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The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Cyclone Vardah brings Chennai to a standstill: The weather system that was first noticed nearly five days ago, grew into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ and by the time it crossed the city near the Chennai Port, it had weakened into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ with maximum wind speeds touching 110 kmph-120 kmph.


INTERNATIONAL


India, Indonesia resolve to fight terror: India and Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, on Monday decided to expand their defence and maritime security ties and resolved to deal with terrorism.

‘No change in China’s position on NSG, Masood Azhar’: China on Monday reiterated that there was no shift in its position either on New Delhi’s inclusion in the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) or on imposition of U.N. sanctions on the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Masood Azhar.


Editorial/OPINION


The essence of education: The Delhi High Court arrives at a harmonious reading of the copyright doctrine which will further the cause of education and equitable access. It could serve as a global model.

Beyond the court’s remit: The court has crossed its legal remit by extending a government policy of prohibiting liquor outlets in the vicinity of places of worship.

The Indo-Pacific potential: Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Jokowi met on the sidelines of the 9th East Asia Summit in Myanmar in 2014, this is the first time in the two years that they have been in power that they will meet substantively.


ECONOMY


Railways mulls exclusive suburban tracks:  The Railways will partner states through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for suburban train systems, which would be empowered to propose a surcharge on passengers for recovering operating losses and capital costs of such projects.


Indian Express


Rooting out graft: A strong Lokpal and protection of whistleblowers hold the key to eliminating corruption.

Next Door Nepal: Mindless about the map: Streets erupt as political impasse over reconstituting provinces continues.


Live Mint


Leveraging the sun to power India’s future: This solar power sector has enormous potential but many challenges lie ahead as well.

Costs and benefits of the currency swap: Has the govt prepared for the costs of its decision and done its homework on logical next steps to help India leapfrog to the next stage of development?

Revamping the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal: The solution to delays could very well lie in prioritizing and scheduling the workload properly.

Koushal judgement and three years later: The most insidious effect of Section 377 is to warp the relationship between the State and the citizen.


 

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