GS 1 IISc, IIT-D chosen for special grants Six higher education institutions, including the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, the Indian Institutes of Technology at Mumbai and Delhi, and the proposed Jio Institute of the Reliance Foundation, have been named Institutions of Eminence (IoE) by the Centre. The good and the bad in Bengal’s primary education Primary Education in West Bengal: The Scope for Change” brought out by Pratichi Inistitute and Shiksha Alochona. The report marks the high points of the Bengal government’s achievements in the area of primary education, while underscoring the failures. The problem of being a left-hander A new study, “Approach motivation in human cerebral cortex”, in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences highlights a new kind of bias in mental health: left-handedness GS 2 SC says it is ready to go live, Centre moots a TV channel A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud said a livestream is only an extension of the ‘open court’ system, where the public can walk in and watch court proceedings. However, with court proceedings beamed live on air, litigants, law students and the public can watch them as they happen. Living in uncertain times Most democracies, on the other hand, reveal a far from homogeneous state of affairs, with ruling and opposition parties increasingly working at cross purposes. In need of a practical plan Recruitment to the lower judiciary has been under public scrutiny due to its failure to fill almost a quarter (23%) of vacancies that persist. The recruitment process of district judges is now the subject matter of a public interest litigation filed in the Supreme Court. GS 3 SC questions female genital mutilation No one can violate the integrity and the bodily privacy of a woman in the name of religion, the Supreme Court observed on Monday. The measure of tests India’s policymakers have struggled to create a credible national admissions apparatus for professional degree programmes that accommodates the diversity and plurality of the country. Don’t blame it on WhatsApp WhatsApp cannot and should not perform the duties of a democratically elected government High on atmospherics Punjab needs a sober, well-thought-out strategy to deal with drug abuse