Thursday Morning News Brief, August 3

Thursday morning brief Aug 3 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
The Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota will get a second vehicle assembly building by the end of this year. The Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar said that the new assembly facility will help to assemble more vehicles and boost the launch capability of the Sriharikota centre. He added that Isro might think about building a third launchpad at Sriharikota High Altitude Range (SHAR), once they find it difficult to launch more rockets after assembling more vehicles with the new facility.
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The Supreme Court yesterday outlined a three-tier approach to the question whether privacy is a fundamental right. A nine-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said privacy could be configured into three zones. Justice D Y Chandrachud said, ” The first zone could be the most intimate zone of privacy concerning marriage, sexuality and the law should frown upon any intrusion unless in extraordinary circumstances. The second zone would be the private zone…..The third is the public zone where privacy protection requires minimal regulation.”
The Union Cabinet approved the scrapping of the no-detention policy in schools till Class VIII yesterday. Under the present provision of Right To Education Act, students are promoted automatically to higher classes till class VIII. The new bill will allow states to hold back students in class V and VIII if they fail in the year-end exam. However, the students will get a second chance to take another exam and pass. The bill will now be placed in the Parliament for approval.
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The Supreme Court yesterday directed the companies indulged in illegal mining in Odisha to pay a compensation of Rs 17,576 crore. A apex court ruled that the companies would be liable to pay back 100 percent of the price of mineral extracted by them in violation of law. The court accepted the figure of Rs 17,576 crore given by the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) as the total value of minerals produced without environmental clearance. The court added the companies could restart mining only after paying the compensation before Dec 31.
Over the past two years, India’s coal use has increased by an average of just 2.2%, a sharp fall from 6% in the previous 10 years. The findings, published by Greenpeace’s Energy desk yesterday, are significant because India is the world’s third largest CO2 emitter after China and the US. This gradual decline in overall use of coal will definitely help India to achieve its goal under the Paris Agreement, in which the country has committed to produce 40% of its electricity from non-fossil sources by 2030.
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