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International relations: India ASEAN ties to focus on freedom of navigation (The Hindu) Security and freedom of navigation will be in the heart of India-ASEAN cooperation in the twenty-first century, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressing the leaders of the ASEAN countries at the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit The leaders also agreed on establishing a joint mechanism to ensure safety and freedom of navigation in the maritime domain. Delhi Declaration calls for joint fight against terror (The Hindu) Counter-terrorism, identity security, military cooperation, and bilateral financial support were discussed in official level talks with leaders from ASEAN countries held on the sidelines of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of sectoral dialogue between two sides. India ASEAN ties can benefit region: China (The Hindu) China on Thursday cautiously welcomed India’s invitation extended to the heads of ASEAN and offered Beijing’s “constructive” participation for promoting the overall development of the region. Multiple chief guests, a first for Republic Day (The Hindu) From a single leader gracing Republic Day, India has pulled off a diplomatic coup of sorts by having as many as 10 leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), for January 26 this year. Indian Constitution and Polity: Supreme court to hear pleaagainst karni sena (The Hindu) The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear pleas for initiating contempt of court action against the Gujarat, Haryana and Rajasthan governments and Karni Sena members for aggravated incidents of violence, even against schoolchildren, in the background of the release of Padmaavat . Should euthanasia be allowed (The Hindu) Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra met his four senior- most colleagues on Thursday to discuss issues raised by them at a press conference on January 12. Held by the mob (The Hindu Editorial) The attack on schoolchildren captures the state’s failure to stand up to vigilantism Training teachers (The Hindu Opinion) Education is a fundamental right for those aged between six and 14 years, but there has hardly been a coordinated effort to better the lot of teachers who teach these children.
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Economy: The grounding of Air India (The Hindu) Having announced its decision to sell Air India, the government is making arrangements to do so. The move itself has come after multiple efforts by successive governments to resurrect the national airline. Though there has been news of it finally turning in an operating profit under a determined CEO, its debt, reportedly a staggering $8.5 billion, must weigh on the minds of a public drawn into a discussion of its future. World Bank's Romer quits after Chile affair (The Hindu) Paul Romer stepped down as the World Bank's chief economist on Wednesday after he came under fire for saying that Chile's rankings in a closely watched Doing Business report may have been deliberately skewed under socialist President Michelle Bachelet. PT related news: Padma Vibhushan for Ilaiyaraaja (The Hindu) President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday approved the award of 85 Padma awards. The list of those honoured includes music composer-director Ilaiyaraaja conferred with a Padma Vibhushan and sports icons M.S. Dhoni and Pankaj Advani honoured with Padma Bhushan.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS
7 PM Editorial: The importance of sea turtles to marine ecosystem 9 PM Current affairs: 10 PM Current affairs: