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1.EC seeks govt. response on plea to defer Budget.

The poll panel has written to Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha seeking a reply by January 10.

The Election Commission has sought a response from the Centre on petitions for deferring the presentation of the Union Budget in view of the coming Assembly elections in five States.

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2.India-Myanmar border trade hit by blockades.

Apart from highway robberies and rampant extortion by militant outfits, trade has fallen victim to unlawful activities. Shoppers and tourists are reluctant to visit the border towns of Moreh in Manipur and Namphalong in Myanmar as a flash strike can leave them stranded for days. read more

3.Sri Lanka’s next big fight.

Unlike in its successful battle against malaria, the country has a peculiar challenge as it tries combating this disease — establishing a cause

The International Society of Nephrologists (ISN) recently honoured Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena for his “extraordinary contribution” to the fight against Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu).

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4.Health-care data is ailing.

Data pertaining to health care in India, evidence shows, is significantly compromised in terms of its quality, its periodicity and coverage. In addition, “there is a visible discrepancy between the type of information available and what is required by health planners, medical scientists and researchers,” says a recent paper by the Health Team of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi.  read more

5.India, Portugal sign defence agreement.

In a bid to boost joint production and development of niche weapons systems, India and Portugal on Saturday entered into a defence agreement — one of the seven sealed during the Delhi visit of Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa.  read more

6.China setting up highest altitude telescopes close to LAC.

China is setting up the world’s highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in a Tibet prefecture close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India, with a budget of $18.8 million to detect the faintest of echoes resonating from the universe, which may reveal more about the Big Bang theory.  read more

1.Centre to go ahead with Budget on Feb 1.

The government plans to go ahead with the planned presentation of the Union Budget on February 1 arguing that as early as September it had publicly flagged its intention to advance the unveiling of the annual financial statement by a month. read more

2.Hawala operations down 50% since currency ban.

The call traffic between hawala agents in India dropped almost by half post demonetisation, says a recent assessment by the central intelligence agencies.  read more

1.EC yet to take call,budget session from January 31.

NEW DELHI: Parliament’s budget session is set to start from January 31, a day before the budget is likely to be presented, even as the Election Commission sought the Centre’s response to Opposition parties’ objection to the budget being presented days before Assembly polls are slated in five states.  read more

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