Important Articles from “The Hindu” 17/1/2019

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10% reservation in all admissions for 2019-20

This quota will be over and above the existing quotas for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Castes, which will also be implemented in private institutions, Mr. Javadekar said on Tuesday.

‘Slump in numeracy skills of rural Class VIII students’

While there has been some improvement in the reading and arithmetic skills of lower primary students in rural India over the last decade, the skills of Class VIII students have actually seen a decline.

Manipur shows the way

Its anti-lynching law breaks important ground in attempting to control hate crimes and ensure police action

The coast is unclear

The Coastal Regulation Zone notification of 2018 increases the vulnerability of coastal people to climate disasters

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Tobacco companies are targeting children: study

A report released on Wednesday finds that tobacco companies in India are systematically targeting children as young as eight by selling tobacco products and placing tobacco advertisements near schools.

Learning to compete

Skill India needs a sharp realignment if it is to meaningfully transform people’s life chances

Hitting its stride

On January 16, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) marked its third anniversary. India has been the bank’s biggest beneficiary, with a quarter of the AIIB’s approved projects geared towards its development. India is also the only country apart from China to enjoy a permanent seat on the Bank’s board of directors.

TV choices, à la carte

The new regulatory framework by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which comes into effect from February 1, will apply to all direct-to-home (DTH) and local cable operators

Cut red meat, sugar by 50%: Lancet’s diet plan for the world

With the ideal diet, your life would be less sweet but your lifespan would be longer. Cut consumption of sugar and red meat by 50%, and increase the intake of fruits, vegetables, and nuts — that is the top recommendation of a worldwide diet plan according to a special report released on Thursday by the journal Lancet. Such a diet would not only be healthier but also more environment-friendly.

RBI eases norms for external commercial borrowing

In a bid to improve ease of doing business, the Reserve Bank of India has decided to liberalise external commercial borrowing (ECB) norms, allowing all companies that are eligible for receiving foreign direct investment, to raise funds through the ECB route.

Investors in start-ups may get special rights

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is examining whether investors in start-ups can be granted special rights in terms of board representations and governance if such ventures list on the Innovators Growth Platform (IGP).

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