19-12-2016

the hindu
1.Single tribunal to arbitrate inter-State water disputes.

The Centre has decided to set up a single, permanent Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-State river water disputes, a step which is aimed at resolving grievances of States in a speedy manner. This body will subsume existing tribunals. read more

2.The unmaking of Parliament.

Representative democracy is the only form of democracy that enables a relationship between the citizen and the state, provided our representatives do what they are supposed to be doing in Parliament.

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3.Bridging the learning deficit.

Almost five decades after India first formulated its National Education Policy, the Ministry for Human Resource Development appears to be gearing up for another revision to this policy document, and not a moment too soon.  read more

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1.Centre asks CPCB to calibrate its instruments

Admitting that most pollution measuring and biomedical equipment were “not calibrated as per standards which affects quality of the measured data“, the Centre has asked pollution watchdogs CPCB and SPCBs to get their in struments calibrated periodically. The government has also tasked a specialised agency with calibrating biomedical machines to maintain accuracy of instruments.   read more

2.Tread Lightly.

Civil society is a global phenomenon. It is widely known as an influential ‘third sector’, after the government and business/ industry.  read more

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1.Lucky, But not so legal?

The Government of India on November 8 took the bold initiative of declaring two high value notes—Rs 500 and Rs 1000—as no longer legal. This demonetisation initiative led to a rapid increase in online payments, use of credit and debit cards, RuPay payments and use of other mobile wallets. In a move to encourage transition to digital payments, NITI Aayog, the government’s think tank, decided to introduce a scheme with daily, weekly and mega awards for consumers and merchants based on a lucky draw. read more

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