Social issues: Mapping illness(Indian Express Editorial) New report addresses need for data on the country’s disease burden, identifies challenges for policymakers
International relations: A plan for Asia(Indian Express Editorial) In Manila, PM signalled commitment to a rules-based order. India must bridge gap between promise and performance France wants to work with India in Indo-Pacific(The Hindu) But not as a part of a multilateral arrangement like the “quadrilateral” between India, U.S., Japan and Australia An itinerary in search of a strategy: on Trump's East Asia tour(The Hindu Opinion) Donald Trump’s transactional diplomacy during his East Asia tour has only created confusion After the tsunami: how the 'Quad' was born(The Hindu Opinion) On the morning after Christmas 2004, the staggering death toll (eventually more than 230,000) from the tsunami was still unknown, when a call from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Indian envoy Nirupama Rao made it clear that island nation needed urgent humanitarian assistance Zimbabwe Army seizes power, President Robert Mugabe 'confined to his home' (The Hindu) Army says it has taken power to target ‘criminals’ around the President; It views the sacking of the Vice-President as part of a purge; South Africa to send envoys to meet with Mugabe. Indian Constitution and Polity: Managing case flows( Indian Express ) Draft rules in subordinate courts have either not been adopted or are not implemented in the right context. Rajasthan conversion Bill returned by Centre( The Hindu) The Religious Freedom Bill passed by the Rajasthan Assembly in 2008, aimed at banning forcible religious conversions, was returned by the Union government as it deviated from the national policy. Money can’t always buy votes(The Hindu Opinion) Smaller constituencies and longer campaign periods are essential reforms
Sweet Success(Indian Express Editorial) After a bitter inter-state food fight, West Bengal celebrates its equivalent of the return of the Kohinoor diamond Environment Bonn climate change conference: Big win for India and developing countries, key demands on ‘pre-2020 actions’ likely to be met(Indian Express) Right from the first day of the conference a negotiating group of more than 20 countries had demanded that 'pre-2020 actions' be included in the official agenda of discussions. Centre advances BS-VI fuel rollout to April 2018 after Delhi becomes 'gas chamber', carmakers say not 'feasible'(The Hindu) The oil ministry's decision to advance the roll out of BS-VI fuel from April instead of April 2020 might help in reducing pollution in Delhi and the NCR but it would certainly add to the woes of auto companies to be fully compliant in over the next four months. Green activists hail BS-VI rollout plan(The Hindu) Environmentalists welcomed the Centre’s decision on Wednesday to advance the rollout of cleaner fuel, compliant to Bharat Stage-VI (BS-VI) norms, in Delhi by two years, but added that a regional approach was needed to make it more effective.