GS 2 Define ‘strategic partners’ The Indian and U.S. conceptions are different. This needs to be addressed The unifier of modern India Remembering Sardar Patel’s stupendous role in integrating the princely States into independent India Statehood sought for Assam’s Barak Valley Student outfit says NRC, Citizenship Bill divided linguistic groups India invites Italy for defence production ‘Birthright citizenship has to end’ Donald Trump says he is planning to sign an executive order ending the ‘ridiculous practice’   GS 3 ‘India among nations that face grave danger to soil biodiversity’ Country’s high population makes it vulnerable to an ecological crisis, says World Wide Fund for Nature Universities and patents The ambitious goal set by India’s IPR Policy rests on how universities embrace patents CP redemptions keep NBFCs on edge With commercial papers (CPs) worth ₹1 lakh crore coming up for redemption by mid-November, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) and micro-finance institutions (MFIs) are in a quandary on how to tide over the liquidity crisis. The estimate is from two bankers who did not wish to be quoted. How Centre’s ‘board game’ fuelled the feud with RBI No RBI governor’s tenure is complete without a ‘lecture’ on the central bank’s independence. After Duvvuri Subbarao and Raghuram Rajan, the latest to join the chorus was the current RBI chief Urjit Patel via his deputy Viral Acharya.