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Centre seeks to withdraw its jallikattu notification: Informs SC that it will move an application in view of T.N. Bill.

NHRC notice to Maharashtra over student deaths at govt-run school: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday issued a notice to the Maharasthra government over the reported deaths of more than 500 girls at State-run schools for tribal students.

India to ratify amended version of Kyoto Protocol: In a token measure to put pressure on developed countries to deliver on climate change commitments, India will soon ratify an amended version of the Kyoto Protocol. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval to ratify the deal that is set to expire in 2020 and was shunned by several developed countries, most prominently the United States.

Improved Pinaka rockets test-fired: Pinaka rockets, with a guidance system and an enhanced range, were successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha on Tuesday.

‘69% of political funds from unknown sources’: Association for Democratic Reforms says the income of national parties from unknown sources increased by 313%.

EC tells parties to uphold SC order: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday issued an order to all political parties to strictly adhere to the recent Supreme Court judgment that soliciting of votes on the ground of religion, caste, race, community or language is a “corrupt practice” and calls for disqualification of the candidate.


Editorial/OPINION


The end of a protest: What began as a people’s protest on Chennai’s Marina beach against the ban on jallikattu quickly descended into chaos and confusion when the protesters stood their ground even after the government came up with a practical, legislative solution to the judiciary-imposed prohibition of the annual bull-taming ritual.

Budgeting for the elections: The suspense over the timing of the Union Budget for 2017-18 finally ended on Monday with the Election Commission and the Supreme Court scotching calls, in the light of upcoming elections for five State Assemblies, to defer the February 1 date proposed by the Centre.

Navigating a Trumpian world: The past is no longer a guide to the future. In the coming years, Indian foreign policy will need less red lines and greater agility and pragmatism as the country seeks to find its place in this Age of Uncertainty.

Flirting with chauvinism: In Tamil Nadu right now, the danger lies in the possibility that political elites within the Dravidian parties may empower the more intolerant strand of Tamil identity politics.

Lift the veil of secrecy: The primary aim of the demonetisation exercise was to tap black money.

Bridging the Gulf: India-UAE ties are an exemplar for the changing Indian approach towards the wider region.


ECONOMY


Tax guidelines to target shell companies notified: The Finance Ministry made public the final guidelines on the Place of Effective Management (POEM), underlining the government’s intent to target shell companies created to keep income out of India even when real management is taking place within the country.

Centre defers move to cut EPF administrative charges: The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s (EPFO) long-pending proposal to reduce administrative charges for employers may face further delays till March due to the model code of conduct coming into force in various states going for polls beginning next month.\

Cabinet clears interest waiver for farm loans: The Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for an interest waiver for the two months of November and December, 2016 for farmers accessing short-term crop loans from cooperative banks.


Indian Express


Disrespecting heritage: The ministry of culture’s proposal to allow construction near historical monuments betrays a lack of understanding of their value.


Live Mint


Subhas Chandra Bose: The leading nationalist: His nationalist credentials largely explain Bose’s continued popularity.

Loan for tenants: small reform, big gain: The experience of states like Andhra Pradesh is encouraging and some other states are already experimenting with empowering tenant farmers.

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