Must Read News Articles – August 8

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Social issues

Pursued by danger: (The Hindu, Editorial)

Stalking is not a mere annoyance — it isa crime that requires swift punishment.

Women’s panel seeks fair probe into stalking case: (The Hindu)

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has sought a free and fair investigation into the alleged stalking of a woman.

Beyond Jamia: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Let’s ask: Under what conditions, which educational institutions need special protection, for what purposes?

GS 2

Government policies

States cold to stricter anti-racism law: (The Hindu)

The Home Ministry’s proposal to amend the law to insert two stricter anti-racial discrimination provisions in the Indian Penal Code has got a lukewarm response from the States.

Letting go of instant triple talaq: (The Hindu, Editorial)

There are enough legal devices within India’s dominant Hanafi school jurisprudence to invalidate it.

SC to hear appeals in Ayodhya case: (The Hindu)

Court had suggested out-of-court rapprochement among rival parties.

International groupings and agreements

ASEAN, 50 years on: (The Hindu, Editorial)

Its integration necessarily depends on deepening its democratic institutions.

India and neighbors

Planes missing, fruits to India rot in Kabul: (The Hindu)

Though air corridor takes wing, problems arise as there is no secured provider for chartered flights.

Doklam’s unintended consequence: (Indian Express, Editorial)

If China makes no room for compromise, India will be forced to think about coping with its power, burying illusions of Asian solidarity.

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Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment

GST ties Bengal’s traditional weavers in knots: (The Hindu)

Livelihood of four lakh householdsacross State jeopardised.

Cess limit on motor vehicles raised to 25%: (The Hindu)

The Goods and Services Tax Council (GST Council), during its 20th meeting on Saturday, recommended that the Centre increase the maximum limit for the cess that can be levied on most motor vehicles from 15% to 25%.

Raging rupee: (The Hindu, Editorial)

The RBI should resist the exporters’ argument for making the rupee cheaper.

Issues related to subsidies

Food security: SC raps Centre, States: (The Hindu)

What use is a law passed by Parliament if States do not implement it, asks court.

Cropping pattern, Agriculture, e-technology

The classroom and the field: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Agriculture education is in a poor state. ICAR must be revamped.

Cyber security

Privacy in the digital age: (The Hindu, Editorial)

The current focus on the right to privacy is based on some new realities of the digital age. Personal spaces and safeties that were previously granted simply by physical separation are no longer protected.

Pollution and conservation

A gathering crisis: (The Hindu, Editorial)

A new regulatory regime for groundwater, that provides for equitable use, is urgently needed.


New mobile data plan for Naxal areas: (The Hindu)

The Union Home Ministry is examining the proposed specifications for providing data connectivity services through mobile towers installed in the Left Wing Extremism-affected areas across 10 States, in view of the possible security implications.

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