International relations: US foolishly gave money to Pakistan (The Hindu) Pakistan was U.S. President Donald Trump’s target of ire on January 1 as he threatened to stop U.S. aid to Islamabad. Seize the Asian century (The Hindu Opinion) The old economic order is dead, but India and China must take the lead to preserve its successes US drastically cut aid to Pakistan in the Obama years (The Hindu) U.S. President Donald Trump’s New Year tweet is indicative that his administration is not satisfied by Pakistan’s response on terror. A month ago, U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis had told Pakistan during a visit that it “must redouble its efforts to confront militants and terrorists operating within the country”, according to a Pentagon statement. Indian Constitution and Polity: Unseemly haste (The Hindu Opinion) The triple talaq Bill and the fantasy of legislative-judicial collaboration IPFT team to meet Rajnath over separate state demand (The Hindu) A 10-member delegation of Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) would leave for New Delhi on Tuesday to hold talks with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the top brass of BJP over its contentious separate state demand. One register to count them all-how the NRC fares (The Hindu) Assam is the only state to have its own register of citiznes 1.9 cr names in first draft of Assam NRC (The Hindu) Nearly 32 years after the Assam Accord was signed, the first draft of an updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) for the State listed 1.90 crore names out of the 3.29 crore applicants. The updated NRC was published at midnight on December 31. NRC wins consensus but not Citizenship bill (The Hindu) AGP has threatened to snap ties with BJP if the Centre grants citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis who have entered Assam illegally post-1971 Clash mars bicentenary of Bhima-Koregaon battle (The Hindu) The bicentenary celebrations of the 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon were marred by a clash between two groups on Monday. The incident occurred at around 11.30 a.m. when people were heading towards Koregaon Ranstambh (victory pillar) in the village. The secular condition (The Hindu Opinion) Our Constitution doesn’t acquire its secular character merely from the words in the Preamble, but from a collective reading of many of its provisions, particularly the various fundamental rights that it guarantees.
Environment: Tourist entry banned at National Park (The Hindu) The Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha’s Kendrapara district will be out of bounds for tourists for a week in view of for the annual census of estuarine crocodiles. Economy: The money trail(The Hindu) The Finance Ministry’s warning to potential investors in bitcoin Finance Ministry’s warning to potential investors in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has come at a time when a new, seemingly attractive investment area has opened up that few have enough information about. Real Estate Act yet to show teeth (The Hindu) Only 20,000 housing projects have been registered under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, six months after the legislation seeking to protect the interests of homebuyers came into force last May. This is just a fraction of the under-construction and proposed housing projects promoted by private developers IBBI registration must for asset valuation (The Hindu) Professionals carrying out asset valuations under Companies Act and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code will have to get themselves registered with Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) from April to conduct such activities, an official statement said on Monday. Science and Technology Googles new AI system can atriculate like humans (The Hindu) In a major step towards its “AI first” dream, Google has developed a text-to-speech artificial intelligence (AI) system that will confuse you with its human-like articulation. Alternative drugs for mild infection the way (The Hindu) Developing alternatives to antibiotics for small infections could prevent bacteria from developing drug-resistance and help humans win the battle against superbugs, scientists say. Ancient jumping genes may give corals new lease of life (The Hindu) Scientists have identified a gene that improves the heat tolerance of the algae that live symbiotically with coral species, and could potentially help the corals adapt to some warming.
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