GS 2 How was decision on Rafale made, asks SC The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to submit details of the decision-making process in the Rafale deal with France in a sealed envelope by October 29. Next steps after the 377 judgment While Section 377 has indeed been used as a tool to vilify and arbitrarily punish members of the LGBTQ community, it may be surprising for most to learn that an overwhelming majority of those who utilise the section at police stations are abused and physically tormented married women. The power of non-alignment The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and its precursor, the Bandung Afro-Asian conference in 1955, were examples of soft balancing by weaker states towards great powers engaged in intense rivalry and conflict. Teaming up with Tokyo Ahead of the PM’s visit to Japan, hopes are high for a greater synergy on security and connectivity issues Nirmala begins France visit today Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman begins a three-day visit to France on Thursday during which both sides are expected to deliberate on further boosting their already close defence and security ties. Cooperate to fight trade protectionism, says China A statement issued by the Embassy of China in India said that attempts were being made to sow discord between China and India and they should not fall for such traps. China revises controversial anti-terror regulations Anti-terror efforts in the controversial “reeducation centres” in China’s Xinjiang region will be governed by new standardised rules, as international criticism mounts over the detention of as many as one million in the restive far west. GS 3 Containing a virus A canine distemper virus (CDV) has led to many deaths in the Gir sanctuary. In September alone, 21 lions died. Every year, it is normal for 80-90 lions to die in Gujarat, according to wildlife experts. Deadly roads The lack of progress in reducing traffic injuries is glaring, given that the Supreme Court is seized of the issue and has been issuing periodic directions in a public interest petition with the assistance of the Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan Committee constituted by the Centre.