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Must Read News Articles – May 25



The Hindu


NATIONAL


‘Rich get bail, poor remain in jails’: Law Commission advocates relaxation of bail provisions for undertrial prisoners.

An Abe-Modi plan for Africa: Proposal for growth corridor presented to the Board of Governors of AfDB.


Editorial/OPINION


A flawed rescue act: The banking regulation ordinance puts its seal of approval on corporate subsidy at the cost of public banks.

Say no to GM mustard: There are formidable social, economic and environmental reasons why it should not be cultivated.

Access denied: The government needs to engage with Internet companies directly for encrypted data.


Economy


Govt. orders to favour local suppliers: Aims to boost domestic manufacturing thus creating jobs and increasing income.

GST rollout deadline will not be extended: The government is not considering extending the rollout date for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) past July 1, and the GST Network is almost ready for that deadline.

Centre may expand UDAN’s wingspan: The Centre has proposed widening the scope of its UDAN scheme for regional connectivity by making more flight operations eligible for a host of concessions, including viability gap funding.


Indian Express


The sword of global justice: In Jadhav case, ICJ shows creativity by balancing its powers with principle of state sovereignty and consent.


Live Mint


GST structure: an unfortunate compromise: Political optics have overpowered economic logic in the framing of the GST structure.

NITI Aayog and the emperor’s clothes: Instead of letting the government set the agenda, NITI Aayog needs to inform the government of its failings.



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Must Read News Articles – May 24



The Hindu


NATIONAL


NGO evolves blueprint to end female genital mutilation: A report on the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) released looks at the psychological trauma and physical scars faced by the victims, and the legal aspects that could be weaved in to stop the practice completely.

FTA will be high on Modi-Merkel agenda: India, Germany share concerns on China project.

Africa is our priority: India’s commodity trade with Africa in 2015-16 was higher than our commodity trade with the United States of America.


Editorial/OPINION


The GST train chugs along: The ideal of a low, single rate and comprehensive coverage is still far away, but the journey has begun.

Forgotten cogs in the wheels of justice: The exploitation of judicial support staff continues to be widespread.

Continental ties: India begins the heavy-lifting neededto transform economic partnerships in Africa.


Economy


RCEP: India upset over slow progress on services talks: India, which is in talks for the proposed mega-regional Free Trade Agreement (FTA) along with 16 other Asia Pacific nations, has expressed disappointment over the inadequate progress in talks on services trade liberalisation especially for facilitating easier movement of professionals for short-term work in these countries.

Centre keen on upgrading ship-repairing facilities: Centre is planning to embark on a programme to refurbish the ship-repairing facilities in various ports across the country.


Indian Express


Holding To Ransom: WannaCry malware attack raises questions for state, software producers, users.


Live Mint


Building a robust and resilient cyber system: If in previous years cyberattacks could lead to monetary losses, today they can cost lives. Just cybersecurity isn’t enough any more.

Adding heft to inflation targeting: The shift to flexible inflation targeting by RBI’s monetary policy committee is based on a deep theoretical shift in economic policy thinking, and whether one agrees or not, India has now embraced the new paradigm.


 


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Must Read News Articles – May 23



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


After 84 years, cobra lily blooms again: ‘Critically endangered’ endemic plant species recently rediscovered in the Nilgiris.

Army set to get 11 Apache helicopters: After several years of wrangling, the Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) are likely to get the Apache multi-role attack helicopters from the U.S.

No room for India yet in NSG: China: Beijing says its position on non-NPT members’ participation in the group has not changed.


Editorial/OPINION


Hack it if you can: The EC’s challenge to political parties to prove EVMs can be hacked is a welcome move.

An unequal burden: The Paris Climate Agreement recognises that all countries have responsibilities. However, the developed world needs to shoulder the major funding requirement.


Economy


RBI outlines action plan for resolving stressed loans: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has outlined a broad plan to resolve stressed assets at lenders in the wake of the amendment of the Banking Regulation Act earlier this month.

Smallest nation joins solar alliance: Nauru is the sixth country to ratify the International Solar Alliance Framework.


Indian Express



Live Mint


Emerging frontiers for India-Russia ties: To resuscitate this atrophying relationship, focus on sunrise sectors such as quantum computing, Artificial Intelligence and cybersecurity.

Banking ordinance opens up Pandora’s box: It does not change the status quo, where good money is thrown after bad and no real resolution of NPAs takes place.


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Must Read News Articles – May 22


National


Green energy target tough, say officials – Rooftop solar programme making poor progress as it is not cost-effective.

