Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (1st November)

Dear aspirants, following are the links of various articles taken from various newspapers. Click the link to read further. To get notification, follow the blog. Thank you!

1. Collegium and transparency

On October 3, the Supreme Court’s collegium published a resolution promising to hereafter make public, on the court’s website, its various decisions, including its verdicts on persons nominated for elevation as judges to the high courts, its choices of candidates for elevation to the Supreme Court, and its decisions on transfer of judges between different high courts.

Q. What is collegium system? Appointment in the higher judiciary need to be balance of transparency and independence. Comment

2. ‘There can be no solution under the shadow of the gun’

The special representative to initiate dialogue in Kashmir on what led to unrest in the Valley and the way forward. Read interview.

3. Judicial safe zones

It has long been recognised that children testifying as witnesses find the courtroom experience intimidating. In many cases, they are victims themselves, and may be deterred from deposing fully and confidently in the formal atmosphere.

4. A big bang bailout

The recapitalisation of public sector banks, announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, has been touted as yet another big bang reform by the Central government.

5. A duty to be tolerant

The rise of intolerance is alarming. Dissent is smothered and self-censorship takes its place, endangering democracy itself.

Q. The problem is that tolerance cannot be legislated. Hence, we must develop the capacity for tolerance by fostering an environment of tolerance, a culture of tolerance. Comment

6. Public–private partnerships can help achieve sustainable agricultural development goals

Q. Public–private partnerships in agriculture have the potential to modernise the sector and provide numerous benefits to smallholder farmers. Discuss

7. Are public private partnerships in irrigation the way forward?

A recent World Bank report suggests that public-private partnership (PPP) for irrigation could drive development in the agricultural sector.

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