Must Read News Articles – July 27

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Government policies

‘Privacy a fundamental but wholly qualified right’: (The Hindu)

The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that privacy was indeed a fundamental right, but a “wholly qualified” one.

Questions of age: (The Hindu, Editorial)

The SC has done right in refusing to extend POCSO to adults with mental retardation.

International groupings and agreements

‘India-Israel ties can affect Al Aqsa conflict’: (The Hindu)

India’s friendly ties with Israel could ‘interfere’ with the ongoing Israel-Palestinians conflict over the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

RCEP: Boost for India on easier visa norms: (The Hindu)

India’s push for easier norms on movement of professionals across borders for short-term work in 16 Asia-Pacific nations, including itself, under a proposed mega Free Trade Agreement (FTA) — is learnt to have found favour with some ASEAN-bloc members.

India pressed to open up procurement: (The Hindu)

Pressure is mounting on India to open up its more than $300 billion-worth public procurement market under the proposed mega Free Trade Agreement (FTA) called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). India and neighbors More than the Doklam issue, Bhutan worried about hydropower deficits: (The Hindu)

Some people say that Bhutan is an Indian ‘protectorate,’ which is not only an inaccurate assessment, but shows a lack of understanding of the increasingly complex and diversified nature of the relationship between the two countries.

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Science and Tech

Policy boosts care for blood disorders: (The Hindu)

People living with thalassaemia, sickle cell anaemia and other haemoglobin disorders can now look forward to better screening and treatment. Cyber security

The greatest challenge to privacy is from the private sector. It also stems from an indifference to our own privacy.

Why India needs to be a data democracy: (Live Mint, Editorial)

To avoid data colonization and allow for genuine empowerment, people must control the data they generate.

Cropping pattern, Agriculture, e-technology

Panel for action against farmers using herbicides on GM mustard: (The Hindu)

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee’s (GEAC) sub-committee has drafted several recommendations on GM mustard before it approved the crop for commercial release in May this year. These included a proposal for legal action on farmers using the glufosinate-based herbicide (Basta) on the crop unless otherwise approved by the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee. Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment

‘Bitcoins must be regulated’: (The Hindu)

Arguably, bitcoins can be a boon for the large population of the country which is still unbanked; it can provide them a superior and simple peer-to-peer digital currency trading platform through desktops and mobile devices.

CAC adopts Codex norms for three spices: (The Hindu)

The standards will ensure availability of high quality, clean and safe spices.

‘GST, note ban to boost economy’: (The Hindu)

Economic activity is expected to rebound due to a supportive monetary policy, the effect of the Goods and Services Tax, and the eventual formalisation of the economy due to demonetisation.

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