Must Read News Articles – August 26

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Social issues

The Union cabinet’s decision to set up a commission to explore the creation of subcategories in the central list of the Other Backward Classes is a move in the right directionIt is a reasonable assumption that the better empowered castes in the OBC list have cornered the benefits of reservation to the exclusion of the rest.


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Indian Constitution

SC verdict to affect ban on slaughter: (The Hindu)

The landmark judgment declaring right to privacy a fundamental right would have “some bearing” in matters relating to slaughter of cows, bulls and bullocks in Maharashtra.

This thing called privacy: (Indian Express, Editorial)

One salutary consequence is that the right to privacy cannot be curtailed or abrogated by merely enacting a statute but can be done only by a constitutional amendment after complying with certain constitutional prerequisites.

Government policies

Political freedoms necessary: SC: (The Hindu)

Says the right to dissent is important to end the malaise of corruption.

Executive and the Judiciary

Curtailing the legislature: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Delhi HC has limited Delhi assembly’s power to hold the executive to account.

International groupings and agreements

MPs fret over trade deficit with ASEAN: (The Hindu)

Parliamentary panel urges that India should seek better market access for its products and services.


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Science and Tech

Claims on Bt cotton need to be probed, says panel: (The Hindu)

The report of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology claimed that the government cited only overall cotton output and not the average yield in area.


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