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The Hindu


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Centre moots registry to vet geospatial data: The government is developing a National Data Registry (NDR) that will require all agencies – state, private and academic that collect and store geospatial data to provide details of the data they store.

Fishermen talks end in stalemate: Sri Lankan fishermen rejected a demand from their Indian counterparts for a three year ‘phasing out period’ from Sri Lankan waters.

Avoid interference: Nepal to India: Pranab urges Kathmandu to draft a constitution that will address the “diverse social fabric”.


Editorial/OPINION


Green farms and clean air: The massive pollution cloud enveloping northern India every year is a good example of the disconnect between official policy and ground realities.

On parallel tracks: In a significant judgment, the Supreme Court last week ruled that contract workers should get the same pay as permanent workers. It held that denial of equal pay for equal work to daily wagers, temporary, casual and contractual employees amounted to “exploitative enslavement, emerging out of a domineering position”.


ECONOMY


States yet to come up with options for cess on GST: Multiple slabs, ranging from zero to 26 per cent, with a cess on ultra luxury and demerit goods in the top-most slab, is the only rate structure for consideration in the GST (Goods & Services Tax) Council.

Faster security clearances on anvil for foreign investors, to help FDI flow: The Industry and Home Affairs Ministries are working to expedite the grant of security clearances for foreign investors that often delay or even scuttle inflows of foreign direct investment as well as mergers and acquisitions.


Indian Express


Encounter vs rule of law: Whichever way you look at it, the Bhopal ‘encounter’ was outside the criminal justice system.


Live Mint


The vulnerability of the Chinese Corridor: Game theory suggests India’s dismay over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor might be unfounded.

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