Must Read News Articles – August 4


GS 1

Social issues

It’s time to enact an anti-lynching law: (The Hindu, Editorial)

In a civilised society, even one lynching is too many. But India has seen a spate of them of late.

Indian society

Defenders of varna: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Current forms of ambivalence on caste have a long history.

Role of women

A field of her own: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Advancing rights of women farmers can revolutionise the rural ecosystem.

GS 2

Parliament and State Legislatures

NOTA option to stay in Rajya Sabha polls: (The Hindu)

The ‘None Of The Above’ (NOTA) option will remain on the ballot paper in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections.

NOTA in use in RS polls since 2014: (The Hindu)

It’s not as if NOTA, or None of The Above, option is being introduced for the first time in the Rajya Sabha elections taking place in Gujarat.

Impact of NOTA will be like abstention: (The Hindu)

‘It does not attract anti-defection law’.

Restoring Parliament’s primacy: (The Hindu, Editorial)

A Parliamentary Budget Office would help MPs provide effective oversight.

Effects of developed and developing countries policies

The Iran question: (The Hindu, Editorial)

India’s West Asia relations are no longer viewed through the Israel-Palestine prism.

India and neighbors

Is India a good neighbour?: (The Hindu, Editorial)

China raises the heat on Doklam standoff: (The Hindu)

In sharpest comment by neighbour, diplomat warns of serious consequences if troops are not withdrawn.

GS 3

Infrastructure and investment models

Red light for Spanish racer’s dream run: (The Hindu)

Govt. unable to find way around tendering issues for Talgo.

Pollution and conservation

Delhi reports ‘good’ air quality: (The Hindu)

For the first time in two years, Delhi has seen two days of ‘good’ air quality in July, according to a report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment

A half-done reform: (The Hindu, Editorial)

The government has informed Parliament about its decision to completely do away with the subsidy offered to cooking gas used for household purposes.

Centre pings rating agencies on economy in upgrade push: (The Hindu)

To convey India’s pitch for a sovereign rating upgrade better, the finance ministry has begun interacting with global rating agencies through teleconferences and e-mails on a more regular basis to give clarifications and updates regarding the economy.

‘NPAs: Banks need more provisioning’: (The Hindu)

Banks may need to do an incremental provisioning of 20% for 50 large stressed accounts to absorb any losses.

‘Make In India’ yet to spur manufacturing, says panel: (The Hindu)

Parliamentary committee airs concerns over poor growth.

‘GPS facility to raise handset costs’: (The Hindu)

Ministry calls for meeting with industry as phone makers flag 40%-50% rise in cost of feature phones.

Centre mulls changing minimum wages formula: (The Hindu)

The Central government is mulling a revision in the formula to calculate minimum wages that may increase income levels of workers across the country.

The Bitcoin split is good for progress: (Live Mint, Editorial)

The idea behind the ‘hard fork’ to form bitcoin and bitcoin cash is to increase transaction speed and mainstream acceptance of the cryptocurrency.

Prelims Related News

India’s first private missile production facility unveiled:

India’s first private sector missile sub-systems manufacturing facility.

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