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Newspaper Must Read Articles of The Day– 26 March 2015

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National

  • ‘Millers skim off Rs. 200 cr daily’ – The CAG is conducting an audit of financial dealings between government institutions and rice mills in eight major rice-producing States. It is alleged that Rs. 200 crore black money gets generated daily through false reporting of income from sale of paddy by-products by the millers.
  • Venkaiah for sharing GST with municipalities – Indian municipalities are the “weakest” in the world in terms of access to resources, financial autonomy and revenue-raising capability; So revenue from Goods and Services Tax should be shared with municipalities, says Minister.

International

Business

  • Windfall gain – The spectrum auction has concluded at Rs.1,09,874 crore. This is the highest ever in  Indian history.

Opinion-Editorial

  • Land swap: can a deal be clinched? – India and Bangladesh should solve the land boundary disputes by exchange of  disputed territories. If so  it will help future cooperation, development, and trade.
  • India’s Oscars? – Whenever  “National” Awards are declared,  different states and regions only count how many awards their language cinema has won.
  • Victory for free speech – The Supreme Court judgment on Section 66A of the IT Act described it  “vague” and having a “chilling effect on free speech”.

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Indian Express


Editorials & Columns

  • Getting RBI out of debt – Govt should manage its own debt not RBI; Public Debt Management Agency is a good idea, says the author.
  • Transmission defect – RBI cut the repo rate twice  in 2015,  but most banks are have not lowered their lending rates.
  • Anti-science, absurd – The parliamentary committee has ignored several research findings and asked the Govt to set up a  medical board to examine the health effects of tobacco on Indians. Pictorial warnings on tobacco-product packages should be made compulsory after that, they say.

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Newspaper Must Read Articles of The Day– 25 March 2015

The Hindu


 National

  • Centre plans security guidelines-Section 66A of IT Act has been declared invalid. But security establishments need a structured response in case of terrorism, extremist violence and promotion of communal violence through software technology says minister.
  • Daily drug therapy for TB patients soon – The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will start daily drug therapy for TB patients in 100 select districts soon. The new treatment protocol, has been selected because experts found the old system ineffective and also a possible cause for MDR-TB.

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Business

  • BOOST FOR IT WORKERS – U.S. has made it easier to get L-1B work visas to attract foreign investment.  It will  also attract people with specialised knowledge to US.

Opinion-Editorial

  • Free speech Ver.2.0 – The Supreme Court has indirectly said that the right to critique and the right to dissent are a important parts of the freedom of speech.
  • Debating religious conversions – Religious conversion is a topic of one’s choice guaranteed under the Constitution. It is not a collective right of any religious community.
  • Defying RTI, undermining democracy – Six national parties have not followed the 2013 order of Central Information Commission which declared  them as Public Authorities.

Indian Express


 Editorials & Columns

  • Making bad loans better– Sebi will change rules to allow banks to convert part of their outstanding debt into equity.

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Newspaper Must Read Articles of The Day– 24 March 2015

The Hindu


 National

  • Centre to re-brand ‘Jan Aushadhi’ scheme – The scheme aims to provide affordable medicines for all through fair price shops.  It will open 1,000 stores on a single day. Opening new stores will be made compulsory in select states.
  • ‘More needs to be done for TB control’ – India has 2.2 million new cases of TB every year and three lakh people die of it each year;  Treatment protocols and measures taken against the disease need intervention and changes says Union Health Minister.

International

  • Lee Kuan Yew dead at 91– Mr. Lee, the first Prime Minister of Singapore who transformed it into one of the wealthiest and least corrupt countries in Asia, is dead.
  • Afghanistan: new entente in place? – Talks are likely between the Afghan govt and Taliban because of push from Pakistan and China. Pakistan’s increasing role in Afghanistan may impact India’s economic commitments in Afghanistan.

Business

Opinion-Editorial

  • The supremo culture in Indian polity – Indian political parties and their leaders like to centralise authority because most parties do not have independent organisational bases. Other reasons of centralisation are citizens’ dependency on govt for their general well-being and the nature of financing election campaigns. 
  •  Liberating black gold-Passing Mines and Minerals Bill, 2015 and Coal Mines Bill, 2015 is a big step. States will get high revenue. The Bills is a game changer in other ways too.

Indian Express


 Editorials & Columns

  • Then who? – The acquittal of Hashimpura massacre suspects, 30 years after the  event raises many questions.
  • Kisan ki baat – Agricultural reforms such as decontrolling urea, rationalising fertiliser and food subsidies, or replacing open-ended physical grain procurement & distribution with targeted direct cash transfers need to be discussed first. Removal of the “consent clause” from Land Bill is not bad.

