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GS 2 Trade talks stuck as U.S. presses gas, aircraft sales to India India and the United States are in a deadlock over contentious trade issues after the Donald Trump administration sought a formal commitment of additional purchases of $10 billion annually for the next three years, as part of a trade agreement under negotiation. SC throws out plea to ban Malayalam novel Meesha The Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out a petition seeking a ban on the Malayalam novel Meesha (Moustache), written by S. Hareesh, as it was perceived to be ‘derogatory’ to temple-going Hindu women. All for one, one for all? The real problem lies in the fact that all three services have their own vision of how future conflicts could unfold and the primacy of their own arm in winning wars. The start point is therefore a common understanding between the services on the nature and character of wars that India could fight in the future. What’s in a name? The advisory from the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry to the media saying they “may” refrain from using the term ‘Dalit’ while referring to members of Scheduled Castes is unnecessary, intrusive and issued with little application of the mind. CAATSA, a sticking point Expectations have been high in the run-up to the much-delayed inaugural ‘2+2’ dialogue between India and the U.S. on September 6 SC refuses to give NRC report copy to Centre The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to provide a copy of the full report of Assam NRC Co-ordinator Prateek Hajela to the Centre on what excluded citizens could offer as proof of ancestry. Pompeo hopeful of resetting ties with Pak. The shift in tone comes days after Washington confirmed plans to cancel $300 million in military aid, and was echoed by Mr. Khan, who voiced his optimism at a fresh start. GS 3 Steps to stop the rot The government must stop storing millions of tonnes of foodgrains in the open under tarpaulins SC relief for Maharashtra, Uttarakhand Ban on construction lifted as two States submit that they have solid waste management policies 34% Indians not active enough: WHO Thirty-four per cent of Indians — 24.7% male and 43.9% females — are not active enough to stay healthy, according to the latest study released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which noted that, globally, more than 1.4 billion adults are at risk of diseases from not doing enough physical activity.