Society and women related issues:
Into priesthood: on training Dalits to become priests(The Hindu Opinion)
Under normal circumstances, the training of 500 Dalit and tribal youth by a conservative religious institution such as the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), with the aim of helping them become priests in Hindu temples, would be hailed as a reformative and a revolutionary step, even in a region that has seen the worst of caste oppression symbolised by the violence against Dalits in Karamchedu and Tsunduru.
In a meeting of the state Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, it was also decided to make the existing criminal laws related to sexual offences more stringent.
Going grey: on Pakistan and the FATF watch list(The Hindu Editorial)
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that monitors countries on action taken against terror-financing and money-laundering has decided to place Pakistan back on its watch list or “greylist”, from June.
Maldives has declined an invitation to join the MILAN series of multilateral exercises hosted by Indian in March at Andaman and Nicobar.
Cornered by the Quad?(The Hindu Opinion)
The four countries will have to show that their infrastructure development plans are a match to Chinese ambitions
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticised Indian tariffs again, mentioning the import duty on Harley-Davidson motorbikes for the third time in a year. And for the second time in a week, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi called him up personally to tell him about cutting the tariffs as he had desired.
Vietnam will take up South China Sea-related issues during the March 2-4 visit by President Tran Dai Quang. Speaking to the media here on Tuesday, the ambassador of Vietnam said that Hanoi wished to fully utilise the comprehensive strategic partnership with India and was likely to sign a civil nuclear agreement during the visit.
Indian Constitution and Polity:
The 1947 singularity(The Hindu Opinion)
India needs to build upon the rights-based approach that informed the country’s adoption of universal suffrage
Land Bill JPC hits a roadblock(The Hindu)
A meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Land Acquisition Bill was cancelled on Tuesday for lack of quorum as only six of the 31 members turned up.
No discrimination(The Hindu Opinion)
Insurance law must be revisited to remove unreasonable exclusions in health policies
‘‘Rational tax system soon to boost EVs’(The Hindu)
The government on Tuesday said it was trying to bring out an industry-friendly new National Automotive Policy as well as a rational system of taxation for promoting electric and hybrid vehicles.
‘Korean investments will be protected’(The Hindu)
Assuring Korean firms that their investments in India would be protected, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon Korean companies to invest more in India.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS