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Front Page / NATIONAL

No decision yet on GST rates as States oppose cess: The GST Council’s third round of deliberations ended without a decision on the rates structure after most States objected to a proposal to levy an additional cess on demerit goods.

Smarter railway stations: MoU between Railways and Ministry of Urban Development promises ambitious redevelopment expects to redevelop railway stations and surrounding areas under the Smart City plan.

SC reserves judgment on Cauvery appeals: Tamil Nadu joined counterparts Karnataka and Kerala to oppose the Centre’s stand that the court was barred from entertaining the appeals as the tribunal’s award was final and binding on the three neighboring States, as per the parliamentary law of the Inter-State Water Disputes Act, 1956.


Editorial/OPINION

Britain’s Indian litmus test: Theresa May’s visit to India will put to test her government’s claim that forging strong non-EU alliances and adopting a hard-line stance on immigration are not incompatible.

The bonding in Benaulim: While India needs selective alignment to replace non-alignment, it cannot allow deft balancing to lapse into sequential agreement.


INTERNATIONAL

India, Myanmar to ‘stay connected’: Both countries agree to cooperate in security and strategic issues.

India, China conduct first military exercise in J&K: India and China for the first time conducted military exercises in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in Eastern Ladakh amidst the growing uneasiness in the bilateral relationship.The exercise comes in the backdrop of stalemate over India’s multilateral disagreements with China over blacklisting of terrorists at the United Nations and membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Goa periscope: A Russian sub leased: $2-billion deal for second nuclear submarine was reached during the Modi-Putin summit.


ECONOMY

India, Algeria mull fertilizer JV: India seeks 49 per cent share in Algerian phosphate block having 6-billion tonne capacity. India, which has up to 96 per cent phosphate dependency.

‘Exempt gems, jewellery exports from GST’: Exemption sought for gem and jewellery export transactions and minimal GST rates for domestic transactions.

India offers solar plant in Trincomalee: A month after Sri Lanka decided to scrap a coal power project involving the NTPC, in Trincomalee, India has offered to build a solar power plant in the port town.

China Q3 GDP grows 6.7% as construction booms: China’s economy expanded at a steady 6.7 per cent in the third quarter and looks set to hit full-year target, fueled by stronger government spending, record bank lending and a red-hot property market that are adding to its growing pile of debt.


Indian Express

Policing Rumour: Tamil Nadu is misusing hate speech laws by arresting people for social media comments.

Electing to recall: Can an exuberantly living institution like the Indian election be salted away in a museum?


Live Mint

India’s new strategy in climate negotiations: From Paris to Kigali via Montreal and to Marrakesh, India’s fight against climate change is gathering pace. New Delhi’s response to two international pacts negotiated in recent months on controlling the emission of greenhouse gases offers an overarching perspective of how India’s battle strategies are shaping up within the sustainable development paradigm.

Are grain procurement shocks inflationary?: The government periodically intervenes in the food-grain market to create a buffer stock to smoothen price volatility.



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