Must Read News Articles – January 18


The Hindu

Front Page / NATIONAL

SC orders inspection of pollution check centres: Highlighting the urgency to find immediate solutions to curb air pollution rather than mull over possible solutions, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Environment Pollution Control Authority to inspect over 900 Pollution Under Certificate stations across Delhi.

Britain to leave EU’s single market: Theresa May: British Prime Minister Theresa May has made it clear- the U.K. will make a clean break from the European Union and leave its single market of some 500 million people.

SC asks govt. to file status report on Ganga rejuvenation: Almost two years after the Supreme Court voiced scepticism about the government’s self-proclaimed promise to clean up the Ganga river, the apex court on Tuesday sought a fresh status report from the Centre on what it was doing to revive the holy river.

India becomes Associate member of CERN: India became an Associate member of CERN on Monday with the Indian government completing its internal approval procedures in respect of the agreement it had signed with CERN on November 21, 2016.


In the nick of timeGoods and Services Tax (GST) Council has made some breakthroughs on outstanding negotiables that were holding up the introduction of the indirect tax regime.

Voting in a season of discontent: Election pundits are busy interpreting how the state of affairs in Manipur will play out in the March election.

The real meaning of independence for RBI: The demonetisation decision has led several observers to express concern about the autonomy and institutional integrity of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

An Afghan agenda for Trump: The U.S. President-elect must address Pakistan’s treacherous role in Afghanistan at full tilt.


Finance Ministry suspends Dec. 21 tax circular on indirect transfers: In a bid to soothe the nerves of foreign portfolio investors spooked by a fresh tax burden on indirect transfers mooted by the Central Board of Direct Taxes last month, the Finance Ministry on Tuesday put the tax department missive in abeyance until further notice.

Industry seeks foreign partners for trade pact: India’s top industry bodies are attempting to build a coalition with counterparts in other nations with similar interests to give a fillip to the country’s proposal for a Trade Facilitation in Services (TFS) Agreement at the World Trade Organisation (WTO)-level.

Indian Express

Permission To Prosecute: Diverse SC judgments leave a loophole to stifle investigations against public servants.

Cities at crossroads: Waste-to-energy plants could sustainably dispose of municipal solid waste, while generating electricity.

Live Mint

Tough times ahead for India in Afghanistan: Pakistan has managed to sell the flawed theory that the Taliban can be used to fight the Islamic State.

What is the optimal policy response to demonetisation?: A positive demand shock is not the optimal response to a negative supply shock as it will only exacerbate price pressures.




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