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1.No economy for women.

In stark contrast to worldwide trends, women in India are being forced out of the workforce

According to a recent report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), India and Pakistan have the lowest rates of women’s labour force participation in Asia, in sharp contrast to Nepal, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia that have the highest, with richer nations like Singapore,

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2.How to tame our forest fires.

The roots of the crisis lie in the implementation of India’s no-fire forest policy

Come March every year, the print media is filled with reports of fires in the dry deciduous forests of India, particularly in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. This year has been no different. The death of Murigeppa Tammangol, a forest guard who served in Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka, in a forest fire last month, is a sombre reminder of the danger posed by forest fires to our front-line forest staff.

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3.We will seek audit of the fiscal Impact of demonetisation.

The CAG talks about his office’s expanding role, from cricket to the UN, over and above its primary mandate of monitoring government expenditure

At a time when audits are getting complex, governments richer and forms of corruption and maladministration extremely difficult to detect, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has suddenly landed in the midst of unprecedented opportunity and challenge: besides the historic task of keeping a close watch on the Central and State governments, it is now auditing several public-private partnerships (PPP), the UN Headquarters, and is poised to become part of the new cricket dispensation. While holding forth on a variety of subjects, CAG Shashi Kant Sharma stresses the need for federal auditors to play a key role in Goods and Services Tax (GST) reforms. He also reveals that the CAG would soon begin auditing demonetisation and its fallout. Excerpts:

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1. Spread the Net
To radically expand internet access, Trai must make full use of Wi-Fi networks
Internet access can enable Indians to leapfrog stages in develop ment. A good indicator of its growing importance is the promise of free access made by politicians in Uttar Pradesh’s elections ending today . Given this backdrop, telecom regulator Trai needs to be complimented for catalysing a public debate over the last eight months on ways to enhance broadband penetration through wireless fidelity , or Wi-Fi, networks. India’s internet penetration is not only poor with less than 30% of the population having access, it ranks poorly in terms of affordability . These problems can be overcome if Trai creates a conducive environment for internet penetration.

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1.H-1B: ‘India’s concerns conveyed to US Govt on very senior level.

NEW DELHI: The concerns of Indian information technology firms in the wake of the H-1B visa suspension by the US has been raised at a ‘very senior level’ in the US administration, Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday.  read more

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