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Delhi HC asks govt stand on plea seeking 60 days more for feedback on translated EIA draft

The court has also directed that the draft EIA be published in all the 22 languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution within 10 days.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | ANI

Modi govt’s 2020 draft makes EIA a mere formality, fails on transparency, study shows

An ideal way forward would be to enact a standalone law on the EIA given its position of importance in India’s regulatory framework on environment.
File image of the Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Amend Official Languages Act to allow notifications in all languages, Supreme Court tells govt

The Official Languages Act stipulates the government to publish rules only in Hindi and English. CJI SA Bobde Thursday said there are people who may not know Hindi or English.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar speaks at the event Monday

Modi govt gets over 17 lakh responses to draft EIA, will vet them to prepare final version

Draft EIA was published by environment ministry in March. It has, however, invited flak from activists & opposition who say the new rules will harm environment.

‘Leadership match’ in Congress and BJP’s failure to ‘trap’ Sachin Pilot

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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar at a press conference in New Delhi, Augist 2019. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

What Modi govt’s EIA draft says & why environment experts think it’ll encourage violations

New environment impact assessment draft has been widely criticised by experts and activists, who say it has adopted a regressive approach and fosters non-transparency.
E P Unny | The Indian Express

India’s continuing Covid struggle, and new twists in Rajasthan’s political ‘game’

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On Camera

The river Ganga in Varanasi

Five reasons that are stopping Ganga from becoming clean

The bureaucracy is capable enough to prove to the govt that Ganga has been completely cleaned. But that, we know, would be far from truth.

Revival in demand & business activity push Indian economy’s animal spirits up in September

Economists attributed the recovery to pent-up demand after a strict lockdown imposed in March hit the consumption of goods and services.

Defence

A file photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the 2+2 dialogue in Washington in December 2019. | Photo: ANI

The 3 foundational agreements with US and what they mean for India’s military growth

Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, the last of the key foundational agreements between India & US, was signed Tuesday. LEMOA was signed in 2016 and COMCASA in 2018.
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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.