15-03-2017

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1.On computing ability,rural India is lost in the woods.

Just 8.8% of population can use PCs, smartphones: study

The ability to use computers remains low in the country, in spite of campaigns for digitalisation, an analysis of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data reveals.

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2.Reflections on the election of our time.

The Uttar Pradesh election results are like a riddle wrapped in an enigma. The sheer scale of the victory, the arithmetic, shows it was a tsunami that no one had predicted. read more

3.Lok Sabha clears amended Enemy Property Bill.

Approves changes introduced in the Rajya Sabha last week

Heirs of those who migrated to Pakistan and China during Partition will have no claim over the properties left behind in India, with Parliament on Tuesday passing a Bill to amend a 49-year-old law.

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4.Food and fuel prices spur acceleration in inflation.

CPI inflation quickens to 3.65%, WPI-based figure hits 39-month high of 6.55%

Retail and wholesale price inflation accelerated in February, spurred by food and fuel prices, vindicating the Reserve Bank of India’s decision to change its monetary stance to “neutral” amid concerns about the “persistence” of price gains in categories excluding food and fuel.

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1. SC collegium paves way for peace with govt
Ends Impasse, Fixes Norms For Judicial Postings
Overcoming serious differences within as well as with the Centre, the Supreme Court collegium has finalised the memorandum of procedure (MoP) for appointment of judges to constitutional courts which had become a bone of contention between the executive and the judiciary for more than a year.

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2. Bill moots single tribunal for river water disputes.
Proposes Data Collection System For Each River Basin
The government on Tuesday introduced a bill in Lok Sabha, seeking to speed up the inter-state river water dispute resolution process by setting up a single permanent tribunal whose order will be final and binding on the states.

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3. Parliament passes enemy property bill.

Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016, which denies inheritance rights to heirs of individuals who left the country for Pakistan and China, completing the process after Rajya Sabha gave its assent to the long pending legislation last week. The amendment was neces sitated by the claim made by the Raja of Mahmudabad of Uttar Pradesh on properties belonging to his father which were declared enemy property and seized by the government of India following partition.  read more

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1.The Haughty Bank of India.

The late Savak Tarpore, regarded by many as one of the greatest central bankers of India, once put on an old, torn shirt and walked into a bank branch in South Mumbai to check for himself the quality of service offered across bank counters.  read more

2.Parliamentary nod to Enemy Property Bill.
3.Inflation up on food,fuel prices.

NEW DELHI: High cost of food and fuel items pushed inflation up by 6.55 per cent based on wholesale prices in February — a 39-month high. Consumer price index-based inflation too rose to a four-month high of 3.65 per cent, as remonetisation  pace picked up pace and spurred consumption demand, after touching a multi-year low of 3.17 per cent in January “However, the sharp correction in crude oil prices witnessed over the past week would douse minerals inflation in March 2017, restraining headline wholesale price index-based (WPI) inflation at around six per cent in that month,” says Aditi Nayar, principal economist, ICRA.  read more

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