Must Read News Articles – January 31, 2018


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International relations:

The balancing act (The Hindu Opinion)

When you stand at the peak of a mountain, you get a full view of the path travelled and the road ahead that will take you to the next peak. The principal gain of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India Commemorative Summit, held in New Delhi last week, is to provide ample clarity on what their partnership has achieved and where it should move in the future.

WH is asking a big price for Dreamers protection'(The Hindu)

The massive cuts in legal immigration proposed by the White House in exchange for offering a path to citizenship for a section of undocumented residents is too high a price, and lawmakers should not accept that, an Indian American activist, who could be a beneficiary of the proposal, said.

Britain worse of under any exit scenario(The Hindu)

Britain will be worse off under the three main scenarios of Brexit — whether it remains in the single market or leaves it with or without a new trade deal with the EU — a leaked government report revealed on Tuesday. 

Indian Constitution and Polity:

Allahabad High Court judge Shukla to be impeached(The Hindu)

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Tuesday recommended the impeachment of Justice Shri Narayan Shukla, the eighth senior-most judge of the Allahabad High Court, following an adverse report about him by an in-house panel. The panel had been set up by the CJI.

Facing criticism govt. backs down on orange passports(The Hindu)

Weeks after announcing that Indian migrant labourers would be issued orange-coloured passports instead of the usual blue, the government on Tuesday backed down after sharp criticism, especially from the Opposition.

Medical body opposes NMC Bill(The Hindu)

The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, aimed at replacing the existing Medical Council of India, has now attracted the World Medical Association’s (WMA) criticism.

ICJ has no jurisdiction in Indian fishermen row(The Hindu)

The Centre has told the Madras HC that there was no treaty between India and Sri Lanka conferring jurisdiction on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to resolve issues related to alleged human rights violations committed by the Sri Lankan Navy against Indian fishermen on the high seas since 1983.

Kovind approves Bill to hike judges salary(The Hindu)

President Ram Nath Kovind gave his approval to a Bill that will more than double the salaries of Supreme Court and High Court judges.

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Aadhaar petitioners quote Gandhiji(The Hindu)

On Martyrs’ Day, Mahatma Gandhi’s public speech against the fingerprinting and profiling of Indians in South Africa was quoted by the petitioners against the Aadhaar scheme as a case of profiling of free citizens by the state.

With Roman law doctrine, India acts to stub out tobacco industry rights(The Hindu)

The Indian government is pushing the Supreme Court to apply a rarely used doctrine that would strip the $11 billion tobacco industry’s legal right to trade, an effort aimed at deterring tobacco companies from challenging tough new regulations.

Skill development to get a leg up(The Hindu)

With poor employment generation being a major concern, the skill development ecosystem is keen that the Union Budget should have adequate allocation to help complete the plan to set up model training centres in all districts, and special schemes to support skilling of women and the disabled. 

Justify disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs: Delhi High Court tells EC(The Hindu)

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to present reasons for its decision to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs for holding offices of profit.

‘Fiscal populism would be really counterproductive,’ says CEA Arvind Subramanian (The Hindu Opinion)

The Chief Economic Adviser on fears of an asset bubble, the need to guard against populism, and reviving private investment

A wider net (The Hindu Opinion)

As the tax base widens, the Finance Minister should cut the share of indirect taxes

A road map for renewal (The Hindu Opinion)

The Economic Survey, a statutory document tabled in Parliament, is meant to be a scorecard of the economy for the current fiscal year. But over the years, it has morphed into a sourcebook for data and policy analysis. Indeed, economists and even academicians look forward to its scholarly content, even though it may have a partisan outlook.

Science and Technology:

ISRO chief on a mission to cut expenses on launches(The Hindu)

The Department of Space (DoS) is anticipating an increase in financial outlay in next month’s Budget, even as its new Secretary K. Sivan said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was working to reduce the cost of its satellite and launch vehicle missions.

A game of chicken: how India’s poultry farms are spawning global superbugs(The Hindu)

The Hindu and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism unravel how the use of a last-hope antibiotic like colistin is leading to worldwide drug resistance


NGT issues notice to centre on plea against diversion of Ganga(The Hindu)

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday issued notice to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Ministry of Environment and Forest among other authorities on a plea seeking an adequate flow of water in the Ganga

Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS

7 PM Editorial:  Tax litigation in India and its impact on Indian economy

9 PM Current affairs brief:

10 PM Current affairs MCQs

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