Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. K. Balakrishnan & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 31/01/2017 regarding wetland conservation in India.

Apex Court wants to whether the Draft Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016 which were said to have been circulated some time in March, 2016 have been finalized or not and, if not, reasons for the delay. Supreme Court also asks the Union of India to specify the steps taken to preserve the 26 wetlands covered by the Ramsar Convention, 1971.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Citizens Resource & Action Initiative (CRANTI) Vs State of Gujarat & Others dated 27/01/2017 regarding farmer suicides in India. Supreme Court directs that the Union of India, besides the Reserve Bank of India, and all the State Governments and Union Territories, need to be added as a party respondents, "so as to enable them to assist this Court, to arrive at an effective determination in the matter" as the case is not only sensitive but concerns public interest at large.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Bachpan Bachao Andolan Vs Union of India & Others dated 14/12/2016 regarding alarming increase in the use of drugs and alcohol among children in India. The Union Government has stated before the Supreme Court that a national policy on drug demand reduction is being finalized. The priority areas of intervention would include capacity building and training of service providers with a view to build up skilled manpower, education and awareness building at all levels and inter-sectoral collaboration.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Union of India & Others Vs M/S. Cipla Ltd. & Others dated 21/10/2016 regarding retail pricing of drugs by Cipla. Supreme Court validates the notification dated 13th July, 1999 issued by the Central Government under Paragraph 7 of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 1995 prescribing the norms for conversion cost, packing charges and process loss of raw materials (other than packing materials in conversion) and packing and process loss of packing materials in packaging and allows the appeals filed by the Union of India.

Delhi High Court warned all hospitals in the city not to deny admission to dengue and chikungunya patients.

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.

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