Must Read News Articles – April 13th, 2019

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Message from the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh

This centenary of India’s rebuffing of the Rowlatt Act’s scowl through what Tagore called “the power of spirit” is one to be cherished, celebrated and be inspired by.

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Who bought electoral bonds, SC asks parties

Refusing the government’s advice to steer clear of the electoral bonds scheme of political funding, the Supreme Court on Friday passed interim directions, directing political parties to provide full information on each and every political donor and contributions made through electoral bonds in sealed cover to the Election Commission of India (ECI).

A grim future in Israel

With criminal indictment imminent on charges of corruption, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled off a fourth consecutive win in general elections to the Knesset on April 9.

Not half-done

Voter turnout remains high, but the ECI must be quicker in acting on code violations

Modi to get Russia’s highest civilian award

Russia announced on Friday that President Vladimir Putin will confer its highest civilian award, the “Order of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First,” on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his work on bilateral ties.

Malaysia approves Chinese project after price is slashed

China on Friday agreed to cut by a third the cost of a rail project in Malaysia, a move that seemed to acknowledge mounting international scepticism about its continent-spanning infrastructure programme.

Taliban declare start of spring offensive amid talks with US

The Taliban announced on Friday the start of their spring offensive despite talking peace with the United States and ahead of a significant gathering of Afghans meant to discuss resolutions to the protracted war and an eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country.

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Manufacturing crashes to a 20-month low

Industrial growth slowed in February to 0.1%, driven by an across-the-board slowdown, while consumer inflation quickened in March, according to the latest official data.

‘Display information on 7 common antibiotics’

Alerted by the Union Health Ministry’s pharmaceutical watchdog, the National Co-ordination Centre of the Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI), on adverse reactions that were being reported from some commonly-used antibiotics, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has now asked manufacturers to ensure that this information be made available to the general public.

Seeing darkness

On April 10, the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration showed the world the ‘unseeable’: the very first image of a black hole.

Industrial growth declines to 20-month low, inflation up

Industrial growth slowed in February to 0.1%, driven by an across-the-board slowdown, especially in key sectors like manufacturing, mining, capital goods, and infrastructure, according to latest official data.

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