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Continue release of water to TN, SC tells Karnataka: The Supreme Court on Tuesday acknowledged that both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are in dire need of water, but warned the State governments that it will not tolerate any acts of violence from its citizens over the Cauvery water dispute.

Decision on BCCI plea against Lodha panel deferred: The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred taking a decision on a review petition filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against its July 18 verdict upholding the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee report recommending reforms in cricket administration.

Centre moots 4 GST slabs: The Centre has proposed a four-slab rate structure for the Goods & Services Tax, ranging from zero to 26 per cent, at a meeting of the GST Council.

Decision of Cauvery tribunal final: The Centre on Tuesday said the decision of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal in 2007 was final and the Supreme Court had no jurisdiction to entertain appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala challenging the tribunal award.

SC scrutiny of triple talaq is judicial legislation- AIMPLB: Personal laws cannot be challenged on the ground that they violated fundamental rights, says AIMPLB.

SC’s poser on misuse of religion in elections: A seven-judge Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur is testing the limits of Section 123 of the Representation of the People Act for an authoritative pronouncement on what are the various means by which misuse of religion or faith of the masses for electoral gains can be categorized as a corrupt practice.


 

Editorial/OPINION

Personal laws and the Constitution: The Centre’s categorical stand that personal laws should be in conformity with the Constitution will be of immense assistance to the Supreme Court in determining the validity of practices such as triple talaq and polygamy. 

Reinventing old links: Bilateral agreements and the informality of the one-to-one conversation between PM of India and President Putin in Goa have showcased the strength of India-Russia ties.

Changing the course of the planet: At Kigali, India has once again demonstrated willingness to be part of a multilateral climate deal while being able to secure a differentiated outcome for itself.


INTERNATIONAL

India to lend a helping hand to Myanmar’s reconciliation efforts: India referred to it’s rich experience in building a federal nation state, taking into account the ethnic and linguistic diversity of its people and offered any assistance desired by the Government of Myanmar in this regard.


ECONOMY

Centre’s regional connectivity proposal may face turbulence: The government’s plans to boost regional air connectivity could hit a legal air pocket as leading domestic airlines have opposed the proposal to charge a levy on flights on major routes to fund subsidies for regional flights and are likely to challenge it in the courts.

Small finance banks up the ante to grab deposits: Small finance banks are adopting an aggressive strategy to garner savings deposits by offering interest rates higher than that offered by full-service banks.

PSUs, private firms on par in bankruptcy bill: The draft bill on the resolution of bankruptcy of financial firms would put public sector financial companies on par with their private counterparts.

MPC sees food inflation softening: The six-member monetary policy committee (MPC) justified its vote to cut the Reserve Bank of India’s policy rate citing a ‘real’ slowing in retail inflation and the need to support economic growth.


Indian Express

Copyright as exceptionFree competition and access to knowledge have been the default legal norm for many a nation.

Easing the debt burden: The Essar-Rosnet deal signifies that the resolution of banks’ bad loan problems is finally underway.


Live Mint

GST: Make haste slowly: The government’s concern about the impact of goods and services tax (GST) on the poor is extremely valid. The price burden on them should not increase.

A new flight on civil aviation emissions: In its current form, the agreement reached in Montreal will put considerable costs on developing countries like India.


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