Must Read News Articles – April 19th, 2019

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Cross-LoC trade suspended after ‘misuse by arms, drugs smugglers’

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday suspended the cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade in Jammu and Kashmir, citing “funnelling of illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency” as reasons.

Plea in SC on voting rights of undertrials and convicts

The Supreme Court is hearing a plea filed by a law student questioning an electoral law which denies undertrials and convicts their right to vote.

Travelling abroad a basic right, says SC

The right to travel abroad is a genuine and basic human right like marriage and family, the Supreme Court has observed in a recent order.

A shameful marker of five years

Right-wing regimes that are hostile to minorities have risen to power in many countries. But in no other country than India has this current anti-minority, far-right politics resulted in a concerted pattern of lynch attacks against minorities — and emerged as a scourge in the country today.

Predictable chaos in Libya

The Iraqi-Libyan species of intervention, with UN ‘approval’ but under the West’s watch, is a post-Cold-War phenomenon

Is the Election Commission toothless or is it refusing to bite?

The Election Commission (EC) has come under intense scrutiny over the last few weeks for its inability to take swift action against those violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

A struggle to breathe

In this election season, it is imperative for political parties to talk about pollution

Both Indonesian candidates claim victory

Indonesia’s Joko Widodo said on Thursday that his re-election as head of the world’s third-biggest democracy was all but assured, calling for calm as his firebrand ex-General rival insisted he had in fact won the nation’s top job.

Officials allow some persons to cast ‘tendered’ votes in T.N.

According to the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, a voter is allowed to cast a ‘tendered vote’ where someone else representing to be a particular voter has already cast that vote.

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CSIR plans genome sequencing to map population diversity

In an indigenous genetic mapping effort, nearly 1,000 rural youth from the length and breadth of India will have their genomes sequenced by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The project aims at educating a generation of students on the “usefulness” of genomics.

HAL resumes tests of jet trainer

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on Thursday said it has resumed test-flying its intermediate jet trainer (IJT) in a modified version after a gap of almost three years.

After J&J case, govt. treads carefully

The government may make it mandatory for import license holders to maintain control samples of imported drugs. The Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) has recommended amendment to Rule 26 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, which deals with conditions under import licences.

Hard landing

Jet Airways announced a temporary halt of its operations from Wednesday night as funds to keep the airline going dried up.

Beijing surprise

The Chinese economy has grown faster than expected, but concerns over stimulus remain

I-T dept. proposes new norms for taxing MNCs

The income tax department on Thursday proposed a change in the methodology for taxing multinational companies (MNCs), including digital firms, having permanent establishment in India by giving weightage to factors like domestic sales, employee strength, assets and user base.

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