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Must Read News Articles – May 4



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


SC puts critics of Aadhaar-PAN linkage in a spot: Can a person who is voluntarily a part of a tax regime choose to say he will pay his taxes only in the certain way he wants to? Does he have a right to choose?

Patna HC sets aside ban on ENA: The Patna High Court on Wednesday set aside the Bihar government’s decision to ban production of Extra Neutral Alcohol (ENA) by several distillery and liquor companies in the State.

NITI Aayog for less teaching, more research: To ensure that investments in research better translate to more products and bolster “innovation and development” The National Institution for the Transformation of India (NITI) Aayog has recommended that faculty at “world class” institutions prioritise research and be allowed to “reduce their teaching responsibility,” if required.

UID can stall fake PAN: Centre: Tells SC that ‘conscientious objection’ does not make Aadhaar discriminatory.

BrahMos missile achieves rare feat: The Army carried out a successful test of the advanced BrahMos Block III Land Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Wednesday. This is the second consecutive test of the missile in two days.

‘Data leaks not from UIDAI, but from States’: Leaks of Aadhaar card details are not from the UIDAI, but at the State level, the Union government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.


Editorial/OPINION


The dragon beckons: India should ask China if it’s willing to address its concerns so as to enable participation at the BRI meet.


Economy


Package to resolve NPAs gets Cabinet nod: The government on Wednesday cleared a package to resolve the persistent rise in non-performing assets that is plaguing public sector banks and denting credit growth.

Govt. mulls changes to UDAN scheme to attract more players: The Centre may introduce changes to its regional connectivity scheme or UDAN to attract more players in the second round of bidding.


Indian Express


Space Games: ISRO’s South Asia satellite is a move towards using technology for diplomacy.


Live Mint


Why India should tax agricultural income: The political establishment must move beyond a reflexive rejection of the very concept of agricultural tax.

Understanding NITI Aayog’s action agenda: NITI Aayog’s Three Year Action Agenda forms part of a larger vision document which spans a seven-year strategy and a 15-year vision till FY32.


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Must Read News Articles – May 3



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Summer of dry lakes and dry throats: While the drought-hit cities of Telangana struggle to deal with the consequences of declining groundwater availability, rural regions are grappling with severe drinking water shortages.

No invasion of body for UID: Centre: Says the right of a person to his or her body is not absolute, State has the power to take the life of a person.

New IT rules to beef up Aadhaar: To address privacy and security concerns over Aadhaar, the Centre is in the process of educating government agencies that sensitive data must not be made public, and is drafting amendments to the Information Technology (IT) Act to strengthen provisions for data protection and security.


Editorial/OPINION


‘India should have its own policy on Afghanistan’: The former Afghan President on U.S. doublespeak on Af-Pak, elusive peace, and why India must stay invested in his country.

Winning back the Valley: Delhi must make an open appeal for peace in Kashmir accompanied by consultations with all segments.

Powering up food: Augmenting foods with nutrients can improve overall health, but it must be regulated.

Refuge from the sinking islands: We need an international forum to help small island nations threatened by rising sea levels.


Economy


‘Skill councils have conflict of interests’: They are a ‘hotbed of crony capitalism,’ says a government-constituted panel.


Indian Express


Twelve reasons why: The current outrage over the proposal to tax agricultural income misses the point — often deliberately.

The LoP Excuse: In the Lokpal delay, absence of a leader of opposition is a red herring.


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Must Read News Articles – May 2



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Fortified foods to tackle malnutrition: MNCs, co-ops, other manufacturers will add premixes of micronutrients to products.

SC sends out stern message against frivolous PILs: Bench slaps Rs. 25 lakh costs on Non-Governmental Organisation for wasting judicial time

Daunting water challenges across industries: Multiple industries relying on water as an input in the production process, including textile processing, construction and hydro-power, have been severely impacted by the ongoing water scarcity in south India.

GSAT-9 heralds cost-saving technology: Test feature in May 5 mission is a tool to cut fuel load & space launch costs.

Turkey supports India’s UNSC bid: Calls for restructuring of Council.

Put ambush behind, CRPF told: Home Ministry asks Central forces to coordinate with police and act only on ‘actionable intelligence’.

Curious case of dip, rise in Indian seas: Scientists say such a ‘decadal swing’ in north Indian Ocean is unique and never observed in others.

Rajiv case: SC wants report on ‘larger plot’: Convict Perarivalan condemns almost two-decade-long CBI investigation, saying it is ‘cloaked in secrecy’.


Editorial/OPINION


Lokpal and the law: The ruling that the existing legislation is workable is an indictment of the government.

