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Must Read News Articles of the Day – August 27

The Hindu

National/ Front Page

  • Women can enter Haji Ali sanctum, rules HC – Entrenched traditions vs new found modernity?
  • Indians spend 8 times more on private hospitals than on govt. ones – Indians spent eight times more on private hospitals and twice as much on transporting patients compared to costs in government hospitals, according to the National Health Accounts (NHA) Estimates for the financial year 2013-14.
  • ‘A win against entrenched patriarchy’ – Flushed with elation following the Bombay High Court verdict permitting women to enter the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai, Bhumata Brigade leader Trupti Desai lauded the ruling as “historic” and “an overwhelming victory over an entrenched patriarchal mentality that had relegated women to second-class status.”

International

  • ‘China is now a key player in AfPak-Central Asia’ – China has quietly decided to exercise leadership in plugging the roots of instability in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan, following Washington’s diminishing role in the region, and compulsions of its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, says a senior Chinese researcher.

Business

  • India has under-invested in social capital: Singapore Deputy PM – Tharman Shanmugaratnam India’s restrictive employment and land acquisition laws, its school education system, which is marred by a high dropout rate, and the lack of formal employment opportunities for the youth, are responsible for holding back the nation from achieving its true potential
  • ‘New norms on bonds to widen investor pool’ – The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) proposal to allow banks to issue Masala Bonds is a good move as would help widen the investor pool and deepen the market for bond issuance, according to Fitch Ratings.

Editorial / Opinion

  • The race to light up the last village– The arrival of electricity in areas that were off the grid has fuelled new life choices, even when power is erratic.
  • Weighing the burden of proof – An honest civil servant should not be harassed by anybody or agency or institution while in service or after retirement. It would make the civil servants working in the system nervous and edgy, which would not be in the interest of the country
  • Surrogacy regulation is long overdue – Over the years, India has become a global hub for the practice of women being contracted to carry others’ babies, usually for a payment.