India and neighbors Modi-Xi meet flags ‘forward looking’ ties, border peace: (The Hindu) Talks underscored the need to avoid recurrence of Doklam-type crisis. Government policies Section 377: SC to start hearing: (The Hindu) High interest after privacy verdict. In Constitution, a range of ‘special provisions’ for states other than Jammu & Kashmir, too: (Indian Express, Explained)
Part XXI of the Indian Constitution, ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions’, includes, apart from Article 370 — Temporary Provisions with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir — special provisions for 11 other states, listed under Articles 371, 371A-H, and 371J.International groupings and agreements Modi’s 10 ‘noble commitments’ for BRICS: (The Hindu) PM calls for coordinated action on counter-terrorism, cybersecurity and disaster management. Back on track: (The Hindu, Editorial) India and China must address bilateral issues in a sustainable way, pursuing the BRICS spirit There is a Rohingya in all of us: (The Hindu, Editorial) By contemplating deportation of the hapless refugees, India undermines itself.
Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment India to flag worry on pace of services talks at RCEP: (The Hindu) Irked by slow progress, even as goods trade talks move fast. ‘Undersea line from Iran to port cheap gas’: (The Hindu) Proposed 1,300-km line can save $1 billion annually; will avoid Pakistani waters. Distress Signals: (Indian Express, Editorial)
Falling growth, lack of jobs, erratic rains are grim portents.Is a progressive GST possible?: (Live Mint, Editorial) The short answer is no. The long answer then is to focus on correcting the unfairness and skew in goods and services tax (GST), with greater redistribution.
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