Must Read News Articles I 20th January 2020

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Centre for tougher law against sexual harassment at work

A Group of Ministers, headed by Home Minister Amit Shah, was constituted in Oct 2018 to strengthen the legal framework to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace. The GoM has now finalized its recommendations. As per NCRB 2018, the most incidences of sexual harassment at the workplace occurred in Karnataka.

Sheikh Hasina says India’s citizenship law is unnecessary

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that India’s Citizenship Amendment Act to grant citizenship to the minority communities of Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan is not necessary.

UK Navy Chief seeks co-operation

UK Chief of Naval Staff has said that India and UK should look to naval co-operation. Both UK and India are working on aircraft carriers, fifth-generation fighter aircraft and integrated electric propulsion.

Why ‘Make in India’ has failed

The article highlights that Make in India is too ambitious, spectacularly ill times, and has brought in too many sectors into its fold.

For Brus, a permanent home

A quadripartite agreement has allowed around 35,000 Bru tribal people to settle permanently in Tripura. The article argues that the decision to settle displaced Brus in Tripura is humanitarian, but could lead to conflicts in the state

Needless Fracas

There has been several squabbles between the governors and respective state governments in Kerala and West Bengal. The article argues that Governors must not push boundaries of their limited powers to check elected governors.

Understanding the Bru settlement

Centre, Tripura, and Mizoram have signed an agreement with the Bru/Reang community that promises to end their 23-year-old internal displacement crisis. The article highlights how did the deal come about, and what happens now?

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BharatNet phase two: Only 7.45% of 1.5 lakh gram panchayats service ready

the second phase of the flagship project is lagging behind schedule. Under BharatNet phase two, against the target of providing last mile connectivity to 1.5 lakh gram panchayats (GPs), only about 7.45 per cent of these have been made service ready so far. As against a target of laying down 3.11 lakh km of optical fibre cable, only about 92,283 km of cable has been laid down as of December end.

A farm wish list for the budget

The article provides suggestion to the upcoming Budget regarding the agri-food policies. It argues that govt should move to cash transfer for benefeciaries of foood and fertilizer subsidy will lead to savings and will put agriculture on sustainable growth path

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