Must Read News Articles – July 29

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International groupings and agreements

Fight against terror, BRICS told:

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval has called upon the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping to exercise international leadership in countering terrorism, in tune with the growing role of the emerging economies in setting the global agenda.

Doval wants BRICS to fight terrorism:

Though the meeting was meant to iron out the security agenda of the BRICS summit, slated for September, Mr. Doval’s call on Mr. Xi, acquired a sharp bilateral context, in view of the on-going military face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam plateau area. Government policies

SC rejects abortion plea of 10-year-old:

It would be in the interest of neither the rape victim nor foetus, says court; calls for State-level boards to hear urgent cases.

Most private hospitals evade tax: CAG:

A performance audit of India’s private hospitals has revealed that a majority of the institutions is evading tax. The report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), released on Friday, pointed out that data on ‘non-filers’ of income tax was available only in three states — West Bengal, Assam and Gujarat.

CAG spots weaknesses in missile defence system:

The strategic missile system, a medium range supersonic surface to air missile system to counter aerial threats were “deficient in quality”, according to a report tabled by the Comptroller and Auditor General in Parliament on Friday.

Cinema & censorship: (The Hindu, Editorial)

Sadly, the battle for free expression is having to be fought so often these days.

Not just a question of weeks: (The Hindu, Editorial)

Doklam is not about a road: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Doklam, like other recent stand-offs in Depsang or Demchok, is not about a road: It is is a message about China’s ire at India building alliances with its adversaries in Asia, and with the US. Beijing seeks, through the threat of force, to instruct India on how countries ought to conduct themselves.

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Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment

‘Scheme for banks not applied as envisaged’:

The Centre’s ‘Indradhanush’ scheme to recapitalise public sector banks (PSBs) based on their performance was not implemented in a manner envisaged, according to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

Centre seeks inputs on trade, industrial policies, services:

Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday sought inputs from the academia on three topics — Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) review, the proposed revamp of manufacturing and industrial policies and India’s proposal at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on services sector liberalisation.

‘Regulators shouldn’t restrain innovation’:

India’s financial sector regulators should stop hindering ideas in the financial technology sector and instead opt for a regulatory sandbox approach to nurture innovative financial technology applications.

Prelims Related News

Scientists set sail to unlock secrets of lost continent:

Investigation of samples taken by drilling into rock will help discover how Zealandia has behaved over millions of years.

Building block of life found on Saturn’s largest moon:

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