International relations: A new beginning with Nepal(The Hindu Opinion) It is a long-standing tradition that Nepali Prime Ministers make Delhi the first foreign port of call after taking over. The only exception was Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ in 2008 who visited China first and found his tenure cut short months later when his coalition collapsed, forcing him to resign and adding a touch of superstition to the tradition. Indian Constitution and Polity: New norms for global projects(The Hindu) The Central Vigilance Commission has drawn up a new set of guidelines for projects funded by international agencies such as the World Bank, IMF and Asian Development Bank. Aadhaar-PAN link doesn’t vitiate privacy’(The Hindu) Noting that the usages like ‘legitimate State interest’ and ‘larger public interest’ mean one and the same, the UIDAI on Tuesday argued that linking of PAN card with Aadhaar does not amount to a violation of fundamental right to privacy. A fresh deadline(The Hindu Opinion) The Centre cannot continue to evade its legal obligation to create a mechanism to implement the Supreme Court’s final verdict in the Cauvery dispute. This was the broad message conveyed by the court on Monday when it admonished the government for failing to frame a scheme within the six-week time limit given earlier. Supreme order(Indian Express) Judgment in Hadiya case is a robust defence of the individual’s rights against the writ of clan, community, family State election panels: Independent of central EC, with similar powers(Indian Express) Amid a standoff between the Bengal State Election Commission and BJP over the withdrawal of a notification that had extended the last date for nominations in panchayat polls, Indian Express explains an SEC’s role and powers. The anatomy of equity(Indian Express) Debate around terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission ignores the evolution of constitutional mechanisms for devolution of public finance.
Economy: Internal e-waybills in 5 States from April 15(The Hindu) The Union government on Tuesday announced that it would be rolling out the e-waybill system for intra-State transport of goods in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh on April 15. Banks seek review of RBI norms on restructuring of stressed assets(The Hindu) The central bank has issued new rules to ensure faster recovery of bad loans, as banks could recover only Rs 7,106 crore of written-off loans till December 31, 2017 while a total of Rs 84,272 crore worth of bad loans were written-off during the same period. Environment: A register by the people(The Hindu Opinion) The draft National Forest Policy identifies threats to forests, but does not provide systems for public involvement.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS
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