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The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Note ban: No interim relief from SC: The Supreme Court ordered the setting up of a five-judge Constitution Bench to test the validity of November 8 demonetisation notification and the legality of the government’s implementation of the policy.

Parliament passes Disabilities Bill: The Lok Sabha passed the Disabilities Bill stipulating a jail term of up to two years and a maximum fine of Rs. 5 lakh for discriminating against differently-abled persons.


INTERNATIONAL


BRICS roots for affordable medicines: Trade regimes are important, but must be seen as being subservient to the shared international public health goals.


Editorial/OPINION


Decoding the Fed’s signals: U.S. Federal Reserve’s widely anticipated decision to resume its course of normalisation of monetary policy by raising the benchmark Federal Funds rate by one-quarter of a percentage point has unequivocally signaled that the world’s largest economy is well and truly back on track.


ECONOMY


RBI opposes proposal to set up separate payments regulator: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has opposed a move to establish a separate entity to regulate payments and settlements, a function that is currently under the central bank’s purview.

Centre to keep 50% tax amnesty window open till March 31, 2017: The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), a last-resort tax amnesty scheme that comes into effect from December 17, will allow assessees to disclose previously unaccounted and undeclared income under its ambit till March 31, 2017.


Indian Express


Limits of outrage: Four years after Nirbhaya, police forces remain under-trained, under-staffed, under-paid and under-functioning.


Live Mint



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