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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.