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Must Read News Articles I 21st February 2020

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Centre won’t dilute Art 371

Union Home Minister has said that Centre would not dilute Art 371.

Article 371A to 371J have certain provisions for Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Karnataka.

Losing a nation, in seven acts

A Turkish journalist has come out with a book – ‘How to lose a country’ in which author describes Turkey’s descent into dictatorship. The book highlights the saptapadi (seven steps from democracy to dictatorship). The article says that India is also witnessing the same. It says that it is imperative to act at once, before the descent of democracy into an authoritarian regime.

Gearing up to fight the next big viral outbreaks

The article highlights that Indian states should regularly test their preparedness to not just diagnose and treat diseases, but also to prevent them.

ART of life

The Union Cabinet has cleared the Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) Bill. The Bills such as ART Bill, the Surrogacy Bill, the amendment to Medical termination of Pregnancy Act and older Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act present a bouquet of legislation that will have a positive impact on the reproductive rights and choices of women in India.

SC passes interim order on Mahadayi tribunal’s award

The SC has passed an interim order allowing an application by state of Karnataka to notify the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal’s Award.

Mahadayi river dispute is among the states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.

Putting neighbours first

The article argues that India has promoted regional co-operation in South Asia in a spirit of generosity, without insisting on reciprocity.

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Economy needs more monetary stimulus, says Das

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das has observed in the minutes of meeting of MPC that economy needed a further monetary stimulus, thus indicating that central bank was open to cutting interest rates.

Earlier, The six member MPC unanimously voted for status quo at the Feruary policy review on the back of the uptick in inflation. The MPC decided to continue with the accomodative stance.

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