05-05-2017

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1.Indore is most Swachh city,Gonda the dirtiest.

Indore and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh have emerged as the cleanest cities in the country as per a massive cleanliness survey commissioned by the Union Urban Development Ministry.  read more

2.SC refuses to entertain plea to make Hindi compulsory in schools.

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain a plea to make Hindi language compulsory for school students to promote national unity. read more

3.The long arc to Ankara.

It was a visit which had been in the making for quite some time. But when it eventually happened, few in India and abroad took note of it, with the result that nothing much changed as a consequence.  read more

4.New-look Hamas?

The new political charter of Hamas marks a departure from several of its earlier controversial positions, indicating that the Islamist movement is willing to take a more realistic view of the Israel-Palestine conflict.  read more

5.Different clocks.

Madhya Pradesh has decided to shift its financial year that now runs from April 1 to March 31, to align it with the Gregorian calendar year — that is, January 1 to December 31.  read more

6.A non-state view of Kerala.

The Government of Kerala has just concluded an official celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State’s Legislative Assembly.  read more

7.A push for Advance Care Directives.

In India, the law is not clear as to when a person really dies.  read more

8.The scale of progress,so far.

Agenda 2030, a comprehensive development agenda, was adopted in the United Nations General Assembly by member states on September 25, 2015.  read more

9.Cut corporate tax to 18% remove all incentives: CII.

Broadly backing NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy and Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, new CII president Shobana Kamineni has batted for taxation of agricultural income above a certain threshold, but also pitched for steps including cutting corporate income tax to 18% along with removal of all incentives, to help India achieve a 10%-plus GDP growth by 2019-20.  read more

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1. Kerala's cities fail cleanliness test

In terms of overall cleanliness, sanitation and awareness campaigns, Kerala’s major cities lag far behind other cities in India, according to rankings released by Swachh Survekshan survey 2017 conducted by the Union ministry of urban development, though Suchitwa Mission officials here claimed that the parameters of the survey don’t reflect the state’s far more effective decentralised mode.  read more

2. Centre pushes for quota to SC|STs in promotions

The Centre is moving ahead on the proposal to provide reservation in promotion for SC and ST employees in government jobs with a key official report saying underprivileged sections needed affirmative action.  read more

3. Fingerprint plea no rights breach: SC’

Settling a doubt which has troubled crime investigators for long, the Supreme Court has ruled that asking an accused to give finger or foot prints for investigation purposes did not violate his fundamental right to protect himself from becoming a witness against himself.  read more

4. Centre to replace policy on elderly

The Centre unveiled its plan in the Supreme Court on Wednesday to replace a nearly two-decade old `national policy on older persons’ with new norms that will keep the age uniform across sectors for persons to be counted as senior citizens to avail benefits under the government’s social welfare schemes  read more

5. Doctors Without Frontiers

Online retail is a lot more complicated to deliver than online healthcare. If Mr Ghosh, who makes the best rasagulla in Kolkata, wants to send his fresh product to Bengaluru, he will confront a nightmare in terms of the cold chain logistics of transportation.  read more

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1.Loan defaulters beware:RBI to get more power.
2.OBOR : What is India missing?

India will be conspicuous by its absence at China’s ‘One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Forum’ to be held in Beijing next weekend (May 14–15). The anxieties of India’s power elite, however, remain writ large in media commentaries of senior journalists and former advisors as also in the behaviour of India’s political leaders. read more

3.The cost of a new budget year.

The debate about changing the financial year is back with PM Narendra Modi prodding the states, and Madhya Pradesh already taking the lead. The rationale behind sticking to the colonial April-March financial year has been questioned many times, but all efforts remained unsuccessful until now. read more

4.Tackling stressed loans to be easier.

Does the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, hold the keys for NPA resolution? The government thinks so. Based on RBI’s advice, it will amend Section 35 of the Act, giving more leeway to the regulator in the hope of solving the bad loan mess with renewed vigour. read more

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