20-04-2017

1. The case of mediated settlements. The country’s banking sector is severely stressed with one-sixth of the gross advances of public sector banks (around ₹7 lakh crore) being non-performing assets (NPAs).  read more 2. United they exit? It’s a testament to the unexpectedness of Theresa May’s call for a snap general election that even in 

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19-04-2017

1. Met dept. expects a ‘normal’ monsoon but doubts loom. India is likely to get ‘normal’ monsoon rains, according to the first official forecast of the season by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).  read more 2. Lonely and disinterested. Picture this: China is steadily increasing its geostrategic presence in South, Central and West Asia; there 

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18-04-2017

1. Legally enabling. The HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill passed by Parliament does not guarantee access to anti-retroviral drugs and treatment for opportunistic infections, but there is no denying that it is a good base for an active health rights movement to build upon.  read more 2.Understanding crowd dynamics. Anyone scanning the headlines 

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17-04-2017

1.Nationalism then and now. Indian nationalism and Hindu nationalism are two different things. While the former is unconcerned with a person’s religious or cultural identity, the latter imagines the nation as an exclusive community of Hindus. From the time of Independence till now, this distinction has never been in doubt.  read more 2.A glacial fight. 

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16-04-2017

1. We first need a uniform criminal code. Four recent incidents highlight a major crisis in Indian society. First, the stunning defiance of a parliamentarian soon after thrashing an airline employee. Second, the hounding of young men and women by ‘anti-Romeo police squads’. Third, the merciless killing of Pehlu Khan, by an unruly mob. And 

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14-04-2017

1.Right to access internet cannot be curtailed,says SC. Citizens have the right to access the Internet to gain information, wisdom and knowledge and their right cannot be curtailed unless it encroaches into the boundary of illegality, the Supreme Court observed on Thursday.  read more 2.Courting faith and reason. The Challenger space shuttle exploded in 1986, 

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1.India has breached its Tibet commitment,says Beijing. China on Wednesday reiterated that the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh will have a negative impact on Sino-Indian ties, and accused New Delhi of breaching its commitment on the Tibet issue.  read more 2.Ending nuclear lawlessness. In the last week of March, at the United 

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1.Pivot to the Indo-Pacific. when India finds itself consumed once again by its obsession with Pakistan in light of the death sentence pronounced on Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court.  read more 2.No place for scholarship. The claim that something as innocuous as the number of MPhil students that a university teacher is allowed 

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1.Aadhaar must for access to Survey of India maps The Survey of India, the country’s oldest scientific organisation and official maker of maps, has set up a web portal called Nakshe that allows 3,000 of its 7,000 maps to be downloaded for free.  read more 2.Polygamy is not a religious practice: government tells SC. Polygamy 

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10-04-2017

1.Clarity and facts on the ground There are several conflicting accounts of precisely what transpired when senior advocate Shyam Divan made a request late in March for an early hearing of a batch of petitions that question the validity of the unique identification scheme  read more 2.None for the road. The liquor trade, as the 

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