International relations: Endgame in Syria(The Hindu Opinion) Unless the peace dividend is visible soon, regression to anarchy cannot be ruled out The China plan — On Myanmar-Bangladesh deal on Rohingya(The Hindu Editorial) The devil will be in the detail of the Myanmar-Bangladesh deal on Rohingya repatriation India, Sri Lanka to expedite projects(The Hindu) Expediting decisions on joint projects and “solving the problems that have emerged” was at the top of the agenda as Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and President Ram Nath Kovind during his two-day visit to Delhi, officials on both sides highlighted here. The Chabahar Checkmate(Indian Express Opinion) Pakistan must abandon isolationism, worry more about trade and development Internal Security: Lest 26/11 come(Indian Express Opinion) India needs to revamp its security architecture, reform and rejuvenate police forces Terror games(Indian Express Opinion) Hafiz Saeed walks free again, posing another question mark on Pakistan’s commitment to tackle extremism Doval for cooperation on cybersecurity(The Hindu) National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on Friday said all stakeholders, including States and the private sector, need to cooperate to mitigate the negative effects of cyberspace, especially amid emergence of technologies such as artificial intelligence and internet of things. Social Issues: States of healthcare(The Hindu) Data from Global Burden of Disease study will help states chart their individual trajectories. They need to beef up disease monitoring systems? Who’s hiding behind Padmavati?(Indian Express) The violent assertion of Hindu masculinity is masked as concern for a woman Indian Constitution and Polity: Plea contests jury trial in Parsi special courts(The Hindu) Half a century after the case of a young Parsi war veteran, Commander K.M. Nanavati, sounded the death knell for the jury system in India, the Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up the case of a Parsi woman, who has challenged the jury system still followed by her community’s special matrimonial courts as a violation of her fundamental right to life and dignity. The mandates of natural justice(The Hindu Opinion) Questions for the judiciary on the anniversary of India’s adoption of its Constitution Rajnath to chair meet on Centre-State ties(The Hindu) Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Inter-State Council (ISC) on Saturday to discuss the recommendations made by the Punchhi Commission on Centre-State relations. No fresh polls if NOTA votes exceed candidates’(The Hindu) Supreme Court rejects PIL petition, says elections are costly in the country
Economy S&P stands pat on its rating(The Hindu) Standard & Poor’s (S&P) retained its BBB- rating for India’s sovereign with a ‘stable’ outlook on Friday, belying expectations that it may take a cue from rival Moody’s, which last week upgraded the country’s credit rating for the first time in 13 years. Centre to seek 20,000 MW of solar bids(The Hindu) 2,000 MW of wind power auction announced; solar manufacturing EoIs coming No proof required: Making RBI accountable(Indian Express) The first year of operation of the Monetary Policy Committee has imposed considerable costs on the economy with very few benefits. What explains its decisions? Science and Technology: Sagardhwani retraces historic Indian Ocean expedition routes(The Hindu) Marine acoustic research vessel INS Sagardhwani is riding a wave of history that charted the course of oceanographic research in the Indian Ocean. World’s smallest tape recorder built from bacteria(The Hindu) Researchers have converted a natural bacterial immune system into the world’s smallest data recorder, laying the groundwork for a new class of technologies that use bacterial cells for everything from disease diagnosis to environmental monitoring.