16-03-2017

the hindu
1. Crimes of apartheid.

A new UN report should strengthen the global consensus against Israeli policy

Apartheid is a powerful word, with evocations of the South African experience and with implications of crimes against humanity.

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2. It’s complicated.

Until Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan started a high-voltage campaign for next month’s referendum on constitutional reforms that give him more powers, relations between Ankara and the European Union were relatively stable, read more

3. An exit from Brexit?

A second independence referendum for Scotland would open up a new bunch of questions

In early March, British Prime Minister Theresa May took to the stage in Glasgow to address a gathering of Scottish Conservatives as talk of a potential second Scottish referendum gathered pace. Mrs. May adopted a strategy of attack: lambasting the Scottish National Party (SNP) for “tunnel vision nationalism”, including in its approach to the EU referendum.

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4. A lost opportunity.

How the Maternity Benefit Bill fails to enable gender parity

On March 9, a day after International Women’s Day, Parliament cleared the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill. Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya called it his “humble gift to women.”

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5. Centre unveils plan for export infra.

The Rs. 600 crore-scheme is aimed at strengthening India’s trade competitiveness

The Centre on Wednesday unveiled a scheme to create export-related infrastructure and boost the competitiveness of India’s shipments.

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6. India hosts world’s oldest algae fossil.

New find in the Chitrakoot region of U.P. and M.P. may rewrite evolution timeline

Scientists in India have uncovered a pair of 1.6 billion-year-old fossils that appear to contain red algae, which may be the oldest plant-like life discovered on Earth.

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1. Union cabinet nod for national healthcare policy.

The Union cabinet cleared on Wednesday the National Health Policy which puts forward a concrete framework for universal healthcare and suggests policy directives to make free drugs and diagnostic facilities available across the country besides involving the private sector to make the services widely available, sources said.  read more

2. Quality of life' survey: No Indian city in top 100

Not one Indian megacity has found place in the top 100 list of cities worldwide on “quality of life“ parameters. Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi appear below 150 among 231 cities globally ranked by the 19th Quality of Living survey of consulting firm, Mercer.  read more

3. Indian eco to pick up once impact of note ban fades: IMF

India’s economic growth is expected to pick up once the effects of cash shortages linked to the currency exchange initiative fade, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.  read more

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1. How to take on a sensible terrorist.

After a failed attempt on the life of the then British PM Margaret Thatcher, the Irish Republican Army sent her an unnerving message: “You need to be lucky all the time, we need to be lucky once”. Thatcher lived a full life of 87 years and the IRA is almost history now. But the spine-chilling threat conveyed through this missive still haunts security agencies across the world, albeit in a changed context. With the new phenomenon of religious terrorism armed with lone wolves, this threat holds truer in present times.  read more

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