GS-2 India cuts off UN panel after J&K report Reacting angrily to a submission from the Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC) on alleged violations in Jammu and Kashmir, India has informed the United Nations body that it will no longer entertain any communication with the HRC’s Special Rapporteurs on its report. Ministry seeks response on wage board The Union Labour and Employment Ministry last week sought representations from all those who would be affected by its notification of certain changes to the wage board for journalists and non-journalist employees of newspapers and news agencies. India, Pakistan to attend SCO meet For the first time, since the Pulwama terror attack and the Balakot airstrikes, Indian and Pakistani Foreign Ministers will together attend a ministerial meeting under the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, on May 21-22. Opposition to meet EC today over VVPAT verification Leaders of Opposition parties will meet the Election Commission (EC) officials to urge the panel to spell out the mechanisms to address any mismatch between voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) and electronic voting machine (EVM) tallies during the counting of votes. India unlikely to give additional seats to foreign airlines India is unlikely to grant additional seats to foreign carriers, over and above the numbers agreed to under bilateral pacts, even though Indian expatriates in some of these countries are facing the prospect of having to pay sharply steeper airfares during the peak travel season this year following the grounding of Jet Airways. Maharashtra a step closer to opening up data A year after it unveiled a new public cloud policy, the Maharashtra Government has transferred 10 terabyte (tb) of data to the centres it leased from private service providers. GS-3 Kilogram update to spur revision of textbooks With the definition of the ‘kilogram’ getting a global, technical makeover, textbooks — from those used in schools to ones recommended by engineering colleges in India — are set to undergo an update. Thirsty Gujarat will supply treated waste water for industrial use Gujarat has detailed a plan for directing fresh water for drinking and irrigation amidst rising water scarcity in the state. Stubble burning incidents down in Punjab this harvest season Farmers in Punjab, the key grain producing State, seem to have exercised restraint in burning the wheat crop residue during the ongoing harvesting season as the incidents of burning dipped compared to last year Every drop of pollution in Ganga is a matter of concern The National Green Tribunal has pulled up the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) for not providing “concrete action plans” pertaining to the rejuvenation of the Ganga in stretches where the river crosses the States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.