Must Read News Articles I 14th January 2020

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Inscriptions confirms presence of two medieval monastries at Moghalmari

A study of inscriptions on clay tablets recovered from recent excavations at Moghalmari, a Buddhist monastic site of the early medieval period in West Bengal, have confirmed the presence of two monastries. The presence of two monastries dating to the same period within a single compound is unique in eastern India.

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SC not to review Sabarimala case, to examine larger issues.

SC has said that its objective was not to review the Sabrimala women entry case but examine larger issues of law arising from practices such as prohibition of women from entering mosques and temples, female genital mutilation among Dawoodi Bohras and the ban on Parsi women who married inter faith from entering the fire temple.

Is a new India rising?

The article discusses the various fascinating features of the recent protests in India such as 1. These protests are civil society autonomous protests, devoid of any organic links with any political party. Other being the exemplary quality of leadership displayed by students from the under privileged social strata.

PM and world leaders to attend Raisina Dialogue

The Raisina Dialogue is being organised by External Affairs Ministry jointly with ORF in Delhi from Dec 14. At least 12 Foreign Ministers including Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and seven former heads of state and government will attend it.

Reshaping the Gulf

The article highlights that India cannot afford to take sides in US-Iran tensions. But New Delhi must activate its regional diplomacy.

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Retail inflation at 5-year high of 7.3% in December

Retail inflation based on the Consumer price index has soared to 7.35% in December 2019. It was 2.11 % in December 2018 and 5.54% in November 2019. The retail inflation has surged mainly due to high prices of vegetables(onions), pulses, meat and fish.

In the name of Self Defence

The article highlights that the U.S. strike in Iraq that killed Soleimani was in violation of UN norms proscribing such unilateral use of force.

Govt. gets cracking on GST evaders with data analytics

The Department of Revenue has identified as many as 931 cases of fraudulent GST (Goods and Services Tax) refund claims through data analytics. It has now tasked the GST data analytics wing to scrutinise all past and pending refund claims filed all over the country for inverted duty structure.

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