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Must Read News Articles – December 25


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Front Page / NATIONAL


Early summer triggers wildlife migration to Wayanad sanctuary: Drought-like situation in the Nilgiri biosphere has led to early migration.

Land of religious body can be acquired: HC: The Allahabad High Court has ruled that a land belonging to a religious body can be acquired for a “public purpose” while asking the Church of North India Association and NHAI to “work out modality” for “demolition or shifting” of a church for construction of a six-lane road.

Anti-airfield weapon system test-fired: India successfully tested the smart anti-airfield weapon system, capable of engaging ground targets in a range of 100 kms from a fighter aircraft, at the integrated test range here in Chandipur.


Editorial/OPINION


Getting right, the nutrient spike: The FSSAI’s move on food fortification comes in the wake of concerns of ‘over-fortification’.


ECONOMY


‘Demonetisation to infuse savings into financial markets’: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move is altering the nation’s conduct and will infuse more formal savings into the financial markets instead of dead assets.


Indian Express


Across the aisle-Cashless economy: A distracting mirage: Why should the government or its numerous agencies have access to our lives through access to Big Data?


Live Mint


The next big climate change battle starts in India: India is understandably determined to develop, and for development to happen, it will have to skip most of the cheap coal stage and go right to solar power.


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Must Read News Articles – December 22


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Pardon, the gender wage gap is showing: ILO finds women form 60% of lowest paid wage labour, but only 15% of highest wage-earners.

Too hot to handle – alarming rise in forest fires this year: With fires raging across Central Indian forests and the Himalayan Pine forests, the frequency of such blazes has risen by a drastic 55 per cent in the past year. Parliamentary Standing Committee recommends a national policy on managing blazes.

SC criticises poor implementation of SC/ST Act: Asks National Legal Services Authority to frame schemes for spreading legal awareness and free consultations.


Editorial/OPINION


Finding the missing children: The issue of missing children of India, and in particular the rising problem of children becoming victims of trafficking frequently makes international headlines and there is rising global concern about trafficking.

A brief history of the Aleppo battle: The battle for the city has brought Syria to a critical crossroads: how the world deals with Bashar al-Assad may well define the country’s future.

Ending the Manipur blockade: The blockade of the national highways leading to the Manipur valley, called by the United Naga Council (UNC), has been in place since November 1. This has severely affected life in the State, with shortages and escalating costs of essential supplies such as fuel and food.


ECONOMY


India’s growth indicator slumps to 20-yr lowData indicate that while demonetisation has triggered a slowdown, the full impact may be seen only in December.


Indian Express


Under siege, on edge: The current crisis in Manipur must trouble us all. Blockades embitter entire populations.

Smallness at the border: In World Bank’s doing business rankings, India doesn’t do as well on trading across borders as it does on other parameters.


Live Mint


Using interoperability to become cashless: The recent monetary experiment has provided an opportunity to focus on India’s non-cash payment infrastructure.

Manipur’s old patterns of violence reignited: As the state prepares for assembly elections, its complex and contested social fabric has once again become a battleground.


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Must Read News Articles – December 19


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Single tribunal to arbitrate inter-State water disputes: The Centre has decided to set up a single, permanent Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-State river water disputes, a step which is aimed at resolving grievances of States in a speedy manner. This body will subsume existing tribunals.

EC seeks end to nameless donations: Seeking to stop financing of election campaigns using black money, the Election Commission has urged the government to amend laws to ban anonymous contributions of Rs. 2,000 and above made to political parties.

Supreme Court wants woman pilot to get permanent wings: Court rejects Centre’s view that Air Force officer has no entitlement to a commission.


Editorial/OPINION


Bridging the learning deficit: Almost five decades after India first formulated its National Education Policy, the Ministry for Human Resource Development appears to be gearing up for another revision to this policy document.


ECONOMY


Double counting of deposits ruled out: RBI data is based on the amount of withdrawn currency that has been returned to the chests.

Point of Sale terminals: How they work: A point-of-sale (POS) terminal is a computerised replacement for a cash register which can process credit and debit cards.


