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Must Read News Articles – May 14



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India largely safe from cyberattack: The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT— In), which on Saturday issued an advisory asking organisations to install updates to Windows systems, had, in fact, released a vulnerability note with a “Severity Rating of High” on March 15 for “a possible remote exploitation of this vulnerability.”

India to skip B&R Forum: India will be absent from China’s Belt and Road Initiative (B&RI) Forum beginning Sunday, the government said.

Pneumonia vaccine to be part of immunisation drive: Nearly 20% of global under-five pneumonia deaths occur in India.

‘Key’ to microbial-resistant infections: Study reveals the structures of surface proteins that help the bacteria bind to human host cells.

Aquatic animal diseases revisited: The national surveillance programme for aquatic animal diseases in India, one of the largest fish disease surveillance programme implemented in the country, is all set to begin a new phase.


Editorial/OPINION


 What is the lowdown on the directive to RBI on bad loans: The Central government has amended the Banking Regulation Act to give more powers to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to fast-track resolution of stressed assets in a time-bound manner.

Why does the Indian Ocean rise and fall?: Indian Ocean has been rising particularly rapidly.


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Must Read News Articles – May 13



The Hindu


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SC: No mutual consent in triple talaq: If triple talaq comes to an end, whatever the consequences are, will be decided later. There is no mutual consent in triple talaq. People debating, reasoning, thinking and interventions by arbitrators with families are present in other forms of talaq, but not in instant triple talaq,

EC ‘challenges’ political parties to crack EVMs: Commission gives detailed presentation on machines’ safety; says VVPATs will be used in future polls.

Punjab, Haryana ready for talks on SYL canal dispute: Haryana is a water-stressed State. As against a demand of 36.0 million-acre-foot (MAF) of water, the availability is only 14.7 MAF.
India’s first uterus transplants soon: A uterus transplant is an extremely complex procedure that will enable women with absent or diseased uteruses to carry a pregnancy to termafter a donor uterus is transplanted into them.
SC to hear plea on Aadhaar on May 17: The petition argued that mandatory requirement of Aadhaar for these schemes “constricts rights and freedoms, which a citizen has long been enjoying, unless and until they part with their personal biometric information.”

Editorial/OPINION


Saving Jadhav: Pakistan’s adherence to international law will be under test in proceedings before the ICJ.

The jurisprudence of outrage: Severity in the award of a death sentence invariably flows in the name of society.


Economy


Centre cuts UDAN levy on air tickets: In a relief to passengers flying on major domestic routes, the Civil Aviation Ministry has decided to significantly reduce the levy on air tickets imposed to fund the Centre’s new regional connectivity scheme UDAN.

GST to herald a new era in federalism: RBI: The Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is likely to be introduced from July 2017, is set to usher in a new era of cooperative federalism, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) observed in its report on State finances.

Revised data shows IIP growing faster, WPI easing: Revision is in line with global standards.

Domestic funds set pace as FIIs ease up: Domestic institutional investors (DIIs), which include insurance companies, banks and mutual funds, are playing an active role in the equity markets especially at a time when foreign investors have slowed the pace of their stock purchases.


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Must Read News Articles – May 12



The Hindu


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Supreme Court to examine triple talaq validity, won’t go into issue of polygamy: Hearing a batch of petitions challenging triple talaq, a 5-judge bench of the Supreme Court says it would look into the aspect whether triple talaq is constitutional. (Live Mint)

Govt. regulator gives nod for GM mustard: The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), India’s apex regulator for genetically modified seeds, on Thursday cleared GM mustard for environmental release and use in farmer fields.

Monsoon may hit Andaman early: Monsoon rains may come two days earlier to the Andaman & Nicobar islands, but this will have no bearing on how soon it reaches Kerala.

Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims worst off: ‘Historically disadvantaged groups most excluded from access to public goods’.

ICJ writ may not be applicable to Pak.: Prominent commentators have expressed doubts over the ability of the International Court of Justice to enforce its order in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

Boost for defence manufacturers: Ministry moots new procurement model to give private sector a shot in the arm.

