Must Read News Articles – February 23rd, 2019

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Home Ministry puts Assam Rifles notification on hold

The Union Home Ministry has kept its order that empowered Assam Rifles, deployed along the Myanmar border, to arrest anyone and search a place without warrant in border districts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram “in abeyance.”

Ensure safety of Kashmiris, orders SC

The Supreme Court on Friday firmly directed the Centre, the Chief Secretaries and the police chiefs of several States to ensure that Kashmiris and minority communities, especially students, are protected from any backlash in the aftermath of the February 14 Pulwama terror attack.

Without land or recourse

In the present order of February 2019, the Supreme Court specifically directs governments in 21 States by name to carry out evictions of rejected claimants without further delay and report on or before July 12. There are several questions that must be foregrounded for immediate attention.

Centre lists projects to stop flow of India’s share of water to Pak.

The Indus system comprises the rivers Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas and Sutlej. The basin is mainly shared between India and Pakistan with a small share for China and Afghanistan, the Ministry said in the statement.

‘Audit source code of VVPATs, EVMs’

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Election Commission to respond to a petition for an audit of the source code of voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) and electronic voting machines (EVMs) in light of the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

China uses DNA to track its people, with U.S. help

Govt. is preparing a DNA database that could be used to chase down Uighurs who resist Beijing’s plans, say rights groups

Saudi Arabia, China cement ties during Crown Prince’s visit    

China and Saudi Arabia have cemented ties based on a stronger energy relationship as well as Riyadh’s decision to distance itself from the controversy surrounding Beijing’s approach towards Xinjiang.

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Olympic dream under threat as visa is denied to 2 Pak. shooters

In a letter to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), the IOC made it clear that all future international sporting events in India would-be put-on hold unless the host gave a written guarantee that there would be no discrimination on participation of athletes.

Terror monitor keeps Pak. on grey list, seeks action

Condemning the Pulwama February 14 attack, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), issued a stern statement to Pakistan to comply with an action plan on terror financing or face further action, according to a decision taken at its plenary session in Paris on Friday.

India, Russia close to inking multi-billion agreement for AK-103 assault rifles

India and Russia are close to concluding an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for a multi-billion deal to locally bulk manufacture AK-103 assault rifles in the next few months, Victor N. Kladov, Director International Cooperation and Regional Policy of Rostec State Corporation told The Hindu at the ongoing Aero India.

Missed target

The decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to revoke Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualification status for the men’s 25-metre rapid fire pistol event from the New Delhi shooting World Cup is a controversy Indian sport could have done without.

Labour Bureau files MUDRA job report

The Labour Bureau has completed its survey on employment generated by the MUDRA loan scheme, giving the Centre a potential data tool to combat other reports showing a dismal scenario on jobs.

Modi gets Seoul Peace Prize for fostering global links

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday received the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth.

‘Time for independent debt management office’

NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar on Friday made a strong case for setting up of an independent debt management office outside the purview of Reserve Bank of India, saying it was “an idea whose time has come.”

Joint effort vital for 5G roll-out

A combined effort by industry players and regulators will be essential for timely roll-out of 5G services in India, as per a white paper on ‘Enabling 5G in India’ by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

India to have own DNS for safe browsing

The government will soon roll out a public Domain Name Server, or DNS, for India aimed at providing a faster and more secure browsing experience for Internet users in the country, while ensuring that citizens’ data is stored locally.

 

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