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Air quality to get worse: According to the SAFAR index of the Ministry of Earth Science, the average level of PM 2.5 was 211 micro-grams per cubic meter, while the level of PM10 was 369.9 – both categorized as “very poor”.

2% DA for govt. staff: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a 2 per cent dearness allowance for Central government employees and a similar relief for pensioners from July 1.

IMD plans to move its weather data to the cloud: he India Meteorological Department (IMD) is looking to transfer its massive troves of data into the cloud. The purpose, according to a top official, is to have more centralized control with its regional centres across the country.

Supreme Court to hear toll company’s plea against High Court order on DND: The Supreme Court  will hear a petition against the Allahabad High Court order directing it to make passage free for commuters on the DND flyway, a lifeline for traffic between Delhi and Noida.

WHO seeks special U.N. session on TB: Frustrated with a lack of political will shown by nations with a high burden of tuberculosis, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling for the first United Nations General Assembly on the deadly but curable infection.

No total bar on religion in speeches, says SC: Asked to bar invocation of religion in political speeches, a seven-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday said it could not be expected to give an “exhaustive list” of dos and don’ts to follow in political speeches.


Editorial/OPINION


Situating law in the land: Instead of a blanket ban, the Supreme Court can delegitimise polygyny in India for not being in consonance with the Koranic procedure, just as it invalidated instant triple talaq in the Shamim Ara case.

How to judge the judges: In line with global practice, India must revise existing mechanisms and deliberate on the performance evaluation of judges at all levels of the judiciary.

Ways out of the GST maze: The GST Council should stick to the original mandate of a uniform, simplified rate structure and uniform tax administration.


INTERNATIONAL


Russia to destroy chemical weapon stockpile by 2017: As a signatory of the International Chemical Weapons Convention, Russia already has destroyed about 93 per cent of its chemical weapons.


ECONOMY


Trade, transit pact with Bhutan gets approval: The pact provides for a free trade regime between two countries, and duty free transit of Bhutanese merchandise for trade with third countries. As per the pact, bilateral trade between will continue to be transacted in Indian Rupees and Bhutanese Ngultrums.

AirAsia brand pact within licence norms: The Centre will soon inform the Delhi High Court that AirAsia India’s brand license agreement signed with its foreign airline partner was not part of the required documents to be submitted by the airline to secure its air operator’s permit.

Centre for in-principle share sale in ‘some’ PSUs: The Centre made a cautious move towards large scale disinvestment of public sector units with the Cabinet agreeing ‘in-principle’ to a ‘case-by-case’ examination of just ‘some’ of the 20-odd firms and units recommended for strategic sale by its think-tank NITI Aayog.


Indian Express


A Story Of Two Bills: The transgender rights bill dilutes the private member’s bill passed by Rajya Sabha.

Multiple ways to equality: The debate on polygamy and gender justice is more complicated than it is made out to be.

Unhealthy delay: PMO’s instruction to Niti Aayog to prepare plans to reduce dependence on China for bulk drugs may have come too late.

Failing to take the lead: India’s probable abstention from UN negotiations for nuclear disarmament would be a lost chance.


Live Mint


Ease of doing business: India’s brush with reality: The rankings’ limitations don’t change the fact that India’s reforms have some distance to go.

Next steps for the goods and services tax: Unless the GST council, which has to take a final view, modifies the finance ministry’s proposals, we will be stuck with a flawed GST.



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