12-01-2017

the hindu
1.Hope island becomes graveyard for Olive Ridleys.

Mechanised fishing boats are dealing the turtles a mortal blow as they come to breed

Carcasses of Olive Ridley turtles are washing ashore on Hope Island’s beaches here, indicating that the breeding cycle of the endangered species has been dealt a severe blow this year by mechanised fishing boats.

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2.Missing the Asian tailwind?

India should review relations with neighbours, focus on the economy and join the One Belt, One Road to shape the ‘Asian Century’

There has been a tectonic shift in the global geopolitical economy, to which powers such as the U.S., China and Russia have responded.

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3.The Champaran example

Gandhi’s movement, a century ago, was a political campaign operating in a more hostile environment than today’s. Yet it brought lasting reform without alienating the opposition

That 2016 was a year of divisiveness and destructive politics is no overstatement.

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4.Elections are not a referendum.

The reduction of Assembly elections to a referendum diminishes the political competence of voters to decide what sort of a government they wish to be ruled by

A flurry of speculation erupted the very moment the Election Commission announced Assembly elections in five States: Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Goa and Uttarakhand. Will the electoral outcome reflect confidence or the lack thereof in State governments and/or the viability of opposition politics? Or can election results,

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5.Fifty days later.

The first 50 days up, it was expected that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would shed secrecy and publicise the achievements of the demonetisation exercise. Escalation in the war against black money and corruption seemed imminent. The country waited for another 1991 moment, when, following a crisis, Manmohan Singh had meticulously steered the economy on to a new trajectory.

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6.Kenya for enhanced ties with India

Kenya on Wednesday staked claim for Africa to a seat at the proposed expanded UN Security Council, even as it supported India’s campaign for U.N. reform.

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1.India, US sign pact on cyber security.

India and the US have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for close cooperation and exchange of information pertaining to cyber security. read more

2.India, Kenya to focus on defence, security: PM

India and Kenya on Wednesday held high-level dis cussions on common issues and agreed to focus on opera tionalisation of bilateral defen ce cooperation. read more

3.Deciding tax relief is govt's domain: SC

Political parties will continue to enjoy income tax exemption for the funds they collect as the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that there is no illegality in the exception made to keep parties out of the tax net.  read more

4.Break the Cycle of Mediocrity.
ndia is getting serious on physical infrastructure, time to get serious on higher education
Two global rankings of the institutions of higher education are closely followed every year by education watchers: The Times Higher Education World University Ranking and FT Top 100 Business Schools. Each year the rankings stand testimony to the mediocrity of the institutions of higher education in India.

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1.Obama’s tryst with dragon.

No other relationship is perhaps more consequential than the one between the United States and China. The curious dynamics between a US on relative decline and an ascendant China has caught the attention of policymakers and scholars alike. What has been the result of Obama’s rebalancing strategy that in many ways is seen to be targeted towards containing China? As Donald Trump takes over the reins of power, uncertainties surround political predictions on what course the USChina relations will take..  read more

2.Mystery illiness blights Andhra’s fertile triangle.

It’s often called the Konaseema of north coastal Andhra Pradesh for its fertility, but the Uddanam region in Srikakulam district has been in the grip of mysterious and chronic kidney diseases for the last two decades. Mysterious, because no one knows for sure their causes, though over 4,500 people have died in the last decade alone and nearly 40,000 are suffering even as we write.   read more

3.More jobs,skill development,tax reforms top government agenda.

NEW DELHI: An internal appraisal report of the 12th five-year Plan recommends that the government create more jobs, push skill development and infrastructure, simplify labour laws and land acquisition,  read more

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