Social Issues A Blinkered Justice: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Rape laws have changed but the temptation to shame and blame the victim remains.

Turn the economic ship around: (The Hindu, Editorial)

We need to apply the potential of social business to solve problems of inequality and unemployment.

Government Policies Dialling The Wrong Number: (Indian Express, Editorial)

The DOT circulars seeking Aadhaar-Mobile linking have no legal force.

India and Neighbors

Afghan overture: (The Hindu, Editorial)

India’s decision to expand security assistance to Kabul has a nuanced geopolitical message.

International groupings and agreements Japan keen on friendship with northeast: (The Hindu) Tokyo will invest in infrastructure, education and people-to-people sectors, apart from inviting 25 youth from region to the country this year.
Infrastructure and investment models Private players may run rail lines: (The Hindu) The Union government is open to the idea of giving operations of railway lines to private players for enhancing competition. Cropping pattern, Agriculture, e-technology Tech boost for soil quality scheme: (The Hindu) The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is looking to link the programme with a research project at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay that uses sophisticated imaging techniques and can picture the nutrient balance of a patch of land without necessarily collecting soil sample. Indian Economy A sketchy roadmap: (Indian Express, Editorial)
  • NITI Aayog’s three year agenda does not recognise the role of trade policy in agriculture.
  • It is silent on money-guzzling food and fertiliser subsidies.
‘GSTN tweaked features, handled robust return filing’: (The Hindu) Portal handled 1.3 lakh tax return filings and payments per hour on last day. ‘GST: MSMEs to gain via better competitiveness’: (The Hindu)
  • The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is all set to enhance the competitiveness of the almost five crore Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
  • It will account for 25% of employment, 40% of industrial output and 45% of exports of the country.
Who’s lending to Indian businesses?: (The Hindu)
  • Reserve Bank of India’s recently released annual report for 2016-17 shows that many new sources of finance are springing up.
  • Domestic businesses are increasingly turning to the bond markets, Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs) and foreign direct investors to meet their funding needs.
All you need to know about Graded Surveillance Measure: (The Hindu)
  • SEBI introduced the measure to keep a tab on securities that witness an abnormal price rise.
  • It does not not commensurate with financial health and fundamentals of the company.

The faltering economy: (The Hindu, Editorial)

The Centre should capitalise on stable macros to push through tough structural reforms.

Prelims Related Facts 
Navy’s dilemma: US-2 planes or helicopters?:
  • The Navy’s urgent priorities include helicopters and minesweepers.
  • India continues discussions with Japan for buying the US-2 amphibious aircraft though.
M777 broke due to faulty shell: Probe blames ammunition supplied by the Ordnance Factory Board.