International relations: Trade goes on(The Hindu Opinion) The revival of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, sans U.S., must buttress the free trade debate Trump hails ‘great progress’ on Korean nuclear crisis(The Hindu) U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed “great progress” in attempts to resolve the Korean nuclear crisis after the White House said the President accepted an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a face to face meeting. Indian Constitution and Polity: SC upholds passive euthanasia(The Hindu) The Supreme Court has upheld passive euthanasia and the right to give advance medical directives or ‘Living Wills’ to smoothen the dying process as part of the fundamental right to live with dignity. Rajasthan passes Bill to give death penalty for child rape(The Hindu) Rajasthan on Friday became the second State, after Madhya Pradesh, to pass a Bill providing for death penalty to those convicted of raping girls of 12 years and below. The State Assembly passed the Bill seeking to amend the Indian Penal Code with the insertion of new provision by voice vote. Judges draw on philosophy(The Hindu) The Supreme Court’s landmark verdict upholding passive euthanasia is replete with philosophical quotes drawn from the judges’ own collective experiences of life and ancient texts. Right to avoid protracted pain(The Hindu) The Supreme Court judgment upholding a person’s advance directive to refuse medical treatment attempts to answer the government’s poser whether the concept of ‘Living Will’ acts against a person’s “instinctive urge to survive.” Death with dignity(The Hindu Opinion) The court has laid down a much-neededlegal framework for enforcing living wills
Economy: Only about 50% of PAN cards linked to Aadhaar’(The Hindu) With less than a month to go for the expiry of deadline for linking Aadhaar numbers to PAN, the government on Friday said that it had so far been able to link only about 50% of the PAN cards issued to Aadhaar numbers. Changing our stories(Indian Express) New India’s challenge is thinking about the future with economic stories that don’t ignore or glorify the past.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS
7 PM Editorial: Srilanka’s state of emergency: not a result of a day’s incident 9 PM Current affairs brief: 10 PM Current affairs MCQs