Must Read News Articles – March 18

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Conduct divorce hearings via videoconferencing: SC: ‘It will spare couples the drudgery of coming to courts’.

ICRISAT, ICAR join hands for crop improvement: In a bid to benefit small farmers in India and globally, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) would work together on crop improvement and agronomy programmes for grain legumes and dryland cereals.

Long-term supply pact for Sukhoi jets inked: Agreement expected to address India’s concerns with respect to Russian-origin military equipment.

Ten elephant corridors in Odisha viable for restoration: Noted expert R Sukumar roped in by government to prepare management plan. Ten of the 14 proposed elephant corridors identified to facilitate unhindered movement of jumbos and prevent their inbreeding have been found viable for restoration in Odisha.

Parliamentary panel fumes as NATGRID posts remain vacant: The Union Home Ministry informed a parliamentary panel earlier this week that it couldn’t get qualified IT professionals to fill 35 posts in the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), an ambitious intelligence project conceptualised after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.

Labour code to provide social security cover to all workers: Centre’s proposal will include self-employed, agricultural workers.

Supreme Court collegium reserves final call on judges: The Supreme Court Collegium has handed over the finalised Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) for appointment of judges to the government.While maintaining the government’s proposal for a national security clause in the MoP, the Collegium has reserved to itself the right to reiterate a name rejected by the government.


National health policy 2017: A road map for health: Affordable, quality health care for all requires more human resources and cost control.


‘Assess impact of Make in India plan’: A Parliamentary panel has sought an assessment of how the government’s Make In India (MII) initiative has helped the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in the country. It also said dedicated measures should be made to ensure that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) promotes the MSME sector.

Indian drugmakers face squeeze in U.S. healthcare market: India’s small and medium-sized generic drugmakers say the threat of tougher rules and higher barriers for outsiders in the U.S. healthcare market will force many to find a niche or focus their expansion efforts on other countries.

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