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Newspaper Must Read Articles of The Day– 23 March 2015

The Hindu


National

  • Hyderabad funds case: setback to Pakistan –  Pakistan has been asked by a U.K. court to pay £1,50,000 to India as legal fees in the Hyderabad funds case.  The 67-year-old case involves the transfer of £1,007,940 to a London bank account for the benefit of Pakistan by an agent of Hyderabad Nizam.

International

Business

  • Jaitley denies rift with RBI – Govt to create a panel that will set interest rates and take monetary policy decisions instead of RBI. Govt. wants its nominee on the panel while RBI wants outside experts.
  • SEBI clears municipal bonds, IFSC norms -new measures announced by SEBI  will expand markets and make  fund raising easier for business and infrastructure projects. SEBI will also set up a global financial hub within India.

Opinion-Editorial

  • Persisting acts of intolerance – Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 has been used unreasonably to curb free speech on the Internet.

Indian Express


 Editorials & Columns

  • Space for growth – ISRO is making noteworthy contributions to the business, industry and national development.
  • So who needs reservations? -reservations should not be based only on historical injustice. If so, it can put those really deserving at a disadvantage.

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Newspaper Must Read Articles of The Day– 22 March 2015

The Hindu


National

  • Mass copying in Bihar a social issue – for the  families of girls, a pass is a must for their marriage. Many academicians favour an “open book system” to cure the malaise.
  • Chinese airline completes cooking oil fuel flight – China completes the country’s first commercial flight using bio-fuel. A Chinese airline used a 50-50 mix of conventional jet fuel and bio-fuel made from “waste cooking oil collected from restaurants in China.

International

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Newspaper Must Read Articles of The Day– 21 March 2015

The Hindu


 National

 International

  • 142 dead in Yemen bombings– Suicide bombings by the Islamic State jihadist group killed at least 142 people Friday at mosques in the Yemeni capital, in an attack targeting Shiite worshippers including Huthi militiamen.

Business

Opinion-Editorial

  • Unlocking growth through labour reforms-By 2020, when the global economy is expected to run short of 56 million young people, India, with a youth surplus of 47 million, could fill the gap. In this context labour reforms are the way to unlock double-digit growth in India.
  • National policy for Upper Houses?-There are several merits and demerits to having a Legislative Council. A national policy on having a permanent second chamber is necessary so that a subsequent government cannot abolish it at its whim.
  • The polluted air we breathe -25-30 cities in the top 100 most polluted cities in the world are from India. Air pollution is most often a symptom of inadequate urban planning.

Indian Express


Editorials & Columns

  • The Buddhist route – By reaffirming India’s historical leadership of the Buddhist world and projecting its Buddhist links in the Indian Ocean region, Delhi is evidently trying to counter efforts by China to extend its sphere of influence.
  • Return of a spectre – Pakistan’s n-weapons could be misused during a crisis by military personnel sympathetic to the jihadi cause.
  • Copy that – The roots of the mass copying problem lie in the structural flaws of an education system that continually fails students through its lopsided priorities and poor capabilities.
  • Fine-tuning democracy  – Money power, inner-party democracy, defection, paid news and electoral reform are the current challenges of Indian democracy.

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  • The fine print of Mudra Bank -If the bank is to be funded through non-budgetary support in the mechanism outlined by Jaitley, it is financially challenged from inception.
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Newspaper Must Read Articles of The Day– 20 March 2015

The Hindu


National

  • Opposition forces deferment of Mines, Coal Bills in Rajya Sabha – The opposition foiled the passage of the Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill, 2015 and the Coal Mines Bill, 2015 in the Rajya Sabha. They claimed that the Select Committee violated the principles of democracy and of federalism as it had not consulted the the States.
  • When the big dams came up – The building of big dams and their ecological and social impact is a very controversial topic. Jawaharlal Nehru’s endorsement of them as the “temples of modern India” is famous.

International

Business

  • Tata to head Railways’ Kaya Kalp council – Govt has constituted the Kaya Kalp council and appointed Ratan Tata as its head. The council will recommend innovative methods and processes for the improvement, betterment and transformation of the Railways.
  • NSE launches Quality 30 index – The National Stock Exchange has launched ‘Quality 30’ index to capture the  performance of  top 30 quality companies’ stocks listed on the NSE.

Opinion-Editorial

  • Status quo in Israel  – The victory of the right wing in 2015 Israeli elections implies that majority Israelites have become strongly opposed to any move for substantive peace with Palestinians.
  • Perils abroad – The brutal murder of an Indian national in Sydney raises doubts about the safety of Indians abroad.

Indian Express


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