Must Read News Articles – April 12th, 2019

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Voters needn’t know source of political funding: govt.

Voters do not need to know from where political parties get their funds, the government argued in the Supreme Court on Thursday.

A crisis that resists hasty solutions

As the EU extends the Brexit deadline, it is still anybody’s guess if London will finally get its act together

Closed road

The ban on civilian traffic on the Udhampur-Baramulla highway must be rescinded

Netanyahu’s Israel

Israel, he leads today is totally different from what even Ben-Gurion and the early socialist Zionists had imagined.

‘Deep regret’ is simply not good enough

Britain’s refusal to squarely apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre is expected but disappointing

Reflections on a massacre

For Indians, the massacre that evokes strong emotions is not Nader Shah’s slaughter of 30,000 people in Delhi in 1739 but Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, where, a century ago, on April 13, troops commanded by General Dyer fired into an unarmed crowd, killing hundreds.

Fighting fake news: can social media be kept on a leash?

The Bombay High Court has said that the various platforms are expected to follow the voluntary code of ethics of the IAMAI

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India stares at a pile of solar e-waste

By 2050, India will likely stare at a pile of a new category of electronic waste, namely solar e-waste, says a study made public on Thursday. Currently, India’s e-waste rules have no laws mandating solar cell manufacturers to recycle or dispose waste from this sector.

Is India’s anti-satellite test a game-changer?

India has barely begun development of ASAT missiles. China has been at this for more than a decade. They are believed to have worked on missiles targeting high latitude satellites at 36,000 km above the earth whereas we have only conducted the test at the Low Earth Orbit.

A genetic method to empower conservation

Scientists have been using genetics to study wild animals for several years now. However, a new genetic method developed by a team, including scientists from Bengaluru’s National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), hopes to make studying as well as conserving wild species quicker, easier and cost-effective by deriving information from animal sources containing extremely low-quality DNA — including faeces and cooked meat.

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