Polity & Governance – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017

Monsoon Session ends today; only 9 Bills out of 25 passed by Houses India – The Indian Express / by Chakshu Roy Written by Chakshu Roy | Published:August 11, 2017 1:15 am New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he arrives in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo The 19-day Monsoon Session … Continue reading Polity & Governance – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017

GS Paper IV – Articles, Opinions & Insights – 11 August, 2017

The offspring of Africa’s strongmen are living it up The Economist THE Mugabe brothers are having a night out again. Here they are showing off their outfits: distressed white denim, high-top sneakers, statement sunglasses. Now they’re in a VIP booth at a club, swaying and swigging from bottles of Moët & Chandon while the music … Continue reading GS Paper IV – Articles, Opinions & Insights – 11 August, 2017

Science & Technology (Opinions & Editorials) – 11 August, 2017

Can WeChat Thrive in the United States? New on MIT Technology Review Some of America’s most formidable technology companies have headed to China. Once they got there, their superpowers seemed to vanish. Uber, Amazon, and Apple are just a few examples of firms that have been humbled by the Chinese market. It may be tempting … Continue reading Science & Technology (Opinions & Editorials) – 11 August, 2017

Human Rights – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017

Philippines: Mandatory College Drug Tests Imperil Students Human Rights Watch News / by Human Rights Watch Expand Students protest extrajudicial killings at a university in metro Manila, Philippines, September 30, 2016. © 2016 Reuters (Manila) – The Philippine government’s plan for mandatory drug testing for all college students and applicants seriously threatens their safety and right to … Continue reading Human Rights – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017

World (US & Canada) – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017

North Korea war would be ‘catastrophic,’ diplomacy bearing fruit: Jim Mattis World – The Indian Express By: AFP | Washington | Published:August 11, 2017 9:16 am Speaking at an event in California yesterday, Mattis said his mission and responsibility was to have military options ready “should they be needed” but stressed the US effort is … Continue reading World (US & Canada) – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017

Society & Development – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017

Women Around the World: This Week Main Feed / by Council on Foreign Relations Pakistani Taliban recruits women The Pakistani Taliban accelerated its recruitment of women this month, launching a new women’s magazine to encourage potential female recruits to join. The publication targets a young, social media-savvy audience, inviting women to organize and learn how to use … Continue reading Society & Development – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017

Polity & Governance (Opinions & Editorials) – 11 August, 2017

Do not touch Opinion – The Indian Express By: Editorial | Published:August 11, 2017 12:38 am Article 35A empowers the state legislative assembly to specify permanent residents. The government’s reply last month to the Supreme Court, saying that the questions raised in a petition challenging Article 35A require a “larger debate”, has predictably stirred a … Continue reading Polity & Governance (Opinions & Editorials) – 11 August, 2017

World (Europe) – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017

Britain’s New Bank Notes: Secure. Durable. Not for Vegetarians. NYT > World / by CHAD BRAY Photo Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, with the new 10-pound note in July. The central bank has decided that its new notes will continue to use a polymer that has trace amounts of animal products. Credit Steve … Continue reading World (Europe) – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017

Human Rights (Opinions & Editorials) – 11 August, 2017

The ACLU stands up for an alt-right author’s freedom of speech Democracy in America IN AMERICA, the fight for free speech sometimes produces odd alliances. Nearly four decades ago, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a left-leaning advocacy group, famously defended the right of neo-Nazis to march through a neighbourhood in Skokie, Illinois, in which … Continue reading Human Rights (Opinions & Editorials) – 11 August, 2017

Society & Development (Opinions & Editorials) – 11 August, 2017

No more reservations, government should tell this to reservation-warriors The Financial ExpressEdits & Columns – The Financi... / by The Financial Express Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis (Reuters) At some point, sooner rather than later, the central government has to realise that postponing the issue of increased caste-based reservation by groups that cannot possibly be considered backward simply … Continue reading Society & Development (Opinions & Editorials) – 11 August, 2017

World (Middle East) – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017

Saudis Propose That U.N. Run Airport in Yemen’s Capital NYT > World / by RICK GLADSTONE The Sana international airport was closed to commercial traffic on Aug. 9, 2016, leaving thousands of Yemenis with no practical way to leave the country. “The reopening of Sana airport is essential to alleviate the suffering of the civilian population,” Jamie … Continue reading World (Middle East) – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017

World (Asia) – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017

Pyongyang challenge: Should US shoot Kim’s missiles down? The Hindu - International / by AP With North Korea threatening to send a salvo of ballistic missiles close to a U.S. military hub in the Pacific, pressure could grow for Washington to put its multibillion—dollar missile defense system into use and shoot them out of the air before … Continue reading World (Asia) – Current Affairs – 11 August, 2017