Art and Culture: Bilaspur’s stone age tools link Sivalik cultures(The Hindu) Researchers from the Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI) have discovered a number of Acheulian artefacts (dated to about 1, 500,000–1,50,000 years ago) along with contemporary Soanian ones from an unexplored site at Ghumarwin in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. The site is close to the site where scientists in the 19th century discovered fossil remains of Sivapithecus, the last common ancestor of orangutans and humans.
Indian Constitution and Polity Naidu to keep alive fight for Special Category Status(The Hindu) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said he was undeterred by the offensive that BJP leaders have threatened to launch against the Andhra Pradesh government, and asserted that their brand of ‘divisive politics’ that succeeded in Tamil Nadu would fail here. Lok Sabha passes Bill to exempt political parties from scrutiny on foreign funds, without debate(The Hindu) The Lok Sabha, earlier this week, passed without a debate a bill that will exempt political parties from scrutiny of funds they have received from abroad since 1976. Cauvery Board deadline will be met: Tamilisai(The Hindu) BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan on Sunday said the Central government will definitely constitute the Cauvery Management Board within the six-week time frame set by the Supreme Court.
Economy: No ‘power’ of choice for consumers(The Hindu) In an open market, the customers who are thus made to pay more would go to other suppliers if they find them economical. But in a monopoly, the monopolist would not let the customer deal directly with the supplier. WTO ministerial: 50 nations to take up global trade issues(The Hindu) The government said that 50 nations will engage in free and frank discussions on global trade here this week to explore the options for resolving various issues and re-invigorating the WTO. ‘RBI overruled House panel on power NPAs’(The Hindu) The Association of Power Producers has accused the RBI of overruling the Parliamentary standing panel on power and key ministries with its February 12 circular that ended all the existing loan restructuring mechanisms and voted for the insolvency code to resolve stressed assets. Govt. to take spiritual route to spur tourism(The Hindu) In a bid to spur domestic travel, the government plans to promote religious tourism in the country, said Minister of State for Tourism K.J. Alphons. Plans are also afoot to popularise yoga and Ayurveda among millennials, as part of efforts to reach out to people across the globe and get “millions of more people to India.” Internal security: Dangerous spiral(The Hindu Opinion) New Delhi and Islamabad must address the tit-for-tat harassment of each other’s envoys Environment: In a plastics world(The Hindu Opinion) Plastics are now widely present in the environment, as visible waste along coastlines, in lakes and rivers, and even in the soil. The recent finding that microplastic particles are found even in ‘safe’ bottled water indicates the magnitude of the crisis. Poison kills 32 rare vultures in Assam(The Hindu) It looked like a normal goat carcass, and a group of vultures in Assam’s Sivasagar district settled down to devour it quickly. But at the end of the meal, 32 of them lay dead on Saturday.