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Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 10/04/2018 regarding non-utilization of funds lying with the government for the benefit of the people.

Apex Court notes that there is an amount of up to Rs.1,00,000 crores that is lying with the Government of India and the States and Union Territories under various Heads.

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Order of the Bombay High Court in the matter of Maha Seedment Association Vs Union of India dated 09/04/2018 regarding validity of Rule 6 (b) of the Seeds Rules, 1968 empowering the Certification Agency to prescribe the outline procedure for submission of applications and for growing, harvesting, processing, storage and labeling of seeds intended for certification till the end, to ensure that seed lots finally approved for certification are true variety and meet prescribed standards for certification under the Seeds Act, 1966 or the Rules framed thereunder.

India’s science and technology policies advocate increased investment in research and development. However, in 2017–18, the tax incentive for company expenditure on R&D was reduced. This is likely to have major ramifications for R&D at a time when India’s domestic research effort is already in decline.

Road traffic fatalities constitute 16.6% of all deaths, making this the sixth leading cause of death in India, and a major contributor to socio-economic losses, the disability burden, and hospitalisation. An attempt to measure catastrophic levels of health expenditure on accidental injuries, road traffic accidents, and falls, finds that the burden of out-of-pocket expenditure is the highest for such injuries. The financial burden is particularly high for poorer households in rural areas, and those seeking treatment at private health facilities with no health insurance.

Through its energy forecasts, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has been guiding governments towards energy decisions that are inconsistent with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, new research has found.

The Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released the 2018 edition of the World Public Sector Report (WPSR).

The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018 report, published by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, finds that falling costs for solar electricity, and to some extent wind power, is continuing to drive deployment.

The report is an advocacy piece to raise awareness around the need to shift the typical way urban water has been managed and to share emerging principles and solutions that may improve urban water supply security in water scarce cities.

Zimbabwe is expected to benefit from a $2-billion (R23.8-billion) solar financing facility provided by India to several African countries, Construction Review reported.

The Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, present this Two Hundred Eleventh Report on 'The Cyclone Ockhi - Its Impact on Fishermen and Damage Caused by it '. A very severe cyclonic storm „Ockhi‟ hit the coast of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep, during November-December 2017, wreaking unprecedented havoc.

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