International relations: India, Pak. NSAs met 4 times, are keeping phone links live: officials (The Hindu) Indian and Pakistani National Security Advisors Ajit Doval and Gen. (Retd) Naseer Janjua have been meeting and speaking on the telephone more regularly than they have officially confirmed. They held at least three meetings in Bangkok, and one in Russia, sources in Delhi and Islamabad told The Hindu . Rival Koreas agree to talk on art troupes visit to Olympics(The Hindu) The two Koreas will hold talks next week to discuss the North’s plan to send a performing art troupe to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said on Saturday. Russia plants new missiles in Crimea (The Hindu) Russia deployed a new division of S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Crimea on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, in an escalation of military tensions on the Crimean peninsula. Indian Constitution and Polity: Bar Association wants judges to sort out rift(The Hindu) The Supreme Court Bar Association’s executive committee on Saturday passed a resolution asking the four sitting judges of the highest court, Justices J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, who aired their differences with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra at a press conference on Friday, to sort out the rift among themselves. We want transparency: judges(The Hindu) A day after four senior-most Supreme Court judges alleged selective and irrational allocation of cases for hearing in the court, Justice Kurian Joseph, one of them, exuded confidence that the issue would have got resolved already. Historian oppose Monuments Bill (The Hindu) Historians and archaeologists have expressed concern over amendments proposed to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act (1958). If the related Bill is passed in the Upper House, it could have disastrous consequences for historical monuments, they fear.
Economy: Money in the bank, or for it?, Depositor need more protection, not less (The Hindu ) Faced with mass panic and a massive social media backlash, the government has been at pains to point out that the existing protection for depositors is not being touched and that the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill 2017 (FRDI ) provides “enhanced protection” for depositors. Need to make our farmers a part of higher value addition(The Hindu) NITI Aayog VC stresses on shift from traditional crops to those of higher value Centre analyses FDI data to boost tech transfer(The Hindu) The Centre is analysing foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to introduce specific provisions in the new industrial policy and the FDI Policy for ensuring such funds result in enhanced technology transfer, local value-addition and innovation. Internal security: Navy eyeing more ‘submarine killers’(The Hindu) The Indian Navy is considering the acquisition of more Boeing P-8I aircraft for surveillance and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), according to Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba. Environment: Indoor air pollution linked to lung, kidney dysfunction(The Hindu) A cross-sectional study of over 400 kitchen workers in Lucknow and Coimbatore showed that almost 50% of them suffered from poor lung functions and microalbuminuria. They also noticed that Coimbatore workers had a higher risk of obstructive lung problems. Science and Technology: IGIB discovers a protein regulating melanoma growth, pigmentation(The Hindu) Researchers at Delhi’s CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) have for the first time identified a calcium sensor protein (STIM1) that independently regulates both skin cancer and pigmentation. The STIM1 protein does so by activating two independent signalling pathways.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS
7 PM Editorial: Gender inequality in India 9 PM Current affairs brief: 10 PM Current affairs MCQs