Art and culture
Who were the first settlers of India?: (The Hindu, Editorial)
New research has pushed back the date for human occupation of Australia and South-east Asia. This is sparking a fresh debate on when our ancestors arrived in India first,
International groupings and agreements
The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping unequivocally named Pakistan-based groups — Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) — as terror organisations, removing a key irritant in ties between New Delhi and Beijing and stepping up the fight against global extremism.
Rearranging the BRICS: (Indian Express, Editorial)
The forum is less about ideological posturing, more about repositioning India in changing great power equations.
India and neighbors
Making up for lost time: (The Hindu, Editorial)
In the past half century, India and Myanmar have lost the habit of thinking of themselves as neighbours
Centre refuses to offer assurance on Rohingya: (The Hindu)
The Centre refused, in the Supreme Court, to give 40,000 Rohingya Muslim immigrants an assurance that it will not move for their deportation back to Myanmar.
India, Bhutan and China, geopolitics lesson, reaffirming an old friendship: (Indian Express, Explained)
Perhaps one of the biggest learnings from the 72-day standoff at Doklam is the need for India to reach out more to the people of Bhutan.
Science and Tech
Down but not out: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The failed PSLV attempt to launch a navigation satellite is unlikely to affect future missions.
Pollution and conservation
Delhi’s air pollution puzzle: (Live Mint, Editorial)
If we look at the existing framework used to tackle air pollution in Delhi, the reasons for its continued failure become obvious.
Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment
A troubling snapshot of Indian manufacturing: (Live Mint, Editorial)
A NITI Aayog and IDFC Institute’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ report sharply delineates the manufacturing sector’s problems.
Prelims Related News
Can guide endoscope without X-rays.