Social issue: ‘When 2 adults marry, none should interfere’ (The Hindu) Two adults are free to marry and “no third party” has a right to harass or cause harm to them, said Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, speaking against honour killings on Monday. The anatomy of another riot (The Hindu Opinion) A riot is no longer an act of production where the narrative focusses on causes but an act of consumption where a variety of narratives create a quilt patch we call history. History: Bose of Nakamuraya(The Hindu Opinion) Curry in Japanbears only a superficial resemblance to its Indian ancestor. It is more glutinous and is usually mixed with wheat flour. It’s also sweeter, and often includes ingredients like apple and honey.
International relations: Maldives government declares emergency(The Hindu) The Maldives government on Monday declared a state of emergency for 15 days, amid a spiralling political crisis in the island nation following a Supreme Court order last week to release Opposition leaders from prison. PM to lay foundation stone of temple in UAE (The Hindu) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of a temple in Abu Dhabi during his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the External Affairs Ministry said on Monday. U.S Energy Secretary to visit India (The Hindu) U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will visit India this month to further enhance a recently added component in bilateral ties — energy trade. While the original marker of the turnaround in India-U.S. relations, the civil nuclear deal, has almost become redundant due to changed market conditions and new technologies, trade in fossil fuels has become the focus area for the U.S. under the Donald Trump administration.
Economy: For more equity: on long-term capital gains tax (The Hindu Editorial) The Centre’s decision to bring back the long-term capital gains tax (LTCG) on equities, which was scrapped in 2004-05, seems to be a hasty move to plug the widening fiscal deficit ahead of an election year. Fearing cryptocurrencies (The Hindu Opinion) In his Budget speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the first time explicitly said that cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are not legal forms of money in India and that the government would take steps to eliminate their use. ‘Services growth in Jan. fastest in three months’(The Hindu) The Indian services sector remained in expansion mode in January, registering the fastest rise in activity in three months driven by a renewed increase in new business orders, says a survey. Making health insurance work (The Hindu Opinion) The National Health Protection Scheme is disconnected from primary care. It also needs to be scaled up Environment: Vehicular pollution to hit generations: SC(The Hindu) The Supreme Court on Monday described the issue of vehicular pollution as “very serious” and a “critical problem” and observed that it would have an impact not only on this generation but also on the children yet to be born. Courting the rankings (The Hindu Opinion) India needs a granular road map to improve its reputation for ‘enforcing contracts
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