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Daily Must Read News Articles – October 6

NATIONAL

Bill to protect HIV community from bias gets approval: The Union Cabinet has approved amendments to the HIV Bill, granting stronger protection to the HIV community. The Bill prohibits discrimination against people living with HIV (PLHIV) in accessing healthcare, acquiring jobs, renting houses or in education institutions

UN court rejects disarmament case against India: The United Nations’ highest court has rejected nuclear disarmament cases filed by Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands against Britain, India and Pakistan

INTERNATIONAL

SAARC must address terror, says Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka says that regional grouping will become irrelevant if cross-border terrorism is not taken up.

Xi Jinping may delay choosing a successor: The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, appears to defy the Communist Party’s established script for transferring power and delay the designation of his successor until after a party congress next year.

US poll offers Kremlin a window of opportunity in Syria: A successful Russia-Syria offensive on the city of Aleppo would redraw the map and could complicate any plans for further United States military action in Syria. Russia is using the waning days of the Obama administration to strengthen President Bashar Al-Assad’s hold on power, expand the territory he controls in Syria and constrain the options of the next U.S. President in responding to the civil war.

ECONOMY

Indo-Pak chill won’t impact S. Asia: The standoff between New Delhi and Islamabad will not impact the growth prospects of the South Asian region including India as per ‘World Economic Forum’.

‘Automation threatens jobs’: Automation threatens 69 percent of the jobs in India and 77 percent in China, according to a World Bank research.

Steel imports dip, Centre retains minimum price: The government has announced the continuation of minimum import price on 66 steel items.

Services sector slows in Sept.: The headline seasonally adjusted Nikkei India Services Business Activity Index registered 52.0 in September, down from Augusts’ 43-month high of 54.7. An index reading above 50 indicates an expansion, while below 50 a contraction.

Markets price in more easing by RBI, see risk in policy shift: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has embarked on a significant but risky shift towards greater tolerance of higher inflation under new governor Urjit Patel, prompting markets to price in another rate cut.

EDITORIAL / OPINION

Three shades of denial: Evasion and embellishment have been responses to choice from all quarters after news of the September 29 ‘surgical strikes’. Denial seems to be everywhere these days.

India will need freer trade’: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hopes that New Delhi will take a more liberal approach to freeing up trade and promoting regional integration.

Amnesty by another name: The Income Declaration Scheme has garnered only a minuscule amount of black money. The big fish have got away.

Cashless India: Challenges and benefits: Greater usage of digital payments will save trillions of rupees for the Indian economy as it will help bring down the cost of cash.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Chemistry Nobel for three: Three European scientists have won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing molecular machines that could one day be injected to fight cancer or used to make energy-storage devices.

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