Must Read News Articles – August 16


GS 1

Role of women

Restore dignity to widows: SC: (The Hindu)

Sets up panel to prepare common working plan to rehabilitate them by November 30.

Geographical features

Aeroplanes may be affecting ozone, monsoon: (The Hindu)

Aeroplanes may be ejecting significant amounts of black carbon (BC) — a pollutant known to aggravate breathing disorders, upset the monsoon and quicken glacier melt — and may be depleting the ozone layer.

GS 2

Government policies

Assam, Manipur can now decide on AFSPA: (The Hindu)

The Union Home Ministry is set to give up its power to impose the ‘disturbed areas’ tag on Assam and Manipur.

SC to plug loopholes in bail process: (The Hindu)

The accused in criminal cases take anticipatory bail from the Supreme Court or High Courts and use it to get regular bail from trial courts, taking advantage of the procedural labyrinth in criminal law.

India and neighbors

India moves to revive TAPI gas pipeline: (The Hindu)

India will host the next steering committee meeting of the proposed 1,814 kilometre-long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline.

Executive and the Judiciary

No case for an all India judicial service: (The Hindu, Editorial)

Centralising recruitment will not address the multiple problems in the judiciary.

GS 3

Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment

Caution from a sobering Survey: (The Hindu, Editorial)

Given the macroeconomic context, India should have recorded higher economic growth this year.

Undoing the economic partition: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Delhi must find the political will to raise the intensity of India’s regional engagement.

A messy GST, and the road ahead: (Live Mint, Editorial)

The current structure of the goods and services tax (GST) is seriously flawed, the result of messy political bargaining.

Cropping pattern, Agriculture, e-technology

Living With The Deluge: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Focus should shift from relief measures to building resilience in flood-prone areas.

Prelims Related News

How Artificial Intelligence is reshaping art and music:

Called deep neural networks, complex mathematical systems allow machines to learn specific behaviour by analysing vast amounts of data.


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