Must Read News Articles-August 8th 2019

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6% of the world’s languages are spoken in India

The Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea has the highest number of ‘living’ indigenous languages in the world (840), while India stands fourth with 453.


Pakistan expels Indian envoy, suspends bilateral trade

Pakistan on August 7 expelled the Indian High Commissioner and suspended bilateral trade in response to New Delhi’s decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Home Ministry pulls out original instrument of accession to support Article 370 move

‘Original Instrument of Accession was studied before decision was taken’

Rajya Sabha clears Bill for more judges in Supreme Court

The Rajya Sabha passed a Bill proposing an increase in the sanctioned strength of the Supreme Court from 30 to 33 judges.

India signs UNISA; experts call for local laws supporting treaty

The United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements (UNISA) was signed by 46 countries in total.

Blackout: On Kashmir lockdown

Jammu & Kashmir remains entirely cut off, ironically, as part of the efforts at effecting its “complete integration” with the rest of the country.

The fragility of India’s federalism

The government’s Kashmir move exposes the contingent nature of India’s asymmetric constitutional provisions


Centre unveils plan for coastal zone management

The Environment Ministry has unveiled a draft plan that will dictate how prospective infrastructure projects situated along the coast ought to be assessed before they can apply for clearance.

ISRO’s mini launcher SSLV is unborn but has 2 flights booked

Mini space transport service SSLV (Small Satellite Launch Vehicle) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has not even been “born” or unveiled

RBI lowers repo rate by 35 basis points to 5.40%

The Reserve Bank of India has decided to lower interest rate for the fourth consecutive policy review as it reduced repo rate by 35 bps to 5.40%.

RBI’s Goldilocks cut: On repo rate cut

Faced with slowing GDP growth and encouraged by benign inflationary trends, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has delivered a Goldilocks cut of 35 basis points in the benchmark repo rate

The big picture on tigers

While the number of wild cats has increased, infrastructure expansion plans have totally discounted their presence

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