Must Read News Articles – November 15



Social issues:

Labelling versus outcomes (The Hindu Opinion)

On October 2, 2017, the  Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) completed its third year.. Over ₹60,000 crore has been spent on the programme, but despite its scope and importance, there is very little objective evidence about its performance

Burden of disease shifts to non-communicable ailments (TheHindu)

“The contribution of non-communicable diseases to health loss — fuelled by unhealthy diets, high blood pressure, and blood sugar — has doubled in India over the past two decades


International relations:

Post-Doklam, India asserts itself in China’s backyard (The Hindu)

Displaying convergence of interests with the new quadrilateral grouping with U.S., Japan and Australia, India on Tuesday reached out to China’s backyard, addressing an array of issues ranging from the tension in the Korean peninsula to freedom of navigation and sought a crackdown on chemical weapons during the ASEAN and the East Asia summits.

How ‘Quad’ hopes to contain China (The Hindu)

The ‘ Quad’  is back to lock horns with China and is already creating a furore. A regional coalition, the quadrilateral formation includes Japan, India, the United States and Australia.

India-US deepen engagement  (The Hindu)

In Manila, Modi held ‘very expansive’ talks with Trump and reviewed the strategic landscape in Asia

Indian Constitution and Polity:

SC dismisses petition for SIT probe in bribery case (The Hindu)

The  Supreme Court  on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by advocate Kamini Jaiswal seeking a Special Investigation Team probe in the medical college bribery case as an effort to “create ripples” within the apex court by throwing scandalous allegations at Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

Bill banning superstitious practices tabled in Karnataka (The Hindu)

It proposes to ban ‘made snana’, besides 15 other practices

Can Delhi get executive powers like other States (The Hindu)

A question of probity (The Hindu Opinion)

On November 10, a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice of India, in a case concerning corruption arising out of certain judicial proceedings, declared that the Chief Justice is the  master of roster with the sole prerogative to determine which Bench of judges gets to hear which cases.

Manual scavenging law to be amended to hike compensation for deaths (Indian Express)

The decisions were taken by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at a meeting chaired by Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot on Tuesday. States have accounted for merely 13,000-odd manual scavengers — with 80 per cent in Uttar Pradesh and most others maintaining that they have none at all.

Human rights and wrongs (Indian Express Opinion)

In a recent case in the Supreme Court, the National Human Rights Commisson (NHRC) referred to itself as “a toothless tiger”.


Rasogolla hits sweet spot, gets GI tag (The Hindu)

Stone sculptures of Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu also get the recognition


The aim is pollution control, not theatre (The Hindu Opinion)

Warm, warmer (The Hindu Opinion)

Rich countries must pay more for plans to limit and deal with climate change

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