Just why are farmers rioting?: (Indian Express, Editorial)
The article explains the phenomena of farmer riots amidst growing prosperity.
International groupings and agreements
India, Pakistan admitted to SCO as full members: (The Hindu)
India became a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
Swiss support India’s NSG bid: (The Hindu)
Switzerland, the incoming chair of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), will support application for membership, but has left the door open for Pakistan to join as well.
The arc to Tokyo: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The India-Japan nuclear deal is today less significant.
Data protection law mooted: (The Hindu)
The government is mulling a new data protection law to protect personal data of citizens, while also creating an enabling framework to allow public data to be mined effectively.
Science and Tech
Proper protocol: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The revision of antibiotics classes by the World Health Organisation in its list of essential medicines is a welcome step in the global initiative to push back against antimicrobial resistance, the phenomenon of bacteria becoming resistant even to the most potent drugs.
Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment
Linking of PAN to Aadhaar fine: SC: (The Hindu)
The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the validity of an Income Tax law amendment linking PAN with Aadhaar for filing tax returns and making Aadhaar or Aadhaar enrolment slip compulsory to apply for a Permanent Account Number (PAN) card.
New law to unlock data economy: (The Hindu)
There is nominally a data protection law in India in the form of the Reasonable Security Guidelines under Section 43A of the Information Technology Act.
The government has set up 18 sectoral groups, comprising senior members from the Centre and the States, to ensure the smooth rollout of the Goods and Services Tax.