India UK to ink illegal migrants pact (The Hindu)
India will sign a pact with the United Kingdom for a return of illegal Indian migrants within a month of their being detected by authorities.
The Iranian crisis is not yet over (The Hindu Opinion)
The largest public display of discontent since 2009, the current protests signal a new period of uncertainty
Trump has weakened the US, taken us in the wrong direction (The Hindu Opinion)
The former U.S. diplomat on Donald Trump’s first year in the White House, and what it means for India
Reports had emerged that the Trump administration was considering tightening the H-1B visa rules that could lead to deportation of 7,50,000 Indians.
No plan to build navel base at Gwadar(The Hindu)
China on Tuesday counselled the “outside world” not to speculate on Beijing’s reported intent to open a naval base in Gwadar, the starting point of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
North and South Korea kicked off their first formal talks in more than two years on Tuesday, with both sides expressing optimism ahead of discussions on how the North’s athletes can attend the Winter Olympics in the South despite tensions.
Delhi Male set to reboot bilateral ties (The Hindu)
In a sign of a possible thaw in India-Maldives ties, Maldivian Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim will arrive in Delhi on Wednesday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday. The visit was announced by the External Affairs Ministry and the Maldives government on Tuesday.
Indian Constitution and Polity:
The Supreme Court today made the playing of national anthem in cinema halls before screening of movies optional, modifying its earlier order. The apex court modified its November 30, 2016, order by which it had made the playing of the anthem mandatory in cinema halls before the screening of a film.
The Union Home Ministry has appointed a 12-member inter-ministerial committee, which would take a final call on the playing of the national anthem in cinema halls and public places.
PIOs make ‘mini-world Parliament’ (The Hindu)
India on Tuesday reached out to lawmakers of Indian origin spread across the world seeking support for its emerging status as a global power.
There is no viable method at present other than hanging to execute condemned prisoners. Lethal injections are unworkable and often fail, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Question of equality (The Hindu Editorial)
The Supreme Court has an opportunity to reconsider its 2013 order criminalising gay sex
Agriculture needs a reforms package (The Hindu Opinion)
Only an overhaul resembling the industrial liberalisation of 1991 will work
The new industrial policy, which seeks to promote emerging sectors, will be released within a few months, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Tuesday.
The Army is fully satisfied with the performance of the indigenously developed Akash short-range surface-to-air missile (SR SAM) system and is looking for further performance enhancements in future, Lt. Gen. Parminder Singh S Jaggi, Director-General, Army Air Defence (AAD), said here on Tuesday.
Avoiding road kill (The Hindu Editorial) (The Hindu)
Roads must be kept out of wildlife corridors to protect tigers and other animals
Naturalists, guides and other resource persons to host workshops at Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Science and Technology:
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has set itself an ambitious to-do list of making and launching around 65 satellites for a slew of uses. They are planned to be realised over the period from 2017 to 2021, according to a top official.
Former city Commissioner of Police Julio F. Riberio moved the Bombay High Court on Tuesday, seeking a comprehensive fire safety audit, a special investigation team (SIT) and a judicial commission to fix accountability for the loss of 14 lives in the recent fire at two restaurants in Kamala Mills.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by ForumIAS