International Relations: Cautionary notes for Wuhan(The Hindu Opinion) As a vantage point in Nepal, Mount Everest is an important symbol for India and China. What is not well known is the mountain’s contribution to the term “summit” to describe meetings between world leaders seeking to resolve monumental issues between them. The global nuclear cloud is darkening(The Hindu) The word ‘historic’ is appropriate to describe the April 27 summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. While there is considerable optimism that this meeting will mark the beginning of the long-awaited rapprochement in the Korean peninsula, the nuclear domain remains opaque. Koreas to talk peace(The Hindu) The leaders of North and South Korea Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, will meet in the demilitarised zone between the two countries on Friday to discuss the ‘denuclearisation’ of the Korean peninsula and the official end to the Korean War (1950-53) which has technically still not concluded. Resume DACA, says U.S. court(The Hindu) In the biggest setback yet for the Donald Trump administration in its attempt to end a programme that shields some young adults from deportation, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the protections must stay in place and that the government must resume accepting new applications. If the nuclear deal stays, it stays in full, says Rouhani(The Hindu) Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani rejected any hopes of rewriting a nuclear deal with world powers on Wednesday, after the leaders of the United States and France called for a new pact covering Tehran’s missile programme and regional interventions. ‘India has a duty to ensure full implementation of the 1987 accord’(The Hindu) The Indo-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987 is still alive and it is India’s duty to ensure that it is implemented in fullest spirit, said Sri Lanka’s Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan on Tuesday. Indian Constitution and Polity: Judges seek to fortify top court(The Hindu) Supreme Court judges have asked the Chief Justice of India to hold a ‘Full Court’ once in a while and also initiate frequent informal discussions where ideas can be shared freely among them. Ministry clears Indu Malhotra as SC judge(The Hindu) Senior advocate Indu Malhotra will be the first woman lawyer to be elevated as a Supreme Court judge after the Law Ministry cleared her name for the position.
Economy: Didn’t order Aadhaar-SIM link: SC(The Hindu) The Supreme Court on Wednesday denied directing the mandatory linking of Aadhaar and SIM cards, and said the government was using an order passed by it on February 6 last year as a “tool” to seed Aadhaar with SIM cards. India shows jobs growth as 3.11 mn join PF in 6 months(The Hindu) India added 4,72,075 employees to the State-run social security fund in February, after adding 6,04,557 in January, new data on payrolls released on Wednesday showed, giving a guide to how many new jobs are being created in the non-farm sector. Government Schemes: Bamboo Mission extended(The Hindu) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the extension of the National Bamboo Mission (NBM) till 2019-20 at an expenditure of ₹1,290 crore. Internal Security: Revisit AFSPA(The Hindu Opinion) The Centre’s decision to revoke the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Meghalaya and reduce its ambit in Arunachal Pradesh is welcome insofar as it signifies a willingness to reconsider the use of the special law as and when the ground situation improves. A dangerous polarisation in Jammu(The Hindu) The region’s diversity needs to be nurtured so that another crime is not used to score political points. The changing structure of riots(The Hindu Opinion) The recent riots in West Bengal and Bihar have got stuck in the gullet of Indian democracy. These riots are disturbing not only as new rituals of violence but as part of the more cynical narratives of electoral democracy. Science and Technology: 3-D map of Milky Way shows 1.7 bn stars(The Hindu) Europe’s Gaia satellite has produced a 3-D map of more than a billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy — complete with their distance from Earth, colour, and motion through space. Mediterranean citrus under threat(The Hindu) After decimating orange groves in Florida and trees in California and Brazil, citrus greening disease now threatens the key producing region of the Mediterranean, according to researchers. BARC develops cheaper, lightweight bulletproof jackets(The Hindu) The Bhabha Atomic Reseach Centre (BARC) has developed a next-generation bulletproof jacket for the Indian armed forces, which is not only cheaper but also much lighter. Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS 7 PM Editorial: Draft National Clean Air Programme (NCAP): an overview 9PM Current affairs brief: 10 PM Current affairs MCQs: