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As EC seeks view, Govt calls Budget session: The government on Saturday convened the Budget session of Parliament from January 31 even as the Election Commission sought a response from the Centre on petitions seeking that the Budget presentation be deferred in view of the upcoming Assembly elections.
Anger raging in Kashmir, says Sinha panel: There is a crisis of acknowledgement of the Kashmir problem with the Indian state. People feel India refuses to recognise that Kashmir is a political problem.
India-Myanmar border trade hit: Border trade between India and Myanmar, legalised in 1995, has virtually come to a halt thanks to recurring blockades, general strike and other forms of disturbances.
India, Portugal sign defence agreement: In a bid to boost joint production and development of niche weapons systems, India and Portugal on Saturday entered into a defence agreement. The agreement came following Portugal’s support to India’s multilateral plans in various technology regimes including Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
‘India’s refusal to scale up bedaquiline is really the world’s problem’: Delayed roll-out and restrictive criteria are resulting in the unnecessary loss of life. Delay means that little is being done to stop the ongoing spread of MDR-TB (multidrug-resistant tuberculosis).
Health-care data is ailing: Data pertaining to health care in India, evidence shows, is significantly compromised in terms of its quality, its periodicity and coverage.
‘Indian companies optimistic of economic recovery in 2017’: This is a great time for the policy makers to look at unleashing the next generation of reforms, apart from GST, mostly focussed on ease of doing business and minimum government, maximum governance.
Science and Technology
A novel electrode for lithium batteries: A team of researchers at IIT Madras have been able to enhance the capacity retention of anode material in lithium ion batteries four-fold compared to commercially available lithium batteries.
China setting up highest altitude telescopes close to LAC: China is setting up the world’s highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in a Tibet prefecture close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India to detect the faintest of echoes resonating from the universe, which may reveal more about the Big Bang theory.
Across the aisle: Whither RBI’s autonomy?: The RBI’s main objectives in 1934 and now are the same to issue bank notes and to keep the reserves.