Must Read News Articles – October 15


The Hindu

Front Page / NATIONAL

Join consultation on triple talaq-Centre: The government  asked the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and certain other Muslim organizations to reconsider their decision to boycott the Law Commission’s consultation on triple talaq and the Uniform Civil Code (UCC).

Dissolve Shunglu panel-govt: This is following the High Court order of August 4 stating that the L-G is the administrative head of Delhi.

Centre plans to revive counter-terror body: The Centre is planning to revive the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). NCTC proposal would be reworked to allay the fears of State governments that their intelligence gathering mechanism would be encroached upon by the Centre.


A return to Cold War tensions: A big foreign policy challenge awaits the next U.S. President is the frosty relationship with a resurgent Russia. It looks like a throwback to the Cold War days with Russia and the U.S. fighting a proxy war in Ukraine, leading two competing military operations in Syria.

Time to decongest our prisons: Even though the Supreme Court has, from time to time, raised the issue of prison reforms in general, and that of overcrowding in particular, measures to decongest jails have been sporadic and half-hearted.

Literature, unplugged: In the space of two years, the Nobel has shed decades of conservatism, and twice redefined what it considers, and what we must consider, ‘literature’.


Ansari begins visit to Hungary, Algeria: It has considerable political and economic significance. The visit will serve to get a sense of the current events in Europe at this interesting point in the history of the continent.

Tensions with Pak overshadow BRICS summit: Other issues that put a damper on the meet are India’s differences with China and slowing down of various economies.

India to raise concerns over Russia-Pakistan ties: India will raise it’s “concerns” regarding Russian cooperation with Pakistan during the bilateral summit. As far as Pakistan is concerned, India thinks Russia will reflect its concerns on terrorism.

Dhaka, Beijing begin strategic alliance: Bangladesh and China have agreed to elevate their cooperation to “strategic partnership” during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit. They jointly advance China’s ‘belt and road initiative’ and establish “institutional cooperation” in areas of maritime issues and counter-terrorism.


TRAI for equal inter-connection norms: In a move to check arm-twisting practices and bring in more transparency in broadcasting business, regulator TRAI has proposed uniform inter-connection guidelines for transmission of TV channels across all available platforms like cable, DTH and IPTV.

Can’t ban all imports from China: India can’t impose a blanket ban on all imports from China. But it is possible to introduce anti-dumping duties and safeguard mechanisms on certain products to protect consumers and producers.

Centre working on logistics, taxation issues to boost exports: The Centre is working on addressing the key problems of exporters related with logistics cost and taxation to boost the country’s outbound shipments. Ministry has started the review of the foreign trade policy (FTP).

Science and Technology

Self-powered UV photo detector charges energy storage devices: IISc Bangalore has developed a cost-effective, high-performance, self-powered UV photo detector that can use the harvested optical energy for direct self-charging of energy storage devices such as super capacitor.

Indian Express

The C in BRICS: There is a need for joint global action against terrorism, underlining one issue on which there are real divisions among the ranks: China will not abandon key ally Pakistan.

Doctor is not in: To fix India’s healthcare scenario, what is most needed is “systems thinking”. For far too long, India has followed a vertical approach in its health sector, which translated into disease-specific national programs being set up.

BRICS summit: Putin, Xi, Modi: The example of NATO, the world’s most powerful military alliance, is instructive. The US and West European states came together in 1949 to counter what they saw as an assertive Soviet Union after World War II.

Live Mint

How the Indian state is building a new generation of digital public goods: The private sector’s critical role in the digital age has complicated the position of the state.


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