Social Issues

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.


Government Policies

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.

Indian Economy

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 

Search for a highly potent anti-snake venom:

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).


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