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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (13th November)

Dear aspirants, following are the links of various articles taken from various newspapers. Click the link to read further. To get notification, follow the blog. Thank you

1. Navigation rights figure in first Quadrilateral talks

Beginning a new diplomatic initiative, India on Sunday participated in the first formal official-level discussions conducted here under the recently mooted regional coalition known as the ‘Quad’, the quadrilateral formation that includes Japan, India, the United States and Australia.

2. Contours of a counter-BRI

India is being pulled into alliances to counter China’s connectivity initiatives. It should not rush into them.

Q. Excessive dependence on multilateral frameworks to fulfil national objectives may seem lucrative in the short term but could prove to be a costly mistake in the long term and comprise Indian sovereignty. Comment

3. Why ABBA must go

Aadhaar-based Biometric Authentication does nothing in the battle against graft — there are better alternatives.

Q. What are the critical issues becoming hurdles in smooth implementation of Aadhaar-based Biometric Authentication? Suggest alternative measures also.

4. India needs a federal green agency

The thick smog that has enveloped north India over the past few days is a public health emergency. The callous response by various government agencies to what has become an annual affair is nothing short of scandalous. There is a deeper problem here.

Q. The winter smog that chokes millions of people every year needs to be dealt with through a long-term institutional strategy rather than hasty administrative responses each time citizens choke. Explain

5. Distributive justice and utilitarianism

Utilitarianism’s handling of the reality of heterogeneous populations and consequent inequality is perverse.

Useful for Ethics and essay paper.

6. City in search of an idea

Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Chennai frame the failures of conventional thinking on urban issues. The choices are many, but they need to be made now, and by a single authority.

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