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GS 2 SC moves to make festivals less noisy The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck a balance between the interests of the firecracker industry and the right to public health, allowing the manufacture and sale of only “green” and reduced-emission or “improved” crackers, while banning those that are loud and toxic to man, animal and the environment. Outcomes versus promises While Russia is seeking to cement its relationship with India, the U.S. wants India to make strategic choices U.S. warships sail through Taiwan Strait China said on Tuesday that it has expressed concern to the U.S. over what it considered an affront to its sovereignty after two U.S. warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait. GS 3 In the net A wider direct tax base is good news — butthe share of direct taxes in the total is still low Norms for full-body scanner at airports likely next month The BCAS had decided to recommend body scanners using active and passive millimetre wave technologies instead of back-scatter and full transmission X-ray technologies after consulting the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), which had expressed concerns about frequent exposure of passengers to X-ray radiation