Daily News Prescription 11th July 2019

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Polity and Governance

Single tribunal to hear water disputes (The Hindu)

The Union Cabinet has approved the Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that will help adjudicate disputes relating to waters of inter-State rivers and river valleys. A version of this bill was first introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2017 but subsequently lapsed.

A demographic window of opportunity: on population and policy (The Hindu)

In India, investing in the laggard States will ensure their role as being the greatest contributors of the future

A case for nutrition counselling (The Hindu)

Now, a new study suggests that nutrition and health counselling delivered under the programme’s auspices is one of the best possible investments that can be made by any government.

Lok Sabha passes arbitration Bill (Indian Express)

The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) Bill, 2019, seeks to replace an ordinance issued in March this year by the previous government.

Death included in child abuse law, sexual assault definition widened (Indian Express)

Moving to deal with rising cases of child abuse, the Union Cabinet Wednesday approved amendments to the gender-neutral Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, allowing death penalty for all cases of aggravated penetrative sexual assault against children.

Cabinet approves transgender Bill (Indian Express)

THE CABINET on Thursday approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill with the stated purpose of providing “a mechanism for their social, economic, and educational empowerment”.

Karnataka crisis: Reading the Speaker’s rulebook (Indian Express)

The rulebook spells out the mode for dealing with any deviation from the process laid, saying: “Provided that where any member gives any reason or introduces and extraneous matter the Speaker may in his discretion omit such words, phrases or matter and the same shall not be read in the House.”

How PIB accreditation helps journalists (Indian Express)

The Union Ministry of Finance has justified recent restrictions on the entry of journalists, even those holding a Press Information Bureau (PIB) card, in the Finance Ministry on the ground that the government is simply streamlining the interactions between the media and the government. Many journalists holding a PIB card are feeling aggrieved.

Where India stands in battle against measles (Indian Express)

India has a long road ahead, particularly because vaccine-resistant voices are sometimes being heard.

International Relation

NATO ally status unlikely now (The Hindu)

The U.S. House Committee on Rules voted on Tuesday night to send a watered-down version of an amendment to enhance defence cooperation with India to the full House floor for a vote.

Tariff tensions top U.S. agenda in meetings today (The Hindu)

In the first such formal engagement since the U.S. decided to withdraw India’s preferential trade status in March, a team from the office of the United States Trade Representative will arrive in Delhi on Thursday for meetings with officials of the Commerce and External Affairs Ministries.

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Worker safety code Bill gets Cabinet approval (The Hindu)

A Bill that seeks to merge 13 labour laws into one code on occupational safety, health and working conditions that would apply to all establishments with 10 or more workers was approved by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, paving the way for its introduction in Parliament.

‘CSO must rethink informal sector estimates’ (The Hindu)

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) needs to rethink how it estimates the growth of the informal sector as the current method is no longer accurate, former Chief Statistician of India Pronab Sen said on Wednesday.

Self-sufficiency in Edible oils: A Tall Order (Indian Express)

In her Union Budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has lauded farmers for making India self-sufficient in pulses, while being sure “they will repeat such a success even in the production of oilseeds”.

How ₹1.7 trillion has gone missing from govt’s budget (HT Mint)

In the case of the budget the revenue receipts of the govt for 2018-19, stand at ₹17.3 trillion, whereas in the Economic Survey they are at ₹15.63 trillion


Bengal port records country’s highest sea level rise in 50 years (The Hindu)

Of the major ports in India, Diamond Harbour in West Bengal located at the mouth of river Hooghly has recorded the maximum sea level increase, according to data tabled in the Lok Sabha by the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Turning down the heat (The Hindu)

There is enormous potential in mitigating climate change through forest restoration

Wanted: Better governance models for India’s forests (Down to Earth)

While the Forest Rights Act empowered Gram Sabhas to manage and conserve forests, the Joint Forest Management mechanism could not succeed due to the involvement of forest officials

Defence and Security

Caution needed (The Hindu)

Supreme Court decision on the Rohingya’s status must protect those fleeing persecution

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