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1. HIV patients unhappy with Bill.

Obligation on State governments to provide treatment ‘as far as possible’

The long-awaited HIV Bill, a crucial public health legislation guaranteeing equal rights to India’s HIV community, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. India’s HIV community, however, confessed itself ‘disappointed’ as the Bill places an obligation on the State governments to provide treatment “as far as possible”, making it weak and open to interpretation.

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2.What goes around must come around.

Wastewater management receives too little social or political attention

Wastewater is often an afterthought — flushed and forgotten — whether from household or commercial use. We may not know where wastewater ends up and we’re not too troubled by the mystery, just so long as it’s gone.

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3.Bringing banks to the people.

Enterprising people who try to make finance inclusive

In January 2016, I was on an assignment to cover the Jagriti Yatra, a two-week train journey across India where young, budding social entrepreneurs are introduced to successful ones.

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4.To eschew isolationism

G20 states must play by the multilateral rule book even when President Trump regards trade as a zero-sum game

Given Donald Trump’s election to the White House, it was perhaps inevitable that the G20 meeting of finance ministers would end in an impasse.

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5.Indian slips in human development index.

Among SAARC nations, it’s third behind Sri Lanka, Maldives

India slipped down one place from 130 to 131 among the 188 countries ranked in terms of human development, says the 2016 Human Development Report (HDR) released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday.

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6.Note ban to cut banks’ costs.

A bank incurs about ₹65 on a manual cash transaction, while on a mobile it is ₹2

Demonetisation will start showing positive results on the banks’ bottomlines in the coming years as operating costs decline, said Arun Tiwari, chairman and managing director of the public-sector Union Bank of India.

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1. Building A Healthy India.

Over the last decade, India has made noteworthy strides in health. We built an extensive, sophisticated system to deliver multiple doses of polio vaccine to every child in this vast country, eradicating the disease. Nationwide, our infant and maternal mortality rates have declined by more than one-third. read more

1.Is Donald China’s Trump card?

As the White House hosted two rather lukewarm and awkward summits between US President Donald Trump and leaders of the two closest American allies, UK’s Theresa May and Germany’s Angela Merkel, Beijing this month hosted two warm and lavish visits for leaders from two other close US allies—Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And starting today,  read more

2.Aadhaar to be made mandatory for bank accounts,PAN card.

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitely moved a number of amendments to the Finance Bill for consideration and passage in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, which included making Aadhar mandatory for bank accounts, PAN cards and filing of income tax returns.  read more

3.Indus Water Treaty as it stands today.

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