Call to wipe out modern slavery: (The Hindu)
India to implement labour law protections more effectively to eliminate modern slavery and forced labour in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Who knew healthcare was so complex: (Live Mint, Editorial)
The government is right about the private sector’s role in healthcare but a simple PPP model isn’t the solution.
Stay the course: (Indian Express, Editorial)
Government must stand firm on its commitment to grant citizenship to Chakmas and Hajongs.
International groupings and agreements
A time of strategic partnerships: (The Hindu, Editorial)
We live in a world today driven by “strategic partnerships”.
Pollution and conservation
Bound by Paris deal, says India: (The Hindu)
India reaffirmed its commitment to the landmark Paris climate change agreement, saying it was willing to “work above and beyond” the pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment
Take reform to fuel: (Indian Express, Editorial)
Prices of petrol and diesel will come down if states agree on a mechanism to levy GST for oil products.
Is FDI the new engine of growth?: (Live Mint, Editorial)
FDI from private equity funds has largely financed e-commerce firms, driving import-led consumption boom.
A big broom: (The Hindu, Editorial)
Each shell company must be duly investigated, instead of a ‘name and shame’ data dump.
Taxpayer rights and obligations: (The Hindu, Editorial)
Shifting tax administration from an enforcement to a service-based model will lead to higher yields.
Intellectual Property Rights
Beyond social media: (The Hindu, Editorial)
More regulation is required to ensure the credibility of the GI protection process.
Prelims Related Facts
DST to fund development of machines that run faster than traditional computers.
Focus on hydrology and water quality.