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1.HIV community rejects AIDS Bill in current form.

The HIV community in India on Friday rejected the long awaited HIV/AIDS Bill in its current form and demanded removal of the phrase “as far as possible” from the proposed legislation.  read more

2.When ministers think aloud.

A ‘no first use’ nuclear weapons policy suits India’s interest. Shifting to a first-use policy would mark a shift from deterrence towards nuclear war fighting

Since the dawn of the nuclear age in 1945 there has been an ongoing debate centred on defining an appropriate role for nuclear weapons. Everybody agrees that these weapons are enormously destructive and should not be used. read more

3.Appointing a Lokpal.

Byadmonishing the Union government for delaying the appointment of a Lokpal, the Supreme Court has sent across a timely message that efforts to cleanse the economy must be matched by equally strong measures to cleanse public life too.   read more

4.The gathering crisis in Seoul.

Hundreds of thousands of angry citizens have been taking to the streets every weekend in South Korea, against the continuation in office of President Park Geun-hye. The crisis of confidence in Ms. Park’s leadership exploded after her aide Choi Soon-sil was arrested over allegations that Ms. Choi covertly exercised illegal authority over critical government decisions. She has also allegedly extorted $69 million from the giant industrial conglomerates, or chaebols, in the form of donations to two charitable foundations.   read more

1. Fugitives fleeing India must be brought back: SC

With more than 100 fugitives taking shelter in foreign countries to escape the clutches of law-enforcing agencies in India, the Supreme Court said on Friday that the Centre must take action to bring them back to face trial in all criminal cases. Expressing concern over fugitives easily flying out of the country and living in safe havens, a bench of Justices J S Khehar and Arun Mishra said the that Centre must ensure that they are brought to justice. read more

2.Jan Dhan deposit surge isn't all black: Economists

The post-demonetisation surge in deposits in the Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana accounts in Bengal may have raised eyebrows, but economists have another explanation for those thinking that the entire deposits (reportedly Rs 21,000 crore) is actually black money .  read more

3. The Great Indian Chemotherapy

Confusion around demonetisation continues to grow. On one hand we see fervent support for the move. On the other we also see news about long queues, the damage it is causing our economy and cases of individual suffering. What is going on?
Demonetisation is unlike other policies, it has benefits but also pain built into it.The closest analogy to it is of chemotherapy used in cancer. It is a tough treatment, with massive adverse side effects which are deemed worthwhile to tackle the deadly disease. Most importantly ,a good doctor’s approach to chemotherapy is different from other treatments.  read more

1.Things don’t look good for China.

The US Congress has come up with a fresh report saying that China is intent on using Pakistan to thwart India at every turn. This is to obtain a unhindered path in the world, especially in the Asian context, adds the report. The report has come at a time when a new American president is taking over — one who will have a nononsense policy towards China and has pledged to assert American leadership globally.  read more

2.Time to cool the border.

If  Pakistan were to launch surgical strikes, India would not be able to forget it for generations to come…India would be teaching its children as part of syllabus what a surgical strike means if Pakistan launched such strikes.” So declared outgoing Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif Thursday. His words came as India and Pakistan ramped up cross-border shelling and violence, leading to casualties on both sides. But despite Islamabad’s repeated attempts to link the violence to Kashmir and seek international media attention, most nations are reluctant to do much except reiterate New Delhi’s position that this was a bilateral dispute, which needed to be resolved between the two nations. read more

3.Economy will adjust to new normal.

NEW DELHI: Commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday sought to dispel the notion that the Narendra Modi-led government’s decision to scrap old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes would pull down the country’s economic progress. read more

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