Must Read News Articles – June 24

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International groupings and agreements

‘Brexit is an opportunity for Netherlands-India ties’:

Netherlands is aspiring to emerge as India’s biggest partner in Europe following the Brexit-related changes taking place in Europe.

U.S. visit aimed at deepening ties:

India’s partnership with the United States is multi-layered and diverse, supported by not just governments but all the stakeholders on both sides.

Effects of developed and developing countries policies

Engaging Pyongyang: (The Hindu, Editorial)

The latest U.S.-North Korean tensions couldbe turned into a diplomatic opportunity.

Limits of exclusivity: (The Hindu, Editorial)

The recent crisis in Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council has more to it than a fight against corruption.

Government policies

Lengthening shadows on the hills:

The brittle calm of the Darjeeling hills has been broken again. To defuse tensions, Central and state governments, and the GJM, will need to go beyond political point-scoring.

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Infrastructure and investment models

Centre announces 30 more Smart Cities:

Thirty more cities from across the country have been added to the Centre’s Smart Cities Mission, with a proposed investment of Rs.57,393 crore in various projects under the scheme.

Less than 3% of projects under mission completed:

Nearly two years after the Smart Cities Mission was launched, less than 3% of the projects proposed under the Mission have been completed.

Pollution and conservation

Panel to oversee progress in UN’s SDG:

The Centre will soon set up a high-level committee headed by Chief Statistician of India to oversee the country’s progress towards UN’s Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ending poverty, fighting inequalities and tackling climate change.

Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment

M-banking now under ombudsman’s purview:

The Reserve Bank of India has widened the scope of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2006 by enabling a customer to lodge a complaint against the bank for non-adherance to instructions related to mobile banking and electronic banking services.

Prelims Related News

ISRO puts 31 satellites in space:

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched 31 satellites — 29 of them belonging to foreign countries — on board the PSLV-C38 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.


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