India’s indigenous cruise missile fails midway
- India’s indigenous surface-to-surface cruise missile Nirbhay nose-dived midway after it test fired in Odisha on Friday.
- According to Defence Research and Development Organisation ( DRDO) sources, the missile was launched from the Chandipur Integrated Test Range .
- Although the take off was successful amid repeated disruptions of countdown, the missile missed the target after 11 minutes after it was test fired, said the sources.
- The missile had a range of 750-1,000 km. But it nose-dived after covering 128 km in the Bay of Bengal.
- The cruise missile is expected to supplement the Indo-Russian joint venture supersonic cruise missile , Brahmos.
Myanmar inks peace pact with ethnic rebels in India’s presence
- The Myanmar government on Thursday signed a peace accord with eight of the 15 ethnic armed groups, a ceremony which was attended by India along with other five “international witnesses“.
- Apart from India, which was represented by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, other international representation was from China, Japan, Thailand, the United Nations and the European Union, official Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swarup said.
- The ceasefire pact with eight ethnic minority armies is seen as a step towards ending decades of civil war though the move has weakened by the refusal of several other rebel groups to join the agreement.
- According to reports, the truce is the fruit of more than two years of negotiations and was a key goal of reformist President Thein Sein ahead of November elections, which are likely to sweep his army-backedparty from power.
RTI replies should be timely, transparent and trouble-free: Modi
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked the government departments to keep in mind three ‘T’s — timeliness, transparency and trouble-free approach — while replying to RTI applications as that would help in reducing errors in governance.
- Addressing the 10th anniversary of Central Information Commission, the Prime Minister said more openness in governance will help citizens as there is no need for secrecy in this day and age
Mr. Modi stated that right to information is not only about the right to know but also the right to question as this will increase faith in democracy.People should have a right to question the government.
SC holds NJAC act as unconstitutional
- In a collective order, the Supreme Court has struck down on the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) law meant to replace the two-decade old collegium system of judges appointing judges in higher judiciary.
- A Bench of five judges of the SC held the 99th Constitutional Amendment Act and the NJAC Act 2014 “unconstitutional and void”.
- Meanwhile, Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said,”Surprised by the verdict of the Supreme Court. NJAC was completely supported by Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha; it had 100 per cent support of the people.”
- The parliament had unanimously voted in favour of the NJAC law and the Constitutional Amendment. The latter was then ratified by 20 State Assemblies and had received the Presidential assent.