Equity in taxes: Rich farmers need to be treated on a par with other taxpayers, but with a clear road map.

Sukma is a wake-up call: Only better training, equipment and tactics will help security forces prevail over the Maoists.


Economy


NITI Aayog for abolishing 2% duty on mobile phone circuits: The Budget had imposed duty on imports to push the ‘Make in India’ campaign.


Indian Express


Diagnosing China: Its seeming illogic reflects an incapacity to perceive international realities.


Live Mint


A robust IPR regime is necessary for growth: Innovators and entrepreneurs must trust the patent system for intellectual property rights (IPR) if they are to embark on risky innovation gambles.



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Must read news articles: May 1

National

EC for 5-year ban on those bribing voters – The Election Commission will soon ask the government to disqualify for up to five years candidates listed in charge sheets for bribing voters, a move which comes after it found that “innovative ways” were used for luring electors in a Tamil Nadu by election

SAARC satellite set for lift-of – The ‘South Asia Satellite,’ which India has built for use by countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will be launched on May 5.

Farm suicides get attention of apex court – SC widened the scope of a petition to cover entire nation and asked Centre to provide an action plan

Security

Smart fence soon along LoC – Army to speed up work on erecting the barrier in view of rising infiltration.

Environment

No tourist entry into Odisha national park – Bhitarkanika National Park authorities have imposed restrictions on entry of tourists into the park for three months to provide undisturbed environment for
breeding by estuarine crocodiles.

Six tigers to be relocated to Buxa Tiger Reserve–  Six tigers would be relocated to the Buxa Tiger Reserve
(BTR) in north Bengal from neighbouring Assam as part of a plan for augmentation of the tiger population in the reserve which was approved by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

Agriculture

Drops of water better than the gush – Investments into drip irrigation systems, while sizeable, appear to pay off quickly as farmers realise a sharp increase in yields, alongside more efficient water use. ‘Precision agriculture’ seems to be the way out for the future

Editorials

Kashmir’s unending tragedy – The dreadful violence and low turnout in a by-election in Kashmir has again raised intense debate in New Delhi. Unfortunately this debate has been mainly abusive rather than productive, and as a result it has masked the real issues.

Building holistic ties – India must continue to engage Sri Lanka beyond mere transactional deals

Reining in the sharks – The Real Estate Act largely addresses consumer interests, but some creases are still to be ironed out

Ethics

VIP culture must end, says PM

The Indian Express

Oil more slippery– A few weeks back, American Tomahawk missiles took out a Syrian airfield. The price of the North Sea Brent crude jumped up by 2 per cent to $56.08/barrel but within days, gave up this gain.

 

 

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Must Read News Articles – April 28



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


No barrier to naming Lokpal: SC: The Supreme Court on Thursday found the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act of 2013 an “eminently workable piece of legislation”, which provides for the appointment of Lokpal Chairperson and members even in the absence of a recognised Leader of Opposition (LoP).

PM launches low-cost flights: Shimla-Delhi, Kadapa-Hyderabad flights flagged off under UDAN programme.

Judicial performance index proposed: The NITI Aayog has proposed the introduction of a judicial performance index to reduce delays and the outsourcing of non-core functions of the police.

Lack of intelligence inputs hurting Army: Constant protests, deployment of local police for election duty said to have stymied information flow.

Lokpal panel: CJI among equals: The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the provision of the Lokpal law giving no primacy to the Chief Justice of India’s opinion on who should be appointed as Lokpal Chairperson and Members.

‘UID-PAN linking a Faustian bargain’: Linking Aadhaar with essential activities will turn the nation into a concentration camp, SC told.

India, Sri Lanka sign energy pact: Following Wednesday’s overarching Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Sri Lanka, both sides will collaborate in a host of energy and infrastructure projects across the island.

Editorial/OPINION


Learning to run twice as fast: The challenge of the States in achieving a debt ceiling of 20% by 2023 threatens overall fiscal responsibility targets.

In four doses: The first malaria vaccine is cleared forpilot tests, raising hopes about wider use.


Economy


Direct tax base to soar in 3 years: Demonetisation, steps to curb black money to spur increase: NITI Aayog.

‘Revival of fertilizer plants can make India an exporter’: The Centre’s revival of four fertilizer plants at a total cost of Rs. 50,000 crore has the potential to turn India into a fertilizer exporting country from an importing one.

Flexible pension for informal staff: Workers from the informal economy and the agricultural sector should be allowed flexible contributions and withdrawals from pension plans due to the vagaries of their incomes and the risk of disasters.


