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The Hindu


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SC Collegium stands by 43 names rejected by govt: The Supreme Court Collegium, led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, refused to accept the government’s rejection of 43 names it handpicked for judicial appointments in various High Courts. Centre bound to clear them for appointment as HC judges now.

Scheme soon to grade CSIR scientists’ performance: It proposes to encapsulate a scientist’s performance into a single equation. A controversial proposal to grade the performance of CSIR scientists is expected to be soon cleared by the Prime Minister who is also the president of The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which is India’s largest chain of publicly-funded research laboratories.

Disclosure of names of big loan defaulters pointless: SC: Focus should be on the question why non-performing assets are piling up, says CJI.

Delay in despatch of notes worries CJI: The government acknowledged that there was a shortage of Rs. 100 notes as the now defunct Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes formed 80 per cent of the currency in circulation before November 8.


INTERNATIONAL


NSG membership for India seems unlikely this year: India’s hopes of a membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group this year were virtually dashed after the NSG meeting in Vienna ended inconclusively, even as experts said the process would continue in 2017.


Editorial/OPINION


A new idiom of Dalit assertion: There’s a new turn in Dalit politics that entails taking charge of affairs in their own hands, and a widening of the terrain of struggle rather than restricting it to political power or religious conversion.

Saying no to jallikattu, again: Supreme Court has declined to review its 2014 judgment banning jallikattu, the popular bull-taming sport held alongside annual harvest festivities in rural Tamil Nadu.

Justice beyond borders: Russia’s move to quit the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the outcome of the political undercurrents that have of late strained its relations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).


ECONOMY


‘Demonetisation could halve GDP growth to 3.5% in current fiscal’: The shortage of cash due to demonetisation could result in a drastic slowdown in GDP growth for 2016-17 to 3.5 per cent from an earlier projection of 6.8 per cent.

Rupee weakens past 68; demonetisation adds pressure: The rupee weakened past the psychologically important 68 to a U.S. dollar level for the first time since June as expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next.

States innovate to stave off labour unrest: Bengal, Assam tell authorities to ensure timely payment. With the demonetisation shock severely affecting disbursal of salary to low-wage workers as they are paid mostly in cash, States such as West Bengal and Assam have evolved a novel plan aimed at preventing any major labor unrest.


Indian Express


No proof required: Big bang or big thud?: Demonetisation will have no benefits if the government does not follow up with tax reforms, reduce discretionary powers of bureaucrats and reform election laws.

Breaking the N-silence: Parrikar has broken a tradition of sphinx-like silence, wherein his two UPA predecessors rarely acknowledged the existence of India’s nuclear deterrent or even mentioned the ‘N’ word.


Live Mint


The state of impact investing in India: Impact investments have made significant strides over the past six years; however, the sector continues to struggle with access to serious capital.



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