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Green shoots of revival

The road to the fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in Kathmandu, Nepal, last week was marked by scepticism and hope.

Beyond uniformity

The Law Commission’s advice to end discrimination in personal laws is persuasive

Talks on for logistics deal with Russia

India and Russia are in the process of concluding a logistics agreement, with both sides targeting to conclude consultations before the annual summit in October between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

India, Cyprus vow to curb money laundering

India and Cyprus on Monday signed two agreements on combating money laundering and cooperation in the field of environment as President Ram Nath Kovind met his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades and held wide-ranging talks here.

Xi offers $60 bn aid to Africa

President Xi Jinping told African leaders Monday that China’s investments on the continent have “no political strings attached”, pledging $60 billion in new development financing, even as Beijing is increasingly criticised over its debt-heavy projects abroad.

Pakistan girds for ‘exchanges’ with Pompeo

Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister said he will “have exchanges” with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over Washington’s cancellation of a $300 million disbursement for the Pakistani military when he visits Islamabad on Wednesday.

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Draft charter of Patients’ Rights released

If the draft Charter of Patients’ Rights released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare comes into force, patients will not just have the right to emergency medical care and informed consent, but will also have the right to non-discrimination, seek a second opinion and choose alternative treatment options, if available.

Panel urges plan to save springs

NITI Aayog constituted group of experts moots dedicated mission to revive Himalayan springs

Medal meter

With 69 medals, India’s performance at the Asian Games has many lessons going forward

Still too many children out of school

Data show that the proportion of these children is higher in rural areas and among SCs, STs and Muslims

When the levee breaks

We have to be better prepared for calamities arising from extreme weather events

The bedaquiline boost

Replacing injectables with bedaquiline will lead to improvement in treatment outcomes for patients with MDR-TB

The impact of the river linking project

India’s massive civil engineering project, the National River Linking Project (NRLP), will not only reduce inflow of the northern rivers, but also significantly reduce the sediments deposited by the rivers in deltas, a study shows.

PSU refiners to use Iranian tankers for oil imports

India will allow public sector refiners to import Iranian oil with Tehran arranging tankers and insurance after firms, including the country’s top shipper Shipping Corp of India (SCI), halted voyages due to U.S. sanctions, sources said.

‘No construction sans solid waste management policy’

The Supreme Court said it was “pathetic” that some States and Union Territories had not bothered to frame a solid waste management policy.

Reserve Bank tightens ombudsman scheme

The Reserve Bank of India has tightened the banking ombudsman scheme with the objective to strengthen the grievance redressal mechanism

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