19-04-2017

the hindu
1. Met dept. expects a ‘normal’ monsoon but doubts loom.

India is likely to get ‘normal’ monsoon rains, according to the first official forecast of the season by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).  read more

2. Lonely and disinterested.

Picture this: China is steadily increasing its geostrategic presence in South, Central and West Asia; there is a China-Russia-Pakistan axis on the rise in Southern Asia. read more

3. After the referendum.

Turkey is a fundamentally divided society. The vote this weekend over a referendum to give the President additional powers and a longer term, showed the extent of Turkey’s divisions.  read more

4. Equity in debt.

The advice of the expert committee to review the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act of 2003 requires attention, given India’s track record.  read more

5. Centre promises election reforms.

The Union government told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that it had constituted a task force to frame a road map for implementation of the Law Commission’s recommendations on decriminalisation of politics.  read more

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1. India to be largest country to roll out child-friendly TB drugs.

Seven years after the World Health Organisation (WHO) approved guidelines to treat tuberculosis in children, India will become the largest country globally to roll out the world’s first easily-dissolvable and flavoured TB drugs. read more

2. Mind Our Language

On the face of it, latest utterances by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar and by President Pranab Mukherjee sound good, in any language. Javade kar seems to have nudged the University Grants Commission (UGC) into making amends for the non-inclusion ­ `exclusion’ being such an overbearingly nasty word ­ of academic journals written in non-English Indian languages in the UGC’s approved list of publications.  read more

3. Digital gains after note ban overstated, shows RBI data.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data shows that Niti Aayog overstated digital transaction volume and value gains, which have not even doubled across a range of digital channels in March 2017 as compared to October, the month prior to demonetisation.  read more

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1.North Korea the new game changer.

North Korea celebrated the 105th birth anniversary of its founding president Kim Il-sung last Saturday.  read more

2.IMF asks India to go for labour market reforms.

In its World Economic Outlook 2017 report released on Tuesday, the IMF has suggested that India focus on reducing labour and product market rigidities.  read more

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