Must Read News Articles – May 2nd, 2019

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UN Security Council designates Masood Azhar as global terrorist

Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar was listed as a designated terrorist by the UN Security Council 1267 Committee on Wednesday. Significantly, the reasons for listing did not mention the Pulwama attack of February 14, for which the JeM had claimed responsibility, and which found mention in the latest (February 27) listing request for Azhar.

‘There is a need for immediate remedial steps to deliver justice to victim’

Supreme Court must heed its own judgments in the CJI sexual harassment hearings; It should also be fair to the judge concerned, and restore public confidence

Power shift

Inspired by the ruling on Delhi, the Madras HC bats in favour of elected regime in Puducherry

The smokescreen of an infiltrator-free India

The real aim of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is to segregate non-citizens on the basis of religion

Beyond Khalistan

India-Canada ties have deteriorated in recent years, especially given the view that the current Justin Trudeau administration is soft on individuals and organisations that support the demand for Khalistan, a separate Sikh homeland.

In line with India’s position, says Ministry

The decision to designate Masood Azhar a global terrorist is in accordance with India’s position, the External Affairs Ministry said in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Religious freedom on the decline in India: U.S. panel

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan, independent federal government commission has said that there is an “overall deterioration of religious freedom conditions in 2018” in India, in its 2019 report released earlier this week

SC reserves verdict on changes to SC/ST law

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved for judgment a batch of petitions challenging the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act of 2018 which nullified a controversial March 20 Supreme Court judgment diluting the stringent provisions of the Dalit protection law.

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Odisha, A.P. brace for ‘Fani’ landfall

Defence forces are on high alert, educational institutions ordered shut and over 8 lakh people in coastal districts are being evacuated as Odisha braces for cyclone ‘Fani’, the extremely severe cyclonic storm likely to make landfall near Puri on Friday, officials said.

15 jawans killed as Maoists trigger IED in Gadchiroli

In one of the worst retaliatory attacks on the anti-naxal security forces, Maoist insurgents blew up an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) killing 15 jawans and a civilian in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district on Wednesday afternoon.

Fishermen warned of high waves as ‘Fani’ nears coast

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) here, which is closely monitoring the Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm “Fani” round the clock, has warned of likely damage to locations even far away along the east coast due to sustained high winds, storm surges and swell waves.

Chandrayaan-2 gets new launch window in July

India’s much-delayed second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, has got yet another launch window. The mission is now set to be launched any time between July 5 and July 16 this year.

The cost of resistance

India must brace for the economic shocks from uncontrolled antimicrobial resistance

Fighting polio in Pakistan

Instead of insisting on the oral polio vaccine, using the inactivated polio vaccine along with other vaccines would help

Iraq remains top oil supplier to India

Iraq has, for the second year in a row, become India’s top crude oil supplier, meeting more than a fifth of the country’s oil needs in 2018-19 fiscal year.

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