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Notify plan for ‘health emergency’ in Delhi-NCR: SC: The Supreme Court ordered the government to urgently notify a graded response action plan to combat a new and heightened level of air pollution called ‘health emergency’ in Delhi and the National Capital Region.
SC upholds High Court decision on green clearance for quarries: Noting that uncontrolled quarrying will devastate green zones, the Supreme Court upheld a Kerala High Court decision that even quarries under five hectares should get prior environmental clearance for issuance of licence.
Concerns of co-op banks appear genuine: SC: Centre and RBI were accused of attempting to cripple rural economy through demonetisation.
New Delhi nod for Karmapa’s Arunachal visit: The Gyalwang Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu school, one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It comes soon after the U.S. envoy visited the State despite China’s objections.
Modi, Ghani to discuss terror, defence: Terrorism, trade and defence assistance will be on the top of the agenda as Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani here this weekend, which will also see a fresh focus on India’s plans to develop the Chabahar port in Iran for trade to Afghanistan.
A dampening of economic activity?: With cash availability significantly impaired as a result of the sudden withdrawal of the high-value banknotes that constituted more than 86 per cent of the currency in circulation as of March 31, a palpable impact has been felt across the entire economy.
Making of a legislative court: The Supreme Court order on the national anthem relies exclusively on Fundamental Duties. This is not a coincidence as it closely follows the spirit of the Emergency-era 42nd amendment.
Jaitley urges GST Council to adhere to roll-out calendar: Finance minister Arun Jaitley told state finance ministers of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council to stick to the calendar agreed upon by them for meeting the April 1, 2017 deadline as the council failed to arrive at a consensus on outstanding issues at a meeting here.
Centre takes steps to drain excess cash: RBI announced the auction of 28-day Cash Management Bills for a notified amount of Rs.20,000 crore.
Funds tracking system will trim Centre’s costs: Significant savings to accrue from lower interest expense.
Regulating lightly: The digital economy calls for a new kind of oversight.
Order on national anthem shows what is wrong with the Court: It is a reminder of how slight its authority has become.
Cracks on show: The root of the problem in Nepal has been the leadership’s top-down approach to writing a new constitution.