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1.India to attend Lahore meet on Indus Water Treaty.

World Bank officials play mediator in two months of diplomatic negotiations

Signalling a major shift in its position on talks with Pakistan on the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), India has accepted an invitation to attend the next meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) to be held in Lahore in March, various sources confirmed to The Hindu .

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2.Are our campuses under siege?

The political party in power has failed miserably to address the issues concerning people. It has weakened democratic institutions which has led to restlessness. It is also a fact that neo-liberal economic forces and rightist forces led by the BJP-RSS combine are interested in turning India into a surveillance society. read more

3.The right to choice.

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill of 2014 relaxes the legal limit for abortion

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court declined a woman’s plea to abort her 26-week-old foetus detected with Down’s Syndrome. Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves argued that it was the woman’s constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy.

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4.Campaigning on a budget.

To keep election expenditure transparent and in check, the executive-legislature dynamic must be addressed

There is a considerable body of thinking in India that political funding is the nodal centre of unaccounted and illicit money transfers, and is the primary cause of corruption of the body politic.

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1.Bank consolidation takes back seat on rising NPAs

Mounting nonperforming assets (NPAs) have pushed the government’s plan for consolidation of public sector banks on the back burner after it managed to get State Bank of India to take charge of its five subsidiaries.   read more

1.When data speaks in different tongues.

The Central Statistics Office is once again hammered for turning in good statistics. The December quarter GDP growth, at 7 per cent, was lower than the September quarter’s 7.4 per cent, but that’s not why economists are upset. read more

2.GST Bill may make peak tax rate 40%.

NEW DELHI: The goods and services tax (GST) Council, which is scheduled to meet on March 4-5, is likely to firm up on a proposal to raise the peak tax rate to 40 percent, from the current 14 percent,  read more

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