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1.North India to get DNA bank for wildlife.

It will aid in research, reduce poaching

North India is all set to get its first DNA bank for wildlife. Scientists at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly are in the process of collecting DNA samples of all wild animals to set up the bank. It is expected to help in research and also in bringing down poaching.

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2.Track to efficiency.

reating a Rail Development Authority for India is among the most significant reforms to an infrastructure system undertaken by the government. The railways connect the country’s far corners and act as a driver of the economy. High rates of economic growth have raised the demand for travel, but this remains largely unmet. read more

3.Hasina to raise water sharing with Modi.

India not hopeful of progress on issue

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will raise the contentious water sharing issues during talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, said Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali. Dhaka sees the honouring of 1971 Army heroes, the “Sommanona ceremony,” as a highlight of her visit, Mr. Ali added.

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4.HCs told to appoint independent public prosecutors in POSCO courts.

The courts are meant for trial in sexual offence cases against children

The Supreme Court on Friday directed High Courts to initiate steps to appoint independent public prosecutors for POCSO courts meant for trial in sexual offence cases against children.

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5.Ken-Betwa link hits green hurdle.

Advisory panel disagrees with forest land allocation, wants canal re-aligned

India’s apex forest advisory body has imposed tough conditions on the Ken-Betwa river interlinking project. Given the ecological and environmental impact posed by the project, it had to pass multiple authorities for clearance. A forest advisory clearance was seen to be the last step before the project was to begin.

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6.Investment rising in equity-linked schemes.

Investment in products like equity-linked savings schemes is on the rise in India, according to a top official.

“India is witnessing a structural shift in savings pattern from physical to financial asset class,” said Milind Barve, managing director, HDFC Asset Management Company.

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7.Work on FTA talks can start after Brexit.

‘We have a lot of ambition. We will continue to make trade deals, including with the EU’

Mark Garnier , United Kingdom’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade was in Mumbai recently as part of a delegation to boost trade and investment in India. As the U.K. begins the process of exiting the European Union, Mr. Garnier spoke about bilateral trade in the new political environment. Among the issues discussed in India were new trade agreements, visa control norms, and ease of doing business. Edited excerpts:

In what way will U.K.’s bilateral trade with India change, now that it has begun the Brexit process?

There is lot of media interest on what Brexit means. We had a vi

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1. Lengthy Slogans, Lousy Research.
Of force and farce: Why progressive UGC regulations have rattled nerves at JNU
In a welcome break from strong-arm tactics at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University , a mainstream political group has now petitio ned the Supreme Court. It has contested, among other things, the constitutional validity of the implementation of the much-maligned 2016 UGC notification.The decision to move the apex court comes in the wake of thin response to continued calls for strikes.

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2.FY from Jan 1: Govt studies anel recommendation.

The government is examining the report of a committee which has recommended change in the financial year starting April 1, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday.  read more

1.Parrikar came,he tried,he left.

That, in short, is the story of Manohar Parrikar’s tenure as the defence minister. Parrikar was hand-picked by Prime Minister Modi. A great deal was expected from him. Most disappointingly, his tenure of 28 months will be remembered more for a plethora of unfulfilled promises rather than for any radical reforms. He had excelled as a state CM but could not deliver at the Centre. Why?  read more

2.Two nations and the Teesta.

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