Science and Technology


‘Zika-linked birth defects more severe than thought’: Zika-linked abnormalities that occur in human fetuses are more extensive and severe than previously thought, according to scientists who found that microcephaly is not the most common congenital defect caused by the infection.


Indian Express


No one took notes: Shifting goalposts, changing playing fields: It’s clear the government didn’t think demonetisation through.

Illegal cap: The right to withdraw money cannot be extinguished by demonetisation.

Partial security for farmers: The government’s insurance scheme for agriculture is a major success over earlier schemes. But it remains beset by implementation glitches.

New channel: A single tribunal to adjudicate inter-state river disputes is a step forward, but not sufficient to settle claims and complaints.


Live Mint


Putting firewalls in place for a digital economy: India’s cybersecurity efforts and infrastructure have been sorely lacking thus far.

The many canards surrounding currency swap: Economic commentators should be clear on the monetary economics of the policy. Unfortunately, there has been more obfuscation than enlightenment.

Agriculture a fertile ground for digitization: An all-inclusive digital platform for agriculture sector will help improve yields and meet the growing demand.

The big impact from big data: Data and analytics could provide an injection of transparency and efficiency that spurs commerce and builds more inclusive economies


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Must Read News Articles – December 17


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Note ban: No interim relief from SC: The Supreme Court ordered the setting up of a five-judge Constitution Bench to test the validity of November 8 demonetisation notification and the legality of the government’s implementation of the policy.

Parliament passes Disabilities Bill: The Lok Sabha passed the Disabilities Bill stipulating a jail term of up to two years and a maximum fine of Rs. 5 lakh for discriminating against differently-abled persons.


INTERNATIONAL


BRICS roots for affordable medicines: Trade regimes are important, but must be seen as being subservient to the shared international public health goals.


Editorial/OPINION


Decoding the Fed’s signals: U.S. Federal Reserve’s widely anticipated decision to resume its course of normalisation of monetary policy by raising the benchmark Federal Funds rate by one-quarter of a percentage point has unequivocally signaled that the world’s largest economy is well and truly back on track.


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RBI opposes proposal to set up separate payments regulator: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has opposed a move to establish a separate entity to regulate payments and settlements, a function that is currently under the central bank’s purview.

Centre to keep 50% tax amnesty window open till March 31, 2017: The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), a last-resort tax amnesty scheme that comes into effect from December 17, will allow assessees to disclose previously unaccounted and undeclared income under its ambit till March 31, 2017.


Indian Express


Limits of outrage: Four years after Nirbhaya, police forces remain under-trained, under-staffed, under-paid and under-functioning.


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Must Read News Articles – December 16


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Liquor vends on National, State highways banned:The Supreme Court on Thursday banned States and Union Territories from granting licences for the sale of liquor along National and State highways across the country.

Panel flags ‘slow’ execution of schemes: Flak received from Parliamentary Standing Committee for ‘slow’ implementation of schemes envisaged under the Nirbhaya Fund.

Speed up Vyapam trial, Supreme Court tells CBI: The Supreme Court on Thursday bowed out of hearing the Vyapam scam, and directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete its probe within three months.


INTERNATIONAL


India signals peace on Indus water issue: Conciliatory statement comes after World Bank paused arbitration process. India said there was “no reason” the two countries could not sort out their differences.


Editorial/OPINION


A law for equality: By passing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, the Rajya Sabha has adopted a radically trans-formative piece of legislation that addresses the concerns of arguably the most marginalised section of Indian society.

Death in Aleppo: For too long, we have been a passive society, deaf to Rwanda, Somalia, Syria. Our foreign policy is a piece of empty piety. Maybe Aleppo can be a first step to a more humane India.

Vulnerable in cyberspace: The ‘Legion’ hacks expose the dire state of cybersecurity in India. Frequent data breaches will steadily erode the confidence of Internet users and deter them from using digital gateways.

Rules of an exchange economy: How do we work out the obligations of banks in the post-demonetisation scenario?


ECONOMY


Rupee slips after Fed’s decision: The rupee weakened against the U.S. dollar after the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate, in a widely anticipated move, by 25 basis points.

