Close to 95,000 dengue cases have been recorded in India until September 17, with over 90 deaths.
The case burden is spread out across many regions, which is unusual as dengue usually follows a pattern where one region bears a high case burden one year, followed by another region the next year.
Kerala and Karnataka in the south have recorded the highest number of cases, followed by Maharashtra in the west, Odisha in the east, Uttar Pradesh in the north, and Assam in the northeast.
Table 1A shows the dengue case burden each year between 2008 and 2023, with different regions being impacted disproportionately each year.
Table 1B shows the state-wise dengue case burden between 2008 and 2022, with West Bengal recording the highest share of cases, followed by Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
Maharashtra recorded the most dengue-related deaths in the period, followed by Punjab and Kerala.
Chhattisgarh recorded a disproportionately high death rate for dengue cases, despite having a low share of dengue cases.
Haryana and Madhya Pradesh also had high death rates compared to their case burden.
Punjab and Maharashtra had higher than average case burden and death rates.
West Bengal, Karnataka, and Gujarat managed the disease better with lower death rates despite high case burden.
Only about 22% of registered deaths in India were medically certified, leading to variations in death rate data.
Tamil Nadu had a higher percentage of medically certified deaths compared to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, making their dengue death figures more accurate.
It discusses the Centre's assurance to the Supreme Court regarding the appointment of Justice Siddharth Mridul as Chief Justice of the Manipur High Court.
The Centre has assured the Supreme Court that it will soon notify the appointment of Justice Siddharth Mridul as Chief Justice of the Manipur High Court.
The Centre has forwarded 70 names approved by constitutional authorities for appointment as judges of High Courts.
The delay in notifying Justice Mridul's appointment was due to the State government taking time to give its views on the proposal.
The Collegium has recommended the transfer of Justice M.V. Muralidaran from Manipur to the Calcutta High Court.
Justice Muralidaran's order to include the Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribes category is seen as one of the triggers for the ethnic violence in Manipur.
The Supreme Court did not stay the order as the Centre requested that a stay order might exacerbate tensions.
The Court has criticized the Centre for selectively treating its recommendations.
The government has ignored some of the Collegium's decisions, leading to conflicts between the government and the Collegium.
The appointment process needs to be streamlined according to the Supreme Court's April 2021 order, which sets timelines for the government to process recommended names.
Reiterated decisions by the Collegium should be implemented within three to four weeks.
Undermining the legal position that a reiterated decision is binding on the government is not good for the institution.