Must read articles of the day – August 25


Surrogate children only for married couples: Bill : The Union Cabinet, on Wednesday, cleared the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, banning commercial surrogacy in India

Air-breather propulsion test on August 28: ISRO : ISRO is looking forward to conducting the air-breathing propulsion test using the two-stage, three-tonne RH-560 rocket because it involves cutting edge technologies.

Private sector bears higher TB burden: Study : A study has found that in 2014 there were 2.2 million TB patients treated in India’s private sector alone.

Not a tight ship, submarine project leaked like a sieve : From the very early phase, the Scorpene project has been in the eye of controversies. From delay to allegations of kickbacks, the project has now been hit by an unusual data leak.

Deforestation reduces summer rainfall in Ganga Basin, north-east : Deforestation (converting woody savanna to crop land) in north-east India and north-central India has led to a 100-200 mm reduction in summer monsoon rainfall in these two regions.


Citizenship without bias : Government introduced a Bill to amend certain provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955. The object of the proposed Bill is to enable, who have fled to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh without valid travel documents, or those whose valid documents have expired in recent years, to acquire Indian citizenship by the process of naturalisation.

The new war on piracy : Recent reports about the change in copyright infringement warnings on various websites have triggered anxiety among many Internet users in India.

New engagement with an old neighbour : Days after Aung San Suu Kyi made a high-profile visit to China as Myanmar’s Foreign Minister, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Myanmar in the first high-level visit from India after the civilian government assumed office in Nay Pyi Daw.

Geography and Environment

Thousands of lakes form in Antarctica : A recent study found that nearly 8,000 lakes have formed on the ice sheet of East Antarctica from 2000 to 2013. This may sound harmless, but they can spell disaster.


RBI favours managerial autonomy for PSU banks : There is an immediate need to grant managerial autonomy to public sector banks to enable them take independent decisions and improve governance, according to S.S. Mundra, Deputy Governor, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Science and Technology

Antibiotics may increase diabetes risk in kids : As children’s exposure to microbe-killing antibiotics has increased in recent decades, the incidence of autoimmune diseases like Type 1 diabetes has more than doubled


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