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Must read news articles – September 19

National

SC moves away from death penalty – The innovation involves substituting death penalty with a “special category” of life imprisonment without the benefit of release on remission for prolonged periods ranging from 25 to 30 years, if not more.

Cambodia emerges as surrogacy hub -With tougher laws in India, doctors and couples are increasingly moving to the east Asian nation.

Editorials

A blow for the right to knowledge – Delhi High Court has dismissed the copyright infringement petition initiated in August 2012 by three publishers (Oxford, Cambridge and Taylor & Francis) against a photocopy shop located in the premises of Delhi University.

Coherence in the neighbourhood – Over the past week, India played host to Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, visits that marked a repair of relationships with both countries.

An overlapping roadmap – Actions that will reduce vulnerability to climate change are related to strategies for achieving Sustainable Development Goals.

Economy

Simplify factory inspections for ‘ease of doing business’: CII –  DELHI: The factory inspection system needs a complete overhaul to bring India among the top 50 countries in terms of ‘ease of doing business’ in the next two years, according to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Current account may be in surplus, raising export concerns –  India’s current account moved in to surplus in the April-June quarter of the current fiscal year, after a gap of 9 years, a senior Finance Ministry official confirmed. Slow growth in imports, reflecting the persisting weakness in the investment sentiment, tipped the account, he explained.

International

Rich Indians worry as ‘dollar’ visa set to end– The United States of America’s EB-5 Programme, labelled in a lighter vein as the ‘Green Card for greenback’ scheme, has been attracting oodles of eyeballs — including from India — of late.

Brexit? What Brexit? EU on cruise control –  The “Brexit cruise” didn’t get very far. EU leaders drifted down the Danube for an hour, said little about Britain over a leisurely shipboard lunch, then circled back to Bratislava to resume Friday’s summit.

Environment

Invasive Giant African Land Snail sighted at Goa University – The Goa University campus at Taleigao plateau near here could be showing indicators of impact of gross human interference in the natural ecosystem as it has become a nursery of Giant African Land Snail (GALS), listed in the world’s top 100 invasive species.

Science & Tech.

New technique by MIT may help zero in on Martian life -In 2020, NASA plans to launch a new Mars rover that will be tasked with probing a region of the planet scientists believe could hold remnants of ancient microbial life.

Indian Express

The pulse of the matter – Farmers tend to lose out irrespective of whether crop prices go up or down. Government needs to rectify this.

For the mother and child – Those who condemn the bill for restricting absolute reproductive rights fail to consider the matter from the standpoint of the most important person in this process — the unborn child.

Illusion of legality – Advocates of the uniform civil code attach out of place importance to Muslim Personal Law (MPL) without really appreciating both its lack of “legality” as well as “divinity”.

Next door Nepal: Mending fences – Dahal, who has travelled to Delhi in less than a month of his succeeding Oli as the prime minister, risks giving credence to the Indian perception with his claims to promote “balanced” relations with Nepal’s two neighbours.

 

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