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GS 2 CJI Misra names Gogoi as successor Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Tuesday recommended Justice Ranjan Gogoi as his successor and the 46th Chief Justice of India. Law Ministry sources confirmed the receipt of the recommendation letter of the Chief Justice. Google to help EC track political ads IT giant will help ensure pre-certification of ads, and share expenditure details with Election Commission Routes to Afghanistan Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis visit Delhi for the first 2+2 talks on Thursday with their Indian counterparts, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Mr. Mattis is expected to come via Kabul, while Mr. Pompeo and U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, will swing by Islamabad. 2+2 to address U.S. issues on Iran, Russia Discussions on plan to purchase long range air defence systems and oil imports likely to be awkward Breakthrough achieved in RCEP talks, claims India According to Mr. Prabhu, the 16-nation group accepted some key demands from India: on differential tariff regimes for different country groups like China, and in allowing a 20-year implementation period of the agreement. GS 3 Japan to test mini ‘space elevator’ A Japanese team has developed a “space elevator” and will conduct a first trial this month, blasting off a miniature version on satellites to test the technology. State panels to track hip implant patients The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said that State-level committees consisting of two orthopaedic surgeons or physical medical rehabilitation experts and one radiologist from government hospital, a representative from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) and drug controller of respective States should be formed to identify patients who have received the faulty hip implant by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. ‘Drugs are not sweets’ The details of the story of a metallic medical device gone awry are well reported — debilitating a number of patients, and leaving them with excruciating pain, disability and, in some alleged cases, even death. Addressing soil loss Floods often wash away rich, weathered soil. Rehabilitation programmes must consider this loss