Updated on 16 August, 2019
NRC verification only to avoid errors, says Sonowal: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday hoped the National Register of Citizens (NRC) “does not include the names of any foreigner”.
Is the removal of special status for J&K justified?: On August 5, the Centre decided to end the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) under Article 370. In addition, J&K also lost its statehood and was re-organised into two Union Territories. How do these moves change India’s relationship with J&K?
Ladakh lives it up in its transition to Union Territory: Ladakh, which will become a Union Territory after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, celebrated Independence Day on Thursday, with local BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal saying the region has got its “independence from Kashmir”.
Trade rhetoric: Trump is not furthering the cause of free global trade with his unfair attack on the WTO.
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Security and related issues
Modi announces new post of Chief of Defence Staff on I-Day: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address includes announcements like appointing a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), 20 years after a review committee on the Kargil War had suggested it, and the setting aside of ₹3.5 lakh crore for a Jal Jeevan Mission for water conservation.
UNSC to hold closed-door meet on Kashmir today: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will meet on Friday morning to discuss Kashmir (India’s dilution of special status), Poland’s mission to the UN confirmed to The Hindu. The Presidency of the UNSC is currently with Poland.
Police failed to nail lynching accused: The Alwar sessions court, which let off the six accused on Wednesday, has pointed out “serious lacunae” in the police investigation which created doubts about the involvement of the suspects in the alleged crime.
Chief of Defence Staff to aid synergies: In a major decision for higher-level military reforms and tri-service integration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced the appointment of a Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) who will be above the three service chiefs.
Booming agritech sector aims at solving supply chain woes: With Indian farmers facing post-harvest losses amounting to a whopping ₹93,000 crore, a slew of agritech start-ups are now trying to bridge that gap with demand-driven cold chains, warehouse monitoring solutions and market linkages that can significantly boost farmer income.
‘Self-charging hybrid EVs, right solution in current scenario’: Since its introduction in 1989, Lexus has created a niche in the world of lifestyle luxury vehicles, specifically as a leading manufacturer of self-charging hybrid electric vehicles.
Global markets gripped by recession fears: A relentless drop in global bond yields raised fears that the world economy was hurtling towards recession and weighed on global equities on Thursday.
Plastics industry seeks export schemes, tax benefits for MSMEs: Sector wants 25% of land in industrial corridors allotted to small firms at discount.
Lessons after the great deluge: Kerala needs to adopt watershed-based master planning and review building byelaws.
Climate change policy had warned of floods: The floods in western Maharashtra have renewed the debate on climate change with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis setting up a panel of experts to look into the changing weather pattern.
Microplastics in snow raise pollution worries: Minute microplastic particles have been detected in the Arctic and the Alps, carried by the wind and later washed out in the snow, according to a study that called for urgent research to assess the health risks of inhalation.
Science and Technology
Taming Ebola in DRC: A randomised trial has shown two candidate drugs to be highly effective in curing the disease.
New cure for the deadly strain of tuberculosis: Three months after the first round of treatment, he relapsed and started a second round. At the end of it, he still wasn’t cured.