Must Read News Articles –December 23


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Social Justice

Storm brewing? Gujjars unhappy with 1% quota: Gujjars in Rajasthan are unhappy over the Bharatiya Janata Party government’s latest decision to grant them 1% reservation within the 50% ceiling mandated by the Supreme Court

The brain behind the deadline: ‘It was not Raja’: The Special CBI Court that acquitted former Union Telecom Minister A. Raja has ruled that he was not responsible for either fixing a cut-off date for consideration of applications for Unified Access Services Licences or in altering a press release in a way that favoured two particular companies.

Missing the pulse: (Hindu editorial) Farmers, like investors, need predictability and coherence in government policies.

Who built the Indus Valley civilisation?: Genetics is about to answer a question that has vexed historians for a century. Tony Joseph examines the range of possible answers and their implications

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UPCOC Bill falters in Legislative Council (The Hindu): The State government’s UPCOC Bill on Friday hit a roadblock in the Legislative Council where a determined Opposition stalled its passage.

Publish first NRC draft for Assam by December 31: SC: The Supreme Court is standing firm by its order directing the government and the authorities to publish the first draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam by December 31, 2017

International relations

‘India, China must go beyond bilateral ties’: China and India must “transcend the bilateral dimension” of their ties for stability in Asia and the world.

Affirmative vote: on US’ move on Jerusalem: (Hindu editorial) The UN General Assembly vote on a resolution calling for the final settlement of Jerusalem through negotiations may have been pitched as a contest between Israel and Palestine; however, it became a referendum on U.S.

A capital mistake: on UN resolution against US’ Jerusalem move: (Hindu editorial) The U.S.’s pressure tactics on the Jerusalem vote marked a new low at the United Nations

Proud of India, says Palestinian envoy: ‘By voting for a negotiated settlement of the Jerusalem issue, India has conveyed that it stands for peace in West Asia’

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SEBI raids brokers in data leak probe: The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) raided 34 locations, aimed at members of a particular WhatsApp group, as part of a probe into alleged leak of sensitive financial information by analysts and company officials over social media.

RCEP: India hardens stand ahead of ASEAN summit: In a sign that India’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations could slow further, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has taken a strong stand that the country should restrain itself from concluding any such pact from which it would not gain in the medium term.

India’s record share sales bring banks little cheer in fees: Funds raised in India through share sales reached the most in a decade this year thanks to booming stock markets.

PCA only to improve banks’ health, says RBI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has once again clarified that prompt correction action (PCA) is imposed to encourage banks to improve their financial health.

Security and Defence:

HAL gets order for 15 attack helicopters: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on Friday received a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 15 limited series Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army.

Yesterday’s  current affairs material by ForumIAS

7 PM Editorial: Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill of 2017: proposes facilitation of proxy voters

9 PM Current affairs brief:

10 PM Current affairs MCQs:

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