Must Read News Articles – August 14

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Social issues

Harsh lessons of the Gorakhpur tragedy: (Live Mint, Editorial)

What has happened in Gorakhpur isn’t merely about oxygen cylinders and unpaid bills—it is a symptom of many deeper problems.

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Effects of developed and developing countries policies

Sound and fury: (The Hindu, Editorial)

The U.S. President needs to wind down war talk and initiate direct talks with North Korea.

Government policies

Wages of neglect: (The Hindu, Editorial)

The Gorakhpur tragedy demands a prompt inquiry and a holisitic health-care overhaul.

India and neighbors

India, China to join Indian Ocean exercise: (The Hindu)

Despite growing tensions with China, official sources said the Indian Navy would join the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in a maiden maritime search and rescue exercise to be chaired by Bangladesh at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in November this year.

Chinese dream, Indian slumber: (Indian Express, Editorial)

The increasingly aggressive Chinese foreign policy is primarily driven by two factors: A build-up of nationalistic fervour in domestic politics and the Chinese economy’s hunger for new markets.

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Science and Tech

Beauty and the regulatory beast: (The Hindu, Editorial)

Data from gene trials should be open to the wider public for greater transparency and abundant caution.

A deadly disease explained: (The Hindu)

Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is a mosquito-borne viral infection of the brain. There is, however, a debate about the origin of the disease and whether it is enteroviruses — caused by virus found in pigs and birds. There is no cure for JE.

Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment

How low can interest rates go?: (The Hindu)

Not much more, for savings to be meaningful after accounting for inflation.

Investors ‘shell’ shocked over SEBI order: (The Hindu)

Diktat puts at risk shareholder wealth of Rs. 13,000 crore though consultants say action was needed to protect larger interests.


India’s lethargic approach to national security: (Live Mint, Editorial)

Urgent equipment purchases, which have to be effected in times of war, kill the life cycle required for indigenous production.

Prelims Related News

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The Geographic Information System-enabled database also has details of close to 3,000 industrial parks/clusters, as well as area-wise availability of agricultural/horticultural crops, and mineral production.


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