Society and women related issues: ‘Provide safety to couples facing threat’(The Hindu) Couples who face a threat to their lives from relatives or community Panchayats like khap should have a provision to inform the officer who is registering their marriage, so that the official can intimate the police to provide them with protection from ‘honour killing’, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The power of numbers(The Hindu Opinion) Time magazine dedicated its person of the year (2017) cover to women who broke the silence surrounding the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and violence, especially in the workplace. It took a string of allegations by women with public images they could leverage and were willing to put at stake, to give heightened visibility to the widespread nature of violence against women by men in prominent positions. Balkrishna Doshi wins architecture’s top Pritzker Prize, first Indian to do so(The Hindu) Nonagenarian architect and reputed urban planner Balkrishna Doshi has been named this year’s winner of architecture’s highest honour — the Pritzker Prize, becoming the first Indian to do so.
International relations: Sri Lanka must act firmly on anti-Muslim violence(The Hindu) Sri Lanka’s government must decisively and impartially put down anti-Muslim violence Centre’s reply sought on Rohingya(The Hindu) The Supreme Court asked the government on Wednesday to reply to a plea by Rohingya refugees to treat them on a par with the Sri Lankan refugees in India as far as health care and education are concerned.
Economy: Aadhaar uncertainty can’t go on, says judge(The Hindu) Justice D.Y. Chandrachud became an unexpected voice from within the Supreme Court to highlight the prevailing uncertainty and dangers, especially in the banking and financial sectors, of waiting till the “last minute” to extend the March 31 deadline for Aadhaar linkage. Cabinet approves easing spectrum cap(The Hindu) The Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved relaxing the cap on spectrum holding by telcos, a move that is expected to aid mergers and acquisitions in the sector. India-China trade hits a record $84.4 billion(The Hindu) The India-China bilateral trade has reached $84.44 billion last year, a historic high, notwithstanding bilateral tensions over a host of issues, including the Doklam standoff. Banks face Rs. 20,000 cr. bond losses: report(The Hindu) With yields on sovereign bonds climbing, Indian banks are staring at Rs. 20,000 crore losses in the bond portfolio in the January-March quarter, which is three times more than the losses incurred in the Oct.-Dec. quarter, Credit Suisse said in a note to its clients. ‘U.S. move to raise import duty may hit domestic steel market’(The Hindu) The proposal by the Trump administration to levy a steep tariff on steel imports will encourage steel-surplus nations to divert their exports to “vibrant consumption centres like India and distort domestic markets considerably,” according to the Indian Steel Association (ISA). Environment: The ecologically subsidised city(The Hindu Opinion) In 2005, the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment found ecological degradation to be more prominent within wetlands than any other ecosystem on Earth. ‘A fight for a cleaner future’(The Hindu) More than 20 heads of state and government will travel to Delhi this weekend to attend the International Solar Alliance’s founding conference, hosted jointly by India and France. Assam govt. moves to check hit-and-runs at Kaziranga(The Hindu) The Assam government on Wednesday informed the National Green Tribunal that the State government had sanctioned a sum of Rs. 11 crore for the installation of sensor-operated automated traffic barriers to check the death of animals in road accidents close to the Kaziranga National Park. Rooftop energy(The Hindu Opinion) Surveys to map usable rooftops for solar power must be undertaken nationwide Internal security: Be alert to Operation 'Dhakka': on the toppling of the Lenin statue(The Hindu Opinion) The toppling of the Lenin statue in Tripura is a reminder of the grave danger to Indian democracy Science and Technology: Our toasters are brave(The Hindu Opinion) Today, the “Internet of Things” (IoT), the term coined by Peter T. Lewis in 1985, is threatening to take control of the planet and turn the world around us into a real Toyland. U.S., China battle it out for dominance in technology(The Hindu) As the U.S. and China look to protect their national security needs and economic interests, the fight between the two financial superpowers is increasingly focused on a single area: technology.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS
7 PM Editorial: ‘Special Category Status’ (SCS) for Andhra Pradesh: public continue protest 9 PM Current affairs brief: 10 PM Current affairs MCQs