A school without textbooks: (Indian Express, Editorial)
We need to nurture skills, encourage children to engage with environment.
The task before the sentinel: (The Hindu, Editorial)
It is time the Chief Justice of India set up the larger Bench to examine privacy challenges to Aadhaar.
Parliament and State Legislatures
Making the House rules: (The Hindu, Editorial)
Parliament must codify the legislature’s privileges to prevent misuse of power.
India and neighbors
The Doklam Plateau, north of the tri-junction between Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet by Indian claim, is not just a disputed area, but has huge strategic significance for both India and China.
Redraw the triangle: (Indian Express, Editorial)
New Delhi had tilted too far towards the US, been too aggressive with China.
The External Affairs Ministry, in an apparent volte face, accepted that the U.S.’s usage of the term “Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir” was acceptable and “affirms” India’s position.
International groupings and agreements
Israel clears Strategic Partnership deal on non-security issues.
Grading Asia’s reform hype: (Live Mint, Editorial)
Here’s a report card—worst to best—on Asia’s four big reform projects.
Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment
With the Union Cabinet’s ‘in-principle’ approval for the sale of Air India and five of its subsidiaries, a long-standing demand on the reform checklist has been ticked.
It could pose challenges on account of several factors — especially the multiplicity of tax rates.
Labour, land and agriculture reforms along with development of coastal economic zones (CEZs) and new cities will help India achieve rapid economic growth.
Pollution and conservation
Climate change: green at the grass roots: (Live Mint, Editorial)
The risks from climate change are serious enough to require grass-roots action, rather than waiting for a grand international agreement.
Prelims Related News
The 3,477-kg spacecraft, the heaviest built by the Indian Space Research Organisation, will soon join the ring of 17 working national communication satellites that are already in orbit.
Recently launched Cartosat-2E sends pictures from 500 km above the earth.