Must Read News Articles – August 21

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Art and culture

Ghantasala to get 70-ft Buddha statue

The ₹1.5 crore project will help develop A.P. village as tourist destination


Polity and constitution

Death penalty stayed in sacrifice case

The Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a couple, sentenced to death in a case of sacrificing a two-year-old boy.

SC bats for personal liberty

Personal liberty cannot be compromised at the altar of what the state may perceive as justice:  Supreme Court.

Rights and related issues

Where freedom has gone (Indian Express, Editorial)

As a society and as individuals, we are quick to succumb to the temptation of being unfree.

International Relations

Patriot games at Attari-Wagah

Seventy years after 1947, it’s time to wind down the choreographed hostility at the India-Pakistan border.

India to raise visa issue in trade policy meet

The Centre will, during the India-U.S. Trade Policy Forum (TPF) meeting likely in October, raise Indian industry’s concerns over the U.S. visa ‘curbs’ and the ‘delay’ in inking a bilateral social security pact (or totalisation agreement).



BRO gets more financial powers

For speeding up strategic projects.


Data shows new tax regime widely adopted

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is one of the biggest tax reforms in India.

Corporate governance: focus on SEBI

The exit of Vishal Sikka as the chief of multinational IT giant Infosys brings forth the issue of corporate governance yet again.

Safeguarding the interests of farmers

Providing food to the poor or targeted groups at subsidised prices is fully WTO-compatible.

Internal security

Missing investors

The Sahara case calls for a thorough probe to reveal all its money laundering dimensions.

How armed forces can aid defence manufacturing in India (Livemint, editorial)

A few months ago, the government of India put out its long-awaited “Strategic Partnership” policy for defence production.

Disaster management

Railway Board member sent on leave

Railway officials suggested that precautions were not taken during the repairs at the site of derailment of the Utkal Express.

Environment and Ecology

Goa’s Ganpati festival: ecological concerns linger

Goa led the way when it came to banning plaster of Paris idols, but how successful has it been?

Science and Tech

Artificial intelligence imperils India Inc. jobs

The IT services industry alone is set to lose 6.4 lakh low-skilled positions to automation by 2021, according to reports

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