Must Read News Articles – March 26, 2019


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Why not increase the VVPAT count, asks SC

The Supreme Court on Monday said it was in favour of increasing random physical verification of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in parliamentary and Assembly polls, even as the idea was met with stiff resistance from the Election Commission of India.

55% Internet users scared of airing political views: report

As many as 55% of sampled English Internet users were concerned that expressing their political views online could get them into trouble with the authorities, an India digital report prepared by the Reuters Institute showed.

The point of having democracy

Public policy must launch an assault on capability deprivation and rising unemployment

Paradigm shift for TB control

Tuberculosis (TB) remains the biggest killer disease in India, outnumbering all other infectious diseases put together — this despite our battle against it from 1962, when the National TB Programme (NTP) was launched.

Encouraging secret donations

The electoral bonds scheme needs to recognise the complementary nature of the rights to privacy and information

Golan Heights belongs to Israel: U.S.

The Jewish state captured the territory from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967.

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PSLV-C45 project will mark several firsts for ISRO

For one, it will be ISRO’s first attempt at placing payloads in three different orbits. The chief payload — the 436 kg Emisat — will be injected into a 749 km orbit. After that, the fourth stage of the rocket will be manoeuvred to a 504 km orbit for releasing 28 international satellites.

Garibi Hatao 2.0: Rahul promises to wipe out poverty

Describing it as a ‘ground-breaking’ promise and a final assault on poverty, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday announced that 20% of the poorest families in the country would be annually given Rs. 72,000 each under the Nyuntam Aay Yojana ( NYAY) or minimum income guarantee, if his party was voted to power.

Chinook will improve reaction capabilities, says IAF chief

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday inducted the first batch of four Chinook CH-47F(I) heavy-lift helicopters, which will significantly improve airlift to high-altitude areas.

Delaying bad news

Reserve Bank of India postponed the implementation of the Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) norms for banks indefinitely, citing the need for amendments to be made by the government to the relevant banking laws.

Balancing work

The ILO’s 2017 global sample survey established that 70% of women were eager to be in paid employment outside their home. But an ILO study last year found that only about 45% of women had jobs. This underscores the gap between their desires and reality.

U.S.-China trade war poses the biggest risk to global stability, says IMF official

The U.S.-China trade war poses the biggest risk to global stability and fiscal stabilisation is needed to respond to economic shocks in Europe, IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton said on Monday.

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