Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Devika Biswas Vs Union of India & Others dated 14/09/2016. This public interest petition raises very important issues concerning the entire range of conduct and management, under the auspices of State Governments, of sterilization procedures wherein women and occasionally men are sterilized in camps or in accredited centres. The issues raised also include pre-operation procedures and post-operative care or lack of it.

The World Health Organization declared India – among other 10 countries in South East Region – as ‘polio-free’ in 2014. Since then, the Government of India (GoI) has scaled up its initiatives against polio endgame which targets virus eradication and sequential withdrawal of type 2 virus from oral polio vaccine (OPV). However, prior to choosing the switch from trivalent OPV (t-OPV) to bivalent OPV (b-OPV), it was suggested to include inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) in the national immunization schedule to protect vaccine naïve population against type 2 poliovirus.

The Lok Sabha passed the Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The bill seeks to amend the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013 which provides Lokpal (at Centre) and Lokayukta (at States) statutory backing to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and for related matters.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Gaur Maulekhi Vs Union of India & Others dated 20/06/2016 regarding government's notification declaring nilgais, wild boars and monkeys as vermin. Next date of hearing is on 15/07/2016. Ranjit Kumar, Solicitor General has stated before the Court that the notifications are applicable only outside the forest area, which is also mentioned in the notifications.

Supreme Court in this 53-page verdict delivered on May 11, 2016 pulled up the government over a lack of preparedness for the drought which struck at least 10 states across the country. The apex court ordered creating a national plan to tackle the crisis, a disaster fund and standard procedures for declaring areas drought-hit.

Indian government has come under fire after allocating 3.5 billion rupees ($52.8 million) for climate change adaptation over the next two financial years, a sum which environmental experts say is w

Disaster management plans as per Section 11 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 needs to be made to tackle the post disaster situations: Supreme Court 
Looking into the poor state of Disaster management in the country, Supreme Court on April 5, 2016 directed the Union of India and the States to submit an affidavit showing whether there is any approved plan that frames minimum standards of relief for victims of disaster. The Court also directed the National Disaster Management Authority to communicate to the concerned Chief Secretaries of the States where the districts in respect of which the plans have not been drawn up and to see to it that the plans are drawn up as stipulated under Section 31 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

The central government is looking at lowering the age for scrapping old trucks and buses to 10 years from 15 years.

The Centre has given its clearance for four greenfield airports — three in Andhra Pradesh and an international airport at Dholera in Gujarat.

Three decades after the Bhopal gas lead killed a few thousand people overnight, the struggle continues for its survivors. A number of issues concerning the survivors of the disaster, termed the biggest industrial accident in history, seemed close to resolution this year, but none was resolved.

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