A look at the headlines right now:

  1. UIDAI to use new two-step security system from June to ensure Aadhaar details stay private: In doing so, the body admitted what it has been denying until now –leaks of Aadhaar numbers are a massive concern. 
  2. Cabinet relaxes norms for foreign investment in single brand retail, construction and Air India: The new rules will allow foreign airlines to invest up to 49% in Air India without requiring a government nod, helping speed up its privatisation process.
  3. Supreme Court forms new team to investigate 186 cases from 1984 anti-Sikh riots: These cases have not yet been examined by the Centre-appointed Special Investigation Team.
  4. Siddaramaiah government is ‘anti-Hindu’, indulges in vote bank politics, says Amit Shah: The Congress government had deprived the state of the amount that was sanctioned by the government for the welfare of the people, the BJP president claimed.
  5. If a person has no Aadhaar card, does he not exist for the government? asks Supreme Court: The court was hearing a plea against night shelters in Uttar Pradesh asking the homeless for the 12-digit number as identity proof.
  6. After RSS letter, Centre may leave out cervical cancer shot from immunisation scheme, says report: The letter had claimed that including the HPV vaccine in the programme will divert ‘scarce resources from more worthwhile health initiatives’.
  7. India’s GDP to pick up from this year, says World Bank as it pegs 7.3% growth in 2018: In comparison to China’s slowing economy, India’s will gradually accelerate hereon, it said in a new report.  
  8. Protests erupt in Kasur district, Pakistan over alleged rape and murder of 8-year-old girl: Two people were killed in the riots as protestors attacked the deputy commissioner’s office with sticks and stones.  
  9. Bad loans in the farm sector rose over 23% in 2017, shows RBI data: Non-performing assets in the agriculture sector increased from Rs 48,800 crore in 2016 to Rs 60,200 crore in 2017.
  10. Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami tables bill proposing rise in MLAs’ salary in state Assembly: Transport unions demand to speak to the chief minister as their strike enters seventh day.