Social Issues

Law, faith, unreason: (The Hindu, Editorial)

  • Banning ‘evil’ practices by law is not enough.
  • Social reform must be broad-based.
  • Mere legislation is not enough to eradicate superstition from society.


Government Policies

SC lifts veil on Collegium recommendations: (The Hindu)

  • The Supreme Court Collegium is headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
  • It has resolved to go public with all its recommendations to the government on judicial appointments, transfers and elevations to the High Courts and Supreme Court.

Section 66A once more: (Indian Express, Editorial)

  • Concerns over hate speech online is legitimate.
  • But, the spirit of SC ruling must not be violated.
  • An expert committee appointed by government has proposed amending the Code of Criminal Procedure, Indian Penal Code and the IT Act.


Indian Economy

GST Council gives relief to exporters, small businesses: (The Hindu)

  • Option of quarterly payments.
  • Dates set for input credit.
  • Rates cut on 27 items.

Centre proposes three-year licence for contractors: (The Hindu)

  • The government has proposed an overhaul in the contract labour law.
  • It includes a three-year licence for contractors to work across the country instead of a separate one for new work orders.

First, fix the banks: (Indian Express, Editorial)

  • Finance ministry must recapitalize better public sector banks.
  • This will strengthen distressed balance sheets.

Prelims Related News 

‘Hypertension high in Kerala, low in Bihar’:

  • Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have become a threat to global health.
  • A recent study has pointed out that the increase in incidence of NCDs can be attributed to  change in food habits, sedentary behavior and unhealthy lifestyle.


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