Polity and Constitution
SC clears 12 special courts to try cases against politicians: The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the green signal for the Centre’s scheme to set up 12 fast track courts to exclusively prosecute and dispose of 1,581 criminal cases pending against Members of Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies within a year.
‘Parsi woman allowed to perform last rites’: A Parsi Trust on Thursday informed a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court that it will allow a woman, who married a Hindu under the Special Marriage Act, to pray at the Tower of Silence and take part in the ceremonies following the death of her parent.
Why Criminalise?(Indian Express, Editorial): Centre’s draft law on triple talaq misreads the Supreme Court judgment
Govt. looking at JVs in ordnance sector: The Defence Ministry is conducting a detailed performance audit of ordnance factories functioning under the Department of Defence Production, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday.
ill prepared for future(Indian Express, Editorial) : There is a grave lack of engineering skills. This impacts industry, affects programmes such as Make in India.
Looking for balance in power(The Hindu, Editorial): The Russia-India-China trilateral meet is New Delhi’s attempt to overcome challenges in ties with Moscow and Beijing
Revival risks(The Hindu, Editorial): The Centre’s bid to dispel the pall of gloom over the economy has been helped in recent weeks by a sovereign rating upgrade from a global agency and a sharp improvement in India’s rank on a World Bank index for ease of doing business.
Aadhaar linking: CJI frowns upon hyperbole: Heading a five-judge Constitution Bench, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra refused to be moved by the “hyperbole and rhetorics” against Aadhaar linking.
WTO meet ends without consensus: Member countries fail to reach agreement on food security right, centrality of development.
Income share of top 1% surged: report : ‘Inequality rose substantially since implementation of 80s’ deregulation reforms’.
Haven’t declared Amarnath a silent zone, clarifies NGT: The National Green Tribunal on Thursday clarified its orders on ‘maintaining silence’ around the Amarnath shrine and said that its previous order had not been “correctly reported in different quarters”.
Whither disaster management after Ockhi?(The Hindu, Editorial): More lives of fisherfolk would have been saved if disaster management action plans were implemented properly.
Kalvari submarine a big step in defence preparedness: PM : Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally commissioned the first of six Scorpene diesel-electric submarines into the Navy on Thursday.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by ForumIAS