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1.IISc tops national ranking,IIT-Madras comes second.

IIMs come way down on list of 2995 institutions nationwide

The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, has been rated as the top higher educational institution of India across disciplines, as per the first-ever overall ranking of institutions released by the Centre on Monday.

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2.Finally,action on bad loans?

After nearly three years of dithering on the part of the National Democratic Alliance government, there is hope now that we will see action in respect of Indian banks’ bad loans. The Finance Ministry and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have recently sent out signals to the effect that they are determined to take the bull by its horns. If they follow through, read more

3.Welcome assurance.

Help in tackling the backlog of cases could radically improve executive-judiciary relations

The importance of cooperation between the executive and the judiciary in dealing with the unacceptably high number of pending cases in the country cannot be overemphasised.

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4.Ethnic pressures and fragile peace.

It’s a tangled web of problems that faces the new government in Manipur

Even before the news on the fast-paced, controversial developments on the Manipur Assembly election verdict and its outcome — the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forming the government after winning only 21 seats in a 60-member House — could sink in, the crippling blockade of two highways leading to the State, called by the United Naga Council (UNC) last November, ended.

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1. New provision in RTI law endangers lives of applicants
Draft Rules Have No Clauses For Fees Hike, Prescribing Word-limits
A new provision that allows for a RTI case to be closed in the event of death of the applicant has come under criticism from activists who fear that this will encourage attacks on whistleblowers.

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2. Reasons not to believe.
Finance Bill 2017 could end tribunal autonomy and institute tax harassment as the norm
The passage of the Finance Bill 2017 creates history on various counts. Firstly, an ominous broad spectrum legislation encompassing diverse subjects way beyond the limited scope of Article 110 of the Constitution was masqueraded as a Money Bill. Secondly , hiding under cover of the special procedure reserved for passage of Money Bills, the government pushed the Bill by brute majority in the Lok Sabha ignoring the collective wisdom of the Rajya Sabha reflected in its several substantive amendments.

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1.Has Pakistan walked into a Saudi trap?

It’s now official: Pakistan’s much acclaimed former Army Chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif is heading for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to take up command of the yet-to-be-formed and Saudi-led 39-country Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT). The alliance has been variously described by pundits as an Islamic Nato.  read more

2.New order keep factory output at 5-month high.

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