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Must Read Daily Newspaper Articles - 15th November, 2019

1. Sabarimala case: larger Bench to decide role of courts in religion(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Freedom of religion

The office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) is a ‘public authority’ under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, a five-judge Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi declared on Wednesday.

2. ‘Tiger Triumph’ off to a grand start : CSAT-1

3. At 4.62%, retail inflation hits a 16-month high (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Economic growth; Inflation

4. Review and reference: On Sabarimala review pleas (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Article 25

The majority anticipates that similar basic questions on the conflict between individual freedom and constitutionally-protected religious beliefs may arise in other situations too. It cites pending petitions concerning the entry of women into a dargah, the entry of Parsi women married to non-Parsis into an agyari, and the practice of female genital mutilation among Dawoodi Bohras. It is shocking that the Bench includes the abhorrent practice of female genital mutilation in this genre. It is well-established that freedom of religion, under Article 25, is subject to public order, morality and health, and it may not be difficult for any court to test the validity of the practice against the restriction on grounds of a woman’s health, and this may not require an exalted panel of seven judges.

5. Open, all the same (GS-2) and (GS-4)

UPSC Syllabus : Right to Information; Right to Information Act; transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

6. ‘Terror batters world economy’ (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Linkages of organized crime with terrorism

7. What is BRICS?

BRICS is the group composed by the five major emerging countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -, which together represent about 42% of the population, 23% of GDP, 30% of the territory and 18% of the global trade.

The acronym BRIC was coined by Goldman Sachs in 2001 to indicate the emerging powers that would be, alongside the United States, the five largest economies of the world in the 21st century. In 2006, BRIC countries started their dialogue, which since 2009 takes place at annual meetings of heads of state and government. In 2011, with South Africa joining the group, the BRICS reached its final composition, incorporating a country from the African continent..

8. New Development Bank (NDB)

The New Development Bank or formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, is a multilateral development bank established by the BRICS states. According to the Agreement on the NDB, "the Bank shall support public or private projects through loans, guarantees, equity participation and other financial instruments."

During the sixth BRICS Summit in Fortaleza (2014), the leaders signed the Agreement establishing the New Development Bank (NDB).

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