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GS 2 SC pulls up States for not recruiting judges The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up various State governments and the administrative side of the High Courts for delay in filling vacancies in subordinate judicial services. Searching for an elusive peace India must remain engaged with the multiple processes underway on Afghan reconciliation Sabarimala, and the quest for equality The debate on opening the shrine to all women is revealing deep casteism and misogyny When judges legislate Neither is the broad separation of powers among the three organs of the state maintained nor is the law clear PM favours inclusive Indo-Pacific region At Singapore summit, he calls for enhancing multilateral cooperation, economic and cultural ties Vietnam opposes military alliances in region: envoy Vietnam has an “ambivalent” position on the Quad grouping comprising India, Australia, Japan, and the U.S., Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau said on Thursday. There can’t be a ban on use of word ‘Dalit’ in media: PCI The Information and Broadcasting Ministry had issued an advisory to all media outlets to not use the word “Dalit” to refer to members belonging to the Scheduled Castes. The advisory was based on an order of the Bombay High Court on June 6 this year, on a petition filed by Pankaj Meshram. India, China agree to expand military ties India and China are set to expand their military ties, in tune with the spirit of the Wuhan informal summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April. GS 3 Another orbit The GSLV-GSAT launch enhances India’s capacity to meet its communication needs PT Facts Jharkhand is now ODF, says CM Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Thursday announced the entire State as open defecation free (ODF). The ODF target for the State was October 2, 2019, but Jharkhand has achieved it a year in advance, Mr. Das said at the Statehood Day function here. ‘Super-Earth’ found orbiting Sun’s nearest single star Astronomers have discovered a frozen planet with a mass over three times that of the Earth, orbiting the closest solitary star to the Sun. Ice age crater discovered beneath Greenland glacier This is the first time that a crater of any size has been found under one of Earth’s continental ice sheets, said researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. The researchers worked for the past three years to verify their discovery, initially made in the 2015. A research hub for antibiotics resistance Denmark said on Thursday it would create an international research centre focused on the fight against resistance to antibiotics, a scourge affecting almost half a million people worldwide