A judgment for the ages: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The Supreme Court must define the contours of the right to privacy in a way that doesn’t undo it.
It’s a losing battle for privacy: SC: (The Hindu)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday voiced apprehension over the possible misuse of personal data in public domain, saying the race to maintain privacy against the advent of technology was a losing battle.
India and neighbors
Border peace must for China ties: India: (The Hindu)
India on Wednesday said peace and tranquillity on the border was the “prerequisite” for bilateral ties even as military sources denied any withdrawal of forces from Doklam.
India may have cut troops in Doklam, claims China: (The Hindu)
The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday issued a 15-page statement, claiming that India has scaled down its forces in Doklam, but demanded that New Delhi pull back all its troops to end the military standoff in the area.
Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment
As some of the upside risks to inflation have not materialised, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday decided to cut the key policy rate or repo rate by 25 basis points (bps) to 6%, taking it to its lowest in six-and-a-half years.
Illegal miners must pay back in full: Supreme Court: (The Hindu)
Noting that “very powerful and vested interests or a failure of nerve” have thwarted the objective of the decade-old National Mineral Policy to prevent the theft of precious natural resources of the country, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that mining companies and leaseholders, who have engaged in mining activities without forest or environmental clearance, will have to pay the public exchequer compensation equivalent to 100% value of the minerals they extracted illegally.
With commercial banks having a tendency to reduce interest rates only for prospective customers in order to push new business, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel said he expected lenders to pass on lower loan costs to borrowers who had not received the full benefit of the reductions in the policy rate.
Trai and CCI: no turf wars, please: (Live Mint, Editorial)
To ensure consumer welfare, a spirit of camaraderie between these two regulators—Trai and CCI—is the need of the hour.
Science and Tech
Heart of the matter: (Indian Express, Editorial)
Price caps cannot be blamed for the overuse and misuse of stents.
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