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Must read articles of the day – August 26

National

‘Move to replace MCI, a remedy worse than malady’ : MCI is facing the flake due to allegation of corruption and misgovernance. Now president of the Medical Council of India is under the scanner for corruption and currently being monitored by a three-member committee mandated by the Supreme Court.

Centre seeks clarification on another Delhi Bill : The union Home Ministry has sought clarifications from the Delhi government on the Minimum Wages (Delhi) Amendment Bill, 2015, passed by the Assembly last year.

Pharmacies show restraint in selling anti-TB drugs: Study : The study published in journal Lancet states that none of the pharmacies mapped in Mumbai, Delhi and Patna dispensed first-line anti-tuberculosis drugs, and the use of stronger fluoroquinolone antibiotics and heavily-restricted drug classes was low.

No role in Lokpal nominations: Centre to SC : The Union government has told the Supreme Court that it has no role in recommending the names of any sitting or retired Supreme Court judges or Chief Justices of High Courts as judicial members of Lokpal.

Editorials

How to win medals in Olympics : Across India, clusters of excellence by sport can be developed based on natural inclinations and heritage that are visible, such as boxing in Haryana and badminton in Hyderabad

Can the international solar alliance change the game? : Several countries have aggressive solar targets and regional and international organisations are hoping to support these aims. Yet, although the sun shines everywhere, solar power remains concentrated in just a few countries.

International

After BrahMos row, China tells India to focus on border peace : China on Thursday urged India to do more to reinforce peace and stability along the border, following reports that New Delhi was deploying advanced cruise missiles in the eastern sector

Assad regime launched chemical attacks: UN : A UN investigation has established that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces carried out at least two chemical attacks in Syria and that Islamic State jihadists used mustard gas as a weapon.

Quality norms, smart cities to top agenda in India-US talks : India and the U.S. will focus on measures to improve the quality of goods and services, develop smart cities as well as promote entrepreneurship and innovation during the forthcoming bilateral Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD).

Economy

Monsanto stops release of new Bt cotton tech : Seed technology major Monsanto says it is suspending plans to introduce an upgraded version of its genetically modified cotton in India because of uncertainty in the “business and regulatory environment”

GM mustard moves closer to approval : Genetically-modified (GM) mustard may have moved closer to being cleared for commercial cultivation in India after a key committee, tasked with assessing all the available evidence so far on the plant’s suitability for Indian soil and risks posed to health and ecology.

Banks to issue Masala bonds, RBI opens currency markets : The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced a raft of measures to boost investor participation and market liquidity in both the corporate bond and currency markets.

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