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Social Issues Has hunger increased in India in recent years?: (Live Mint, Editorial) IFPRI’s latest Global Hunger Index shows that under-nutrition has decreased rather than increased in India.
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Government Policies Why make a show of patriotism: SC judge: (The Hindu) Plea against anthem in movie halls. Colonial Rajasthan: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Ordinance that shields public servants is a throwback to an earlier time, fails the test of constitutionality.

Rajasthan tables Criminal Laws Amendment Bill amid uproar: (The Hindu)

It seeks to protect government officials and curb media coverage.

Judiciary The gown and the Bench: (The Hindu, Editorial) SC’s senior advocate guidelines can guide collegium in judges’ selection too. Effects of developed and developing countries policies The Abe manoeuvre: (The Hindu, Editorial) With a stronger win, Japan’s PM can go ahead with economic and constitutional reform. With or without the veto: (The Hindu, Editorial) India should pursue the lead offered by the U.S. to end the deadlock over the Security Council’s expansion. The road to partnership: (Indian Express, Editorial)

India-US ties have deepened but remain short of fulfilling their potential. Trump regime could contribute to India’s rise as a regional power.

India and neighbors Modi-Ghani talks to focus on terror: (The Hindu) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will hold detailed talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday on furthering the shared objective of promoting security and stability in Afghanistan, and efforts to combat terrorism.
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Pollution and Conservation Centre eases norms for sewage plants: (The Hindu) The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has relaxed standards for upcoming sewage treatment plants (STP), including those to come up on extremely polluted stretches of the Ganga. Indian Economy Economic growth: an alternative view: (The Hindu, Editorial) The current method of GDP calculation treats environmental damage costs as income. Security On a different trajectory: (The Hindu, Editorial) Increasingly bereft of ideology, the Maoists could shift towards becoming like any other militant or terror group. Cyber Security Law And Immunity: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Move to criminalise cyber speech will add impunity to power.

Agriculture Long-run trends in rural wages: (Live Mint, Editorial) The collapse and stagnation of rural wages over the past few years deserves a closer look than it has received thus far.
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‘Paika Bidroha’ to be named as 1st War of Independence:

Paikas were peasant militia under the Gajapati rulers of Odisha who rendered military service to the king during times of war. They rebelled against the British rule under the leadership of Bakshi Jagabandhu Bidyadhara as early as 1817.