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1.SC to hear pleas on TN jallikattu law on Jan.31.

Applications of govt., animal rights groups to be heard together

The Supreme Court on Friday said all applications filed to challenge Tamil Nadu’s amendment of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960, allowing jallikattu to be held in the State, would be heard on January 31.

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2.Farmers’ deaths a human rights issue: Supreme Court.

‘Why is there no policy to protect the lives of the country’s breadwinners?’

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and the States to explain whether there was a lifeline, including a comprehensive insurance plan, for farmers to end the vicious circle plaguing the agriculture sector.

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3.No one law on cattle slaughter: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday declined a plea to direct States to frame a uniform policy banning cattle slaughter and prevent the illegal inter-State transportation of cattle.  read more

4.The politics of demonetisation.

s Parliament prepares to convene again after a winter session washed out due to the Opposition’s protest on demonetisation, it is worth asking why political mobilisation against the exercise is proving to be so difficult

Demonetisation has been the most hotly debated topic since November 8, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the high-denomination notes then in circulation would cease to be legal tender. In a single stroke,

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5.Getting ties with UAE on track.

Even though the interpreter was missing at their joint appearance in Delhi’s Hyderabad House, there was no mistaking the rapport between the United Arab Emirates Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders have met three times in the last 18 months,  read more

6.Trade war looms as U.S President mulls tariffs to fund Mexico wall

Reince Priebus says a “buffet of options”available; White House’s feud with the media continues.

As President Donald Trump appears determined to implement his protectionist campaign promises, the United States could be headed for a trade war with partners. The White House said on Thursday that a 20 per cent tariff on imports from southern neighbour Mexico is among the ideas under consideration to fund a border wall between the two countries.

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7.Aadhaar covers 99% of adults in India: Prasad.

More than 111 crore people now have an Aadhaar number, covering more that 99% of the Indian adult population, the government said.  read more

1. Why no national policy to help calamity-hit farmers, asks SC
Centre Cites PM’s Insurance Policy, But SC Wants States’ Response
Having dealt with the issue of farmers’ suicide raised in many PILs earlier, the Supreme Court on Friday found it strange that there was no national policy to compensate tillers for crop failure or indebtedness, two major reasons for them to take their lives.

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2. States can decide on cow slaughter ban, says apex court.

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL seeking a complete ban on cow slaughter in every state to prevent rampant inter-state illegal transportation of cattle. A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice N V Ramana told petitioner Vineet Sahai’s counsel Sarvesh Bisaria, “A state may decide to ban it while another may decide not to. We cannot interfere in such decisions.“  read more

3. Torture through the Ages
Jallikattu, animal rights and the cultural argument: A changing collective consciousness
That there are two sides to jallikattu, those who are for and those who are against, only shows that India is both global and updated. If we walk back to the past, sensitivity to torture of any kind is a rather contemporary phenomenon, showing up first in the 19th century. Till then, worldwide, the torture of both humans and animals was taken as normal.

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1.Time to put the Economy back on track.

The twilight of 2016 witnessed a historic move to rein in corruption and black money. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to demonetise 86 per cent of the currency in circulation saw serpentine queues outside bank branches and ATMs in a cash-crunch scenario. In a country which frequently witnesses quarrels breaking out in queues,  read more

2.Energy sector eyes tax sops, incentives to boost domestic production.

CHENNAI: The energy sector was in the midst of several policy reforms in 2016. However, while the industry feels that the reform agenda is heartening, it does expect certain measures to be taken. At the centre of the agenda is removing the ambiguity in the tax structure on Oil & Gas in the wake of GST implementation. read more

3.110 crore Indians to go cashless with Aadhaar pay service.

NEW DELHI: The central government has made the Bharat Interface for Mobile (BHIM) app Aadhaar-
enabled and it will launch the biometric based Aadhaar Pay payment module in the coming weeks, Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday.  read more

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