International groupings and agreements
For a stronger India-U.S. bond: (The Hindu)
A critical factor impacting business engagement between the two nations is an unprecedented focus by the U.S. on high-skill labour mobility. Indian firms firmly support weeding out the abuse of the visa system.
Is it time to block and chain the EVMs?: (Live Mint, Editorial)
Given the Aadhaar infrastructure and the proliferation of cellphones in India, blockchain technology can easily be adapted to fight voter fraud.
Parliament and State Legislatures
Whose privilege?: (The Hindu, Editorial)
Legislatures must not invoke power to punish for breach of privilege.
Pollution and conservation
‘Super-efficient energy category to be new norm’: (The Hindu)
The recently-released Energy Conservation Building Codes can save as much as 50% of conventional energy consumption.
Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment
A tryst with destination tax: (Indian Express, Editorial)
We are inheritors of a sound economy, on the verge of higher growth, and we have to live up to the high standard of a few years ago. We cannot encourage high tax rates or high handed tax administration, for no nation can have a vibrant economy whose tax laws and tax administration are narrow in thought or application.
China shares in MSCI index: what it means: (The Hindu)
It is the world’s biggest index compiler, with more than $10 trillion in assets benchmarked to its products, with emerging markets alone accounting for $2 trillion.
The global economy in 2067: (Live Mint, Editorial)
The digital revolution promises to lift global growth to new heights but we must create a more prosperous, equitable and stable future.
Being smart: (The Hindu, Editorial)
Any attempt to improve our cities depends on how data are compiled and shared.
Prelims Related News
The satellite aims to study global environmental change and natural disasters. However, climate change seems to be a red rag for the current American administration.