26-04-2017

the hindu
1.Hedging bets as Trump scouts for deals.

Campaign in poetry, govern in prose. This has been an American explanation for Presidents abandoning their campaign rhetoric soon after moving into the White House.  read more

2.The expanding universe of IP.

April 26 is World Intellectual Property (IP) day. Over the years, global IP standards have steadily expanded beyond World Trade Organisation (WTO) requirements, thanks to free trade agreements such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which India is currently negotiating with its trading partners. read more

3.A call for reform.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has demanded reforms to the International Monetary Fund’s controversial quota system, shedding light on the problems facing the Bretton Woods institution in today’s global economy.  read more

4.On tribals and tigers.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) recently ordered that there would be no tribal rights under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA) in critical tiger habitats.  read more

5.Surgical strikes here to stay.

India’s latest military doctrine has added surgical strikes, including across the border, among India’s possible responses to terrorist attacks.  read more

6.NITI Aayog moots taxing agriculture income.

Government think-tank NITI Aayog has suggested that agriculture income be brought under the purview of personal Income Tax in a bid to curb tax evasion.  read more

7.Merging PSU banks will help: RBI’s Patel.

Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel has said the Indian banking system could be better off if some public sector banks are consolidated to have fewer but healthier entities.  read more

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1. Big Isn't Beautiful

Previously home to 700 odd colleges, Bengaluru University has been trifurcated. The same is the case with Rajasthan University with its cumbersome 792 affiliated colleges. read more

2. Close select loss-making PSUs, says NITI Aayog

The NITI Aayog has called for implementing the road map on closing select loss-making state-run firms and strategic disinvestment of 20 public sector undertakings which have been identified for such sale.  read more

3.Patel calls for merger of weak banks

RBI governor Urjit Patel has called for drastic measures to address the problem of bad debts facing public sector banks, including merger of weak lenders, voluntary retirement schemes and sale of real estate assets.  read more

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1. US’ protectionist policies could backfire:Patel.

Taking a dig at the US’ protectionist policies, Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel said US firms like Apple and IBM would not have grown to become the conglomerates they are today.  read more

2.Why Visa curbs will hurt America.

Rising inequality and stagnating living standards both in advanced and what are called D&E (developing and emerging) economies have been a cause for concern in recent times in the light of the lost decade of the global financial crisis, slowing growth and subdued productivity. read more

3.NITI Aayog: Revisit policy on promotion till class VIII.

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