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NGT notice to Centre, Delhi govt over plastic ban: The National Green Tribunal has issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Delhi government, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and Delhi Cantonment Board while hearing a plea that challenged the ban on manufacture, sale, storage, usage, import and transport of plastic bags in the city.
Sex ratio in Haryana touches 900-mark for first time in 20 years: Sex ratio at birth (SRB) in the State this past year touched the 900-mark for the first time in almost two decades.
Telangana plea against Krishna tribunal award dismissed: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a Telangana government petition against a decision of the Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal-II to limit the re-allocation of the river water only to the two successor States of Andhra and Telangana, and not dabble with the share of water enjoyed by the other two riparian States — Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Second Scorpene submarine ready: Khanderi, the second Scorpene submarine under Project-75 being built at Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL) in Mumbai is all set to be launched into water.
TB institute warns against use of new drug: The NITRD fears use of BDQ may cause bacteria to develop resistance and spread in community.
SC indicates setting up SIT for Panama papers leak probe: The Supreme Court on Monday indicated that it may at a “relevant time” order the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to exclusively look into revelations made in the Panama papers.
50% jump in smuggling of currency, reveals DRI: The recently-released data by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the Customs show a 50 per cent jump in smuggling of Indian, foreign and counterfeit currency notes over the previous years.
Oiling cashless wheels: After the demonetisation exercise began, the government had waived the service tax on the MDR surcharge from December 8 for card-based payments up to Rs. 2,000 and got banks to waive the MDR charges on debit cards till December 31, 2016.
A blow to reformists in Iran: The death of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and powerful cleric who was widely considered a leading “moderate” in Iran’s polity, is a major blow to the reformists in the country.
Respite, not reconciliation: The ceasefire in Syria and the upcoming peace talks in Astana could be the beginning of the long denouement in the war-torn country.
A rights bill gone wrong: The Transgender Persons Bill 2016 is the product of an insincere attempt at lawmaking.
The world at a crossroads: The outlook for 2017 is anything but optimistic, with a sluggish global economy, widening terror footprint, and geopolitical realignments as the U.S., Russia and China jostle for spheres of influence.
Centre allows PF contribution via private banks: Companies can soon make statutory provident fund contributions to the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation via private sector banks.
Start-ups may soon be able to access insurance, pension funds: The Centre will soon hold discussions with insurance and pension regulators on a proposal to enable pension funds and insurance companies such as Life Insurance Corporation to invest in start-ups.
High costs, meagre gains: Far from curbing black money and corruption, demonetisation has disrupted the economy.
The myth of a political bond: India should reconsider its stated position of shared global interests with China in view of Beijing’s repeated rebuffs in international fora.
In the interests of fairness: The Election Commission must insist on the postponement of the Union budget.
Acknowledging the new face of urban India: Census towns are expected to drive India’s urbanization process but effective administration processes have to be put in place.
Sequencing economic disruption: If Modi is determined to disrupt and if incrementalism is deemed inadequate for India’s development tasks, he has to disrupt the banking system and the tax system.