Must Read News Articles – April 20

The Hindu

Front Page / NATIONAL

‘No threat to visas for professionals’: The Union government has defended its foreign policy oriented towards job creation, and indicated that the latest measures taken by Australia and the United States will not curtail visas for Indian professionals.

NGT orders closure of industries near Bellandur Lake: Banning the dumping of any kind of municipal solid waste around Bellandur Lake, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed immediate and complete shut-down of all industries around the water body.

Nod for purchase of VVPAT machines: It can be seen by the voter through a screened window for seven seconds to check if the vote has been correctly recorded.

‘Our job is not to kill our people’: A-G defends the Army over panel reports on atrocities in insurgency-hit Manipur.


Clouds of prosperity: The monsoon forecast should galvanise the country to make the most of a good season.

The case for mediated settlements: To reduce NPAs, creditors and debtors need sufficient immunity to hammer out sound commercial solutions.

SPARK or an ember?: The proposal for an independent S&T authority needs more thought.

The degree disease: An emphasis on quality in our research programmes, rather than the number of seats, will further scholarship.


State entities can seek loans overseas: Cabinet has allowed financially sound entities to borrow directly from ODA partners for projects.

H-1B visa restrictions may lead to layoffs: Indian IT firms are among the biggest beneficiaries of the visa programme.

Indian Express

Valley’s lost middle ground: Let us not look for final solutions — just a way to bring back a semblance of calm. Trust the army to do its job, including dealing with any aberrant behaviour.

Live Mint

The case for long-term finance banks: As specialized institutions, long-term finance banks will be in a much better position to evaluate and fund long-term projects.



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