1. Strike a balance on Rohingya issue
The Supreme Court on 13th Oct came close to ordering the government not to deport the Rohingya.
It finally settled on merely observing that a balance should be struck between humanitarian concern for the community and the country’s national security and economic interests.
2. Sabarimala entry row goes to Constitution Bench
The Supreme Court referred to a five-judge Constitution Bench the question whether the fundamental right of women to pray at the place of their choice can be discriminated against solely based “on a biological factor exclusive to the female gender.”
With this, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will scrutinise the age-old practice in Kerala’s famed Sabarimala temple of restricting entry for women aged between 10 and 50 — that is, those who are in the menstruating age.
3. Public health key concern in banning crackers in Delhi
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to modify its October 9 order suspending the sale of firecrackers in Delhi NCR till November 1, 2017.
The court said it would monitor the post-Deepavali situation after November 1. The suspension was ordered in a bid to test whether a Deepavali without firecrackers this year will have a “positive effect” on the health of citizens and a steadily deteriorating air quality.
4. Historian Satish Chandra passes away
Veteran historian of medieval India and noted educational administrator Satish Chandra passed away on Friday. He was 95.
Prof. Chandra was the author of the NCERT’s medieval India textbook that was in circulation from some time in the 1970s till the early 2000s and was considered the most comprehensive textbook of the era, loaded with information.
5. India to build more roads on China border
The Ministry of Defence has decided to significantly enhance infrastructure along the Sino-Indian border including near Doklam, where the militaries of both sides were engaged in a two-month standoff.
According to official sources “The decision was taken at the Army’s commanders conference from October 9 to 15 which extensively deliberated on the recent face-off with China, besides analysing all possible security challenges on the northern border”
6. PM asks his team to co-opt officials
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants his Ministers to be well-acquainted with bureaucrats of their home States for the smooth functioning of government and to accelerate its decision-making processes.
At the Cabinet meeting, he told all his Ministers to organise informal meetings with officials who hailed from their home State or belong to that cadre, regardless of whether they did or did not work for their own departments.
7. Rajya Sabha TV changes on cards
Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu has started trimming Rajya Sabha TV and the first axe has fallen on the Chief Executive Officer’s post.
Rajya Sabha TV, which is controlled by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, with the Vice-President as the top boss, was launched in 2011. In a decision taken on Thursday, Prasar Bharati chairperson Surya Prakash will head a committee to look for an editor-in-chief for the channel.
8. Buoyant exports help shrink trade deficit to 7-month low
Goods trade deficit in September narrowed to a seven-month low of $8.98 billion with exports, that surged by 25.7% to $28.6 billion, outpacing imports that rose 18.1% to $37.6 billion, according to government data released by the Commerce Ministry on Friday.
9. Tap to talk to an artificially intelligent nutritionist
HealthifyMe, a five-year-old start-up backed by Dubai-based NB Ventures, has unveiled a new health and fitness app, by which a user can talk to a nutritionist created by artificial intelligence.
10. IMF favours three structural reforms in India
International Monetary Fund (IMF) has suggested a three-pronged approach for structural reformation in India that includes addressing the corporate and banking sector weaknesses, continued fiscal consolidation through revenue measure, and improving the efficiency of labour and product markets.