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The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Bodo blockade hits train passengers: Blockade mounted by the All-Bodo Students Union (ABSU) to demand a Bodo State to be carved out of Assam.

Era of e-postal ballots dawns, courtesy EC’s new initiative: A change in ‘The Conduct of Election Rules, 1961’ now empowers a returning officer in any constituency to send postal ballots to an eligible voter “by electronic means as specified by the Election Commission.”

SC wants RBI to name big loan defaulters: The Supreme Court on Monday turned the heat on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), asking why it is against making public names of 57 tax-dodgers who owe banks Rs. 85,000 crore in bad loans.

ePDS will ensure accountability in food-grains distribution: implementation of Electronic Public Distribution System (ePDS) project would ensure transparency and accountability in food-grains.


Editorial/OPINION


Postcards of change: New Delhi should capitalize on the momentum from recent state visits by Myanmar’s top leadership to forge a strategic partnership with the country.

The data breach, banks and their cyber culture: The data breach at 19 Indian banks that has led to more than 32 lakh debit cards being blocked or recalled is a wake-up call for the banking industry.

Double-talk on free speech: The colonial government imposed harsh punishment for sedition, but when it came to non-political speech like art and literature, British India and England, Briton and Indian, were treated alike.


ECONOMY


Centre may bring indebted, ailing units under PSU bank management: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley kicked off discussions on a proposal wherein ailing units in the steel, power and shipping sectors could be brought under the management of select PSUs.

Only a few debit cards were misused, says RBI: The number of cards misused, as per currently available information, is few. The issue is currently being investigated by an approved forensic auditor, under PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standard) framework.

Panagariya defends 4 GST rates and cess: NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya on Monday took on critics of the Centre’s proposals to levy a cess on top of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) with four tax slabs ranging from six per cent to 26 per cent apart from a zero-tax category.


INTERNATIONAL


Pak. freezes accounts of 5,100, including Azhar: Authorities in Pakistan have frozen bank accounts with more than Rs.400 million of over 5,100 terror suspects, including Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar who is under “protective custody”.

Formalize 2003 ceasefire to end tensions: India and Pakistan should formalize the 2003 ceasefire to avoid the situation from “deteriorating further”.


Science and Technology


ISRO starts landing tests for Chandrayaan-2 mission: Simulated lunar craters created in Chitradurga to plan Lander’s descent.The Indian Space Research Organisation started a series of ground and aerial tests linked to the critical Moon landing of Chandrayaan-2.

As AI evolves, so does its criminal potential: Artificial Intelligent systems expected to expand vulnerabilities of online world.


Indian Express


The Kigali Breakthrough: Indian intervention ensured a balance between climate concerns and economic needs.

Next door Nepal: Top-down secularism: Constitution delinks religion from politics without engaging the people.


Live Mint


Afghanistan and South Asian security: Two recent edited volumes add to our understanding of the region, which remains understudied despite its importance.

The relevance of the ‘New Urban Agenda’: The agenda, adopted at a UN conference, offers a normative framework for guiding India’s urban future.

India needs opportunistic tightening: For all the widespread faith in lower interest rates, they are of dubious efficacy in inducing the investment of the right kind.


 

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