4,000 security forces sent to Ayodhya

  • Ahead of the long-awaited Supreme Court judgment on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi litigation, the Centre has sent around 4,000 personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces to Ayodhya.
  • The appeals against the 2010 Allahabad High Court’s judgment on the title suits — filed by both Hindu and Muslim parties — were heard on a daily basis by a five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court for 40 days. The court has reserved judgment, and a verdict is expected before November 17, when Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will retire.


Allow UN observers into Kashmir: Finnish Minister

  • Dismissing the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) who visited Kashmir as lacking “expertise”, Finland has asked India to allow UN observers and Delhi-based diplomats to travel to the Union Territory and assess the situation there. Finland currently holds the EU Council Presidency.


RBI to probe IDBI breach of client privacy

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is probing a suspect-ed breach of client confi­dentiality by IDBI Bank. The allegation is that the bank gave access to its client data to the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), which owns 51%stake in the bank.
  • According to documents reviewed by The Hindu, the IDBI Bank has done a backward integration of its systems with LIC, aimed at bringing synergy. This will give LIC access to data of the Bank’s 246 lakh clients. The RBI identified the issue during an inspection.


Maharashtra tops in justice delivery

  • Maharashtra has topped the list of 18 large-medium States in the overall first-ever ranking of Indian States on justice delivery, followed by Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Haryana. In this category, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are at the bottom, while among the list of seven smaller States, Goa leads the group.


Railway vendor faces flak for recruitment ad on caste lines

  • A railway vendor, which alluded to caste preferences in its recruitment advertisement, has been ticked off by the IRCTC after severe backlash on the social media.
  • It said candidates should belong to “Agrawal Vaish Community” and have “good family background,” besides educational qualification of ‘10+2’ in its recruitment advertisement.
  • The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) said the company had removed the human resource personnel who posted the advertisement.


Kerala on its way to achieve 100% Internet penetration

  • Kerala’s Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac tweeted on Thursday that the Kerala Fibre Optic Network project, pegged at Rs. 1,548 crore, would provide Internet to every household in the State. “For 20 lakh BPL households it will be free,” the tweet read.
  • According to the report, titled ‘India Internet 2019,’ the State’s Internet penetration rate is the second highest in the country (54%), next only to Delhi NCR with 69% penetration.