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India signs landmark civil nuclear deal with Japan: India signed a historic civilian nuclear deal with Japan during the annual bilateral summit held in Tokyo. It is the first non-NPT nation to have signed such an agreement.
Airfares to soar as Centre slaps levy: The Centre will impose a levy of up to Rs. 8,500 on flights of domestic airlines from December 1 to fund its regional connectivity scheme, making fares costlier.
Find peaceful solution to Maoist problem, SC tells Chhattisgarh: Observing there is an aggravation of the Maoist situation and the government should take a “pragmatic view of life” and find a “peaceful solution”, the Supreme Court drew an assurance from the Chhattisgarh government.
Demonetisation could cut inflation, says Panagariya: The Centre’s demonetisation drive will help lower inflation, NITI Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya said. He also said that eradication of black money from circulation will have some impact on money supply.
INS Vikramaditya completes its first dry-dock refit in Kochi: Aircraft carrier at a high level of operational competence.
Hydel projects: World Bank asks India, Pak. to agree to mediation: The World Bank has “urged” India and Pakistan to agree to mediation on how to proceed in their dispute over two hydropower dam projects in Jammu and Kashmir.
Go for mediation, World Bank tells India, Pakistan: The MEA had issued a strong statement threatening to pull out of the World Bank’s arbitration process or even consider more stringent options over the Indus Waters Treaty, that had come under a cloud after the Uri attack in September.
Japan has option to scrap N-deal: The deal includes the option that Japan can give a year’s notice before terminating it in case India breaks the nuclear testing moratorium that it had extended to the Nuclear Suppliers Group in 2008.
Centre unveils steps to boost cybersecurity: The Centre on Friday announced a slew of measures, including one that requires all organisations having a significant IT infrastructure to appoint cyber security officers, in an attempt to strengthen cybersecurity in India.
Expiry of investment pacts will hurt FDI: EU: India’s separate Bilateral Investment Treaties (BIT) with 23 European Union (EU) member countries will soon expire one after the other and the absence of an investment protection pact will hurt Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from EU to India.
Wage cap plan to widen PF net: The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has written to the Centre demanding a higher wage ceiling of Rs.25,000 per month for its social security schemes raising the possibility of more workers being added to the provident fund pool.
No proof required: In the name of the poor – again: The anti-black money initiative could mean a policy reform bigger than the GST. But the naysayers are again cloaking their gripes by painting it as anti-aam aadmi.
A time to tax India: The world leader in deadly cancers – must show political will, adopt high tobacco taxes which improve national health.
Nuclear loose talk: By committing to the NFU, critics have argued, India allows more powerful adversaries, specifically China, to plan large-scale conventional offensives secure in the knowledge India will not reach for its strategic deterrent.