Among the multiple endings (The Hindu Opinion)
How Kulbhushan Jadhav’s fate is tied to the state of play in India-Pakistan ties
We cant despire, we cant abandon things (The Hindu)
Sri Lanka’s seniormost politician on the government’s record on the political solution to the Tamil issue
Sushma to go on tri-nation tour (The Hindu)
Beginning the groundwork for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit later this month, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore from January 4 to 8
Israel passes new law on Jerusalem (The Hindu)
Israel’s parliament passed a law on Tuesday requiring a supermajority to relinquish control over any part of Jerusalem, a move that could hamstring the city’s division in any future peace deal.
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Questionable remdey (The Hindu Opinion)
The decision of the Lok Sabha to send the National Medical Commisssion Bill to a standing committee for a relook is the right one. First proposed in 2016 , the Bill aims to overhaul the corrupt and inefficient Medical Council of India, which regulates medical education and practice
Doctors call off strike after Centre defers Bill (The Hindu)
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) called off its 12-hour strike on Tuesday after the government referred the controversial National Medical Commission Bill, tabled in the Lok Sabha, to a Standing Committee.
Rajya Sabha passes Bankruptcy Code bill (The Hindu)
The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which bars unscrupulous persons from misusing the provisions of the Code. The Bill, which replaces an ordinance promulgated last November, was cleared by the Lok Sabha last week.
Fears over FRDI bill misplaced:govt (The Hindu)
In yet another clarification about the Financial Regulatory and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, the government has said depositors will be given preferential treatment in the event of liquidation of a bank, and the controversial bail-in clause will be used only with the prior consent of depositors.
Electoral bonds for political donations notified (The Hindu)
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday outlined the basic contours of the electoral bonds scheme announced during the 2017 Budget, including their denominations, validity, and eligibility of the purchasers.
Ambedkar’s visit to the battle site on January 1, 1927, revitalised the memory of the battle for the Dalit community, making it a rallying point and an assertion of pride.
Factory activity qyuickens in Dec: PMI (The Hindu)
Manufacturing activity quickened to the fastest pace in five years in December, bolstered by a sharp rise in output and new orders, according to a private sector survey.
On the ledger (The Hindu Editorial)
Expenditure data underline the government’s challenge on fiscal consolidation
Science and Technology:
The Defence Ministry on Tuesday gave the final approvals for the procurement of 131 Barak missiles for the Navy and 240 precision-guided munitions (PGM) for the Indian Air Force (IAF), together estimated at ₹1,714 crore. The proposals were cleared by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Ministry said in a statement.
Arming may turn quarter of earth arid (the Hindu)
Over a quarter of the world’s land could become significantly drier even if global warming is limited to the target of two degree Celsius, according to scientists including one of Indian origin.
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