Bizarre diplomacy (Indian Express)
Trump’s decision on Jerusalem has no redeeming features. Instability in West Asia, which it will fuel, is bad news for India
Capital crisis (The Hindu Editorial)
By recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the U.S. has endangered the peace process
Indian Constitution and Polity:
A woman does not mortgage herself to a man by marrying him and she retains her identity, including her religious identity, even after she exercises her right to marry outside her community under the Special Marriage Act, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra orally observed while heading a five-judge Constitution Bench on Thursday.
Defection, disaffection — on disqualification of JD(U) leaders from RS (The Hindu Editorial)
The Tenth Schedule is meant to curb opportunistic party-hopping, not stifle dissent
No law provides change of woman’s religion after marriage: SC (Indian Express)
The bench said it was only the woman who can decide about her religious identity by exercising her right to choice.
On ‘populist steps’, tricky mandate for new Finance Commission (Indian Express)
The primary remit of a Finance Commission is to work out the distribution of the net proceeds of taxes between the states and the central government, and the allocation among states.
An Oversight Problem (Indian Express)
For now, Parliament is ill-equipped to oversee economic issues in an integrated way
Religion over law (Indian Express)
Neither side in the Babri Masjid case is keen on a judicial solution. So far, the courts themselves have, troublingly, adopted an approach that privileges religious sentiment
Hadiya mustn’t be in the dock (Indian Express)
We need to fortify constitutional freedoms against sectarian challenges
Aadhaar link deadline a subsidies to be March 31 (The Hindu)
Attorney General of India K.K. Venugopal on Thursday 7 submitted before the Supreme Court that the government intends to issue a notification on December 8, extending the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with services from December 31 to March 31, 2018.
Getting back on track (The Hindu Editorial)
The national income numbers for the second quarter of 2017-18 has come as a relief. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown at 6.3% year-on-year compared to 5.7% in the first quarter. The trend of declining growth rate quarter after quarter, which was seen in the last one year, has been reversed.
In an attempt to clear the air about bank deposit protection under the proposed Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill 2017, the government on Thursday said the provisions in the Bill do not adversely modify existing protections granted to depositors at all, adding that the legislation would be far more depositor-friendly than those in other jurisdictions.
India is set to retain food security right and the protection of poor farmers and fisherfolk as top priorities at the upcoming meeting of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) highest decision-making body in Buenos Aires.
Science and Technology:
World’s smallest Mona Lisa ‘painted’ with DNA (The Hindu)
Researchers from California Institute of Technology in the US developed an inexpensive method by which DNA origami self-assembles into large arrays with entirely customisable patterns, creating a sort of canvas that can display any image.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by ForumIAS