Bans, do they work at all?: (Live Mint, Editorial)
Bans don’t solve any behavioural problems. We need to develop new strategies to deal with various social evils.
International groupings and agreements
India to stick to nuclear policy: (The Hindu, Editorial)
Government would continue to give its most careful attention to India’s security in the context of China’s nuclear policy.
A moment for realism: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The case for India-U.S. partnership has been always strong, but the romanticism accompanying it is on test.
Executive and the Judiciary
Jailing a judge: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The imprisonment of Justice C.S. Karnan, who recently retired as a judge of the Calcutta High Court, for contempt is the culmination of a series of unfortunate and unpleasant developments. It is also time for some introspection within the judiciary on the manner in which judges are chosen.
Pollution and conservation
Were India to be able to meet its commitment of adding 1,60,000 MW of renewable power (solar and wind power) by 2022, it would generate employment for 3,00,000 new workers, says a new report by the think tanks, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Ninety per cent of these jobs would be in the solar sector.
Science and Tech
The high cost of ageing: (The Hindu, Editorial)
Evidence shows that health systems must be recast to accommodate the needs of chronic disease prevention.
Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment
Businesses that receive the benefit of paying lower taxes under the new goods and services tax (GST) regime can’t keep it with them. Instead, according to the GST Act, they must pass it on to consumers by reducing the price of the products they sell.
As part of the larger attempts of the government to resolve the massive bad debt issue, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) relaxed norms for investors acquiring assets in companies with stressed assets and facing bankruptcy proceedings.
The enforcement regime will not be harsh for the country and individual exporters in the initial phase of the roll-out of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Don’t Obsess About Numbers: (Indian Express, Editorial)
It’s time policymakers outlined a coherent growth path for the economy.
Prelims Related News
Indians have one of the highest rates of mortality after diagnosis of heart failure, greater than several developing countries in the world.
The corals, striking in their red, orange and green colours, grow on tables some eight metres underwater, put there by the Israeli scientists to unlock their secrets to survival.
NASA will test a flexible solar panel on the International Space Station.The panel rolls up to form a compact cylinder and may offer substantial cost savings as well as an increase in power for satellites in the future.