Must Read News Articles – April 2nd, 2019

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SC questions Assam govt. over untraced foreign immigrants

The Supreme Court on Monday raised questions over the Assam government’s efforts to trace over 70,000 illegal immigrants who have already mixed with the local population.

Kuki militants to cast vote by postal ballots

The Election Commission on Monday notified that the cadres of the Kuki militant groups, who signed the Suspension of Operations agreement with both the Centre and the Manipur government, will cast their votes in postal ballots.

Space for campaign

EC went by rule book on ASAT issue, but PM should have upheld the spirit of Model Code

Taking a cue from Japan

As the countdown begins for the second edition of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) later this month, Beijing is jubilant.

Opposition gets a week for VVPAT reply

ECI said the adoption of a particular percentage as a sample for VVPAT slip verification was devoid of scientific logic or statistical basis.

China locks horns with U.S. over Masood Azhar

China on Monday said it was making “some positive progress” to resolve differences on listing Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, and rejected Washington’s alternative move to ban the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) through a resolution at the UN Security Council.

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Forest fires threatening Odisha’s flora and fauna

Odisha had registered a sudden jump in forest fires across the State resulting in massive damage to flora and fauna. As many as 5,332 fire spots had been noticed since November 1 last, the beginning of forest fire season, in the State. The month of March had alone registered 4,495 fire spots.

India gets surveillance satellite

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the country’s first electronic surveillance satellite, EMISAT, from Sriharikota in coastal Andhra Pradesh on Monday morning.

Deepening insecurity

After ‘Mission Shakti’ — India’s anti-satellite test — there is a feeling that India needs this form of deterrence for its security. To be visibly strong in order to deter any enemy from attacking is a concern that goes back to pre-historic times.

Ensuring access to justice

The Supreme Court must set up more Benches, and disciplinary jurisdiction over lawyers must go back to the judiciary

RBI tweaks NPA divergence disclosure rules

The Reserve Bank of India on Monday asked banks to disclose bad loan divergences in their financial statements if the additional provisioning exceeds 10% of profit before provision and contingencies.

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