Must Read News Articles – November 21


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International relations:

Split term between India, UK, suggests Thailand envoy(Indian Express)

“We broke our deadlock with the New Zealand for World Trade Organisation’s director-general by splitting the 4-year term by 3 years each,” Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Thailand’s envoy to India, said on Monday.

Raja Mandala: New ripples in the oceans(Indian Express)

Looking beyond the traditional areas of high-technology and defence cooperation, and the more recent focus on global mitigation of climate change, Delhi and Paris appear ready to lend a strong regional dimension to their strategic partnership.

Losing the war, winning the peace(The Hindu)

Why we need to rethink the narrative that the 1962 war was a catastrophic defeat for India

In ICJ, it’s down to the wire for India, U.K.(The Hindu)

It is the first time in the history of the United Nations that the candidacy of a permanent member of the UN Security Council is challenged in the way it has been by India

China condemns Kovind’s Arunachal trip(The Hindu)

China on Monday strongly objected to President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying India should refrain from “complicating” the border dispute when bilateral relations are at a “crucial moment”

Rigid alliances will be avoided: India(The Hindu)

Many of the assumptions that guided our thinking in the past are no longer valid, says S. Jaishankar

Indian Constitution and Polity:

An intolerable toll(Indian Express)

Deaths in sewers point to laxity in applying Prevention of Manual Scavenging Act. The system must change

Let censor decide on Padmavati :SC(The Hindu)

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed another plea to stay the release of the controversial movie Padmavati and initiate criminal prosecution against its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

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Farm policies for India(Indian Express)

Union government must address structural issues in agricultural policy, allow states greater autonomy.

‘Indian renewable energy firms among lowest rated’(The Hindu)

Indian renewable energy companies are among the most poorly rated investment grade companies in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a report by ratings agency Fitch.

Infra status for logistic sector(The Hindu)

The Centre has granted infrastructure status to the logistics sector, allowing it to avail loans at competitive terms that come along with the status.

Inflation will rise further, says RBI(The Hindu)

Retail inflation, which has gone up by more than 200 basis points since June, is expected to rise further in the remaining part of the financial year, M.D. Patra, executive director, Reserve Bank of India, said in an October 27 speech, the details of which were put out by the central bank on Monday.

The danger of electoral bonds(The Hindu Opinion)

If being ranked 100th out of 190 countries in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index was a matter of national celebration, how do we celebrate India being ranked a far more impressive 19th out of 180 countries in the Paradise Papers leaks? Though more than 700 Indians figure in the documents cache, celebrations have been muted, to say the least.

India Inc: who’s growing, who’s slowing(The Hindu)

Quarterly numbers suggest many sectors staged a comeback from demonetisation, facing only a minor hurdle in GST

It’s the real economy(The Hindu Opinion)

Feel-good news about the economy, the rating upgrade from Moody’s and, prior to that, the jump in India’s position in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index, has dominated the headlines.

A fine balance(The Hindu Editorial)

The GST’s anti-profiteering body must not become a tool of harassment


An app to get tiger count right(The Hindu)

Field data collection for tiger enumeration in the country is set to go digital in order to reduce human error and provide more reliable estimates. In the forthcoming All-India Tiger Estimation, to be taken up in December-January, the authorities plan to eliminate the process of manual recording of signs of the carnivore and other habitat details.

Mullaperiyar: T.N. moves SC against parking project(The Hindu)

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday moved the Supreme Court against the decision of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) allowing Kerala to go ahead with a “mega car parking” project in the water spread area of the Mullaperiyar dam.

Science and technology:

Beyond the News- Tejas and beyond: How short the IAF is of fighters, what options it has now(Indian Express)

A right balance needs to be found — a mix of LCA Tejas Mark-1 and Mark-2, AMCA, and some foreign fighter aircraft. A decision must be made before the IAF’s fleet has depleted to critical levels, and India is forced to make emergency imports at very high costs.

The learned machine(Indian Express)

Radiologists become an endangered species as a Stanford algorithm surpasses their diagnostic abilities

ISRO open doors to private sector(The Hindu)

In an attempt to increase the number of satellite launches and build the capacity of the private sector, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) issued a tender on Monday to the private industry for Assembly, Integration and Testing (AIT) of 30-35 satellites.





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