Will Swachh Bharat Abhiyan be a success?: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The mission for a clean India will not work without breaking the link between caste and occupation.
VVPAT to be used in Gujarat polls: (The Hindu)
This is the first time an entire assembly poll will be conducted using EVMs equipped with VVPAT.
Hope in Darjeeling: (The Hindu)
The Union and West Bengal governments and the GJM must urgently begin tripartite talks.
Reforms money can’t buy: (Indian Express, Editorial)
The government’s grant for police modernisation must be followed by steps to grant the force autonomy from political masters.
A modern police: (Indian Express, Editorial)
It is good news that government is spending money on police infrastructure. But this is only a first step.
International groupings and agreements
Expanding the common ground: (The Hindu, Editorial)
James Mattis’ visit buttressed the growing India-U.S. convergence on regional and global security issues.
India and neighbors
India signs MoU to train Afghan police: (The Hindu)
India and Afghanistan exchanged a memorandum of understanding on Thursday, which will see Afghan police forces trained in India for the first time.
Centre to review flexi-fares on select trains: (The Hindu)
Around 700 trains set to run faster.
FM urges CPSEs to spend ‘aggressively’: (The Hindu)
Increased capital expenditure by public sector enterprises can boost investment in economy.
GST: small firms may get time to file returns: (The Hindu)
Centre mulling plan for quarterly filing.
‘Banks may risk losing ₹3,800 cr. from cards’: (The Hindu)
Digital push could hurt lenders.
Prelims Related News
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) is researching the venom of snakes from different Indian regions in order to create a highly potent anti-snake venom (ASV).