The Hindu 15th May

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Polity and Governance

Implementation issues in 10% reservation

A well-designed assignment mechanism is vital for the quota for economically weaker sections to work

How representative are our representatives? (Hindustan Times)

According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), nearly a fifth or 19% of the close to 8,000 candidates contesting the 2019 polls have criminal cases pending against them, while 29% have assets worth Rs 1 crore or more. Candidates are also far richer than the voters they represent. For example, 50% candidates contesting the 2019 elections own net assets worth less than Rs 23.1 lakh.

International Relation

U.S. curbs: India to decide on Iran crude imports after polls

India will take a call on the purchase of Iranian energy after the general elections, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told her Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif here on Tuesday.

Inching closer to the brink

As the U.S. provokes Iran, the onus is on Europe to somehow stand by its end of the nuclear deal

Health

Kerala to de-link ICU care from organ donation

Kerala is moving towards the mandatory certification of brain death at intensive care units in all medical facilities in the State, irrespective of whether organ donation takes place or not.

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Economy

Missing demand: on economic slowdown

A welter of data collectively and individually point to one worrying conclusion: economic momentum across sectors is slowing in the widening absence of that key ingredient, demand.

India finds OECD index for services trade faulty

The OECD index has a large number of problems associated with it, including some significant design issues that render it impractical for use, a study commissioned by the Commerce Ministry found

Antitrust case: Indian firms to defend price fixing charges in US lawsuit (Indian Express)

The lawsuit is about collusion in inflating prices of widely-prescribed generic medicines and names 21 generic drug manufacturers as conspirators in price-fixing scheme.

Banking sector gross NPA falls as IBC helps in better recovery (Indian Express)

The banking sector’s gross non performing assets (NPA) ratio is estimated to have declined to 10 per cent in end-March 2019 from 11.5 per cent the year before on the same date, as recoveries through the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) helped banks recovery bad loans, rating agency Crisil said in a report Tuesday.

Environment

Wayanad sanctuary is tiger kingdom in Kerala

A monitoring programme of the Forest Department for 2017-18 has found that the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS), a biodiversity hotspot in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, holds the largest tiger population in the State.

Floods result of rampant construction: SC

Unbridled construction activities in eco-sensitive areas with natural water flow have a devastating effect and lead to natural calamities such as those seen in the recent floods in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Uttarakhand, the Supreme Court has said.

Facing the climate emergency

A recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. shows that global warming during the past half century has contributed to a differential change in income across countries.

Agriculture

Project to use technology to study crop yield estimates

In a bid to reduce the delay of crop insurance claim settlements and increase the accuracy of compensation due to farmers, a pilot project will test the use of technology to determine yield estimates at the panchayat level this summer.

Farmers’ rights are a hot potato (Down to Earth)

A legal battle over the right to grow the humble potato has caught global attention, after US snack and beverage giant PepsiCo sued a handful of farmers in Gujarat for cultivating a variety of potato that the multinational claims as its own. The American major uses the particular tuber in question for making Lay’s brand of chips.

Security

Ban on LTTE extended by five more years

The Union government on Tuesday extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for violent and disruptive activities that are prejudicial to the integrity and sovereignty of the country.

 

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