1. 21ST CENTURY INDIA CANNOT SHUN LEPROSY PATIENTS: APEX COURT
The Supreme Court declared in an order that twenty-first century society cannot justify shunning persons affected by leprosy or keeping them hidden in homes and away from the mainstream.
The court asked the Centre to respond in eight weeks to a call to repeal 119 Central and State laws in practice since the 1950s that discriminate against leprosy patients despite the fact that modern medicine completely cures the disease.
The court acting on a PIL found that these statutory laws continue to recognize superstitions that leprosy is “infectious and has something to do with genetics”. The court has asked the government to explain the continued existence of these laws, which, in a way, deny the truth that modern medicine, cures leprosy.
2. RAJASTHAN ORDINANCE LAPSES
The controversial criminal law Ordinance of the Rajasthan government, which gave protection to the public servants and imposed restrictions on the media, lapsed.
The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, promulgated on September 6, provided immunity to serving and retired public servants; judges and magistrates from probe and prosecution on complaints about their alleged offences without prior sanction by the authorities. It also barred the media from reporting on such accusations till the sanction was given.
3. CHINA OPENS CPEC TO OTHER NATIONS
China has thrown open its economic corridor with Pakistan for investment by other countries after successfully commissioning a power plant near Karachi. After last week’s commissioning of the first phase of the 1320 Megawatt Port Qasim power project. China described CPEC, a flagship of its trans-continental Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as “an open initiative”.