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The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Cash exchange limit cut, PAN mandatory for new accounts: All new bank accounts, except those opened under the Jan Dhan Yojana, and time deposits in banks, post offices and co-operative banks will now require a PAN card.

India, U.S. review military projects: India and the U.S. on Thursday reviewed the entire gamut of projects under the Foreign Military Sales route as both sides look at closing key projects, including the purchase of M777 howitzers.

Terrorists grouping across LoC: India: India on Thursday lashed out at Pakistani forces for “clear violation of the Ceasefire Agreement of 2003” and said that terrorists had begun to gather near Pakistan’s forward posts.

India hopes Bhutan will ratify vehicles pact: Asked if the National Council’s decision on Wednesday – not to ratify the ‘Motor Vehicles Agreement’ (MVA), defeating the government’s proposition 13 votes to 2 – was a setback for India.


Editorial/OPINION


After the storm: Much of India’s economic activity still takes place in the informal sector with no cheque payments, resulting not just in widespread direct and indirect tax evasion but also an inability to assess the true state of the economy.

A chance to re-calibrate ties: The 2003 ceasefire on the Line of Control has clearly now ceased to hold, with daily exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani soldiers.

Reaching the new normal: President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Nepal has helped restore equilibrium to bilateral ties.

Time to move towards a new litigation policy: Besides being a constraint on the public exchequer, government litigation has contributed to judicial backlog, thus affecting justice delivery in India.


ECONOMY


Israel seeks FTA with India to boost trade: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin pitched for a bilateral free trade agreement with India and Israel wishes to partner in India’s ‘Clean Ganga’ project and solar energy sector.

India is ‘non-committal’ on market economy tag for China: India is not inclined to automatically grant the coveted ‘Market Economy Status’ (MES) to China this December under World Trade Organisation (WTO) norms.


Indian Express



Live Mint


What the government and the media didn’t say about air pollution in your city: Can we tackle pollution with the same seriousness as black money or corruption?

Electoral reforms need to follow currency swap: The currency swap cannot permanently alter the dynamics of the shadow economy and electoral finance.

Of warfare, tech and innovation: As India’s IT industry matures, it must leverage the birthing of its defence industry to create millions of jobs.


 

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