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Must read news articles – September 15

National

Cash flow to NGOs needs regulatory law: Apex court – Noting that NGOs get “mind-boggling” funds and it has become a “major problem,” the Supreme Court on Wednesday said it will consider asking the Law Commission of India to bring an effective law to regulate the flow of money to a total 29.99 lakh NGOs functioning in the country.

National security best left to govt., Army: SC – Noting that the Centre and the Army are the best judges to decide on matters of national security and threat perceptions, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a petition to direct the government to stop funding separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir.

End sterilisation camps, says SC – The Supreme Court directed the Centre to finalise the National Health Policy by December 31, 2016, and end mass sterilisation camps, saying that the poor and tribal men and women cannot be reduced to mere statistics in the country’s population control campaigns.

Editorials

Letting Nepal be – It is time for New Delhi to decide to what extent it is in the interest of India to deepen its intervention in the political afairs of Nepal. There is much to do bilaterally on the environmental, cultural, economic fronts, and the dangers of keeping Nepal constantly insecure and on the boil open up the possibility of societal instability leaching to adjacent Indian States.

Sapping India’s vitality – The death of several people in Delhi linked to an outbreak of dengue, chikungunya and malaria has once again exposed the inadequacy of national public health programmes that aim to eliminate vector-borne diseases.

No Hyderabad blues – The Central government has announced a special package to the Andhra Pradesh on September 7 which has raised considerable controversy. The package is generous in terms of resources to augment its infrastructure and to create institutions of governance and development, but falls short of declaring it as a “special category State”.

Towards an equilibrium – Media reports that the Defence Minister has directed the three Chiefs of Staff — through the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee — to implement the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) award without any further delay, are extraordinary.

Competing for an equal world – A tiny step to impart a sense of dignity to the efforts of para-athletes is to recognise them as differently abled, not disabled.

International

India raises Balochistan, PoK at UN; hits out at Pak – Raising the issue of Balochistan for the first time before the U.N., India on Wednesday accused Pakistan of widespread human rights violations there as well as in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

India may help Nepal build railway line – India is likely to ofer Nepal’s new Prime Minister help in building an east-west railway line and better access to its ports on his first visit this week, as it tries to regain ground lost recently to China.

BRICS meet in New Delhi to focus on security issues – China has signalled that it wants the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping to acquire a larger security dimension, ahead of the departure to New Delhi of State Councillor, Yang Jiechi for a meeting of the national security advisers of the five emerging countries.

Afghanistan situation not civil war: Ghani – During the visit of Afghanistan president, India said it would extend $ one billion in development assistance to Afghanistan. India’s development assistance, will focus on capacity building in the social sector as well as clean energy projects of hydel-power and solar energy.

Energy

‘India wastes 15-20% of its renewable energy’ – The natural variations in wind and solar energy, and lack of adequate electricity storage facilities, result in about 15-20 per cent of all renewable energy generated in India going waste, according to a top oicial in Panasonic India’s energy division.

Indian Express

Rampage of day biters – Vector control requires action at household level and robust public health systems.

A deeper friendship – Indo-Afghan relations are among the few bilateral ties that include elements of civilisational, emotional and strategic imperatives and bonds but Delhi and Kabul have failed to translate their enormous mutual trust into an effective strategic partnership.

Manipur’s common cause – The struggle against AFSPA holds that this counter-insurgency law has created more unrest in Manipur than it has curbed. The people of Manipur are raising issues of justice, accountability, and fundamental rights to life and liberty, critical to the future of Indian democracy.

Here is everything you need to know about Lithium batteries  – With a limit on maximum capacity and the dangers it poses if not manufactured correctly, are lithium ion batteries ready to power the devices of the future?

 

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