Must Read News Articles-August 16th 2019



U.N. Security Council to hold closed-door meeting on August 16

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will meet on August 16 morning to discuss Kashmir (India’s abrogation of Article 370).

Independence Day speech: Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff post, Jal Jeevan Mission

Two major announcements marked Mr. Modi’s speech on Independence Day.

Chief of Defence Staff will make defence forces more effective: PM Modi

The creation of the CDS will eventually lead to the formation of tri-service theatre commands intended to create vertical integration of the three forces

Is the removal of special status for J&K justified?

On August 5, the Centre decided to end the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) under Article 370.

Taming Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo

A randomised trial has shown two candidate drugs to be highly effective in curing the disease


July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded

July was the hottest month across the globe ever measured, and 2019 is on track to be one of the warmest years, according to data released last by the European Union’s Earth observation network

Microplastics in Arctic snow point to widespread air contamination

Minute microplastic particles have been detected in the Arctic and the Alps, carried by the wind and later washed out in the snow

Plastics industry seeks export schemes, tax benefits for MSMEs

Sector wants 25% of land in industrial corridors allotted to small firms at discount

Global Markets grippd by recession fears

A relentless drop in global bond yields raised fears that the world economy was hurtling towards recession and weighed on global equities

CBIC seeks inputs to plug ‘gift’ loophole

The Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs (CBIC) has asked domestic industry players to come up with a detailed and long-term solution to combat the Customs duty evasion by foreign sellers

Lessons after the great deluge

Kerala needs to adopt watershed-based master planning and review building byelaws

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