Include real estate sales and electricity charges in GST: CEA: The sale of land and real estate should be included in the Goods and Services Tax structure, adding that rates should be lower rather than higher as this would help the fight against black money.

Deferred consumption will spur growth: Demonetisation of high-value currency notes will be considered a watershed event in the same manner as the liberalisation of the economy in 1991.


Indian Express


The long-term solution: Knee-jerk reactions can’t give us cleaner air. A slower, evidence-based approach will.


Live Mint


Launching New Delhi-Jakarta bilateral ties anew: Joko Widodo’s visit has marked another step in India’s ‘Act East’ policy of encouraging greater engagement with South-East Asia.

Our failed education policy needs urgent reform: Given the fragile foundation of basic education, the large majority of our workforce cannot be trained for high-skill, high-productivity jobs.


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Must Read News Articles – December 7


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Mongolia seeks support against China’s ‘blockade’: Mongolia has asked for “clear support” from India against a transport-obstruction imposed by China.


Editorial/OPINION


Working with the right numbers: An Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) recently met in Geneva to finalise the categorisation of indicators across the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN Statistical Commission’s 48th session in March 2017 will take it forward.


ECONOMY


Pradhan moots Asian buyers forum to counter OPEC clout: The call comes following a decision to move towards a gas-based economy.


Science and Technology


TIFR discovery challenges theory of superconductivity: A team of researchers has discovered semi-conductivity in bismuth at around -273 C°.


Indian Express


Not Constitutional: Making playing of national anthem mandatory goes against its spirit.

A layman’s lament: Banks charge us for insufficient funds in our accounts, then why can’t we charge them for insufficient cash?


Live Mint


The governance of Reserve Bank of India: If the central bank’s board rubber-stamped the currency exchange decision, it is clear then that RBI’s autonomy has been compromised.

Project Europe moving to a defining year in 2017: A new band of leaders in Europe could potentially change the European Union as it exists today with its common currency and open borders.

Intellectual property vs competition law: The competition cure may well be worse than the patent plague that it was meant to heal.


 

 

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Must Read News Articles of the Day – August 12

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Women MPs pitch for paternity leave : The Rajya Sabha amended the bill doubling the maternity leave for women from existing 12 weeks to 26 weeks. However for women having two or more children, the maternity leave will stay at 12 weeks. But women MPs nowa want paternity leave as “motherhood is not only restricted to women”

Union Territories have their identity, says SC : The administration of Union Territories is by the Central government but that does not mean the Union Territories become merged with the Central government. They are centrally administered but retain their independent entity – Says the Supreme Court of India.

India joins Norway, Canada with longest maternity leave : The Maternity Relief Bill would vault India to the third position in terms of the number of weeks allowed for maternity leave, behind Norway (44 weeks) and Canada (50 weeks). Good news for working women.

International

Russia-Ukraine spar threatens to revive Crimea conflict : Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 following a hastily called referendum, a move that sparked fighting between Russia-backed separatists and government forces in eastern Ukraine. And now as things get heated up, Ukrain has put its combat troops on its border with Crimea

A chance to narrow India-China differences India and China have several differences – right from its assertiveness in South China Sea to its fight at WTO for market economy” status – which USA opposes because of China’s dumping activities. But with the coming visit of Chinese Foreign Minister, common ground has to be reached.

Business

Ministry wants SEZs’ tax sops to continue The GST’s passage offers very less clarity on how the tax sops given to SEZs would change. The Ministry of Commerce wants the tax sops of SEZs to continue.

 

Editorial

From Kandadevi to Kallimedu : The stand-off over Dalits’ claim to participate in the Badrakaliamman temple’s annual festival is part of a pattern. It is high time the rule of law is established and justice prevails.

Turkey talks tough with the EU : Turkeys wants its citizens to have VISA free entry in Europe. Europe wants Turkey to make changes to its counter terrorism law. But after the failed coup, Turkey wants both – no changes to anti terrorism law as well as VISA free entry to EU Nations. Note that Turkey is the only Muslim state to be a part of EU.

Thats all for today folks.