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The Hindu

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Draft Ganga Act to draw from Highways Act : Uma Bharti A first-of-its-kind bill to regulate a river — the Ganga Act, as it is now called and being drafted by experts — will draw from the National Highways Act and allow the Centre final say over States during disputes over management of its water, said a top official in the water ministry.

 

International

China reaching out to Bhutan as part of new S. Asia policy : China has signalled its intent to establish diplomatic ties with Bhutan, adding another dimension to its evolving South Asia policy, which has already included a deeper engagement with Nepal, as part of Beijing’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.

India Maldives discuss Peace in Indian Ocean  : Maldivian Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim met with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj to brief about the recent developments in the country ( Indian Express, Better Articles )

Opinion

The Beijing balancing act : India and China need to come closer. The G 20 is in September in China and BRICS summit is in India in October. And it wont be successful if the major countries have differences. hence the Visit of Chinese Foreign Minister in India.P.S. Both G 20 and BRICS will be important this year for Mains
An avoidable war of attrition : Chief Justice T.S. Thakur’s public complaints over executive delay in clearing judicial appointments must be seen not as plaintive cries, but an admonition to the government to respect constitutional redlines writes Sanjay Hegde.

Economy

BBB should appoint top executives at state-owned banks, says Rajan : The task of appointing top executives and non-official directors in these entities should be left to the Bank Board Bureau (BBB).  At present, the Centre appoints the chief executive, executive directors and other board members.

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