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Must Read News Articles of the Day – 18 August

The Hindu National/Front Page

Ready to discuss terror, India tells Pak. : There are two channels with which India Pak Dialogue is proceeding – one is NSA Level Talks and the other is Foreign Secretary Level Talks called Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue. Pak says dicuss Kashmir, India says we will send our Foreign Secretary to discuss Terror instead.

Juvenile to be tried as adult in rape case : In a first , after the amendment of Juvenile Jutice act, a Child in Conflict  with Law ( CCL ) has been  ordered by the juvenile Justice Board to be tried as an adult. The act was amended after the Nirbhaya incident had rocked the country a few years ago.

SC imposes curbs on Dahi Handi celebrations : Does setting up the age limit and height of handi amount to interfering in cultural practices?

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

 

Disquiet on the western front : India thinks that the Shimla agreement is the final word in border identification with Pakistan. Pakistan still holds the older Karanchi Agreement to be relevant. Read on.
Uniting the divided world order : The balancing act between country’s sovereignity and globalisation is not going to be easy , says Varun Gandhi , in a amazing essay on multilateralism.
An anachronistic law Under Section 124 A of the IPC – the draconian sedition law ( a question has been asked in Mains 2014 on the same ) the state government of Karanataka has filed an FIR against Amnesty International. The NGO had organised an event to raise awarness on Human Rights violation in J & K. Apparently , pro azaadi slogans were raised.
Thailand’s new Constitution ; The country has a new Constitution after a referendum that allowed no debate. The power pillars in Thailand  are – the democratically elected Shinawatra supported by poor/North Thailand/ Red Shirts and the military -palace -judiciary – middle class backed Bangkok establishment that thinks Shinawatra is corrupt and uses populist measures to win elections.

Economy

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