Indian Express



Live Mint


What sort of new FRBM do we need: While fiscal rules can indeed be useful, the old FRBM Act was flawed and needs to be replaced by something better.

The long road to a high-growth future: One of the reasons for softer growth in recent years is the decline in savings rate.

A reason to pause in Sukma: State secrecy when it comes to military operations can usually be understood through the ‘means and ends’ approach.


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Must Read News Articles – April 27



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Aadhaar-PAN linkage meant to plug tax leaks, says SC: Slamming a tendency in the country to evade taxes, the Supreme Court referred to the mandatory linking of Aadhaar to the Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Income Tax returns as an instance of the government’s efforts to bring “new and new laws to stop leakages.”

A shrinking home for endemic birds: 17 Western Ghats species have smaller ranges than what experts at IUCN estimated.

‘Govt. school teachers often away on duty’: It is not neglect but systemic issues that require them to take up other tasks, says study across 6 States.

J&K court spells steps to stop pollution, encroachment of Dal Lake: J&K HC spells out steps to preserve Dal Lake.

SC seeks law to regulate NGO funds: Finds new guidelines insufficient for systematising accreditation, fund utilisation and audit of NGOs

No port deal during PM’s Colombo trip: The Prime Minister is only signing a broad MoU on economic cooperation while in Delhi.


Editorial/OPINION


The world is still flat: The IMF’s outlook for world economic growth exudes optimism, but it’s too early to celebrate.

Politics and the police: The SC verdict reinstating a DGP limitsthe political executive’s discretion in transfers.

Navigating between friends: Any narrowing of the U.S.’s rhetoric-action deficit vis-à-vis Iran will impact India.

A solution in search of a problem: The proposed new avatar of the National Commission for Backward Classes is unlikely to providea credible and effective social justice architecture.


Economy


SEBI to grant one licence to brokers, clearing members: Market regulator SEBI on Wednesday decided to grant a unified licence to brokers and clearing members to operate in commodity derivative as well as equity markets.

Reorient social sector subsidies: NITI Aayog: India’s social sector subsidies should be reoriented so that beneficiaries don’t become dependent on them, the NITI Aayog said.


Indian Express


India’s medieval counter-insurgency: The Maoist attack in Sukma underlines that our internal security paradigm is well past its sell-by date.


Live Mint


The absurdities of the United Nations: In recent years, the UN, meant to render succour to the world’s miserable, has also been delivering relief of the comic kind.


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Must Read News Articles – April 26



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


SC pulls up trial court in Sabarmati train blasts case: A Supreme Court Bench of Chief Justice Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud on Tuesday gave the trial court in the 2000 Sabarmati train blasts case six months – October 31, 2017 deadline — to complete the proceedings.

China wants government-level talks on Kolkata-Kunming trade corridor: China on Tuesday stressed on the need to upgrade negotiations on the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM–EC) to the government level as the third meeting of the joint study group.

Odisha’s famous tiger dance losing its charm for many: Though the biennial Thakurani Jatra festival of Berhampur showcases the famous tiger dance or ‘Bagha Nacha’, experts feel that the standard of this folk form has gone down over the years.

Judgment turns focus on removal of police top brass: Supreme Court judgment reinstating T.P. Senkumar as Director-General of Police in Kerala has brought the spotlight back on the issue of executive privilege in appointing and removing top officials.

SC seeks common law against cross-border cattle smuggling: Asks Centre to extend rules framed for Nepal to Bangladesh.

Surgical strikes here to stay: Included in joint doctrine of the services as a possible response to terror.

India, Sri Lanka slip on oil, trade deals: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday for official meetings expected to announce several MoUs on developing energy and infrastructure projects in Trincomalee and fast-tracking negotiations for an upgraded free trade agreement — the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA).

Boots on the ground alone won’t help: Experts say that rather than just a security-centric approach, a coherent policy is required to quell unrest.


Editorial/OPINION


A call for reform: The IMF could turn irrelevant unless it reforms to keep up with rival global institutions.

The expanding universe of IP: Granting data exclusivity for clinical trials would undermine access to medicines.


Economy


Merging PSU banks will help: RBI’s Patel: ‘This will aid in handling stressed assets problem’.

14 States to pass GST Bill by mid-May: New tax regime will soften inflation, says Revenue Secretary Adhia.

NITI Aayog moots taxing agriculture income: Government think-tank NITI Aayog has suggested that agriculture income be brought under the purview of personal Income Tax in a bid to curb tax evasion.


