GS-2 HC: United Nations not a State under Article 12 The Delhi High Court has ruled that the United Nations is not a State under Article 12 of the Constitution of India and is not amenable to its jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution. Kerala sees surge in measles cases The current global resurgence in measles is having its resonance in Kerala too, which has been witnessing a serious surge in the disease since January 2019. ‘SC orders not followed in Assam’s NRC exercise The All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) has said the claims and objections round of the exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was not being conducted as per the Supreme Court’s instructions as well as the Standard Operating Procedure set by the Centre in November 2018. CDSCO issues alert on pacemakers A nationwide alert will be announced by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) on some faulty pacemakers models sold by the world’s largest medical device manufacturer, Medtronic EVM count along with postal votes The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued directions to the Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) of all the States and Union Territories that the EVM and postal ballot counting can be done simultaneously. Don’t want war, but prepared to respond: Saudi Saudi Arabia has Sunday that it wants to avert war in the region but stands ready to respond with “all strength” following last week's attacks on Saudi oil assets, telling Iran that the ball was now in its court. Trump ‘pro-life’ except in cases of rape and incest President Donald Trump has declared himself “strongly pro-life”, days after two U.S. States passed tough new restrictions on abortions, but said exceptions should be made for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. GS-3 Bid to revive Aravali park road project sparks outrage The National Highways Authority of India’s attempt to revive the controversial road project under the Gurugram-Manesar Expressway Phase-I through the Aravali Biodiversity Park off the Mehrauli-Gurugram Road here has sparked outrage among environmentalists and residents. Long term plans fight pollution gathering dust Air pollution level in Delhi nosedived last week and stayed in the ‘very poor’ category for two days partly due to dust storms and also because of non-implementation of long-term plans to fight pollution. Coming soon, an all-seeing radar imaging satellite RISAT-2B, the satellite due to be launched before dawn on May 22 from Sriharikota, will mark the resumption of a vital ring of Indian all-seeing radar imaging satellites after seven years. Odisha plans to restore coastal green cover The Odisha government has chalked out a ₹200-crore, five-year plan to restore the green cover lost due to Cyclone Fani in the coastal region.