GS 2 Saudi Arabia promises to meet India’s oil needs Strengthening relations with Delhi is a strategic priority for Riyadh, says Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih. Decoding the Rafale controversy The opacity in the Rafale deal only raises doubts, with its fallout on national security and the ‘Make in India’ programme. The Bhutan vote As the country prepares for the second round of elections, change is certain Hamstringing the RTI Act Instead of holding a public debate on making the Act more effective, the government is seeking to dilute its provisions India, France in talks to conduct tri-service exercise India and France are in discussions for a bilateral tri-service military exercise to take forward the strategic cooperation while also exploring ways to operationalise the logistics agreement. GS 3 Castles in the air Economic ideas such as ‘Charter Cities’ need to be challenged for their implausible premise and iniquitous framework Not just liquidity Policymakers must address the structural problems behind the NBFCs crisis Falling short on most counts Insurance-based schemes like Ayushman Bharat are no substitute for public provisioning of health