Daily News Prescription 10th July 2019

By Moderator July 10, 2019 08:47

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Polity and Governance

SC to decide if illegal migrants can be given the status of refugees (The Hindu)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a “substantial question” put forth by the Union government as to whether illegal immigrants can even be considered for ‘refugee’ status.

Judiciary can’t direct govt. to frame laws on marital rape: HC (The Hindu)

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday declined a plea seeking direction to the Centre to frame guidelines for registration of FIR for marital rape and laws to make it a ground for divorce.

Cabinet clears sops for port operators (The Hindu)

The Cabinet on Tuesday cleared changes to the Maharashtra Port Policy — 2016, allowing major concessions in wharfage charges (reducing them to half from three times), extending benefits to ‘greenfield’ ports and multimodal jetties up to 50 years from 35 years, and extending the period of concessions for shipyards to 30 years from 10 years.

More appeasement than justice (The Hindu)

Anyone familiar with Maharashtra will know that the Maratha community is an influential and politically dominant caste which has not faced any systematic social discrimination or exclusion.

The malaise of malnutrition (The Hindu)

A new report, ‘Food and Nutrition Security Analysis, India, 2019’, authored by the Government of India and the United Nations World Food Programme, paints a picture of hunger and malnutrition amongst children in large pockets of India.

88 manual scavenging deaths in 3 years (The Hindu)

The number of deaths of sanitation workers while cleaning septic tanks and sewers has risen, despite a ban on manual scavenging, with 620 cases reported since 1993, of which 88 occurred in the past three years, according to the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry.

SC deadline on judicial vacancies (The Hindu)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave a deadline of 20 days for the States, Union Territories and respective High Courts to provide it information on the status of filling up of judicial vacancies in the district and subordinate judicial services across the country.

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‘Indian tariffs not acceptable’ (The Hindu)

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched a fresh attack on India for imposing tariffs on American products and said it was “no longer acceptable”, days after he held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and agreed to sort out the trade related issues.

Why a corporate bond market (Indian Express)

In this year’s Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced fresh measures to boost the development of India’s corporate bond market.

Why NCLAT ruling on Essar Steel matters (Indian Express)

A two-member Bench of NCLAT approved the resolution plan suggested by ArcelorMittal but also introduced a key change that is likely to have significant ramifications for the resolution process under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).

Why time’s right for govt to raise money overseas (HT Mint)

The availability of cheap foreign currency abroad and the need for huge amounts of funds at home are driving the government to tap the overseas markets. Mint brings you an overview of the exercise and how this could benefit the country.

Basel finds some RBI large exposure rules stricter than required (HT Mint)

The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) norms on large exposures for banks are not only compliant with the Basel requirements, they are stricter in some areas as well, according to the findings of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

After wage code, labour safety on Cabinet table (Hindustan Times)

The Union Cabinet could consider clearing the Occupational, Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, also known as the OSH Code, when it meets on Wednesday, Hindustan Times learns. It’s a clear indication that the Narendra Modi government, in its second term, is ready to push ahead with labour reforms


CPCB pulls up 52 firms over handling of waste (The Hindu)

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has pulled up 52 companies — including Amazon, Flipkart, Danone Foods and Beverages and Patanjali Ayurved Limited — for not specifying a timeline or a plan to collect the plastic waste that results from their business activities.

Honour for ‘Plan Bee’ that helped save jumbos (The Hindu)

Plan Bee, an amplifying system imitating the buzz of a swarm of honey bees to keep wild elephants away from railway tracks, on Tuesday earned the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) the best innovation award in Indian Railways for the 2018-19 fiscal.

Going electric (The Hindu)

The Union Budget has announced a bold move to make a transition to electric vehicles, and offered a tax incentive for the early adopters.

Global problem, local solutions (The Hindu)

The Dongria Kondh tribe of Niyamgiri Hills are among the best conservationists in the world. Known for the spirited defence of their forested habitat against short-sighted industrialisation, they have through millennia evolved a lifestyle that is in perfect harmony with nature.

A self-evident truth: Delhi needs more public transport (Down to Earth)

The recent report by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority to the Supreme Court highlighting the crucial need for more public transport in Delhi has stated what is plainly visible

Defence and Security

DRDO gets clearance for missile test facility in A.P. (The Hindu)

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on Friday granted environmental clearance for setting up the Missile Test Launch Facility by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in the heart of the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) in Krishna district.

‘UN report backs India’s stand on Pak.-based militant groups’ (The Hindu)

While India has rejected the ‘Update’ of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report on Jammu and Kashmir, human rights activists have pointed out that it includes several unprecedented references to rights violations and constitutional changes undertaken by Pakistani authorities and militant groups, that actually support India’s narrative.

Automated facial recognition: what NCRB proposes, what are the concerns (Indian Express)

The NCRB, which manages crime data for police, would like to use automated facial recognition to identify criminals, missing people, and unidentified dead bodies, as well as for “crime prevention”.

India’s defence planning has no strategic direction (Hindustan Times)

We must ensure the success of Make in India because no nation can build security largely through imports.

By Moderator July 10, 2019 08:47