International relations: U.S. now within range of N. Korea’s nuclear weapons (The Hindu) North Korea said it successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Wednesday in a “breakthrough” that puts the U.S. mainland within the range of its nuclear weapons whose warheads could withstand re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere. Singapore offers India logistical base (The Hindu) India and Singapore on Wednesday agreed on greater cooperation and activity in the Strait of Malacca and the Andaman Sea even as the two countries concluded a wide ranging naval agreement for maritime cooperation including logistical support. Now, a debate on 'royal welcome' for Ivanka's visit (The Hindu) India will benefit from the visit of Ivanka Trump, daughter of the U.S. President and Presidential Adviser, says the head of a key business chamber, dismissing criticism of the “royal welcome” Ms. Trump received. Indian Constitution and Polity: Eliminate torture (The Hindu Editorial ) A standalone law to prevent custodial cruelty is in India’s interests To make instant triple talaq a crime, Govt looks to change Shah Bano law (Indian Express) Commonly known as the Shah Bano Act, the 1986 law was enacted by the Rajiv Gandhi government under pressure from the Muslim clergy to overturn the Supreme Court ruling in the Shah Bano case. Hadiya’s Choices (Indian Express) Question to SC: Does an adult woman not have a right to privacy and autonomy? Sorry no-show (Indian Express) Repressive mindsets rule in the CBFC and I&B ministry: That’s the message from IFFI’s refusal to screen ‘S Durga Three laws, multiple prescriptions (Indian Express What are the norms private medical practitioners follow in West Bengal, in Karnataka and in multiples states and Union Territories that have adopted the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 passed by Parliament? Social Issues: India unlikely to cut malaria by half in 2020: WHO (The Hindu) India accounted for 6% of global malaria cases and 7% of deaths caused by it in 2016, according to a report released on Wednesday by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Against gender rights (The Hindu) The decision to re-introduce the 2016 Bill on transgender rights makes a mockery of democratic norms India’s malaria surveillance mechanism detects only 8% cases, finds new report (Indian Express) India has the highest malaria burden in the world outside sub-Saharan Africa. Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso and India accounted for 58 per cent of all malaria deaths globally.
Economy: Road to an open internet (The Hindu Editorial) The telecom regulator’s support for Net neutrality fulfils constitutional promises Globalisation in retreat (Indian Express) It is being challenged by a nationalist politics. But a nationalist economics is unlikely to take its place Open, equal internet (Indian Express) India begs to differ with the US, as TRAI wisely backs net neutrality Govt. may meld Make in India with Invest India, says Prabhu (The Hindu) Centre mulls new approach to attract more foreign investment in manufacturing Science and Technology: Why the humanoid robot could soon be your new best Mitra (Indian Express) A robot called Mitra greeted PM Modi and Ivanka Trump at Hyderabad’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit. We could see more Mitra-like robots soon Environment: Electric cars and us (The Hindu Editorial) They are far less polluting, but pose a challenge to Indian driving practices Indus civilisation flourished along a course abandoned by the Sutlej, says study (The Hindu) It was the Sutlej, not the “lost” Saraswati river, as some believed, that gave rise to the great Indus civilisation that flourished around 4,000 years ago, a team of Indian and British researchers has found. Why birds now flock to Israel (The Hindu) Climate change is turning country into a cool, befitting place for migratory avians