International relations: Unseemly spat (The Hindu Editorial) India and Pakistan must step back from the accusatory exchange over the Jadhav reunion Out at sea (The Hindu Editorial) India should remain a balancing power, and anchored in the Indian Ocean Securing net neutrality (The Hindu Opinion) Net neutrality is at the core of an open Internet that does not allow for content discrimination by ISPs. We are aware of Chinas maritime ambitions: India ( The Hindu) The Centre on Wednesday informed the Lok Sabha that it was aware of China’s ambition to emerge as a “maritime power” and indicated that India maintained a “close watch” on all developments that threatened its security. Israel takes India's vote in its stride (The Hindu) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India in a fortnight will focus on taking cooperation on “the double-T’s” of Technology, including on agriculture and water conservation and on (Counter) Terrorism to the “next level”, according to officials familiar with the planning of the visit. Kabul- mumbai cargo service on (The Hindu) India and Afghanistan on Wednesday launched an air freight corridor service connecting Kabul with Mumbai. Afghan Vice-President Sarwar Danish flagged off the first flight of the dedicated service from Kabul, six months after a similar corridor connected the city with Delhi. Social issues: The diagnostic lens (The Hindu Editorial) A paper in the Indian journal Current Science suggests an unexpected cause for the inflammatory brain disease — encephalitis — found in Malkangiri district of Odisha. Indian Constitution and Polity: Cooperate on curbing online sex determination ads (The Hindu) The Supreme Court has held that the government has a role in controlling the virtual world and has ordered major online search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to co-operate with the Centre to make concrete suggestions against publication of online pre-natal sex determination ads rather than oppose any move to make the Internet safer. A very flawed law (The Hindu) The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, which is set to be tabled in Parliament today, is riddled with so many internal contradictions that one is left wondering what purpose it would serve.
Environment: Through the smog – screen (The Hindu) Delhi’s residents must take the blame for the city’s alarming pollution levels Disaster management Nuclear weapons at a glance (The Hindu Opinion) These are the lone category of weapons of mass destruction still to be outlawed, although the very first resolution of the UN General Assembly pledged was regarding their abolition. Economy: CPEC extension is not targeted at any other country (The Hindu) Without naming India, China on Wednesday said that no country should exercise its influence to undermine the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which could include Afghanistan as its new member. Govt. to borrow more; fiscal deficit may widen (The Hindu) The Centre has decided to borrow an additional ₹50,000 crore in the last three months of this financial year, a move that some economists said could result in the government missing its budgeted fiscal deficit target of 3.2% of GDP. SBI gets board nod to raise 8000 crore (The Hindu) The country’s largest lender SBI on Wednesday said its board had approved raising ₹8,000 crore through various sources, including masala bonds, to meet Basel III capital norms.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by ForumIAS
7 PM Editorial: Police reforms in India 9 PM Current affairs brief: 10 PM Current affairs MCQs: