International relations: Big thaw on the Korean peninsula(The Hindu Opinion) The crucial unknown in the high-stakes diplomacy is Donald Trump’s idea of what an acceptable ‘deal’ is Sharing data across borders(The Hindu Opinion) Consider a scenario where a crime is committed in India and the suspect and victim are both Indian citizens. If the suspect used a U.S.-based messaging service to plan the crime, an Indian officer investigating would have to raise a request for data to the U.S. government where it is stored. Indian Constitution and Polity: ‘Court had no business to dilute Act’(The Hindu) In its review petition filed before the Supreme Court on Monday, the Centre said the court had no business to dilute the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and make it easier for accused persons to escape arrest. No delay in filing review plea: Ministers(The Hindu) Union Ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Thawar Chand Gehlot on Monday hailed the government’s decision to file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Govt. tightens its grip on fake news(The Hindu) The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting headed by Union Minister Smriti Irani on Monday amended the guidelines for accreditation of journalists. Federalism and fairness(The Hindu Opinion) Federalism is once again the focus of political discourse in India. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah set the cat among the pigeons when he highlighted Kannada pride by unveiling an official state flag last month. Then in a Facebook post on “Regional Identity & Federalism”, he advocated the need for States to have both financial and cultural autonomy. Cauvery again(The Hindu Opinion) It is unfortunate that the Cauvery dispute is once again before the Supreme Court, barely weeks after the final verdict. The Centre is to blame for the dispute going into another round of litigation.
Economy: Millets and wheat over rice and meat(The Hindu Opinion) A shift to wheat, millets and maize from polished rice, to chicken and legumes from beef and eggs, along with leafy vegetables and coconut could reduce India’s micronutrient deficiencies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a study titled ‘Healthy, affordable and climate-friendly diets in India’ suggests. It was published recently in the journal Global Environmental Change . Crisil, ICRA differ on stressed asset outlook(The Hindu) Two major rating agencies — Crisil and ICRA — have painted differing pictures on stressed asset outlook. While the former said there had been an improvement in credit quality sustained through fiscal 2018, the latter claimed that pressure on credit quality persists. Bond loss: RBI eases provisioning norms(The Hindu) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to ease the provisioning norms for bond losses for third and fourth quarters of 2017-18. Internal security: Tragedy of errors(The Hindu Opinion) Kashmir is not one but two problems. There is the problem ofKashmir between India and Pakistan and the problem inKashmir between the people and the Central government. Science and Technology: GSAT-6A still eludes ISRO(The Hindu) Contact is still to be re-established with the delinked communication satellite GSAT-6A, according to an ISRO official.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS
7 PM Editorial: ISRO in tumult: lost contact with the GSAT-6A 9PM Current affairs brief: 10 PM Current affairs MCQs: