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The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


India needs lower taxes, higher compliance: India needs lower taxes to compete globally and that voluntary tax compliance by citizens should be encouraged by a friendly administration.

Agni-V test-fired again from mobile-launcher: The test-firing of India’s most formidable ballistic missile, Agni-V was an unalloyed success, signalling that India’s nuclear deterrence capability has come of age.

Rajasthan sets up panel on Gujjar quota issue: The committee was appointed in the light of the December 9 judgment of the Rajasthan High Court striking down a 2015 law which had provided five per cent reservation to Special Backward Classes, including Gujjars.

Remission power lies with State: SC: The judgment is in sync with the review petition on the question of who has the actual authority — the Centre or the State — in granting remission for life convicts.


Editorial/OPINION


Time to repeal the FCRA: The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, is nothing more than a tool to keep ‘errant’ civil society organisations on a tight leash. An autonomous, self-regulatory agency for NGOs is the need of the hour.

Fire in the sky: The successful test-firing of the long-range ballistic missile Agni-V for the fourth time is a significant step towards building a credible nuclear deterrence.

The mother of all disruptions: The tremendous power of the software industry in India may help explain why the disruptive effects of demonetisation are being taken lightly.

Assessed, approved but scant attention to compliance: September 2016 marked a decade of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification, a short, ‘subordinate’ legislation whose powers far outweigh its text.

Foreign policy, Act III: The Prime Minister’s entry on the world stage was dramatic and full of surprises.


ECONOMY


India’s cast iron exports under EU scanner: India’s exports of certain iron items to the European Union (EU) and shipments of ferro alloys to South Korea have come under the scanner of local authorities in those jurisdictions.


Indian Express


Anthem: Play, rewind: The order compelling citizens to stand up defies both the letter and the spirit of this invocation to sovereignty.


Live Mint


Addressing India’s water dispute problem: The proposed permanent tribunal is a promising step—but it will face many hurdles.

Karnataka’s dangerous new reservation policy: It is inept on multiple levels, and proven to be economically counterproductive.

What awaits us in 2017?: For 2017, China and Europe may become two big risks to the global economy and global markets, while the US under Donald Trump remains a wild card.


 

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