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Govt. ends exchange of old notes: In further modifications to use and exchange of the demonetised Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes, the Centre on Thursday extended the exemptions for the use of Rs. 500 notes till December 15.
‘Rs. 400 cr. in fake notes to be flushed out’: Centre’s affidavit before SC says counterfeits are used to fuel terror.
As India retaliates, Pakistan moves UN: Alarmed by the escalation of tension with India along the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan on Thursday asked the U.N. to act before the situation became a “full-fledged crisis.”
After DGMOs talk, border becomes quiet: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday witnessed an eerie calm on the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB), a day after the Directors-General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan revived a hotline to discuss the deteriorating situation.
The new abnormal in Kashmir: Continued repression is likely to intensify the alienation in Kashmir. It would be much wiser for the government to realise the futility of stonewalling and initiate unconditional talks with all concerned.
The Marrakech mandate: As world leaders gathered in Marrakech (November 7-18) to discuss the implementation of the Paris Agreement at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-22), the election of a leader in the U.S. who has disavowed climate change cast a pall on the deliberations.
No country for the Rohingyas: A new humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Myanmar after the military crackdown on “Islamist jihadists” in the Rakhine State, home to more than one million Rohingya Muslims.
The state of the stateless: For a country that gained independence with a mass exchange of populations, India’s treatment of refugees has much to improve upon.
Notes ban to significantly disrupt economic activity: Moody’s: Demonetisation will “significantly disrupt economic activity” and lead to weaker growth in near-term, though in the long run it can boost tax revenues and translate into faster fiscal consolidation.
Rupee slumps to record low; nears 69/dollar: Reserve Bank of India intervenes by selling dollars through state-run banks, cushioning local currency’s drop.
India’s golden moment: Demonetisation is an ethical step. It can help us leave behind culture of illegality, indiscipline, ill-gotten wealth.
A change called NeHA: The proposed National e-Health Authority, which will oversee digitization of health information, could launch a digital health revolution in India. But safeguards need to be in place to protect patients’ privacy.
Pale green: NGT’s directive for environmental audit of government buildings can achieve little in a country with weak norms.
Muddling through Marrakech: Perceptions and assessments of climate governance mirror the growing view on the negative experiences of globalization.