Governance

Lodha Committee on medical education shut shop days before govt snub

The Supreme Court panel to regulate functioning of Medical Council of India disbanded itself at the end of its contentious one-year tenure without any report so far of having fulfilled its mandate. RAMA LAKSHMI

It is nothing but Hindu politics if you exclude buffaloes from cattle trade rules – Animal Rights lawyer

The focus of the government should be on implementation, not amendment, says Jayasimha Nuggehalli who helped draft the rules. The only change should be to let go of small-time butchers. SANYA DHINGRA

Indians should remember their non-violent traditions – the Dalai Lama

Speakers at the launch of Arun Shourie’s new book said looking at our past and the lives of Indian mystics, whose lives were inextricably linked to religion yet so removed from the bigotry that vitiates religion today, can be extremely enlightening. SANYA DHINGRA

A mourning father in Haryana asks: What’s the point of Beti Bachao?

Haryana, a patriarchal state, has launched campaigns to fight its unfavourable sex ratio and gender disparities. But these efforts have not helped address one basic concern of women – safety. RUHI TEWARI in Rohtak, Sonipat & Gurgaon

On triple talaq, voices in a Muslim neighbourhood contradict that of the clergy

Opinion about the Supreme Court’s hearing of the controversial practice of triple talaq is divided but surprisingly apolitical SANYA DHINGRA

Limaye’s NSE CEO job in balance, BCCI told to drop contentious deal

Committee of Administrators has not cleared agreement to appoint a tax advisor to BCCI to avoid questions of possible conflict of interest for Limaye. RUHI TEWARI

The Supreme Court petition on FGM will get a boost if victims join, lawyer says

In the first instance of legal intervention in the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM), the Supreme Court has issued a notice and sought a detailed reply from the Centre and four states. SANYA DHINGRA

India’s courts have already invalidated triple talaq. The Supreme Court is unlikely to bring new closure

Several Indian courts, including the Supreme Court, have ruled that the practice of instantaneous triple talaq is invalid and un-Quranic. It is unlikely that the upcoming hearing from May 11-19 by a constitution bench headed by the Chief Justice, will be groundbreaking. SANYA DHINGRA

SC on Dec 16 gangrape: “Loathsome bestiality of passion” that caused “tsunami of shock”

Excerpts from the 429-page judgement by Justice Deepak Misra, Ashok Bhushan and the concurring judgement by Justice Bhanumati upholding the death sentence to the four convicts in the horrific 16 December gangrape case. ThePrint TEAM

Seven other countries where the punishment for rape is death

Indian courts apply the principle of “rarest of rare” circumstances when they award capital punishment. RAJGOPAL SINGH

On Camera

Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.