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1.Padma Vibhushan for Pawar, Joshi.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, former Speaker of the Lok Sabha P.A. Sangma and senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi were on Wednesday conferred the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour in the country.  read more

2.Donations and disclosures.

If you want to know how political parties raise funds in the country, you will only get a part of the answer. The known donors and sources of contributions to national and regional parties account for less than a third of their total income. An analysis by the Association for Democratic Reforms read more

3.Heed this 67-year-old tryst.

Our Republic and the Prime Minister were both born in 1950. An open letter, on Republic Day, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about India’s deepest oath

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4.Towards clarity on Brexit.

The condition the U.K.’s highest court has stipulated for London to trigger Article 50 of the European Union treaty removes any shred of doubt about the legislature being bypassed in giving formal shape to the Brexit vote last June.  read more

5.Russia then, China now.

he Obama administration’s foreign policy and Donald Trump’s call for its recalibration are both inspired by the same desire to prevent any new challenge to American supremacy

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6.India in red zone on Transparency list.

The annual index of Transparency International issued on Wednesday for 2016 placed India with Brazil and China in the 40th position.

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7.India, UAE sign strategic partnership pact.

Apart from this, agreements on defence industries, maritime transport, cybersecurity, shipping and transport were also signed.

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8.China backs regional trade pacts after U.S. exits TPP.

China is hoping to galvanise two regional trade proposals — the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Free-Trade Agreement of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) — following the formal exit of the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  read more

1. Animal rights bodies go to SC over TN law on jallikattu
`Bull-Taming Does Not Have Any Religious Significance’
Just two days after the Tamil Nadu assembly approved an amendment in law to allow bull-taming sport jallikattu in the state, animal rights organisations challenged on Wednesday its Constitutional validity before the Supreme Court which agreed to examine their plea.

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2. India, UAE sign 14 agreements to boost partnership

India and the UAE on Wednesday put in place a strategic partnership covering defence, energy and security as the two countries signed 14 agreements during the visit by UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as chief guest of the Republic Day celebrations. read more

3. India and the UAE: Envisioning a Partnership for the Future
Our joint commitment to open, multicultural societies will help us reshape the regional order
India and the UAE are linked by our common desire to build a resilient and modern strategic partnership.

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1.Shifting sands of India-UAE Relations.

In a renewed terror bid, the Taliban orchestrated attacks in Kabul, Kandahar and Lashkar Gah in which over 50 were killed and 100 more wounded. Afghan military leaders have blamed the Haqqani network which is backed by Pakistan’s ISI.  read more

2.Despite $75bn fund pact dampener,14 deals inked.
3.E-commerce players expects policy guidelines, digital push.

CHENNAI: With Budget 2017 coming in the backdrop of demonetisation, every sector expects Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to announce some incentives. read more

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