Front Page / NATIONAL
IEDs kill more commoners than VIPs: NSG: Data show 55% of these devices are set off in public places; in 2016, only 7% of the attacks were targeted at VIPs.
Prudence amid uncertainty: The central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee has opted to sit pat on rates and choose to give itself time to “assess how the transitory effects of demonetisation on inflation and the output gap play out”.
TPP is dead, but its legacy lives on: The Trans-Pacific Partnership was dead long before Donald Trump signed his executive order. But its damaging aspects, like stringent IP provisions, have just migrated to other agreements.
Centre to raise EPFO’s equity investments to 15%: The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) will increase its equity investments to 15% of its incremental corpus next fiscal year from 10% at present.
SEBI to form panel to facilitate crowdfunding: The Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is forming an advisory committee on financial technology or fintech-related issues, which would look at safeguards that can be put in place to facilitate crowdfunding of ‘genuine’ ventures and mobilise more household savings into the financial markets.
Centre to send experts to expedite talks at WTO: The Centre will send an expert team to the World Trade Organisation headquarters in Geneva next month to ensure that negotiations on food security issues and the proposed global services pact are expedited.
Unprepared for Paris: Failure of thermal power plants to meet emission standards does not speak well of India’s climate commitments.
Charting the near-term policy road map: Since the macro fundamentals are a lot more stable than they were a few years ago, the government can now concentrate on structural reforms.