the hindu
1.A tale of two Americas.

“Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” — U.S. President Ronald Reagan, speaking in what was then West Berlin, June 12, 1987.

“There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow.” — Theme song to ‘Carousel of Progress’, the longest running stage show at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The show started in 1964 and runs to date.

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2.Green farms and clean air.

The massive pollution cloud enveloping northern India every year is a good example of the disconnect between official policy and ground realities. It has been known for long that burning of agricultural waste in the northern States significantly contributes to the poor air quality in large parts of the Indo-Gangetic Basin, read more

3.Crushed by the cane lobby.

In a move that marks the reversal of a decision made on October 4, the Maharashtra State government has decided to start the sugar cane crushing season from November 5 instead of December 1 as proposed earlier. The decision was made taking into account apprehensions of weight loss due to late harvesting and of ‘poaching’ by millers of neighbouring Karnataka especially from the sugar cane-rich Kolhapur and Sangli belt of western Maharashtra.  read more

4.On Parallel tracks.

In a significant judgment, the Supreme Court last week ruled that contract workers should get the same pay as permanent workers. It held that denial of equal pay for equal work to daily wagers, temporary, casual and contractual employees amounted to “exploitative enslavement, emerging out of a domineering position”. The court also made the philosophical point that denial of the principle of equal pay for equal work is a violation of human dignity.  read more

5.Centre moots registry to vet geospatial data.

The government is developing a national data registry that will require all agencies— state, private and academic — that collect and store geospatial data to share it with the registry. The registry will also serve as a source of “authenticated” information — meaning officials at the Survey of India would vet it for accuracy and see whether it contains information that contravenes national security.  read more

6.Avoid interference:Nepal to India.

Nepal on Wednesday accorded a warm welcome to President Pranab Mukherjee but asserted that India should avoid interfering in the internal issues of the country. Soon upon the arrival of the Indian President, divisions in Nepali politics became evident on the issue of constitutional amendments for the Madhesi people of the plains, even as the visiting President praised the democratic struggle in Nepal and urged his hosts to draft a constitution that would address the “diverse social fabric.”  read more

7.States yet to come up with options for cess on GST.

Multiple slabs, ranging from zero to 26 per cent, with a cess on ultra luxuries and demerit goods in the top-most slab, is the only rate structure for consideration in the GST (Goods & Services Tax) Council, which is scheduled to reconvene for the next round of deliberations on Thursday.  read more

1.’Air pollution behind 1 in 10 under-5 deaths’.

A report by the United Nations Children’s agency, Unicef, released on Monday has confirmed the worst fears of people living in polluted areas -that bad air is contributing to death of many children even before they celebrate their fifth birthday .  read more

2.In a democracy the military should be under political control,but doesn’t have to be under bureaucracy’s thumb.

Diwali 2016 is past us, but has raised important issues of civil-military relations which ging task for are a challenging task for the political leadership of any democracy . They require that respect be exercised for the professional expertise of both sectors and finesse be the guiding principle in tackling divergence of views and contradictions in ambitions of individuals as well as uniformed and nonuniformed entities. The Indian environment is delicately balanced, with the military being in the news due to the challenging prevalent security milieu.  read more

1.Stop Suffocating our children.

On Monday last, Delhi would have become the world’s worst polluted city. Such a speculation is possible because the day after the capital celebrated Diwali, the density of particulate matter in the air dramatically increased.  read more

2.Democracy has to grit it out.

Alexis de Tocqueville, the French philosopher travelled through America in the first half of the 19th Century. In his seminal work ‘Democracy in America’ he writes, read more

3.Say bye to half the wildlife by 2020.
4.Scientists create global impression of human-made CO2.

Based on data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite, scientists have produced the first global maps of human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) ever made solely from satellite observations of the greenhouse gas. read more

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