International Relations: Scripting another Asian narrative (The Hindu Editorial) Japan is filling the vacuum created by the U.S.’s withdrawal from the region Obama highlights issues of tolerance, NGOs, LGBT rights (The Hindu) Unveiling his new role as a social reformer at a townhall and media event in Delhi, former United States President Barack Obama highlighted issues of religious tolerance, LGBT community rights, and the importance of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs). Nay alive to China threat, says Lanba (The Hindu) China has actively deployed ships and submarines in the Indian Ocean in the name of anti-piracy measures and the frequency has steadily gone up. Several U.S. military officers too have expressed similar views in the past. On this note, Admiral Lanba said the Navy had “carried out threat assessment of PLAN submarines.” Third wheel (Indian Express) Free trade agreement between Maldives and China is a warning to India: It needs to do more legwork in its neighbourhood Indian Constitution and Polity: Tiple talaq law: State’s views sought (The Hindu) The Centre on Friday wrote to the States asking for their views on a draft law that imposes a maximum of three-year jail term on a Muslim man for giving instant triple talaq — or talaq e biddat — to his wife. Accident- prone (The Hindu Editorial) The most effective measure to keep roads safe is enforcement of rules with zero tolerance to violations. But as anyone who uses India’s roads knows only too well, that is not an administrative priority. Court versus choice (Indian Express) It’s a troubling question: Are courts in India becoming more ‘executive minded’ than the executive? ‘States delay recruiting of lower court judges’ (The Hindu) States take much longer to complete a cycle of recruitment of lower court judges than the time limit prescribed by the Supreme Court, a study has revealed. ‘Way to remove poll commissioners vague’ (The Hindu) SC seeks Attorney-General’s assistance on PIL plea saying only CEC’s removal procedure clear The missing healing touch (Indian Express) State has failed both in providing quality healthcare and regulating private players Social Issues: M.P. has most number of repeat offenders (The Hindu) The percentage of juveniles who repeat a crime at least once is the same as that for adult criminals, according to the data published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Goa ranks top, Bihar at bottom of Gender Vulnerability Index (Indian Express) Goa is followed by Kerala, Mizoram and Sikkim. Bihar ranked the lowest at 30, with Delhi faring only slightly better at 29 and Uttar Pradesh at 28.
Economy: FM seeks to ally depositor’s fear, hits at review of Bill (The Hindu) ‘The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill could undergo corrections’ Fragile momentum (The Hindu Editorial) The economic slowdown has been reversed, but the task of sustaining the trend remains Turning the corner (The Hindu Editorial) There was a collective sigh of relief when the second quarter GDP data were released officially by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The government folks were relieved that a declining trend of four consecutive quarters of growth had finally been reversed. Cabinet gives nod to nutrition mission (The Hindu) The Union Cabinet on Friday approved the launch of National Nutrition Mission with a target to reduce malnutrition and low birth weight by 2% each year. The government has budgeted ₹9,046 crore for the mission for a period of three years. Give accountability a chance (Indian Express) Here is a modest proposal to bring about much-needed accountability to the decisions of the RBI (and MPC): Let the RBI governor be questioned by Parliament twice a year T.N. working towards resolving Nissan’s $770 million suit (The Hindu) Nissan has initiated international arbitration proceedings against the Indian government, seeking $770 million on the dispute. Environment: Heavy rain continues in Kerala, South T.N (The Hindu) Heavy rain continued to batter coastal areas of Kerala and south Tamil Nadu on Friday, crippling normal life, even as Cyclone Ockhi lay centered off the Lakshadweep islands. The death toll in the two States in rain-related incidents rose to 11.