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The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Can courts make life terms more rigorous, asks SC: The Supreme Court will examine whether courts are statutorily empowered to make life imprisonments harsher for convicts by adding the term “rigorous” while delivering a sentence of life imprisonment.

NCRPB tells States to submit action plan to curb pollution: NCRPB said that air pollution in Delhi is a matter of serious concern and Delhi, along with Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab should act in unison to mitigate the suffering of the people.The Board will soon file an affidavit before the Delhi High Court regarding the matter.


INTERNATIONAL


India, Kyrgyzstan seek a global pact against terror: India and Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday finalized plans for joint military exercises, and reiterated the need for a global convention against terrorism.


Editorial/OPINION


An unkind postscript: the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Urjit Patel, said there was a ‘confluence of thought’ in the government and the central bank to deal with black money by removing existing Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 notes as legal tender.

Time for a policy shift: The unorganized manufacturing sector should be reoriented towards non-household units to provide efficiency gains.


ECONOMY


Credit costs hinder cashless economy: Imposed indirectly on merchants, these are passed on to customers through increased sale price.


Indian Express


Good signalling: EPFO cutting rates is a step in the right direction. There must be no roll-back.


Live Mint


Formulating an Act Manipur policy: Development in the region cannot be seen as an incidental benefit to a national foreign policy.

Reforming healthcare in India: India’s largely unorganized healthcare sector is focused on curing sick people rather than preventing sickness itself.


 

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