Indian Express


The Sukma syndrome: Absence of strategic clarity, over-dependence of states on Central forces, have crippled the fight against Maoists.


Live Mint


The absurdities of the United Nations: In recent years, the UN, meant to render succour to the world’s miserable, has also been delivering relief of the comic kind.


 

 

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Must Read News Articles – April 25



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


25 CRPF men killed in Maoist attack: Extremists target 74th battalion in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma districtJawans were sanitising the area for a road construction project10-12 Maoists were shot deadin retaliatory firing by securitymen.

Goldman Prize for Niyamgiri hero: Prafulla Samantara led a 12-year battle to stall Vedanta’s bauxite mining.

SC for broad anti-torture legislation: Says India being denied extraditions because countries fear the accused would be treated inhumanely.

Sukhois join frontline squadron in Punjab: The Halwara-based 221 Squadron of the Indian Air Force, “Valiants”, has inducted the frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. The squadron used to fly MiG-23s till they were phased out in 2009.


Editorial/OPINION


The best laid plans: NITI Aayog’s shift away from five-year plans requires more substance.

The climate fight is global: The Paris accord requires vigilance by all global actors in view of the U.S.’s changed stance on climate change.


Economy


‘Only six of top 20 H-1B recipients are Indian firms’: Refuting the U.S. government’s comment on H-1B visa lottery misuse by Indian companies, IT industry body Nasscom on Monday said that only 6 of the top 20 H-1B recipients were Indian.

India aims to cut oil products imports as it spurs alternatives: India is aiming to cut its oil products imports to zero as it turns to alternative fuels such as methanol in its transport sector.


Indian Express


Three decades of mistrust: Pragmatic approach and sustained border diplomacy could help Delhi remove apprehensions in Sri Lanka about economic cooperation with India.

A strategic encirclement: India’s political and security establishment needs a strategy in light of China’s naval expansion.


Live Mint


Improving policymaking with Big Data: Big Data analytics can fuel the move to the evidence-based policymaking that NITI Aayog is pushing.


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Must Read News Articles – April 24



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Step up spending on infra, PM tells States: NITI Aayog formulating 15-year vision plan.

SC bats for the rights of Internet users: More and more problems make their way to the court.

Heat claimed 4,620 lives in four years: Over 4,620 people died in India due to severe heat wave over the last four years, of which only Andhra Pradesh and Telangana accounted for about 92 per cent, according to the government data.

BEL, ECIL to make VVPAT machines: Panel issues letter of intent to PSUs.

Cyprus sees role for India: Thinks New Delhi can help in unification efforts as it is close to Ankara.

Corruption, the top pain: poll: Corruption and the ways to fight it remain a major concern for the people, if the poll for pledges taken under the New India campaign run by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 12 is any indicator.

Now, Australia wants a LEMOA: But India would rather have its agreement with the U.S. operationalised first.

Beijing’s Belt-Road plan overshadows BCIM meet: Study Group on economic corridor evokes little interest.


Editorial/OPINION


Tale of two sections: It’s time 295A and 153A of the IPC are revisited, to end vexatious criminal prosecution.

At war with itself: Afghanistan and its allies need a coherent, gritty plan to roll back Taliban advances.


Economy


SEBI lines up reforms to check flow of black money: New guidelines planned for offshore derivative instruments.

Centre mulls nodal body for transport: A unified ministry to deliver a multi-modal system planned.


Indian Express



Live Mint


Global economics: Why financial cycles matter: The financial cycle often does not move in sync with the business cycle.


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Must Read News Articles – April 23



The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Taliban attack leaves 140 soldiers dead in Afghanistan: Toll could rise in assault on 209th Corps headquarters near Mazar-e-Sharif.

Soon, underwater tunnels will connect Howrah with Kolkata: A first in India, the two 520-metre structures are part of a 10.8 km underground stretch and are crucial to the East West Metro project.

India calls for dismantling of terror havens: After Mazar-e-Sharif attack, MEA targets Pakistan in call to end sanctuaries that support terrorism.

A step forward for Indo-Bangla ties: Land acquisition for construction of India-Bangladesh Friendship Bridge begins.

IISc team unravels how vitamin C helps kill bacteria: Vitamin C inhibits the synthesis of a molecule essential for bacteria survival.

More aerosol in atmosphere results in heavier rainfall: Though high aerosol loading leads to a delay in the onset of rainfall, once it sets in there is heavier and widespread rainfall.


Editorial/OPINION


It’s a bad law, just dump it: Why won’t the government repeal the retrospective tax amendment?


Economy



Indian Express



Live Mint