Animal sightings rise as water dries up – Forest officials across Odisha are keeping their fingers crossed for the early arrival of monsoon as water scarcity in jungles has reached a critical stage, forcing wild animals to stray into human habitations more frequently.

Maharashtra releases Koyna water to crisis-hit Karnataka – Officials say 0.5 TMC water to be discharged over a 10-day period.

Editorials

Addressing the court within – India must use this initial victory at The Hague to appeal to our own inest sense of conscience.

Coal comeuppance – The coal block allocation case may become a benchmark for other ongoing prosecutions.

An opportunity being drained away – Sound policies on wastewater treatment and use are vital to sustainable development

Cool down the rhetoric – U.S. President Donald Trump’s accusation against India concerning the Paris Accord


Economy


Defence deals await private firms – The Union government will unveil mega defence deals estimated at over ₹1.5 lakh crore involving the private sector under the strategic partnership model to build a domestic defence manufacturing base in key areas such as submarines and fighter aircraft

Explain Gorshkov cost: CIC – Navy asked to disclose reasons for accepting price escalation by Russia

 

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Must Read News Articles – May 20



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


GST Council finalises rates for services: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council on Friday finalised tax rates for all services, except lottery, under the new indirect tax regime to be rolled out from July 1.

GSLV: too late for changing times: ‘It may be ISRO’s short-lived rocket, not its primary satellite vehicle as planned’..

Survival of newborns: India ranks lower than Somalia: Newborns in India have a lesser chance of survival than babies born in Afghanistan and Somalia, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study.

June 30 not a ‘deadline’ to get Aadhaar, govt. tells SC: Centre denied imposing any such ‘deadline” to force people to get Aadhaar.

‘Kudankulam MoU in final stages’: Process for units five and six is at the stage of internal approval.


Editorial/OPINION


GST clarity, at last: The challenge now will be to preventthe imposition of additional taxes.


Economy


‘GST rates could have aided green goods’: A rate of 18% has been set for commercial LPG, which is a low-emission auto fuel.


Indian Express



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Must Read News Articles – May 19



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


India’s first uterine transplant begins: The operations are meant to help women who want to conceive but cannot because they were born without a uterus, suffered damage to it or had to have it removed.

GST Council sets rates for most commodities: The Goods and Services (GST) Council on Thursday agreed on the fitment of almost all commodities in the various tax slabs under the new indirect regime to be rolled out on July 1.


Editorial/OPINION


Ending nuclear dependency: The government’s go-ahead to 10 indigenous reactors is a timely step towards nuclear energy self-sufficiency.

Where the jobs are: Public spending and economic policy need to be more attuned to employment creation


Economy


India aims to boost trade ties with African nations: African Development Bank meet to be held in Gujarat.


Indian Express


Aadhaar, then and now: The UIDAI has gone from being an object of ridicule to an admired project.


Live Mint


Big Data’s big governance impact: From transforming development initiatives to improving transparency, Big Data analytics could have a major impact on the way governments work.


 

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Must Read News Articles – May 18



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Cabinet gives nod for 10 indigenous nuclear reactors: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the proposal to construct 10 indigenous pressurised heavy water nuclear reactors with a total capacity of 7,000 MWe.

NTRO now under Intelligence Act: The National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), which reports to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the National Security Advisor (NSA) will now have the same “norms of conduct” as the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).


Editorial/OPINION


A great wall of paranoia: As China pushes ahead with B&RI, India must reconcile geopolitical interests with wider developmental goals.

The other debt issue: The deterioration in the finances of the States needs to be urgently addressed.

Article 142 and the need for judicial restraint: The Supreme Court’s use of its vast powers under the Article has done tremendous good to many deprived sections. However, it is time to institute checks and balances.


Economy


‘GST to help cut costs of transport, logistics’: The Goods and Services Tax, set to start on July 1, will pare the cost of transport and logistics, formalise the sector, and could help bring supply chain management to the forefront, according to officials working on the new tax regime.


Indian Express


What lies below the district?: Despite all the talk of decentralisation, nothing does. Nobody owns the planning and development functions in panchayat samitis and gram panchayats.


Live Mint


A tricky path to India’s solar-powered future: The falling solar power tariffs should be welcomed—but it remains to be seen whether producers can deliver at those rates on a sustainable basis.


 

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Must Read News Articles – May 17



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


‘Safeguard rights of online users’: The state has a duty to ensure that subscribers of online service providers are not “entrapped” by them, the Supreme Court advised the government.

Palestine, Israel must coexist: Pitching for peace in West Asia, India on Tuesday urged that a future state of Palestine should coexist peacefully with Israel.


