Lokpal Act suspended till the proposed amendments, including on the issue of the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, are cleared by Parliament, the Supreme Court said on Thursday.read more

4.Aadhaar now seems to be must: Lawyer.

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