. Sikkim’s clean villages make it the kingdom of Swachh – Kerala leads in household toilet coverage, three cities from Karnataka find place in the new list
.Union Cabinet approves ratification of climate deal – The Union Cabinet approved ratification of Paris Agreement, which is to take place on October 2.
.To revive an old friendship – The Russia-Pakistan joint exercises raise many questions. New Delhi has to rebuild ties on its strengths and common concerns with Moscow
.India’s climate future at stake – The haste in ratifying the Paris pact is strange given that many developed nations have not yet ratified the agreement
.No option but to talk – Despite the angry rhetoric, this seems to be a slow-paced war, which thus far is limited to both India and Pakistan playing to domestic audiences.
.SAARC minus one – India’s search for alternatives to this regional forum must quicken.
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.Centre to wind up Hindustan Cables – The Cabinet has given its nod for a strategic sale of sick public sector firm Bharat Pumps and Compressors, and for the closure of Hindustan Cables that has stopped output since 2003.
.Government nod to link IT systems of CBEC with GST network – The government has cleared an IT project Saksham, which will integrate tax systems of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) with the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) for a smooth roll out of the new indirect tax regime from April 1, 2017.
. A new handheld device to detect melamine in milk – In 2008, at least four babies in China died and around 100,000 became sick after consuming powdered milk baby food laced with melamine. Due to the presence of nitrogen, the addition of melamine to milk makes it look protein-rich
. Quarrying destroys Laggar Falcon habitat in Madurai – Indiscriminate sandquarrying on the Vaigai riverbed, and granite quarrying inmany parts of Madurai, havespelt disaster for many raptorspecies and, today, only twoLaggar Falcons survive on therock clifs of Arittapatti nearMelur in the district.
.Understanding Scrub Typhus, the jungle fever that is stalking Himachal Pradesh – In Himachal Pradesh, the disease spreads most commonly during grass cutting operations in the orchards, and is alleged to have taken a serious turn this year due to laxity in controlling the mite.