Must Read News Articles – October 21


The Hindu

Front Page / NATIONAL

WTO members stay committed to development: The World Trade Organization (WTO) head, Roberto Azevêdo, has said that no member country has sought long-standing issues, including food security-related, to be taken off the negotiating table of the Doha Round.

No need to panic, card holders told: National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the domestic payment gateway, has urged debit card customers whose data has been compromised, not to panic as all the necessary actions have been taken to deal with the fiasco.


Shifting the GST goalpost: The GST Council has agreed on precious little, including the tax rates proposed by the Centre. Worse, the pact reached earlier on administrative control of manufacturing sector assesses has unraveled with States raising fresh concerns.

Frames of reference: A raft of judicial pronouncements in Indian courts and an examination of cross-currents on the subject in several Muslim-majority countries could inform the current debate on triple talaq.

A vote on referendums: The Brexit and Colombian surprises aside, a referendum can be an instrument to deepen the participatory process of Indian democracy.

Myths about Israel’s security model: Decades of war have pushed Israel to a security dilemma. India can’t go about violating global norms and then hope to play a responsible role in international politics.

Truckloads of goodwill: As trade across the Line of Control in Kashmir completes eight years, there needs to be more appreciation of its force-multiplier effect as a harbinger of peace and prosperity.


Hungary, Algeria back fight against terror: Hungary and Algeria have both unequivocally added their voices to the international outcry against terrorism in the current Indian context.

Pakistan warns India against breaching Indus Water Treaty: Pakistan warned “appropriate action” if India violated the Indus Water Treaty.


U.S. asks India to liberalize retail, financial services: The U.S. has asked India to consider relaxing local sourcing requirements in single brand retail trade as well as liberalizing financial services sector.

Centre turns cautious on regional connectivity scheme’s prospects: The Centre has turned “optimistically cautious” about its regional connectivity scheme, which aims to activate torpid airports and make flying a cheaper option.

PPP model can revive private investment: India’s infrastructure needs can be addressed by enhancing the public-private partnership (PPP) model, which will help attract more private sector investment in sectors such as roads and highways.

Indian Express

At ease with the world: There is a new synergy between India’s economic and foreign policy.

The Way Forward from ParisClimate justice must be ingrained in the rules of the new climate compacts.

Still waiting: Delay in implementing the GST reflects poorly on the preparedness of the state and Union governments.

Live Mint

Strengthening India’s energy security: The Essar Oil-Rosneft deal shows how lucrative the Indian energy market is.

Preserving central bank independence: Politicians can’t complain if central banks attempt to fulfill their mandates by keeping interest rates at record lows.




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