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Soon, search engines to blank sex selection ads: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Central government to constitute a nodal agency to monitor and trigger search engines to crack down on online pre-natal sex determination advertisements.

Punjab, Haryana set for face-off over SYL canal: Punjab govt. passes resolution categorically refusing to share, Haryana calls it ‘unconstitutional’.

Apex court refuses to lift ban on jallikattu: The event has nothing to do with religious freedom, says Bench.

Plea against use of word ‘Dalit’ by media, HC seeks Centre’s reply: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the response of the Centre on a plea seeking a direction to restrain media houses from using the word ‘Dalit’ in news articles, alleging it creates “inequality” in society.

NHRC writes to Centre over foreign funding for NGOs: Concerned about the rights of human rights defenders, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), issued a notice to the Union Home Ministry on the government’s alleged “draconian approach” in renewing the foreign funding approval for NGOs.

UIDAI cautions against misuse of Aadhaar: With Aadhaar is being used widely in the wake of demonetisation, the Unique Identification Authority of India has urged the public to indicate the purpose of providing photocopies of their Aadhaar letter to prevent its misuse.

Is demonetisation safe in law?: Provision only empowers Centre to scrap “series” of bank notes and not the “entire existing currency,” says a petitioner.


INTERNATIONAL


Afghan meet: Sartaj Aziz to visit India: Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said he will travel to India to attend the Heart of Asia Conference on Afghanistan in December.


Editorial/OPINION


A challenge and an opportunity: A year and a half after China and Pakistan announced plans for an Economic Corridor, the CPEC, to connect “Kashgar to Gwadar”, the two countries operationalised the trade route this week, with the first shipment moving to Gwadar port and on to the Gulf and Africa.

White is the new black: Even as the common man gets in line for fifty days of pain, the affluent have found innovative ways to launder their hoard of cash.

A pivot to China?: Western analysts focus on the relative decline of the U.S. rather than on Asia’s re-emergence. The underlying assumption is that the world needs global institutions, rules and agreements to solve problems that countries cannot solve on their own, while not addressing the question that has now come centre stage — who sets the worlds standards and for what purpose?

Violence that’s not gender-neutral: There is a real danger that the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act could, in fact, be used against women and minors.


ECONOMY


Moody’s keeps India outlook ‘positive’: Moody’s Investors Service has retained its positive outlook on India, the company said, predicting a continued reform push and lowering of debt levels.

Bank deposits to increase by 1-2% once stability returns: Moody’s: Banks stand to gain the most from the demonetisation efforts due to the impetus it provides for people to enter the formal banking system.

Nasscom cuts IT export growth outlook on global uncertainties: Industry body Nasscom on Wednesday downgraded the growth prospects for India’s IT exports this year to a range of 8 per cent to 10 per cent, from its earlier forecast of 10 per cent to 12 per cent, citing uncertainties arising from growing anti-globalization rhetoric in the developed world.

PAN needed for cumulative deposits exceeding Rs.2.5 lakh: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made it difficult for people to circumvent rules and make multiple cash deposits in their bank accounts without quoting their PAN.


SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY


India overtook China in number of deaths due to pollution: Report: In 2010, China had on average 1,595 deaths due to air pollution every day, as opposed to India’s 1,432 deaths per day.


Indian Express


Gender justice, in fact: Arguments in favour of a uniform civil code often project Hindu law as just, in spite of the evidence of its anti-women practices.

Use by date: India’s food safety authority has not been sure-footed on the matter of issuing standards for fortified foods.


Live Mint


No bonanza for the government from cash destruction: Cancellation of some currency notes would increase the net worth of RBI but not its cash income that comes from interest payments and out of which seignior-age is paid.

Preparing for a new economic order: Clarity will emerge once Donald Trump and his team begin to talk about policy priorities in greater detail.

User-centred financial inclusion: Digital financial services should be tailored to the financial habits of the underserved.

The rationality of burning boats: The government has two strategies—the one utilized that involves sequential rollout of VDIS and demonetization, and the suggested alternative of simultaneous rollout.



 

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