02-01-2017

the hindu
1.Cold wave sweeps North India.

Mild snowfall in high-altitude areas of Himachal; road and rail traffic hit in Punjab, Haryana

Cold weather continued to grip parts of North India on Sunday and a blanket of fog enveloped several areas of the region affecting road and rail traffic.

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2.Not just about a quota.

We need to educate children in schools about caste, ethnic, gender and regional diversities and have public policy interventions to make society more equal and fair

Should jobs, schools, and universities promote diversity with reservations or quotas? This question has long evoked strong and passionate responses. People come to the debate with preconceived ideas and stands, and rarely change their minds. As a result, India is left with little consensus on the reasons for reservations and whether or not reservation is a useful policy.

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3.Playing the angles, with Russia.

If Donald Trump succeeds in what Barack Obama failed to do, which is resetting ties with an aggressive Russia, it could trigger a cascade of geostrategic realignments across the world

John Kerry, U.S Secretary of State, and his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, met 14 times and spoke on the phone numerous times in 2016 as both countries sought to work together

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4. ‘Demonetisation alters economy recovery path’.

The move must be backed by follow-up measures so that there’s no return to an era of inspectors and tax terrorism

The Centre’s demonetisation move has hurt private consumption and impacted sectors such as real estate, automobiles and FMCG, which in turn has altered the economy’s recovery path in the short-term, economists said.

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1.Niti Aayog At Two.
It is performing vital functions that are fundamentally different from the Planning Commission

Niti Aayog turned two years old yesterday. The anniversary offers an opportunity to reflect on how the new institution differs from its predecessor, the Planning Commission, and what functions it performs.Two key activities of the Planning Commission had been to prepare and implement the Five Year Plans and to allocate financial resources to states.Neither of these activities forms a part of the mandate of Niti Aayog. The Twelfth Five Year Plan, which will conclude on March 31 this year, will be India’s last Five Year Plan.

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1.Time to hold the RBI to account .

The November 8 decision to withdraw currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 has turned into a full-fledged political battle which will run on and attract headlines well into the new year. But while the blame for the mismanagement that has followed the withdrawal of 86 per cent of currency has been placed largely at New Delhi’s doors, it is important not to overlook the role of the one institution that is constitutionally charged with the responsibility of managing the currency of the nation—the Reserve Bank of India. read more

2.Time to amend the sports code bill.

The Indian Olympic Association is embroiled in a mess that could have been easily avoided. It unnecessarily elevated Commonwealth Games scam-tainted former IOA chief Suresh Kalmadi and former president Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents without consulting any of the members of its governing house. Worse still is its argument that Kalmadi was honoured because of his ‘valuable’ 12-year tenure. Interestingly, Chautala doesn’t even fit this bill. After he became president in 2012, the IOA was suspended by the International Olympic Council for lack of ‘  read more

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