09-01-2017

the hindu
1.Aadhaar must for MGNREGS work.

From April 1, workers in rural areas enrolled under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), which mandates 100 days of work for a household a year, must have an Aadhaar card.  read more

2.Revisiting a passage from India.

The challenge before India lies in the way it taps its widespread diaspora’s financial and intellectual capital. For this it needs to adopt a wise, pro-active, secular, non-jingoistic tone

January 9 commemorates the day Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa in 1915, after honing satyagraha, or peaceful protest, against the colonial and racist regime there.

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3.The slowing economy.

That India’s economic momentum has slowed down is now beyond doubt. Advance GDP estimates and gross value added (GVA) for the current fiscal year from the Central Statistics Office clearly reveal the extent of the slowdown.  read more

4.Unclogging the cities.

The move to make New Delhi’s iconic Connaught Place a pedestrian zone from February, and keep out cars and other vehicles from its middle and inner circle roads, during a three-month trial programme is an inspiring attempt to reconquer public space. Urban design in India is the preserve of State governments and local bodies,  read more

5.Time for a political solution.

Two years after the national unity government took power on the promise of reform and change, the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe combine needs to recover the earlier momentum

Two years after Sri Lankans made an emphatic point by voting for change, which President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe personified at that time, the national unity government they brought to power seems trapped in the politics of survival.

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6.Looking towards a greener future.

India’s green bond market has witnessed many milestones, but its full potential remains untapped

Green bonds, which finance environmentally friendly businesses and assets, have emerged as one of the key financing mechanisms driving the global economy’s transition to a greener future.

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7.SC wants paper trail in EVM for fair poll.

Directs EC to give deadline for implementing VVPAT for poll transparency

Even as five States go to the polls, the Supreme Court has reiterated the necessity to implement the Vote Verifier Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in electronic voting machines (EVMs) to ensure 100 per cent transparency in elections.

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8.Diaspora will help improve ties, Portuguese PM.

The Indian diaspora, which is well integrated in Portugal and contributing to the nation’s development, is willing to help improve ties between the two countries, Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa said at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on Sunday. read more

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1.India offers Akash missile to Vietnam

India is now discussing the possible sale of the indigenously-developed Akash surface-to-air missile systems to Vietnam, even as the two countries steadily crank up their bilateral military ties with a watchful eye on a confrontational China in the Asia-Pacific region. read more

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1.GDP estimates, guesstimates,assumptions and growth playbook.

The impact of politics and policies on any economy is reflected in the primary indicator, the gross domestic product. Data on GDP reflects the health of the economy and is critical to script the playbook for growth and future plans for development.  read more

2.Housing for All needs more direct measures to become a reality

HYDERABAD: While the Central Government is providing sops in various ways through Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) to encourage low cost housing, home buyers and realtors urge government to provide the sops and incentives directly to the home buyer instead of routing them through state governments, for making it more efficient.  read more

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