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T.N. opposes Centre’s stand on tribunal: The position taken by the Centre that the Supreme Court has no power to judicially review the Cauvery tribunal’s 2007 award is tantamount to giving the tribunal absolute, uncontrolled, uncanalised and unguided judicial power which negates the rule of law.
Embraer probe will continue: DAC will clear new blacklisting policy soon.
Constitution Bench declines to go into Hindutva verdict: Hindutva or Hinduism is a “way of life” and has nothing to do with “narrow fundamentalist Hindu religious bigotry”.
Reduced role for Centre in CBI appointment: Centre is to be entirely guided by a panel headed by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).
Playing on geopolitical chessboards: Changes to redefine Indian foreign policy must not take place in an episodic manner. The BRICS-BIMSTEC meeting in Goa, that followed the annual India-Russia Summit, capped months of hectic diplomatic activity, during which India pursued a robust and aggressive foreign policy.
Dealing with the Maoists:The death of 28 members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in an operation by the security forces on the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border is a big blow to the outlawed group.
India inches up a notch in WB ease of business ranking: India improved its position to 130 in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business 2017 report. Getting electricity, paying taxes and enforcing contracts are now easier.
Workplace gender gaps persist: WEF: The World Economic Forum (WEF) reckons that the gender gap in India has narrowed down over the past year- with the gap closing in primary and secondary education enrollments, pushing it up in the Forum’s global gender gap rankings from 108 last year to 87 in 2016.
Centre to nudge ‘laggard’ states on business reforms: The Centre will soon hold a special high-level meeting with States and Union Territories (UTs), which have performed poorly in implementing reforms, to improve the ease of doing business.
Bankruptcy Code may take effect by Dec.: The Centre expects the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 to become operational by the end of December.
Centre forms panel to resolve telco penalty row: The Telecom Ministry has formed a committee to look into the regulator TRAI’s recommendation of a Rs.3,050 crore penalty on top three telcos -Airtel, Vodafone and Idea – for denial of interconnection points to Reliance Jio.
Science and Technology
About 5 lakh TB patients contacted govt. clinics, still went untreated: India accounts for 27 per cent (7,60,000) of the world’s “missing” patients– those may not have received effective TB care or may have received potentially sub-optimal TB care in India’s private sector.
Bird flu detected in Alappuzha: Bird flu (avian influenza) found is caused by H5N8 virus. The H5N8 virus is not as disastrous as H5N1.
Cities at Crossroads: So-called landfills do not address the problems of solid waste management.
The cost of internet shutdowns: Government-mandated interruptions are rising. Economic and social costs are huge.
The Brics push for a more equitable world: The grouping has entered an era of building the institutions needed to implement its agenda.