Must Read News Articles – August 28

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Under-employment severe in India: NITI: (The Hindu)

Making a case for promoting highly productive and well-paid jobs, NITI Aayog has said that not unemployment but a “severe under-employment” is the main problem facing the country.

Social issues

Supreme Court’s Lost Chance: (Indian Express, Editorial)

By resting heavily on religious texts, triple talaq verdict sets a troubling precedent.

A to Z of Privacy: (Indian Express, Explained)

The Supreme Court’s landmark verdict making individual privacy a fundamental right will impact daily lives in ways that range from eating habits to online behaviour, and from sexual preferences to welfare scheme benefits.


Welfare schemes

Govt. seeks to replicate Ujjwala success: (The Hindu)

The Ujjwala scheme owes much of its success to the data provided by the Socio Economic Caste Census 2011 or SECC that helped the Petroleum Ministry, along with the State governments, accurately identify the households in need of an LPG connection.

Executive and the Judiciary

A sterling judgement on right to privacy: (Live Mint, Editorial)

The Supreme Court has reaffirmed the primacy of the individual and served as a check on legislative and executive power.

Indian Constitution

How privacy stacks up:  (The Hindu, Editorial)

The judges unanimously affirmed the existence of a constitutional right to privacy.

India and neighbors

Search for democracy: (The Hindu, Editorial)

The once-thriving Thai economy could be losing out to competition from ASEAN neighbours.

That old spark: (The Hindu, Editorial)


Pollution and conservation

Why does the 2022 target for rooftop solar seem ambitious?: (The Hindu)

The government has set itself a target of 100 GW of solar power by 2022, of which 60 GW is to come from utilities and 40 GW from rooftop solar installations.

Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment

New tax regime to give manufacturing a boost: (The Hindu)

GST to spur investments and generation of jobs.

‘Centre ready to provide capital support for merger of PSBs’: (The Hindu)

The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of an alternative mechanism, or a panel of ministers, to decide on consolidation proposals for state-run banks.

Inclusive growth

‘JAM’ will end exclusion: (The Hindu)

Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobile revolution will ensure economic inclusion.

Prelims Related News

Scientists develop novel ‘dot’ system to improve cancer detection:

The novel approach generates bright tumor signals by delivering “quantum dots” to cancer cells without any toxic effects.

Ocean forecasting system unveiled:

The system would offer oil spill advisory services, high wave alerts, port warnings, forecast along the ship routes in addition to tsunami and storm surge warnings and help in search and rescue operations.


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