GS 2 Lack of basic rights for the aged a concern: SC The court directed that the Centre should prepare a plan of action for giving publicity to the provisions of 2007 Act and ensure that the State governments carry out and execute the provisions of the law. SC bats for rights of death row convicts Death row convicts should be allowed to meet with family, friends, lawyers and mental health professionals for a “reasonable period of time with reasonable frequency” like any other prisoner. The fear of executive courts India urgently needs the return of a thriving legal culture that uncompromisingly calls out political posturing The anatomy of a police station Lacking personnel, funds and motivation, the thana is not structured to enforce the rule of law Theresa must British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a trust vote on her Conservative party stewardship. But there is little sign that the bitter infighting within the ruling party will abate. Is it time to abolish the death penalty? The SC will have to answer whether absence of political will is sufficient to override the right to life India, Russia to boost joint production in defence India and Russia have agreed on way to simplify export clearances to take forward joint manufacturing in defence. MHA to tech giants: check online abuse The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approached U.S.-based search engine Google for sharing its Application Programming Interface (API) for identifying child sexual abuse material on social media platforms. GS 3 Scientists step in to save Punganur cow The Punganur cow, considered one of the world’s smallest breeds of cattle, is said to be on the verge of extinction due to cross-breeding being conducted by farmers, according to livestock journals. Migratory birds at Chilika face flu threat Lakhs of migratory birds which have congregated at the Chilika lake are facing a threat to their lives following the detection of avian influenza virus barely a few kilometres away from the Nalabana Bird Sanctuary. Come June, groundwater extraction will invite a fee In a bid to promote conservation of groundwater, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has notified a water conservation fee (WCF) that industries will need to pay on groundwater extraction starting from June.