International relations: Trade treaty on Modi’s agenda(The Hindu) Despite several promises at the summit level, and conversations between trade officials, India and the EU have failed to pick up negotiations on the Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA) as it is known, since they broke down in 2013. Towards a regional reset?(The Hindu Opinion) Bold moves to normalise ties with China and Pakistan will enhance India’s standing Raja Mandala: Nordic cool(Indian Express) PM Modi’s meeting with the region’s leaders could end India’s neglect of a part of the world that has punched above its weight in diplomacy. Indian Constitution and Polity: Religion can’t bar a person from rendering own version of it: SC(TheHindu) It is a violation of secularism for a religion to bar a person from writing a book about it or portraying it through a painting, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud orally observed on Monday. Publish and perish?(The Hindu Opinion) The mission statement of the National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, is “to provide for a medical education system that ensures availability of adequate and high quality medical professionals; that encourages medical professionals to adopt latest medical research in their work and to contribute to research”.
Economy: Slippery slick(The Hindu Opinion) After a sharp fall at the beginning of the year, oil prices have risen dramatically in recent weeks. The price of Brent crude has risen by around $10 since it touched a short-term low of around $62 in early February, hitting its highest mark since late 2014. Simply Put: Why India is on US currency monitoring list(Indian Express) For the first time, it meets two of three criteria: significant bilateral surplus with US; and persistent intervention in forex markets. India needs 8.1 million jobs a year, says WB(The Hindu) India needs to create 8.1 million jobs a year to maintain its employment rate, according to a World Bank report which projected the country’s growth to accelerate to 7.3% in the current financial year. It also projected the growth rate to increase further to 7.5% in the following two years. Government policies and programmes: It’s time to replace the UGC Act(The Hindu Opinion) The Prime Minister’s vision to create 20 institutions of eminence and the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s reforms push have set the stage for an overhaul of higher education in India that is long overdue. he Union Cabinet approved the continuation of the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, which has been working quietly to improve the quality of higher educational institutions in the States through outcome-based grants. Environment: At home and in exile(The Hindu Opinion) In “Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration”, a recent report by the World Bank, it is estimated that in Latin America, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa over 143 million people would be forced to move within borders by 2050 as a result of slow onset climate events alone.
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