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Must Read News Articles of the Day – August 31

The Hindu

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International

Opinion

  • ‘I am aware of India’s frustration’ – United Nations General Assembly president-elect Peter Thomson on his role as a catalyst for bringing about UN Security Council reforms. Read this Interview. Now.
  • Ignoring best practices – The Cabinet has approved the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, which will soon be introduced in Parliament. Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have impacted lives for some time now.
     There was an ART (Regulation) Bill proposed in 2014 that was meant to cover similar issues arising from all ART. Limiting the 2016 Bill to the regulation of surrogacy alone is myopic.
  • The LEMOA embrace – The signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) during Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit to Washington is a significant step forward for India and the U.S.

Economy / Business

  • ‘GST rate above 18% could stoke inflation’ – Industry lobbies are backing the Congress Party’s demand that the standard rate of Goods & Services Tax (GST) should not be allowed to breach the 18 per cent mark as it would stoke inflation.
  • Centre eyes green funds to scrap polluting old trucks – Union Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari has asked the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry to share the subsidy burden for replacing commercial vehicles that are older than 15 years by tapping into funds earmarked for compensatory afforestation.

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