Updated on 4 October, 2019
Polity Five SC judges recuse from Navlakha case: An appeal filed by activist Gautam P. Navlakha has taken an unusual trajectory in the Supreme Court — so far five judges have opted to recuse themselves in the three instances it came up for hearing since September 30. Governance Making political parties accountable: A Supreme Court judgment on non-governmental organisations throws light on the powers of an undiluted RTI. Social issues Toilet targets: On ending open defecation: The campaign to end open defecation can succeed only if it takes communities with it. SOcial Justice Court reserves verdict on plea challenging 2018 SC/ST Amendment Act: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its judgment in a batch of petitions challenging the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes act. International relations Sheikh Hasina to focus on economic agenda Bangladesh will try to highlight economic opportunities in relation with India, visiting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said here on Thursday.
Economy and related issues The brick and mortar of FDI 2.0: List or trade in India’ should be used as a strategic policy tool to enable Indians to become shareholders in MNCs Co-operative banks: Is dual regulation the problem?: Coming under both RBI and State Registrars, these banks pose specific supervisory challenges. Environment and related issues Delhi’s tap water fails BIS test; deemed unsafe: With a new investigation of Delhi tap water showing that it is not safe to drink, the Centre has announced plans to test the quality of piped drinking water in the States and release Swachh Pani rankings early next month. Drone cameras threatening Nilgiris wildlife: With more and more amateur photographers descending on the Nilgiris and the rest of the Western Ghats to capture footage of stunning vistas and exotic wildlife, conservationists are concerned that enthusiasts using drone cameras may be posing a significant threat to the endangered species of birds. Blood4Pet, a mobile app that brings together canine blood donors: Tanuvas’ unique initiative will help save lives of dogs. Security and related issues Installation of RFID systems proposed at 10 more border points: Surveys carried out at 10 more border points where setting up of RFID systems have been proposed as part of the second phase of the exercise. Sealing threat for buildings lacking fire safety: The Delhi High Court has directed the city government, the fire department and the municipal authorities to take strict action, including sealing, against buildings lacking fire safety measures.