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The Hindu


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Cyclone Vardah heads towards Chennai shoresCyclonic storm Vardah is likely to make landfall by Monday afternoon along north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coast, close to Chennai, accompanied by strong winds with speeds of 80 to 90 kmph.

Cancel illegal salt pans in Sambhar Lake: NGT: The central zonal bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Rajasthan government to cancel allotments of salt pans in the Sambhar Salt Lake that fall within the wetland and run contrary to the mandate of Wetland Rules, 2010.

Parliamentary panel says SC showing a ‘zeal for primacy’: As the Supreme Court and the Centre differ over the delay in appointment of judges in the High Courts, lawmakers have for the first time joined the fray. They have tabled a Parliamentary Standing Committee report accusing the Supreme Court of distorting the original constitutional mandate and showing an “unnecessary zeal” for primacy in judicial appointments.


INTERNATIONAL

U.S. arms technologies come closer: With Major Defence Partner status, India will be offered simplified licensing requirements.


Editorial/OPINION


Time to blow the whistle: Parliament is considering an amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act which would only end up helping the corrupt. Its passage would administer a big blow to our already weak anti-corruption mechanism.


ECONOMY


‘It is time to leave the history of coal behind’: Strict emission standards, an enabling regulatory framework, and a high price on carbon are some of the key ways India can boost its natural gas sector, according to the International Gas Union.


Science and Technology


‘Nano-ceramic’ material for safer, cheaper nuclear reactors: Scientists have created a nano-ceramic material, which may be used in next-generation nuclear reactors that will operate at higher temperatures and radiation fields, producing energy more efficiently and economically.

ISRO signs deal for first privately built satellite: The Indian Space Research Organisation has roped in a consortium of six companies to deliver the country’s first industry-built spacecraft by late 2017.


Indian Express


Binding friendship: Major defence partner status for New Delhi marks the institutionalization of India-US defence cooperation.:


Live Mint


Demonetisation for behavioural change: Throwing millions of lives in disarray to seemingly change their cash usage behaviour sounds primordial.

Back to the worst forms of central planning: The main criterion by which to judge economic policies and institutions is whether they advance human freedom. On this standard, demonetisation is an unarguably regressive move.

Don’t cry over dead trade agreements: If we can manage our own economies well, new trade pacts will become largely redundant.

Preparing for Policy Implementation 3.0: The government needs to change its approach to development and policy implementation.


 

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