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Fracas mars Supreme Court hearing on demonetisation: A Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur said that the judiciary will “certainly” hear the ground realities and weigh the constitutionality of the November 8 RBI notification scrapping the high-denomination currency notes.
HIV community rejects AIDS Bill in current form: The HIV community in India on Friday rejected the long awaited HIV/AIDS Bill in its current form and demanded removal of the phrase “as far as possible” from the proposed legislation.
Guns blaze, but border trade thrives in Kashmir: Cross-LoC trade has crossed about Rs. 3,000 crore since it was formalised in 2008, says a report.
SC agrees to exhaustive hearing on currency recall: Supreme Court would comprehensively hear all arguments on various questions raised on the demonetisation issue. These include the hardships caused by demonetisation and the constitutional validity of the RBI notification of November 8, and finally, whether the issue should be referred to a Constitution Bench.
Rajapaksa’s visit part of the India-China ‘Great Game’ in Sri Lanka? Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is on a week-long visit to China on the invitation of the Chinese government – a development that might be seen as a “strong message” from Beijing.
Appointing a Lokpal: By admonishing the Union government for delaying the appointment of Lokpal, the Supreme Court has sent across a timely message that efforts to cleanse the economy must be matched by equally strong measures to cleanse public life too.
When ministers think aloud: A ‘no first use’ nuclear weapons policy suits India’s interest. Shifting to a first-use policy would mark a shift from deterrence towards nuclear war fighting.
Centre forms committee to push cashless transactions: The Centre announced a new committee, headed by Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, to form a strategy to expedite the process of transforming India into a cashless economy.
Higher funds for smaller aircraft on regional routes: The Centre will provide a higher subsidy support to airlines operating smaller aircraft in a bid to make its regional connectivity scheme more attractive.
Science and Technology
Tracking brown carbon’s effect on atmospheric warming: The effect of biomass burning in increasing atmospheric aerosols and in turn atmospheric warming through light absorption has been highlighted in a study. This study highlights the lesser-known role of brown carbon.