GS 2


Rajasthan leads in child marriages: (The Hindu, Indian Constitution)

Rajasthan has reported the highest incidence of child marriages. Justice Sikri seeks legislative intervention to reconcile personal laws with secular Act.

SC order enhances rights of landlords: (The Hindu, Executive and the Judiciary)

‘Eviction proceedings can continue even after taking possession of building from tenant’.

India, Russia ink nuclear plant pact: (The Hindu, International groupings and agreements)

Vision document strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and asserts willingness to fight menace. The two countries also decided to hold the first tri-Services exercises, named ‘Indra-2017′.

The case against abolitionists: (Indian Express, Issues related to governance)

Arguments against triple talaq could end up jeopardising plurality, making Muslim women more vulnerable.

The real beneficiary: (Indian Express, Challenges to internal security)

Aadhaar doesn’t empower people, only the state. Aadhaar has “cleansed delivery databases of fakes, duplicates and con men/intermediaries”.


GS 3


Services slump for drop in GDP: (The Hindu, Planning, development and employment)

7% growth reasonable, says demonetisation impact only for a quarter or two.

The importance of privatizing Air India: (Live Mint, Liberalisation)

NITI Aayog has given its suggestions to the aviation ministry and it will now explore all options for privatization of the airline. Air India is the perfect case that proves why the government should not be in the business of doing business.

Back to basics: (The Hindu, Planning, development and employment)

The dip in GDP growth in the January-March quarter points to the need for a policy reboot.

Manipulation probes by SEBI hit a new high: (The Hindu, Planning, development and employment)

SEBI’s increased monitoring perhaps in the matters relating to collective investment schemes, misuse of long term capital gains (LTCG) and intentional self-trades through algorithmic trading seems to have led to the increase in numbers.

How to share intelligence: (The Hindu, Cyber security)

The attack on Trump for sharing information is somewhat inexplicable, and has lessons for other democracies.

‘Investment pact system needs review’: (The Hindu, Planning, development and employment)

The system of International Investment Agreements (IIA), including the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism needs to be urgently reviewed and reformed.

MPC: Speak up, Stand up and Stand out: (Live Mint, Planning, development and employment)

The Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy committee will sound less hawkish but needs to improve communication and transparency. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the MPC need a rethink on transparency and communication.


Prelims Related News


India’s polar ship still a long way off:

India’s plans to acquire a Rs. 1,000-crore polar research vehicle (PRV), a ship that can cut through ice sheets and glaciers may see fresh delays.

Third gravitational wave merger detected:

Observation of the merger of two black holes in January by scientists at LIGO confirms a pattern. Named GW170104, this signal marks the third confirmed detection of gravitational waves coming from a binary black hole merger.

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