GS 2 SC refuses to stop deportation of seven Rohingya Muslims The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an application to stop the government from deporting seven Rohingya men detained in Assam since 2012. ‘No trial in sewer death cases’ A sample study of deaths due to sewer and septic tank cleaning since 1992, shows that First Information Reports (FIR) were filed in only 35% of the cases; none led to a trial or prosecution of any sort. Only 31% of affected families received cash compensation, while none received the rehabilitation or alternative jobs to which they are entitled by law. Eyes on India Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia have unveiled strategies to forge closer economic ties with India Amid U.S. threat, India, Russia set to sign three major deals Russian President Vladimir Putin landed in Delhi on Thursday for the annual India-Russia summit which could see the signing of military deals totalling close to $10 billion; a 24-hour visit that could have lasting implications for the India-U.S. relationship as well. Hasina gets Modi’s assurance ‘People left out of NRC exercise will not be sent to Dhaka’ Saudi Arabia to invest in oil refinery in Gwadar Saudi Arabia will invest in a new oil refinery in Pakistan’s growing deep-sea port of Gwadar, Islamabad announced on Thursday. GS 3 Use your face to zip through airports A mere facial scan will soon enable air travellers to skip long queues and zip through various check points at airports in the country. The Centre is set to introduce the “Digi Yatra” facility to start with at the Hyderabad and Bengaluru airports in February. Mutated virus may have killed Gujarat lions While Gujarat officials are grappling with the death of 21 lions in the last month, wildlife experts say that more than the numbers it’s the fear of a mutation in a virus as the likely cause of deaths that’s perturbing. Fields of concern Higher minimum support prices often do not translate into better returns for farmers Next steps at Gir A geographically separate population of Asiatic lions needs to be created Crafting excellence The Union Cabinet in September approved amendments to the National Institute of Design (NID) Act of 2014 for the setting up of four new institutes in Amaravati, Bhopal, Jorhat and Kurukshetra. India ranked 5th in pictorial warning on tobacco products India has been ranked fifth in the listing of countries that have pictorial health warning on tobacco products, with experts here quick to add that the country is making tremendous progress towards creating public awareness on the health hazards of tobacco abuse.