04-October-2016

the hindu
1. SC can't intervene, says centre.

In its review petition filed in the Supreme Court on Saturday, Karnataka said the order to direct the release of water and form the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) was in “violation” of the National Water Policy of 2012, which placed the requirement of drinking water as first priority over needs of irrigation.  read more

2. Vultures thrive in telangana forest.

The increase in the number of vultures, which are under protection in the Bejjur forest range in Telangana, can be attributed to a significant practise — cattle slaughter. . read more

3. In black and white.

The Centre’s move to mop up black money from the economy by giving taxpayers amnesty to declare undisclosed past income by paying tax on it at an effective, slightly high rate of 45 per cent has yielded a surprisingly positive dividend.  read more

4. The elusive peace in Colombia.

Colombia has missed, narrowly, an opportunity to end its five-decade-long civil war. Had a majority of the electorate voted ‘yes’ in Sunday’s referendum on a peace agreement reached between the government of  read more

5. The battle over BT cotton.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) breed controversy like no other. Little wonder then that Monsanto’s much-maligned Bt cotton has spawned the mother of all intellectual property (IP) disputes in India,  read more

6. All about means and ends.

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is not only a pioneering livelihood security programme but also a great example of proactive disclosure of information through its Management Information System (MIS).  read more

7. Centre to amend rules on foreign funding.

The Ministry of Home Affairs is planning to further tighten the noose around NGOs, as it is all set to amend the Foreign Contribution Regulation Rules making it mandatory for all voluntary organisations to have dedicated accounts only in banks with core banking facilities for their real-time access.  read more

8. Has India put to work a plan for peace?

Amid a war of words over the surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) and the arrest of a soldier in Pakistani territory, India may have discussed steps for de-escalation with high-level contacts in Islamabad.  read more

9. Japanese researcher wins Nobel for work on cell recycling.

Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan won the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for his pioneering work on autophagy — a process whereby cells “eat themselves” — which when disrupted can cause Parkinson’s and diabetes.  read more

10 Manufacturing growth slows in sept.

The country’s manufacturing growth has lost momentum with the Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), a measure of manufacturing performance, falling to 52.1 in September from 52.6 in August.  read more

11. The organic farming conundrum.

Reshma religiously mixes cow dung and manure in the soil in her farm, hoping for a better yield at least this time around. Reshma is a 22-year old smallholder farmer in a village outside Hyderabad.  read more

tio
1. India and Pak were initially sceptical of joining SAARC

Calls for regional cooperation among the South Asian countries started even before their independence. In March-April 1947, the Asian Relations Conference was hosted in New Delhi by Jawaharlal Nehru, who at that time was the head of India’s provisional government overseeing the transition of power from the British Raj.   read more

2. So the average Indian can fly: How aviation is being transformed from an elite to a public service.

India’s aviation sector is being rapidly transformed and air travel is becoming indispensable for the general public. India is now the fastest growing major aviation market ­ the number of air passengers has been growing more than 20% year-on-year.  read more

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