3 Pak jawans killed in cross-LoC raid(The Hindu)
Three Pakistani soldiers were killed in a cross-border raid by Indian Army on a temporary post across the Line of Control (LoC) on Monday. The raids come just two days after four soldiers of a patrol team were killed in an ambush by Pakistan.
China moots Afghan entry into CPEC (The Hindu)
China on Tuesday flagged the possible inclusion of Afghanistan in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) — a move that is likely to irk India.
Jadhav’s family harassed: India (The Hindu)
A day after the meeting of former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav with his mother and wife in Islamabad, India sharply criticised Pakistan for stage-managing what it called an exercise that “lacked credibility” and held in an “atmosphere of coercion.”
The much-awaited India’s first pod taxi project has moved a step closer to reality after a high-level panel recommended inviting fresh bids for the same conforming to the strictest safety standards on the lines of those prescribed by an American body.
The scholar of India-China relations on the contours of the ‘new Cold War’ in Asia, and Beijing’s vision for the Indian Ocean
China promises info on Tibet Talks (The Hindu)
China will maintain communication with India on efforts to manage the massive lakes formed by landslips on the Brahmaputra in Tibet following an earthquake last month, a Chinese Foreign Ministry official said on Tuesday. The formation of these lakes had triggered fears of a sudden flooding on the Indian side.
After the sanctions (The Hindu Editorial)
Diplomacy remains the best option to bring North Korea to disarmament talks
Countering the growing inequality (The Hindu)
Indian social policy must raise health and education levels all around, as China has done
Indian Constitution and Polity:
BCI mulls ban on practice by law makers (The Hindu)
An expert committee of the Bar Council of India is considering a plea to ban lawmakers — Members of Parliament and Members of the Assemblies — from doubling up as practising advocates, saying they are salaried public servants and cannot ride two horses at the same time.
Activists pick holes in triple talaq bill (The Hindu)
The Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) that has been on the forefront of the battle against triple talaq is of a view that a range of changes are required in the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 that will be tabled at the Lok Sabha next week.
How India rejectsbad patents (The Hindu)
In 2005, India made some remarkable amendments to the Indian Patents Act of 1970, to keep medicines affordable in the country. Since then we have faced a significant blowback not just from the global pharmaceutical industry but also from developed world including from the U.S. and the European Union.
IAS officers to reveal assets by January 31 (The Hindu)
All IAS officers have been asked to submit details of their assets by next month, failing which they would be denied vigilance clearances needed for promotions and foreign postings, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has said.
Rs 40000 cr forest fund in limbo (The Hindu)
More than a year after the Union government brought in a law to allow the States to access seamlessly nearly ₹40,000 crore for regenerating forest land lost to industry, it is still to frame rules to get the money disbursed, says a written reply given in the Lok Sabha.
India to become fifth largset economy in 2018 (The Hindu)
India is set to overtake the United Kingdom and France to become the world’s fifth largest economy next year, a report said Tuesday.
Science and Technology:
Now, a big bubble theory (The Hindu)
Scientists have said that the solar system could have formed in the bubbles produced by a giant, long-dead star, which was 40 to 50 times the size of the sun.
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