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GS-2 EC rejects Opposition plea for VVPAT tally before vote count A day ahead of the counting of votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, the Election Commission (EC) rejected the demand of Opposition parties for tallying of the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips in five polling booths in each Assembly segment with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), prior to the vote count. Centre clears names of four judges to SC The Centre has cleared four names recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium for elevation as judges of the apex court. Want President’s Rule to end soon in J&K, says Governor Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has said his administration wants the President’s Rule to end in the State at the earliest but the final call on the timing of Assembly elections will be taken by the Election Commission. Jaipur Foot signs pact for bionic arms and mobility solutions The world-famous Jaipur Foot has signed an agreement with India Business Forum, Korea, for promoting research and development and transfer of technology on prosthetic limbs, bionic arms, 3-D printing-based flat foot solution and mobility solutions, including wheelchair safety, between India and South Korea. OBC categories commission receives 2­month extension A commission appointed in 2017 to examine the sub-categorisation of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) has been given a two-month extension by President Ram Nath Kovind, according to an order of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Under Rent Act, the tenant has a protected status: SC The Supreme Court has held that protection offered to a statutory tenant by rent control law can only be overcome by following the procedure laid out in the statute. Owner cannot demand re-possession of property without following statutory procedure. GS-3 Water experts warn of ‘desertification’ of Marathwada The water crisis in Maharashtra is a “policy-induced failure”, according to economists and water academics who have specifically warned of the ‘desertification’ of the parched Marathwada region in the near future. Kerala’s semi­high speed rail line gets a push The Kerala government has expedited steps for the 531.45-km semi-high-speed rail line from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod, found ‘feasible and economically viable’, by seeking aid from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and preparing a detailed project report (DPR) for the ₹56,443-crore project. ISRO launches radar imaging observation satellite RISAT­2B ISRO has launched radar imaging satellite RISAT-2B on 22nd May. AFT asks Centre to submit files on Navy chief selection The Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) has asked the government to submit files pertaining to the selection of the Navy chief by May 29. Groundwater reserves estimate to be updated soon The Union Water Ministry is finalising an updated estimate on the state of groundwater reserves in India.