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1. A timely step.

The Finance Ministry’s unequivocal missive to 10 state-owned lenders to submit time-bound turnaround plans, or forsake any further capital infusion from the government, is a small yet timely step in the right direction. As the Reserve Bank of India had flagged in its last Financial Stability Report,  read more

2.The river as being.

The judgment enhancing the status of rivers is hardly game-changing

In a recent judgment, the Uttarakhand High Court declared the rivers Yamuna and Ganga as legal or juridical persons,

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3.Revisiting India’s nuclear doctrine.

No First Use as a nuclear deterrent without additional caveats should work well enough

Calls for reassessing India’s nuclear doctrine are a regular feature of our strategic landscape. Depending on where the person asking for this reconsideration sits on the strategic spectrum, the demand for revision rests either on scepticism about India’s commitment to a No First Use posture or the intention to retaliate massively to any nuclear first strike, no matter what the yield of the weapon used first. What seems to receive much less attention,

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4.Tackling Pyongyang.

The deployment of THAAD risks heightening tensions with North Korea

Nothing illustrates more clearly Washington’s diplomatic failure over the decades to contain Pyongyang’s military and nuclear ambitions than the U.S. deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD), an American anti-ballistic missile, to South Korea.

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1. Surrogacy bill riddled with loopholes, mostly fixable ... clause on altruistic surrogacy must be deleted'

The Surrogacy [Regulation] Bill 2016, which seeks to radically revamp the legal structure around surrogacy in India is currently being scrutinised by a Rajya Sabha Standing Committee, after being introduced in Lok Sabha in November 2016. Pinki Virani, author of `Politics Of The Womb: The Perils Of IVF, Surrogacy & Modified Babies’, spoke to Anam Ajmal about the challenges the legislation raises and the pitfalls that need to be fixed:   read more

1.How far can the Judges go?

In the process of interpretation and in deciding cases, judges, no doubt, make law. The power of the courts to determine what the law is, if unwritten, or what it means, if written, vests in them an authority which in effect, whether or not in form, is a law making one. This has always been recognised as part of the judicial power and is considered wholly legitimate. read more

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