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The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


SC refuses to stay demonetisation: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the November 8 government notification demonetising Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes. Asks Centre to take immediate measures to alleviate the hardships of the common man.

Delhi HC dismisses plea for ban on burqa in public places: If it is a policy decision, the government will take care of it. How can we entertain it [PIL] under Article 226 [power of High Courts to issue certain writs].

10 get death penalty for Senari massacre: Erstwhile Maoist group killed 34 Bhumihars in 1999.

Govt. expects Rs. 11 lakh crore from demonetisation: “Everyday we will add Rs. 10,000 crore,” Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi submitted. He said the only argument raised against demonetisation was “inconvenience.”

Centre increases MSP for rabi crops: In a bid to boost production of pulses, the Centre on Tuesday increased its Minimum Support Price (MSP) by up to Rs. 550 per quintal, including the bonus, while increasing the MSP for wheat by Rs. 100 to Rs. 1,625 per quintal for the rabi 2016-17 season.

HC allows rape victim to terminate pregnancy: In a rare move, the Kerala High Court has allowed a rape survivor to terminate her over 20-week pregnancy under Section 5 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.


INTERNATIONAL


India, Israel to scale up counter-terror cooperation: India and Israel on Tuesday agreed to intensify counter-terror efforts to deal with “constant” security threats posed by terrorism.

Russia-Pak.-China forum clouds Afghan donor meet: After helicopter sales, and military exercises with Pakistan, India’s traditional ally, Russia, is working on a regional partnership on Afghanistan that includes Pakistan and China.


Editorial/OPINION


Back to the collegium: In recent times, there has been an unusually public conflict between the judiciary and the executive over the shortage of judges in various high courts.

Searching for an equilibrium: Questions recur about the rightful limits of judicial intervention in the matter of policy choices in the executive and legislative domains.

Coordinates of safety: Crimes against women rose during 2001-15 despite greater affluence and an improved sex ratio. If we go by the National Crime Records Bureau reports, incidence of serious crimes against women rose from 237 per day in 2001 to 313 per day in 2015.

Assisting the injured: Implementing the Supreme Court guidelines to protect Good Samaritans will not only help bystanders avoid legal hassles, but also reward them for their acts.


ECONOMY


Low inflation fuels rate cut hopes: Retail and wholesale inflation slowed in October due to lower food prices with analysts predicting a further declining trend due to a demonetisation move, leading the central bank to cut rates in its next review meeting slated for November 30. Slowdown can be attributed almost entirely to easing food prices.


Indian Express


Risk and some disorder: There had been a clamour for radical reforms. Demonetisation shows what real reforms feel like.

When government plays judge: Executive’s bid to have the final say in judicial appointments is alarming for democracy. Past experience tells us why.

Hope floats: In the Valley, a heartening moment to build on, as students turn out in large numbers to take the board exams.


Live Mint


Currency swap and the reality distortion field: Narendra Modi’s surprise announcement of overnight cancellation of 86% of the currency is something of a reality distortion field.

The two-step Trump dance: It seems India-US ties will primarily be a two-track exercise: with one track chugging along smoothly and the other full of bumps and speed breakers.

Thailand’s lessons for the healthcare system: Taking inspiration from Thailand, a sound information technology platform could enable effective universal health coverage in India.

Helping consumers win the telecom wars: A well-functioning market relies on competitive pressures to incentivize producers.


 

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