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1.Centre kicks off programme on cyber physical systems.

It deals with self-driven cars, autonomous unmanned vehicles and aircraft navigation systems

With autonomous vehicles and robot-executed surgeries becoming commonplace around the world, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has initiated a Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) programme. Still at a nascent stage, it has been conceived as a ₹3,000-crore exercise that would, at first, take root in some of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), according to officials familiar with the project.

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2.Friendship is a flowing river.

If our commitments are honest, India and Bangladesh can achieve many things that are beneficial to our people

Maintenance of good relations with the neighbours; friendship to all, malice to none is the policy I pursue throughout my life. My only desire in my political thought is to build a society for common

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3.Growth,with caveats.

The central bank was not expected to tinker with key policy rates in its first monetary policy review of 2017-18 unveiled on Thursday, following its decision to shift from an accommodative to a neutral monetary policy stance in February.  read more

4.Is there racism in India?

The Indian government must acknowledge there is deep-rooted prejudice

In India, racism is practised in some quarters and by some Indians. This is evident in the manner in which we are treated when we seek extension for our visas, in the problems we face in getting accommodation in the country, and in the general treatment of viewing us with suspicion.

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5.Raging against insanity.

Will a UN treaty to ban atomic weapons be another exercise in futility?

A majority of nations, nuclear have-nots, now negotiating a historic United Nations treaty in New York to ban atomic weapons, are demonstrating unprecedented moral leadership on a question that continues to threaten human survival. Predictably, the nine countries that currently possess these catastrophic arms,

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6.Suicide isn’t a criminal act.

The Supreme Court’s views on suicide over the years

Twenty-three years ago, Justice B.L. Hansaria of the Supreme Court described the plight of a rape victim forced to stand trial for the “crime” of attempt to suicide. In his judgment in P. Rathinam v. Union of India (1994), the judge described the trial in one word: “persecution”.

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7.”Use Article 142 with restraint’.

Lawyer tells SC to invoke it judiciously

The highway liquor ban imposed by the Supreme Court was raised by BJP veteran L.K. Advani’s lawyer and senior advocate K.K. Venugopal on Thursday as an instance of the Supreme Court flexing its extraordinary constitutional powers to do more harm than the good it intended.

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1. India to remain fastest growing major eco: ADB

India will remain the fastest growing major economy in the world with growth expected to be over 7.4% in 2017 and 7.6% in 2018, while expansion in China is likely to slow in the next two years, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in its latest forecast. read more

2.RBI's household inflation survey sees prices hardening

The Reserve Bank’s latest survey on households’ inflation expectations has found that a majority expect prices to go up in the quarter to June for all products.  read more

3.Dalai In Arunachal.
China piles diplomatic pressure, but relations can’t be a one-way street
Beijing has kicked up a furious diplomatic row over the Dalai Lama’s ongoing visit to the northeast ­ including Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh ­ claiming that the Tibetan spiritual leader’s tour will seriously damage its ties with “obstinate“ New Delhi. Such strident pronouncements, bordering on threats, are unbecoming of Beijing.

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1.RBI holds its key rate in move to drain excess cash.

MUMBAI:The Reserve Bank of India maintained status quo on Thursday, hinting that the prevailing 6.25 per cent repo rate is appropriate for the economy. Borrowers lost one of their last hopes for lower rates, as the central bank cited upside risks to inflation in FY18, which economists read as RBI hitting pause button.  read more

2.The 3T’s of Indo-B’desh relations.

I believe the most likely eventual outcome of the struggle underway in East Pakistan is a Bengali victory and the consequent establishment of an independent Bangladesh. At the moment we possess the goodwill of the Awami League. We would be foolish to forfeit this asset …” — Archer Blood.  read more

3.Anatomy of a poisonous gas attack

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