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Must read news articles: May 1

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EC for 5-year ban on those bribing voters – The Election Commission will soon ask the government to disqualify for up to five years candidates listed in charge sheets for bribing voters, a move which comes after it found that “innovative ways” were used for luring electors in a Tamil Nadu by election

SAARC satellite set for lift-of – The ‘South Asia Satellite,’ which India has built for use by countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will be launched on May 5.

Farm suicides get attention of apex court – SC widened the scope of a petition to cover entire nation and asked Centre to provide an action plan

Security

Smart fence soon along LoC – Army to speed up work on erecting the barrier in view of rising infiltration.

Environment

No tourist entry into Odisha national park – Bhitarkanika National Park authorities have imposed restrictions on entry of tourists into the park for three months to provide undisturbed environment for
breeding by estuarine crocodiles.

Six tigers to be relocated to Buxa Tiger Reserve–  Six tigers would be relocated to the Buxa Tiger Reserve
(BTR) in north Bengal from neighbouring Assam as part of a plan for augmentation of the tiger population in the reserve which was approved by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

Agriculture

Drops of water better than the gush – Investments into drip irrigation systems, while sizeable, appear to pay off quickly as farmers realise a sharp increase in yields, alongside more efficient water use. ‘Precision agriculture’ seems to be the way out for the future

Editorials

Kashmir’s unending tragedy – The dreadful violence and low turnout in a by-election in Kashmir has again raised intense debate in New Delhi. Unfortunately this debate has been mainly abusive rather than productive, and as a result it has masked the real issues.

Building holistic ties – India must continue to engage Sri Lanka beyond mere transactional deals

Reining in the sharks – The Real Estate Act largely addresses consumer interests, but some creases are still to be ironed out

Ethics

VIP culture must end, says PM

The Indian Express

Oil more slippery– A few weeks back, American Tomahawk missiles took out a Syrian airfield. The price of the North Sea Brent crude jumped up by 2 per cent to $56.08/barrel but within days, gave up this gain.

 

 

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