International relations: No deal on illegal migrants(The Hindu) The failure of Britain and India to sign a key memorandum of understanding on the return of illegal migrants during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on Wednesday has been greeted with surprise, as the agreement was seen as a key element of the visit. Indian Constitution and Polity: PIL has become an ‘industry of vested interests’: SC(The Hindu) The Supreme Court on Thursday derided the Loya PIL petitions as a case in point of how public interest litigation has become an “industry of vested interests” rather than a powerful tool to espouse the cause of the marginalised and oppressed. Aadhaar does not record caste or race, says SC judge(The Hindu) The Aadhaar Act does not record the caste, religion, race, etc., of individuals, thus ensuring that these demographics are not used to discriminate among citizens, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud observed during the Constitution Bench hearing in the Aadhaar case on Thursday. The Hadiya caution(The Hindu Opinion) Habeas corpus has its origins in British common law, predating even Magna Carta. The idea behind the writ is to direct a detainee’s presence in court so as to help the court understand if there was any legal justification for the person’s imprisonment. Under scrutiny(The Hindu Opinion) The Lodha Committee recommended that the board be treated as a public authority under the RTI Act, and the Supreme Court wanted the Law Commission to examine this suggestion. The Central Information Commission favoured the idea. Reviewing the Contempt of Courts Act(The Hindu Opinion) The Contempt of Courts Act of 1971 is one of the most powerful statutes in the country. It gives the constitutional courts wide powers to restrict an individual’s fundamental right to personal liberty for “scandalising the court” or for “wilful disobedience” of any judgment, writ, direction or order.
Economy: NREGA v minimum farm wages: How jobs Act is losing out to funds crunch(Indian Express ) The NREGA was enacted in 2005 “for the enhancement of livelihood security of the households in rural areas of the country by providing at least one hundred days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work….” Government policies: Marginalised from school(The Hindu Opinion) The Centre must review the implementation of the Right to Education Act across the country. Internal security NSA to head new Defence panel(The Hindu) The new permanent higher defence management committee headed by the National Security Adviser can help improve India’s defence planning in the long term, but may end up having no noticeable impact if the present government does not return to power in 2019, several military sources and observers say. Should military spending be increased?(The Hindu Opinion) For a developing country that is committed to enhancing the quality of life of its citizens, defence is usually the last thing on the nation’s mind. Yet, no government that is committed to such a cause can ignore the existing physical and psychological security threats. Environment and Ecology: Kailadevi tiger births a pointer to space crunch(The Hindu) The birth of two tiger cubs in the Kailadevi wildlife sanctuary of Rajasthan's Karauli district recently has gladdened wildlife enthusiasts across the country, but it also points to a space crunch in the wildlife habitats which has forced the big cats to move out of the main area of Ranthambore National Park on their own.
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