11-August-2016

the hindu
1.Can filing of routine appeals not stop, SC asks law panel.

“No other Supreme Court presents such an undignified sight,” the Supreme Court quoted former Solicitor-General T.R. Andhyarujina in a judgment to describe its chagrin at its crowded courtrooms  read more

2.Regulating India’s regressive health insurance.

Three quarters of India’s population has no health insurance. Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said in May 2016, read more

3.Deja vu of a new beginning.

On August 4, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre), was sworn in for the second time as Prime Minister of Nepal,  read more

4.Should MPs decide their own salaries?

The decision to increase the salaries of Members of Parliament in India is always met by a public furore and adverse reactions in the media.  read more

5.The postcolonial blind spot.

A Facebook post about “jihad” caught my eye recently. It started with homilies that I found familiar:  read more

6.A question of human rights

We are a group of persons from across the country working with women over several decades around issues of their rights and health.  read more

7.’Baised’ citizenship Bills draws flak from MP.

The Opposition parties, led by the Congress, want the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in July, read more

8.U.S. wants India to step up aid to Kabul.

The U.S. is in favour of India providing greater security assistance to Afghanistan, General John William Nicholson,  read more

9.Cabinet nod for changes to FDI regulations in NBFCs

The Cabinet approved a proposal to amend rules for foreign investment in non-banking finance companies (NBFCs).  read more

10.Centre issues new norms for clearing public-funded schemes.

The Finance Ministry has issued new norms for the appraisal and approval of public-funded schemes as well as to improve the delivery of goods and services to citizens.  read more

tio
1.Govt doubles overtime hours for workers.

Seeking to boost job creation in manufacturing sector and facilitate ease of doing business, the Lok Sabha on Wednesday approved a bill to double the overtime working hours to 100 in a quarter for factory workers. read more

2.It took India 45 years to get close to decriminalising suicide bids.

It took the government 45 years and a failed bid to finally move towards decriminalising  read more

3.In defence of IAS: Elitism is a thing of the past,officers are trained to take the larger view

Young IAS officers join the service with great zeal and enthusiasm. And it’s definitely not the pay scales that definitely not the pay scales that attract them but the platform for action  read more

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1.Penalised for the state’s mistakes.

On the 28th of July 2016, the tribals of Car Nicobar did something they’d never done before —  read more

2.Putin emerges winner again.

It is odd to find ancient enemies addressing endearments to each other but Turkish President Erdogan’s “my dear Vladimir” moment in Russia is understandable in the circumstances. read more

3.India’s amazing bridges are made of living roots.

In the depth of northeastern India, in Meghalaya and Cherappunji one of the wettest places, bridges are’nt built – they are grown.read more

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