04-05-2017

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1.NITI Aayog for less teaching,more research.

To ensure that investments in research better translate to more products and bolster “innovation and development” The National Institution for the Transformation of India (NITI) Aayog has recommended that faculty at “world class” institutions prioritise research and be allowed to “reduce their teaching responsibility,” if required.  read more

2.The dragon beckons.

On March 17, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on security in Afghanistan. It includes a reference to regional development initiatives such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). read more

3.short-sighted ploy.

By launching impeachment proceedings in Parliament against Supreme Court Chief Justice Sushila Karki, the ruling coalition government in Nepal has ignited yet another crisis at an already fraught political moment — before the scheduled local polls later this month.  read more

4.In search of gentle death.

On April 11, 2017, Justice Nicholas Francis of the family division of the High Court of England and Wales gave a ruling which I doubt very much, whether I, as a judge, would have had the courage to give.  read more

5.Sorry,we owe you no apology.

It must have been a difficult decision for the Chief Executive Officer of United Airlines, a major American airline, to apologise following outrage over alleged mistreatment of a passenger of Asian origin by airline staff.  read more

6.Flight of the common man.

A regional connectivity scheme, UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik/Let The Common Man Fly) is aimed at reviving dormant airstrips in the country and helping passengers in Tier-II and Tier-III cities fly by air.  read more

7.Happily never after.

The U.K. and the European Union (EU) remain poles apart in their approaches to the former’s impending exit from the bloc.  read more

8.UID can stall fake PAN: Centre

Mandatory linking of Aadhaar with PAN cannot be considered discriminatory merely because there are “conscientious objectors” who refuse to take the Aadhaar in the name of freedom of choice, privacy and fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution, the government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.  read more

9. ‘Data leaks not from UIDAI,but from States’

Leaks of Aadhaar card details are not from the UIDAI, but at the State level, the Union government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.  read more

10.BrahMos missile achieves rare feat.

The Army carried out a successful test of the advanced BrahMos Block III Land Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Wednesday. This is the second consecutive test of the missile in two days.  read more

11.Package to resolve NPAs gets Cabinet nod.

The government on Wednesday cleared a package to resolve the persistent rise in non-performing assets that are plaguing public sector banks and denting credit growth, a top government official said.  read more

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1. `Aadhaar would take away civil rights'.

A day after the Centre told the Supreme Court that Aadhaar was no longer voluntary and has become mandatory after the law was passed, critics of the scheme accused the government of taking a stand contrary to law by placing before the court information available on Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) website and various advertisements published by the authority which said it is voluntary.   read more

2. The Aadhaar We Deserve.

There is renewed debate around Aadhaar, including one in Parliament that i initiated. More recently, IT and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has offered his thoughts on Aadhaar in these columns (`Winning with Aadhaar’, 17 April).  read more

3. Right Over Self.

In arguments before the Supreme Court, government has stated that citizens can’t claim absolute right over their bodies and refuse to give digital samples of their fingerprints and iris for Aadhaar enrolment.  read more

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1.Centre contradictions on Aadhaar.

However well-intentioned the government’s move may be, the contradictory positions taken by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and the attorney general, on the Aadhaar card are quite startling.  read more

2.Why India lost the Plot in Bangladesh.

I have kept an eye on Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, since she left New Delhi with a parched throat because we failed to quench her thirst for Teesta waters. read more

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