Trump regime suspends security aid to Pakistan (The Hindu)
The United States has suspended more than $1.15 billion security assistance to Pakistan ,accusing Islamabad of harbouring terror groups like the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network within its border and showing unwillingness to take “decisive actions” against them.
North korea agrees to hold talks with South (The Hindu)
North Korea agreed on Friday to hold official talks with the South next week, the first in more than two years, hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a military exercise. South Korea said the North had sent its consent for the talks to be held on Tuesday. The last time the two Koreas engaged in official talks was in December 2015.
Game for talks (The Hindu Editorial)
The prospect of a thaw in relations between North and South Korea, which resume talks after two years, holds out the hope of denuclearisation on the Peninsula. Lending the move diplomatic heft is the U.S.’s consent to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s proposal to delay the controversial joint military exercises between the two allies.
In regular touch with Pakistan: Centre(The Hindu)
The government is in regular contact with Pakistan, but any meaningful dialogue would depend on an end to terrorism and cross-border violence, the Ministry of External Affairs told the Parliamentary standing committee on External Affairs, according to a report released on Friday.
Memory myth and memorial (The Hindu Opinion)
The battle over Bhima-Koregaon is not just one of history, it is a battle for identity and equality
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Constitution bench to look at adultery law (The Hindu)
The Supreme Court on Friday referred to a Constitution Bench a petition to decide if the pre-Independence provision of adultery in the Indian Penal Code treats a married woman as a commodity owned by her husband and violates the constitutional concepts of gender equality and sensitivity.
Haj policy is fair, Centre tells SC (The Hindu)
The Centre defended its new Haj policy, saying it is not discriminatory and allocation of subsidies on pilgrims is based on the objective criteria of the muslim population in each state.
Bengal unveils official state emblem (The Hindu)
The official emblem of West Bengal was unveiled by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 5. The emblem designed by Ms. Banerjee features the Ashoka Pillar.
Enabling a law (The Hindu Editorial)
The Supreme Court has struck a blow for the rights of the disabled ,with a direction to the Central and State governments to provide full access to public facilities, such as buildings and transport, within stipulated deadlines.
This too is a right (The Hindu)
The right to sexual privacy makes the law on adultery open to constitutional scrutiny
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Friday forecast that GDP growth in the current financial year ending March 31 will slow to a four-year low of 6.5%, from the provisional 7.1% pace seen in 2016-17, dragged down by deceleration in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had issued regulations that required food companies selling organic produce to get certified with one of the two authorities — National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) or the Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India). Companies could also get a voluntary logo from the FSSAI that marked its produce as ‘organic.’
Public stockholding of grains to stay (The Hindu)
India’s ongoing public stockholding programmes would remain unaffected and continue, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu informed the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
The government’s India BPO promotion scheme, which aims to popularise the industry beyond metros, has so far provided employment to almost 11,000 people across the country, of which 40% are women.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by ForumIAS