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SC-appointed panel suggests felling 2,818 trees for road work in Taj zone, 1k fewer than UP proposed

In its report, panel has put conditions for state, including afforestation, before it can begin Agra-Etah stretch work. Court raps govt for ‘casual approach’ to environment.

‘No sign of widespread malpractice, shows analysis by IIT Madras' — Centre submits affidavit in SC

Affidavit is in response to PILs challenging conduct of NEET UG 2024 & seeking retest. SC had directed the Centre to provide detailed analysis. It will hear the matter again today.

From Shah Bano to marriage laws: What SC said about maintenance for Muslim women

Top court says divorced Muslim women can demand maintenance from her husband under Section 125 of CrPC as well as the Muslim Women (Protection on Divorce) Act, 1986.

CBI under administrative control of Centre, rules SC on Bengal’s challenge to probes without consent

A bench of Justices B.R. Gavai and Sandeep Mehta rejected the central government’s contention that West Bengal’s suit should not be heard and said the dispute raised by the state would be adjudicated by it.

After 16 years, SC comes to rescue of visually impaired CSE 2008 candidates, directs appointment

SC was hearing batch of appeals by Union govt challenging judgment by Delhi HC. Respondents were differently abled persons who participated in Civil Services Examination selection process.

‘Peddles govt propaganda, misreports' — ANI's Wiki page pushes news agency to sue Wikimedia

ANI is seeking damages of Rs 2 crore and an injunction. Delhi HC has issued a summons to Wikimedia and will hear the case again on 20 August.

SC to hear plea for return of funds ‘involuntarily' remitted to TN govt body by Hindu temples

TN-based trust argues that while law provides for temples to voluntarily contribute surplus funds to Common Good Fund, this has become mandatory in practice, with predetermined amounts.

Take action against lawyers advertising, seeking work via online portals — BCI to state bar councils

Disciplinary action may include suspension or removal from roll of advocates. BCI has also issued cease-and-desist notices to online service providers, asking for removal of 'illegal ads'.

What SC said while ruling that ‘dropping Google Maps PIN’ can't be a bail condition

Supreme Court asserted that the object of the bail condition cannot be to keep a constant vigil on the movements of the accused granted bail.

Don't lampoon, stereotype persons with disabilities — SC issues guidelines for visual media

SC dismisses plea seeking restrictions on Sony's 'Aankh Micholi' but calls for statutory committees under Cinematograph Act to assess films & their impact on persons with disabilities.

On Camera

Zomato has become the brand ambassador for food cheating between couples

Zomato’s new ‘order delete’ feature is teaching young people to pull off a nearly perfect lie in front of their parents and handing spouses the perfect weapon for food infidelity.

‘Robot tax' for AI-induced job loss & ‘wealth tax' on vacant land — RSS-affiliate SJM's Budget wish list

In pre-budget meeting held in June with Finance Minister Sitharaman, Swadeshi Jagran Manch suggested incentivising those generating more employment & measures to control food inflation.

BrahMos a wonderful symbol but Philippines lacks capability to operate, says Ashley Tellis

If a country did not have C4ISR capability, having a missile was a wonderful symbol but not of much operational use, says former senior adviser to US state department.

Modi's new universe: the normal irritants of democracy & awkward chai with Rahul Gandhi

Changed reality for Modi govt in its 3rd innings is by no means rise of a new phenomenon. It's a return to old normal where even majorities had to routinely wrestle with storied million mutinies.