Must Read News Articles – August 30, 2018


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Now, marriage certificate must for official work

The State government in matrilineal Meghalaya has made it mandatory for married people to produce marriage certificates for all official purposes.

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SC allows rights activists to remain under house arrest

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Pune police to place the five well-known rights activists they detained in a countrywide crackdown on Tuesday under house arrest, and that too, in their own homes.

The crackdown on civil society

With the raids and arrests, activists are being penalised for their unwavering vigilance

Shock arrests

While targeting prominent activists, the police have to prove they are not just stifling dissent

Challenges at BIMSTEC

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu this week, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend, will be another milestone for India after the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit hosted by it in 2016, as the grouping has gradually emerged as a key vehicle to take forward India’s regional, strategic and economic interests.

Two plus two to tango

India will host the inaugural round of the two-plus-two dialogue with the United States on September 6.

Lynching: social media sites to be held responsible

A panel headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, which deliberated on measures to check incidents of lynching, submitted its report to a Group of Ministers headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

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Over 99% of demonetised notes were returned: RBI

According to the report, after verification and reconciliation, the total value of the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes as on November 8, 2016, the day before the note ban came into effect, was Rs. 15.41 lakh crore. The total value of such notes returned from circulation is Rs. 15.31 lakh crore.

Cabinet clears ₹1,600 cr. mission to map coasts

India is set to get more disaster warning systems along its coasts. While it already has a tsunami warning system in place, the new systems will keep an eye out for “tsunamis and storm surges,” according to an official release.

How not to do an environmental assessment

The “redevelopment” projects of Delhi which have been in the news are caught up in legal tangles. In these, it is the ones related to their environmental approvals that stand out. This article outlines three ways in which these projects have used the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process to subvert the right of citizens to a better environment.

Power play

With regard to the power sector, in particular, the worry among bankers is that a credible resolution plan may be difficult to construct unless key structural issues such as fuel supply and State discoms’ financial woes are fixed.

A people’s campaign to rebuild Kerala

A new approach is needed that enhances the sum total of man-made, natural, human and social capital


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