Society related issues:
‘Look in to atrocities against dalits, tribals’ (The Hindu)
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday asked the Rajasthan government and other stakeholders to look into the issues of atrocities against Dalits and tribals and denial of rights to them. It said that an atmosphere should be created to enable them to voice their concerns.
Websites for special needs (The Hindu)
To empower persons with disabilities, 100 websites of the State governments and Union Territories under the Accessible India Campaign were launched by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot at the national conference on “Improving accessibility” here on Friday.
India admitted to Australia Group(The Hindu)
India on Friday joined the Australia Group saying that the membership will be mutually beneficial.
On a new keel (The Hindu Opinion)
With Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit, India and Israel have fully normalised bilateral ties
Sign of geopolitical whirlwind (The Hindu Editorial)
With a New Year tweet from his handle accusing Pakistan of “lies & deceit” in return for “33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years”, U.S. President Donald Trump ‘appears’ to be radically resetting his administration’s Pakistan policy, with implications for the rest of South Asia.
U.S asks Pakistan to prosecute ‘terrorist’ Saeed (The Hindu)
The U.S. said on Friday that it has told Pakistan clearly that Hafiz Saeed is a “terrorist” and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, reacting strongly to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s remarks that there was no case against Saeed.
Differences over Doklam resolved (The Hindu)
A day after it denied reports that China had changed the ‘status quo’ at Doklam, the government on Friday appeared to shift its stand slightly, saying it had “used mechanisms” to “resolve misunderstandings” with China.
Indian Constitution and Polity:
Office of profit: EC wants 20 AAP MLAs disqualified (The Hindu)
The Election Commission of India (ECI) is learnt to have recommended to President Ram Nath Kovind that 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs be disqualified on the office-of-profit charge. The President is bound by the Commission’s recommendation.
A poor prognosis (The Hindu Opinion)
The National Medical Commission Bill is unlikely to provide a dynamic new thrust to medical care in India
Freedom supreme (Indian Express)
The apex court’s order on ‘Padmaavat’ underlines truths which are conveniently forgotten, to the unholy glee of the mob
Soon, you can make calls while flying (The Hindu)
Flyers in India, as well as those flying over the country, may soon be able to make voice calls and remain connected to the Internet even when on board an aircraft as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Friday recommended allowing in-flight connectivity in Indian airspace.
Cut the confusion (Indian Express)
Decisions taken by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) have recently attracted a lot of attention. The renewed focus on monetary policy has arisen due to a few factors.
Ease of data access is driving compliance (The Hindu)
Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the ease with which corporate data is available online had put pressure on companies to ensure compliance. It was also helping in preventing improprieties due to the fear of the possibility of such wrongdoings being detected, he said, unveiling the National CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Data Portal and Corporate Data Portal.
Science and Technology:
Navy confident of commissioning aircraft carrier Vikrant in two years (The Hindu)
After several delays, the Indian Navy is confident of commissioning Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-1) Vikrant, currently under construction at Kochi, by October 2020, a senior officer said on Friday.
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