GS: 1 Social issues In the database: on registration of marriages( The Hindu) In October, the Supreme Court held that that sexual intercourse by a man with his wife who is below 18 years of age is rape. The judgment was interpreted as a strong warning against child marriage.
GS :2 International relations: Coup de Grace(The Hindu) Zmbabwe’s prolonged political crisis reached the boiling point earlier this month when President Robert Mugabe dismissed the Vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa. The ASEAN outreach(The Hindu Opinion) As the region is reshaped by U.S. retreat and Chinese ambition, India must chart its own path An unsafe world( The Hindu) The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) task at 60 — to balance the benefits of nuclear technology for human development against the irreversible risks to the planet’s survival — could not be greater. In the historic 1953 Atoms for Peace address to the UN General Assembly, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower proposed the establishment of the agency to harness nuclear science for peace. Indian Constitution and Polity: Is the Supreme Court facing an institutional crisis?(The Hindu Opinion) The most telling indicator of the assault on the judiciary is the non-appointment of judges Overreach(The Hindu) Tamil Nadu Governor’s meetings with officials have no place in a parliamentary democracy Anti-superstition Bill passed, with minor changes(The Hindu) The State Legislative Assembly on Thursday passed the Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017, popularly known as the ‘anti-superstition’ Bill, with minor change Govt. will uphold freedom of press in all forms:Modi(The Hindu) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the role of a free media was a “cornerstone of a vibrant democracy” and its contribution in giving “voice to the voiceless” was commendable, while greeting the press on the occasion of National Press Day. Venkaiah for single media watchdog( The Hindu) Self-regulation is not working and there is growing need for a single watchdog for the television and print media, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday.
Economy: Indian Bank to seek bids for sale of NPAs worth Rs 1,100cr(The Hindu) Indian Bank has decided to invite bids for sale of NPAs (non-performing assets) worth close to ₹1,100 crore. How a split-second advantage can bring huge unfair gains at the NSE(Indian Express) I-T has searched the premises of top former exchange officials as part of a multipronged investigation into how and why some brokers got preferential access to the trading system. Bengal vs Odisha: Whose rosogolla is it anyway?(Indian Express) Earlier this week, after a spat with Odisha that started in 2015 over who had invented a famous dessert, sweet lovers in West Bengal tasted joy. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “Sweet news for us all. We are very happy and proud that Bengal has been granted GI (Geographical Indication) status for Rosogolla.” Curb on exports of pulses lifted(The Hindu) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has abolished all restrictions on export of pulses to allow farmers to seek remunerative prices for their output. Centre doubles down on GST’s gains for consumers (The Hindu) A day after the Centre notified the latest set of cuts in the rate of tax to be levied on a wide range of goods as part of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the creation of the National Anti-profiteering Authority to ensure that businesses pass on the benefits of GST to consumers. Environment: 120 Indian signatories to scientists’ ecology warning(The Hindu) More than 120 Indian scientists are among the 15,364 scientists from 184 countries to endorse the second warning that the world's scientists have issued to humanity: not mending currently unsustainable ways of living could augur “widespread misery” and “catastrophic biodiversity loss”.