Must Read News Articles – December 18th, 2018


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Delhi offers $1.4 bn aid package to Male to tackle financial crisis

The package comes as Maldives is facing a debt of $3.2 billion with China. It is expected to boost Male’s global financial standing.

Madras HC bans online sale of drugs

Pharmacies will be entitled to sell medicines online only after obtaining licences under the rules that were now in the draft stage and yet to be finalised, rules judge.

LPG scheme to cover poor people

The Union Cabinet on Monday approved the expansion of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, which aims to provide deposit-free LPG connections to all poor households.

HC ban: E-pharmacies mull legal recourse

The next step for the online drug industry, in the light of the Madras High Court judgment banning the sale of medicines online, would clearly be legal – an appeal against the verdict.

IAF plane takes to the air on blended bio-fuel

For the first time, an An-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) flew with blended bio-jet fuel produced from Jatropha oil, unlocking the possibility of gradually expanding it to the entire service at some point. This has the dual benefit of reducing the carbon footprint as well as usage of fossil fuels.

Not a decisive factor

Ever since voters have been provided the ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) option if they do not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray, political parties now cite many voters having chosen NOTA as a reason for losing an election.

Making every citizen an auditor

It is only when this conception is accepted that audits will return to their democratic roots, and social audits in India will get the space and attention they deserve in becoming an integral and robust part of the formal audit process.

Transgender Bill passed in Lok Sabha

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, which aims at defining transgender people and prohibiting discrimination against them, was passed with 27 amendments in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

New triple talaq Bill introduced

Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 will supercede an earlier Bill passed in the Lok Sabha.

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Hot air at Katowice

While there was some progress on the process by which the Paris Agreement of 2015 would be implemented, key issues of concern for the poorest and developing nations were diluted or postponed.

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