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GS 2 China backs Pakistan’s ‘quest for peace’ via talks In a joint statement, issued at the end of the Beijing leg of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit, China stated that it appreciated “Pakistan's quest for peace through dialogue, cooperation and negotiation, on the basis of mutual respect and equality, and supports Pakistan’s efforts for improvement of Pakistan-India relations and for settlement of outstanding disputes between the two countries.” China has ignored Wuhan spirit: experts China has not shown respect to the ‘Wuhan spirit’, by praising Pakistan for its role in South Asia, veteran commentators have said, after the China-Pakistan joint statement issued on Sunday urged Beijing to play a greater role in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The ghosts of laws past There is a pressing need to move from a system where communication about judicial decisions is at the mercy of initiatives by scrupulous officers, to a method not contingent on human error to the greatest possible extent. Eyes wide shut The killings in Upper Assam point to the polarisation in the State GS 3 Greater flamingoes at Hope Island after 25 years After a long a gap, a flock of five greater flamingoes has been spotted on the Coast of Hope Island, a part of the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. The long-legged and long-necked birds were last seen in a group about two and a half decades ago, while a lone flamingo was recorded in the 2016 Asian Water Bird Census at Sirra Yanam village in East Godavari district. Water ATMs may help in bridging safe water gap With 82 crore people who still do not have access to piped water and 70% of water in the country contaminated by pollutants, the government is increasingly starting to accept small water enterprises — such as water ATMs and community purification plants — as an alternative solution to the safe drinking water challenge. Challenge to the Reserve Bank of India’s reserve(s) The Centre wants a cut of what it thinks are the burgeoning reserves of the RBI. The central bank says it is an emergency buffer not meant to be shared. Who’s right?