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Azhar: Uri out of India’s proposal to U.N.: India has decided to drop any reference to the Uri attack from its proposal to be placed before a United Nations sanctions committee to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist.
China insists on NPT for NSG entry: Non-Proliferation Treaty, which India has not signed, is essential to combat atomic weapons, says China.
Israeli President arrives on 6-day visit: Since the visit of Ariel Sharon in 2003, there has been no visit by a head of government or the state from Israel to India, despite numerous ministerial trips from both the sides. His visit will highlight agri-cooperation.
Demonetisation and after: Replacement of the demonetised notes is a time-consuming exercise that requires planning of the highest order.
Hope floats in Colombia: The fresh peace deal announced by Bogota and the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) may look no less fragile than the previous accord that Colombians rejected in a referendum in October.
When cash is not king: In one fell swoop, demonetisation has struck a blow to the parallel economy.
The breakthrough with Japan: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Japan packed quite a punch: from supporting India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and rationalizing the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train timeline to the easing of Indian student visas, training of 30,000 Indians in Japanese-style manufacturing practices, and merging of India’s “Act East Policy” with Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy”.
The tragedy of the commons: The only way out for public policy for environmental damage is to place strong emphasis on individual and social cost of inaction.
Economists see ‘short-term pain, long-term gain’: While the government’s demonetisation drive will likely negatively impact the economy in the short term, it could help over the longer term propel economic growth into double-digit levels as more of the informal economy becomes formal and the Goods and Services Tax comes into effect.
The Legal Aid Lifeline: Absence of a lawyer during arrest, interrogation, can mean vulnerability to torture.
Eye on the big prize: For demonetisation move to be a game-changer, stakeholders must urgently come together to address short-term problems.
Forest rights and wrongs: Social activists and wildlife groups must acknowledge that no rights can be championed, nor wildlife saved, if the forests at the centre of the tussle vanish.
No one’s cause: Courts have done their bit. But for pollution to be contained, political parties, government agencies must own the issue.
India, Japan and a new regional architecture: India’s World War II conception of Asia has finally turned on its head.
A large accumulation of small defeats: The measures to curb air pollution in Delhi must necessarily tackle the city’s solid-waste crisis as well.
Improving India’s job creation ranking: Structural reforms in factor markets are key for this labour-surplus economy to offer productive employment.
Better regulation for a less-cash economy: A light touch from the RBI and finance ministry and a speedy regulatory process could change the way Indians transact.