GS 2 Bill to allow voluntary use of Aadhaar ID introduced Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday introduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha that will provide legal backing for voluntary seeding of biometric Aadhaar ID with mobile numbers and bank accounts after the Supreme Court barred mandatory use of the 12-digit unique identifier by private firms. Union Cabinet clears panel to promote Assam’s cultural identity The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the setting up of a high-level committee for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord which provides for constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of Assam. Powering South Asian integration The new electricity guidelines are a first step towards creating a true regional market Deterrence or danger? India does not gain anything by escalating the nuclear arms race in the region with INS Arihant Breaking the stranglehold The Global Slavery Index 2016 estimated there to be 1.8 crore Indians in modern slavery, including bondedness, while the International Labour Organisation said there were 1.17 crore bonded labourers in 2014. Lessons from Kerala Its experience could help achieve the objectives of the Astana Declaration on primary care China building ‘advanced’ warships for Pak.: report China is building the first of four “most advanced” naval warships for Pakistan as part of a major bilateral arms deal to ensure among other things “balance of power” in the strategic Indian Ocean, the state media reported. Taiwan’s unification with China is inevitable, says Xi Taiwan's unification with the mainland is “inevitable”, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday, warning against any efforts to promote the island's independence and saying China would not renounce the option of using military force to bring it into the fold. GS 3 Exotic trees eating up Western Ghat’s grasslands The satellite images they accessed reveal that 60% of the shola-grassland landscape has changed; almost 40% (516 km2) of native high-elevation grasslands have disappeared. All along the coastline The Cabinet has approved a significant relaxation of development controls along the coastline through the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 2018, as part of a plan to encourage construction of buildings and launch tourism activities in areas that are closer to the high tide line.