Must Read News Articles – April 21st, 2019


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Former staff writes to SC judges, alleges sexual harassment by CJI

In an “extraordinary and unusual hearing” presided over by him and called at a moment’s notice on Saturday, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi took on the allegation of sexual harassment published against him by some online news portals, saying “things have gone too far” and “the judiciary cannot be made a scapegoat.”

CJI’s presence on Bench raises eyebrows

In the in-house procedure for dealing with complaints against Supreme Court and High Court judges, it is the CJI who “examines” whether a particular complaint is frivolous. There is no word in it on how to deal with a complaint against the CJI.

Is the EC free enough to play fair?

The run-up to the 2019 general election has seen several violations of the Model Code of Conduct. The Election Commission of India (EC) admitted to the Supreme Court that it was “toothless”, and did not have enough powers to deal with inflammatory or divisive speeches in the election campaign.

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Over one lakh Olive Ridley turtles enter sea in Odisha

The idyllic Kalam Island off the Odisha coast has become lively with lakhs of baby Olive Ridley turtles crawling towards the Bay of Bengal after emerging from eggshells.

What went wrong with debt MFs?

Earlier this month, Kotak Mutual Fund informed investors in its Fixed Maturity Plans (FMPs) that it would not be able to fully redeem investments made in two series of the FMPs. Separately, HDFC Mutual Fund also announced the extension of one of its FMP schemes, which was due for maturity on April 15, by 380 days.

Inside Notre-Dame

A fire that broke out in Paris’s Notre-Dame cathedral on April 15, last Monday, caused enormous damage to the over eight-centuries-old church, which is known for its religious and historical significance as well as architectural beauty.

Indoor emissions affect air-quality standards

India can achieve its air quality goals if it completely eliminates emissions from household sources. A recent study has pointed out that the use of firewood, kerosene and coal in the households contributed to about 40% of the PM 2.5 pollution in the Gangetic basin districts.

Indian bullfrogs take to invasive behaviour early in Andamans

Indian bullfrogs introduced in the Andaman Islands are invasive, and eat native wildlife including fish and lizards. Now, experiments reveal that the frogs take to this invasive behaviour early in their lives.

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