SC Refuses to Hear Petition Seeking Total Ban on Cattle Slaughter

Source: http://www.thehindu.com

A bench comprising CJI J.S. Khehar and Justice N.V. Ramana said it cannot direct States to frame laws banning slaughter of cattle.

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking either a total ban on slaughter of cattle or the framing of a uniform policy to protect and preserve them from slaughtering and smuggling.

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Science as Monster: Breeding and Killing Animals for Human Organ Replacement

By NICHOLAS WADE
JANUARY 26, 2017
Source: https://mobile.nytimes.com

For the first time, biologists have succeeded in growing human stem cells in pig embryos, shifting from science fiction to the realm of the possible the idea of developing human organs in animals for later transplant.

 

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Church, NGOs Behind Occupy Marina Agitation

Source: https://www.pgurus.com

Is the agitation sweeping across Tamil Nadu demanding the lifting of the ban on Jallikkattu being funded by the Church and various NGOs? Intelligence agencies are taken aback by the upsurge of students across the State, especially at Marina Beach where a crowd of more than 20,000 demonstrators had gathered since Tuesday night unannounced, unexpected and mysteriously, have concluded that the Church, NGOs and various evangelist organisations are funding and aiding this ban. A senior intelligence official confided to Team PGurus that the Church, NGOs, evangelists and even Islamic organisations are behind this agitation. “How could students from colleges run by Christian managements come out in the open defying the authorities? This kind of agitation was visible in support of the LTTE which was waging a war against the Sri Lankan government for a separate Tamil country in the island nation,” he said.

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Scaling up Defence budget will not make India combat ready

Source: https://thewire.in/100943/scaling-defence-budget-not-make-india-combat-ready/


The Shekatkar committee report represents a starting point and makes a valuable suggestion – non-combat organisations must be reviewed and restructured.

The recommendations of the Shekatkar committee, constituted in May by the defence ministry, were presented in a report to defence minister Manohar Parrikar on December 21, 2016. The report is said to be voluminous, clocking in at over 500 pages and has supposedly made 120 recommendations.

The 11-member committee, headed by Lt. Gen. D.B. Shekatkar, was meant to provide recommendations for rebalancing the revenue and capital expenditure allocations for defence, for the current budget cycle, and while it is certainly in time for the penultimate Budget of the current government, it may come perhaps a tad too late for implementation in this Budget.


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SC orders audit of 30 lakh NGOs

Source: http://www.thehindu.com

Asks govt. to book those that fudged accounts, swindled money

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the government to audit nearly 30 lakh NGOs which received public funds but consistently failed to explain how they spent the money.

A Bench of Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and Justices N.V. Ramana and D.Y. Chandrachud was hearing a writ petition filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma.

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Supreme Court stunned at "mind boggling" funds received by NGOs

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/CBI-blames-laws-in-some-States/article17020856.ece


In the last hearing on the writ petition filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, the Supreme Court had noted that NGOs get “mind-boggling” funds and this has become a “major problem” without an effective law to regulate the flow of money.

It had considered the possibility of referring the task of framing the law to the Law Commission of India.

CBI records filed in the Supreme Court show that only 2,90,787 NGOs out of a total of 29,99,623 registered under the Societies Registration Act file annual financial statements.

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