International relations: Nepal PM pitches for Indian investments(The Hindu) Nepal’s economy at present depends heavily on global remittances, which make up about 30% of its GDP. More than four million Nepalese live and work outside the Indian subcontinent, with about five to seven million estimated to be living and working in India, crossing an open border between the two countries. Invest in Nepal, Oli tells Indian industries(The Hindu) Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli on Friday sought investments from Indian businesses saying his country offered investor-friendly environment and incentives for industries. U.S. sanctions target Putin’s allies(The Hindu) The U.S. struck at the heart of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle on Friday, imposing sanctions on seven of Russia’s most influential oligarchs and stoking a diplomatic crisis that some have dubbed a new Cold War. WTO is unfair to us, says Trump(The Hindu) U.S. President Donald Trump teed up a fight with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Friday, claiming the 164-country body was biased against the United States. Will fight U.S. tariffs at any cost, warns China(The Hindu) China on Friday warned that it was digging in for a long campaign to counter Washington’s attempts to undermine its economy, following President Donald Trump’s threat to impose new tariffs. Disruptive Mr. Trump(The Hindu Opinion) The consistent undermining of multilateralism by the U.S. must be countered
Economy: Forging a culture of innovation(The Hindu Opinion) India’s innovation policy has to shift beyond a mere focus on R&D spending to transforming the ecosystem RBI raises limits on FPIs’ debt investment(The Hindu) The Reserve Bank on Friday upped debt investment limits for foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) across all segments, which will cumulatively result in an increase of more than Rs. 1 lakh crore in fiscal year 2018-19. Environment: All the rhinoceroses(The Hindu Opinion) Counting one-horned rhinos in Kaziranga National Park, home to nearly two-thirds of the world’s population of the ‘vulnerable’ species, is no easy task Not above the law(The Hindu Opinion) The Wildlife (Protection) Act, the landmark law from 1972 that shields the diversity of India’s endangered animals mainly in 4% of its land area designated as protected, struggles to be effective and conviction rates are low.
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