Must Read News Articles – April 8th, 2019

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President Ibrahim Solih’s MDP heads for a landslide in Maldives

The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and former President Mohamed Nasheed seemed poised for a big win in Saturday’s parliamentary elections, provisional results indicated.

About 85% of Ujjwala beneficiaries in 4 States still use earthen stoves

Study recommends that the scheme should move beyond benefits for women alone to change household behaviour

Highway ban disrupts life in J&K

The first day of closure of the 271-km Baramulla-Udhampur national highway for convoy movement disrupted distribution of essentials on Sunday and halted all passenger services. The National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held street demonstrations to defy the ban.

When a new era dawns, what’s in a name?

As Japan’s Emperor Akihito prepares to abdicate, the country gears up for the Reiwa era

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No end to discolouration of river Periyar in Kerala

It was near the Pathalam regulator-cum-bridge that the change in colour was visible on the day. While water turned pitch black in one stream, it was milky near the regulator, said Adamkutty, a resident of Pathalam.

Capital high

Foreign investors appear to have rediscovered India. The inflow of foreign capital into India’s stock market in the month of March hit a high of $4.89 billion, the biggest foreign inflow into Indian stocks since February 2012

The heat is on

Local administrations must draw up plans to address heat stress and possible water scarcity

Cleaning up the mess

India needs a waste management policy that stresses the need for decentralised garbage disposal practices

No threat to biggies yet but SFBs gathering steam

Data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) show that the small finance banks, in total, saw their deposits grow 31.6% in the third quarter (ended December) of this financial year, compared with the second quarter.

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If Gandhi were alive today

One thing is evident today: while Gandhi is hailed as the founding father of the Indian republic and one of the architects of democratic politics in modern India, it is not recognised equally well today that we can draw valuable lessons of political action and democracy from him

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