Must Read News Articles – December 20th, 2018


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Metropolis of the mind

Delhi is fast becoming a lost city to its inhabitants, a hazy shadow of its old glorious self

Norway streets grow quieter

The country is witnessing a boom in electric cars, fuelled by the government

Elon Musk bores tunnel to revolutionise city driving

Elon Musk on Tuesday took a break from futuristic electric cars and private space travel to unveil a low-cost tunnel he sees as a godsend for city traffic.

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Bill banning commercial surrogacy passed in LS

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a Bill banning commercial surrogacy with penal provisions of jail term of up to 10 years and fine of up to ₹10 lakh.

Rights, revised

The passage of a Bill in the Lok Sabha to secure the rights of transgender persons is a progressive step towards extending constitutional protection to this highly marginalised community.

We are not mere subjects of the state

In a democracy, citizens have the freedom to criticise laws that violate their idea of dignity

A river running dry

From aiming for Aviral Dhara (uninterrupted flow) of the Ganga to Nirmal Dhara (unpolluted flow), the government is now simply focussing on a Swachh Ganga (Clean Ganga).

U.S. announces Syria troop pull-out

The United States is considering a total withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria as it nears the end of its campaign to retake all of the territory once held by Islamic State, U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

Explainer: All you need to know about the new peace agreement on Yemen

The ceasefire between Yemen’s Houthi rebels and forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in the port city of Hodeida came into existence on December 18.

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9% growth by 2022 must to generate jobs: NITI Aayog

A growth rate of 9% is essential to generate enough jobs and achieve universal prosperity, according to a vision document released by NITI Aayog on Wednesday.

ISRO’s ‘angry bird’ takes to the skies

An anxious ISRO Chairman K. Sivan on Wednesday watched the flight path of the GSLV-F11 intently as it soared into the evening sky carrying communication satellite GSAT-7A, meant to enhance the communication infrastructure of the Indian Air Force.

Befriend thy neighbour

How India can develop deep collaborations with China, bypassing the West

‘India may need 2,300 planes’

Airlines in India will need 2,300 moreplanes, valued at $320 billion, until 2037, aerospace major Boeing said on Wednesday in its market outlook. Globally, the number needed in the next 20 years is projected at 42,370 planes worth $6.3 trillion. The Asia-Pacific region accounts for almost 40% of the worldwide estimates, and India for 5%.

Packaging of foodgrain in jute bags made mandatory

The Centre has mandated the packaging of 100% of foodgrain and 20% of sugar in jute bags for 2018-19 but has also left the window open for the dilution of the order.

e-library of rare books launched in Pune

Nearly 1,000 rare books and manuscripts in Sanskrit and its related languages are presently available for readers worldwide to savour in this first phase of digitisation.

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