03-04-2017

the hindu
1.Successive droughts a reason for farmer suicides.

842 deaths reported in 2016-17 in Karnataka; 51 cases in the last three months

Thirty-year-old Prakash, a farmer from T. Malligere in Mandya district, committed suicide by hanging himself on March 17, a day after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah presented the Rs. 1.86 lakh crore State Budget. Prakash’s mother filed a police complaint stating that “upset over the Budget not specifying anything on farm loan waiver, he had ended his life”.

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2.Centre may remove cap on parent maintenance.

At present, children need not pay more than ₹10,000

The government is mulling bringing legislative changes to remove the monthly ceiling of ₹10,000 on the maintenance paid by children to parents and introduce a rating mechanism for organisations providing home care services to the elderly.

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3.Sharpen the focus on growth.

If there has to be investment resurgence, it is necessary to create the climate which promotes this faith

Now that the dust and din around the State Assembly elections have settled down, it is time for policymakers to turn their attention to the major task of accelerating economic growth. As of now the prospects are not encouraging.

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4.Wine and whimper.

When courts clarify earlier orders, the understanding is that they would have considered more facts, applied better reasoning, and foreseen later eventualities. But when the Supreme Court last week confirmed its December order on banning sale of liquor near National and State highways,  read more

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1. Niti Aayog opens door to pvt sector experts.

Niti Aayog is throwing open the doors for private sector experts to join the government think tank at all levels, including at the secretary rank.   read more

2. NIIF: Govt in advanced talks with entities for investment

Economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das on Sunday said the NIIF is in advanced talks with various multilateral agencies and sovereign wealth funds for equity participation and expressed hope that it should materialise soon.  read more

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1.Aadhaar: the great identity crisis.

NEW DELHI: After the government blacklisted Ranchi-based Aadhaar enrolment agency that had inadvertently leaked details of former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, questions are being raised on selection of domestic and international players for the game-changing yet tricky unique identification programme that involves security and privacy concerns.  read more

2.Bio-mass may power rural kitchens.
3.’Affordable homes: lip service so far.

The country is in desperate need of affordable housing, and the government is aware of it. National Housing Bank (NHB) and private estimates suggest the shortage of homes is around 18.66 million. Of these, the overwhelming shortage – 17.84 million units – is staring at the face of the poor and economically weak. The middle classes have a ‘manageable’ shortage of just 8.2 lakh units.  read more

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