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1.Jallikattu ban to stay as Supreme Court refuses to be hurried into judgment.

Bench terms plea for verdict “unfair” as drafting is under way

The Supreme Court refused to be hurried into pronouncing its verdict on a government notification allowing the bull taming sport, jallikattu, before Pongal on Saturday.

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2.Review RTE Act: NitiAayog.

he Niti Aayog has called for a review of the provisions of the Right To Education Act that stipulate that children who don’t perform well cannot be held back up to class VIII. It said the good intention behind the norm is detrimental to the learning process. read more

3.The city’s bleak future.

Unless citizens are motivated to live in ways not imagined before, the death of Indian cities will be rapid

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4.Haksar and the Padma Vibhushan.

The humility with which P.N. Haksar, Indira Gandhi’s go-to man, declined the award is in stark contrast to the intense lobbying the Padmas generate nowadays

It is that time of the year again, the time when lobbying for the Padma awards is at its peak. I can testify from personal experience how sickening this can get. Perfectly normal, nice, talented and capable people from different walks of life would petition me to put in a word for a Padma Shri or a Padma Bhushan. Some with an exaggerated notion of my influence would even ask me to put in a word for a Padma Vibhushan.

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5.Strategic partnership Really?

Bilateral relations coast on diplomatic niceties and joint statements invariably use flowery language to describe relationships in the best possible terms. Nevertheless, India’s decisions over the past two decades to upgrade more than 30 of its bilateral relationships to “strategic partnerships” is excessive. While there may be many ways to parse the term,  read more

6.Industrial output at 4-year high of 5.7% in November.

Industrial output expanded by 5.7 per cent, the fastest pace in more than four years, largely on account of a low base effect, government data showed.  read more

1.De-Modi-fying Discourse.

Public debate from demonetisation to digital economy to surgical strikes against terrorist camps across the LoC is centred on one man ­ Narendra Modi. Not only is the Prime Minister placed at the centre of it all, he places himself at the centre as well.   read more

2.SC rejects plea on jallikattu.

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea urging it to pass judgment on Jallikattu before the harvest festival of Pongal on Saturday . A bench told a group of lawyers, who requested for the verdict, that it is unfair to ask the bench to pass an order.  read more

India Outperforms China, Other Major Economies | Q4 Growth At 7.9%  read more

1.The great corridor game.

Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ preoccupation is making the Chinese accelerate President Xi Jinping’s grand vision, the ‘One Belt One Road’ (OBOR) project. The initiative was launched in 2013 and it might take a few decades, if not more, for the Chinese to complete the project.  read more

2.How far can govt threats go?

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s threat has worked. International online retailer Amazon has withdrawn doormats that depict the Indian tricolour from its portal. The product was available internationally from an Amazon merchant in Canada.  read more

3.Reserve Bank’s reputation at risk.

The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) institutional identity, authority and autonomy have come under sharp focus once again. At least three former central bank governors have expressed fear that the RBI was being bulldozed, and its roles and responsibilities diluted. read more

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