Social Issues

Will Swachh Bharat Abhiyan be a success?: (The Hindu, Editorial)

The mission for a clean India will not work without breaking the link between caste and occupation.

Government Policies VVPAT to be used in Gujarat polls: (The Hindu) This is the first time an entire assembly poll will be conducted using EVMs equipped with VVPAT. Hope in Darjeeling: (The Hindu) The Union and West Bengal governments and the GJM must urgently begin tripartite talks. Reforms money can’t buy: (Indian Express, Editorial)

The government’s grant for police modernisation must be followed by steps to grant the force autonomy from political masters.

A modern police: (Indian Express, Editorial)

It is good news that government is spending money on police infrastructure. But this is only a first step.

International groupings and agreements Expanding the common ground: (The Hindu, Editorial) James Mattis’ visit buttressed the growing India-U.S. convergence on regional and global security issues. India and neighbors India signs MoU to train Afghan police: (The Hindu) India and Afghanistan exchanged a memorandum of understanding on Thursday, which will see Afghan police forces trained in India for the first time.
Infrastructure  Centre to review flexi-fares on select trains: (The Hindu) Around 700 trains set to run faster. Indian Economy FM urges CPSEs to spend ‘aggressively’: (The Hindu) Increased capital expenditure by public sector enterprises can boost investment in economy. GST: small firms may get time to file returns: (The Hindu) Centre mulling plan for quarterly filing. ‘Banks may risk losing ₹3,800 cr. from cards’: (The Hindu) Digital push could hurt lenders.
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Search for a highly potent anti-snake venom: The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) is researching the venom of snakes from different Indian regions in order to create a highly potent anti-snake venom (ASV).