Must Read News Articles – December 22nd, 2018


Himachal, Kerala and T.N. top development index

Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu have been ranked highest in terms of being on track to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), according to a first-of-its-kind index released by NITI Aayog on Friday.

Move fast and fix things

Individual users’ privacy cannot be safeguarded on platforms such as Facebook without institutional reform

Island hopping

The announcement of a free trade agreement between the Maldives and China is another sign of Beijing’s success in its outreach in South Asia

Order challenges SC verdict on privacy: experts

In its 2017 judgment, the apex court had asked the government to always carefully and sensitively balance individual privacy and the legitimate concerns of the state.

Central teams assessing drought damage in 6 States

Inter-ministerial teams are visiting six States to assess the impact of drought in the summer monsoon season. State governments have requested drought relief assistance from the Centre to the tune of almost ₹17,000 crore for two crore hectares of affected land, according to Agriculture Ministry data.

LS panel suggests automatic suspension

The Lok Sabha’s Rules Committee on Friday recommended “automatic suspension” of members who enter the well of the house or willfully obstruct its business by shouting slogans despite being repeatedly warned by the Chair.

U.S. to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

President Donald Trump is planning to withdraw more than 5,000 of the 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, a U.S. official said on Thursday, in the latest sign Mr. Trump’s patience is thinning with America’s longest war and overseas military interventions.

Rare albino orangutan released back into the wild

The world’s only known albino orangutan has been released back into the jungle more than a year after she was found emaciated and bloody in a remote corner of Borneo, an Indonesian NGO said on Friday.

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