Social issues Human rights and Indian values: (Hindu, Editorial) Neither civilisational ethos nor the mere enshrining of constitutional morality is enough to deliver on basic rights Centre to give 500 to TB patients every month: About 35 lakh identified tuberculosis patients across the country will soon get 500 every month from the Centre as social support. A job crisis, in figures: Multiple data sets confirm sluggish pace of employment creation. Paucity of data can no longer be an excuse for the lack of debate.
Polity Special courts to try politicians: The Centre on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that it will set up at least 12 special courts to try exclusively criminal cases involving MPs and MLAs. Plea on ‘Vande Mataram’ dismissed: The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea to provide equal statutory protection to ‘Vande Mataram’ as the national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’. With EVMs, no room for malpractice, says EC: the Election Commission on Tuesday said there was no room for any electoral malpractice during the first phase of the Assembly elections due to its robust security and administrative protocols for the handling of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs). Information at the court’s discretion: (Hindu, Editorial) The judiciary’s brazen disregard for the RTI has now got a stamp of approval from a high court International issues: India, Australia call for ‘open’ Asia Pacific zone: Continuing with the strategic bilateral discussion, Australia and India on Tuesday discussed the need to maintain the Asia-Pacific region as a “free” and “open” zone under the “2+2” dialogue model which includes the foreign and defence secretaries of both sides. Economy: Inflation up, industrial growth slows : A separate government release showed that industrial activity growth slowed sharply in October to 2.24% ‘Fix GST credit claims or face scrutiny’: The Centre urged taxpayers to correct their TRAN-1 forms to avail transitional credit under GST by December 27, failing which the government would be forced to initiate audit proceedings in cases of high credit claims. Centre issues bid guidelines for procuring wind power: The government on Tuesday issued guidelines for the procurement of wind power through a bidding process. Ministry clarifies tax norms for IT exports: The Finance Ministry on Tuesday clarified that apprehensions related to the negative effects of certain tax demands on the software industry were without basis. Investment facilitation, norms for smallfirms gain push at WTO talks: Midway through the negotiations involving 164 World Trade Organisation (WTO) member nations being held here, India is holding its ground on issues such as food security as well as the centrality of development in the talks.
Environment Toll in Cyclone Ockhi crosses 50 in Kerala: The toll in the Ockhi cyclone in the State has crossed 50 with the recovery of nine bodies off the coasts off Beypore and Tanur on Tuesday.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by ForumIAS
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