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1.Second Scorpene submarine ready

Khanderi, the second Scorpene submarine under Project-75 being built at Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL) in Mumbai is all set to be launched into water later this week.  read more

2.TB institute warns against use of new drug.

The NITRD fears use of BDQ may cause bacteria to develop resistance and spread in community

Uncertainty continues to shroud the fate of 18-year-old girl suffering from extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB)who is waiting for the drug Bedaquiline (BDQ). The National Institute of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases

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3.The world at a crossroads.

The outlook for 2017 is anything but optimistic, with a sluggish global economy, widening terror footprint, and geopolitical realignments as the U.S., Russia and China jostle for spheres of influence

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4.Respite not reconciliation.

The ceasefire in Syria and the upcoming peace talks in Astana could be the beginning of the long denouement in the war-torn country

The Syrian Arab Army now controls Aleppo, which means that the Syrian government once more is in charge of the main population centres in the country. Opposition armed forces are hemmed in around Damascus and in Idlib, while the Islamic State (IS) still holds the northern city of Raqqa.

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5. A rights bill gone wrong.

The Transgender Persons Bill 2016 is the product of an insincere attempt at lawmaking

A disturbing facet of lawmaking in India is that laws are often drafted without in-depth research, as a result of which they are misinformed and remain paper tigers. Another is that a culture of tokenism prevails regarding pressing social issues, seen most recently in The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016.

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1.Democracy, Diversity, Development
2016 was dominated by their dark sides, can we channel the Force this year?
2016 was witness to dramatic political changes. Everything that seemed improbable, even unthinkable somehow found new ways of manifesting itself, and that too repeatedly .

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2.Release the Data.
If demonetisation is not going as envisaged, Centre must take corrective action
It is over 10 days since the deadline for deposit of demonetised currency notes, but there is still no official estimate of the amount returned. Over the last month, RBI and government have choked the flow of information on important indicators of the demonetisation exercise.

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1.The Island of missed Opportunities.

Workers assemble cars inside the Hyundai Motor India Ltd. plant at Kancheepuram district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.  read more

2.Affordability is key, not country of origin: Goyal

NEW DELHI: Dispelling doubts on the quality of Chinese solar equipment, Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said that India is looking at affordable power and not the country of its origin. India imported solar and photovoltaic cells worth $826 million from China during April-September 2016.

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