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No barrier to naming Lokpal: SC: The Supreme Court on Thursday found the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act of 2013 an “eminently workable piece of legislation”, which provides for the appointment of Lokpal Chairperson and members even in the absence of a recognised Leader of Opposition (LoP).
PM launches low-cost flights: Shimla-Delhi, Kadapa-Hyderabad flights flagged off under UDAN programme.
Judicial performance index proposed: The NITI Aayog has proposed the introduction of a judicial performance index to reduce delays and the outsourcing of non-core functions of the police.
Lack of intelligence inputs hurting Army: Constant protests, deployment of local police for election duty said to have stymied information flow.
Lokpal panel: CJI among equals: The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the provision of the Lokpal law giving no primacy to the Chief Justice of India’s opinion on who should be appointed as Lokpal Chairperson and Members.
‘UID-PAN linking a Faustian bargain’: Linking Aadhaar with essential activities will turn the nation into a concentration camp, SC told.
Learning to run twice as fast: The challenge of the States in achieving a debt ceiling of 20% by 2023 threatens overall fiscal responsibility targets.
In four doses: The first malaria vaccine is cleared forpilot tests, raising hopes about wider use.
Direct tax base to soar in 3 years: Demonetisation, steps to curb black money to spur increase: NITI Aayog.
‘Revival of fertilizer plants can make India an exporter’: The Centre’s revival of four fertilizer plants at a total cost of Rs. 50,000 crore has the potential to turn India into a fertilizer exporting country from an importing one.
Flexible pension for informal staff: Workers from the informal economy and the agricultural sector should be allowed flexible contributions and withdrawals from pension plans due to the vagaries of their incomes and the risk of disasters.
What sort of new FRBM do we need: While fiscal rules can indeed be useful, the old FRBM Act was flawed and needs to be replaced by something better.
The long road to a high-growth future: One of the reasons for softer growth in recent years is the decline in savings rate.
A reason to pause in Sukma: State secrecy when it comes to military operations can usually be understood through the ‘means and ends’ approach.