23-11-2016

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1.Balamuralikrishna, versatile maestro, passes away.

Carnatic vocalist, playback singer and composer Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna, who arrived in the world of music as a child prodigy, died here on Tuesday. He was 86 and is survived by his wife, three sons and three daughters.  read more

2.Agni-I missile test-fired.

The strategic missile, Agni-I, was test-fired at 10.08 a.m. on Tuesday from the Wheeler Island, off Damra village on the Odisha coast.

The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) fired the missile positioned on a massive truck called a road-mobile launcher. read more

3.No complacency on Zika.

e World Health Organisation has declared that the Zika virus no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. This brings to an end the heightened global focus on the virus that has caused about 2,300 confirmed cases of microcephaly (a birth defect manifesting in a smaller head size) since May 2015.   read more

4.Melodrama on the campaign trail.

Politics sometimes has to be understood more as a performative act than a rational argument or an ideological battle  read more

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1.'Brexit will not help check terrorism'

Concerns raised over cases of rape and violence against women prompted Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Monday to come up with a response that took a gathering of women journalists by surprise. The women and child development minister said India “ranked among the lowest four countries in the world“ in terms of rape cases. read more

2. Niti Ayog panel pushes plan to replace MCI

Despite opposition from certain quarters, including Indian Medical Association (IMA), the high-powered committee headed by Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya has moved forward with the plan to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with National Medical Commission.  read more

3. Cost to bring all children to primary schools worldwide is just four and half days of global military expenditure'

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi recently announced a global initiative: Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit. To be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee next month, the summit will bring to Delhi a bevy of Nobel Laureates from around the world.With 168 million children engaged in labour worldwide and 5.5 million in slavery, Satyarthi spoke to Himanshi Dhawan, arguing that a serious moral deficit and a lack of political will underpins the failure to end the problem of child labour.  read more

4. Now Reform Political Funding

The two weeks old demonetisation tsunami is still reverberating through the nation’s socioeconomic fabric. It will be months before its impact can be fully understood, but the economic and political landscape has already been rearranged.  read more

5.Govt keeps fisc deficit tad lower than target.

The government managed to rein in fiscal deficit marginally below the revised estimate for 2015-16, despite mopping lower than budgeted taxes  read more

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1.Is centre’s notes ban legal?

The legitimacy of demonetisation of high denomination bank notes is being interrogated in legal and political circles. The Madras High Court dismissed a petition and observed that demonetisation was good for India. The PILs filed in the Karnataka and Bombay High Courts were dismissed on similar grounds.  read more

2.Changing face of external affairs.

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