17-03-2017

the hindu
1.Health spending to be 2.5% of GDP.

Centre announces new policy with an ‘assurance’ of health care for all

The Centre cleared the long-awaited National Health Policy 2017, which promises to increase public health spending to 2.5% of GDP in a time-bound manner and guarantees health care services to all Indian citizens, particularly the underprivileged, on Wednesday.

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2.Missing the spirit for the body.

The Central Board of Film Certification, the ‘Censor Board’ to most Indians, has done it again. It has turned down yet another film. This one, Ka Bodyscapes directed by Jayan Cherian, has the distinction of having been viewed thrice by the Board. read more

3.Leaving no one behind.

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) is formulating a Vision 2030 document. This document is coterminous with the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), all 17 of which equally affect persons with disabilities as they do any other citizen.  read more

4.The Governor’s options.

The Sarkaria Commission report spelled them out

The legal challenge of the Congress in the Supreme Court against the BJP’s claim to form the government in Goa brings to fore a vacuum in the Constitution. In the case of a hung legislature,

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1. July 1 date with GST looks set as council clears all bills.

The GST Council on Thursday paved the way for rolling out the new tax regime from July , clearing all legislations required for one of the most ambitious reform measures since Independence.   read more

2. WHY FOSSILS IN INDIA MAY REWRITE THE TREE OF LIFE.

Fossils discovered in Madhya Pradesh -a good 400m years older than the oldest plantlike fossils ever found -suggest that complex organisms appeared earlier than assumed  read more

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1.Much ado over a small rank.

The Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is understandably delighted that the city of Hyderabad has once again topped Indian cities in the Mercer Quality of Living report for 2017.  read more

2.Yet again,banks bite the small fish.

Charges on certain transactions is the banks’ latest wheeze to extract cash from account holders. Consumer activists say this is the beginning of the end of free banking and want banking regulator RBI to intervene.  read more

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