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Supreme Court to probe illegal mining in Odisha

Issue Date: Apr 23, 2014
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Supreme Court will monitor road safety now

Issue Date: Apr 23, 2014
Terming road accidents as one of the biggest challenges to orderly human existence, the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday ordered Central and state governments to implement the existing road safety laws and rules seriously.

Drug trials: SC pulls up Centre for not compensating victims who suffered severe adverse effects

Issue Date: Apr 22, 2014
The Supreme Court of India on Monday pulled up the Central government over non-payment of compensation to victims of unethical drug trials who suffered serious adverse effects (SAE).

Blood donation declines sharply in West Bengal in poll season

Issue Date: Apr 22, 2014
The ongoing general election seems to have adversely affected blood donation and  availability of blood in West Bengal. Secretary of West Bengal Voluntary Blood Donators’ Forum (WBVBDF), Apurba Ghosh, said that generally 10,000 units of blood are collected through voluntary donors in a month. In April, it is estimated that hardly 4,000 units of blood would be collected. “It is a tough time and I am getting at least 100 desperate calls in each day for blood, but I am helpless,” he said.

Supreme Court allows resumption of mining in Goa

Issue Date: Apr 22, 2014
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UN warns against one of the world’s ‘most destructive banana diseases’

Issue Date: Apr 21, 2014
A rampant banana disease also known as the “HIV of banana plantations” is threatening the world’s banana crop, warned a report released by UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Saranda defies Maoists to cast vote

Issue Date: Apr 18, 2014
In the dense forests of Saranda in Jharkhand, residents say  two things rarely touch the ground—one, sunlight and, two, government development schemes. The forest had been a hotbed of Maoist activities and a large number of panchayats in Manoharpur block around the dense forest never voted in the past 15 years. On April 17, panchayats in the area were abuzz not with the blasts of cane bombs but with the hum of electronic voting machines.
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