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1.Ken-Betwa river linking project faces new hurdle.

Lack of clarity on the funding pattern in the first ever inter-State river linking project

A new hurdle has come in the way of the marquee Ken-Betwa river interlink project in its terms of financing.

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2.Arms and the region.

It is time to look ahead at the challenges that India’s security planners face in 2017. Spillovers from 2016 and the forthcoming leadership change in the United States will make the environment very challenging in India’s security calculus.   read more

3.J.S. Khehar sworn in as Chief Justice.

Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, was sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of India by President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday.  read more

4.China’s stance on terror self-defeating: India.

New Delhi lwants Beijing to help blacklist Pak-based terror mastermind Masood Azhar.

India on Wednesday said that China is following “double standard” on terrorism and asked Beijing to support its campaign to blacklist Pakistan-based terror mastermind Masood Azhar.

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5.TRAI issues paper on net-neutrality.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Wednesday issued a consultation paper on the issue of net-neutrality as it looked to formulate “final views on policy or regulatory interventions” on the subject.

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6.Mesentery, new human organ.

Irish scientists have recently identified a new human organ that has existed in the digestive system for hundreds of years.  read more

1.Justice Khehar sworn in as CJI.

Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who led the fivejudge constitution bench in the Supreme Court which had struck down the controversial NJAC Act for appointment of judges, was sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of India on Wednesday.   read more

2.Non-binding rules let hotels go scot-free on service tax.
`Advisories Of Consumer Affairs Ministry Falling On Deaf Ears’
Despite the government’s repeated stand that service charge is optional, the fact that eateries across India include this fee in bills of consumers has exposed why central advisories lack bite. Advisories are not binding on the stakeholders and states hardly pay heed to such stands of the Centre.

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3.US `steps in' to resolve Indo-Pak water row

Islamabad: The US administration has initiated the process to resolve the water dispute between India and Pakistan without waiting for a formal invitation, Dawn reported on Tuesday while quoting officials from Washington. read more

4.The Belly of Democracy.
Supreme Court seeks to banish religion and caste from the electoral sphere entirely, improbably
Hard cases, it is said, make bad law. Confronted with such a hard case to determine the deceptively simple interpretation of the pronoun `his’ while laying down the contours of a corrupt electoral practice, the Supreme Court appears to have reached the right result for the wrong reasons. Its judgment, on appeal by a candidate in elections to voters to vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate on the grounds of `his’ religion, race, community, caste or language, prohibits any appeal to the aforementioned facets of any of the candidates or critically, the voters too.This has tremendous implications on the practice of electoral politics.

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5.Services sector contracts for 2nd month on cash crunch: PMI

Reeling under cash crunch, services sector contracted for the second consecutive month in December as the demonetisation move took a heavy toll on business activities and led to the sharpest fall of over three years in new orders, a monthly survey showed on Wednesday . The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey further showed that the business confidence slumped to the third-lowest level in its 11year history , while suggesting that any imminent recovery was unlikely from the demonetisation-triggered downturn.  read more

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