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Met dept. expects a ‘normal’ monsoon but doubts loom: Threat of El Nino phenomenon adds element of uncertainty.
SC questions Army’s silence: Bench cites judicial probe report in 2004 Manorama murder case in Manipur.
Respect for national flag, anthem non-negotiable, Centre tells SC: Even as the Centre asserted that respect for the national anthem and flag is “a matter of national pride and non-negotiable”, the Supreme Court questioned the need to expressively define ‘respect’ for the two national symbols when such a feeling of reverence is already inherent in the Constitution.
Modi, McMaster discuss security: Afghanistan, West Asia and Korea figure in talks, but date of PM’s U.S. visit not announced.
India opposes ‘genocide’ charge: India has registered a strong note of protest before the visiting Canadian Defence Minister, Harjit Singh Sajjan, against a provincial Assembly legislation which had accused India of “genocide” in the events of 1984.
New data safety regime from TRAI by Deepavali: The Centre informed a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is working on a new regulatory regime to ensure online data protection, and it will be ready by Deepavali.
Lonely and disinterested: Excess focus on bilateralism is leaving India isolated in its larger neighbourhood.
Lines of defence: The inclusion of paper audit trails to the EVMs is costly but perhaps unavoidable.
Equity in debt: The advice of the expert committee to review the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act of 2003 requires attention, given India’s track record.
RBI red flags banks’ telecom exposure: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has raised a red flag over banks’ loans to telecom players and asked the lenders to increase their standard asset provisioning more than what is prescribed so that they can built ‘necessary resilience.’
Railways seek aid for unviable routes: Finance Ministry used to subsidise losses on operating strategic rail routes prior to merger of budgets.
‘Common duct policy’ soon: To reduce operational costs and frequent digging of roads.
Boom, bust: Current buoyancy in global markets is misleading. Structural flaws have not been corrected, economic nationalism is surging and we could be heading towards an economic malaise.
No radical change in national health policy: The 2017 national health policy document continues to be an extension of the previous two such policies (1983 and 2002).