Must Read News Articles – February 21st, 2019

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India pitches for global action against terrorism

The joint statement urged for early adoption of the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and pitched for “comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and their organisations by the UN.”

Odisha forum comes up with ‘six Cs’ for voters

Odisha’s Jan Jagran Abhiyan has decided to start a Statewide movement to motivate voters to vote for able and non-corrupt candidates without considering their party affiliation or opt for NOTA in the coming elections.

More symbolic than punitive

India’s decision to withdraw the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan means that India will not treat Pakistan on an equal footing in trade as is expected of fellow members of the World Trade Organisation.

With reservations: quota for Gujjars?

It’s not clear if the 103rd Amendment will protect the new quota for Gujjars in Rajasthan

The private sector in public health

Over the past decade, courtesy changing demographics and lifestyles, India has been witnessing shifting disease prevalence in terms of the largest causes of morbidity and mortality. This requires that we give our health delivery system a re-look.

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The employment test

Employment data from government sources (Labour Bureau) for about half a decade up to 2015 and from the independent agency Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) for the period since give us a reasonably good idea of the progress made with respect to employment.

Inflation pressure eases

Inflation at both the retail and wholesale levels has been falling for the last 4-5 consecutive months. Inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which captures retail inflation, and the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) has been falling in general for the last year or so.

Centre clears ₹48,239 cr. recapitalisation package for PSBs

The government has approved the disbursal of a recapitalisation package of ₹48,239 crore for 12 public sector banks, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar announced on Wednesday.

Meet the sea squirt that sucks plastic particles from the ocean

A rubbery sea creature with an irritating habit of clinging to ships and invading beaches could help measure plastic pollution as it can filter tiny particles from the ocean and store them in its soft tissue.

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