Must Read News Articles – October 17


The Hindu

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Centre’s stand on triple talaq is based on gender justice:  The Centre’s affidavit on the triple talaq issue, which is being heard in the Supreme Court, is based on the principles of assuring gender justice, gender equality and dignity.

SIT moots independent ED probe into money laundering: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money has recommended that money laundering investigations by the Enforcement Directorate be allowed without any dependence on registration of cases by other agencies.

Judicial appointments-Panel to consult jurists:  Tug of war between the judiciary and the Union government on the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) for judicial appointments, the Standing Committee on Ministry of Personnel and Law Justice has scheduled a series of interactions with senior jurists for their views.

Uniform Code not just ideology-drivenRight to equality, non-discrimination on the grounds of sex and the right to live with dignity were part of our Constitution before the Western world granted these to women in their countries and before international covenants were signed.

Health spending- How States splurge on salaries: The bulk of public money spent by State-level healthcare systems is not on medical services, but goes towards wages and salaries of human resources.


Cool the world: The Kigali agreement to amend the Montreal Protocol and substantially limit the emission of hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs) that contribute to global warming represents major progress.

Kairana and the politics of exclusion: The National Human Rights Commission’s report on the ‘Kairana exodus’ raises questions about its remit as an unbiased arbiter in conflict situations.

An onerous task ahead: The Paris Climate Agreement is set to enter into force, but without the support needed to implement it.


BRICS meet declaration pledges to fight terror: The 8th BRICS summit ended here on Sunday with the adoption of the Goa Declaration which pledged opposition to terrorism. The text of declaration did not name any country specifically as the source of cross-border terrorism.

India rekindles bond with Hungary: The Indian outreach comes in the backdrop of the support Hungary has extended to India’s bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and also in the context of the post-Brexit uncertainties for Indian business and industry in the United Kingdom.

Bhutan supports India on surgical strikes along LoC: Bhutan stands “shoulder-to-shoulder” with India in its fight against terror, on the sidelines of the BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach.

Dhaka seeks balance of strategic ties: Developments like government-to-government deals worth $24.45 billion and private investment worth $13.6 billion, during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s milestone visit to Dhaka upgraded the Bangladesh-China relationship to a ‘strategic partnership’.

BRICS calls for checking IS, anti-terror convention: Reflecting international concern, the declaration pointed out the need for countering the Islamic State which has occupied territories in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. Mentioning the IS, or Daesh, it said the threat posed by the group is “unprecedented” and called for a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) in the U.N. General Assembly.

Sirisena seeks solution to fishermen issue: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday asked India to find a “firm” solution to the “thorny” fishermen issue.


Centre rethinks 40% annuity order under NPS: To make the National Pension System (NPS) more attractive, the Centre could do away with a norm mandating retiring employees to buy an annuity with 40 per cent.

Overhaul steel policy- NITI Aayog: the NITI Aayog has called for a new policy to be drafted under the guidance of the government think-tank that examines that entire value chain of the steel industry, from raw materials to taxation and logistics costs that have hindered growth. India is now the third largest steelmaker in the world.

Fixing multiple GST rates could be time-consuming: The first official indication that India could levy Goods & Services Tax (GST) at multiple rates came from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley when he said that pollutants and environment-unfriendly items could attract GST at rates higher than the standard rate.

BRICS agrees to set up credit rating agency: The five-nation group BRICS agreed to set up an independent rating agency based on market-oriented principles, saying it would further strengthen the global governance architecture.

Indian Express

Unprepared for bad days: India lacks the institutional mechanisms to deal with the death of firms and the failure of banks.

No one asks the farmer: The opposition’s main contention is that the GM mustard hybrid incorporates three alien genes -barnase, barstar and bar -rendering it inherently unsafe for human and animal health.

Live Mint

Inflation assessment-some unexplored issues: The use of a single inflation anchor for consumers and producers may often amount to ignoring the structural realities of the economy.

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