International relations: Is the pact on Rohingya important? (The Hindu) Bangladesh And Myanmar announced last week that they had signed a Memorandum of Agreement to begin the repatriation of more than 6,20,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh in the past few months. Xi Jinping backs China-Myanmar economic corridor during talks with Suu Kyi (The Hindu) China and Myanmar have moved a step closer to negotiate the China-Myanmar economic corridor — an initiative that is being given high priority on account of the stalled Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) connectivity proposal. Sushma makes Iran stopover on eve of Chabahar port inaugural (The Hindu) It opens Afghanistan and Central Asia to Indian commerce. Indian Constitution and Polity: Centre rolls back curbs on cattle sale (The Hindu) The government withdrew its controversial notification banning the sale of cattle for slaughter in cattle markets. Earlier in May this year, the Centre had amended the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and laid down strict guidelines that spelt out conditions under which cattle could be sold in these markets. The lowdown on the Babri Masjid Case (The Hindu) At the core of the nearly 70-year-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute is the belief that Lord Ram was born 9,00,000 years ago in the Treta Yuga, in a room located under what was the central dome of the Babri Masjid. Gathering the tribe (The Hindu) Perhaps one of the most talked about issues as far as the Northeast is concerned is the Naga struggle for sovereignty which started a day before India’s Independence.
Economy: Bitcoin keeps enforcers on edge (The Hindu) Bitcoin, dubbed a bubble by economist Joseph Stiglitz, has been implicated in several crimes being investigated by police, the Narcotics Control Bureau and the Enforcement Directorate. The value of the cryptocurrency soared from $1,000 a unit to $10,000 last week, before dipping. Can the state spur start-ups? (The Hindu) Last week’s gigantic entrepreneurship jamboree in Hyderabad — the Global Entrepreneurship Summit — has turned the spotlight once again on India’s booming start-up economy. Environment: Rescue stepped up after Cyclone Ockhi fury (The Hindu) Rescue teams from Kerala and Tamil Nadu stepped up efforts on Saturday to trace fishermen reported missing after Cyclone Ockhi, even as protests continued in coastal areas over the tardy response of government agencies. Science and Technology: The top ten genes of medical genetics (The Hindu) From the entire human genome, just 100 account for over a quarter of scientific papers and reports published An opportunity for India (The Hindu) With a huge talent pool and growing demand for innovation in drugs and medical devices to address the rising disease burden, it is time we created a favourable environment for clinical trials in the country. One virus, an unequal life (The Hindu) Social discrimination and isolation are still the biggest challenges HIV/AIDS patients face Measles vaccination decreases acute respiratory infection, diarrhoea (The Hindu) Researchers from the International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai have found that among children who received measles vaccination there was a decrease in acute respiratory infection and diarrhoea. IIT Bombay makes low cost vibration sensors (The Hindu) Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay have successfully made low-cost piezo-resistive vibration sensors using polyurethane foam coated with carbon nanomaterial-based ink.