31-03-2017

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1.The Hiroshima touchstone

A far wider cultural engagement with the continent is necessary to combat the latent racism among Indians

After a teenage boy went missing in Greater Noida on March 26, locals accused five Nigerian students of cannibalism. Residents of the enclave barged into the home where the Nigerian students were staying and searched the fridge for the remains of the youth, who died in a hospital after being found in a nearby park.

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2.A clean-up act.

The Supreme Court’s direction to transport authorities to stop registering vehicles that do not meet Bharat Stage-IV emission standards from April 1 sends out the welcome message that short-term economic considerations cannot supersede public health concerns. Some automobile companies, read more

3.Say no to Westinghouse.

Assurances notwithstanding, India must not enter into a contract with a bankrupt company

With Japanese conglomerate Toshiba announcing that Westinghouse, the American nuclear major it bought in 2006, has filed for bankruptcy, the road map of the India-U.S. nuclear deal is in jeopardy. Under the deal,

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4.Next steps on GST.

The Lok Sabha has duly given its assent to necessary Central legislation to operationalise the Goods and Services Tax, nearly 17 years after the government began discussions on the prospects for a unified indirect tax regime across the country. It is eyeing a July 1 rollout for the GST,  read more

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1. Animals with superbugs pose threat to human health: Study
Researchers Find Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In Piglets
Antibiotic resistance in humans is a known danger. Now, new research suggests that animals may also face the danger of a post-antibiotic era, where drugs don’t cure infections. Scientists at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly screened fecal samples of 112 piglets from 10 government farms across several states, and found that eight of them (7%) were carrying superbug New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM), which is not treatable with most antibiotics.

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2.Emissions Curbed.
Researchers Find Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In Piglets
Antibiotic resistance in humans is a known danger. Now, new research suggests that animals may also face the danger of a post-antibiotic era, where drugs don’t cure infections. Scientists at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly screened fecal samples of 112 piglets from 10 government farms across several states, and found that eight of them (7%) were carrying superbug New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM), which is not treatable with most antibiotics.

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3.Extreme climate increasing level of toxin in crops:study.

A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that crops such as wheat and maize are generating more potential toxins as a reaction to protect themselves from extreme weather.  read more

4.Give Women the choice.
Why the 20 week abortion limit must be relaxed in case of foetal abnormalities
Recently, the Supreme Court turned down a request for termination of pregnancy from a 27 week pregnant lady, with a Down syndrome foetus.

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1.From April,use your Aadhaar number to shop.

MUMBAI: Come April and customers can simply use their Aadhaar number to make purchases at merchant stores without having to use a credit, debit card or even a mobile wallet.  read more

2.GST Bill: more Hurdles on the way.

On Wednesday, the Centre seized themselves a historic moment passing all four GST Laws in the Lok Sabha, the biggest tax reform since independence. From July 1, it’ll be 17 indirect taxes vs one, a move that law makers have long painted a fantastical image of how tax compliance will improve and bring home untold treasure.  read more

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