Must Read News Articles – March 25, 2019

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India, Pakistan row over Hindu sisters’ abduction

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s statement on the abduction of two sisters from the minority Hindu community in Pakistan snowballed into an online spat on Sunday after strong responses from Islamabad.

Army’s carbine procurement held up

The fast-track procurement of 93,895 Close Quarter Carbine (CQB) rifles for the Army has been delayed even after the completion of cost negotiations as the case is pending with the Defence Ministry, according to defence sources.

Disinformation is everywhere in India

With the Lok Sabha elections coming up, it is critically important that Indians have access to credible and trustworthy information before they vote. The problem is that many do not feel they do.

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Rushikulya waits for Olive Ridleys

Even after waiting for almost a month, Olive Ridley turtles have not yet arrived for mass nesting at Odisha’s Rushikulya rookery and Devi river mouth. The reasons are not fully understood yet.

Another look at fiscal transfers

The time has come to amend the Constitution to fix the proportion of shareable taxes for the States

Parallel tracks on trade ties

India’s GSP status came under review after the U.S. medical and dairy industries complained that New Delhi is not providing them “equitable and reasonable access to its market”. India’s data localisation policies deepened the rift.

Lesser clicks, a boon for bricks

The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion’s recent clarification on the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy for e-retail has an unexpected beneficiary — brick and mortar (B&M) retail.

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