Must Read News Articles-August 1st 2019

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Cabinet nod for more Supreme Court judges

Against the backdrop of rising cases in the Supreme Court, the Union Cabinet approved increasing the number of judges in the top court from the present 31 to 34

Quota for economically weaker sections in J&K

The Cabinet approved a bill to provide up to 10% reservation to Jammu and Kashmir’s economically weaker sections in jobs and educational institutions.

US fed cuts interest rate for first time since 2008

The U.S. Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate for the first time in a decade to try to counter threats ranging from uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump’s trade wars

India and US very close on resolving all trade issues

India and the U.S. are “very close” to resolving all their trade-related differences, with Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal planning to meet the U.S. Trade Representative in the coming month

Goa planning to reserve 80% jobs in  factories for locals

Taking a leaf from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, Goa is now planning to reserve 80% jobs in industrial units receiving State government subsidies for people of Goan origin

Fortifying the Africa outreach

There is a disconnect between India’s developmental assistance to and economic engagement with Africa

Beyond talaq: On Muslim divorce bill

India needs a non-sectarian, gender-neutral law that addresses desertion of spouses

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Thailand in talks with India to buy Brahmos cruise missiles

In possibly the first sale of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to another country, Thailand is in talks with India for their purchase

Motor Vehicles bill wont usurp rights of states: Gadkari

Union Transport Minister asserted in the Rajya Sabha that the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2019 did not in anyway infringe on the rights of State governments.

Startups write to govt on equalisation levy

Domestic SMEs and start-ups have written to Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey complaining about the equalisation levy they have to pay to foreign companies doing business in India

Transforming livelihoods through farm ponds

Farm ponds can be cost-effective structures that transform rural livelihoods.

Logged out: On protecting Amazon rainforest

Brazil must recognise that the Amazon rainforest is a universal treasure

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