Must Read News Articles – December 25th, 2018


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Centre wants fake news traced

The government has sought public comments on the proposed amendments to the Information Technology (IT) Act that seek to make it mandatory for platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter to trace “originator” of “unlawful” information, while also removing such content within 24 hours after being notified.

The case against surveillance

Regardless of which government enhanced powers of surveillance, reform is long overdue

A solution in search of a problem

The argument that a centralised judicial recruitment process will help the lower judiciary does not hold up

Implementing NOTA in the right spirit

In People’s Union For Civil Liberties v. Union Of India (September 27, 2013), the Supreme Court had ruled that a None of the Above (NOTA) option “may be provided in EVMs” so that voters are able to exercise their “right not to vote while maintaining their right of secrecy”.

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State departments wary of bullet train losses: RTI reply

As per the RTI response, a State Transport Department report has highlighted several objections raised by various departments over the economic viability of the Shinkansen train, which could result in losses in the form of wasted Floor Space Index (FSI) and delayed loan repayment in the absence of proper frameworks.

Bogibeel: from ‘small’ to big

The 4.94 km Bogibeel, the fourth bridge across river Brahmaputra to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, was one of eight spans pursued in 1973 to ease the pressure on the 4,258-ft Saraighat Bridge on the western edge of Guwahati.

Course correction?

Under attack on how the indirect tax regime has panned out, the Goods and Services Tax Council on Saturday announced a set of feel-good moves to reassure diverse stakeholders.

The decades that transformed China

Forty years ago, Deng Xiaoping began ‘reform and opening up’. Now China may be at another crossroads

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