International relations: India, U.K. in talks over education(The Hindu) India and the United Kingdom (U.K.) were holding talks to seal an agreement on mutual recognition of educational qualifications, London’s envoy said here on Friday. Indian Constitution and Polity: Office-of-profit case: EC to hear AAP MLAs on May 17(The Hindu) Pursuant to a Delhi High Court order setting aside the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs last month, the Election Commission will on May 17 resume an “oral hearing” on office-of-profit allegations against them. SC to examine plea on ‘master of roster’ issue(The Hindu) The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to examine a petition filed by former Union Law Minister Shanti Bhushan to declare that the authority of the Chief Justice of India as “master of roster” should not be reduced to an absolute, singular and arbitrary power. Centre to seek death for rape of minors(The Hindu) Under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, which deals with sexual crimes against minors, the maximum punishment is life imprisonment. Preventing accidents(The Hindu Opinion) The government had promised to address road safety issue but it has not been able to do so as the requisite amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act have not yet been passed. Divided we fall(The Hindu Opinion) The debate on the Finance Commission’s terms of reference needs reshaping
Economy: FRDI Bill: Banks’ loss is Postal dept.’s gain?(The Hindu) The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017, seems to have a positive impact on the Postal department, if the increase in the total deposits in post offices across the Andhra Pradesh Circle in the last two years is any indication. Environment: Turtle with punk hairdo on endangered species list(The Hindu) Boasting a green, punk hairdo and the unusual ability to breathe through its backside, an Australian turtle has become famous overnight — but not only for its eccentricity. North Indian reservoirs run dry as summer sets in(The Hindu) North India saw good rains last week, but its reservoirs are precariously deficit. The total live storage now is 3.62 BCM (billion cubic metres), which is 20% of capacity. The storage during the corresponding period last year was 23% and the average storage of the last 10 years during the corresponding period was 27% of live storage capacity.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS
7 PM Editorial: Draft National Forest Policy (NFP), 2018: An Overview 9PM Current affairs brief: 10 PM Current affairs MCQS: