Between void and voidable, scope for greater protection for girl child: (Indian Express, Editorial)
The landmark Supreme Court order criminalising sex with a child bride removed an exception in India’s criminal jurisprudence which had until then accorded legal protection to men who raped their minor wives.
Ensure State panels for women are set up: SC: (The Hindu)
Centre to file affidavit on action plan for widows.
International groupings and agreements
In a foreign policy haze: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The U.S. Secretary of State arrives in Delhi for his first official visit amid mixed signals from Washington.
The Tillerson turn: (Indian Express, Editorial)
US Secretary of State speaks of converging interests. Delhi must focus on practical cooperation with Trump’s Washington.
Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment
Govt. may have to foot bill for rail safety fund: (The Hindu)
With earnings deficit, the Ministry of Railways may find it difficult to contribute its share towards the newly- constituted Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Rosh (RRSK) – a dedicated fund for critical safety-related works.
Pollution and conservation
It’s time to make deep emission cuts: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The prospect of limiting global warming through ‘negative emissions’ is bleak.
How To Clean Air: (Indian Express, Editorial)
It will be a long battle, will require multi-pronged solutions.
Intellectual Property Rights
Innovators, not pirates: (Indian Express, Editorial)
India must curb intellectual property rights violations, like the one on herbicide tolerant Bt cotton, in order to become an innovation hub.
Prelims Related News
Apart from crocodiles, meandering water courses flanked by green mangrove forests and migratory birds flocking in search of prey in the swampy fields of Bhitarakanika are some of the major attractions.