28-02-2017

the hindu
1.India,China seek common ground on Afghanistan.

Both countries set aside differences on Masood Azhar, Delhi’s NSG entry bid.

Despite differences on a number of issues, including over the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), U.N. designation of Masood Azhar as a terrorist, and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, India and China began to look for a “common ground” on Afghanistan during Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar’s visit to Beijing last week, official sources told The Hindu.

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2.Global studies on India's air quality flawed: CPCB.

Bodies such as WHO used ‘arbitrary’ conversion factors to measure pollutants.

The Central Pollution Control Board (PCB) — an Environment Ministry organisation that sets guidelines for monitoring and controlling pollution — says international studies linking air quality in India to disease and death are flawed because “…the ethologic, personnel immunity (sic) and demography of India are incomparable with international practices.”

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3.NOTA and the Indian voter.

Three years, one Lok Sabha election and four rounds of Assembly elections have passed since the introduction of ‘None of The Above’ (NOTA) option in the Indian electoral system.  read more

4.Seeing the light.

The WTO dispute that India lost over solar power and the one that it has now filed against the U.S. are similar. It is best for both countries to find an amicable solution

India and the U.S. have been filing a number of disputes against each other, challenging the other’s domestic content requirement in the renewable energy sector.

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1.Why Doctors Need Humanities
Including it in medical education is the best way to bring back humanism to the profession
Medicine is defined as the art and science of healing. Today globally , science has largely overridden the art part of healing. In India, entran ce to medical schools is based entirely on tests based on scientific facts and concepts with a little of logicalcritical thinking ­ areas handled by the left side of the brain.

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2.Learn the right lessons from the Ennore oil spill, strengthen civil liabilities for environmental damage.

The recent collision between two commercial vessels, MT Dawn Kanchipuram and MT BW Maple, has reportedly spilled nearly 20 tonnes of oil off the Kamarajar Port at Ennore, Tamil Nadu. This whole episode has not only revealed the unpreparedness of the state in cases of large scale oil pollution, but also reflected poorly on the liability regime for environmental damage in India.  read more

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1.Racing towards ACHHE DIN at 80Km/Hr.

M J Akbar reminds us in his famous book Nehru: The making of India that Pandit Nehru held close to heart Pulitzer winning author Robert Frost’s quote “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep”.  read more

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