PM gets warm welcome in Colombo: New Delhi and Colombo have termed the visit as primarily a “religious” engagement.


Editorial/OPINION


New technology and old religion: Augmented reality is upending the interface between physical reality and human desire to shape our universe.

What’s in a generic name?: The core issues are affordable access to medicines and their rational prescription and use

TB timelines: The transmission cycle of the drug-resistant strain must be broken aggressively.

Economy


Voluntary unemployment rising: Debroy: NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy on Thursday flagged a dramatic rise in voluntary unemployment across the country, where people choose not to work below a certain income level after ‘investing’ in education.

Centre to release new series of IIP, WPI data: A new series of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and Wholesale Price Index (WPI) will be released Friday in a bid to bring greater accuracy and improved synchronisation among such data sets, in turn leading to better policies.

‘NPA norms to force decision-making’: The Centre’s recent move amending the Banking Regulation Act to give more powers to the RBI to resolve stressed assets will force lenders to take a decision.


Indian Express


Error of judgement: The selection process that led to Justice Karnan becoming a judge needs revisiting.

Cure lies elsewhere: Generic medicines can’t be the first, or only, step to reduce the cost of treatment.


Live Mint


Xi Jinping’s big road is going to be bumpy: China President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road initiative will embroil the country in the tangled affairs of other countries to a degree unparalleled in its modern history.


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Must Read News Articles – May 11



The Hindu


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Funds to political parties: Govt. may amend FCRA again: Home Ministry will seek the Attorney-General’s opinion to amend the repealed Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) 1976, which barred foreign donations to political parties.

Supreme Court plans to go paperless: The Integrated Case Management Information System (ICMIS) will allow a litigant to digitally file a case and watch its progress on a real-time basis.

Multidrug-resistant TB will rise in India, says new study: By 2040, 12.4% of patients in the country will have that variant


Editorial/OPINION


Triple talaq and the Constitution: The Supreme Court cannot decide this case without engaging in a series of complex and difficult choices.

Navigating the new silk road: China’s Belt and Road Initiative reflects global trends and a new paradigm which India can support and shape


Economy


Rail regulator to define performance standards: India’s first rail regulator, Rail Development Authority (RDA), would not just look at tariff structures for passenger and freight operations but also set standards of performance and efficiency that would be enforceable under the Railways Act.


Indian Express


A sacred geography: PM Modi’s second visit to Sri Lanka must help restore deeper cultural connect between the two nations.


Live Mint


Indian healthcare must be evidence-based: Healthcare policy has relied on pharmaceutical and equipment advances, but evidence-based policymaking has been absent when it comes to service delivery.


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Must Read News Articles – May 10



The Hindu


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Tax processed foods: FSSAI panel: A committee of medical experts and nutritionists has recommended a tax on “highly-processed” foods and sugar-sweetened beverages. The body, tasked by the Food Standards and Safety Authority of India (FSSAI), which is a Union Health Ministry body, has also advocated a ban on advertisements promoting foods high in FSS (fat, salt, sugar) during TV shows and channels aimed at children.

India’s Security Council seat bid gets Dutch help: The Netherlands has extended support to India’s membership bids for the United Nations Security Council and a host of export control regimes.

‘Tallest bridge built can withstand blasts’: Konkan railway, executing project across the Chenab, says mega structure can resist quakes too.

Indo-Pak. tensions hold up Samjhauta blast case trial: The current tensions in India-Pakistan relations may affect the ongoing trial of the 2007 Samjhauta Express train blast case.


Editorial/OPINION


Duplication isn’t synergy: Indian science needs hard work and a critically large base of experts, not more management.


Economy


Data may understate cash crunch impact: India’s national accounts statistics may understate the economic impact of the cash crunch.

‘NPA ordinance may have limited impact’: The effect of the ordinance empowering the Reserve Bank of India to deal more effectively with non-performing assets will be limited as operational problems of the stressed sectors remain.

