Must Read News Articles – August 22

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A fundamental right to create jobs: (Live Mint, Editorial)

To ensure large-scale job creation, the freedom to create jobs must be on a par with other freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

Social issues

More Than Toilets: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Swachh Bharat Mission is about behaviour change vis a vis sanitation. Five states, 186 districts and over 2,31,000 villages have been declared as open defecation free.


India and neighbors

Doklam standoff will be resolved soon: (The Hindu)

China is also inclined towards a solution.

China wants to go back to ‘1959 LAC’: (The Hindu)

China on Monday urged India to abide by the Line of Actual Control (LAC) position of 1959, following last week’s scuffle between troops of the two countries along the Pangong lake in Ladakh.

Indian interventionism having backfired, the Nepal PM’s visit is an opportunity to raise the level of bilateral ties.

Doklam foretold: (Indian Express, Editorial)

India’s future global status will be determined by its competition with China.

How China gained from Partition: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Geopolitical legacies of the division remain the biggest drag on India’s global aspirations.

Next Door Nepal: Deuba’s diplomacy test: (Indian Express, Editorial)

The prime minister’s India visit will be closely watched by China.

Government policies

Supreme Court to deliver verdict on triple talaq today: (The Hindu)

The court will decide if the law, which allows a Muslim man to divorce his wife by saying talaq (divorce) thrice, violates the fundamental and human rights of Muslim women.

Now, passport sans police verification: (The Hindu)

The physical police verification for getting a passport may soon be dispensed with as the Centre plans to connect the procedure with the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS).

Will SC end personal laws’ immunity?: (The Hindu)

Verdict may settle debate on whether or not these can be brought within the ambit of Article 13.

Triple talaq lost staunchest support: (The Hindu)

In the past two years of litigation over the legality of instant triple talaq, the Supreme Court has seen a climbdown in the position of Muslim bodies, from declaring that the practice helps estranged couples to “move on” effortlessly to filing finally an affidavit that Muslim men who resort to instant talaq will be socially boycotted.

Recasting the steel frame: (The Hindu)

The bureaucracy needs to embrace lateral entry, technology, and the ‘perform or perish’ culture.


Infrastructure and investment models

Derailed priorities: (The Hindu, Editorial)

There must be a quick inquiry into the Khatauli accident, and a larger safety upgrade.

Pollution and conservation

Is the draft national energy policy actionable?: (Live Mint, Editorial)

A realistic energy policy cannot be purely top-down or ‘national’ but must also incorporate multiple smaller policies.

Prelims Related News

Navy gets amphibious landing craft:

The second Landing Craft Utility L52 of Mk-IV class, an amphibious ship to transport combat equipment and troops of the Navy, designed and built by Garden Reach Ship Builders.

China to relaunch one of world’s fastest bullet trains:

After cutting back the speed of the Beijing to Shanghai bullet train following a deadly crash, China is set to again make it one of the world’s fastest.

Drones on a mission to restore Myanmar’s mangrove cover:

Fast-dwindling mangroves in Myanmar’s low-lying Ayeyarwady Delta, ravaged by decades of deforestation and conversion of land for agriculture and aquaculture, could find an unlikely saviour — drones.


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