Editorial/OPINION


New base, new basket: The revised IIP shows India may have been overstating the industrial slowdown in its economy.

Held at ransom: The malware attack this weekend must hasten moves towards global rules on cyber threats.


Economy


‘National Employment Policy this year’: The Centre will frame a new sector-wise National Employment Policy in this financial year even as it grapples with low employment generation.

‘Tough to solve jobs issue’: India’s current employment challenge is particularly difficult as sectors that did well in generating jobs in the country’s previous economic boom years — information technology (IT), construction and agriculture – are in trouble now.

‘Foreign food retailers can sell non-foods too’: Centre is expected to pave the way for multibrand foreign retailers to tap the Indian market, by allowing overseas investors in the food retail segment to offer ‘Made in India’ non-food items as well.


Indian Express



Live Mint


The belt and road to China’s hegemony in Asia: As an advocate of a multipolar Asia, India cannot afford to play ball with China’s imperial designs.


 

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Must Read News Articles – May 16



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Jadhav’s trial farcical, says India: At urgent ICJ hearing, Pakistan says Vienna Convention provisions were not intended for spies.

‘Will enact divorce law for Muslims’: The Centre promised to enact a divorce law for Muslim men if the Supreme Court, as the “guardian of the Constitution”, strikes down all three forms of triple talaq unilaterally pronounced by a Muslim man on his wife.

India escapes major damage from ransomware: The first weekday after the WannaCry ransomware attack began, several thousand more computers turned out to be affected, particularly in Asia.


Editorial/OPINION


Triple talaq not fundamental to Islam: The Supreme Court will be well within its rights to lay down the procedure of divorce as per Koranic principles.

Timely refresh: The data set revision for the IIP and WPIreflects a macroeconomic resilience.

Putting a global price on carbon: A carbon tax is less likely to face political opposition while creating avenues for businesses and growth.

Off the road: Don’t shut the door on diplomacy overChina’s Belt and Road Initiative.


Economy


Cash is back as digital payments dip on costs: Cash transactions are beginning to trump almost every form of digital payment alternative with April clocking a decline in volumes as well as value of transactions conducted through cards, mobile banking and the Unified Payment Interface (UPI).

Virus scare spurs banks into action: Banks and financial institutions in the country went on a war footing on Monday to upgrade their software systems, particularly their anti-virus packages, in the wake of the ransomware virus, WannaCry, which affected computers in 150 countries across the globe.


Indian Express


Two verdicts, one message: A civilised and progressive jurisprudence calls for banning the death penalty.


Live Mint


The case against triple talaq: Personal law must be subordinate to fundamental rights and subjected to the test of constitutional validity.

An evolving risk paradigm in the power sector: The growing risk profile for thermal power plants is likely to result in increasing cost of capital for them.



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Must Read News Articles – May 15



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


India, Pak. to fight it out in The Hague for Jadhav today: Pakistan will be presenting its case using past precedent where India has refused the ICJ jurisdiction.

Xi evokes Panchsheel as India skips meet: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday proposed five principles of peaceful co-existence or Panchsheel — the brainchild of China, India and Myanmar in the 1950s — as the mantra for advancing the Belt and Road Initiative (B&RI), and as a vehicle for achieving sustainable globalisation.

Rs. 11,000 cr. to be spent on roads in Naxal-hit areas: Centre to begin connectivity project in 44 districts soon.

Alert sounded on malware: IT Ministry asks stakeholders to protect digital payments ecosystem.

Minority status only if trusts enrol on NITI site: Educational trusts and societies seeking minority status will now be required to register as non-governmental organisation with the NITI Aayog, whether they need government aid or not.

Policy tweak to speed up defence purchases: Under a proposed change to defence procurement policy in select areas, acquisition will continue even if only one foreign original equipment manufacturer ( OEM) is shortlisted after competitive evaluation, resulting in a single vendor situation.


Editorial/OPINION


Be scientific: On GM mustard for farms, the Centre must privilege reason over politics in taking the call.

Clamping down on crime: The police’s perception of public safety and their own role is changing, but too slowly.


Economy


Centre may execute proposed social security law in phases: The Labour Ministry may implement its proposed social security law in a phased manner, exempting small factories employing up to 10 workers, from its ambit initially.

GST: What still needs to be done: The GST Council has met 13 times to finalise the minutiae of the five laws that will help bring the new tax regime to reality.


Indian Express


Why India is not part of the Belt and Road Initiative summit: The dragon is spitting repeated streaks of fire. How long can the elephant be left behind?

A Moment Of Reckoning: To preserve judiciary’s independence, appointment process must be transparent.


Live Mint