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Must read news articles – September 17

National

‘Centre against imposition of Hindi’ – Promotion of regional languages is the responsibility of the respective States, says Kiren Rijiju

Hike MSP for chickpeas during rabi season: Panel – A panel headed by Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian has recommended an immediate hike in the minimum support price (MSP) of pulses.

Editorials

Summit over substance – Barely six weeks after participating in the G-20 summit at Hangzhou, China, and the East Asia and ASEAN-India summits at Vientiane, Laos, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will himself play host to the annual BRICS summit in Goa on October 15-16, 2016.

Towards a national health policy – Many course correction measures have been ordered by the court in the Devika Biswas public interest case, and if they are implemented vigorously, they can greatly improve women’s welfare.

The bane of a bumper crop – Farmers in Maharashtra’s onion belt are getting an unprecedented low price for their produce, though they retail at tear-inducing rates after leaving Asia’s largest wholesale market for it, Lasalgaon. Alok Deshpande details their helplessness.

Environment

India and China concerned about degradation of Himalayas: Anil Dave – Stating that the rapid melting of glaciers in the Himalayan range is a major issue, Union Minister for Environment and Forests (Independent Charge) Anil M. Dave on Friday said that India and China were both “concerned” about the degradation of the world’s highest mountain range.

International

Pakistan constructing new nuclear reprocessing site – The latest report of covert nuclear weapons development activities in Pakistan comes in the wake of a long series of such observations made in the recent years, mostly from commercial satellite photography.

EU is in a critical situation: Merkel – Reeling from Britain’s decision to leave, the European Union (EU)’s remaining 27 states met on Friday to inject momentum into the ailing EU project even as they acknowledged deep divisions over the refugee crisis and the economy.

Economy

Task force to evolve steps to boost India’s innovation ecosystem – India’s ranking in GII-2016 rose 15 places to 66th position. Recognising India’s potential, Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had sought the setting up of the Task Force.

Five museums from India among top 25 in Asia: Report – Five Indian museums feature among the best 25 in Asia while Leh’s ‘Hall of Fame’ has topped the India list as a “must-visit” place by travellers in a survey.

Indian Express

No proof required: Blind men in search of inflation – For the last few years, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has provided advice to the RBI on the setting of policy (repo) rates. Very soon, perhaps as soon as the October 4 meeting of the RBI, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will be formed, and rather than an advisory role, it will make policy.

Not for the cow – Rather than protecting the animals, slaughter bans are an economic disincentive for farmers to rear cattle.

The silence of science – Social media outlets have revolutionised science communication the world over. It has become essential for any research organisation to have a dominant social media presence for effective science communication.

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