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National anthem must be played before screening of films: The Supreme Court ordered all cinema halls across the country to play the national anthem before the screening of films and that all present must “stand up in respect” till the anthem ended. It said the practice would “instill a feeling within one a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism.“
Airlines seek stay on levy, HC issues notice: The Delhi High Court notices to the Centre, the Airports Authority of India and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation as the Federation of Indian Airlines (FAI) sought a stay on the government’s notification on levy of Rs.7,5000 to Rs.8,500 per flight to create a Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF).
‘Delhi government worried about everything except environment’: The National Green Tribunal expressed displeasure over the Delhi government and the municipal corporations’ failure to come to a consensus over the total quantum of waste generated in the Capital.
Afghanistan, India hope to corner Pakistan: India is hoping to corner Pakistan on the issue of “cross-border terrorism” at the Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar this weekend.
Route all wages via bank accounts:Govt.: The Centre has asked all employers and contractors to ensure that wages are paid to all employees, including casual and contract workers, through cheques or electronic transfers into a bank account.
Cap on Jan Dhan withdrawal: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to limit cash withdrawals from Jan Dhan accounts at Rs. 10,000 per month to avoid misuse.
Provocation at Nagrota: The attack comes just two months after militants stormed an Army camp in Uri, resulting in the death of 19 soldiers.
India’s missing girl children: It is a cruel irony of a fast-growing India that there are fewer and fewer girls as a ratio of total births, as a result of complex factors that include parental preference.
Reeling out patriotism: The Supreme Court’s ruling on the national anthem is yet another instance of the movies being a soft target for tokenistic measures.
Agriculture spurs GDP growth to 7.3%: GDP growth accelerated in the second quarter of this financial year to 7.3 per cent on the back of a stronger performance in the agriculture sector.
Trade costs of India remain high: UN body: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said that the international and intra-regional trade costs of India remained higher compared with the trade costs of best-performing economies in Asia and the Pacific, although a declining trend has been observed since 2009.
ART AND CULTURE
Cuban rumba and Ugandan music now on UNESCO’s heritage list: Cuba’s sensual rumba dance and Belgium’s thriving beer culture brought new effervescence to UNESCO’s coveted list of “intangible” heritage.
How to sow a reform: Some ways to relieve the pain of demonetization in rural India.
What does the currency ban mean for banks?: They may not be in a position to significantly increase lending and their capital base may get worse.