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- My fight is for transparency, says Justice Chelameswar : The dissenting judge, who had dissented against the Supreme Court ruling of striking down NJAC Act, now says that collegium system needs to be more transparent – refuses to attend meetings of the collegium, and wants minutes of meeting to be made public.
- The not-so-swachh life of the Railways’ cleaners : Despite the manual scavenger’s bill in place, manual scavenging is still in practise by the Railway. Now the Railways directly does not recruit people for manual scavenging, but hires contractors who do so.
- Hong Kong holds biggest polls since 2014 protests – Young Hong Kong independence activists calling for a complete break from China stood for the first time on Sunday in city-wide legislative elections, the biggest polls since mass pro-democracy protests in 2014.
- PM balances ties by praising Obama after talks with Xi – Pursuing an approach of multiple engagements, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised U.S. President Barack Obama for his leadership of the G-20 and asserted that the grouping in the future would succeed if it pursued a “collective, coordinated and target-oriented” approach.
- Realising energy sector targets – Levying no transmission charge on renewable power will create a State-wide distortion just as freight equalisation of coal did in the past, writes Kirti Parikh
- Merely a logistics pact? – Recently India has signed a Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), an agreement that the U.S. has assiduously pursued since 2002 and which India had, till now, resolutely refused to endorse. What is it all about?
- The gap between rich and poor States – India is the only large country that is experiencing an economic divergence among its States.
- From dissent to disapproval – Recently, after disagreeing with the majority on a Constitution Bench that struck down the law enacted to establish a National Judicial Appointments Commission, the judge, who is part of the five-member Supreme Court collegium, has opted to keep out of its proceedings.
- Rights for abducted children – Today, many Indians live abroad, foreign nationals come to stay in India, and Indians who had earlier moved abroad are now moving back to India. Problems arise when children are caught in this migration, when one parent goes to another country, taking the child along, but without the permission of the other parent.
- GST may shut down local intellectual property firms – One aspect that the reams of paper and hours of discussion around the GST regime seem to have ignored is the area of Intellectual Property.