Before the sluice gates close: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The Sardar Sarovar project cannot be complete without resettlement of the thousands displaced or affected.
International groupings and agreements
India, Israel to set up $40 mn research fund: (The Hindu)
Form strategic partnership, call for strong measures against terrorists, terror organisations, their networks and financiers.
India-European Union ties in the age of Donald Trump: (Live Mint, Editorial)
If the US will not play a leading role within the G20 to address global challenges, then India and Europe should do so.
The agreements cover the fields of water, agriculture, space, including a $40-million joint fund for research and development in innovation.
Advocates enactment of legislation to fill gap in statute.
Protecting prisoners: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The focus of public and judicial concern over the situation prevailing in India’s prisons has in recent times been related to overcrowding and long spells of incarceration faced by indigent inmates too poor to obtain bail.
Realise the de facto realities on J&K: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The row over the U.S. terming a part of Jammu and Kashmir as being “India-administered” is a bit overdone.
Parliament and State Legislatures
Parliamentary secretaries’ appointment set aside: (The Hindu)
‘No provision for the post under law’.
Effects of developed and developing countries policies
Missile diplomacy: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The U.S. needs to be inventive in responding to the North Korean provocation.
Pollution and conservation
Of plant species few and far between: (The Hindu)
Scientists have recorded a major section of Rare Endemic and Threatened plants and trees in the Western Ghats, some of which have not been assessed by international conservation bodies for nearly two decades.
NGT questions pollution control board appointments: (The Hindu)
The National Green Tribunal has directed all States and Union Territories (UTs) to explain within a week whether appointments of chairmen and member secretaries in State pollution control boards have been made as per the guidelines stipulated by it.
Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment
The Ministry of Finance on Wednesday clarified that for the purposes of Goods and Services Tax (GST) applicability, an item will be deemed to be ‘branded’ if it carries a brand name or trade name that is registered under the Trade Marks Act, 1999.
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