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Punjab law to stop sharing Ravi, Beas waters illegal: SC: Punjab reneged on its promise to share the waters of rivers Ravi and Beas with neighbouring States like Haryana by unilaterally enacting the controversial Punjab Termination of Water Agreements Act of 2004.
Devise plan to monitor air pollution, says SC: The Bench directed the Centre and the CPCB to hold a meeting on November 19 with the authorities concerned and come up with a comprehensive plan for a central mechanism to monitor pollution in actual time, fix the different grades of pollution levels, measures to counter them on and the number of air ambiance monitoring stations required in Delhi, among other factors.
NGT for Central, State panels to monitor pollution: When air pollution reaches alarming or severe levels, immediate steps are required to be taken as environmental emergency.
Don’t treat subordinates as slaves: HC: Higher authorities in paramilitary forces such as the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) cannot put their subordinates “in a state of slavery” and attempt to enforce discipline among them by curbing their personal liberty.
SYL Land Bill unwarranted, says court: The Supreme Court, referring to its 2006 Mullaperiyar dam judgment, held on Thursday that a State Assembly “cannot through legislation do an act in conflict with the judgment of the highest court which has attained finality”.
Exclusive e-platform soon for payments to govt.: The demonetisation gambit is backed by a proposed single window system that enables electronic remittances to various departments.
Modi in Japan, all eyes on nuclear deal: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepare to discuss the conclusion of the civil nuclear cooperation agreement after their talks on Friday, all eyes will be on whether India will accept a “nullification” or “termination” clause.
India slams World Bank process on Indus Treaty: India lashed out at the World Bank over its decision to favor Pakistan on the Indus Water Treaty dispute process over the Kishenganga and Ratle dam and hydropower projects. While India had asked for a neutral expert to be appointed over Pakistan’s objections to the projects first, Pakistan appealed directly for a Court of Arbitration (CoA) to be set up as it claims India has violated the 1960 treaty.
The forgotten war: The Maoists are far from diminished. While operations like the one in Malkangiri last month help, the government needs to recognize that the movement cannot be approached only from the law and order perspective.
Making climate rules at Marrakech: The United Nations conference on climate change now under way in Marrakech, Morocco, has the ambitious task of drawing up the first steps on enhanced finance and technology transfer, which is vital to advance the Paris Agreement that has entered into force recently.
‘Reconciliation can’t be done in a few days’: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s achievements, challenges, and the importance of a judicial mechanism that has the confidence of Tamils.
Theresa May’s underwhelming visit: India and the U.K. have many reasons to have close relations. They are two pillars of the Commonwealth, sharing democratic values and a world view on many political issues including terrorism.
The new colour of money: Demonetisation of Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 notes has some benefits, but it cannot stem the flow of unaccounted income to be generated in the future.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
China launches pulsar test satellite: China launched a satellite into space to detect signs of pulsars, which are very high density stars formed by neutrons.
GST to take effect from April 1: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that major issues on the GST have been resolved and the new regime will be implemented from April 1, 2017.
India hopes for fair resolution on U.S. work visa issue: India will take up the IT industry’s concerns regarding curbs on the non-immigrant temporary work visas as well as the absence of a bilateral social security pact.
Show me the money: Ban on Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes deals with stocks of black money. But push to a cashless economy is premature.
Marrakesh challenge: Developed countries will have to loosen their purse strings to ensure success of the Paris climate pact.
Prohibition: Challenge lies in implementation: Bootlegging, illegal trade and a parallel economy has been mushrooming in Bihar since the Nitish Kumar government banned the sale and consumption of liquor.