15-02-2017

1. Weather officials to study possible emergence of El Nino. Meteorologists are likely to review the threat to the Indian monsoon from a possible El Nino. Scientists from the India Meteorological Department, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and the Ministry of Earth Sciences are expected to meet in Pune later this week to analyse a 

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14-02-2017

1. Swimming out of a numerical soup. In a reasoned and realistic Budget, the Finance Minister missed a couple of tricks while reducing the income tax rate for the first slab and the corporate tax rate for small companies Several commentators have remarked that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s budget for 2017-18 lacks much fizz. But 

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13-02-2017

1.Solar power breaks a price barrier. In another barrier-breaking development, the auctioned price of solar photovoltaic (SPV) power per kilowatt hour has dropped below ₹3 to ₹2.97 in Madhya Pradesh, providing a clear pointer to the future course of renewable energy. The levellised tariff — factoring in a small annual increase for a given period 

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12-02-2017

1.India’s own interceptor missile soars high. An indigenously developed interceptor missile on Saturday successfully destroyed an incoming ballistic missile in a direct hit, demonstrating the capability of India’s Ballistic Missile Shield (BMD), which is under development.  read more 2.Health stories from rural India. Using a combination of narratives, science and data, An Atlas of Rural 

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11-02-2017

1.Looking beyond our own species. Tamil Nadu’s new jallikattu law presents complex constitutional issues on how we treat animals. It raises more questions than answers, some of which are likely to be at the core of the Supreme Court’s consideration Do animals have rights? If so, how are these rights to be administered, and against 

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10-02-2017

1. The temptation to go viral. The Good Samaritan law has not sufficed to create the confidence it takes to act in an accident scene like the one witnessed in Koppal. The reluctance to do something is habitually guided by apprehension Newspapers recently published a story about a young man who lay bleeding on a 

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09-02-2017

1.Growing insecurity in Afghanistan. Tuesday’s blast near the Supreme Court premises in Kabul that left at least 20 people dead, underscores the growing insecurity in Afghanistan. The suicide attack once again reveals the capability of terrorist outfits in Afghanistan to target even the most secure places in the national capital.  read more 2.Enterprise as an 

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08-02-2017

1. ‘1892 Cauvery pact an unequal bargain’. It can claim no validity after birth of Indian Constitution, Karnataka counsel tells Supreme Court The 1892 agreement between the erstwhile Mysore and Madras Governments was an “unconscionable bargain” to share the Cauvery river water, Karnataka told the Supreme Court on Tuesday. read more 2. ‘Can’t lay down 

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07-02-2017

1. What ‘America First’ means for India. India is not on top of the mind for U.S. President Donald Trump. As he opens multiple battlefronts, domestically and internationally, the onus is on India to catch the attention of the new administration read more 2. Rewiring the WTO. Growing disenchantment with the existing model of globalisation 

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06-02-2017

1. Aadhaar linkage to school subsidy schemes worries HRD Ministry. The HRD Ministry official was responding to the Cabinet Secretariat’s directive in November. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has expressed concern over the Centre’s push to link the Aadhaar number with subsidy schemes related to school education. read more 2.In ISRO’s launch of 104 

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