01-04-2017

the hindu
1.Transcending democracy beyond elections.

The argument that people are gullible or that they always make the right electoral choices is simplistic

There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies… And this seems to be the final revolution. — Aldous Huxley, 1961.

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2.Connected by air.

Six months from now, 43 cities will be mainstreamed on India’s flight connectivity grid, an outcome of the Udan scheme launched to spur regional flights covering distances up to 800 km. These include a dozen airports where limited but irregular flights operate, and as many as 31 destinations that are not connected at all despite the existence of airport facilities. read more

3.Sharpening a pro-choice debate

The Treatment of Terminally Ill Patients Bill is a good point to take the euthanasia-related debate forward

The introduction of a Bill in Parliament to govern end-of-life medical care appears to have been missed in all the din of political developments. Tabled by MP Baijayant Panda, the Treatment of Terminally Ill Patients Bill,

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1. Hartal can never be unconstitutional: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL which alleged that political organisations were resorting to hartals to hoodwink repeated judicial pronouncements banning strike and bandh calls which paralysed normal life.   read more

2. Thermal plants must meet emission norms, says govt.

Sending a strong message to coal-based power plants across the country , the environment ministry has made it clear that it will neither dilute the emission norms for thermal power plants, as notified on December 7, 2015, to minimise air pollution, nor relax deadline for implementation of the stricter standards.  read more

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1.GST Council nod for draft rules.

NEW DELHI: The 13th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting on Friday approved the drafts of four sets of rules and finalised five others, even as the industry sought more time to understand the rules first before they get implemented.   read more

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