Must read news articles – 21 September


The Hindu

Apex court doubles quantum of Cauvery water for Tamil Nadu – The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Karnataka to release 6000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to neighboring Tamil Nadu.

IIT-M’s cheap solution to make brackish water potable – It may soon become possible to convert brackish water into drinking water at about 12 paisa per litre right on the kitchen table by using a potential difference of just 1.8 volts, thanks to researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M

China caught in a corridor of uncertainty – By tying up the Uri attack with concern for CPEC, Beijing has shown that its views on terror are shaped by its interests.

National wastewater reuse policy sought – India needs a national wastewater reuse policy to help address the “perennial concern” of urban water stress by mandating targets and laying out legislative, regulatory and financial measures to hit those targets, PwC said in a report.

Business Standard

‘Right to be Forgotten’ has voluntary group worried – Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), a voluntary group, has moved the Delhi High Court to join proceedings in a case where a petitioner had sought to make the “Right to be Forgotten” legal in the country


The Hindu

Copyright and copy-making – The Delhi High Court verdict that photocopying portions of academic publications to make course packs for students does not amount to copyright infringement has been interpreted by many as a victory for the wider public interest of ensuring affordable access to quality educational material.

The best among limited options – In an interconnected world where India is seen as a rising, responsible power, it is necessary to temper the voices being heard about paying Pakistan back in its own coin

Will the Paris Pact succeed like the Montreal Protocol? – On September 21, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is organising in New York a ratification ceremony for the Paris climate agreement, inviting countries that haven’t endorsed it till now to do so.

An independent RBI is a chimera – In an emerging market economy like India’s where the main objective of macro policy is economic welfare, the central bank cannot work independently of the government
The Hindu
High import duties, trade pact impasse irk Germany – German industry’s major concerns regarding doing business in India are unavailability of land, high duties on goods, shortage of skilled workers, absence of an India-European Union (EU) investment protection pact and the impasse in the proposed India-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations.

No, free trade isn’t fueling inequality – Globalization isn’t perpetrating inequality, it is a lack of consolidated, documented knowledge that is doing the damage on a global scale

The SBI merger: is bigger always better? – The merger of the State Bank of India (SBI) with its five associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) is being pursued in the belief that larger automatically means better.

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