GS2: Polity & Governance

Floor test: SC asks M.P. govt. to respond today, For a floor test first Former M.P. Chief Minister and nine other BJP MLAs had sought a vote of confidence.

51 private labs will soon be allowed to conduct tests The “test, test, test” prescription of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is not for India, Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Make tests free, ICMR tells private labs  The Council says it is pressing into action two rapid-testing units at Odisha and Noida which can test 1,400 samples a day.

Coming to terms with biometrics in policing Modern technology has dangers, but there should be hope that care and sophistication would transform investigation

A case for more policewomen Increasing the number of women recruits alone will not be enough; institutional changes are as important

MR R Gogoi, MP(IE) Supreme Court is larger than one judge but by saying yes to government, former Chief Justice has hurt it

The Hidayatullah example(IE) Time has come to ask: Should judges stop accepting post-retirement jobs offered by government, at least for a few years after retiring?

Gogoi defends RS nomination(TH) Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Tuesday justified his nomination to the Rajya Sabha but declined to elaborate the reasons

No meetings of SC, ST panels held in 25 States in 3 years The panels are meant to monitor the implementation of SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act

SC upholds right of women naval officers Denying permanent commission to women officers who have served the nation would result in a serious miscarriage of justice, it said.

Abortions till 24 weeks for special categories The “special categories of women” include rape survivors, victims of incest, the differently abled and minors, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said moving the Bill.

Plea in HC against U.P. law on recovery of damage to property A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition has been filed in the Allahabad High Court seeking the suspension of or stay against the ordinance brought


GS2: International Relations

A revival of multilateralism, steered by India A leadership role by India in mobilising world collaboration would be in keeping with its traditional activism globally

GS3: Defence & Security

Navy to get four more P­8I aircraft from May Plans on to install encrypted communication systems on the earlier 8 P-8Is


GS3: Science & Technology

How the COVID-19 test works How does the PCR test look for the virus in swab samples? How long does it take? How many samples is India testing daily, and can it test more? If it can, why has it not scaled up yet?

Explained: Five steps to detecting the virus The process was explained to The Indian Express by Dr V Ravi, Senior Professor & Head, Department of Neurovirology, NIMHANS.

2 more monkey deaths in Kerala A disease is spreading among the Bonnet macaque population in Vadakkanchery, near Thrissur, claiming 11 animals so far.