Daily News Prescription 12th July 2019

By Moderator July 12, 2019 08:41

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Polity and Governance

Can’t be pushed into a decision: Speaker (The Hindu)

Mr. Kumar cited Article 190 of the Constitution as the basis of his decision to follow the procedure to enquire whether the resignations were genuine and voluntary.

Centre redefines child porn, moots stiff penalties (The Hindu)

The Union Cabinet has approved a new definition for child pornography in its amendments to the POCSO Act, which is likely to be introduced in Parliament next week.

Urgently look into sale, regulation, consumption of e-cigarettes: HC (The Hindu)

The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Delhi government to urgently look into the matter of regulating the sale and consumption of e-cigarettes.

A welcome debate on electoral reforms (The Hindu)

The TMC MP touched on six major themes — appointment system for Election Commissioners and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC); money power; Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs); the idea of simultaneous elections; the role social media (which he called “cheat India platforms”); and lastly, the use of government data and surrogate advertisements to target certain sections of voters.

Draft tenancy law caps security deposit (The Hindu)

The Centre has proposed a model tenancy law that States and Union Territories can enact in order to regulate renting of premises, including setting a maximum of two months’ rent as security deposit, a three-months’ notice for hiking rent and appointment of rent authorities.

Nagaland to frame RIIN norms after consultation (The Hindu)

The Nagaland government has said guidelines for implementing a localised version of the National Register of Citizens — being updated in Assam — would be framed in consultation with civil society groups and traditional tribal bodies.

Maratha quota is a ‘one community’ law: plea (The Hindu)

The Supreme Court on Friday will hear a group of social workers, academics and representatives of the Muslim community who have appealed against a Bombay High Court decision upholding a “one-person or one-community” Maharashtra legislation providing reservation to the Maratha community in education and public employment.

Anti-defection law: What can disqualify a legislator (Indian Express)

The anti-defection law is contained in the 10th Schedule of the Constitution. It was enacted by Parliament in 1985. It came into effect on 1st March 1985.

Electoral bonds worth Rs 5,850 crore sold so far, 70% in 3 metros (Indian Express)

Out of 11,681 electoral bonds worth a total Rs 5,850.85 crore that donors have bought since the scheme was launched, bonds worth Rs 4045.81, or nearly 70 per cent of the total purchase, were bought in the three big cities — Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.

International Relations

Readmit Maldives into Commonwealth: India (The Hindu)

India has urged the Commonwealth to expedite readmission of the Maldives as a member country. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar conveyed India’s stand at the 19 Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting in London.

U.S., India to begin formal talks on trade today (The Hindu)

Visiting U.S. trade officials will meet with Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday, after two days of talks with a “composite delegation” from the Commerce ministry and the Ministry of External Affairs, the first formal effort to resolve the recent Indo-U.S. trade impasse.

Majoritarian here, secular there (The Hindu)

Compared to splendid foreign policy accomplishments of leaders such as former U.S. President Harry Truman, who laid down the institutional arrangement for the U.S. to operate as a global power, or Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s political wisdom that led to German unification, the foreign policy accomplishments of Mr. Modi remained modest during his first term.

Bill to relax green card cap passed (The Hindu)

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed (365-65) the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019, which increases the annual limit of family-based green cards offered to citizens of each country and eliminates the country-wise cap on employment-based green cards.

Delhi to Tehran via US (Indian Express)

India’s gameplan in Iran-Afghanistan has been damaged because of the Trump administration’s strategy

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Jobless growth becomes more systemic (The Hindu)

The findings of the latest employment survey, called the Periodic Labour Force Survey (2017-18), are a cause for concern as the scenario is still far from anything that would denote decent employment. The two biggest issues here are: the shrinking share of the labour force; and the rising unemployment.

Tread with caution (The Hindu)

As part of its commitment to simplify and consolidate labour rules and laws under four codes, the Union Cabinet has cleared the Occupational, Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, a week after it approved the Code on Wages Bill.

Can India make the transition to electric vehicles? (The Hindu)

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced an additional income tax exemption of ₹1.5 lakh for purchasers of electric vehicles in Budget 2019-2020.

India’s hidden challenges of employment, ageing and health (HT Mint)

The budget for 2019 is a surreal mix of fact and fancy. While there is a belated recognition of investment as a barrier to the acceleration of growth and a sharp spike in the allocation for agriculture, primarily to finance higher minimum support prices (MSPs), healthcare—especially of the ageing, a growing share of the population—has been overlooked as a major priority.


Picking out plastic (The Hindu)

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has put 52 producers, brand owners and importers, including big online retailers such as Amazon and Flipkart, and companies such as Patanjali Ayurved and Britannia, on notice, for failing to take responsibility for their plastic waste.

Science and Technology

‘Facial-recognition system will not violate privacy’ (The Hindu)

The Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) would not violate privacy of citizens and is only being developed to help the law enforcement agencies to identify criminals, missing children and unidentified bodies in a scientific and speedy manner, a senior government official said on Thursday.

India’s Chandrayaan-2 will facilitate an American’s return to the moon (Down to Earth)

On July 15, India’s lunar exploratory mission — Chandrayaan-2 — will take off to eject a rover on the Moon’s southernmost region, a first for any country till now.

Defence and Security

Al Qaeda’s saga of failure in India (Hindustan Times)

At a time when al Qaeda is facing an existential crisis and has been entirely marginalised in the global Islamist terrorist movement, and at a time when its incipient proxy in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), the Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind (AGH), has been virtually wiped out barely two years after its formation, Ayman al Zawahiri, the current amir (chief) of al Qaeda, has issued a renewed call for jihad in Kashmir.


By Moderator July 12, 2019 08:41