Must Read News Articles – March 30, 2019

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Increase in VVPAT numbers will delay counting by six days: EC

The Lok Sabha poll results will be delayed by six whole days if the Opposition parties’ demand to increase VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail) slips counting by 50% became a reality, the Election Commission of India (ECI) indicated to the Supreme Court on Friday.

Theresa May to press on with talks on Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May will press on with talks to secure support for her Brexit deal, her spokesman said on Friday, just minutes after Parliament rejected it for a third time.

PM’s speech didn’t violate code: EC

The Election Commission said on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on the successful demonstration of the anti-satellite missile capability on Wednesday did not violate the model code of conduct.

Government sets up group to monitor terror sympathisers

including teachers, who are providing covert or overt support” to terror-related activities, the Ministry of Home Affairs has formed a Terror Monitoring Group (TMG).

The irrelevance of secularism

The formula that the state must remain equidistant from all religions is proving to be unworkable

A reality check

The move on Azhar in the UNSC is welcome, but India must continue to engage with China

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Earth Day award for Nagaland forest guard

The services of Alemba Yimchunger, a forest guard at the Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary in Nagaland’s Kiphire district, have been recognised with Earth Day Network Star, an award by a U.S.-based international environment organisation that engages with green groups in 195 countries.

Debris from anti-satellite test to disintegrate in 45 days: official

The satellite targeted with an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile under Mission Shakti has broken up into at least 270 pieces, most of which are expected to disintegrate within 45 days, Defence sources said on Friday.

Pathways to an income guarantee

The idea of a minimum income guarantee (MIG) has caught up with political parties. A MIG requires the government to pay the targeted set of citizens a fixed amount of money on a regular basis.

A stop sign

It is no surprise that the International Energy Agency found that India’s carbon emissions grew by 4.8% during 2018, in spite of the national focus on climate change in energy policy.

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