Must Read News Articles –December 11

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International relations:

A game of chicken in the Korean Peninsula (The Hindu)

On North Korea, the world is way past tactical solutions. Only a comprehensive diplomatic solution will work

Next Door Nepal: Virtues of soft power (Indian Express)

Beijing finds a binding thread in Buddhism as India pursues hard diplomacy.

Indian Constitution and Polity:

Does privacy outlive death, asks SC (The Hindu)

The Supreme Court has thrown open the floor for debate on whether an individual’s fundamental right to privacy subsists after death.

What does the FRDI Bill do for you? (The Hindu)

Recently, a bill tabled in Parliament in August — the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill 2017 — has been making news due to its controversial ‘bail-in’ clauses.

A great betrayal (Indian Express)

State impunity continues for acts of torture. Lawmakers and court have not stepped up to their duty

Arbitrary and irrational (The Hindu Editorial)

Declaring triple talaq a penal offence does not stand up to first principles of criminal jurisprudence

 Social issues:

Breaking the silence (Indian Express)

The report, on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act, looked into the reasons why most cases end up in acquittal; the conviction rate is below 20 per cent, it noted.

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Crunch time at WTO: On farm subsidies (The Hindu Editorial)

India faces a tough challenge on farm issues at the Buenos Aires ministerial meet

WTO: diverse views fuel bleak prospect for outcomes (The Hindu)

India, China, South Africa lead developing nations in seeking commitment to ‘multilateralism, development agenda’


How marine organisms degrade plastic bags (The Hindu)

A single plastic grocery bag could be shredded by marine organisms into over one million microscopic fragments, a study has found.

PT related news:

ICAN receives Nobel Peace Prize (The Hindu)

The leader of the group that won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday urged nuclear nations to adopt a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons in order to prevent “the end of us”.

Science and Technology:

NASA probes AI for space connect (The Hindu)

NASA scientists are planning to use artificial intelligence (AI) to better manage the increasing communications between its spacecraft and the Earth.


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