Social Issues

Sexual intercourse with minor wife is rape, says SC: (The Hindu)

Seen as trigger to declare child marriages voidSays a child remains a child even if she is married A girl child below 18 can’t be treated as a commodity.

Marriage no bar: (Indian Express, Editorial)

SC verdict criminalising sex with a minor wife is a warning: ‘Sanctity of marriage’ must not be misused to cover up rape.


Government Policies

SC to frame norms for drafting ‘living wills’: (The Hindu)

‘A person’s advance order to withdraw medicare to allow him to die with dignity should take effect after medical board nod’.

The will to die: (The Hindu, Editorial)

Advance directives on withdrawal of life support must come with robust safeguards.

Accountability, not armour plating: (The Hindu, Editorial)

We need a debate on police reforms.


Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment

Council acts to ease cascading tax impact on petroproducts: (The Hindu)

Exclusion of petrol, diesel, ATF and crude from GST creates pricing complexities.

Economic slowdown reflects an investment in India’s future: (Live Mint, Editorial)

The IMF looks forward to a re-acceleration of India’s economic growth after blips related to tax reforms.


A less perilous world: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Nobel to ICAN carries a message: Despite influence of nuclear deterrence school, cause of disarmament remains relevant.

Inclusive growth

A ‘regulatory lab’ for financial inclusion: (Live Mint, Editorial)

It would allow innovators to test new fintech products and services in a controlled, yet live, environment.

Prelims Related News

Pondicherry shark may have become extinct, fear scientists:

IUCN conducts assessment in waters of the Arabian Seas Region.

Common gene variants for skin tone found:

A study of nearly 300 people living in different parts of India found that nine single-base variants (single-nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs) account for 31% variation in the colour of the skin.


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