International Relations: Vice-President to leave for South America tomorrow(The Hindu) The tour to Panama is significant because of growing engagement between China and Panama. The country also has the highest presence of Indian diaspora of 15,000. In Peru, Mr. Naidu will participate in the celebration of 55 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Raising fences(The Hindu Opinion) The Windrush scandal marks another episode in Europe’s hardening politics on immigration China, U.S. have agreed on some trade issues: reports(The Hindu) China and the U.S. have reached “agreements” on some issues, but both sides were still “very divided” on several others during the economic and trade talks held here to end the tariff spat between the trading partners, according to a media report on Friday.
Economy: GST Council approves single form for filing of returns(The Hindu) The Goods and Services Tax Council on Friday decided to convert the GST Network into a 100% government enterprise, and implement a single form for GST filing from the current three. DoT to dial in ease of doing business(The Hindu) The draft National Digital Communications Policy 2018, released earlier this week, aimed to attract $100 billion investments in the digital communications sector, providing broadband access for all with 50 mbps speed and creating 40 lakh new jobs in the sector by the year 2022. Internal Security: Architecture for privacy(Indian Express) Data protection requires a strong regulatory framework with a hierarchy of regulators to protect basic rights Ministry fast-tracks security clearance(The Hindu) Among the foreign countries, U.S., China (including Hong Kong), Mauritius, U.K. has received the green signal for the maximum number of projects at 10 each, followed by Germany 6, Bangladesh 3 and two each for Italy, Israel, Netherlands and Switzerland. Science and Technology: ‘Fasting may boost stem cell regeneration’(The Hindu) A 24-hour fast may reverse the age-related loss of stem cell function that regenerates new intestinal cells, according to a study. Environment: Sting in the air(Indian Express) The WHO’s global pollution database, that was released this week, is not the first worldwide survey to give Indian cities a poor report card on air quality indicators. In what should be worrying news for policymakers, the survey counts 13 Indian cities, other than Delhi, as among the top 20 hotspots of PM 2.5.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS
7 PM Editorial: Shift to BS-VI fuels to begin earlier than expected 9 PM Current affairs brief: 10 PM Current affairs MCQs: