Daily News Prescription 5th July 2019

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Polity and Governance

Centre tells High Court it is mulling rules to regulate online pharmacies (The Hindu)

The Central government told the Delhi High Court on Thursday that framing of rules to regulate e-pharmacies was under consideration and consultations were being held with all the stakeholders.

SC seeks Centre’s response on leases to operate mines (The Hindu)

The Supreme Court on Thursday gave the Union government four weeks’ time to respond to a petition filed by advocate M.L. Sharma to quash the allotment, extension or continuation of leases for firms to operate 358 iron ore mines across the country.

Penalty, jail term to private entities storing Aadhaar data (The Hindu)

The Lok Sabha cleared the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 by a voice vote on Thursday. The Bill replaces an Ordinance promulgated on March 2 and provides for a stiff ₹1 crore penalty and a jail term to private entities for storing Aadhaar data.

Rajya Sabha nod to Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill (Indian Express)

The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill, introduced by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, allows for the supersession of the Medical Council of India (MCI) by a Board of Governors for a two-year period starting September 26, 2018.

International Relation

Talking sanctions, endangering peace (The Hindu)

More than a year ago, the U.S. unilaterally abrogated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and began to squeeze the Iranian economy using sanctions. The latest round of sanctions were announced in June. Iran announced a week later that it had exceeded a limit set by the JCPOA on its stockpile of nuclear fuel.

An upbeat tone amid tensions (The Hindu)

In recent weeks, amid an upsurge in U.S.-India tensions, the rhetoric on both sides has remained remarkably upbeat.

Pakistan action exposes terror complicity: India (The Hindu)

Reported Pakistani actions against terrorists and terror groups have exposed the country’s complicity in using terrorism as a tool of statecraft, the Ministry of External Affairs said here on Thursday.

Russia-Pakistan relations and its impact on India (ORF)

The Russia-Pakistan relationship, growing at a slow pace after the collapse of the Soviet Union, has acquired a certain momentum in recent years.

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Economic Survey lays out blueprint for $5 trillion economy (The Hindu)

The Economic Survey 2019 presented by Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Krishnamurthy Subramanian focusses on moving to a “virtuous cycle” of savings, investments and exports to transform India into a $5 trillion economy in the next five years.

Expanding India’s share in global space economy (The Hindu)

From a modest beginning in the 1960s, India’s space programme has grown steadily, achieving significant milestones. These include fabrication of satellites, space-launch vehicles, and a range of associated capabilities.

Blue-sky visions (The Hindu)

The broad goal is to help drive economic strategy to achieve sustained real GDP growth of 8% so as to enable fulfilment of the government’s grand vision of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2025.

Can the government help create jobs? (The Hindu)

Expansion of public employment and a national skilling programme could boost employment

‘Greying India must delay retirement’ (The Hindu)

Survey says the elderly population is expected to nearly double from 8.6% in 2011 to 16% by 2041

Needed: a well-designed minimum wage system (The Hindu)

A well-designed and streamlined minimum wage system is required to reduce wage inequality in the country, the Economic Survey says.

Private funds needed for Swachh Bharat (The Hindu)

With the Centre claiming that 99.2% of rural India is now open defecation free, the next big goal on the Swachh Bharat journey is the 100% safe and scientific disposal of solid and liquid waste, according to the Economic Survey 2018-19.

Call to ease legal logjam for better contract enforcement (The Hindu)

Contract enforcement remains the single biggest constraint to improve India’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) ranking, which currently stands at 163 in the world ranking, the Economic Survey 2018-19 said.

Economic Survey moots central welfare database of citizens (The Hindu)

The Economic Survey 2018-19, tabled in Parliament on Thursday, pitched for setting up a central welfare database of citizens — by merging different data maintained by separate Ministries and departments — which can be tapped for enhancing ease of living for citizens, particularly the poor.

‘Aadhaar aided MGNREGS beneficiaries’ (The Hindu)

Refuting criticism of Aadhaar-linked payments and the direct benefit transfer system, the Economic Survey 2018-19 has used the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) as a case study to show the benefits of the use of technology in improving targeting and efficiency in welfare schemes, especially for the most vulnerable groups.

Survey calls for tax cuts, space for hotels in infra boost to tourism (The Hindu)

The Economic Survey 2018-19 has recommended a series of measures to boost the tourism sector, which saw a “sharp slowdown” last year.

US drags India to WTO over duty hike on 28 American goods (HT Mint)

According to a communication of the Geneva-based World Trade Organisation (WTO), the US said that the additional duties imposed by India “appears to nullify or impair the benefits accruing to the US directly or indirectly” under the GATT 1994.

Why young, not ageing, firms can spur job creation (HT Mint)

Contrary to popular belief, the Economic Survey 2019 says “dwarfs”—over 10-year-old firms with less than 100 employees—which account for a majority of firms in organized manufacturing, hold back job creation and productivity


Alarm sounded over the shrinking of frigid zones (HT)

The sea ice extent — a measure of the surface area of the ocean covered by ice — in both the Arctic and Antarctic has shrunk, proving right climate scientists’ warnings about the effect of global warming on the world’s frigid zones, according to new data released by scientific agencies.

Arctic mission to ‘trap’ researchers in ice to study climate (The Hindu)

In a couple of months, the German icebreaker RV Polarstern, a hulking ship will set out for the Arctic packed with supplies and scientific equipment for a year-long mission to explore the planet’s frigid far north.

By Moderator July 5, 2019 07:49