Indian Constitution and Polity: It is CJI’s right to allot cases: SC(The Hindu) A Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Wednesday declared the Chief Justice of India as an “institution in himself” with “exclusive prerogative” to constitute Benches and allocate cases. Centre for relook at Haj bar on disabled(The Hindu) The Centre told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that it has advised the Haj Committee of India to examine the “sensitive” provision that bars differently-abled persons from applying for the Haj pilgrimage. Heed the federal framework(The Hindu Opinion) Most federations in the world have arrangements for the mobilisation and devolution of resources. In India, the Constitution provides for the appointment of a Finance Commission every five years to recommend methodology to share resources such that the fiscal space of the constituents, especially the States, is well protected. A promise falls short(The Hindu Opinion) On April 15, 2014, the Supreme Court passed the judgment in NALSA v. Union of India . It was a judgment that came out of the blue, like a thunderbolt when no one was expecting it. It was in the background of Suresh Koushal v. Union of Indiawhere the Supreme Court held that Section 377 could not be read down and it was for Parliament to decide on decriminalisation of homosexuality. End to cattle curbs(The Hindu Opinion) With a fresh set of draft rules to replace last year’s poorly conceived ones, the Centre has sought to withdraw the ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets.
Economy: ‘99% of MGNREGA wages remain unpaid’(The Hindu) Ninety-nine per cent of MGNREGA wages have remained unpaid in April 2018, as per the findings of the NREGA Sangharsh Morcha that tracks the implementation of the rural employment guarantee law. Aadhaar linkage will protect people: UIDAI(The Hindu) The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that Aadhaar linkage seeks to protect people from crime. Facing the future of development(The Hindu Opinion) The recent spate of peasant protests across wide swathes of the country points sharply to the unjust folly and sheer unviability of the path of development that India has embraced, especially in the reform era since the late 1980s. Building India’s talent base(The Hindu Opinion) When India found itself at the 103rd position in the recent World Economic Forum ranking of 130 nations on the preparedness of talent, it was just another indication of the skills challenge. In just five years, the government’s skill gap analysis report estimates that an extra 40 crore workers need to be skilled, reskilled or upskilled. The current official estimate is that slightly more than half a crore people are being trained annually. The rise and fall of bitcoin(The Hindu Opinion) Cryptocurrencies have witnessed a massive fall in prices since they hit a peak in December last year. Bitcoin, by far the most popular cryptocurrency on the planet, is currently trading below $7,000 as compared to its peak price of over $19,000 — a loss of two-thirds of its value from the peak. ‘Petroleum, Finance Ministers can award hydrocarbon blocks’(The Hindu) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to delegate the power to award hydrocarbon blocks to successful bidders under the Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP) to Petroleum and and Finance Ministers. Environment: Olive ridleys start hatching at Rushikulya(The Hindu) Sporadic hatching of olive ridley eggs has started at the mass nesting site at Rushikulya rookery coast in Ganjam district of Odisha.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS
7 PM Editorial: 15th Finance Commission: Terms of reference and its issues 9 PM Current affairs brief: 10 PM Current affairs MCQs: