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The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


‘Smog could return’: Govt needs to curb all sources of pollution, says TERI. If wind-speed drops, cooler temperatures in the weeks ahead could provide a favorable setting for smog to develop and stick around.

Agni-I missile test-fired: The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) fired the missile positioned on a massive truck called a road-mobile launcher.

A relook at defence blacklist: New policy makes a provision to do business with a blacklisted firm for support of critical spares, maintenance.


Editorial/OPINION


No complacency on Zika: The World Health Organisation has declared that the Zika virus no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. This brings to an end the heightened global focus on the virus that has caused about 2,300 confirmed cases of microcephaly (a birth defect manifesting in a smaller head size) since May 2015.

Pitching reform at the BCCI: Not many can complain about the manner in which cricketing matters are being managed, but the intransigence shown by the office-bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in not constructively accepting the reforms recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed R.M. Lodha Committee is getting to be tiresome.

Generics vs big pharma, reloaded: The proposal to extend the time limit for State-level drug regulatory approvals from four to 10 years could hit the generics market.

The widening class divide: Children from the RTE quota are often left feeling small as equality seems to be lost in monetary disparity.

Rerailing the Indian Railways: In managing safety, the emphasis should be on reforming the system rather than firefighting.


ECONOMY


Demonetisation’s positives unlikely to be strong: Fitch: Fitch Ratings said on Tuesday the government’s decision on demonetisation that had created a cash crunch would constrain economic activities in the short-term forcing the credit rating agency to cut its GDP forecast for the fourth quarter.

‘India’s wealth rises, as does disparity’: The total quantum of wealth is rising in India but so is the disparity between those who have wealth and those deprived of it.

Centre plans crop insurance scheme for small tea growers: The Centre is planning to roll out a crop insurance scheme for small tea growers. Initially, a pilot will be run in three regions in Assam, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu for one crop-cycle spread over two years.


SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY


India joins CERN as an associate member: India on Monday became an associate member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world’s largest nuclear and particle physics laboratory and best known as operator of the Large Hadron Collider, which found the elusive Higgs Boson.


Indian Express


Fifty days later: Small and medium enterprises in the rural sector may be grievously hurt by the cash rationing.

Black Money And Terror: Quality of counter-terrorism, not currency crackdown, will prevent terrorism.

An ill-judged conflict: Populism based on opposition between an elected legislature and judiciary does not bode well for a democracy based on rule of law.


Live Mint


Time for Indian Railways to put safety first: Political incentives and organizational structure contribute to a disregard for safety.

Women powering a clean future: There is a clear link between energy access and women’s economic empowerment and well-being.

Uniting for an Asian century: Asia should take its fate into its own hands, by pursuing closer economic and political regional cooperation.



 

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