India rejects Maldives offer (The Hindu)
India rejected an offer by Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen to send a special envoy to discuss the ongoing emergency in the country, calling instead on the embattled President to first address its concerns over the suspension of constitutional rights in the Maldives. The response indicates a growing strain in ties between New Delhi and Male.
In different courts(The Hindu)
Selective judicial activism is now seen as the dominant force against democratic representation in Pakistan
The priority for New Delhi and Moscow would be sealing several defence agreements this year, but the bigger priority would be reaching out to the next generation of Indians and Russians to broaden cooperation.
A disquieting silence(The Hindu Opinion)
Since late last year, the crisis facing the Rohingya, Myanmar’s predominantly Muslim minority group, has spiralled out of control and sent over 650,000 of the community fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape violent attacks in Rakhine state on the border.
Cease fire(The Hindu Opinion)
India and Pakistan must restore calmalong the LoC and International Boundary
Indian Constitution and Polity:
SC flags exclusions under Aadhaar(The Hindu)
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the government and UIDAI whether it was not their obligation to ensure that ordinary people, especially pensioners and the marginalised sections, were able to access their entitlements till an “adequate mechanism” for authentication of identity under the Aadhaar Act is put in place.
Today is stakeholders’ last chance to send feedback to the draft National Mineral Policy 2018. That includes everyone, including coming generations
Should States have their own flags?(The Hindu Opinion)
It would strengthen the federal structure andserve as a symbol for a more specific identity
The Supreme Court on Thursday exhorted parties in the 70-year-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute to treat it merely as a “land issue”
The Centre told the Supreme Court on Thursday that the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) was a “demand-driven scheme” and it has not curtailed the demand for funds made by the States.
A boost to rural entrepreneurship(The Hindu Opinion)
The amendments passed by Parliament to the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Act, 1981 support the government’s push to boost the rural and agricultural sector. The amendments recognise the vital role of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), as defined under the MSME Development Act of 2006, in rural entrepreneurship and are intended to make financing easier for them.
Science and Technology:
Big discoveries have small origins(The Hindu Opinion)
In a rather belated official admission that scientific and technological innovations underpin economic prosperity, the Economic Survey, released ahead of the Budget, carries an entire chapter on transforming science and technology in India
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