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Must Read News Articles – October 1

National

Karnataka gets last chance on Cauvery – The Supreme Court on Friday gave Karnataka a last opportunity
to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu between October 1 and 6 before the “wrath of law falls on the State.”

Two-thirds of elderly financially dependent on others, says study – According to a survey, 65 per cent of the elderly in India are dependent on others for their financial requirements and undergo financial crisis. The nation-wide survey conducted by Agewell Foundation involved a random sample of 15,000 people across India aged 60 or above.

Modi moots ‘Swacchagraha’ – Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said re-use and recycling of waste should be technology driven and insisted that there should a focus on the concept of “waste to wealth” so that revenue models could be developed around cleanliness.

Indian Express

Black money: Over Rs 65,000 crore assets in biggest tax disclosureIn the largest-ever declaration of black money, Rs 65,250 crore was declared as unaccounted income and assets under the government’s four-month-long Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) 2016, which ended on Friday.

Environment

T.N. tops list of endemic flowering plants – Almost one of every four species of flowering plants found in India is endemic to the country, a recent publication by the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) has revealed.
Of these, Tamil Nadu accounts for the highest number of species with 410, followed by Kerala with 357 and Maharashtra with 278.

Editorials

Taking the road less dusty The likelihood of at least 600,000 deaths being caused annually in India by fine particulate matter pollution in the air is cause for worry, even if the data released by the World Health Organisation are only a modelled estimate.

Uri as inflection pointPrime Minister Narendra Modi now has a singular opportunity to shape a Pakistan policy that is grounded in realpolitik and which gives him realistic options and leverages.

The return of HekmatyarThe peace agreement reached between the Afghan government of President Ashraf Ghani and warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar speaks volumes about the current situation in the country.

Indian Express

The die is cast –  This was a limited strike to pre-empt terrorists from entering India. India acted within its rights. The target was terrorists, not Pakistan’s army or territory. It is for now envisaged, officially, as a limited operation.

Not So Clean – we are 40 per cent through India’s flagship sanitation campaign, it is a good time to assess how much progress the SBM has made. Unfortunately, it is impossible to answer this question because the data simply do not exist.

International

SAARC summit ‘postponed indefinitely’Blaming India for derailing the SAARC Summit, Pakistan on Friday announced that the summit scheduled for November 9 and 10 in Islamabad will now be held on an alternate date, even as Sri Lanka joined others in opposing the summit under the “prevailing environment”.

EU ministers approve ratification of Paris climate treaty European Union ministers approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement at a historic meeting of the Environment Council in Brussels
on Friday. This decision brings the Paris Agreement closer to entering into force.

Economy

India may consider Iran’s plan to develop Chabahar airport – India may examine a proposal from Iran to develop the airport at its strategic Chabahar port as part of comprehensive infrastructure development that includes rail-road connectivity to the port.

U.S. defence firms may gain from Pak standoff – An expected increase in India’s defence spending due to the current stand-off with Pakistan has presented a “tremendous opportunity” to major U.S. companies including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to expand their Indian operations.

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