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1.Tel Aviv on tenterhooks.

he UN resolution condemning settlement activity in the occupied territories is not what Israel fears. What troubles it is that the resolution opens the door to a full criminal investigation into Israeli excesses

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2.Stories of notebandi.

Anger and frustration dominate discussions on demonetisation at a jan sunwai in Beawar, Rajasthan

About five-six hundred people are crowded in and around a small shamiana-covered triangle, like the apex of the letter A. The two arms of the A are busy streets typical of small-town India, a press of pedestrians and two-wheelers punctuated with foraging cows,

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3.Still frowning upon intermarriages.

A survey in two diverse areas shows that the desire to stop other people from having inter-caste or inter-religious marriages is not as uncommon as we might like to think

As 2016 draws to an end, it may seem that inter-caste marriages aren’t as uncommon as they used to be. Maybe you’ve even met someone whose spouse is from another religion. Do these salient examples mean that the times are changing? Are the divisions of caste and religion less sharp than they once were?

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4. A year of self-discovery for the United States.

At the beginning of 2016, Donald Trump was one of the 12 Republicans left in the nomination race, running a chaotic Twitter campaign that pundits judged was aimless and inconsequential. Many believed his campaign would not survive the first primary in New Hampshire in February. He won.  read more

1.Demonetisation should not be used as an excuse to delay GST, if anything it should expedite GST.

The latest GST council meetings have fallen short of expectation.

Lack of consensus on the issue of tax administration or `dual control’ means that the April 1, 2017 deadline for GST implementation looks unachievable. A few states also believe that GST should be deferred due to the ongoing demonetisation drive.

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1.Ordinances not immune from judicial review

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday made it clear that re-promulgation of an ordinance was like a fraud on the Constitution and the satisfaction of the President or the Governor to promulgate an ordinance was not immune from judicial review. read more

2.Marginalised by modern India.

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