Must Read News Articles I 19th February 2020

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In US trade action, an Indian counter strategy

The editorial talks about the potential impact of USA termination of preferential trade status for India under GSP and USA India from its list of developing countries that are exempt from investigations into whether they harm American industry with unfairly subsidised exports.

It argues that Indian interests would be well served by maintaining a reasonable level of tariff protection

Trump visit may seal helicopter deal

The deal for 24 MH-60R Multi-Role Helicopters (MRH) for the Navy, is likely to be announced during the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump. It will be a replacement for 15 Sea king anti-submarine warfare and one sea king 42B MRH.

Powering the health care engine with innovation

The govt. of India has launched Ayushman Bharat – world’s largest and most ambitious publicly funded health care assurance program. The article highlights that there is potential for private care providers, innovators, and startups to be partners in the Ayushman Bharat Scheme.

Its time to empower mayors

The article pushes the idea of empowering mayors in India. It says that elections to urbal local bodies should take place on non party lines.

China thanks India for support during health crisis

Beijing envoy has said that China appreciates the support and solidarity that India has extended in its fight against COVID-19.

A just verdict

The article says that Supreme Court ruling in favour of women officers in army is pathbreaking, extends arc of equality

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SC voices concern over de-forestation

SC has voiced concern over the loss of green cover. It was hearing a plea challenging cutting of old trees for an overbridge in West Bengal.

Foodgrain production set to touch a record high

As per 2nd advance estimates, total foodgrain production for 2019-20 is projected to scale an all time high of almost 292 million tonnes. It is over 6MT higher than that produced in 2018-19.

India’s imported food inflation

The article highlights the influence of global price movements on the food inflation in India.

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