Indian Express


Unity of the services: History stands testimony that the army, navy and air force always cooperate during wars. The demand for integrating the three forces through a theatre command is misplaced.


Live Mint


From here to $20 trillion: India’s economic growth strategy: The NITI Aayog action plan to boost agriculture as well as job creation in modern activities fits well with what has happened over the past few decades.

The government lacks clarity on healthcare: Its clumsy approach doesn’t bode well for the cooperation with the private sector outlined in the recent National Health Policy.


 

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Must Read News Articles – May 9



The Hindu


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China offers to rename OBOR to allay India’s fears: China is prepared to consider renaming the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) if it would end India’s reservations over its One Belt One Road (Or Belt and Road Initiative) passing through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Different offences cannot be boxed into one trial: Says joint trial is an exception, the norm is separate trials for distinct offences.

Push for private sector in defence production: The Government has accelerated efforts to finalise the ambitious Strategic Partnership (SP) model, which would give a major boost to private sector participation in defence manufacturing.


Editorial/OPINION


Towards a unique digital South Asian identity: Executed properly, Aadhaar could become a central pillar of India’s ‘neighbourhood first’ policy.

Being humane: A law against torture should enable ratification of the Convention barring custodial excesses.


Economy


Centre to raise with U.S. non-tariff barriers: ‘Curbs affecting exports of goods made in India’.

‘Decision on NPAs still lies with banks’: Banks would still be responsible for taking commercial decisions on non-performing assets weighing down their balance-sheets, including possible haircuts, but scrutiny from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and advisories from oversight committees on the processes they adopt should comfort bankers.


Indian Express


Network is the key: India must ramp up its internal connectivity to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative.


Live Mint


NPA resolution: Let’s try again: The government seems to be hoping that the Reserve Bank of India will solve what is essentially a collective action problem.

India’s solar mission can cause new debt problems: Indian solar project developers may find their projects unviable in the event of currency fluctuation or changes in China’s policy on solar cell and module export.


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Must Read News Articles – May 8



The Hindu


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Glut ruins farmers trapped in ‘cobweb phenomenon’: When prices of a commodity increase during a season of scarcity, more of it is cultivated leading to a problem of plenty.

Japan pitches for Chabahar port: Indo-Japan civil nuclear cooperation agreement is still on track.

Editorial/OPINION


This time with feeling: The Centre has empowered the Reserve Bank of India to get banks to take tougher steps, including insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings against defaulters, to address the growing volume of bad loans on their books.

Space for all: By launching the GSAT-9 ‘South Asia satellite’, India has reaffirmed the Indian Space Research Organisation’s scientific prowess, but the messaging is perhaps more geopolitical than geospatial.

Decoding the doctrine: More clarity is needed on implementing the Joint Indian Armed Forces Doctrine.


Economy


Time for a digital Indian Rupee: Financial inclusion is an attainable goal.

ADB eyes Delhi as regional hub: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has operationally started working to create several regional hubs including New Delhi as one for South Asia.

FATCA: Deadline, procedure and details: Your bank account and other financial transactions like mutual funds need to be compliant with The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Non-compliance would lead to blocking of accounts.


Indian Express


Dissent and Aadhaar: We have been numbed by a series of lies, myths and fictions about the project.


Live Mint


India must oppose surging protectionism: It should aggressively voice its concern about increasing restrictions on the movement of professionals at both bilateral and multilateral forums.


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Must Read News Articles – May 7



The Hindu


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We have doubts on China’s OBOR project: India has “serious reservations” about China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) plan given that there are issues of “sovereignty” at stake.
Nirbhaya: Juvenile lives in anonymity: At the time of the juvenile’s release, a new Juvenile law, which called for treating juveniles aged between 16 and 18 involved in heinous crimes, as adults was pending with the Rajya Sabha.
U.S. keen to expand Malabar exercise: The U.S. is keen on expanding Malabar trilateral exercises but it will be a decision based on discussion and consensus with the partner countries
RBI looks to Army for ‘Operation shredded notes’: Central bank wants to eliminate billions of demonetised notes quickly, but lacks the manpower.
Namami Gange set for rebranding push: Namami Gange, is set for a rebranding exercise.

