International relations: Myanmar puts off border pact(The Hindu) India keen on signing agreement to streamline free movement along border “India’s Christians, Sikhs face discrimination”(The Hindu) The British government was asked to raise concerns on the treatment of Christian and Sikh minorities in India when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April. Indian Constitution and Polity: Righting wrongs in land acquisition(The Hindu Opinion) In July 2011, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government embarked on an ambitious project to rewrite the law on land acquisition. How the government acquired land from private parties had long been the subject of heated dispute, often resulting in violent conflict.
Economy: ‘Defaulting promoters must be barred from bidding’(The Hindu) Axis Bank chief Shikha Sharma has called for creating a better credit culture for long-term benefits and opined that one way to achieve it is to debar defaulting promoters from bidding for their assets during insolvency proceedings. ‘Discrete norms for new and replacement parts a threat’(The Hindu) The different standards in place for original equipment and replacement auto parts can cause major issues related to safety, emissions and performance of the vehicle, the government has said in the new draft National Automotive Policy. Avoid trade wars(The Hindu Opinion) World leaders did well to avoid protectionist trade policies in the aftermath of the Great Recession of 2008. After all, they had learned their lessons from the global trade war of the 1930s which deepened and prolonged the Great Depression, or so it was thought. American President Donald Trump last week announced that his administration would soon impose tariffs on the import of steel and aluminium into the U.S. for an indefinite period of time. Bridge-cum-barrage across Netravathi gets clearance(The Hindu) The State Cabinet on Saturday granted approval for construction of a bridge-cum-barrage across the Netravathi connecting Adyarkatte, off the National Highway 75, and Harekala, near Mangalore University. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has earmarked Rs. 174 crore in the budget for this work. Borrowing terms(Indian Express Editorial) Interest rates had to rise; danger is of fiscal slippages leading to their rising more than what’s warranted Science and Technology: TB drugs policy to be discussed at meet(The Hindu) Global public health agencies will discuss the Union Health Ministry’s policy on rationing new tuberculosis medicines at a forthcoming meeting in New Delhi. Environment: ‘Climate change has reduced coral cover’(The Hindu) Climate change has resulted in “substantial” reduction of the country’s coral cover and growth in the last two decades, according to conservation group WWF India which has stressed the need for formulating a “holistic” approach for their protection.