Must Read News Articles – December 16


The Hindu

Front Page / NATIONAL

Liquor vends on National, State highways banned:The Supreme Court on Thursday banned States and Union Territories from granting licences for the sale of liquor along National and State highways across the country.

Panel flags ‘slow’ execution of schemes: Flak received from Parliamentary Standing Committee for ‘slow’ implementation of schemes envisaged under the Nirbhaya Fund.

Speed up Vyapam trial, Supreme Court tells CBI: The Supreme Court on Thursday bowed out of hearing the Vyapam scam, and directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete its probe within three months.


India signals peace on Indus water issue: Conciliatory statement comes after World Bank paused arbitration process. India said there was “no reason” the two countries could not sort out their differences.


A law for equality: By passing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, the Rajya Sabha has adopted a radically trans-formative piece of legislation that addresses the concerns of arguably the most marginalised section of Indian society.

Death in Aleppo: For too long, we have been a passive society, deaf to Rwanda, Somalia, Syria. Our foreign policy is a piece of empty piety. Maybe Aleppo can be a first step to a more humane India.

Vulnerable in cyberspace: The ‘Legion’ hacks expose the dire state of cybersecurity in India. Frequent data breaches will steadily erode the confidence of Internet users and deter them from using digital gateways.

Rules of an exchange economy: How do we work out the obligations of banks in the post-demonetisation scenario?


Rupee slips after Fed’s decision: The rupee weakened against the U.S. dollar after the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate, in a widely anticipated move, by 25 basis points.

Include real estate sales and electricity charges in GST: CEA: The sale of land and real estate should be included in the Goods and Services Tax structure, adding that rates should be lower rather than higher as this would help the fight against black money.

Deferred consumption will spur growth: Demonetisation of high-value currency notes will be considered a watershed event in the same manner as the liberalisation of the economy in 1991.

Indian Express

The long-term solution: Knee-jerk reactions can’t give us cleaner air. A slower, evidence-based approach will.

Live Mint

Launching New Delhi-Jakarta bilateral ties anew: Joko Widodo’s visit has marked another step in India’s ‘Act East’ policy of encouraging greater engagement with South-East Asia.

Our failed education policy needs urgent reform: Given the fragile foundation of basic education, the large majority of our workforce cannot be trained for high-skill, high-productivity jobs.

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