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1.Labour code to provide social security cover to all workers.

Centre’s proposal will include self-employed, agricultural workers

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has proposed a labour code which will provide social security cover to the entire workforce in the country, including self-employed and agricultural workers.

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2.A road map for health.

The National Health Policy 2017, which the Centre announced this week after a nudge from the Supreme Court last year, faces the challenging task of ensuring affordable, quality medical care to every citizen. read more

3.Beyond the vote.

Fears that the tide of populism would sweep relentlessly across Europe have been somewhat belied by the result of the election in the Netherlands. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) retained its primacy by winning 33 seats, ahead of Geert Wilders’s anti-European Union, anti-Islam and anti-migrant far-right Party for Freedom (PVV).  read more

4.Supreme Court collegiums reserves final call on judges.

Final Memorandum of Procedure handed over to govt.

The Supreme Court Collegium has handed over the finalised Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) for appointment of judges to the government.

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5.’Assess impact of Make in India plan’.

A Parliamentary panel has sought an assessment of how the government’s Make In India (MII) initiative has helped the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in the country. It also said dedicated measures should be made to ensure that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) promotes the MSME sector.  read more

1. Clash of Nationalisms.
The battle is now properly joined between its inclusionary and exclusionary versions
It may not be the Cold War redux. But a war of world views is in full swing. It isn’t communism versus capitalism; it isn’t old-style fascism versus liberalism. It is an escalating global war between rising forces of nationalist populism and the idea of liberal democracy .

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1.Should we dam the Indus?

We should abrogate all treaties with India. It only understands the stick. Indian Prime Minister Modi wants to make Pakistan a desert.” So declared Irshadullah Khan, the secretary general of the Oxbridge (Oxford and Cambridge) Society’s Islamabad chapter at a recent event in the Pakistani capital.  read more

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