Editorial/OPINION


India’s coming urban mega crisis: Too many cities, too little planning. And too much complacence.


Science & Technology


Reversing drug resistance made possible: Indian researchers have unravelled the mechanism by which hydrogen sulphide (H2S) gas produced by bacteria protects them from antibiotics and plays a key role in helping bacteria develop drug resistance.

NASA missions on solar system: A new mission to Saturn’s moons Titan or Enceladus to find signs of life beyond Earth cannot be ruled out as NASA says it is reviewing 12 proposals for future unmanned solar system mission to be launched in the mid-2020s.


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Must Read News Articles – May 6



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SC upholds death in Nirbhaya case: ‘If at all there is a case warranting award of death sentence, it is the present case’.

Set up database of children in orphanages, SC tells govt.: Complete registration of child care institutions by year-end: Bench.

Space bonding hits a new high: India successfully launches South Asia Satellite; 7 leaders hail new cooperation.

Govt. arms RBI to crack down on NPAs: The Centre on Friday authorised the Reserve Bank of India to take tough actions to crack down on the rising bad loans on the books of public sector banks, after President Pranab Mukherjee signed off on an ordinance late on Thursday to amend the Banking Regulation Act of 1949, empowering the central bank to deal with the menace more effectively.
Is gender justice only on paper: Member of Nirbhaya case Bench Justice R. Banumathi rues how crimes against women go on despite legislation meant to deter them.
SC cautions against delay in enacting anti-torture law: The “tough” peer review India faced at the United Nations Human Rights Council became the point of discussion in the Supreme Court on Friday with the Chief Justice of India cautioning the government against delay in enacting human rights laws, especially the long-pending anti-torture statute, in national interest.

Editorial/OPINION



Economy


New terms for PSBs seeking capital: Public sector banks (PSBs) seeking fresh capital from the Centre would have to commit to reform their own operations and take immediate steps to improve their balance sheet position.

Banks to act within set time frame: Following the executive order by the government to empower the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the resolution of stressed assets, the central bank is expected to announce detailed guidelines for banks.

Many questions still remain: The ordinance to amend the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 has been touted by the Union government as bringing serious changes to the status quo when it comes to the resolution of banks’ huge non-performing assets.


Indian Express


Supreme Test: Aadhaar-related cases could tell us whether our jurisprudence is fit for an age of technology.


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Must Read News Articles – May 5



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U.S., Germany slam India for NGO funding norms: Rohatgi defends India’s record at UN Human Rights Council.

HC upholds life for 11 in Bilkis Bano case: The court convicted them under Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) and Section 218 (public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment) of the Indian Penal Code.

Rise & fall of Swachh cities: Their ranking is heavily influenced by public feedback.


Editorial/OPINION


Different clocks: Changes in the financial year need proper coordination between the Centre and States.

The long arc to Ankara: Recep Erdoğan’s visit came as a reminder of the heavy lifting needed to fix India-Turkey ties.

The scale of progress, so far: Is the process of a voluntary national review of Agenda 2030 helpful?


Economy


Higher coal tax may benefit economy: It will boost GDP, cut mortality.

Equity ETFs rise on investor interest: Equity exchange-traded funds (ETFs) saw significant growth in the financial year 2016-17 (FY17) with the total assets under management (AUM) increasing three-fold on the back of higher demand from both retail and institutional investors.


Indian Express


Road to bankability: Six ways to strengthen the Indian banking sector even as the NPA crisis billows.


Live Mint


Advice and dissent on India’s fiscal path: The NK Singh committee’s report carries a dissent note by the chief economic adviser pointing to absence of consistency between debt and deficit targets prescribed.