Must Read News Articles – January 17


The Hindu

Front Page / NATIONAL

GST stalemate resolved, rollout deferred to July 1: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council arrived at a consensus on contentious issues such as administrative control over tax payers in the new indirect tax regime.

SC-appointed panel to tackle air pollution: Concerned over the deteriorating air quality in Delhi and the NCR, the Environment Ministry has amended laws and formally tasked a Supreme Court-appointed panel with implementing a graded action plan for pollution control.

Centre notifies green action plan for DelhiOdd-even scheme, halt on construction activities among desperate measures planned to control pollution.

Supreme Court revives hearing on Andhra Pradesh bifurcation: What better “index” to ascertain whether a State is to be divided or not other than public demand, the Supreme Court said.

SC slams States’ stance on PILs: The Supreme Court on Monday slammed several States for their casual attitude towards crucial public interest matters.


The pragmatist’s pivot to India: While Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s death comes as a blow to Iran’s reformists, the template of Tehran-New Delhi ties established during his presidency is likely to endure geopolitical shifts.

Vagaries of the job market: Mismatch between the number of people who annually reach working age and the availability of jobs has been a matter of constant concern globally during the better part of the period since the global financial crisis of the last decade.

‘Serious job losses are taking place’: The truth may ultimately prevail about demonetisation, but the government might be able to maintain the loyalty of a large part of the public for a long time, says Amartya Sen.


Demonetisation has hit India’s growth: IMF: The Naredra Modi government’s demonetisation move could dampen India’s growth by one percentage point in the current fiscal year and 0.4 percentage point next year, compared to its earlier projections, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said.

Richest 1% own 58% of total wealth in India: In signs of rising income inequality, India’s richest 1 per cent now hold a huge 58 per cent of the country’s total wealth — higher than the global figure of about 50 per cent.

Indian Express

Defining The Beneficiary: As the Union budget approaches, debates over welfare grow intense.

Who will judge the judges?: In both cases, the Supreme Court reversed its own judgment given a couple of years ago, citing “grave error in justice” as the reason for entertaining respective appeals.

Live Mint

A time of change for the oil industry: The current rebound notwithstanding, a number of structural factors will affect its future.

A role for India in rebuilding Syria: New Delhi has renewed its pre-war Tishreen power plant commitment but steered clear of any new proposals.



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