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Blacklisting policy for tainted defence deals approved: The government approved the long- pending policy for blacklisting firms involved in corruption in arms purchases. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) also accorded approval to begin the procurement process for fighter jets, tanks and attack helicopters cumulatively worth over Rs. 82,000 crores, all produced domestically.
Tobacco farmers up in arms as COP7 meet kicks off: They were opposing the ‘undemocratic way’ of framing anti-tobacco policies.India is hosting the Seventh Session of the Conference of Parties (COP7) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
EPCA says govt lax in executing pollution control norms: Report by green body points out that the Delhi government has allocated only 30 per cent of funds collected under the environment compensation charge.
No change in stand on India’s NSG bid, says China: Ahead of this week’s Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) meet in Vienna, China stuck to its guns on Monday, saying there was “no change” in its stand on India’s membership bid which, would be considered only after rules for the entry of non-Nuclear Proliferation Treaty countries are finalized by the elite group.
Solutions after the smog: If Delhi’s crippling pollution crisis is to end, the Centre and the States concerned need to adopt a two-pronged approach: make policy changes to help farmers stop burning crop waste and tackle problems created by urbanization.
It’s not about just national security: ‘National security’ must mark the beginning of the debate over the one-day ban on NDTV India, not the end of it. Our broadcast laws allow the government sweeping powers of censorship with negligible attendant costs.
Linking food and nutrition security: A revamped PDS in several States and a record foodgrain output expected this year make an urgent case for a full rollout of the National Food Security Act.
For a breath of fresh air: We have to stop sacrificing the science of pollution control at the altar of populist policies.
Britain raises tax issues, India social security taxation: The U.K. sought an early resolution of the Indian Government’s disputes with Cairn and Vodafone on retrospective taxation and raised concerns over “tax uncertainties” in India while New Delhi took up Britain’s “curbs” on visas for work and studies.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
New ‘super battery’ made from junkyard metal: The battery, which is no bigger than a pill bottle, could withstand the equivalent of 13 years of daily charging and discharging while retaining 90 per cent of its capacity.
Airborne lasers to throw light on Rajgir’s history: Indian archaeologists plan to deploy high-end scanning lasers on airborne platforms to survey the archaeological evidence, flora and fauna in the ancient Rajgir hills in Bihar, an area associated with Buddha.
India and US, polls apart: India’s election system is marked by its simplicity, and a fully empowered but fiercely independent EC.
Line of no control: India, Pakistan need to stop and review the dangers of mounting ceasefire violations along the LoC.
Internet governance: India can begin at home: The capabilities to participate in global governance must first be cultivated domestically.
Is India ready for universal basic income?: The idea of a universal basic income, can only contribute to better social and human development outcomes if there is adequate provision of basic social services.