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1.EC must consider state funding of polls: Nirmala.

Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Election Commission of India (ECI) needs to look into the proposal for state funding of elections to combat the influence of cash and black money in them.  read more

2.Making of a legislative court.

The Supreme Court order on the national anthem relies exclusively on Fundamental Duties. This is not a coincidence as it closely follows the spirit of the Emergency-era 42nd amendment read more

3.Right vs far right in France.

French President François Hollande’s decision to not make a bid for a second term in office is unsurprising. In the last leg of a term marred by economic uncertainty, high unemployment rates, workers’ strikes, infighting within the ruling party and personal scandal, Mr. Hollande’s approval ratings are abysmally low — as low as 4 per cent in some polls. Moreover, several former cabinet colleagues have said they would run against him in the Socialist Party primaries. It would have been humiliating for a sitting President to go through the primaries to win party nomination.  read more

4.Modi, Ghani to discuss terror, defence.

Terrorism, trade and defence assistance will be on the top of the agenda as Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani here this weekend, which will also see a fresh focus on India’s plans to develop the Chabahar port in Iran for trade to Afghanistan.  read more

1.Time for vocational education: introduce hands-on alternate skills starting with Class XI in school

A large part of our population is young and will in the next few years seek employment.em are at a Many of them are at a crossroads today, trying to find answers to what they want to or what they can do in their careers. It is imperative that every individual be equipped with at least a skill such that they can earn their livelihood and contribute within their families. And in order to do that they need to be made aware of all possible options available to them.   read more

2.Govt may lower stamp duty, says Panagariya

Tightening the noose further around black economy , the government may abolish discretionary powers of tax officers in deciding liabilities for evasion, said NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya.

He also hinted that stamp duty for real estate dealings may be eased with a possible rise in on-the-book property deals in the wake of the ongoing crackdown on unaccounted wealth.

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1.Heart of Asia summit to focus on Afghanistan.

AMRITSAR : The two-day Heart of Asia summit will begin here on Saturday with the focus on stabilising war-ravaged Afghanistan. With External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj  indisposed, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will represent India in the group’s sixth ministerial conference.  read more

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