Must Read News Articles – June 22th, 2019

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India placed on ‘Tier 2’ in human trafficking report

The U.S. State Department has released its 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, highlighting the need for action against domestic trafficking. India continued to be placed in Tier 2 on the 1-3 country trafficking scale.

A stable planet

The key message from the UN’s World Population Prospects 2019 report is that national leaders must redouble their efforts to raise education, health and living standards for people everywhere.

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Amid protests, triple talaq Bill introduced

The government has introduced The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, also known as the triple talaq Bill, in the Lok Sabha.

FATF warns Pak., but keeps it off the blacklist

Pakistan has avoided being placed on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) blacklist during the FATF’s plenary meetings in Orlando, Florida held from June 16 to 21.

Iran insists U.S. drone violated air space, vows to defend borders

Iran vowed to defend its borders after downing a U.S. drone it insisted had violated the country’s airspace, after it emerged that President Donald Trump had approved and then called off retaliatory strikes on Iranian targets.

India likely to raise terror, financial crimes at G20 meet

India is likely to raise issues of terrorism, energy security and climate change financing, and call for stricter international laws on economic fugitives when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Osaka for the G20 summit

Consider Bills pending in RS as lapsed’

Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu has suggested that a Bill pending for more than five years in the Upper House should be deemed to have lapsed, calling for a wider debate on the issue.

‘Only one in four received PM-KISAN money’

While the Union government has expanded the PM-KISAN scheme to all farmers with great fanfare, only one in four of the intended beneficiaries have received income support from the scheme so far

Why South Asia must cooperate

A regional strategic approach to tackle common development challenges can bring enormous benefits to South Asia.

Smart diplomacy in five moves

India needs to see through many balancing acts to deal with regional tensions

No cap on H-1B visas in reprisal for data norms’

The U.S. State Department has said that it is not considering capping the number of H-1B visas for countries that adopt laws that restrict data being taken out of their borders (‘data localisation’)

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‘Operation Bandar’ code name of Balakot strike

The air strike by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on a terrorist training camp in Balakot, Pakistan, was code-named ‘Operation Bandar’.

Kaleshwaram project inaugurated

Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP), claimed as the world’s largest multi-stage and multi-purpose lift irrigation scheme, was inaugurated by Telangana Chief Minister.

SC halts road works through tiger reserves

The Supreme Court has ordered an immediate halt to the construction of a road that passes through a corridor between the Rajaji and Corbett Tiger Reserves. “

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