GS 2 No need for uniform civil code now, says law panel A unified nation does not necessarily need to have “uniformity.” Efforts have to be made to reconcile our diversity with universal and indisputable arguments on human rights, the commission said. India and the U.S. — it’s complicated Creative thinking will be needed in the 2+2 dialogue to overcome challenges in bilateral ties Story of a leaking ship A&N administration and NITI Aayog would be organising an investors’ meet in New Delhi on August 10 for tourism projects under a plan called ‘holistic development of the islands’. The sedition debate Thoroughly overhauling Section 124-A is good, but repealing it is much better SC puts off hearing on Kashmir special status The Supreme Court on Friday bowed to the Centre’s wish to postpone hearing on the legality of Article 35A, giving special status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, till the panchayat elections in the State are over in order to avoid law and order problems. Root out terror: BIMSTEC The regional grouping’s Kathmandu Declaration focusses on backing of terror by state and non-state actors, apart from connectivity among the member nations. SAARC meet to allow India-Pak. interface The first face-to-face engagement between the new Pakistani government and India could come later this month when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi attend the SAARC Council of Ministers’ meeting in New York, officials in Delhi and Islamabad confirmed. India invites Pak. experts to hydel sites in J&K India has invited Pakistan to visit sites of the Pakal Dul and Lower Kalnal hydro-electric projects on the Chenab. GS 3 GDP grows 8.2% in April-June The Indian economy grew 8.2% — the highest in two years — in the April-June quarter, driven by robust growth in the manufacturing, construction and farm sectors. The figures raised hopes of a higher than estimated annual growth of 7.5%. Submerging markets The increasing demand for the U.S. dollar is shaking currency markets across the globe Nowhere to hide Once renowned as an export powerhouse, Kanpur’s tanneries are perceived to be the primary source of industrial pollution in the Ganga. Jacob Koshy reports on the embattled industry’s struggle to stay afloat in the face of rising compliance costs and an increasingly hostile business environment Census 2021 to collect OBC data, use maps The exercise will involve 25 lakh enumerators; final figures are expected to be out in three years instead of the usual seven