Must Read News Articles – September 3, 2018

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U.S., India may not sign security pact at 2+2 meet

At the 2+2 dialogue between India and the U.S. here on September 6, an announcement could be made about an in-principle agreement between the two sides on the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), but its signing is doubtful, say officials on both sides

Conditions in Rohingya camps are disastrous, says UN official

A year since nearly a million Rohingya refugees poured into Bangladesh, the situation is yet to stabilize, and the impending cyclone season could spell disaster for the humanitarian effort, a senior United Nations official based in Cox’s Bazaar has warned.

Making peace with Naya Pakistan

The election of the eminent Pakistani cricketer, Imran Khan, as Prime Minister (albeit through a flawed election) has rekindled hopes among committed democrats in South Asia, especially India, that Pakistan is about to emerge into a new dawn. Also that it would bring to an end many of the travails that afflict India-Pakistan relations today.

Retail therapy

The forthcoming India-U.S. 2+2 dialogue should usher in clarity about defence ties

Venkaiah seeks code for politicians

PM Modi backs him, but says enforcing discipline is now being mistaken for being autocratic

President sets off on Europe tour

President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Cyprus on Sunday on the first leg of his three-nation tour to continue India’s high-level engagements with European countries.

U.S. to cancel $300 mn aid to Pak.

Pentagon says Islamabad has not taken ‘decisive action’ in support of America’s new South Asia strategy

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Green Tribunal steps in to conserve Ghats

The six Western Ghats States, including Kerala, have been restrained by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) from giving environmental clearance to activities that may adversely impact the eco-sensitive areas of the mountain ranges.

Protocol breached in Tamil Nadu organ transplant case, says probe

An investigation ordered by the Tamil Nadu government into the retrieval of organs from a brain dead patient at a private hospital in Salem district in May this year has found that the harvested heart and lung were allocated to two foreign nationals in two corporate hospitals in Chennai without adopting the stipulated protocol for allocation.

For a shift in gear

India is prone to disasters. About 70% of its coastal areas are prone to tsunamis and cyclones, about 60% of its landmass vulnerable to earthquakes, and 12% of its land to floods.

Risks remain

The spurt in economic growth is news, but the Centre must watch the fiscal deficit

UN begins talks on treaty to protect imperilled high seas

United Nations on Tuesday kicked-off talks on a 2020 treaty that would regulate the high seas, which cover half the planet yet lack adequate environmental protection.

‘Mauritius tops India’s FDI charts again’

Mauritius remained the top source of foreign direct investment (FDI) into India in 2017-18 followed by Singapore, whereas total FDI stood at $37.36 billion in the financial year, a marginal rise over the $36.31 billion recorded in the previous fiscal, according to RBI data.

Why is a Public Credit Registry important?

Recently, RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya made a case for setting up a Public Credit Registry (PCR), incorporating unique identifiers: Aadhaar for individual borrowers and Corporate Identification Number for firms.

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