05-04-2017

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1. Confusion reigns on CAG audit of GST data.

The crucial question about how and where auditors should get access to GST data continues to hang fire, even as hundreds of CAG auditors are being put through specialised training in anticipation of the implementation of the new tax regime from July 1.  read more

2. My way on the highway.

Decades ago, Lon Fuller, the famous American legal philosopher, coined the term “polycentric problems”. Certain social issues, according to Fuller, involved a complex set of interdependent relationships, where changing one feature could result in unforeseen and far-reaching changes to other features. A polycentric problem was like a spider web, read more

3.The right to recall legislators.

The ancient Athenians, under their unique democracy, came up with a social custom. Each year, in the sixth or seventh month of their 10-month calendar, all the men were asked in their assembly whether they wished to hold an ostracism. If it was a yes, an ostracism was held two months later, in a reserved section of the local agora. read more

4.Youth modern in look,conservative in outlook: Survey.

The survey, jointly conducted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Lokniti, covered 6,122 respondents in the age group of 15-34.

Indian youth are certainly becoming more modern in their appearance and consumption habits, “but their thoughts and views reflect a troubling inclination towards intolerance and conservatism”, says a national survey of their attitudes, anxieties and aspirations, released in New Delhi on Monday.

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1.'Brexit will not help check terrorism'
Why Trump should have invited Modi to Mar-a-Lago before Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Presi dent Trump’s estate at Mar-a-Lago, starting tomorrow, is a welcome development. Clearly, Washington and Beijing have much to discuss.

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2.Applying band aid.
Farm loan waivers treat a mere symptom of agrarian distress and create other complications
What solution do Indian politicians reach for whenever they have a social or economic problem on hand? If it’s not reservations, then it’s a farm loan waiver. Nine years after UPA-1 initiated a nationwide waiver of farm loans to mitigate agrarian distress, they have been resurrected again as a silver bullet to combat stress among farmers ­ Uttar Pradesh government yesterday announced a Rs 36,359 crore farm loan waiver.

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3. 100 feared dead in Syria gas attack.
Govt Blamed, But Military Denies Role
A suspected Syrian government chemical attack killed scores of people, including children, in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday , a monitoring group, medics and rescue workers in the rebel-held area said.

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1.Can Trump tame the dargon?

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to meet US President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago retreat in sunny Palm Beach, Florida, as part of their first summit which starts tomorrow. Trump has faced multiple court injunctions on his executive orders and failed to pass healthcare reforms even in the Republican-dominated Congress.  read more

2.No need to amend law to use ballot papers,says EC.

Amidst the controversies over the functioning of electronic voting machines, poll panel officials have said that there is no need to amend the law to use ballot papers for polling. However, the Election Commission still believes EVMs are a more reliable and safer means to carry out the democratic exercise.  read more

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